Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2016
In this episode of save yourself , you will hear the wisdom of executing the will very quickly even if you have to unblock or unlock the wealth of the deceased. Fulfilling promises is a way of gaining
paradise especially that of shahadah. Be transparent in trading to avoid dispute and the curse of Allah. “I do not know” is a better statement compared to spreading rumour of what you are not sure of, which could be held against you on the day of accountability. Listen to this and more in this episode to save yourself from hell.
Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 23
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Salam alaykum. warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim we commence In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah 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, all his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless his entire household, and may He bless every one of us. I mean, my brothers and sisters, yesterday we were going through verses of surah Misra, where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of Allah hikma and the wisdom that he has revealed, and we made mention of so many beautiful points. And we had ended at the point where I made mention of the estate and the fact that when a person passes away, those who are the heirs or those who are the executors of the will, should not delay to execute that
particular will. Because it is important for us to know that that wealth now belongs to someone else, the sooner you get it to the other people, the sooner you will be absolved of that particular duty, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us shavon will come to us, He will tell us this property is now tied in a building this property is tied in an investment perhaps this wealth is tied in this way or that way. My brothers and sisters, even if you need to unblock or unlock that wealth, within reasonable limits, you will have to do that may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to be reasonable when I say reasonable, let's not be unreasonable in the sense that if there
is something and we are actually making a big noise just because of a very, very small amount in order to break something huge. Rather, we pay a little bit of patience. Even though we may have a little right in that particular piece of property. I do know that ultimately what belongs to us belongs to us. But we need to understand that in order to be able to distribute things in a way that would result in the harmony and the peace between those who are heirs who generally be family members. It's important for us to be a little bit patient. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all goodness and ease. Thereafter Allah makes mention of fulfilling the promise. Many of us make
promises we don't fulfill one of the promises we don't fulfill his promise to Allah subhanho wa Taala we declare the Shahada, we declare we bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah. But guess what? We end up worshiping wealth, we end up worshiping the powerful, we end up worshiping so many other things, we end up doing wrong things in order to please our wives, our children, and sometimes even to please those who perhaps it is haram to have a relationship with such as girlfriends or boyfriends, etc. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us all the ability to understand, going back to the promises that are made, brothers and sisters, the tongue of a Mormon
should be sufficient for the undertaking by that particular believer May Allah subhanahu wa taala restore for us the dignity, the honesty, the trustworthiness that we had at one stage and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mentioned in verse number 35 of Serato Lisa
Kayla, rockin tomasino Lucas masimo Steffi, when you are weighing you better way correctly, just make sure you do not shortchange people. These verses are connected to cheating in business, shortchanging people. When you are selling something be open, be clear. When you are buying something be open, be clear. When you are dealing and trading make sure everything is transparent and everything is clear. That is how you will save yourself from dispute and you will save yourself from the curse of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The Hadith says for in Canada, what ketema Maha Baraka to be the buyer and the seller, if they lie to each other, or they deceive or cheat or hide something
important from each other than the Baraka and the blessings of that deal will be snatched away. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us blessings in our deals.
Then in verse number 36, Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us that we are responsible for what we say. We are indeed answerable for every utterance of ours. Never ever speak without sound knowledge. If you don't know say I don't know. If it is to do with the knowledge of the deen it is even more important. If it is to do with the dignity and honor of a fellow human being. It is absolutely important. The reason is when you damage the dignity, reputation or honor of a fellow human being, that person will hold you responsible on the Day of Judgment, they may not forgive you. And as a result, you may have to pay them with the currency of the day. And what is the currency of the Day
of Judgment, not dollars, not pounds, not rands not
Gold but silver deeds, your deeds you've done so many good deeds now you need to pay with those good deeds to those whom you have wronged you oppressed you spread rumor about etc. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us why Allah
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Allah warns us regarding saying that without knowledge, we don't have the knowledge regarding something don't even go in that direction. You'd rather learn about it, you'd rather find out about it before you speak before you get there before you involve in it before you actually swim in that which is territory that is prohibited. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala save us all. This is why Allah ends that verse by saying, indeed you are in the Faculty of hearing
and the faculty of sight and your heart, we will question every faculty, we will make sure you are answerable for everything. What you looked at what you heard, and even your intentions May Allah subhanho wa Taala purify our intentions, my brothers and sisters, I pause for a moment. When a person intends to do a good deed and does not do it they get a reward for the good intention Subhana Allah when a person that intends doing a good deed and they do it, they get a double reward one for the intention and one for the D. When a person intends to do something bad and they don't do they get the reward for having stayed away and gone against a bad intention. And when a person intends to
do something bad and they do it, they get one sin next to their name. Look at the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah subhanho wa Taala knows that mankind sometimes will want to do things but he cannot, you know, there is a hadith speaking about
envying someone in a permissible way. Not that you want to see what they have been destroyed. But you tell yourself when you see two categories of people for a lot to increase their wealth and their knowledge. And have you been given that word wealth and that knowledge, you would have spent it in the right cause this is what Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says, so when you see a knowledgeable or a wealthy person, and they are doing good with that knowledge, and you say, Oh Allah, have you given me this knowledge? I wish I hope that you give me this knowledge. What did I wanted from this person to be taken away? No, but the Allah grant me if you grant me, I will spend it in the right path. And
if you grant me that knowledge, I will make sure I put it into practice and conveyed to others may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us be envious in the right way. Remember what I've just said, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness the English language sometimes does not have words to translate the Arabic In the Arabic language has it is something bad, but is something good? Although it is a type of jealousy without wanting it to go from the person you are being jealous of, should I say meaning the person you are looking at and wishing to have what they had, I don't want it to go online, increase that person, let them have more but your life you give me a bit of this I will be
grateful so panela it's called a HIPAA to wish for that which is good, and to wish for increase for the person it is in and for yourself as well. Man, Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and Allah subhanho wa Taala then reminds us regarding this wisdom, it is wise my brothers and sisters, for us to walk with humility to be humble not to walk with haughtiness and arrogance. When we walk, a lot of us have a chip on our shoulders. We only greet those who are wealthy, those who are powerful, those who are influential, those who are famous, etc, etc. All those whom we know know you're supposed to be humble, greet everyone help as many as you can go out and reach out to the non
Muslims as well. They need to see the beauty of Islam. How many at the time of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam were touched solely by his character and conduct and turn to the dean. How many later on
have converted entire regions only through their uprightness and their correct business dealings, correct character and conduct. Look at Far East Asia, I'm sure you will agree that a lot of those who accepted Islam at the time, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. Through the businessmen who had gone there to do business, they were upright. They were muslimeen people saw them, they dealt with them they realize this is the deen we want to follow. So Allah says Allah
do not tread the earth with haughtiness, arrogance, etc, etc. Those bad qualities. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease These are some of the verses that Allah subhanho wa Taala made mention of and he says that he can
man, that is which Allah has revealed to you, O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam from the wisdom from the Hickman May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us all. Brothers and sisters, we hear the verses of the Quran, and I'm sure they have an impact on us. Why do they have an impact on us? There are various types of impact that the Quran will have on you. If you're a believer, it will impact upon you on the highest level. And if you're not a believer, it will have any effect on you, but not on the highest level, they will be a barrier between you and that particular message because you don't believe your heart is not suffering, you're not reading or you're not looking at it with the
correct heart. Allah says those who are in search of guidance, we will always guide them never does not guide one who is truly genuinely in search of guidance. Remember this, Allah says, Those who strive and struggle to come close to us, we will guide them we will open the paths that lead to us, we will open the paths of guidance for them to handle Allah.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all guidance. However, there are people whom when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to read the Quran, there was literally a curtain between the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam reading and then because they didn't believe in Allah, they didn't believe in the hereafter. They didn't believe that there was there was a day when Allah subhanho wa Taala would question them, they didn't believe that. So as a result, they were not impacted by this powerful message. Allah says, verse number 46
ya da da da, da da, da kobane levina una been
a jab, mistura. And indeed, when you read the Quran, O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we created a barrier between you and those who don't believe in the hereafter. So there is a curtain between you they are not affected or impacted in the correct way by that message. Because they don't believe they're not interested in believe they are too entrenched in their ways and habits of this earth. They think they will live forever. They think goodness and happiness is solely only to do with this earth. That's why none of us can be happy with the material condition that we are in. Unless we have faith in Allah. If you don't have faith in Allah, you can have a mountain of gold,
you will want another one, you can have two mountains of gold, you will want a third one. That's what this belief in gratitude leads you to do. This is why my brothers and sisters, all of us myself included, when you are hoping for something in terms of materialistic items, say you are saying, Oh Allah, if you gave me X amount, for example, I'd be so grateful etc. Perhaps you know, I might be able to retire, I might be able to this and that. Let me give you an example. Not my own example. But just an example of a random example. A person says, Oh Allah, if I get 100 million rands, that's it, I can settle down. I'll stop working. I'll dedicate my life for you. And I'll retire, I promise
you when they get to 100 million, the figure is going to increase, the figure will increase it will now go to a billion Oh Allah a billion nearby. When you get to a billion it goes to 2 billion brothers and sisters, it doesn't stop until you suddenly drop into the grave. Love.
That's a fact. Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us be happy with what you have. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will bless you in so many ways believe in the hereafter prepare for the hereafter in the same way that you prepare for this world. Let me give you an example. Many of us, we don't own homes, so it's our dream to own a home and sometimes you have a dream even after you own a home that I'd like to renovate it to be building to have a home where I'm going to have so many rooms and so many wives and so many children etc. Keep on Dreaming my brother's May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease you know, why don't you?
Well, dreams do come true. My brothers and sisters Let me tell you something. When Allah blesses you with that, you work towards it, you work hard to achieve it, you start earning you start saving, you start making sure you will go you will make a plan, you will buy a property you will go and spend you will spend sleepless nights a year two years building renovating, doing this doing that and even after you've built and shifted into the five star home every few years, you have to renovate, you have to update you have to upgrade etc, etc. Why? Because you have to live in that house for a few years, a few years. Why don't you concentrate equally upon the house of the hereafter. You're
supposed to be concentrating more on the house of the hereafter because you're going to live in there longer
Remember, even if you've lived under a tree in this world, Allah says you still have a chance of going into paradise.
Having the greatest castles there Subhan Allah and even if you've lived in a bungalow here, you may never ever see any form of home in the hereafter besides that of doom Mallanna do that to us. The point I'm raising Save yourselves my brothers and sisters, by preparing also for the house and the home that you would like to have in the hereafter that is everlasting. Many people take loans I don't want to speak about halal or haram. I want to speak about the dedication with which we pay back that loan every month for 10 to 20 years.
We try our best we make a plan we do this we do that why I need to pay the loan. Allah says your house you want it to be in the future you need to pay how five times a day
you missed one payment Oh, there's going to be a problem here. You better go back repent you better make your Salah you better make your cover you better ask Allah to forgive you a light so great. You know at the bank when you miss a payment they increase the amount with a light if you've missed the Salah, you seek forgiveness Allah subhanho wa Taala will wipe it out. Yes you will have to do that Allah but Allah subhanho wa Taala forgives you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bestow upon us His mercy. Look at these beautiful verses. Then my brothers and sisters many of us don't know how to speak anything that comes to our tongues we utter it, we say it without considering the feelings of
the people we are talking to.
We do not think but Allah has given us not only a tongue. Over and above the tongue is giving you a brain even the animals have tongues. But Allah subhanho wa Taala has given you a brain. That's why Allah says the worst sound is that of a brain as a brain donkey Subhanallah
because it makes a noise. It does not get its message across no one knows what's wrong with it keeps on making a loud sound, etc, etc. Some human beings are just like that. That's what Allah says. So be careful when you want to speak. Understand you are honored by Allah. Given the brain given language, you need to choose the best way of communicating what you have in your heart in your mind to the person who would like to get it across to a lot of the times it's your family members, we use the F word we use the B word we use the Zed word we use the R word we use so many words that we don't even know what they stand for.
But at the same time when it comes to the please and the thank you in Islam, you know we say Jazakallah Farah, we say beautiful supplications. In place of Thank you. We say May Allah recompense you with goodness, wow, use these good words. Learn to appreciate people stop saying words that will hurt people's feelings no matter who they are. Yes, sometimes some people feel bad. Even if you word it in the best way, then you're excused because it's their fault. But you do not intentionally choose the worst way of saying things in the house, to your spouse, to your husband, your children, your parents, your brothers, your sisters, those who work for you. A lot of us are guilty of
treating them worse than animals. The way we speak to those who work for us not realizing some of them will be in the company of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was we are struggling to even make it through to Jenna. Allah wake us up really it's a reality. My brothers and sisters honor those who work for you with such dignity that if they are not Muslim, within a short space of time, they see the beauty of Islam. The thing with us, even the Muslims don't want to work for us because they say these people the way they will treat you the wife will come and swear from the morning to the evening. And this man thinks he's a big boss. He makes us work and cetera, et cetera. Allah
subhanho wa Taala asked you to save yourself from the punishment of the hereafter. You might have control over this person in this world, but you will never have control over them in the hereafter they may be closer in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala to Allah subhanho wa Taala than you are May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our shortcomings. Verse number 53, Allah says an instruction
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Urbina. ohama salatu salam, instruct my worshippers to utter that which is the best. That's an instruction from Allah when you open your mouth, say that which is the best thing before you speak. It is an instruction of Allah and Allah tells you why.
Imagine Allah didn't say, say that which is good. He would have said hasn't hasn't meaning good. He said, son.
In the Arabic language means the best that which is the best. So when you speak say beautiful words because the next part of the verse, Allah says shaman indeed will create discord between you you can easily misunderstand each other. Imagine you say
You start screaming and yelling at the end of, or at the top of your voice from the end of the house, to your spouse or to someone who works and you're yelling and screaming, what do they think? They think you are angry, you're upset, you're hurt, you're disgracing them, you are degrading them, they have a heart. There is now a black spot in their heart for who you are. After that again and again. And again. What happens there is hatred, enmity, jealousy. The house is broken. It's no longer a home. It's just a mere shelter. That's what it is. Many of us don't have a home. It's just a shelter. We just keep people we just stay there sleep they abuse each other and carry on Subhan
Allah develop it into a home by developing your Eman and your character and conduct. May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us save our homes. Beautiful. Let's move on to suka have a beautiful surah that we read on a Friday. Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention it of the cave. And he has named it after the cave. Do you know why? There was a group of young men who were so bothered about their closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they were so concerned about the bad and the evil that was going on around them and the evil ruler that was there that was instructing them to do bad and the situation was terrible. So they all sought refuge in a cave. They went into the cave seeking Allah
guidance seeking Allah, obviously seeking Allah's goodness and at the same time asking Allah to protect them.
What was there to these youngsters were trying to save themselves from the adverse environment? They went into the cave and they said, verse number 10, makes mention of it. For
cara, first thing, oh,
have mercy on us from you. We are asking for mercy. Allah, brothers and sisters seek the mercy of Allah asking, though Allah bless us, Allah have mercy on me say it so many times in the day, your heart will soften. Oh Allah have mercy on me, your heart will soften Subhana Allah, if you are genuine, and you are saying it, Allah will have mercy on you. And then they said, Oh Allah prepare for us our affairs, with goodness or in the right direction, etc, or Allah protect us from the evil. You know, what Allah says we did to them as a result of their genuine and their effort that they made to be saved from the evil environment. Verse number 11 says for da da
da da da, we see that is we see there is
they will make to sleep. But the sleep here is being referred to by the ceiling of his Suppan Allah. Allah says in that case for many years, you and I know 309 years according to the Quran.
So as a mercy when they asked them not to protect them from the evil environment, Allah block their ears and gave them sleep. I think we learned something from this and that is brothers and sisters. Sometimes what we hear can affect us and in a negative way. Sometimes what we listen to the evil that we hear, it contaminates our hearts, our minds. You can think about what I'm saying.
This is why I try not to listen to anything that is evil bad calling you towards immorality. Listen to that which is good. Listen to the poor and listen to beautiful messages will love you they will impact on you. When you listen to the message of Allah, one of the signs that it's from Allah subhanho wa Taala. When the verses are read, they pierce your heart. It feels like someone is talking to me. Yes, Allah is speaking to you. That's what it is. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bestow upon us His mercy. Look at this, when the ears are sealed, you get a good sleep.
