Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Day 25, 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 salam, O Allah Jalla wa ala nabina Muhammad, Allah Allah He was happy as many.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we asked Allah to bless them all and to bless every single one of us and to grow this goodness. Brothers and sisters in Islam. We thank Allah subhanho wa Taala, for giving us this opportunity to meet in his house. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us from those who constantly feel the connection with his own house and with him. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who never ever lose hope in his mercy. I mean, yesterday we spoke about the victory of Macron. And how victory came to the Muslims after it seemed
as if or it seemed as though they had struck an agreement that was very unfair against them. But this is the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala where sometimes something negative happens to us. But it is the opening of so many positive doors. Like we said when one door closes another 10 doors open by the will of Allah. And Allah subhanho wa Taala has mentioned this in the Koran for many reasons. One of them is for us to draw a lesson that in our lives for as long as we are trying to adopt the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And for as long as we are trying to please our maker, nothing negative can actually happen to us. Whatever happens even though it may saddened us if we lose, for
example a child or we lose something material, but deep down we would know this was the will of Allah, it could not have been any worse. And Allah subhanho wa Taala blessed us, really sometimes I'm not wants to give us Paradise by closing certain doors for us, which would result in us going through a phase of Sabah and Dorrance for the sake of Allah. And during that phase, Allah subhanho wa Taala becomes so pleased with us that he says for you is paradise now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness.
Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the Sahaba mahana whom he was pleased with. Imagine if someone had to tell you, you are guaranteed a place in paradise. How would you feel? If someone were to tell you you are guaranteed a place in paradise? How would you feel? This is a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But he told those whom he knew had they been told they would be from amongst those who would work harder to achieve an even higher place in paradise. And like us if we were told that one wonders if we would still come for Salah reality, one wonders if we would have better mass instruction or we would say hi, I reserved my place I can now do as I please. No. Those were the
ones whom Allah had mentioned how pleased he is with them. And it made them even more steadfast. When the rumors spread that was a friend of mine who was murdered in Makkah. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who was in on the outskirts of Mecca with his companions. They had no weapons as such, but they pledged allegiance. They pledged to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam under a certain tree. Now the tree is known as Shujaat a red one, the three have the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. They pledged under the tree, that we will fight back even if we lose our lives. Because if one from amongst us is murdered, we will all stand up and make sure that we go forward
and we defend and retaliate May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all. So because of that Allah subhanho wa Taala saw their dedication, he knew there was going to be no war. He knew that that was just a rumor. This is why it's important my brothers and sisters for us to clarify and verify before doing things at this particular time. They did not just go into war, they pledged that pledge was a test. Allah subhanho wa Taala wanted to see from amongst them, who is ready to sacrifice for the cause of Allah subhanho wa Taala they were already all of them. Approximately 1400 of them Subhana Allah and Allah subhanho wa Taala sent versus sent verses explaining how he is pleased with them and
how as soon as they struck that pledge, they immediately achieved the comfort and the peace in their heart. Listen to verse number 18 Allah says la casa de la mina review by
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Indeed, Allah subhanho wa Taala has become pleased upon those believers who pledged under the three who pledged was Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or to him under the tree on that particular day. And Allah subhanho wa Taala knew what was in their hearts. So he granted them a special piece from him. And he gave them news of a victory that would come very, very soon. SubhanAllah Look, the dedication. And from this we learn if we have a problem, if we have issues in life, for as long as we remain steadfast, a day will come when the victory would stare us in the face, and we would walk straight through the doors of victory by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, the reason I make
mention of this verse is to show how when Allah sees what is in your heart, he then gives you the peace, he then gives you the contentment that you are looking for. So it's about time we cleanse our hearts and we realized who comes first, Allah subhanho wa Taala he comes even before myself, and then we have Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam they come even before ourselves, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the peace that we are searching for.
