Ramadan 2013 – Pearls of Peace – 7 of 27
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Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds, Ramadan 2013 – Day 7
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala
nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala sin complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household all his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them, and may He bless every single one of us and our offspring to come up to the Last Day May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us and grant us every form of peace, brothers and sisters in Islam.
The question asked in the Quran
is a very important question. If we look at surah, Al anon, verse number 81, Allah subhanho wa Taala. After drawing, an example of two types of people asks a question, and this question is directly related to peace for
Which of the two groups are more deserving of peace? If only, you know, which are these two groups? One, those who associate in partners with Allah, the other, those who stayed the furthest away from partnership with Allah, those who follow the example of the Prophet Abraham May peace be upon him, whom Allah has made mention of in verse number 79 of Swaziland.
We Allah says he was the one who made the statement that we use up to this day, what did Ibrahim Alayhi Salam say? What john has
shaky, he says, indeed, I have faced my face to the one meaning I have directed myself and my acts of worship, to the one who has created the skies and the earth, the one I have directed my face to him in all purity, in the most pristine form him alone, and I'm not from amongst those who shall associate even a speck as a partner with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah loves this so much, that Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam was referred to as the friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because he made this declaration openly, and he made it his business, to abstain from anything even from a distance that had something to do with association of partnership with Allah. To the degree that his
father disowned him. His people disowned him, his community kicked him out. They tried to burn him in the fire, you know, of the miracles that happened at the time, the peace was granted to him, even though he was cast him to the fire. Amazing. So what was this piece? We are searching for piece, this piece was by the miracle of Allah subhanho wa Taala through the fact that he worshipped Allah alone, and none with Allah, none besides Allah, may Allah grant us peace. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is asking us who is more deserving of peace, those who engage in polytheism of any sort, or those who abstain and stay far away from it, those who render acts of worship solely for Allah subhanho wa
Taala. So in verse number 82, the response comes
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those who believe and they have not spoiled their belief, with any form of association of partnership in worship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. They are the ones who are in total peace both in this world as well as in the hereafter. And Allah says and they are the ones who are rightly guided, may Allah grant us peace.
As we are searching for more pills of peace, we find a very, very important example also in Surah, Al anon. We Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us about laughing at those who are calling out to Gods besides Allah, you find people calling out to sticks and stones some people call out to, to a little bit of food, may Allah protect us really, like from Allah who says, we used to make idols out of out of dates, he says, and I'm sure you would know this. And he says, we used to ask that idle a lot of things including food, and when the food did not come, we ate the either. Love. This is Omarosa.
Talking. And we learn a great lesson because Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that no matter how silly people's behavior is, when they are worshiping something, don't laugh at them. Why? Because although it might make you laugh, sometimes what people do, but they may laugh at Allah subhanho wa Taala, or joke about him or scoff at what is right out of enmity and hatred, and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, this would have been a result of your action. So be careful. From this, we learn a pearl of peace. And that is, like we've said before, think of the reaction of the actions of people before you actually act. So it might seem easy for you to do something but the reaction of it might be so
huge that you don't you won't be able to handle May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and grant us goodness. So he says, verse number 108, voila, so millennia
and do not swear those are joke about those. In fact, your sub sub boon is actually to swear do not swear those who are calling out to Gods besides Allah, lest they swear at Allah subhanho wa Taala out of enmity without knowledge. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us, then we are taught something very, very interesting.
Two types of sins sometimes with us. We are abstaining from apparent sin, but deep down inside there are hidden sins that we've engaged in and we continue engaging in and that is, what is snatching away our peace. So sometimes you have a person Mashallah they dressed appropriately, they are in the masjid, they try to read the Quran, they engage in whatever else they can, but they are hooked on to pornography. So no one knows about it besides them. Perhaps they are committing adultery in secret. Perhaps they are hooked on to some other bad habits in secret. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warning us telling us obviously, that if you'd like holistic peace, you need to make sure that you've abstained
from two types of sins, those which parent and those which are hidden, fight your knifes fight your desires and make sure that you have given up that which people may not be able to see right now but it will result in the snatching away of your peace and your serenity, your contentment. May Allah protect us all. So this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What
if me about Lina beautifully put in verse number 121, quit the sins, both those that are apparent, and those that are hidden gains yourself in both ways. May Allah strengthen us in a way that we can quit both types of sin. My brothers and sisters, let us try and work as hard as we can on that which we can work on easily first, and let's build in such a way that by the time we meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala, we will have earned his pleasure because he will have witnessed us quitting things one by one solely for his sake, if it were just pleasure, we will from amongst those who quit man Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and be pleased with us.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us something very interesting verse number 160.