If the IRS were not seeing any noise would have disturbed them. In this particular case, the noise didn't disturb them because their ears were sealed. They had a sound asleep. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us of something many times we say I want to do this tomorrow and in the future, I will do this and the next day I'm going to do that and you know, I will do this and that Allah says wait, always whenever you are saying I'm going to do something in the future. You need to add a statement with that. If you believe in Allah, what is that statement? inshallah, Allah wills. We will be here tomorrow in sha Allah because Allah can
change that my plan is to come here. Allah will probably allow that plan to happen but it's in his hands. I don't know if he doesn't want that to happen. It was something will stop it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. So save yourself from earning the anger of Allah or from having what you are planning to be done tomorrow, not done by saying inshallah, then you will save yourself. So Allah
Anahata Allah says verse number 23
and do not say that you will be doing something tomorrow tomorrow here referring to the future, except by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala my brothers and sisters, I'm sure we know the importance of this, but I want to draw your attention to one thing. When you are answering a question with the term inshallah, try to make sure that that answer is positive and not negative. Don't lie. Someone says so will you come at nine o'clock and you say, Allah, do you know what that means? That means no, I won't
wake up my brothers and sisters. You either say No, I won't. I'm not planning to come be honest. Or you say inshallah, I will. The minute you have the right you know tone and the minute you have the right for example, expression, people will know what you mean. So if someone says Will you come at nine o'clock and say inshallah will they know Yes, yeah, but he said
I'll see Mashallah. That means I won't come. There are so many Muslims who use the term inshallah, yet, they are just telling a lie. They are saying, You know what, I don't want to come.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant a strict steadfastness And may Allah subhanho wa Taala, open our doors. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us of a category of people who are reminded by the verses of Allah, but still they turn away. Don't do that. When you are reminded by the verses of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Take it in, understand, change, be affected by it. Even if there is a small change in you change yourself, even if it is one millimeter, change yourself. Because Allah says in verse number 57, and the these words have been repeated in other places in the Quran, woman of lamb omim Kira ba, ba ba ba ba,
who is there more oppressive than the one who is reminded of the verses of Allah subhanho wa Taala and still turns away from them.
They were reminded, they were told but they've turned away May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from among those I want to end this evening's lesson, my brothers and sisters with the last few verses of Surah zilliqa have, they make mention of the qualities that will be needed? If you would like to meet with Allah in a good condition? You need to just do two things. And then you will meet with Allah in a very happy condition. What are they listen to the last verse of surah will calf family
indeed, whoever is looking forward to the meeting with Allah subhanho wa Taala needs to do good deeds and needs to save himself or herself from any form of association of partnership with Allah subhanho wa Taala. What is meant by good deeds, the mufa serien the people of Pepsi and the Sahaba have also explained that when Allah says I'm Alan solly, and that means deeds that are acceptable, acceptable deeds are those deeds taught to us by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam remember Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent as a messenger messages were sent in order to tell us who are obese to remind us to worship Him and to show us how that rabbit wants to be worshipped. It
was his duty so he taught us Salah he taught us so many other acts of worship Zakah he taught us Hajj he taught us Psalm and fasting, we cannot just decide on our own. You know, I'm a holy man. I'm going to start fasting one hour before everybody else and I'm going to end Two hours later. Your fast is null and void. Did you know that if you did that intentionally, your fast is not valid. That is something else. So don't think you are too holy by claiming that I am above everyone else. I'm going to make five units of prayer for the father of our prayer, the afternoon prayer. It's not five units, it's four. For a cat. You cannot just say because I'm holy. It's not bad to fulfill extra
Salah. But when you want to fulfill extra prayer, there is a way of doing it. If you don't adopt that way, it's thrown back at you. So remember these are the two conditions you want to meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala do deeds that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam has taught and stay away from all forms of Shin May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all May Allah grant us Jenna May Allah make us from those whom
we are happy when we meet Allah and Allah is happy when he meets with us or sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka ala nabina Muhammad