The next surah is known as sort of a giraffe named after the rooms. And this surah is very, very important for every one of us to know it has in it, the ingredients of peace, and I'm going to pick up a few of the points that are made mention of in this beautiful sutra known as Surah Surah. The point number one that I want to raise is to verify information Allah says, Yeah, I you
know, oh, to see
me, oh, you who believe was number six.
When a singer comes to you with news that verified it. And one of the Tafseer is explains that when someone comes to you with any news of someone else, by virtue of them, having come to you talking about another person, they are already sinful of backbiting. So be careful. So there are two different translations of this the term fat sick, it would either mean when a sinner comes to you or it would mean when someone comes back biting to you, they're already sinful. So watch out. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness, and may He make us from those who do not carry tails. From here today? May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of us.
So Allah says,
When a person comes to you with news a sinful person comes to you with news, verify it especially when it is news about someone else authenticated. Ask yourself, Is it something that I really need to know? Does it bother me or affect me if it doesn't leave it because it does not concern? You mean Hosni Islam in moderate aku melayani the sign of the good submission of a Muslim is that he leaves that which does not concern him. So if you leave that which does not concern you, you achieve a lot of peace, the minute you're involved in that which does not concern you, you will find yourself suffocating regarding that which definitely does concern you. So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to
protect us, we need to verify why verified because if you don't do that, you may be regretting your deed or your action or your reaction to that particular news regarding an innocent person. later on. You find out you know what this person was innocent but you went around you believe the stories that came to you you spread the rumor. So who is to blame? Allah warns us in Europe, what a powerful verse it affects every single one of us without a single exception.
We need to be careful because today we are in the age of little mobile phones where a small thing happens and next thing we are indeed from amongst those who spirit. the bare minimum is we forward it but did you find out? Did you verify? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us good good goodness in the dunya. And remember, if there is big news about someone you can always try and spread it. But if there is bad news before you spread it, make sure you have found out and make sure you verified and if it does not concern you leave it Do you know there was a time
And there was a time up to not very long ago when, when people are if people were told of something bad about someone else, let's take the example of someone saw another person in a pub. We won't ask what they were doing there, but they saw the person Okay.
Now that they saw them in the pub, they would rather make a day out for them a long time ago, they would make this man I saw him walking in there. Yeah, Allah guided him, help him open his doors help him stay away from him. This is the genuine Islamic feeling. But today, it is the opposite as soon as you see them on Facebook. Somehow the law we on Twitter. What else are we on? BBM and WhatsApp and lion and Tango and what else lions of Allah I can name you another 20 different platforms May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. One is called WeChat and the other one is called Krakow and everything else. Now Allah protect us. Really? What do we chat about people in the pub.
So if we have genuine meaning when you hear bad news about someone, the first thing you say Allah, I don't believe this. But if it is true, Allah guide them, help them open their doors, protect them from the devil, Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us the angels make it too hard for you to save your law protect this person and his progeny from the same. This is why when we have to talk about the children of others, take a careful look at your own children around the table and say Allah, I'm not immune to what I said about the children of that man. Remember that? You want to get excited because someone else's child did something wrong. And you want to scrape the tail. Remember, a day will come
when on other tables, people will be discussing your child. So May Allah protect us. This is why we say let us return back to the ingredient of peace. You want peace, stop spreading things make to make the player say something good. Your sister, for example, she's not dressed appropriately rather than going across the globe.
You know, what did you see how she's dressed? What are you doing looking there?
One day, there was a man who came back from a wedding. And he says, You know, I went to the wedding, you should have seen the way they were dressed. And you should have seen how the husband came in Le copter and you know the wife, she came in a Bentley and this happened and that happened. And you know that total free for all of music and dancing and everything. And this man did it. And we looked at him and he said but what were you doing? so sharp? He says when if I didn't go Who told you?
So May Allah subhanho wa Taala says goddess ready? We need to know what were you doing looking? Make your heart for them? Really.
