Ramadan 2016 – Save Yourself Series – 14
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Always remember our brothers and sisters suffering around the globe in your prayers, May Allah ease their difficulties.
The reasons we have failed as a Ummah are dispute and disunity. Allah Himself has told Muslims to obey Him and His messenger and avoid dispute for us to be successful. If not we will become unsuccessful and our power will be lost. Just look at the Muslims in the world today and you will see the truth in Allah’s statement. The non believers have strength because they are protectors of one another.
War is not required of Muslims. We were taught to always lean towards peace, accept hands stretch in peace and lean on Allah; if they want to cheat you then Allah is sufficient for you. Islam does not teach violence. When enemies accept Islam they automatically become your brothers and Allah forgive their sins.
Be careful and do not let your love for family and wealth exceed your love for Allah if you don’t want calamity to strike you.
Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 14
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah. Who Allah Allah, he was happy.
Indeed we praise Him. Allah subhanho wa Taala we thank him upon all conditions we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he's in entire household, all his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to bless all of them, and to bless every single one of us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us all goodness, my brothers and sisters, before we commence today, it is important for me to make mention of our brothers and sisters who are suffering across the globe. So many countries, our brothers and sisters are suffering, war and hunger, so much of famine and so on. They are struggling and suffering while they are fasting. We spend a moment to pray for
them to make dua for them to reach out to them brothers and sisters, we should try our best not to forget those who are struggling and suffering this evening. We have news that the city of Fallujah is actually under siege and the people are suffering people are leaving and there is a humanitarian disaster that is looming, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant all human beings is especially our brothers and sisters who are struggling and suffering. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of one of the reasons why we fail as an oma one of the reasons why we fail as an omen. One of the reasons why we lose our mind and our power, and that is because
we dispute and we become disunited. Allah says in verse number 46 of solitude and fell out in your own life.
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and obey Allah subhanho wa Taala and His Messenger and do not dispute which means you your duty and my duty and the duty of the entire oma, the duty of mankind at large to obey Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and His messenger and at the same time to avoid disputes, discord, that which will cause this unity. Why? Because Allah says, for Deaf shared habari Hong Kong because you will become unsuccessful as a result. If you dispute with each other, you will be unsuccessful. What are you arguing about? follow Allah subhana wa Jalla follow the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and work together as an online. So if you don't do that, then you will fail. Social means failure. And
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your power as an image will be lost. Today we are perhaps 2 billion people on the globe. You know the figure fluctuates, but let's say 2 billion people on the world as muslimeen
what is the condition of the oma What is going on? Surely, if we were united if we had a common voice, if we rally behind what Allah subhanho wa Taala has revealed, definitely we would be able to be extremely powerful sorting out our matters and problems no matter where they are. So the reason why we are facing what we are facing is because of our own disputes and discord, and the fact that we have turned away from the revelation that Allah subhanho wa Taala has sent down to us May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us return to the straight path. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us all mend our ways and habits. This is why Allah says was built by a lot of patience and restraint. When it
comes to your relations with one another. You will need a lot of restraint. Today we are quick to label one another we are quick to fight with one another. We are quick to one to kill one another. Yet Allah says practice restraint. Be patient. Remember you are members of the same oma you will need one another you will need to stand up for one another. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us ease This is why Allah makes mention of the kuffaar and why they have strengths. Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the kuffaar and why they have strengths and why we as an oma require attention. If we don't do something that they are already doing.
We would probably fail. Listen to what Allah says. It's a powerful verse, verse number 73
Gabby, the kuffaar are all protectors of one another no matter who they are, no matter where they are. At the end of the day, they will stick up for one another. They will stick up in the sense that they will defend each other they will stand up
For one another, they are allies of one another according to this verse of the Quran, and the Quran says if you are Muslim do not do the same, then there will be chaos and corruption on Earth. What does that mean? If you don't stick up on another, if you don't protect one another, if you don't stand up for one another, then obviously there will be chaos on the whole globe. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, save goddess, these are powerful verses. These are powerful verses these are verses that are telling us what the problem is. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease Allah saying learn from the others, they stand up for one another, have you we don't even stand up for our own brothers
and sisters in our own families, communities in our own countries where we going to stand up for the entire Ummah, May Allah forgive us. May Allah strengthen us. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala teaches us that war is not what is required of the Muslim in even in the case where war has broken out. Allah says when people are inclining towards peace, you stretch the hand of peace inclined towards it as well. If there is a war, and there is a war zone, the war is going on. And the enemy is saying, look, let's incline towards peace. Let's try and make peace. Allah says you should inclined towards peace, you're a Muslim Subhanallah you should be more towards peace than anyone
else. Now there is a question that will arise. Let's read the verse number 61 of surah to unfurl, why Jana only sang me Virginia law.
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if they inclined towards peace, then you should incline towards peace. And lay your trust in Allah. While your trust in Allah. I don't know if they are being sincere or not. If it is clear to me that they are not being sincere, then I would be foolish to incline towards peace, because I know they are not. But if they are not clear in the sense that they are coming across and perhaps they would be genuine or maybe they really would like to make the piece I must be the first one to incline towards you and say no problem. And I lay my trust in Allah for indeed he is all hearing all knowing. That's what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and in the very next verse, Allah says, if they
want to cheat, you say their intention was to cheat you. Some people want to say want to make peace, not because they want to make it. They telling you, I want to make peace because they want to be given respect in order to prepare to attack you once again. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, what a god do
that oh Kapha in burqa law, if they want to cheat you, then definitely a lie sufficient for you. Allah will never allow them to succeed over you may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection. The reason why I make mention of this, we as an oma need to save ourselves from what from calamity from disaster that will happen when we are disunited and fragmented. This is why I've spoken about these three verses from Serato and Val, and made mention of the importance of unity, the importance of the fact that we are concerned for one another in a positive way, not in a negative way. What does that mean? For example, something happens and without thinking, I become violent, that's negative, that's
negative thing. So the mete out says that people don't talk to them, etc, etc. If it requires that you become a little bit harder in your approach, so be it but not as the beginning line, not as the first step May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding of this beautiful deal. Allah subhanho wa Taala has indeed given us much guidance and advice. The problem is we don't follow it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Forgive us sooner to Toba? The next Torah, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how even the enemy when he accepts Islam, and he fulfills his salah and he establishes or establishes zecca and fulfills the Salah or establishes the salah and fulfills the Zakah he
becomes your brother in faith, even though five minutes ago, you were enemies. Look at Khalid
Abu sufian Romano and so many other examples of those companions who fought the Muslims before they accepted Islam. And when they accepted Islam, it was a bit of an island. They were forgiven wiped out highly depends on who it is reported. He went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam before he accepted Islam he was worried about what would happen to him because he had murdered a lot of the Muslim men in the wars. So he asked the Prophet sallallahu Sallam or messenger what will happen to me? The Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, Yeah, Holly, in Islam I do. bamaca blah, blah. Oh, Holly, I want you to know that Islam will delete all the bad and the evil you've done in the past. The good
You will carry it with you the bad. It's deleted, it's gone.
So Pamela, you know, when they say you fulfill Hajj, you literally dipped into a cleanser. You come as clean as the day you were born. Why? What does it mean? It means the bad and the evil is deleted. It doesn't mean everything is deleted and you start a new slate, you're good that you've done, it's carried through, it carries on with you, so only the bad is deleted. Here also when you make Toba, the Hadith says Amina dombey, Kamala Bella, the one who seeks forgiveness from sin is equivalent to the one who did not commit sin at all. The only condition is the need to have changed their lives after that particular repentance. May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us May Allah subhanho wa Taala
grant us true repentance and forgiveness. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and this is something amazing verse number 11 of surah two tober
taboo. Vamos salatu wa was Jakarta is one competing, if they the enemies happened to repent, or even the hypocrites if they happen to repent, and they establish their prayer and they give their Sokka they are suddenly your brothers and
you will embrace them as your brothers indeed, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us I want to pause for a moment if this is the case when it comes to the enemies of Islam. What about the Muslim mean? My brothers and sisters, people who are fulfilling Salah they are giving Zakat, we don't consider them a 115 we don't consider them our brothers Indeed, we have arguments we have fights, we have hatred, we have jealousy, we have enmity we have so much of difficulty between us there is a lot of dispute and so on May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us brothers and sisters together with that. We need to do something positive about it. Don't let shavon instill within you hatred for your fellow
believers. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us all. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the love of items in this world. What is it that we love as human beings? Okay, so let's start off your children or your parents or for example, your brothers, your sisters, your siblings, your wives, your family members. And then what else? Well, some money you would say yes. Okay, I do have a connection with it. There is a certain amount of love there. Nobody here can deny that there is a certain amount of love for that money. That's why you keep it close to you in your pocket. You make sure you have a hidden zip inside there and it's gone inside so Han Allah May Allah subhanho wa
Taala safeguard us. What else a business deal. We love business deals so much that we get upset when another person takes our deal. You know what that means? I'm supposed to have got a deal with a certain company and suddenly I hear that brother Abdullah has now got the deal. Me and Abdullah we stopped speaking that's if it's over why you took my deal. That's bad. Listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, even your homes, your houses, your dwellings, your convenience, everything else that is material, there will be a human connection with those items. But do not let the love for all of these things exceed the love that you have for Allah subhanho wa Taala that's it. Allah says no harm
in loving this to a certain extent limited love. I love my parents, my family, my children, my wives, whoever else my brothers and sisters, wealth and whatever else is mentioned in the West, but not more than Allah when the instruction of Allah comes that is first you cannot forego your Salah because of them. You cannot forego the instruction of Allah because of them and you will never do harm because of those things. So Allah Subhana Allah Allah says, If you love those items more than Allah then just wait for the instruction of Allah to before you wait for calamity and disaster to strike. It's a matter of time. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us beautiful verse number
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Coleman fez up in Omaha moto sallallahu Sallam tell them if your fathers and your children and your siblings and your wives and your family members and your wealth and your business deals that you fear to lose and your homes that you love are more loved to you then Allah and His messenger and striving in his cause than just hold on. Wait for the instruction of Allah to befall you for the calamity disaster to get to you may Allah subhanho wa Taala guidance so look at how
Beautifully Allah words if he didn't say don't love these things, you can it's human, you will love your family, you have rights to fulfill your parents and so on. But not more than Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, Allah comes first. Even your business deals the other men got the deal so what sustenance is in the hands of Allah? Yes, if he showed changed you if he robbed you, then there is a problem but you make sure you don't do that to others. You make sure you are honest in business, you make sure you are an upright businessman. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all strength. In this way, we will save ourselves from disaster in this world as well as calamity in the hereafter or
punishment in the hereafter. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. Imagine everything you have been given, you always put Allah first you put the messenger and his instruction first, you put striving in the good cause of Allah subhanho wa Taala first, then everything else do you think you're going to fail? Not at all, you cannot fail?
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us success. Then verse number 54 of surah Toba, Allah makes mention of one of the reasons why he rejects wealth that is given in his cause, sometimes, so we spend, when you spend my brothers and sisters, do it with a good heart. feel in your heart I want to give Allahu Akbar, even if you have a little even if it's five rounds, it must be to be enough sin. It must be the goodness of your heart. You must give it nicely with respect. You don't throw money you don't make people sing for their money. If you know what I mean. You don't make people feel small when you give them something No, it is done with honor, dignity, respect for the sake of
Allah. Then Allah accept it. If you are a person who is upright, but Allah says the hypocrites we didn't accept their charities Why? Listen to what Allah says verse number 54 October
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nothing stopped their charities from being accepted except that they didn't believe in Allah and His messenger. Truly, and when they used to read Salah they read Salah lazy Lee they were lazy, they didn't want to fulfill it. They just fulfilled it because they had to everyone was doing it or sometimes you're just fulfilling it half heartedly. Allah says like tuna salata in La Mancha, Salah they used to only pray their Salah while they were lazy, they couldn't wait for the prayer to be over. Allah says then what are you wasting your time giving charities for sort your life out with us first year man? Allahu Akbar. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us these are strong verses very,
very strong. We are like telling you if you want the benefit of your charities to be felt by you. You need to make sure that holistically You are a decent Muslim, you fulfill your prayer as an honor. You know, there are two ways of fulfilling Salah. One is you are doing it because you have to do it. And two is you are doing it because you want to do it. So plan Allah, when you have to do it, it will be accepted because you know that it's a duty unto you, but you know that it's a duty and on top of that you want to do it as an honor. That's when you take your time you come to the masjid early brothers and sisters I bear witness for this Masjid in bosmans Subhana Allah and it's an honor
to be in your midst. I see this Masjid well before the advent, it's already quite full a lot of the days. Unlike many other massages, you find the other one is gone. The Salah is about to start and people are coming late. When you say salon you find so many support and rows getting up because they missed a rock out. They missed the unit or two whereas in this Masjid Keep it up. My brothers and sisters keep it up in the sense that we come and we arrive early. We should be here and Alhamdulillah ready in time for the Salah. May Allah accept it from us, Allah says those who get up lazy for their Salah, and those who spend only when they have to when they are semi forced to spend.
When are you in law home carry home? They don't spend unless they really have to, they are almost forced to that's when they spent and they you know they give they gave the least that they could. Allah says that well. It won't be accepted in the real sense in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to give and May he accept that giving from us. I mean,
then my brothers and sisters Allah Subhana Allah Allah speaks about how sometimes we see people who are enemies of Allah who are hypocrites, and they have a lot of wealth. They are very, very wealthy. So Allah says, like I've explained in the past, it's got nothing to do with the happiness or with the Wrath of Allah when he has given you
taking things away, when he's given you does not necessarily mean he's happy with you, when he's taken away from you. It does not necessarily mean he's upset with you. He's only testing you. It depends on the condition of your heart. If your heart is happy, even if you have nothing, that was always a blessing of Allah, and if your heart is upset, even if you have the whole world, that is the punishment. So Allah says regarding those hypocrites who have a lot of wealth, verse number 55, of sorrow to Toba fella to
whom Allah Allah to whom do not be impressed by the amount of wealth that they have, and the amount of children that they have, don't let that impress you amuse you or make you feel happy no.
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Caffeine, Allah says that he would like to punish them with that wealth and with those children. So Allah gave them wealth in order to use that money to punish them, that money is going to be the means of their destruction. That's what Allah is saying. So don't get excited. Don't stretch your eyes at the wealth of other people and say, Oh, I wish I had that. Well, if you see the punishment that's going to get to them, you're going to say, Well, I wish I had that minus the punishment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us.
You know, when our own was destroyed, what did these people do? When qarun was destroyed? Initially, some of the people were saying we wish we had wealth like our own and the knowledgeable people said, Stop wishing what Allah has given others you concentrate on what Allah has given you be content be happy. And when qarun was destroyed, they said lucky we didn't have that. You know, in our language we say that isn't it? Lucky we didn't have that. If we had that we have also been destroyed with him. Subhana Allah, don't worry, just be happy where you are. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will bless you work hard to achieve. There's no harm in working hard. You want to be a millionaire for as long
as you working hard at doing halaal not compromising your duty unto Allah no harm in working towards it. Your intention will be Oh Allah when I get inshallah I will spend also in your course Subhana Allah. I don't think I heard the amine loud enough there.
So my brothers and sisters, this is something very interesting. We save ourselves from the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And save yourselves. The feeling in the heart, the jealousy and the envy the wrong type of envy. I'm not looking at people who have more than you always look at those who have less than you. That's the hudy on gorilla men who do not come look at those who have less than you today. I spoke about our brothers and sisters in Iraq for example why? Look at them, they are struggling and suffering no food they don't know where to go there are bombs from the top and there is disaster at the bottom. And where do they go innocent civilians they've got nowhere to
go this way. They go the other way they go there is disaster and here we are sitting we have three meals a day Subhanallah when I say three meals a day in Ramadan, it becomes three meals a night
and thereafter we have a bedding we have everything we are sitting we have weather we have Mashallah you realize the heat today I had to actually you know, dab my sweat in Salah because somehow the light was getting warm and that is not even heat somehow the lights cold man in the middle of winter. May Allah subhanho wa Taala accepted from us. Thank Allah, look at those who don't have you will appreciate what you have one piece of bread, they are struggling they don't even have the sides of the bread that you sometimes throw away a sulfuryl Allah May Allah forgive us.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala happens to speak about this to remind us and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us the ability to be thankful. Then we need to know my brothers and sisters. Never make a mockery of Allah or his messengers or his verses in science. Never don't make a joke of it. If you make a joke or a mockery, the punishment will come in your direction. At the time of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, they were people hypocrites who were sitting. And you know what they said? They said, as they were looking at Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and the army that was going on, they said, Oh, we haven't seen more greedy people than these. These are greedy. They're just going
out to steal the wealth of the people.
The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was told about what they had added, and he was told to ask him and he was told when you asked Him we will tell you now what the answer will be. While Sal de la ku in America.
When you will ask them they will say we will only chit chatting, you know, Nicola, we were only talking amongst each other. You know, sometimes we just sit and we talk. What do we talk a lot of rubbish. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
To do that. You need to know what you're allowed to joke about and what you're not allowed to joke about. You cannot joke about Allah and His messengers and His signs. So Allah says to Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, when you asked
What were you doing saying this? They will say we were just, you know, talking to each other and we were joking. So Allah says, called Abdullah
Are you joking about Allah and His messenger and his verses?
don't present excuses. You have lost your Eman to disbelief because of those type of jokes.
So Panama, verse number 65 and 66 of Surah tilbyr. Those are the verses I just read.
Let us my brothers and sisters, be careful. Sometimes, you know we all have a little bit of laughter. It's healthy. Sometimes it's healthy to laugh a little bit. It's also healthy to cry. You need to know that but at the same time, let that laughter not be at the expense of your Eman. Let it not be that you lose your Eman just to have a laugh, associate Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us like I said, save yourself from the wrath and the punishment of Allah from losing your Eman by protecting yourself when you joke. Let it be a clean, decent junk. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about hypocrites and Allah says the hypocrites they are all one from the other. They are all connected. Allah Mona, Mona.
So who are these hypocrites who are all connected? The male ones, the female ones, they all one from the other? Yeah, morona carry.
three qualities are mentioned in this verse, which is verse number 67, of surah Toba, Allah says they encourage people to do bad, and they discourage them from doing good, and they are stingy. So they don't spend. These are the qualities of the hypocrites, my brothers and sisters, when you have friends, or when you are a friend of someone, give them good advice when there is evil. Don't encourage them. If you encourage them, you become a hypocrite. How can I encourage them? You know, sometimes people have marital problems. And it's quite normal sometimes to have a few issues here and there. And sometimes people say I need to get it off my chest, you know. So let me talk to
someone. Be careful who you talk to. You will tell someone a small matter. You know, my husband's knows. And that's it. You might just ask for a divorce. That's it. Half of us here would be divorced.
He snores let someone give you good advice to tell you you know my sister Be patient. At least he doesn't beat you up. At least he doesn't swear you know when he snoring is just a sound. It's not a swear word. Imagine snoring and the swear word comes up. May Allah forgive us. I don't even want to imitate it.
My brothers and sisters, get good advice and give others good advice. Don't tell them that which is bad. Don't ever because you become a hypocrite. And Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us about him. He says that they discourage people from good and encourage them to do bad. That's hypocrisy.
We need to save ourselves by encouraging people to do good and discouraging them from bad. And then he says and they are miserly, literally stingy. Don't be miserly. Don't get too attached to your wealth that you can't give someone when you love something. Think about giving it away. Because you know what, if you were to die there and then as it is, it's going to go to someone else. No matter how much you love it. Your Rolls Royce or for example, your Bentley or your Mercedes whatever else it is you love it so much. Don't let that love exceed the love you have for Allah. I was about to say give it away. But I don't think people are going to give it away quickly. If you die, it is
going to go away anyway. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant as always, I want to make mention of three other qualities of a hypocrite mentioned in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with the idea of saving ourselves from those qualities. I attended one of
the signs of the hypocrites, three mentioned in the Hadith, either Hadith Academy, when he speaks he lies. That's a hypocrite. He tells lies. He cannot speak the truth. He just loves to tell a lie. Whether it is simple or complicated. What is a word of love? When he makes a promise, he breaks it. he changes his mind. Someone promises you You know what, I'm going to do this. I'm going to do that. I'm going to do that two days later. It doesn't come a month later. It doesn't come a year later. It doesn't come you asked him what happened. They tell you I changed my mind. As simple as that. What do you mean you changed your mind? You promised Allah subhanho wa Taala for the sake of Allah and
now you broke your promise. And it's so as simple for you to just say I changed my mind. Be careful. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us what? To Mina Hannah the third quality when he is entrusted he breaks the trust May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease tomorrow. We will continue by mentioning a few
Have these qualities and inshallah we will progress from there was Allahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah home ob Hamdi the shadow Allah Allah hi lantana