Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Day 24, Ramadan 2013 – Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds
salaam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala
nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sahbihi Sunnah Hello Medina.
We commence by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household and all his companions. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them all. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah, Allah to grant him every form of goodness and to bless every single one of us, and to grant us goodness and peace as well in this dunya as well as in the next. Brothers and sisters. Yesterday we made mention of consultation and the fact that Allah subhanho wa Taala has named an entire surah of the Quran after this term consultation or the consultation, and I'm sure we benefited from it for indeed it is up to us to put into practice,
what we have learned from Allah subhanho wa Taala. This evening, I'd like to start off by making mention of something very important that affects almost all of us with Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is his decision as to whether I will have children or not you will have children or not, and what type of children you have, that is a last decision. Yes, once we do have the children, the upbringing, to a certain extent is in our hands beyond a certain point, it goes out of our hands, like Allah subhanho wa Taala has shown us that when your child is born, the first decisions that are made are 100% in your hands. So what name to give the child, the parents hands, what clothing to buy
the parents hands, where the child, for example, would go to school, it's your decision. So all this, the child has no role to play in it at all. So if you were to make these initial decisions correctly, it will make it easier as the child grows up. Allah says we take away that decision making power from you, and invest it into the child. So if you buy a child a little rattle, it will take it and be happy and laugh and be excited. But you know, when the child grows a little bit older, it will refuse the toy. And it will feel insulted with a toy that is not upon the level that the child would perhaps consider acceptable. This is common logic. Sometimes we don't think about
it. When the child is a baby, you can make it weigh anything, let the child go up and say mom, I don't want to wear this today. There you are, Allah is showing you when you were when you had the child and the child was little, you had the power, we will take it away. Make sure between the two stages, you have settled the child into a such a brilliant routine, that it will only do that which pleases Allah subhanho wa Taala then there will come a time when your child will tell you I don't want to go to the school. Perhaps that will be our high school because when it comes to primary school, they won't really have a big sale. And I don't want to study this subject and that whereas
there was a time when you had every sale. So let's make the best decisions for our children. Even the name we bless our child with it's a blessing. That's why we say you bless your child with a beautiful name. It is a requirement of Islam that you choose the names with the best of meanings so that your child can have a beautiful name. When people call a child it will be such a beautiful name. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to select the best of names. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says some he has chosen to give only female children some he has chosen to give only male children, some he has chosen to give both male as well as female. And Allah subhanho wa
Taala says very clearly, some he has chosen to give no children he knows.
Allah subhanho wa Taala knows very, very well exactly what you deserve, number one, and he knows what is best for you. The problem is we become depressed when Allah has not chosen to give us children not knowing there are others who had children whose children were taken away at a young age or in their youth who are even more depressed than those who did not have children. So Allah knows that for you, it was better not to have them at all than to have had them and they are perhaps taken away in front of your eyes in a way that you may never get over. So understand whatever Allah has done is the best for you. It is his choice, let's not become upset. So Allah tells us here in order
that we achieve peace and in order that we are protected from depression, and from whatever else that would probably affect our health. Allah subhanho wa Taala says verse number 49 and 50 of the same surah so to show the law human Kusum
Do you want to Allah belongs the ownership of what is in the skies and on Earth. Allah owns everything you have to know.
He creates what ever he wants. You have many, many,
It is Alice's decision he gives whomsoever He wishes, only males. whomsoever He wishes, he gives them only females, whosoever He wishes, he gives them both male and female, whomsoever He wishes, he does not give them neither male nor female. All this is a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Some people have children. And as the children grow up, something goes wrong, and they will tell you, I wish I never had children, because these children have been a means or they have caused my depression and my stress and this and that, May Allah not make us from those.
And then you have some people who say, I lost my child when the child was 15 when the child was 20, I wish I'd never had to see this day. But then they are those whom Allah has protected from that. They are also depressed. So who is going to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala. Let us learn it is a last choice and decision if he has not given you tell yourself it is perhaps for a better reason. Yes, you may try you may make you are all of that will draw you closer to Allah but understand the ultimate decision is that of your maker. Do not try and compete with him. He knows what you what was best for you and me, Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. inshallah.
Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of another beautiful gift, the gift of the conveyance that we have today, conveyance has changed and it is changing drastically and very quickly. The type of vehicles that are out now are totally different from those that were out even 10 to 15 years ago. The facility that is there is amazing. Nowadays a vehicle. Really there is such facility that as you would like to overtake that vehicle itself will tell you it's not safe to do so. It may show you with a little camera that there are vehicles in front, it will calculate for you the speed of the vehicle that is coming. And it will tell you you're not going to make it even at your speed.
