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Ramadan 2016 – Save Yourself Series – 17
Channel: Mufti Menk
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This episode starts with prophet Musa’s story which is the story repeated most in the Quran. He was patient with the one who used to call himself god (Pharaoh). He was patient for a long time despite his oppression until he finally supplicated to Allah against him (Pharaoh). The lesson here is fear the supplication of people you have wronged against you for there is no barrier between that supplication and Allah. Allah has declared war against people who harm His friends and you don’t know if the person you have oppressed is His friends, so be careful and do not oppress.
Furthermore, pray, be patient and steadfast and Allah will guide you, like he guided Musa (alaihi salaam) through the sea. Don’t let money and power cloud you judgement be humble not arrogant with these blessings and tests from Allah if you don’t want to be destroyed like Pharaoh. Seek Allah’s forgiveness as long as you are alive and not at the point of death for He does not accept repentance at the point of gargarah.
The story of prophet Nuh (alaihi salaam) was also mentioned, his patience, mockery, his child’s disobedience to the message, and Allah’s wrath on his people.
Finally, Allah said He revealed the stories of other prophets as lessons for those who have intellect.
Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 17
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah why Allah Allah He was happy. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we thank him upon all conditions. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them all. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us and to grant us goodness, my brothers and sisters, the Prophet Musa la salatu wa sallam in the English language known as Moses May peace be upon him. His story is repeated the most in the Quran.
His story is repeated the most in the Quran. And Allah subhanho wa Taala repeats it for a reason. Each time masala is Salatu was Salam is mentioned. It is in order to highlight a different point. And there is something unique about this beautiful story. He was very patient when it comes to the pharaoh Freetown. And what exactly this man did to him, the Freetown he used to call himself Allah, He used to say, I now have buku money.
I am indeed your God, I am your Allah to the people. So he used to be asked to be worshipped, but Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of his story from all the different angles in Surat Yunus. Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the Tao of musala salatu salam we touched on it in the previous episode. And this dua happened to come after a lot of patience. Now what we need to know is the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has taught us and warned us, he has asked us to save ourselves from something, what is that thing? He says, if that be that what am I alone, for in
fear, the supplication against you have the one whom you have wronged. For indeed, there is no barrier between that. And Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the term taqwa also means to save oneself. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is asking us to save ourselves from the drama that would be made against us by someone we have hurt, or we have harmed or we have wronged May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard. So my brothers and sisters, if someone curses you, and if that curse is deserved, in the sense that you have wronged them, you have a precedent, perhaps you might take some of what they are asking Allah to deliver to you. But if you do not deserve it, because people sometimes just curse you
without even knowing it, they look at you, they see you with a beard, and they swear big words and they curse you that curse. The type of curse that is not deserved by the one who is being cursed, would actually be bound to the one who issued it in the first place. While I hate to say
you know, the evil plot will only go back to the one who plotted it to the one who planned it.
Sometimes you have mothers or fathers, when the child does something wrong, that is the moment my mother my father to make a day out of goodness for your child. Don't kiss the child. Your child has broken something your child has stolen something, some little law, may Allah protect our children, you just found out something really bad about your child, instead of saying May Allah destroy you Melaka sumela break human love finish you up May Allah whatever else to you in terms of bad rather save my child? May Allah guide you, my child, may Allah soften you may Allah bring you to the deen those are the moments where the melodica and the angels are saying I mean to your da save yourself
from the effect of an evil drop by making a good dua. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guidance our children and our relatives and our friends and even our enemies, sometimes what you find is a good draft for them would help rather than that we end up kissing and this is why I always see the Muslim woman we are struggling because each one of us prays against the other IC O Allah destroy him and he says Allah destroy me what happens? I am destroyed. He's destroyed everyone is being destroyed. Rather than try the other way. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him taught us something beautiful. He used to make us even for the enemies, you know, literally the superpower of the time was a
Buddha. He was a powerful man they feared him. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was harmed by that man. He had actually not only intended harm, but he went to execute it once and suffer. He had his bow and he had come to harm the prophets of Allah. Or he had actually sworn him or said something against him. And Hamza of the Allahu anhu came and he had his bow and arrow as well. And this is where he declared his Islam.
You know what the prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam did? Did he say Oh Allah curse, curse almost no
Rama Rama one was also before it's not an enemy of Islam. He says Allah is an Islamic
strength to this beautiful Deen, by the acceptance of the deen by one of the two, either a sham who was known as a Buddha or Amara.
No sooner Did he say that? Then this man comes along, I'm
declaring the Shahada. So my brothers and sisters try to call out in terms of goodness, but remember, there is a limit beyond which people may not tolerate you. People may not tolerate you beyond the limit, you know, some people teach us the wrong thing. They say that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to forgive so keep on forgiving up to the day you die, I normally say, Well, he prepared armies and went to fight as well. There is a limit up to which you can handle things. Beyond that you don't I'm sure you know the story of the three who in the front of the masjid and the young man who was told he's a very pious, they won't even notice if you slap them. So he went up
to the first one. And he greeted him that man was busy doing his liquor and remembrance. He didn't even hear what happened. So he slapped him. The man didn't even notice he carries on with his Deacon. So the young man says, Wow, really pious, really pious, so he went to the next man. They told him this one is even more pious. So he greeted him. The man was so busy in his Vicar. He did not intentionally not reply, but he was busy doing something. So thereafter, he gave him a slap. The man quickly got up and said, how's your hand brother? How's your hand? Did you get hurt? He says, Wow, this man is even more pious. He's worried about my hand, his left him he's not worried about
the redness on his face my hand. He says, I wonder the third man must be the most pious of the lot. So he went up to the third man greeted him that man was busy means worship, and slept in. The third man got up and gave him two snaps.
He was shocked the young boy holding his cheeks. He says, I thought you were the most pious of the sun, sun. Someone needs to stop you.
You don't just go around slapping all those whom you think of is luck. But the same applies to us. You cannot carry on in this way. You know, you can forgive someone or they can forgive you once, twice, three times, four times 10 times so many times, but you cannot keep on doing that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us forgiveness and understanding so Allah subhanho wa Taala says Mousavi salat wa salam after prolonged patience. He made the dua. He watched the Pharaoh and he watched the cronies of the Pharaoh, not just the Pharaoh, but those around him. He says
and moosari salatu wa salam says this and it is with number 88 of surah Yunus. Allah says,
Oh my, you see these people, the Pharaoh and his men, those around him You have given them wealth, they are creating havoc with that well, they are using it to turn people away from the dean oh my oh our of obliterate that wealth of this
and tighten their hearts. For indeed they will not learn their lesson until they are punished. They will never believe until they are severely punished. Imagine the Messenger of Allah making such a powerful
a messenger of Allah it means they harassed him so much. And I remember making mention of the Hadith monarda Lee when he and
whoever harms a friend of mine, I'm not saying I declare war against that person. Be careful. My brothers and sisters don't harm people. You never know who is close to Allah. If they raise their hands, it spells Doom for you may Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says best number 89 to musala salatu salam, por la causa huji back to Memphis
be in an arena?
Almost Moosa Oh, Harun the two of you. We have answered your da. We have answered it. So now we want you to be steadfast stop for a while. A lot of us make dua, and if the answer of that God does not come the same day, the next day, within one week, we lose hope. We say Oh Allah, I'm calling out to you. I started reading my Salah, and you know what, I still don't have a response. La Akbar. Allah says, We heard your job. We have answered the drought. We will give it to you as per our wish, when we know it's better for you, if we know it's better for you. And if we know that, really that would be the best thing for you. If not, we will answer it in a different way. Perhaps we will remove
calamity from your past due to the duality of may perhaps we will grant you something later on in return of that.
Which you have asked for when we knew that the other thing we were giving you was actually better for you, Allahu Akbar. So Allah is telling Musa and Harun although they saw around drowning years later, according to the majority of the narrations, the two hours made, but he only drowned years later yet Allah told him his answer. In the interim, what should you do? First dechema be steadfast, both of you.
You call out to Allah, don't lose hope. be steadfast, hold fast to the rope or upon the rope of Allah subhanho wa Taala when you want a lot to do something for you as a favor, you need to get close to Allah subhanho wa Taala Haven't you heard the hottie where Allah subhanho wa Taala says it could see that whoever comes close to me hence when I come close to him a whole foot and whoever comes close to me walking, I come close to him, rushing.
That's Allah. So we need to be close to Allah, save yourself from your class, being turned down by being a person who's close to Allah subhanho wa Taala
and do not lose hope. Because remember Allah subhanho wa Taala has heard you if he told musala salat wa salam, we have responded, you know, be patient. Wait, when the time is right, then this man we will deal with him. Allahu Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding of this beautiful faith. So Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mention of the pharaoh some few years later, when he started following Musa alayhis Salatu was Salam and the people that were with Moses May peace be upon him. So the pharaoh follow them up to the sea. And then when the people were telling Musashi salatu salam that you know what, what are we going to do now the sea is in front of us. The
Pharaoh is behind us, who Salah is Salatu was Salam says can in peace. The knee with me is my rock, He will guide me Allah has already told me that he will answer or he has answered my dua for the destruction of the pharaoh there is no chance that I can lose hope. But look at the situation on the ground. Anyone would lose hope unless they had solid faith. Imagine you see the ocean or the sea in front of you. The enemy is behind you your sandwich Subhan Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala save goddess. I'm sorry to be talking about sandwiches in Ramadan.
But my brothers and sisters what we do need to understand in reality is when Allah instructed Mousavi salat wa salam to hit the water with his stick, it created a highway 12 channels and they went in.
And later on they came out on the other side, but the pharaoh he told his people you see, according to my instruction, this thing opened, let's go. So he started going look at the arrogance. When he started going in the water. When they were close onto the center, the water started closing in on them. He then realized, you know what? I'm losing the battle here. Up to that moment. He knew he was not God. He knew he was also a human being who also had the normal sicknesses and sufferings of human beings. But he used to call himself a God only because two things money and power, law aka money and power. Those two are the biggest blessing of Allah. But the biggest test of Allah subhanho
wa Taala as well. They can make you or break you.
When you have something that Allah has bestowed upon you become humble, become a person who is totally filled with humility. That is a sign of acceptance that Allah has given you a favor, and you have appreciated it. The minute you feel I'm haughty. And you know I'm a chip above there will always be someone in greater authority than you. And there will always be someone who has more wealth than you remember that no matter how much you have. Now, Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our shortcomings some of us we see the first 1000 rands and we think we own all of Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a lesson. at that juncture, the punishment
was coming in, and Allah says COVID-19 had
up to the point where he was no droning when he made his statement. Finally, when he saw the angels of death, now he's making a statement. What's the statement?
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a lava Illa Allah, Amina Mimi, I believe that there is none worthy of worship, besides the God of burn, who is Rocky? And I am from among the submitters. Why did he have to say that? Why didn't you just say, I believe that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah because he used to call himself Allah. So if someone heard him say that they might think, well, he's trying to tell everyone he's the only God. At this juncture he had to add
But not me, that God that they are worshipping is indeed the true gods and Allah. But Allah says, Now, now it is too late. Listen to the beautiful verse of the Quran number 91
absolutely beautifully worded. where Allah says, Is it know that you want to turn
and in the past you have been sinful and you are from among the corrupt the sinners.
Allah says it's too late. Now, too late. So my brothers and sisters, what do we learn from this? Let us all save ourselves by repenting to Allah before we see the angels of death in Allah to Allah Yakubu Tabata lab edema Mubarak. Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says Allah accepts the Toba or the repentance of a worshiper, for as long as they have not got to the point of God, Allah close to that day, means when the soul is now coming out of the body, and it is got to the point where you know, at the throat, it actually moves. It's a point known as a certain point, that point beyond that, sorry, you cannot say I'm sorry, because now you have seen the reality. Once you see the angels,
it's too late. So my brothers and sisters, turn to Allah turn to Allah before it is too late. There are a few days left for this month of Ramadan. But guess what? We may not see the end of this month, how many of us, we know people who've died now in this month of Ramadan? So many have gone as though the angel of death was just waiting for the moon to be cited. And then he started picking, picking literally picking, you know, he could be picking from amongst us tonight. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us gentlemen.
You know, what is the reality you are ready to die? When the light is pleased with you. As for the age and your children and your marriage and everything else it can wait. If Allah is happy with you, and he takes you away in that condition, you have succeeded, forget about what you're leaving behind. But even if you've lived 100 years, and Allah is not happy with you or displeased with you, what have you done? You've lost? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to save ourselves. I mean, then sort of houde Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of another messenger who was extremely patient, the Prophet Noah are no la salatu salam, may peace be upon him. Allah subhanho wa Taala makes
mention of how he told his people look, I'm not asking you for any money. I'm not asking you for recompense, Allah will reward me I want to instruct you to remove yourself from the punishment of Allah from worshipping net which is besides a love and come to the straight path. I'm not asking of you anything material. I'm just letting you know, they persecuted him as a result. They told him things they made his life difficult. He kept on calling the people towards this beautiful message. He didn't lose hope. But there came a stage when he after 950 years with his people. He then made the dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala he says from Bella Terra, Allah, liminal caffine, Nadia, Allahu
Akbar, he says all of these people who have just believed, don't even leave a single one of them on Earth.
Because 950 years he's been calling how many people accepted the message, according to the smallest number of generations 11 and the highest takes it to at somewhere between 11 and 80 people. Let's take the lower figure 11 imagine an abbey of Allah prophet of Allah, not one year, two years, five years, 950 years and every century, approximately two people except one person exists every century Allahu Akbar. Imagine after 950 years, he's then saying, oh, Allah, these people, they are good for nothing. I've tried them I've seen them. And Allah subhanho wa Taala then decided to destroy all of them with a flood. The flood that is mentioned in the Old Testament, the flood that is mentioned in
the flood that we all know about. It's the flood at the time of the Prophet Noah or new Halle salatu salam, something strange happened. They laughed at him when he told them what was happening. Allah says in verse number 38 of salt who was now in full Coca Cola
Cola is comin.
Come come at us.
He was making a building the ark, that Ark was being built not near the water in the middle of the city. Allahu Akbar. You know, normally when you want to make a huge shift, it would be wise to make it near the water so you can quickly slide it in.
But he did not do that. He made it in the middle of the city because Allah instructed him, they said, You're a madman. You used to be a prophet, calling people towards goodness. Suddenly, you've become
I'm a carpenter. And they started laughing. You know what he was told to say? If you are laughing at me today, a day will come when we will laugh at you. So panela brothers and sisters, don't laugh at the pious you see someone trying to please Allah, it should motivate you. Don't laugh at those who are trying to earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala a day will come when people will be created to laugh at you, to make a mockery of you. We don't want that to happen. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us. And then something interesting.
The child of no honey salatu salam, his son did not accept the message. He didn't listen to his father. Now, we all would love to have children if we don't and those who have children would love for those children, to be obedient to them as parents, sometimes ourselves, we are not obedient to Allah. How do you expect your children to obey you when you do not obey Allah subhanho wa Taala if you want your children to obey you, you need to obey Allah and you need to obey the instruction of Allah. People say, you know, I'm obsessed with this Daughter of mine. She wants to marry someone I don't I will never agree. Well, the reality is you are not obeying the instruction of Allah
regarding what type of selection you should be making when getting her married. That's why there is distress in your home. It's not because Allah is punishing you out of nothing. Allah is creating that distress because you asked for it by not accepting his instruction that goes this is just one example that came to my mind right now like that. There are so many examples we want to smoke and we want our children not to smoke. So you have a cigarette in one hand and you saying son, don't smoke. He says But Dad, what's going on you smoking? May Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us. The same applies to clothing. The same applies to clubbing same applies to so many other bad habits,
including drugs and whatnot. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us but sometimes we have an ideal father like the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa sallam he was it beautiful, lovely men, we cannot say he failed in bringing up his child. But Allah is showing you that sometimes it's beyond your control. It's beyond your limits, meaning beyond the control that Allah has invested in you regarding that particular child. Look what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, verse number 42. So what would one know
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Man caffine no honey salatu salam called out to his son when his son was alone away, and he says Oh, my son, come and ride with us and don't be with the disbelievers. Come and ride with us. The son of new Noah May peace be upon him is being told by his father calm and the sense is no new. I wrote the next verse. Allah says, Sammy, Giovanni Simoni Mina.
Oh, my father, I am going to climb the mountain. It's going to save me from the water because he's already started raining. The water started coming when this speech happened. And he says no, I am going to climb on the mountain. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What Hannah Hannah who Malmo? jufa can Amina monatti, a wave came between the two and he drowned Mahatma who drowned the child. Now what we have to learn from this is my brothers and sisters. Sometimes you have a pious person.
If their children happened to be on the other side of the coin, or they are not that pious for they are astray for some reason. Do not hold that man or that woman as parents wholly and solely responsible. Yes, if they are to blame, then we would perhaps try and learn a lesson from it. But there are cases like this one, where the father is not to blame Subhana Allah he's not to blame. He was a messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala and he did his best, but Ally's showing us guidance is in the hands of Allah, most of the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala one of their family members very close to them, rejected the message Subhana Allah, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam his uncle Abu
Polly did not except when it comes to for example, the prophet Prophet Ibrahim alayhi salaatu wa Salaam his father didn't accept and so on. So these are lessons for us brothers and sisters, let's save ourselves by implementing the rules and regulations that Allah has given us as a gift. You know, the Salah that we fulfill is actually a gift of Allah. It's really a gift. If you take a look at the actions of Salah they are so beautiful that they have positive effects even from a medical perspective. May Allah subhanahu wa taala guide us all May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our door
So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of these stories. And he speaks about some of the prophets and towards the end of the surah, Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
didn't come in.
In fact it is verse number 49 surah.
Allah is telling Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, these are the stories from the unseen, that we are revealing to you, oh Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, we are telling them to you, what are we telling them to you for? Allah says, Mark
company has neither you know your people knew these stories before we reveal them to you. Because obviously the pagans of Mecca and the machine they didn't have a messenger prior to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they will not Jews, no Christians, they were from among the idol worshipers. They didn't know all of this. So Allah says, we are telling you these stories we have revealed them to you unseen, meaning we are the ones who informed you You didn't see them, you didn't know about them. And the people didn't know about them, we gave it to you, we told you and Allah says, Do you know why? Because at the end of that verse, Allah says, fosse be in Allah,
Tibetan watin. So bear patients, indeed, the end belongs to those or victreebel belongs to those who are pious. So the whole lesson from all of these stories, is bear patience. If no hurry salatu salam was persecuted 950 years, look at the end. The Prophet musante salat wa salam persecuted for so many years. Look at the end, Allah is telling Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, all of this we are telling you to strengthen you just be patient, you know, victory will come to those who are close to Allah. Brothers and sisters. The lesson is for all of us in our lives, we face challenges we face issues, don't worry, be patient, here alum
masa, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says you should know that victory will only come with patience. If you lose patience, you've lost victory. For as long as you are enduring victory is coming in your direction by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says
And Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of this in a beautiful way, la caja kanopy kasasa Mary Barra to me.
That's at the end of surah. Yusuf, indeed in the stories of the previous messengers or lessons for those who have intellect. In fact, in verse number 120, Allah says, was
a man with a b2b.
And each time we reveal a story from the previous nations, it is in order to strengthen your heart It is in order to give you that strength, oh Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. That's why these stories are mentioned, they are not mere tales. Take a look at another very interesting point and I will end on this inshallah.
You know, some people don't have children, they are married for a while, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, may Allah bless you with children, it is your ticket to paradise that you become happy with the decree of Allah for you. Some only have girls, that's your ticket to gender, if you are happy, some only have boys, that's your ticket to gender, if you are happy. But remember, keep on making dua never lose hope, no matter how old you are, because that will keep your heart soft, it will keep it close to Allah when Allah doesn't give you it's actually a gift for you as well in a different way altogether. And one day, Allah can give you look what he did to Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam.
And the examples are plenty in the Quran. We are talking here, verse number 73, of servanthood, where the angels came, they were sent in order to punish the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. And as they had passed through Ibrahim Alayhi, Salatu was Salam. They gave him good news of a son, his heart. This was another son. This was his hack. So his wife laughed. She laughed because she was old, and he was old as well. And she said in
Puna Gee, this is something very, very surprising.
So Pamela, it's a gene, I am old, and he is old, my husband, and at this age, we're going to be having a child. So the angel said, and this is a lesson for all of us. Adopt jabeen I mean,
are you surprised at the instruction of Allah and His mercy and His blessings upon you or members of the family? Subhana Allah never, ever be
Surprised, surprised meaning, you know, people are shocked, amazed and talking of amazed in a way that they can't believe it. You know, you say, I'm pregnant, I can't believe it. That's basically what we're talking about. I can't believe it.
So Allah says, Remember, it's a gift of Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all gifts in our lives, whatever problems you are going through my brothers and sisters, Allah knows May Allah grant you relief in whatever issues you may be going through. Whether it is a health matter whether it is a financial matter, social matter, whatever it is, may Allah bless you all are Sol Allahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad