Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds, Ramadan 2013 – Day 3
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Salam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Muhammad Ali Al amin Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa Tabby woman tambien BSN in Isla Medina.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala All praise is indeed due to him. Lord of the worlds we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, and all those who have struggled through the years to preserve the dean in a way that today it has got to us, may Allah bless every single one of us and may He bless our offspring, may he make us to from amongst those who can convey the message of goodness to others. Brothers and sisters, we have been discussing the pearls of peace from the noble Koran. This is the third episode. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us the peace that we are so desperately
searching for. We ask Allah subhana wa Taala to grant us contentment of the soul, and to grant us peace not only in this world, but even in the era. Remember, the help of Allah is very near, many of us go through a lot of difficulties in life. Like we said yesterday, in life, we will have a lot of tests, we cannot run away from the tests that a lot of places in our lives, but every time there is a test, remember that the help of Allah is very near. Listen to this verse, verse number 214. We recited it last night, but it's important that we go through it, Allah says, um, has he been?
was easy No.
Do you think that you are going to enter Paradise so easily? Do you think that you are going to enter paradise? And what came to those before you in terms of tests has not yet come to you? They were tested in such a great way with poverty with hardship, until they were shaken and the believers from amongst them as well as the messengers from amongst them. Ask the question, when is the help of Allah going to come? The response Allah says, Behold, the help of Allah is very, very near Subhana Allah imagine the messengers themselves went through great difficulty, what brought peace in their minds was the fact and peace in their hearts was the fact that the help of Allah was very near.
today. Sometimes we go through so many difficulties, even as an oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam we are facing so many challenges people ask, When is the help of Allah going to come? You want peace and contentment? Well remember, Allah, Allah, Allah Karim, behold, the help of Allah is very, very near. May Allah help us and maybe help those suffering in Syria and Bangladesh in Burma and Somalia, in Afghanistan and Iraq, in Sudan and in Yemen, in all the countries of the globe where those are suffering, may Allah guide them and assist them and maybe help of Allah be with them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all I mean, then we have a beautiful verse. Remember when we talk
of pills of peace, what we are talking about, we are talking about aspects of the obedience of Allah through which we will achieve peace. And whenever we have stayed away from obeying Allah instruction, that much our peace will be snatched away, like listen to what we are about to say. When we engage in business deals, when we borrow money, when we lend money, when we make a deal or to when there is debt involved. When there is credit involved. Sometimes we do not write it down. And therefore we suffer later on in life. The son comes about when dad has passed away. He says half of this business is mine. Where did dad writing? Well, that was only my son, why should I have
written it? You are wrong, my dear father, write it down. Let witnesses bear witness and make sure it is signed. Today people are contesting signed documents that have been signed by layers and that have been really signed under oath. Do you think that they are going to take word of mouth anymore?
Today you can sign a document and they will deny it they will contest it in the courts. So to be honest with you if you are just going to
Be a person who is trying to rely on the mouth or the word of the mouth, believe me, you are foolish when it comes to these matters. May Allah protect us, even if it is your son, a partnership with a family member, a brother, a father, no matter who it is, write it down. And this is why when there is some money owed between us, write it down, do not rely on the word of mouth all low, the tongue of a believer should be sufficient, but because sometimes you find shavonne creeping in. No longer do we share those moments where the tongue of a believer is sufficient, because it becomes the tongue of a devil. After a while, may Allah protect us, really, so many families have crumbled.
Because of this, Allah says, verse number 282 of Surah Baqarah the longest verse in the Quran.
If you are going to engage in credit and debt and so on borrowing money lending money up to a certain period of time, you need to write it down, make sure you've written it. So imagine Allah is teaching us how to achieve long term peace. Because after you've died, sometimes there may be war between your own family members because your mistake was you did not write things down. So my beloved brothers and sisters, write things down, make it clear, let people bear witness get it signed. And if you think one person in particular is going to cause a problem, get them to sign as well. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and May He grant us ease today the dollar and the RAND
has become such that we are prepared to sacrifice family members because of a million rounds less or more. A family member is sacrificed. No more speaking. No more anything one is right one is wrong. Both of them feel they are correct. May Allah protect us. You know, I want to share with you a story. Once the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam heard the sound of argument by his door, he came out and he looked at the people they were debating over something and the ownership of it. So he explained to them that I am going to be judging between you based on the evidence that is before me.
And if I am to rule that something is yours yet it is not yours. And you know it is not it is a piece of the fire up to you to take it or to leave it. Both of them lifted. They said this doesn't belong to us.
They were worried to say that if I am to take it in case it is going to be a piece of the fire. They left it if we mean they carried on moments before that they were debating who owned it, may Allah protect us. So remember, if you are prepared to let go, Allah subhanho wa Taala may grant you paradise in return. Let's move to the next surah yesterday we heard in Surah Allah imraan a DA that is very, very powerful. It is the means of our peace of mind.
Verse number eight, Allah says oh my god, this is a duel that we are being taught. Oh my god. Do not deviate our hearts after You have guided us. This is a powerful gap and grant us from you mercy. Indeed you are the giver. You are the owner of gifts grant us from you mercy. Oh Allah subhanho wa Taala do not deviate our hearts after you guide them. So we ask Allah for guidance. And on top of that we say once we are guided, don't go back on your achievement. Going back on your spiritual achievement is tantamount to loss of peace, inner peace and outer peace in the dunya as well as in the euro. A person who started reading five Salah a day suddenly they dropped to four they dropped
to three very big loss. We are going back after we were guided someone who was dressed appropriately and after that they abandoned the good dress they are going backward May Allah protect us but a person who is moving forward they will earn the pleasure of Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us steadfastness. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the qualities of the people of paradise. Many places in the Quran This is mentioned the reason why we say this paradise is a place of peace. We spoke about peace in the life after death. You want to achieve it when you need to have the following qualities. Assad in our saw dp in our in our movie in our most Davina been us.
Verse number one verse number 17 of suricata Imran listen Allah says those who are patient, those who are truthful those
who are dedicated to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Those who spend in the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala and those whom in the early hours of the morning, they are seeking the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala those are the ones who deserve paradise, they will have peace in the life after death. They seek forgiveness in the early hours, they bear patience, they are truthful, they are steadfast for Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they spend a lot from what Allah has provided them. This issue of spending is repeated in these verses so many times that one wonders with the Sahaba of the loved one and they were told who is going to purchase this well for the Muslims and for him he shall be
paradise you find this man, a fan of the Allahu anhu coming with a lot of his wealth, a huge percentage of his wealth he gave it and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says for you is paradise. This would mean that sometimes we are weak but Allah has given us wealth. If we use that wealth in a big way to save the cause of Allah subhanho wa Taala there is a great chance that we have bought our peace in the life after death by earning Allah grant us the ability to spend it in his path to help one another one law he is the Muslims are to give them the car correctly, there will be no poor Muslims across the globe. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us people who can give
and may make us people whom when we give, we don't expect anything in return besides the acknowledgement of Allah Azza wa Jalla.
Now remember, people search for honor and dignity through various means. Some would like to earn honor and dignity through the certificate they have the qualification they have the post they are holding the wealth that they have Allah subhanho wa Taala has made it clear in verse number 26 of Allah Amman, that Allah is the owner of dignity and honor he gives it to whomsoever He wishes, he snatches it away from whomsoever He wishes, you want dignity and honor ask Allah there are people who who have had to really rub their noses on the ground after they were high up at the top because Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala wanted them to drop. May Allah protect us. May He grant us dignity.
May He grant us honor. May He says God that honor of ours I mean, Colin.
say that Allah subhanho wa Taala is the owner. He's the owner of sovereignty, all Kingdom belongs to him. He gives whomsoever He wishes, he takes away from whomsoever He wishes, and he is the owner of honor and dignity giving it to whomsoever He wishes. And snatching it away from whomsoever He wishes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness, all goodness is in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala you or Allah are able to do anything and everything. Nothing is impossible for you. Yeah, Allah. So remember, never try to do someone down thinking that I'm going to become a bigger person. Sometimes we think we are sharp businessmen, when we have robbed and con people.
Remember that is in the hands of Allah, it will come back to haunt us one day, in some way or another in our lives. We don't want that if we have made our money through cunning and deception, it really is not going to do us any good. It will result in the lack of peace, the snatching away of contentment, rather have a little bit that is pure and have happiness than to have a lot that is impure and become sad, but good news for those who have a lot and they've earned it in a pure way May Allah make us from amongst
the cow that was.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter makes mention of how important it is for us to follow Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam if we would like the love of Allah, we claim to love Allah. We love our maker, the one who made us all we love Him because He gave us the life. He gave me the eyes. He gave me my identity. He's the one who shaved my face for me. He gave me my fingers. He gave me the thumbprint. I have the iris I have everything else I have my entire identity. He gave me everything. I love him. But it's not good enough to just say by turn and have your deeds in another Valley all together like you mentioned the first day.
So if I want to prove my love to Allah, what should I do? The question is answered here. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in verse number 31
Mahalo. Tell them if they love Allah subhanho wa Taala then they should follow me meaning follow Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah will love you and He will forgive your sins. What type of peace would we have? If Allah loves us? We never allow one thing. But when we prove that love to Allah and he loves us in return, do you think we would ever lose contentment? Do you think we would ever lose peace? Even if we were living under a tree and had hardly anything to eat? We would be the happiest of people with a smile on our faces at all times. Because Allah loves us and a sign of the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala when you enjoy to follow Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to the
tee, that is a sign of the love of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, may Allah love us really May Allah subhanho wa Taala love every one of us and may we be from amongst those who are elevated and resurrected with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Now, Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of another beautiful, beautiful incident in the Quran, from which we derive lots of comfort. What is it? You know, some people are married for years, eight years, 16 years, 20 years, no children, may Allah bless you with children through His mercy through his gift. Really, remember it is the gift of Allah, He keeps you well over now children, sometimes only men, sometimes only female, sometimes both, and sometimes neither male nor female, that is the will of Allah. So zecharia alehissalaam he did not have children, and he was now quite old and so was his wife. So when he entered the place of worship that Maryam or Mary, the mother of Jesus May
peace be upon them both was he used to notice every time there is a plate of food or fruit and that fruit was off season of season meaning it is not the oranges for example, season right now but they were oranges or if it is not the banana season, they were bananas. This is just an example. So when he saw that he asked her where are you getting this from? She says it is from Allah.
It is from Allah. Allah is providing me with this one of the miracles of Mary the mother of Jesus made peace be upon them both. One of the miracles was that she would achieve or get food from Allah subhanho wa Taala directly and it was offseason. So everybody knew this is a miracle. So behind Allah, when he saw that, he said yeah, Allah, if you are able Subhana Allah and you are able and if you in front of my eyes have given her fruit that is offseason, I am asking you for a child. I might be very old, my wife might be very old, which means she may not be able to technically bear you know what we would say offseason so to speak but Allahu Akbar, if you are able to grant me a child,
because you are, you have shown me that you have given Maria May peace be upon her such fruit. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of this verse number 38 of surah Allah imraan where he says who nanika dies.
At that point, Zakaria asked his Rob, he made the dua for what he wanted. So whenever we see the cooter of Allah, the power of Allah asked for your own thing as well.