Amazing, amazing. But all this is in the hands of Allah for us. We are right in it. Allah has given us the ability to be within that convenience and to use if Allah has made it such that we are enjoying it all it is to a certain extent in our control but ultimately in the control of Allah subhanho wa Taala Have you ever thought of animals, imagine we have donkeys we have cows we have horses. These are used as convinced Subhana Allah, we have buffalo so many other animals that are used for convenience purposes. Allah says we are the ones who made these animals such that they already know what they are for. When you speak to the animal, it understands your language, you want
to get the Camel Up, you make a sound and it gets up you want to get it down, you make the sound and it sits down. You want to stop a donkey. That's if it started moving in the first place.
Goodness, my brothers and sisters it's a reality this is all from Allah. But sometimes something can go wrong drastically wrong. You can find an animal just going wild. And if you're on the horse can actually flick you off and your bones can break. So Allah says Allah has given you a gift this is inshallah to Zoho. There is a two hour that you should read after thanking Allah for having given you some form of control over that particular conveyance, because devil Allah hooray verse number 13 Soraka Zoho
Coronavirus comida Stairway to MADI Allah makes mention of hall that when we get on to the conveyance say it is an animal for example even if it is a motor vehicle, the versaflex we get on it. And in order for us to show that gratitude to Allah We thank Allah subhanho wa Taala and we should be saying Suba and ladies of
kalibo Glory be to Allah O praise be to Allah subhanho wa Taala who has given us the control of this meaning the conveyance that we are upon, yet we could not have otherwise control it and indeed we are all going to return to Allah.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us now Allah grant us goodness, really the other day. I saw someone driving fast and later on when I had a chat with him. He told
My brother, what can I do? I had metal plates in my legs. So now my foot is a bit heavy. So Subhanallah the accelerator happens to be pressed without me wanting to press it and I told him brother, use the same foot for the brakes. Allah Subhana Allah grant us goodness and Allah subhanho wa Taala opened our doors.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention here I see that a lot of fast drivers in this particular venue because everyone's looking at me quite excited Mashallah. Mashallah, don't worry, one of them is speaking to you as well.
So my brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the fact that he distributes whatever he wants, in terms of favor, to whomsoever He wishes. It's not in your hands, it's not in my hands, when a lot chooses to give you something, nobody can stop it. And when Allah has chosen not to give you something to give it to someone else, you cannot drop it, and you cannot block it, and you cannot have it for yourself. And this is why the kuffaar of Quraysh they contested one of the most greatest of blessings, what was then the prophethood of NaVi salatu salam, the greatest gift, imagine Prophethood the best of creation, blah, blah blah. And they argued they did not agree
they wanted it for themselves. This is why remember, do not become jealous at what Allah has given someone else because you're not burning about that you actually arguing or debating or disagree with the distribution of Allah so your fight is not with the one you are jealous of it is actually with the maker who gave it. So don't be jealous because jealousy is a war with Allah. That's what it is. So Allah says when you are jealous of someone, your other good deeds get eaten away, just like the fire eats away at a dry wood. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. They said and this is made mentioned off in verse number 31 and 32 of the same surah Allah says what callooh the kuffaar of
courage What did they say
me? Why didn't this go on come down upon a strong man from one of the two powerful big cities that is maca Oba? Why did it have to come to this orphan child, and Mashallah, this is actually a very, very great encouragement to children who are orphans.
Allah chose the best of creation to be an orphan and honored him with something that those who had both parents for their lives did not achieve.
So don't be Don't be a person who thinks Wow, my father's gone. And you know what, Allah grant him gentlemen, but now I'm a weakling and I won't this, believe me, Allah has a plan for you, but you need to be dedicated. Do not pity yourself for no reason. Sometimes we become depressed because we try to pamper ourselves with these thoughts and feelings but that's not good enough, get up and prove the whole world wrong because it's in allowes hands he will give you and the whole world will just look but this one didn't their shoes before. So Han Allah now he owns baton law. Allah subhanho wa Taala gracias. Goodness me he opened our doors. So my brothers and sisters, this was their
argument. They said why didn't Allah send down this car onto a big man a strong man, a powerful, wealthy person, someone who has a lot of control already. It's got nothing to do with it. Allah says.
big are they the ones who distribute the mercy of Allah? No.
