Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds, Ramadan 2013 – Day 4
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah here.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa sallahu wa rahmatullah alameen wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sahbihi momento the ambi Sonic Villa with Dini or bad, we praise Allah Subhana Allah to Allah we send complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions and all the scholars of this Deen and those who have protected it from a full time and have brought it down to us. May Allah bless them all. And may God bless every single one of us and brothers, goodness, brothers and sisters, the pearls of peace from the noble Koran, I have a challenge for every one of you. The Haffield who is reading and
leading taraweeh with me, is actually visually challenged and cannot see, he has memorized the Quran through repetition of his father, so many times, and he repeated the verses until he knew them of by heart, and every day he prepares by listening to CDs locked.
The challenge for you is you have eyes.
What have you done?
How much have you memorized? You can look you can read. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, and maybe grant us the opportunity to achieve peace through the organs that he has granted us. There are those who are challenged but are doing much more than us who do not face the same challenge. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us steadfastness. This evening we read Surah Nisa, the surah named after the women, Allahu Akbar. Imagine the status of a woman is such that there is no chapter of the Quran called a region or the men. But there is a chapter called the women. Allah is drawing our attention to the status of a woman and her rights and the fact that we are not supposed to usurp her
rights. She is the one who gave birth to us. Listen to the opening verses. Yeah.
Oh people, be conscious of your maker who created you from one soul that was Adam.
And he created from that soul, its spouse, Eve, or may peace be upon him.
And through the two of them, he caused the multitude to spread all over the earth in great numbers. What Tacoma lady
be conscious of Allah, through whom all with whose name you ask one another. You use the name of Allah when you want people to believe you when you are serious. You use it with very, very high God, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala not to make us from those who use his name. When we when we are lying. When we are false. When we utter words that are untrue, that would be a big disgrace and an insult to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then he says, while our hands
and be conscious of the status of the wounds that have given birth to you. So panela be conscious of the status of your mothers, your sisters, your daughters, your aunts, the women of the old man and of humanity at large. Make sure you understand and realize that Allah has created you physically differently.
And in several ways, there are differences and in many ways there are no differences in spirituality, and getting close to Allah subhanho wa Taala we have equal opportunities. If anything, women go through much more and have greater opportunities, sometimes through certain fronts such as childbirth, and being a mother looking after the children and so on. May Allah bless our women folk, our mothers, our sisters, our spouses, and all our female relatives, the females of this oma as well as those of humanity at large. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, In nama gana komaki It is for this reason, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Indeed Allah is Ever Watch full over what you are
doing. He watches he takes record he knows what you are doing. Don't think you can hide behind closed doors to oppress the women know Allah knows
What you are doing Alison's Allah watches and you pay for the evil you've done Allah protect us.
And this we start off with it because to achieve peace, we need to understand the status of our mothers. We need to understand the status of our sisters, our spouses, our daughters. If we don't, how would we be able to achieve peace My beloved brothers, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. This having been said, a female needs to know her status and she should not compromise it she should understand. A woman has been granted as a gift by Allah subhanho wa Taala she should handle herself in a way that she confirms she is a gift and not a means of earning punishment and anger. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect them and us all I mean,
so Allah makes mention of another pearl of peace in society, they are orphans, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the best of creation, Allah chose for him to be an orphan. And Allah says the status of an orphan is so high, so high that through the blessing glimpse of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says, Anna waka familia timika hottie and even Jelena myself and the one who is prepared to look after an orphan child shall be as close as these two fingers in paradise. And he joined the first two as I am joining them right now May Allah grant us paradise May he make us compassionate may make us from those who can reach out to the orphans and those in need, as well as
widows. I mean, so Allah makes mention of how important it is to fulfill the rights of these orphans. If you would like to achieve peace, understand, do not usurp the wealth of those whose parents have passed away. What happens in society, father passed away. So someone in the family whether it's a brother, whether it is any other male, and sometimes you might even find a female, when they see these orphan children, whether they are male or female, it happens more so to the females that you serve their wealth. They don't give them the wealth, they cheat them in inheritance, they do not give them the exact amount they undervalue the property and estate all this