When you are sitting and you see the majestic Kingdom of Allah subhanho wa Taala around you ask for your own little issue. Yama, you created the sea you created the mountains Yama, such a Table Mountain we have here Yama, Yama, Grant me my small issue that I want. This is one of the ways of achieving peace, my brothers and sisters
do you know we learned from this so he says,
Oh Allah from you, I am asking to grant me offspring to grant me a progeny and the offspring that will continue after me You are indeed all hearing of my prayer. And Allah says we have granted it to you or Zakaria, Allah, Allahu Akbar, look at the peace he must have achieved. Look at the peace We are all searching for things when you see the qudra of Allah ask Allah that is the time of acceptance of let's move further. It is very very important for us to fulfill our covenant to Allah the commitments we have the promises we've made for towards one another. If you would like peace in your life, do not promise something you will not be able to deliver. Remember that because people
promise things when they don't deliver it results in a disaster. You lose your reputation and your name and on top of that, society suffers disaster because everyone is talking behind your back and people are talking behind the backs of others and you are trying to justify your indeed yet you know you are the one who could not deliver Why make the promise. So remember
If you need to put your money where your mouth is, Allahu Akbar. It's just an English saying obviously, but what we mean is that when you've promised something deliver, if you cannot deliver, do not promise, don't be shy to say, Look, I'm unable to achieve this and I won't be able to do this. Look at what Allah subhanho wa Taala says verse number 77.
powerful verse, Allah here is speaking of the covenant made with Allah, the promise made with Allah, those who are ready to exchange that for a small price. Allah says they will lose the era they lose the peace not only in this world, but even in the life after death. Allah will not look at them, he will not purify them, he will not grant them goodness, and he is not even going to speak to them at all in the life after death. Is that what we want being ignored by our own makeup? That indeed would be a disaster my brothers and sisters, if we would like to achieve goodness, you want Allah to speak to you to purify You to cleanse you? What you need to do is to fulfill your promise unto Allah
subhanho wa Taala how would we fulfill this promise unto Allah to be as truthful as possible? Whenever we have faltered, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah shaytan one of his ways of tackling us is he makes us feel that I've committed so many sins now I'm a write off. So now there is no point in me making Toba I'm too far away from the mercy of Allah if that is the feeling we have we have been gripped by the devil. Remember, Allah is all forgiving, All Merciful. Turn to Allah, no matter what has happened. Allah subhanho wa Taala is a forum. He is most forgiving, Most Merciful, my brother, my sister, whatever you've done in the past, you have a qualification by the will of
Allah to become a friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala here and now you just need to attend to him say Allah, my bad, I'm putting it behind me, my bad my ways, my habits. I'm throwing them out. I'm coming to you. Yeah, Allah, you see your life change overnight. So Panama, we ready to do that by the will of Allah. May Allah grant us a change.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how important it is to spend from that which you love. You want to achieve peace do not become attached too closely to material wealth, and materialism and things of this world, you are too attached to your espo. When your child drops it and the screen breaks smack up your child to the degree that the child becomes named. It has happened. You're too attached to your vehicle, BMW,
Mercedes Benz whatever it is, let's not advertise them here. But the truth is, if we're too attached to it, if it's crashed slightly, we become depressed, we cannot even sleep we want to beat up a person who scratched it. Even if it's our own child, I know of a story where a child was murdered because he scratched his father's new car. Allah protect us and the murder happened by error by mistake in the sense that he was beaten so thoroughly that it resulted as you know, in a few days in the death of that child, that his connection to this dunya and the worldly items so much when the maid burns your brand new thought that you're supposed to be wearing on he just say Alhamdulillah
Allah Subhana Allah say hamdulillah I don't think she would do it intentionally would she? And if she's done it twice, you can perhaps deal with it slightly differently.
And a third time perhaps you might decide to choose someone else to do the ironing. Maybe you might try Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. My brothers and sisters, Allah says in this beautiful verse number 92
you will not achieve true righteousness until you spend from that which you love most you love something spin. Why? Because you want inner contentment. Your heart cannot be clinging to all things that are material that have an expiry date, a sell by date so panela if you notice I stopped wearing a watch from January this year. Why? I had a very good watch. Something happened to me Don't ask me what after that. I said I don't want to wear one one day inshallah we will I still have it with me, but I've stopped wearing it because we don't want this attachment so much that you need the Patek Phillipe and you need the Rolex and names that no one knows throw it out. You don't need it. If a
Mercedes Benz is making your head expand a little bit, believe me sell it up and buy a Toyota
Corolla it will result in lots of peace. If you can afford it you are allowed it but if it is causing damage to your to your spirituality, substituted with something better believe me, you become more humble. You become a person who can contract with the people.
You plug in with everyone we are all equals. The day we will be able to be proud is the day when our books are given to us on the right hand and we are told, although happy, sad.
enter Paradise with bees, brothers and sisters, that is the peace, the ultimate peace that we are looking for. Now granted to us all. So this is Allah subhanho wa Taala telling us to spend and Allah subhanho wa Taala says do not die except in the condition of submission. Yeah.
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the moon? Oh, you believe fear Allah as he should be feared and do not die accepting the condition of submission. This would mean that we need to be prepared for death at all times. Like I said two days ago. No grave has a sign on it saying for senior citizens only. No grave has a sign on it saying for senior citizens only. So be prepared to die here and now my brothers and sisters. Be prepared. How do we prepare find yourself in the submission of Allah subhanho wa Taala submit to Allah Find yourself a Muslim person who has a lot of power We ask Allah forgiveness, we ask Allah to help us We are trying our best and Allah subhanho wa Taala will do the rest.
So brothers and sisters hear Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us how important it is for us to remind one another to do good. And to remind one another to abstain from bad. Listen to what he says. Go
You are indeed a nation the best of nations produced as an example for mankind, doing what enjoining that which is good, encourage one another to do that which is good. And discourage one another from doing that which is bad and believing in Allah subhanho wa Taala these are the qualities they are made mention of in more than one place in this particular surah the verse that I just read now 110 of surah Allah Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. Now there is a verse which makes mention of one of the evil qualities of the enemies. The reason why I want to mention it here to make sure we don't have the same qualities regarding our brothers and sisters. You know, sometimes
we have a small issue with a family member with a community member and what happens as a result, something bad befalls them and we get excited. Yes, just as well. This man suffered a huge accident his leg amputated you say yes he deserved it. Never ever do that because law Buhari Shama totally for your hammer La Jolla pathetic never ever become happy at the loss of your brother, Allah might have mercy on him and test you with the same if not worse. So if you want peace, even if that man is slightly a person whom you did not get along with, do not become happy at his loss tomorrow, it may be you and do not become sad at his profit. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala might test you.
Sometimes a person is not in good books with you. And he's making a big profit. He's becoming a huge person. He's going in expanding and allies granting him elevation, but you becoming angry. Allah says cool move to be really cool. Tell them die in your anger, you will die in that anger of yours. You know what anger does to you. it thickens your blood, it spoils the levels of cholesterol and later on you die a depressed person because you are angry at the benefit and gain of others while you see your brother extending and extending. Thank Allah smile, say Allah grant him grant me as well. If he's got a military Allah grant him another money and give me three law. Allah subhanho wa
Taala bless us all brothers and sisters, look at how much we are enjoying these pearls of peace. We are learning not to become sad at the profit of someone else become happy. Enjoy really with your heart, the goodness that Allah has bestowed upon others here Allah subhanho wa Taala says verse number 120 regarding the enemies,
says come has no
such people when good touches you they are distressed and when harm strikes you they rejoice do we want to be from amongst those? The answer is no. We've still got a lot to go down but inshallah we'll leave it for tomorrow by the word of Allah Subhana Allah
with Allah our 30 minutes are up, we hope and pray to meet again here tomorrow by the word of Allah sallallahu wasallam Allah Allah, Allah Subhana Allah Subhana Allah,
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