We are the ones who have distributed between them. My a Shatta Wale hayati dunia, even their livelihood in this world, we chose who to give more to who to give less to those who might have lots in terms of sustenance, might not have anything in terms of knowledge or in terms of control or in terms of the other blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala nobody knows. This is all in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then you might have a person whom, for example, he might be respected by the whole world, but perhaps he might not ever have any wealth, he might not be a rich man. All this is in the hands of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, so Allah, whilst telling them what is right
and wrong, the lesson is for every single one of us, may Allah never make us jealous of what someone else has achieved. Rather, may we be from amongst those who can learn a lesson who can cry out to Allah, not only to protect those who have achieved but even to grant us from some form of achievement. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala accepted from us. Then again, the importance of those the importance of good company, Allah subhanho wa Taala in verse number 36 of surah to zakharov speaks about who is it that will automatically fall into bad company
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Monday, whoever turns away from the remembrance of the Almighty, we appoint for him a devil to be his companion. So it's like a seesaw, the closer you are to allow the further you are to the devil, or from the devil. And the closer you are to the demo, the further you are from Allah. So if we are going to turn away from the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala, he says, he appoints a devil for such people so that the devil can be the companion of that person. So now evil thoughts come into the mind, we are not happy when someone good is in our company, because they're not in our clinic, and they don't think like us, and we feel like this person is being a little bit hardline and so on.
It's because we ourselves do not have a link with Allah, how are we going to feel good in the company of those who haven't been good ally. It's like a thief will never ever be happy in the company of those in the police force. Unless, unless I want in that and shall we, Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us may gradually open our doors. So the same applies a person who wants to be protected from the devil needs to develop a link with Allah and needs to be constantly in the remembrance of Allah when time of Salah comes we need to be willing to fulfill that for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala, you find automatically your whole mind will change your way of thinking
will change positively. This is why if you look at the following verses Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What
do nnamani Sabine
What does the devil do to such people, these devils, they lead these people astray. But still these people think you know what we're doing the right thing, because it's your company, your company is not your brain. That's what has happened. So this is why my brothers and sisters and I want to really say this, because it's something that affects all of us, when we have bad company, sometimes they will take us away from good company giving us wrong advice, even knowingly. So for example, say there are three or four friends and these friends, they have built something together an empire or whatever else it is.
And then if one of them befriends a wrong, man, that wrong man will slowly take him away from the rest. And now that he's cut off the losses, his but the reason is, he allowed himself to get into company that was not good for him. So slowly, he was brainwashed. And the way he was brainwashed was that he actually felt that no, is that I think these people are against me, no ways. I don't want to work with them. He says break off and we broke off. So panela and when we broke up, he patted on the back set, right? You're doing a good thing, look, everybody's happy and so on. Voila, he the loss is not for anyone but the one who chose that bad company. This is why those who are saved from this
type of mental understanding are those who definitely are in the remembrance of Allah, Allah grants them the ability to distinguish this is why Allah says verse number 67, of the same surah.
Those who are the closest friends in this world shall be the biggest of enemies on the Day of Judgment, besides those who are conscious of Allah,
your best friend, if he doesn't stop you from doing bad, he will be your worst enemy on the Day of Judgment. You'll catch him and say, Why didn't you stop me? Look what's happened to us here. And so many of these debates are mentioned in the Quran, pick up the Quran and read through exchanges you will find Subhana Allah, something that will move you forever and ever.
This is Allah. So this is why the powerful wording of this Allah says Allah Allah, Allah is actually
one of the highest levels of love. One of the highest levels of companionship, Allah says those who are the closest in this world shall be the biggest enemies, besides those who are conscious of Allah, so they help each other to do good. They, they remind each other when bad things were happening, you know, if everyone goes to the pub together, those people are the ones who made the enemies on the Day of Judgment. But if as we are going to the pub, Allah protect us. One says, Do you know what to not go there? It's very bad. I'm never going to speak to you again. Or they threaten us with something in order for us to quit the bad habit. In that case, we might not like
them temporarily in this world for a moment because we might think this guy is not cool. He's not mixing with us. He's not coming out with us. He's not enjoying the party. But later on we will realize that was the one who cared for us truly, Mellotron does goodness, the same happens to the youth, even in our own families when you tell a little child who's now teenage You know what, this is very bad for you. You don't really need this phone right now. But why is that my whole classroom has the phone. Everyone's got the s for
Dad looks at you and he looks and she says, When you come to school, I'll show you and then she tells her friends when my dad comes wave at me with the phone in your hand.
And all the dad sees all these phones and he says, Okay, give me but you don't know that phone might result in your downfall. You're too young to have it really, sometimes may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. We don't want to listen to that which is beneficial for us. And we don't understand that it is to our detriment if we are to ignore that advice, which is powerful and solid, even if it is against our own whims and fancies.