This sister for example, does not yet have the strength to dress appropriately grant her the strength in that regard and grant me the strength in so many other things that I am weak where you have actually covered me up
this genuine feeling for one another we will go very far in life if we return to that we need to love one another you see a person with a weakness Allah has you say Allah help him Allah guide her yeah Allah guide me as well and automatically when you make a dua or say a prayer for someone else, the angels are saying Allah grant him or her the same. Love Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, man, he opened our doors, you know, we don't want to be from amongst those who play the fool with this type of law. Because if we are then cursing an innocent person, like we've said in the past, the curse is actually upon us because that person is innocent. They don't deserve it. It will be
bounced to us we are affected by it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us there was a man who was told obviously this is on a lighter note that you know you have three wishes whatever you wish your enemy will get double. So he said wow, okay, I'd rather not wish because if he's going to get double, then I'm going to lose then he says no, no, no, no, I've got a plan. So this is okay first wish. I want a house like this. This this and he described the house in no time he had the house his enemy across the road had a house double the size. So while it comes back and he says my wish number two. I wish that I get so much in terms of gold and silver and whatever. In a little while it goes
there. And what happened is enemy had doubled and then he tells this, he says you know what? Scared me half to death. Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. Allah grant us goodness, Allah opened our doors imagine this is how we think we cannot see others progress in life. We become so hard that even if you have whatever you are wishing sometimes we are so weak that we have whatever we wish for but we do not wish even a drop of it for someone else. Why is this the case? This is why we don't have peace. This is why we lose the comfort This is why we cannot sleep at night except with sleeping pills because we might have everything but we are not happy for our brother to have even more than
us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala purify our hearts. Let's move to the next point.
We have disputes amongst us. Sometimes you will have a little dispute where a deal went sour, a misunderstanding. Okay? Something happened. A lot tells us in this particular verse, verse number 10, of Serato.
in Monaco, indeed all believers are a part of one family, they are brothers and sisters. So how does the West End?
So, strive to resolve the disputes between the two of you who are fighting one another, or who are quarreling with one another, in order that you may achieve the mercy of Allah. If you want to achieve mercy, strive to resolve the problem between two people who are not getting along, or who have a problem or who, for example, are fighting one another. If you are prepared to genuinely help them to get back by the will of Allah, it will be the ingredient of you achieving peace. Allah says Allah Allah
so that you collectively can achieve the peace of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Today, and let's be honest, when we see two brothers fighting, we are happy. Yeah, just as well. Yeah, that was good. It was expected. Now they can fight, you know, and we'll go saying, oh, that guy was wrong. You need to fix him, show him. You know, this is the attitude we have. That's why we don't have peace. It's a reality. People get happy when others are fighting. They say it's about time we were waiting for it. Why? Why don't we get upset when we see two people fighting, we say you know, my brother, no matter what it is, you can solve a problem cannot be worth more than a certain amount. Or if you are wrong,
admitted, mend your ways. You know, today I was saying to some people that let's learn to forgive. So immediately, someone said, How can I forgive someone, when they keep on repeating the same thing, that's true. You cannot forgive someone who keeps repeating the same thing. But when we say forgive people, we are saying, forgive those who are asking you to forgive them, someone's come to you, and they are ready to mend their ways. And they will not do it again. And they are serious about it. And they say we are sorry. In that case, open your heart, open your arms, embrace and realize that Allah has given you this opportunity to show that you do have a beautiful quality in you. But we are not
talking about those who are who have not given up their bad ways. They are oppressing us day and night. How can we just say it, forgive them? If that's the case, we promote criminal criminal behavior, and we promoting people to oppress one another. And we keep on saying just forgive and forget and forgive and forget, remember, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us It cannot last forever. Somewhere somehow it needs to stop May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. The point here is, we need to resolve our matters. Let us not start a dispute when a brother has done something, try and look for an excuse for that particular brother or sister to say no, they did not intend it
today. Say you agreed with someone to pick you up at 11 o'clock. And they don't they don't come not at all. And they come at half past 12. And you say you know what? They did it purposely. That thought is from the devil himself. Who are you to start reading the hearts of people. In fact, we should say perhaps they were late. Whatever excuse he presents, I'm going to accept it and so on. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from those who try to leave the hearts of people because that is what causes bigger problems. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us something very serious. Yeah, you had a Latina man. Oh, you who believe we claim to believe? Don't we? May Allah grant us
true belief may make us the believers. liars.
