Ramadan 2016 – Save Yourself Series – 13
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Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2016
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Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 13
Salam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakato
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy.
Indeed we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to bless them all, and to bless every single one of us and to grant us all goodness in this world, as well as the next I mean, my beloved brothers and sisters, you and I know that in Islam, pride is something that is prohibitive. When we say pride, the English language does not translate the Arabic language correctly or Exactly. The reason is in English, you could have the term pride having a good meaning if it is used to mean happy. For example, I am proud to be a Muslim. It doesn't mean I'm arrogant to
be a Muslim, it means I'm happy to be a Muslim. So in that sense, you cannot use the Arabic word tackable or Kiba. to refer to, I'm proud to be a Muslim. We need to understand this. However, when we say pride, it has disastrous effects on us in this world and the next, let's start off with the hereafter. The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says the following gentlemen can be Miss Carla Petit min her Delhi Min kibin. He will not enter Paradise in whose heart is the weight of a mustard seed of pride. Which means if you have a little bit of pride in your heart, there's no place for you in heaven, you first need to cleanse yourself, clean yourself. The idea is to warn us to say
be humble. Be filled with humility. speak to people correctly, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant His goodness. At one stage the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had actually said
that a person who has pride will not intergender so what happened is
the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu said,
O Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we love to have good clothing, and our convenience to be good, and so on and so forth. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that is not what pride is, that is not meant by the term pride when you have the latest or the most expensive in terms of clothing in terms of perhaps a house or a home that you may be living in or conveyance, a motor vehicle. That's not pride. Pride is to despise people and to reject the truth. But you don't have
to reject the truth. When someone comes to you and tells you what is right and wrong. And you know, it's right. And you still reject it because you are proud. That's a sign of pride. And when you despise and belittle people, you call them cheap names. It's a sign of pride, Who Do You Think You Are you think you're better than them. So this is why it's important for us to develop a habit of accepting the truth. And at the same time, being humble when it comes to our relationships and our relations with fellow human beings. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us humbleness and humility. When it comes to this world, Allah is a person who has pride in his heart, he will not be able to
accept the truth, Allah subhanho wa Taala will turn away from him his science. So guidance will not come in his direction, because of his hand his arrogance with number 146.
Allah says the alternate one
For those who are arrogant, we will turn away our signs from them, we will turn away our signs from those who are arrogant and those who tread the earth with arrogance. So even if they see all the signs, they won't accept them. If they see the truth, they won't walk with it, or they won't side with it. And when they see that which is evil, they will side with it because what will happen to their brains, they will be contaminated with the pride that is in the heart, the heart and the brain are closely connected. And this is why it's important for us to cleanse the heart in order for the brain as well to be clean. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and may we all save ourselves by
the health of Allah subhanho wa Taala from this evil quality, we don't want the signs of Allah within us to be rejected and denied and those that are sent to us to be thrown away. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. I mean, then we have from among the benefits of reminding people not to do bad.
When the punishment of Allah comes to them, it will not come to you Subhana Allah when Allah punishes he punishes in several ways.
Number one, he punishes only those who engaged in the evil. And he does not punish the others who are those, those are the ones who used to tell the people who are engaging in evil, not to engage in the evil. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says in verse number 164 165, of similar to that of both those verses are connected to people who used to remind others not to do bad. So some people got to them and said, Why are you wasting your time, you know, it happens to us, sometimes you tell someone and you keep on reminding them, you know, brother, fulfill your Salah, you know, Brother, don't do this, you know, my system, don't do this, and someone comes to you and says, Don't waste your time. with
Allah, he's never a waste of time. It's never a waste of time, you know, the benefit of it is when the punishment comes, you will be saved, because Allah says,
to be He,
when they forgot what they were reminded about, we saved those who used to tell them not to commit the evil.
And we see the rest, with the punishment. So this is the first category of people, only those who used to do the evil, they will be punished, and those who used to prohibit them from it, they will be saved. If you want to save yourself from the punishment, keep reminding those who are doing evil not to do the evil. In that way. Allah keeps on having mercy on you, when the punishment comes, it won't come to you it will come to them alone, because in the next surah, verse number 25.