This is a law and these reminders, they're all here in order for us to achieve ultimate peace. We want goodness, well, you know what have good friends Remember, you also need to discourage those whom you are in the midst of from that which is bad if you just sit back quiet and they mix with you know, you are guilty as well. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness.
Let's move on to Surah two, where Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of something very interesting, which brought about a lot of comfort to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was persecuted in Makkah, he was driven out of Cardiff. He lost his wife.
He lost his uncle. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells him, don't worry, if mankind are not listening to your message, we have a group of Jean Chi in whom we will let you witness how they took to your message and accepted it. So Allah says in verse number 29, to 32, and I suggest we read this
out Oh, Allah says, Remember how we diverted a group of Jin towards you, whilst you were reading the Quran, they were listening to this Koran. And when they got to the recitation to where it was being recited, they looked at each other and said, Keep quiet. Let's listen very carefully.
de, when that presentation was finished, they went back to their people warning them.
They said, Oh people meaning speaking of the gene came in as me Nikita.
De Moosa, we have heard a book being recited after the book of Moses, and that is the Torah. Most of the colony may have a, it confirms everything that the Prophet Moses had brought. So the Quran is a completion. It confirms every matter of belief. If you look at the original teachings of Judaism and Christianity, they are exactly identical to that of Islam. Exactly. When we say belief, we are talking of belief in Allah, believing the messengers, believing the books believe in the last day believing the life after death, belief in the fact that good and bad faith comes from Almighty and so on. And then there are certain things prohibited and certain things permissible and there is a
way of praying and certain obligations. So sometimes the details of the method of prayer and what was permissible and not might be different. But regarding belief, it was always the same from the beginning. To the end. The Almighty is one worship none besides one, he is one he is alone, worship none besides Him, none worthy of worship besides Him, they all had uttered those words. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us return to that which is correct. I mean, so my brothers and sisters, imagine how Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam was comforted by something else in totality from this Do you know what we learned? We learned a lot, but I want to draw a point connected to our theme.
Sometimes we become sad in life because of one thing that we've suffered a loss regarding. So Allah open so many other doors to say, hang on, smile, because of this, be happy because of that. Why do you want to concentrate on this one thing, look here Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam one after the other, they persecuted him I made mention already of so many of the things that happened to him in terms of what we would consider negative but Allah says Look, here are the gene kind they are accepting the message. So this was the opening of the doors, Mashallah Baraka same applies to us sometimes, if we look carefully and we are conscious of Allah, and we are people who try to end the
pleasure of Allah when one door closes another 10 doors open.
When one door closes, another 10 doors open, but sometimes we just need a technique to say look, there's the door, there is another door. Look what Look what is bestowed upon Allah, look what is given. Sometimes we need to sit and think this is why this whole month we've been saying let's ponder, let's think over the gifts of Allah upon us, thank Allah, you will achieve a lot of peace. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness in Surah Mohamed Salah, Salah wasallam there is an entire surah named after Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of so many aspects in the surah I want to draw one
He asks a question, which is better? Is it better for someone to go into paradise or for someone to be cast into Hellfire forever? It's a question but whilst asking the question he has thrown in the description of this paradise, so look what he says, verse number 15, of surah, Mohammed Salatu, Salam metallogenic, Nigeria to
the example of that paradise, the gardens that have been promised to those who are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, he has
seen, it has all these gardens have in them, rivers of water, water that is not changed in any way neither in taste, nor in its smell. In fact, it is very pleasant, nothing changes that water, beautiful water, you know, sometimes you have a beautiful river, but you cannot drink from it, because it's changed somehow the color is mixed, maybe there is some dirt in it, maybe the smell, you know, you cannot trust something might have happened upstream and as you are downstream, you notice this water is murky, you're not satisfied. In general, it will not be like that, no matter what it will be pure water completely completely pure without any form of contamination, the best of
water. So Allah says, This is what paradise will have and on top of that, one Haram in Lebanon, Lamia, Giovanni
rivers have to milk the taste of which will not change it doesn't become it does not become the sour milk or the yogurt that we no no, it is your milk imagine a river of milk just to close your eyes and think of it brings about coolness and calmness to the heart.
And if you think no brings about coolness to listen to what comes next one
rivers flowing have the most pure of juices, the most pure of fruit extract the term used is common, but it is not a wine of today, you know, in the Old Testament, when the term wine is used, it is not referring to that which is intoxicating, it is referring to pure fruit juice. But because the English language is guilty of having changed over the centuries, in to refer to it now as that which is intoxicating. They say Jesus drank wine, we say that means Jesus drank the pure fruit juice, it does not mean that wine and the vodka that you get at shoprite round or down the road.
That's not what it was not at all. And the Christians know this. And so do the others. They know they know it deep down those with knowledge. Understand that if you look at the Aramaic term, and you look at how it was translated into why and how the English language perception of the term wine or understanding of it has changed over time, you will know that the wine that is mentioned in the Koran or in the Old Testament, or what happened to Jesus May peace be upon it is definitely not the intoxicating thing that you get in the markets today. And they just call it the wine it is referring to pure fruit juice that there is the term wine now lots of Anahata Allah grant us from the wines of
Jelena Don't worry.
Allah bless us.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says so hon Allah
Subhana Allah, then Allah subhanho wa Taala says one
of for me, this brings about the biggest piece love Just the thought of it, I can sit and I can think about it for an hour and I can just imagine it because I am into rowhani and all sorts of honey Mashallah and we can distinguish between that which is just sugar that you get in the shops and that which is something else and that which is really really the genuine stuffs from Allah and Allah says in heaven in the paradise you will have rivers flowing of pure honey so
the other day we said honey, do you remember that one will be there as well inshallah
Allah subhanho wa Taala says this is the pure honey the real honey
amazing Mashallah amazing. Imagine you just picture a river with the next time you go to close your eyes and imagine it honey.
I hope your homies with you as well.
Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and grant us goodness my brothers and sisters, this dunya has in it sceneries that really bring about so much peace and serenity to our hearts and minds. What about the life after death when we go into paradise Allah granted to us imagine he says those livers won't be fooled but of something else, a different type of a liquid and you know what? If you are imagining in your mind that I wonder what it tastes like it's already on your tongue in your taste buds
So Allah says, For that you need to work hard. You need to work hard, because the opposite of that is one common follow
would you like from these rivers? Or would you like to be a person who is cast into Hellfire made to drink scanning water that will look up his intestines? May Allah protect us from that we don't even want to think about it because we are all trying our best, don't we say Allah?
Allah, you are most forgiving you love to forgive so forgive me don't react to that. Well then Allah subhanho wa Taala will forgive us by the word of Allah unconditioned that we are serious about the statement. May Allah subhanahu wa taala make us people whose lives change amazing I need to mention a few more points here. The next surah is Surah
Surah is the surah named after the victory of Mecca. Very briefly what happened is when they arrived in the outskirts or on the outskirts of Mecca, Tomoko Rama, the kuffaar inside mocha did not allow the Muslims in so they sent us man have been affirmed. In in order to discuss look, we are here for Amara, we did not come to fight. All we want is just to make the Ramadan. And these people deny and disagree. So a few things happen. I want to just mentioned one of them. One of them was subsequently a treaty was signed.
That treaty was signed between Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and the co founder of Quraysh, the disbelievers of Croatia, and as a result, if you looked at that treaty, it is still there to be seen. It is in the books of history made mention of they removed the name Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, they said just write your first name. We don't know you as a Rasulullah. They removed so many things. If you looked at it, it was absolutely unfair. The Sahaba Mohan was saying they are saying if someone leaves Makkah and comes to Medina, we must send them back. But if anyone leaves us and goes to them, when they use, they will not send him back. How fair is that? Not fair at all. And
there were so many unfair clauses that were there, but by the will of Allah Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam agreed with every single one of them. And as they left metrotile, mocha Rama, Allah revealed the verses, in
indeed, we have granted you a clear victory.
And some of the companions asked specifically, is this a victory? When is the Koran came down with verses then it is definitely a victory. So Allah subhanho wa Taala, in no time is changed by the word of Allah, he caused me to change what happened, because there was a peace between the kuffaar and the people of Medina, Manohar. I mean,
there was an opportunity for the winds of Islam to spread across the globe. So what seemed negative actually had so much positive in it that it was termed as a big victory. So my brothers and sisters remember, in a few years time, the whole victory of Makkah happened. It was a result of that particular treaty that they signed. Remember one thing, no matter what appears to be negative, and no matter how negative it appears to be, if we are upright, it is a victory for us by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we've said this at the beginning, that every time the enemy trying to spoil the good name of Islam and blame the Muslims for things they have not done, it has always been
it has always without exception, without a single exception. It has always been such that more and more people have entered into the fold of Islam as a direct result.
Never underestimate the power of Allah. No matter how many cartoons they made, how many videos they made, no matter what they've done, how they've lied what how they have come to people as to what Islam is how they try to damage the reputation of the one whose reputation is is really beyond anyone's reach in terms of trying to cause damage. Every time they tried something more and more people turn to the dean the question I have, are we turning to the dean May Allah subhanho wa Taala Granta steadfastness until we meet again. Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah and having an ISA panic alone will be handy.