Do not ridicule or tease one another list, the one you are ridiculing may be better than you. So people go and they say, you know, they tease others. They ridicule them. They they make a mockery of them. Allah says perhaps those whom you are trying to mock might be better than you. And another verse of the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala. In fact, immediately after that, he says, The women as well be careful, do not mock at one another, a group from amongst you should not mock at another because they might be better than you in the eyes of Allah. And you don't know. And if we do that, or if we engage in this type of mocking, it will result in the snatching away of our own peace. This
is why sometimes we are struggling, suffering Why? We are the ones who ridicule others, we teach them we make a joke out of them and in return, we lose our own contentment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and may He protect us from this type of behavior. Then he continues to say while I tell him he is Oh,
Do not insult one another. Even jokingly
the verses Do not insult one another but we here are saying even jokingly if we insult one another you sue
One other results in hatred, it results in enmity. And even in we joke some people jokingly they call each other with a swear word. It happens when they want to call you this, they use three four swear words and you laughing because you think it's a joke. A day comes when it will go into the heart It pierces and they get irritated, and then the friendship breaks. Why? Because we were foolish, how can you insult one another, even jokingly, how can you call each other bad names. That's the next part, the next part of the worst, while
don't call each other with offensive next nicknames. It's prohibited, completely prohibited to call each other offensive nicknames. Perhaps we are all guilty at some stage of calling someone a name that they don't like.
To protect us, we have a little nickname at the back of our minds for people. Because we don't like them, we've got a bad nickname. And sometimes because of their shape or size, we call them something else. And sometimes they have no option but to like it, because everybody calls him that. So if you are called fatty and you don't mind being called Fatty, then Alhamdulillah. But if you mind it, well Laurie, you you should be minding it by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because it's something that does not describe goodness, really. May Allah protect us when you want to choose a nickname, choose a beautiful one. And remember, if you do not want to be called what people are calling you do
not respond to that name ever.
Your name is Abdullah and they want to call you
where you are. Did you hear it?
Truly, Allahu Akbar, Allah, may Allah protect us up to noise, the seventh of Allah. Yes, if you do not like the name appears, I would say do not settle for such a name. Because your parents have given you such a powerful name, which has in it the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala, you might not be upset with the fact that people shortened your name, but the fact that our last name is in your name, keep it full. Think about that. Think about it. So now what happens when people say do you keep on walking? Keep on walking. And then
when you look back and say yes, then get the message. That's the way and that's how it should be done. And I've given you one example, but if you have a beautiful nickname, it is a pseudonym of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he used to give his wives some beautiful nicknames, and they loved it because these were nicknames and had nice meanings. You know. So the same applies to us sometimes, you know, people don't even call their wives with nicknames. You know, they just say, call your mother. Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. May Allah grant us goodness, it happens all the time. And some people say no, it's a form of respect. Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam had Beautiful Names,
beautiful names for even for Sharia law and ha you know how we would say rosy cheeks? Subhana Allah He used to call her from a rock which has a similar meaning. Allahu Akbar. Imagine, imagine
even the men of blushing, Masha.
Allah subhanho wa Taala goddess goodness, the point being raised Do not insult one another even joking. We do not call each other with names that are offensive. Not at all. May Allah protect us. Then Allah says
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are you who believe abstain, stay away from bad suspicion or negative assumption. We already spoke about it a little bit, but I can touch on it again. When we assume something negative. A brother is walking past and we said you know what this guy's eating salad without Voodoo.