Allah has warned us about, and Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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give the orphan child his wealth or her wealth and do not swap their good wealth with your bad wealth. You know, you have a property. So what those who would like to cheat would do they have a little property somewhere far away no in value, and this orphan owns a property in the center of Cape Town. So they swap it in when the child grows up. Oh, that's your property. And all the signing was done behind their backs. In such a case what would happen such a person Allah says is consuming the fire of jahannam in that village, in Medina kulu
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Those who are consuming the wealth of the orphans unjustly, they are consuming nothing besides fire in their bellies. May Allah protect us from such wealth that we might think is great in number and value, but in reality, it snatches away our peace, we have the loss of peace in ourselves, our offspring, our families, our health and everything else, because we have usurped the wealth of those who are downtrodden and perhaps weak at one stage who did not understand the same applies to your sisters. My beloved brothers saw the miss out tonight, you have a problem regarding inheritance. Remember that give it out, then to consume that which will result in loss of peace for yourself lots
of your good health, lots of the peace of your children and your family members. As the progeny grows, may Allah protect us all. Rather solve the matter, get the people happy, and give them their wealth, whatever is due to them, you will achieve a lot of peace. These are the pillars of peace. If you sought your matters of inheritance out correctly, you will definitely achieve a lot of peace and if you don't, enmity will strike amongst children for generations to come where cousins and brothers not only will not speak to each other, but will plan each other's downfall and become upset when the other is succeeding. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. It is not worth it. Life is too
short. The world that we are usurping may be depleted in one minute at a casino by the children who have inherited that haram wealth. May Allah protect us.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us even regarding women, do not cheat them when it comes to their bridal gifts known as the Maha some would call it a dowry. But today I saw a beautiful translation bridal gifts Mashallah, that is what it is. It's a gift to the bride. That is the translation of mom. So these bridal gifts that we as muslimeen owe our spouses, my brothers, do not cheat them out of it. Do not delay that payment. Make sure you give it with a happy heart. Make sure you understand that Allah has placed it upon your shoulders do
not cheat them because if you do, happiness shall be snatched away. Do you know sometimes women keep it in their hearts. They may not tell you but sometimes later on the field, look at this husband of mine. It's been 20 years. I've got six children, and he still hasn't given me what he promised me that day he married me. It has happened, and it continues to happen. You've promised someone something, give it to them. Because if you don't, do you know what you pay for that oppression, you pay for that cheating in a way that sometimes might be too dear, it might be too difficult for you to actually pass. It is cheaper for you to go through the issue by giving them their wealth and
letting them pass. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. So Allah says, verse number four, why?
And give the women folk their bridal gifts, graciously. Give it with a good heart, make sure you give it to them knowing that you owe it to them, because this is something that Allah has acknowledged their status by. Do you know that in Islam,
a female is a queen, she is meant to be looked after by the closest male relative at the beginning of Father, later on a husband later on an adult son in the absence of that husband, and so on. Sometimes it goes to the ankles as well. Your closest male relative will look after you might be a system. This is how it's supposed to be. But in order to acknowledge that a woman should not be bought and sold and not inherited and so on as used to happen in the pagan days, Allah subhanho wa Taala has made it very clear to say acknowledge them and they have the right of ownership of their own wealth, their own one of the issues when you marry them, give them wealth, and tell them this
belongs solely and only to you at your discretion, you shall use it may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and grant us goodness. Sometimes we don't even acknowledge the status of our women. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, my brothers and sisters, these are the beautiful nights of Ramadan. If we cannot serve our family matters out in these beautiful nights. Which nights are we waiting for to resolve the matter? A truly wise person is He Who wants to enjoy the pearls of peace by eradicating the slightest of misunderstandings before the same night that it happened. You get to bed sorted out. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us open hearts maybe soften our hearts maybe
soften the hearts of our sisters as well remember it is given to a give and take does not mean you give him she takes but both given both take Allah protect us. So Allah says thereafter.
He makes mentioned in details and we will not mention the various details but verse number 11 and 12 have in them the exact proportions of inheritance of the male and the female, the relatives, the children, the spouse and so on. And Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us that his system is full of justice and peace. When he says you give your child so much that's what you give. And there are people today who say women get less than men.
They say women are oppressed in Islam. Understand that Allah says at the end of these verses, verse number 13, after 11 and 12, verse number 13. Allah says,
These are the limits of Allah.
This is the law of Allah.
These are the limits of Allah whoever is going to obey the instructions of Allah they will achieve paradise they will achieve goodness in this world as well as paradise beneath which reveals shall be flowing, they will dwell there in forever and that is the greatest success. That is success. So Allah says, you follow my instructions regarding inheritance and the other limits you will achieve success you will achieve peace you don't want to follow listen to what Allah says in verse number 41.
Me whoever transgresses against the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala and goes beyond the limits does not obey the limit of Allah subhanho wa Taala they will be granted entry into Hellfire, and for them shall be a very disgraceful punishment. Allahu Akbar. What severe warning. Do you know why there is such a severe warning I can tell you
Because to adopt that instruction, there is so much peace and tranquility and success in it, that Allah is drawing our attention to the greatest of loss. That would be if we were to go against that instruction. For example, if you have a little child, and you really want your child to achieve something, or to do something, you may tell the child, if you do this, I will give you such a big gift. And the gift is so huge that the child would be encouraged to do it. And on the other hand, you may say, but if you don't do it, watch out, the way you went and watch out would all determine the reaction of the child, they would understand there are serious consequences, but you as a
parent, love your child so much all you want is for the child to adopt the command. May Allah accept us. So this is why when Allah has expressed severe punishment, the case is that he loves for us to abstain from that which will earn his anger he loves for us to fulfill his instruction. And this is why he wants us May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding. So regarding the women, let's quickly make mention of how, when they when a person has one single daughter, she gets 50% of the wealth, never Is there a share of a male 50% when they are two daughters or more and no sons involved, they get 66.66% or two thirds of the wealth, never Is there a percentage of males that
would take away so much May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, may he bless us. Remember, we need to understand let's study the details of the Sharia before we open our mouths thinking and claiming that something is wrong with this law of Allah. It is such a powerful law that if we are to adopt it, we will automatically have peace not only within ourselves or outside meaning inner peace and outer peace but the globe at large would be a peace. The difficulty is we've we've abandoned that which is divine, that which came from the top those commandments that the Almighty has decreed and has revealed we've abandoned them. Now we are searching for peace in something else. It doesn't
come May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. And this is why Allah says Now sometimes people have already done wrong, sometimes they will already usurp the wealth. Sometimes they will already tread the wrong path, the problem the wrong path. So what Allah says, Remember to repent before it is too late. Toba is for those who commit to sin and immediately after that, they repent for them, Allah says shall be forgiveness, but in verse number 18 of the same Surah Surah to Musa Allah says, What is he?
doba and repentance is not for a person who leaves it for the last minute until death is overtaking him or her. Then he says Oh, now I repent. I've already seen the angels and I've already got to the point of death. Allah says that does not work. You know with us. They realize that human beings This is obviously on a different note. They realize that human beings leave things for last minute, no matter what you want to come to the masjid last minute urushi you want to do this last minute this is happening so much so that for those who fly abroad, they created a website called last minute.com Subhan Allah, Allah protect us imagine, but for Java, there is no last minute.com my brothers and
sisters, you're not going to get that bargain in Allah, Allah.
Allah accepts the Toba of a worshiper for as long as they have not got to the point of karma, which means the soul coming out of the body at a certain point, it is known as at that point about the doors are closed. May Allah protect us then you cannot go through. You've missed your flight to paradise May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses me he opened our doors. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says that he wants to forgive you. He loves to forgive you. He is waiting for you. shapefile is the one who makes you lose hope. And shapefile is the one who makes you think for a moment I am healthy. I am okay, let me send a little bit more. You know, she's a
pretty woman or he's a very good looking man. I'm still young. I don't think I'm gonna die right now and you don't know you may die in the act. May Allah forgive us all and grant a steadfastness. So Allah says what long
Amazing this number 27 of Salatu Nisa, Allah says Allah wants to forgive you, but those who follow their whims and fancies
lusts. They want to turn away from the path they want you as well to turn away from that path in a great way. We don't want to turn away, we want to turn towards Allah subhanho wa Taala so never think I'm too young to repent, I'm too young to go for Hajj. If hijab is compulsory upon you, you must start applying from now every year until you get accreditation and you go for Hajj men Allah protect us they may come a time when you think you old now and now it's fine, I can go for Hajj, you don't get accreditation, it could happen then what happens? You die? How will you answer Allah Allah says but from the age of 20 it was on you, you left it up to the age of 55 you die now without it.
It was part of anew for more than 25 or 3035 years and you did not fulfill it. Allah protect us. Imagine something compulsory on you and you've quit it for 35 years. Now Allah forgive us. So this is why I don't think you are too young to engage in the obedience of Allah come to the massagin we are all young Mashallah likely say youth. anyone whose age is made up of a double digit is young.
That would mean 10 to 99, Masha Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala goddess goodness today when you see an old man or the walking stick, you tell him you looking old he says, Hey, stop insulting me. Because people want to look young and feel young. So remember, come to the masajid Mashallah we see the youth we see the yarn the weekend today, Mashallah, let's make use of it. May Allah bless us and grant us every form of goodness.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala then tells us how
important it is to resolve matters when it comes to marital dispute. Remember this issue or to Nisa. It has in it many verses, many births, we could extract so many. But let's concentrate on that which is connected to the women where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, if you're married, and you are fearing that there would be a dispute between you and your spouse, then there are stages to resolve the matter. Do not be too arrogant to resolve the matter. A lot of the times the husband says I don't have a problem. If you have a problem, go and do what you want. That type of attitude will result in snatching away of peace. Remember, you think divorce is just words that you utter, chiefly, and you
just flick a woman away as in when you wish. If that's the case, you pay for it.
You pay for it, you need to try as hard as possible to make things work. Really, you need to try as hard as possible. Because sometimes you may let go of something that was the best for you. And you will never get something as good as that. Like we say, if the man has 10 problems or 10 issues with him, you may never get a man who has less than 10 he might have been that 90% compatibility, which is about the best you would ever get to hammer home with Allah grant us goodness. So we've got to give and take so Allah subhanho wa Taala says in these beautiful verses. In Keystone, she kapa
Verse number 35 Surah Nisa. If you are fearing disputes between the two of them, then let there be an arbitrator appointed from her side and from his side. If the two of them would like to resolve the matter. Allah will grant an acceptance to resolve the matter. When your intention is I want to solve the problem, the problem will be solved. But when your intention is I want to prove who was right and wrong, and I want to fix this woman or I want to fix this man, you will never solve the problem. This we learned something great a pearl of peace, any dispute we have in society, my brothers and sisters are in families. If both parties enter the arbitration with the intention of
resolve, believe me, Allah will accept them for resolve.
But if one has entered with the wrong intention, or both have entered with the wrong intentions, come what may, you will never ever resolve that problem. So let's ask ourselves do we want to solve matters? It is cheaper for us. It is cheaper for us to parallel beat a vehicle that has a few dents in it than to buy a whole new one love. Allah bless us, Allah protect us. When one does, you might buy the new one and the accelerator pedal is so loose, that you might smash straight into a tree and it will be written off Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all and grant us goodness. So Allah says, what a de la caja, you knew.
It was number 130 of the same surah Allah says and if finally and ultimately, the two have separated after having tried as hard as possible to make things work.
They have separated. Yes, it's permissible to separate and Allah will grant both of them goodness from this, we learn another pearl of peace. If you've been through a divorce, my brother or my sister do not engage in mudslinging. You know what is mudslinging. You throw things at her, she throws things, throws things back at you. Society starts hearing rumors of one side and the other society is rumor of the other. Those people think you are bad and these people think she is bad. This is not how we operate. It will snatch away your peace, keep quiet and live your life. Allahu Akbar, Allah. Allah says, We will grant you goodness, and we will grant her goodness as well. When
you involve in mudslinging. Your goodness is gone. And if she's involved in it, hers is also snatched away you want peace here is the ingredients of peace, after a divorce, be civil when it comes to child custody. Be mature, and understand that the children really need both parents what happened between you should not affect those children by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If you are civil, and you are mature, and you are a believer, and you go about it in a proper manner, while law it will result in lots and lots of peace. Today we look at the non Muslims and we see how they are when it comes to child custody and access. They are so free in fulfilling those rights. But the
Muslim, the one who reads Salah in the first SFX finds it difficult to allow access to the other party of the child. Why they say but he's like this, she's like that? No, if Allah law is this, surrender to it because through that you shall enter Paradise or otherwise May Allah protect us, Allah grant us goodness, these are the pillars of peace. This is what we learn from the Quran. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of something important and that is genossen. It is important for us if we'd like peace, to protect our hearts from being jealous of those who are achieving things, those who have excelled those who have more than us in any way. Remember jealousy. There are words
in the Arabic language that describe aspects of jealousy, but the English language does not qualify to translate certain words. So let's try and do justice to it. The jealousy that is prohibited is that which you wish that Allah take away the gift he has given someone and put it on you or take it away from them because you don't want them to have it. That is jealousy. But if you wish for them goodness and you want to have similar goodness, that is not jealousy, it is known as deep Ah, that when a person would like something good that another person has, and they don't want it to be removed from that particular person. For example, you have a very wealthy man, like we said the
other day or a lot this man has 2 million rounds Allah grant him even more and grant me three like we said the other day, Mashallah. So you don't want him to lose what he has. You want him also to have and you also want the same applies to a person who might have knowledge a person who might have some form of spirituality, closeness to Allah, you say Allah grant him more increase and grant myself as well more in terms of increase. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us all. So Allah says in verse number 54, amnesiacs or dawn
are they becoming jealous, jealous of that or envious in the wrong way of that which we have favored, some above others? And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, you want to know whom we have favored? from amongst those we have favored is the Prophet Abraham.
Do you know what we gave him? Allah says, and these are some of the things we should all be aiming for, although we will not get Prophethood but Allah can grant us a portion of it in terms of knowledge. So Allah says, We have given Abraham May peace be upon him, Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam and his family.
Revelation number one, knowledge of Revelation and revelation itself.
And we have given them wisdom, great wisdom. And we have given them kingdom. They were in authority, they had knowledge, they had wisdom, they had so much and they had lots of wealth as well. Subhan Allah, Allah says, we gave it to them, we give whomsoever we wish, do not become jealous of what Allah has bestowed some over the other. May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us and grant us goodness. I'd like to end off by making mention of one very powerful point. This evening, we read a verse, a pearl of peace, for sure. Allah says, and this is verse number 86 what either ye
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whenever you are greeted with a greeting, whenever you are greeted with a greeting, then respond with a greeting better than it or at least equated, say something equal. Allah is taking account of everything that you do and say, Allah knows someone says a Salam Alaikum Peace be upon you do not take it lightly. These affairs of peace when they have greeted you with the greeting of peace, you need to respond with a bigger greeting of greater peace. Why Allah como salam wa Taala he
may Allah Peace be upon you and his mercy and His blessings. Subhana Allah, look at the powerful pearl of peace in our greeting. So remember, when we are greeting each other, don't just suffice by the highs and the bias. No, say assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato with the intention of increasing the peace and believe me if your intention is correct, in that particular case, you understand the value of the person who has greeted you and you the love and the bond in the heart is increased Allah, Allah Ameen, either for ultimo the habit of Susana binaca should I not show you to something if you were to fulfill it, it would result in love between you and increase of it. Spread
the peace and the Salaam, between you amongst you. Assalamu Aleikum whether you know the person or not to suddenly mala kundiman after a woman lambda if you greet those whether you know them or you don't know them today, we don't know someone and we just stay far away from them. We look at them as though they are the criminals as COVID Allah, greet them smile and let it let yourself hear the response of the greeting by the will of Allah it will result in an increase of love and increase of peace, both inner and outer. What a beautiful environment we would have similar to what we have this evening in this beautiful house of Allah, may Allah gather us in Paradise, and may He resolve all
our matters may grant cure to all those in the hospitals who are sick and ill and May He grant really to anyone who is suffering in any way may alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters across the globe this evening. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a good day and Goddess paradise until we meet again tomorrow inshallah we say your sallallahu wasallam albaraka Amina Mohammed Subhana Allah Subhana Allah Mohammed Misha De La La Land