Allah says, what
be careful of trials, calamities, tribulations, and tests that will not only strike those who are oppressed, or oppressive from amongst you, but even the others who are those, those are those who used to casually sit, they used to watch everyone doing something bad and they didn't used to do anything about it. You need to say something, you need to do something minimum is in your heart, you need to feel Allah, this is bad, protect me from it, that's the minimum allows him. But if you don't bat an eyelid, you allow them to do as they wish, you know, the example given by Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam is that of a boat with two decks. If the people from the bottom, were lazy to go
to the top to get water from those at the top, and they decided to be wise and to drill a hole in order to get the water because they are in the water. You know, when they when you're in the ship and you're in the bottom, you've got to go to the guys at the top who will have to release a bucket into the water and then they will have to bring it in and then give you the waters and you go down and you give everyone else the water but you are inside the water and they are not. Well you need to use your mind. If the people at the top allowed the people at the bottom to drill a hole in order to get the water they would all have drowned. This is why you need to keep on reminding them hey, don't
do that whole don't do that. Oh, we all drown if you do May Allah subhanho wa Taala say if God doesn't grant us a deep understanding. Brothers and sisters guidance is in the hands of Allah, He gives it to whomsoever is in search of it. Remember this guidance is in the hands of Allah He says he gives it to whomsoever is striving to achieve it. Allah says when ladina Vina, Lana de
su buena, those who are striving to please us for our cause in our path in our way, those who are striving and struggling to get closer to Allah, Allah will open the doors of guidance for them. Allah subhanho wa Taala will guide them to the paths that lead to Allah subhana wa Tada. So Allah says guidance is in Allah's hands. He will give it to those who are in through search of it. But keep on asking for guidance look, like I said yesterday that do how we make every day in a Serato Study Guide us to the straight path we repeat it so many times May Allah subhanho wa Taala accept it from us, but invest number 178 of surah Allah Allah subhanho wa Taala says, may
Daddy, the one who Allah guides is the rightly guided, when Allah guides you, you are likely guided and impressed number 186. He says, may
Allah, Allah, may Allah protect us, he says those whom Allah has chosen for them to go astray. Nobody will ever be able to guide them or not make us
You have intelligent people highly educated, but they cannot see light from darkness. They cannot understand why, where did it go? It's Allah who takes it away, sometimes highly educated, you know, highly technical he.
He was extremely highly educated and very sharp, intelligent military men. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam made a statement to his brother. And when he did that, when he
who accepted Islam earlier when he was in Mecca, and the Prophet says,
Islam as a man as intelligent as Kali, he cannot be ignorant of the fact that Islam is the correct religion. So Hannah, look at the statement. He tells his brother, your brother is so sharp, he cannot be ignorant of the fact that this is the truth. In the meantime, at the same moment, Holly who he was scratching his head and thinking, you know what?
I've tried to overcome this army of small number of Muslims so many times, and I promise you, they are protected by something else. As for a military sort of strategy, I've tried the best. And I have employed the most effective methods on the battlefield, but I've never overcome them. So there is something about it. And what Mohammed Salah Salah is calling towards is something great, he's calling towards the worshipping of one Allah. So Kali
comes to Al Madina, munawwara and he declares his Islam, may Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us guidance. So the reason I'm making mention of this, if you want to be saved from ignorance, do not only rely on your brain, rely also on to Allah because he owns guidance. People think I'm too sharp, it will happen. Don't worry, your sustenance, your guidance, your goodness, anything else you want. Your children can be as sharp as they could be. It doesn't mean that they will pass with flying colors all the time. Call out to Allah. Don't just rely on something you can see physically in front of you. Yes, you will make use of it. But you know that guidance is in the hands of Allah. May Allah
guide us say that so many times a day, Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us like I said, we repeat it every day in every unit of prayer. Do you know how many times that is? We'd have to sit with a calculator to figure it out. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us truly to the straight path. I mean, then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about those who used to worship other human beings. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Those whom they used to call out to they could not even help themselves. They are worshipped was enslaved just like you are How can you call out to them? call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala save yourself from being cast into Hellfire, save yourselves from
losing your deeds because of association of partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says verse number 194 and 197 of Sudoku Allah.
Indeed those whom you are calling out to besides Allah, they are slaves and worshipers just like you, they are also creatures of Allah just like you for the room, call out to them. Let's see funniest ajibola come from sodomy. Let them respond to you if you are truthful.
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those whom you are calling out to besides Allah subhanho wa Taala they will never be able to help you. In fact, Allah says Wallah and fusa omean soon they cannot even help themselves. They are equally in need of the mercy of Allah just like you are so called out to Allah and Allah alone. The reason we made mention of these verses that are scattered all over the Quran warning us about calling out to Allah alone is because when ma he my brothers and sisters, if we want to be saved from the fire of jahannam, the main thing that we need to protect ourselves from is to anger Allah subhanho wa Taala and the anger of Allah is invoked by us associating partners with Allah subhanho
wa Taala. May we be from among those who are conscious of this? It is the biggest way that chez fun leads men astray. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. This is why Allah says shaman will come to you and whisper sometimes you coming out of the masjid and you have a good intention. And you see something and your mind is contaminated. And for a moment and tells you why don't you commit the sin, no matter what it is, I'm not going to mention the sins you know them so many. Say for example, you heard of your brother or someone else, you know, you read the newspaper and you found how a poor person won the lottery and he became someone who was a multi millionaire. So now you're walking past
and it says moto moto and it's flashing flashing. You look at it and you say,
look, you might it might just be the winning number. Come on, it might just be you know, it's so easy. It's only gonna cost you $2 may be
So now you look at it, you know what Allah says that's the whisper of the devil. Watch out. His job is to whisper he keeps on whispering you want to get up for salah and you get up to pan Allah Subhana Allah, you get up, sometimes shaman will come to you. Five more minutes is still a bit of time. Trust me Ramadan, you will always get up because you know this food day.
But when it comes to Serato, shaper will tell you two minutes, this is a bit too cold. You know, this is a little bit common, it's eating up all that whispers of the devil. Immediately seek protection in Allah from shaman, get up and do the right thing. Remember what I said, save yourselves from the whispers of the devil by seeking Allah protection immediately and doing the right thing.
So Villa, Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness, don't just say a stone Villa and not mean it. Don't just say.
And then you keep on doing the sin. Allah says, and this is verse number 201
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whenever shape man tries to whisper into you and he tries to actually listen to you immediately seek the refuge in Allah from shavon.
For Indeed, Allah is all hearing all knowing, you know, we need to be genuine. Sometimes we have the word of the last day of the law on our tongues without even knowing actually means Oh, Allah forgive me. You know, they say there was a religious man. And he went to one country where there's a lot of freedom and the women dressed as they will as they wish. So as he went there, first time in his life, you see women not dressed properly. And he was with the host who was hosting him. He says,
the people, the men were shocked at what happened here. So he looked down, he said, That woman, you know, and a little, a little while later, he saw someone else.
And he and then the people got used to this, that he says, each time that there's a woman passing because he's not used to it. You know, if you live in a country like this, where so many people are scantily dressed, it becomes such that you look down and you don't even notice. I hope so.
It becomes such that you don't even notice. So this man here The next day, he's did the same thing. He saw a woman and he says, haha, so these people they got shocked initially again, because he was saying it so loudly, you know, but they got used to it. The third day. The man got up in the morning they came to pick him up and as they went into the city, now the driver who's the host, he noticed the woman also scantily dressed, so he decided to say
that man says wait, wait.
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So this is what I mean. We don't use that term without really meaning it when you say, Allah, you are saying Allah forgive me. It's not just a statement that flies off your mouth. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us all. protect yourselves my brothers and sisters by being sincere when you say a DA and the supplication be sincere. After Salah we say, Allah, when we say Subhana Allah Alhamdulillah I mean it. Think about it, protect yourself from your deeds being wasted by you having paid mere lip service to advocate that is powerful. You say Subhana Allah 33 times Alhamdulillah 33 times Allahu Akbar perhaps 34 times. You don't just say it in such a
way that you want to get over and done with it. And I want to add something else. My brothers and sisters, try this. When you are fulfilling Salah. Take your time. Forget about what's going to happen after that Salah. Just take your time. And just tell yourself perhaps this might be the last prayer and pray when you go into solitude. Don't be urgent to come up.
Take your time so
one law he the feeling that you will get in your heart you will be able to save yourself from that deed being wasted such a beautiful deed. Don't waste it by not concentrating Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us this is why Allah says when you are listening to the Quran, when the Quran is being recited by someone else not by you.
Then keep quiet and listen attentively in order for you to achieve the mercy of Allah. Now the point I want to raise is, if this is the case when someone else is leading, how much messy Do you think you will get when you are reading Allahu Akbar Allah. So Allah says verse number 241
Allah Allah cuanto hamo
when the Quran is being recited, then listen attentively. Listen very carefully. Be quiet and listen
Concentrate in order for you to be able to achieve the mercy of Allah, so save yourselves from throwing away the mercy of Allah by you not concentrating when the Quran is being recited. And like I said, imagine when you are reciting concentrate on the meanings try and concentrate on the words those of us who don't know the Arabic language, listen to every letter, if to read a letter, you get a reward plus me to listen to a letter, you also get a reward. Now Allah subhanahu wa Jalla grant us all understanding we move to the next tour of pseudocode and fall.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about
the duty that we all have to obey Him and obey the messenger. Like I said before, there are some people who say, you just follow the Quran As for the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you know what? It's okay, by the way. Don't ever say that. When Allah subhanho wa Taala says, obey Allah, he always adds with it and obey the messenger. If it was only the Quran, what was the point of him immediately adding and obey the messenger? You would have to sit and obey Allah and continue doing your things, but he specifically says many places including verse number 21, yeah.
Oh you believe follow Allah and the messenger. And don't just turn away when you are hearing the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam instruct or call or say something don't just turn away? Yes, this instruction at the time of the Sahaba.
And it continues into our time as well. We hear the Hadith we hear the instructions of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam don't ever be like those who say we are Muslim, but their actions and their deeds are heading in a totally different direction.
So Allah says in the very next verse 21, while at KU con la Vina Carlos Amina wa hula is Mo, don't be like those who say that we've heard but they haven't really heard.
Don't be like those who say that we have heard meaning we know what you are saying We will now follow but they don't do anything about it. It's as good as they haven't heard. My brothers and sisters. Protect yourself from the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala by trying your best to obey the instructions of Allah and I want to add wherever you have faltered, do not lose hope. ask Allah forgiveness. He is most forgiving, Most Merciful, but you need to seek that forgiveness in order to be forgiven. You cannot just expect Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to forgive you without you asking for it. So Panama May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us all in May he opened our doors and this is why
Allah says those who protect themselves from sin. Allah gives them the ability to distinguish right from wrong. And Allah gives them the ability to tell that which is good from that which is not good. They have a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Why? Because they have Taqwa taqwa, meaning you can translate it as piety. You can translate it as the fear of Allah, but fear in a good way. You can translate it in the fear of disobeying Allah, perhaps that is more accurate. The fear of disobeying Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah says, verse number 29, yeah,
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tiecon Oh you who believe if you have Taqwa, if you are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He will give you the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. He will give you the power to understand and the ability to tell what is good from what is bad. And on top of that, he will forgive your sins. He will forgive your sins. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless as you need to know something my brothers and sisters, the minor sins. sins are divided into two minor and major, the minor sins those they can be forgiven even without you seeking the forgiveness. It is the major sense that you require proper seeking of forgiveness individually from each one of them. But the
hottie says tomato tomahto kafala to lima beans from one Juma if you fulfilled it properly to the other Juma if you fulfilled it properly in the middle, all those minuses they drop out they wipe out a lot. Imagine and like that they are so many Illuminati Illuminati godfather to Lima. The Hades is one Amara to another. The sins in between that are minor, they are wiped out. That's a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So my brothers and sisters, when you fear Allah and you've been doing good for a long time, it will automatically wipe out the bed. Here is the statement of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He says
Senator McConnell looking handsome. He says, follow up your sin here we are speaking about my innocence. Follow up your sin with good deeds so that the sin will be wiped out by those good deeds. Beautiful. And then he says and treat people with good character and conduct love Akbar, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bestow upon us His goodness. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says my brothers and sisters, this is beautiful, absolutely amazing. We are talking about Save yourselves, right in the series. Do you know that if you have good company because of that company, you can be saved? If Allah is going to punish for example, a person but because they are in the presence of another
person whom Allah loves, Allah won't punish them. This is why we say get into the company of those who are good listen to what Allah says. The punishment was about to descend upon the people of flourish, they were harming the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, verse number 33.
Allah says, Allah will
defeat him, Allah will never punish them for as long as you are Mohamed Salah Salem, in the midst, you are there. How can we punish them when you are right there?
What do I learn from this? Well, ah, he sometimes a community deserves the punishment of Allah. But because of two or three friends of Allah, inside of that community, Allah says I'm holding back it can happen. So be in good company, my brothers and sisters it not only will it help you, but it will save you from the punishment of Allah as well to Panama to Allah, then it's something I spoke about yesterday and I want to speak about it again today. Allah says, one can Allah
and Allah will not punish him while they are seeking forgiveness. While someone is seeking forgiveness alone punish you. So when you see something disastrous coming in your direction quickly say Allah Allah forgive me, Allah I turned my bad ways my habits Oh Allah, forgive me, I repent to you change so that that which is coming in your direction will not be a punishment. It might be a test, it might be a calamity, it might be a difficulty. It's not a punishment. How do we know? Allah says we're not going to punish you while you are telling us Oh ALLAH forgive me. Why should we punish you when we have a four oh Rahim we are most forgiving, Most Merciful. We won't punish you,
brothers and sisters to save yourself. What a beautiful way to keep on seeking the forgiveness of Allah. I want to say and duration. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to seek the forgiveness of Allah up to 100 times a day. He didn't need it. He did not need it. He used to say up to 100 times a day. There is another narration which says, Well law heavy as the companions of the law of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in one gathering. We used to listen to him praise Allah and ask Allah mercy up to 100 times
in one gathering you sitting with him and he says, may Allah have mercy on us. May Allah bless us. May Allah bestow upon us May Allah grant us guidance. Allah forgive us how many times he used to say that brothers and sisters I'm sure we are guilty, we need it more desperately than anyone else. And we don't even see so many days past we haven't even said a little love. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mention of something
that I will end with in sha Allah.
Allah says, the gifts I have bestowed upon you, I won't take them away. Unless and until you have changed your ways and become bad then I take it away. Listen to this first number 54 of Serato and fall Allah says that ecobee
one Allah has me Oh Nani, Allah subhanho wa Taala will not take away the gifts that he has bestowed upon the nation until they themselves deserve that taking away because they have changed themselves. They have changed and become bad people. When Allah gives you wealth after you were making draft wealth, suddenly you no longer day for Salah suddenly you're going to the clubs now you're with the prostitutes and so on. Now Allah forgive us. If that is the case, Allah says we're going to take it away from you and when we take it, we will take it away as a punishment. May Allah not do that to us so my brothers and sisters, keep on bearing in mind when Allah gives you become even closer to Allah
become more humble, because Allah can snatch it away. At the back of an eyelid, Allahu Akbar, Allah never do that to us. Allah bless us all was Allahumma salli ala nabina, Muhammad Subhana, Allah Subhana Allah,
Allah, Allah, Allah and