It's such a dirty thought it shows that you perhaps might be doing that Allah protect us. You know, assistant is walking in the middle of the night and you say she's got bad intentions? Why? She could have just gone through some heavy ordeal that you don't even know about. May Allah protect us, brothers and sisters, may Allah protect us all have a good assumption really do not have negative thoughts. Because a lot of the times it displays the negativity in your own mind. You know, they say a dirty mind thinks dirty. So even when someone is speaking very clean, you know, they have a little cloud that pops up above their heads and the thoughts are all within the cloud. And the bad
thoughts. Why? Because a dirty mind thinks very dirty. This is why Allah is telling us do not have negative suspicion. you rather have positive suspicion. Like we see sometimes people sitting on their mobile phones and you come into the machine say hey, this guy here is on his mobile phone in the machine.
You may not know the next and then sometimes you have a person with a forearm sitting with his forearm wide open and in a mobile phone with games play games. So you might not know what's going on still. The one or the open is between him and Allah you must think is reading the one with the mobile phone continue thinking that he's doing something that is beneficial for him. Why do we need to think negative This is what is drawing us away from our own peace and contentment because you think negative of others
Believe me, they begin to think negative of you. So what happens the whole world becomes a negative place. We need to be positive. We need to be people who think good about one another so that tomorrow we will also be thought good of May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors. Look at how powerful the verses of the suit this surah is. Would anyone think that Allah has really revealed verses with such detail telling us how to live amongst one another? Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, while it just says, Don't spy on one another, it's got nothing to do with you. Don't spy on one another. For what may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from eavesdropping, you know people
sometimes enjoy it's a pastime for them. They go and fix up little CCTVs and cameras and they eavesdrop. They have some recording and so on. So what leave them it's between them and Allah Yes, if it is something that concerns you, you may confront them and so on. May Allah protect us. May Allah grant us goodness, we need to stay away from this type of activity, you spy on someone they spy on you what happens there is hatred in your heart. And there is hatred in this law come and look at how we are dealing with the cleansing of the heart. So take away this issue of eavesdropping and spying and so on. May we ask Allah to protect us then Allah says while I A ba ba,
ba ba and do not bite one another. Don't talk bad about someone in their absence. May Allah protect us all. Every one of us the speaker included, needs to be more conscious of this. One narration says backbiting is worse than committing adultery. When you commit adultery, you ask Allah forgiveness. When you've engaged in backbiting, you need to ask that person's forgiveness as well. Allahu Akbar, Allah protect us from all types of sin. Remember this, he who can protect himself from backbiting is one who has definitely a rank far higher than the ones who do not do the same? Definitely.
May Allah protect us remember backbiting is the cuca Huckabee mokara to mention that about your fellow brother or sister? Had they been there? They would not have liked it. But you mentioned it in their absence. They wouldn't have liked it that is backbiting and with backbiting. Allah says Would you like to eat the flesh of your dead brother? No. So then stop backbiting. Allah subhanho wa Taala says God as the Sahaba ask the question, and this is what a lot of people say when you say brother Don't get by. But it's true. You heard that. When you say brother Don't die by to say but it's true.
If it is true, it is backbiting if it is not true, it is a slander which is worse than that, right?
The Sahaba asked the same question. Oh messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in canopy Morocco. What What if What I'm saying is in the men and I'm telling the truth. So the Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam said if it is true, it is backbiting if it is not true, then it is a slander which is far worse than backbiting. So stay away from the lives of others. That's the message we are getting here tonight. Concentrate on your own life. Be happy if you want to involve in someone else's life involve positively or stay away. That's how you achieve peace. But the military involved in the other one's life and this one's life we have forgotten about ourselves. This is why the Hadith says ooba,
Manisha Allah who
give good news to he whose own weaknesses keep him occupied from involving in the weaknesses of others.