Do you know to do a good deed is not as difficult as preserved the deed. So a person who will lose lots of peace and comfort is one who's done a lot of good deeds. But he harms this one, he backed by this one, he oppresses that one, he cheats that one, he has made this one perhaps he did this against that one. So when it comes to the rights of fellow human beings, he or she was very, very weak, very bad. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us both in the Quran as well as through the blessing of lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he wants us and he tells us how a bankrupt person is me, who comes on the Day of Judgment with a lot of good deeds,
Salah that is prayer, and the Chinese and so many other good deeds, but his good deeds will be synced, they will be given in payment to those whom he has wronged those whom he spread rumors about those whom he deceived and cheated and ate the wealth of and did this and did that until he is left with nothing and there are still people asking for justice, then their sins will be taken and placed onto his shoulders. May Allah protect us what a loss what a loss of peace on that particular day. So Allah says beautifully verse number 169, on my
He who comes on the Day of Judgment with good with a good deed, shall have it multiplied tenfold.
Why is it multiply tenfold because you came on the day of judgment and your deed was still intact, which means today we read Salah
My brothers and sisters it is 10 times more difficult to protect that Salah from being given as a payment to someone who we have wronged or cheated or spread rumors about and so on. May Allah protect us. So many times we do good deeds, but it's a waste because we are giving them in payment to other people. Why should we do that? This is why if you preserve it, you deserve multiplication of the deed tenfold and even more Allah subhanho wa Taala can multiply even more than that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. Now I want to spend a few moments to read to you the list of prohibitions that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of in verse number 151 of sola to Nam
together with the next two verses, and these verses are in such a beautiful way that Allah subhanho wa Taala addresses Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam saying,
Tell them oh Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam da ta comm tell them to come at Luma Bo Kumara comb, let me recite to you that which your ob has made prohibited upon you look at how beautifully to edit so panela why, if you engage in these things, it will snatch away your peace both in this world as well as on the day that you will need it most the day that we need the peace May Allah greet us with peace on that particular day.
So, Mohammed salatu salam is being instructed to tell the people to come so that he can recite to them the list of things that are prohibited there are many other things that are prohibited, but in this particular place, there is a list. Let us work through it quickly and look at every single item. If we are to engage in these things, it will definitely result in loss of peace either today, tomorrow, or even in the life after death. May Allah protect us the first one a Latisha Coby she don't ever involve in association of partnership with Allah subhanho wa Taala. What Meanwhile, he
made sure that you are kind to your parents, while at about Oh,
whoa, do not kill your children because of poverty, because you are poor. And you think now let me just bury this child and I have let me abort this child. Let me do this. Let me do that just because of poverty. That is totally prohibited. May Allah protect us. then voila, bada boom, ah, don't even come close to immorality. This is what Allah is saying. So when we engage in our actions and deeds, we should do them in a moral manner in a manner that is acceptable in the eyes of Allah immorality is unacceptable. Then Allah says, Allah taco tolu next and do not murder. Murder is prohibited in Islam. Obviously prohibited. Suicide is also absolutely prohibited in the Sherry app, we need to
understand it is made mention of in more than one place in the Quran. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and grant us goodness. Then Allah says, voila, boom alania genie in
the sun, don't eat the wealth of orphans. But if you have spent on their behalf and you'd like to take what you have spent for them from their wealth, then you may do so but do not eat the wealth of orphans and what is included in this is the women who will continue cheating when it comes to inheritance. May Allah protect us if we do that our peace shall be snatched away. And this is why the next part Allah says what are our needs and abilities when you are waiting, and when you are dealing in business, make sure you are upright when you wait for people wait proper, don't have your weight such that when you put the veggies on or when you put the fruit on. You see, it shows one
kilo but in reality it's 950 grams, you're stealing 50 grams from every kilo. Allah says that is the fire of hell that you have consumed May Allah protect us. This is why we say
the businessmen and those who engage in business the buyer and the seller, the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in sadaqa
if the two of them are going to be honest, and they are going to be clear about the commodity that is being bought and sold here, then Baraka and blessing shall descend upon them regarding that particular deal of this, but what in Canada, what ketema Baraka to buy him Imagine, if they are going to cheat in such a way that they are deceiving one another, or one is deceiving the other whereby they are hiding a fault or doing something underhand or whatever else in a clandestine way, then the Baraka and the blessings of that deal are snatched away. So make sure when we are dealing, be open, even if your profit margin has to be less, we need to be really earning the pleasure of
Allah so that we can achieve the blessings and this is why one of the major sins for
your information is to lie about your cost price. Really, it is one of the major sins when a business is one line. I bought this for 20 rounds and I'm only selling it for 21 rounds. I'm making one grand on you, and you know that you bought it for 15 Why did you lie? That statement is it will result in the snatching away of the blessings from the world that you are about to me. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, if you want tell them look, the cost price is none of your business paid. Or you may leave lavaca maybe you wouldn't like to be that rude, but inshallah inshallah you may think of another way of trying to learn the customer, may Allah subhanho wa Taala, correct us
and rectify us, make us people who are not rude and make us people who can really be polite, something is just come to my mind, you know, when we have commodities and stock and so on, and we like people to come to our shops, and so on. Voila, here we are so kind to people around, we go out to flyers, and we want to advertise. And we are so kind to anyone who walks in and shows interest in the bigger items as well. Yes, sir. Yes, ma'am? What is going on and so on? Would you like some tea? And would you like to come back for coffee and so on? Why, because we want to sell a commodity. Brothers and sisters, the dean is more important. So be kind to your fellow brothers and sisters,
they may take a thing away from you regarding the dean, which will result in your paradise, which is far more valuable than the little deal that you struck. And you were ready to be so kind to a person who gave you a little bit of wealth in terms of business in the world, which you're going to eat consumed and leaving the world in this dunya. Whereas we could not be kind to one another as human beings to achieve the peace of the dunya. And
so this is why we say everything you do is a deal. Yeah, I mean,
I don't know commodity. JOHN, are you who believe can I show you a business? What is the business to do good deeds. That's the business. We are doing good deeds, we need to be kind to one another adopt Allah commands. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and open our doors and grant us goodness. And this is why if you continue on that list, Allah says, Allah will fill tone, you need to make sure that when you utter your words, you must be upright. Do not lie. When you lie, your PC snatched away. They say to protect one line, you need to tell 1000 more, you know that. So when you lie, someone says Where will you give you an example, someone sent me a WhatsApp message a few days ago,
saying that there were two people who happen to become lazy regarding the examination they had and they delayed. And when they got to the school the next day, they got to the headmaster, and they told him you know what, we had gone to such and such a place to help someone and on the way back there was a flat tire on the car. And you know what we really had struggled, we push the car for so many kilometres, we were so tired, and we could not get up the following morning. And that's why we would so delayed and we couldn't come for the examination, but we were really keen on writing it. headmaster says no problem. The two of you should sit separate. I think there were four of them I
don't even know. So you should sit separately, all four of you. And you will have your question paper no problem and the headmaster prepared for them. Only two questions. First question, what is your name? Two marks? Second question. Which tire was flat 9898 marks.
The moral of the story is because you lie, you fail to see. So this is why we say when a person wants to lie, everything is snatched away their piece is snatched away. They fail their exams in the dunya. No point in telling a lie My brothers and sisters will lie We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to make us truthful people. Do you know that those who are truthful, they achieve so much peace and comfort not only in this world, but in the era to the degree that they earn similar ranch to the pious and the martyrs and so on. And they are mentioned in one sentence in the Quran together with the prophets, Allah subhanho wa Taala make us truthful.
So then we have something else also connected to truthfulness, where Allah says fulfill your covenant, fulfill your promises, your promise to Allah. We've spoken about this a few days ago, and then at the end, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, what
And this indeed is the straight path, the straight path, so follow it correctly, and do not follow the little paths on the side for indeed, they will lead you astray. So people are calling you towards goodness, understand the goodness and follow the path. But if there are people calling you towards fully fulfilling whims and fancies in that particular case, yes, we may achieve temporary pleasure. But once that temporary pleasure is over
They will be permanent Doom unless we engage in repentance May Allah forgive us and May He grant a steadfastness. Let's move to the next tour a beautiful Surah Surah where in the opening verses something very important is made mention of, I would imagine it is a pearl of peace today my brothers and sisters we have the Quran in our hands, Masha Allah thank Allah for that. Some of us we are a little bit shy of calling people towards the Quran. So we don't like to want people to say look, the Quran says this and I'm warning you or in a polite way, in a perhaps a better way you might want to choose a beautiful way of conveying the message but some of us are too shy to convey
the message of the Quran to the non Muslims and even sometimes to the Muslims. And some of us feel this now oh bill, Allah says God has this book. Yes, we know we adopted and so on, but you know what, just take it easy. Leave it on the side. Let these people do what they are doing. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us. Allah tells Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, Allahu Akbar, this is a powerful verse kita
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this book has been revealed to you, oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So, let there be no distress in your heart, to you to walk by it. And for it, to act as a reminder to those who are conscious of Allah or to those who believe to those who believe May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us belief and may He make us true in that belief of ours. So this is why don't be shy to read the Quran to understand it to convey its message because do you know Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam whose intercession we are so so desperately seeking on the Day of Judgment he says,
Man tala man for an hour and the best from amongst you are those who learn the Quran in all the aspects of learning of the Quran, and teach the Quran May Allah make us from amongst those, imagine he is telling you the best from amongst you, those who do the job. Why don't we do that job.
Today, if I were to tell you, my brothers and sisters, that you know what,
if you are to qualify in one year from this university, you will be able to get a job where you're going to earn 150,000 US dollars a month.
Did you hear that?
150,000 that's about 1.5 million rands at today's rate of 998. We know what the rates are Mashallah. So my brothers and sisters, let me inform you, we would all go for that you study for one year, you work for a few hours a day and you're a multi millionaire. They call them Ty Coons Allahu Akbar, Allah protect us tycoon in no time. But when we are taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the best are those who learn the Quran and teach it. Guess what? We've never even read the Quran ourselves once and we're about to die.
Look at that. This is why we struggle with our peace because he says the best of those who learn it and teach it okay.
That's the first step to protect us. So let's remember this is the book of Allah. We've read the Harry Potter's and we've read Barry Potter's as well, the books that are there in the books that are not there. We've already read them and fantasize them as well. But come to the real book of Allah, the word of the creator of entire creation. We haven't yet attempted to try and learn it. That's why we don't have peace.
That's why we don't have peace. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant us peace and may He may cause people who can become serious about his book, Allahu Akbar. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us in that way, and then we need to be careful of the devil and the plot of shavon. You know, he's promised Allah makes mention of it. The reason why we say if we fall to the plot of the devil, we will lose our peace. He says from
verse number 17 of
the devil says, I will attack men from in front from behind from the right and from the left. I will attack him and going out for him. This is why we have said shavon is your enemy, consider him an enemy, be on the lookout for him. He comes to you in a beautiful way and tries to beautify things that in actual fact are not beautiful. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who who consider what is really beautiful as beautiful and who can recognize and realize that we
is not. And this is why Allah warns us to say, look at how Adam your father, the first of your type and kind that was created. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Look at how he lost a certain place in paradise because of the deceit of the devil and watch out, let him not cheat you in the same way. Lie of tienen como Shyvana comma.
Do not let the devil test you in the same way that he tested your forefather la salatu salam which resulted in his removal from that paradise that he was in May Allah subhanho wa Taala not take away the goodness that we are in from this we learn that when we follow the devil, all the goodness that Allah has put us into he will take us out of that at some point. Did you hear that? If Allah took away the goodness that Adam and his salatu salam was created in because of some error that had happened, even though he engaged in Toba, and then obviously he was sent on to the earth with us when we are in goodness and we want to follow the devil. Definitely that goodness will be snatched
away because Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one who has taught us that if you follow the devil, then you will lose all the goodness that you have. Goodness.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala
informs us of something very important. You see the clothing today, Mashallah, who gave it to us? It's Allah, he gave it to us so beautiful, it covers our private paths. And it covers us in a way that really we become people who are spiritual. This is why Allah warns us regarding clothing dress, not only appropriately but properly. May Allah grant us goodness, and when he makes us such that whenever we come to the house of Allah, we take pride in our dress, because we are coming to the house of Allah. Imagine the house of your maker today. If you had to go to the house of a top businessman, multimillionaire or top politician, what would we do? We'd make sure we have a bath
we'd make sure we are wearing good clothing we'd make sure we have proper perfume and we make sure that we are looking decent and we look in all the mirrors before we get there and we make sure last minute everything is okay you know we put out everything straight and nice Mashallah, this must be straight that must be straight. my pen must be in order. My watch must be in order my schooners my shoes must be fine Mashallah, everything should be okay. Allah protect us and grant us goodness. Brothers and sisters, what about the house of Allah, we pitch up really to the house of Allah and we don't even know what we read. And, and we don't even take pride in it. So Allah says, Yeah, Bonnie
Adam aku Xena tecoma msgid verse number 31. Oh Children of Adam. Take pride in your dress when it comes to the houses of Allah subhanho wa Taala workqueue Machado and eat and drink 1234 do not waste when you always want your PC snatched away. Why? Because you become extravagant. You're setting a trend. So wastefulness is also from the devil. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us? And this is why Allah says, Yeah, Bernie dhammapada
are children of Adam we have sent down to you beautiful clothing, we have sent down to you beautiful clothing in order that you may cover your private parts and beautify yourselves but remember, the clothing of piety is indeed better for you. This has two meanings one is when you wear your clothing make sure that our clothings of piety or clothing is that of goodness, not only does it cover you but properly. You know if it's too tight, it's not correct. It will result in some form of downfall we always say when people do not dress appropriately, we're lucky my mothers and sisters you end up paying for it. Why do we want to do that imagine you ended up paying for it. So just dress
appropriately properly. He who is attracted to you because you showed perhaps your legs or your shape, those legs are not going to look like that for the rest of your life nor are you going to be maintaining that shape after you've delivered to children. So therefore it's better for you not to to do that to realize that he who is attracted to your heart and your your goodness and your character and your deen is the one who no matter what you look like he will love you and adore you and 60 years down the line. He will tell you honey, you're the one
it's reality. We are losing track because we want to dress with tight clothing. We want to do this we want to undress and attract people and the day you don't have hair anymore. They don't want to look at you. Why because I was attracted to that hair that was really, you know, blowing in the wind. Where is that gone?
I'm now a Muslim and I want to be really obedient to Allah and put on my scarf. My sister did you wait for you to become bald before you put on your headscarf Allahu Akbar, may Allah grant us inner peace and outer peace. May He make us dress in such a way that those spouses that are the best for us are the ones who are attracted to us.
My brothers and sisters, what powerful words may Allah grant us goodness? So remember, when you dress appropriately, yes, it will attract the right people to you, your company will be correct. When you want to dress inappropriately, the same clique of people who have that type of life will be your company. May Allah protect us, Grant both the men and the women, goodness today, the women? Yes, we speak about them, but the men are as guilty that we have now developed what is called very sadly, half bombers, they're halfway down your backside. And really, you see people coming to the masjid for Juma and they engage in servitude and we're standing behind and we just don't know what
to do Allah.
Allah it's happening my brothers and sisters. So let's not only address the women folk when it comes to dress code, but the men remember type clothing prohibited for men also, did you know that and you are supposed to be blessing properly, appropriately, may Allah grant us goodness, let's move a little bit further. This is why Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us In fact, there is one point I did not get made mention of and that is, if you are to be a person who is conscious of Allah, then even if your clothing is slightly tacky, and so on, believe me, you will have honor and dignity in the eyes of people when you are upright and your character is beautiful and amazing. Remember, one is to
wear clothing that people can see in terms of the cloth that you are putting on and two is your character, your character beautifies you even if your clothing is not that beautiful, and your character can actually drop you and make you the ugliest person on earth whom nobody wants to talk to. Even if you're done according to the dress code that you have. Yes, believe me, you might have something that is state of the art maybe perhaps designer of this nature of that but if your character stinks, believe me, people will have to block their noses as they walk past. Allah protect us, my brothers and sisters there is a lot that we will say inshallah we'll leave it for tomorrow
until we meet then again are Sol Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah alarm will be having the connection to Allah Allah, inland