May Allah help us so we can work on our own weaknesses? Brothers and sisters, we have so many weaknesses, that if we were to work on our weaknesses, 24 seven, a whole lifetime would pass and we'd still be working on our own weaknesses. So the moment we are engaged in the lives of others, we have another major weakness to be dealing with.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, really, these are words of divine words of wisdom from Allah subhanho wa Taala. It's up to us to put them into practice. And remember one thing like I said, a few days ago, when we have a bad habit, we need to firstly identify it, admit it and then work very hard to eradicate it. So if you have an anger problem, for example, without you working hard on your temper, it's not going to nothing's going to happen to it, it's not going to go anyway. If you have a problem of backbiting, without you becoming conscious of it, and engaging in perhaps the dhikr of Allah or walking away from perhaps gatherings which are engaged in this type of speech,
you're not going to go anywhere.
We need to do something about it. We need to work hard and we need to spread it amongst all of us stop backbiting we don't want to hear this and so on. May Allah protect us then Allah subhanho wa Taala declares the greatness of his in the fact that he has created us all
Different sizes and shapes and different peoples and tribes, in order that we recognize one another. Listen to what he says in verse number 13 of Sudan odorata, Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
oh people this is addressing the Muslims, the non Muslims or people in
oh people, we have created you from a single male and female.
And we have made from them.
So many different clans and tribes, we have made you into peoples and tribes, we have different races today, we have so many different types of people, we have people who are living in different parts of the world all this is a gift of Allah. He says the reason why we have created you totally different from one another is so that you can get to know one another.
So you can know one another, this meaning, or this way of knowing one another is so broad. That to start off with even within one race or within one type of people, every single person is completely different from the other from the beginning of creation, right up to the end,
your iris, different, your thumbprint, your fingerprints, different the way your hair grows different. Every single zebra has different stripes. Every giraffe has different spots. Do you know that totally different no two of those animals can be identical. Even those who we call identical twins have differences. So Allah says so that you can be recognized. You know, when you come on the Day of Judgment. You can't say, Hey, you know what, that must have been a mistake because you can't say that you are totally different. lavaca May Allah protect us. Allah has made us different. And he says we get to know each other. Some of the races are more powerful than others. Some of them
perhaps might be more intelligent than others. All this is a gift of a law. Imagine if every one of us was identical.
When you get married, it would only be what's the number played. May Allah protect us Allahu Akbar. May Allah protect us really. But Allah has made it so interesting for us where we don't go by numbers we go by names. If you look at the motor vehicles that look identical, they go by numbers Why? Because Toyota so and so Mashallah, there are so many of them. We now need numbers Allahu Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us good use of our motor vehicles. But my brothers and sisters appreciate the difference let us not look down upon another because we feel that these are inferior due to their race or their financial standing or where they are from in the world. Sometimes what
happens is you meet a person
I'm going to give you a typical example it might hit some very very hard but let's listen to it. Sometimes you meet a person and they dress quite well and you greet them How are you what's happening Oh, I'm fine Everything okay? And after a while, you know you had a good time and you know that this person is extremely intelligent whatever work you had Mashallah was achieved and then you asked him brother, where do you live now you were one of the top shots you live in a tough area you know tough areas, everything is okay Masha, Allah Subhana Allah and then what happens? he happens to tell you, I live in the township and suddenly your face drops and you look at him from head to toe.
And after that your whole perception of that person changes. That is ignorance. That is Jamelia. Allah He we do not judge people based on where they stay and what type of a house they live in. Some of the most beautiful people live under a tree my brothers and sisters May Allah subhanho wa Taala beautify us and some of those who have the worst of habits living mentions May Allah protect us and our offspring. And Allah make us from those who can work on qualities to become better people. Let's hear what happened or Let's listen to what was said today. Put it into practice and inshallah we will achieve peace until we meet again tomorrow inshallah we say, well, Allahu wa salam ala nabina
Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah.
Allah Allah Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala