Ramadan 2016 – Save Yourself Series – 24
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Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2016
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Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 24
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim. Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy.
We commence In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful, we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, all his companions, his entire household, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all, and bless every single one of us. I mean, my brothers and sisters yesterday we saw how Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us to protect ourselves, to protect our eyes to protect our ears, to protect the heart as well because the intentions we have of utmost importance, verse number 36, of surah two Lisa, we Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Why Allah, Allah is Allah
Moscow, do not pursue that which you have no knowledge of, for, indeed, the faculty of hearing the site that you have, and the heart will all be questioned by Allah subhanho wa Taala. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to protect us all and to grant a sound knowledge for us to be able to pursue that which is definitely beneficial for us to be able to spread that which we know for a fact is correct. Remember, if you pursue something that is not correct, that is inaccurate, what would happen it would spread because of you. And that ignorance the sin of it would also get back to you may Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. The next surah is Surah Maryam, in fact, the surah that we are
speaking about, short Maria, where Allah subhanho wa Taala starts off by making mention of a dua of zecharia salatu wa sallam, he was quite old and he did not have any male offspring. So he continued to make dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala for male offspring, even though he was very old. And the beautiful words he used as a motivation to us. He was old and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, verse number four sort
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zaccaria. a serum says, Oh my god, oh my makeup, oh, you who is in control of every aspect of my existence. My bones have become weak, meaning I'm old. I'm very old. My bones are weak. My hair is now gray. But I will never ever be from amongst those who becomes hopeless or filled with misfortune regarding the dua to you regarding calling out to you, I will call out to you I will continue calling out to you I will be convinced completely right up to the end that you will respond when the time is right.
And he kept on making this dua. Lo and behold Allah subhanho wa Taala responded and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Yes, I carry in
Oh Zakaria, we are giving you good news of a little baby boy, a child who is the boy and we have named him Yeah.
That name was given by Allah subhanho wa Taala. The name yahia. In the English language, it is translated as john May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness, this name was given by Allah subhanho wa Taala. Imagine the blessing of Allah didn't only give him a child, but Allah made him a prophet. And Allah subhanho wa Taala named him over and above that, my brothers and sisters, I'm sure, we can save ourselves from becoming among those who loses hope or who lose hope Subhana Allah.
By learning from this story and the drama of the Korean, a salatu salam we all have needs, Allah knows when it will be right to give it to you. And Allah knows if that is not good for you. He won't give it to you, and it will be a blessing. But you can continue making dua for it. You can continue trying for it, even if Allah is not going to give it to you because as a result of the drought, he will elevate your status on the Day of Judgment. Seeing that you worship Him and you believed that he was in charge. He was in control. That is what worship is all about. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. Similarly, we have a very beautiful lesson that we learn when it comes to how to
face certain matters and issues that are too big. Sometimes for us to clarify and clear ourselves. Where do we get the
There are two things mentioned in Surat Maria. We Allah subhanho wa Taala because of something tells the people to be quiet, to remain silent. Don't worry, Allah will help you. The first one was when zaccaria A Salam was told that you will be having a child. Now he started feeling shy. He was a little bit embarrassed, embarrassed about what I'm old, you know, when you see an old man, and suddenly he's getting a small little baby, you know, sometimes it might be a little point of embarrassment for him to say, I'm old, but I'm not called by Allah subhanho wa Taala. Forgive us.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. But regarding Zachary, Allah salatu salam, it was not that it was actually a point whereby he needed a sign from Allah subhanho wa Taala. His wife was also quite old, and they were blessed with something beautiful. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in a very, very unique way when he was asked all Allah Allah was asked by zecharia A Salam O Allah grant me a sign, Grant me some form of sign from you.
says Allah tala.
So he, your sign is that you should not speak to the people for three nights completely. Don't speak. Don't say one word you keep on worshiping keep on praying, we will deal with the mentor for your brothers and sisters. Sometimes silence is better than having spoken. Nobody regrets their assignments more than they regret their speech. When you are quiet, you still own what you want to say the minute it comes out of your tongue or your mouth. It controls you, it owns you why you said it. There we are, the damage is done. So remain silent. Be quiet. Think about it. Praise Allah. ask Allah guidance, Allah will open the way sometimes we are accused of issues. We don't even have the
platform to clarify. And sometimes it's so petty so glaringly false, that those with a mind would actually know this is nonsense. We don't want to accept it. We know this person, they are not like this. Sometimes when we open our mouths to say something, we drop ourselves so low, because now we have to attack someone in order to protect ourselves. Say someone spread the rumor about you, and you get up and you start telling the people know this man is bad. And that's what happened. You started attacking another individual to prove yourself right? The best thing, keep quiet, hold your dignity, hold your respect. Leave it in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala he will deal with it.
Not everyone on the globe needs to love you or like you, you have to have a fair share of haters, you have to if not, you're not normal, you're a hypocrite. a hypocrite is He Who wants to please everyone, everyone's your friend. Those who are upright or your friends, those who are not upright are also your friends. A true believer is he whom those who are upright love him, but those who are not upright. They feel distanced from that particular person. That's a true believer. So when you have people who don't like you for the right reasons, thank Allah, you're a normal human being. It happened to the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala people prepared armies to attack them. Why not
because they were bad, because those people were bad. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding. Similarly, Maria Maria Salatu was Salam and the surah is named after her. She makes a similar drop asking Allah subhanho wa Taala for the same and Allah subhanho wa Taala tells her also verse number 26 of sort of Maria for him in Amina and bashary for Cooney in Nene Adam D'Antoni, man in Soma Phelan aka Lima.
if you see any human being, then you should say that I have promised Allah subhanho wa Taala. to abstain. I have made a vow to Allah subhanho wa Taala to abstain from speaking I'm not going to speak to any human being today. Then Allah taught her in another verse just after that to point to the child. So she pointed to the child Jesus May peace be upon him. He Salli salatu salam, he spoke from the cradle. He responded, this was a miracle, and it's a powerful miracle of Jesus May peace be upon him. He spoke from the cradle. Carla in the habit.
Danielle kita De La Nina de la. As they started accusing her the accusation was great, accusing her of immorality. How did you come up with this child? When she pointed to that particular child the child says, I am the slave of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah has blessed me and Allah has favored me and Allah has made me into a messenger. Allah has given me the book. What a beautiful way of saving all of clarifying the names of both of them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us all now obviously
You must be thinking, well, we are not prophets of Allah. Yes, it's true. But the lesson remains, Allah makes mention of how silence was the solution to the problem here we need to consider in some of our matters, perhaps silence might be the best medicine. May Allah subhanahu wa taala. Grant us goodness, nice. Now this doesn't mean when you go home tonight and your wife asked you how was it this evening? And you're just quiet? Not at all you need to answer say something Come on. Don't be unrealistic, don't say and start pointing towards here and then the wall is not going to speak my brothers and sisters. We need to be realistic. Let's move on. Ibrahim alayhi salaatu wa Salaam story
is also made mention of in sort of Miriam, and in a beautiful way. One of the main points that is driven home in this surah is Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam guiding his own father who was much older than him and he was a leader of society and community. The father was an elderly man respectable person. According to the narrations, his name was aza and he was told by Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam. Yeah, but he limitado DOMA is
a unique cache. As a young boy, he says, verse number 42, oh my father.
Why do you worship that which cannot see it cannot hear.
It cannot hear or see, and it cannot avail you in any way whatsoever. It cannot help you be of no benefit. How can you worship these sticks and stones, and the father was getting crushed, he was getting upset. So Manny salatu salam says, verse number 14 De
Lima, Mia, Dicky, Debbie nee.
We, all my father, knowledge has come to me that did not come to you follow me and I will guide you to the straight path. But the father was too arrogant. Number one, he did not want to take correction. Number two, he did not want to be told by a person younger than him. We need to know brothers and sisters, save yourselves from ignorance by taking correction. You know, in taraweeh, normally, when a mistake is made, it is an honor to be corrected. I believe that those behind who are afar should scream and yell at the top of the voices. Because this is the word of Allah. We don't want to play games with Ebola he, you want to go to Geneva, you don't want to play games I
know of people who say no, don't correct and leave it we will correct it tomorrow, we'll see etc, etc. Voila, he go on the Day of Judgment having been a person who was corrected regarding the name, the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala, you took the correction, and you made sure that the people got the correct message.
I am one who believes it is an honor to be corrected will lie. If someone has to scream and yell at the back in the proper way to correct me when I'm wrong. I prefer to kiss them on the head.
And I'm sure that a fall in our midst would know how it feels to be stuck. And there's no one behind you to correct you. And you don't know whether you're going left or right Subhana Allah, I remember once and this is a story that we were told when you were young. You know, we are taught that when you're reading Salah, you obviously the father of Salah, the first record must be from a place in the forum that is earlier or before what you're going to read in the next one. So one man started
in the first record. So when he said one of Berlin in the second locker, one of the old men behind now he was quiet for a while thinking What should I do? The old man says, Now where are you going to go?
Forgive us because now everyone is stuck. You already finished a nurse now when you get to go by Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us my brothers and sisters.
It is a beautiful experience to listen to them and to be able to appreciate the words of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala accept them from us. So this was the correction from a child. The father refused to accept. I'm telling you, save yourself from ignorance, save yourself from the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala by acknowledging correction by taking it even if it is from someone younger than you, even if it is from someone who perhaps might not know more than you in other spheres or aspects of life, but if they are correcting you what they've said is correct. Take that correction, thank Allah, thank them, be humble. Make sure that you've actually
lifted that to the correct levels. Because Allah Subhana Allah Allah says as a result of the rejection of the truth by the father of Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam he himself was rejected. He was turned away such that Ibrahim alayhi salaatu wa Salaam was instructed not to make dua or supplicate for his mercy when he died. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us and not do that to us What a powerful lesson of being glad when people correct you and looking forward to
correction my brothers and sisters, if you don't take correction, how are you going to improve? Sometimes we sit and I'm talking about the Quran again, we read the Quran thinking that now we are perfect we know a lot We are the top recite, etc, etc, not realizing that the minute that comes to your mind, you stopped yourself from going any further. Once you think you are the best you're at the top. You may not be and you won't be, but you've actually just stopped your progress. Keep on accepting people's corrections, taking them and improving. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us improvement I mean, that Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of people who followed after some of
the messengers, those who are good, they received goodness, but they were generations who follow thereafter, they did not fulfill their prayer. And what did they do they follow their desires. So Allah says because of these two things, they were totally astray and they will be cast into the punishment of jahannam they will be cast into a place where they will be receiving a painful punishment because they abandoned their connection with Allah. If you want to save yourself, you need to develop the connection with Allah. The primary way of developing the connection of with Allah is number one. don't associate partners with him in any way. Number two, fulfill your prayer
five times a day, there must be no excuse for you not fulfilling the prayer. That is the beginning point to developing your link with your maker Allahu Akbar, my brothers and sisters, I know that some of us perhaps we are weak when it comes to Salah we fulfill I know I speak to some of the youngsters and ask them so be honest. How many times do you pray? Now I used to pray twice a day but now I pray thrice. Come on my brothers and sisters, we believe you have to pray five times a day you can do better you can definitely do better. And I believe that words of this nature would actually be a true encouragement for us. I challenge you to fulfill five Salah day I challenge you and see
the benefit you feel in your own life. You will derive solutions to your problems. Allah will open your doors Allah will protect you from harm when you're planning to commit adultery you planning to go to the clubs are you planning to go and do drugs etc but because you're regular with Salah you will be embarrassed a but it's about to be the whole time How can I go now? What am I going to do? I'm going to come back perhaps etc etc. The disobedience of Allah when you are genuinely interested in your Salah Allah says in a Salam
sola itself will prohibit you from immorality and evil. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us so first number 59 Miriam, Allah says follow
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after making mention of those who followed after the messengers, etc. And they abandon their Salah they followed their desires or they follow their own whims and fancies their lusts. Allah subhanho wa Taala says the punishment is for them, except for those who repent. They believe they do good deeds for them. Allah subhanho wa Taala says they will not be oppressed. Look at how Allah tells us every time he speaks about the punishment, he gives us a way out. He doesn't want us to feel at a loss of hope. Not at all. He wants us to develop ourselves. So he says look, there is a warning. You better be careful, there is definitely a warning. But if you want to be saved from that, just
repent, turn to us we are most forgiving, Most Merciful. We will open your doors in this world and the next May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness in this world as well as the next we move on to Surah.
Whenever I hear the word Baja, I think of
the reason is he was a man who had embarked to murder Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one stage right at the beginning. And Allah guided him just because he was sincere in listening to four or five verses or So apart from the beginning. He always used to believe that you know Islamic rules and regulations are there to make your life difficult. A lot of people do believe that the non Muslims sometimes and I've been told you know, I love Islam, too many rules too many regulations. I normally give an example to say you know, when you have a private school, they have rules, regulations, they make sure your uniform is in order your hair is in order your mouth is in order,
your order your ears, I order everything is an order, why they have so many rules and regulations because that's a discipline school. When people hear the name of the school they know that's a school to be reckoned with. When they hear you speaking they know you're not from any old ordinary school, but you are from a top school.
Too many rules and regulations. We are from a top religion my brothers and sisters, when people interact with us for life, they should know immediately not any old ordinary person of the street. These people have rules and regulations governing how they even use the toilet, Allah. May Allah bless us What a great gift. So don't look at it as something that is a disaster as something that is a point in order to distress you. The opening verses of Surah Taha, they were a response to our Allah one, Allah says
Natasha, we have not revealed this book to you.
In order for it to be a source of distress for you. No, it is there. It is a reminder. For those who are conscious of Allah for those who fear Allah, it is a reminder.
Allah one who began to tremble immediately he heard few verses. He says, Take me to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I went to declare my faith and he was taken to the house of
Allah when Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was at the time and he declared his Shahada. He was moved by how many versions for?
The question is and I've asked this question a few days back. We read the Quran as Muslims from cover to cover. We will not move at all Ramadan finishes we go back to our ills are bad ways and habits. We read the Quran cover to cover people are proud to say I finished the Quran in one night. I finished three crowns I did so many Hutton's Ramadan every 10 days I complete one. My brother what's the point of completing a time when your life didn't change your sins have not been quit? Look at the Allahu anhu for verses were enough to change his entire life. After that he became known as the Alo and today it is an insult to say the name of Allah without saying may Allah be pleased
with him. Subhana Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala be pleased with us all. So the point here is Save yourselves by allowing this forum to have an impact on you by looking at it with the correct eyes and by having the correct attitude, the correct heart when it comes to the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us innovation, and may we be shaken in the right way so that we can quit our bad ways and habits. I repeat, those two three verses were enough to move their lives with us. We read the entire Quran and we listened to the whole book. And we haven't even been moved by Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So Allah says verse number 16 of Surah Taha,
those who don't believe in the Hereafter, don't let them lead you astray, fella I
Regarding musante Salatu was salam, the Prophet Moses, may peace be upon him, Allah says, Don't let those who don't believe in the hereafter lead you astray from that. Don't let them make you become oblivious of the fact that you are going to go back to Allah subhanho wa Taala For indeed, if that were to happen, they would only want to see you drop blow, they would only want to see you drop low. This is why we say have good company be in the company of those who remind you of Allah, they remind you, you have to die. People say stop telling me that I'm going to have to die. Okay, I'll deal with it when I get there. No. A gift of a believer is when you are reminded that he says Akiko Vika her
demeanor that increase the remembrance of that which destroys all the desires of man, what is that death. So if you keep on talking about it, it is a point of concern. When I talk about it, that's when I'm going to be able to prepare for it. If we don't talk about it, we are going to be living life. To the degree that we are going to forget that a day will come when it's not going to help us anymore, we're going to die. This is why Always remember, the gift of a believer is death. You and I have been promised paradise. We've been promised goodness, we've been promised reward. Tell me how do you expect to receive that reward when you don't want to get to the prize giving? So panela Where
is the prize giving? You have to die first and the last is general. It's like once I asked the crowd who wants genda the whole crowd put up their hands. And I said well who wants to die? No hands were up. So I said my brothers and sisters in order to get to 10 now you need to die a lot of work but the minimum is the pay for it. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and grant us a task was given to musala Salatu was Salam that he felt was very, very difficult when he was young. He had injured his tongue he used to stutter. And as he grew older Allah subhanho wa Taala told him, go to the pharaoh go back to him Go tell him go and remind him he is not the God he needs to wish
Allah Allah He needs to mend his ways he needs to release but who is wrong, he has enslaved them etc, etc. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says immediately Mashallah salatu salam knew this is very, very heavy. The best way that I can fulfill the instruction of Allah is by asking Allah Himself to make it easy for me.
When Allah has instructed us to fulfill our Salah, and various other commands, instructions, and he's asked us to abstain from prohibitions, the best way we can start off is by asking Allah to help me at the beginning of the day, or Allah helped me to get up on time to read my Salatu Allah helped me through the day that I can live this day in your obedience and not in your disobedience. What a beautiful way. Listen to what he makes, verse number 25 of Surah Taha Paula beshara Lee sorry, wire, Sidney Emery
is Annie cocconi, this is only a part of the dua, he says, oh, Allah, my chest, you know, everyone wants to be very, very straight and very open, very clear with their chest when they go and talk. It's not easy to stand and talk in front of people when you don't even know what you're going to say. You need to seek the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And you need to have a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You need to work hard in order to be able to know what you would like to say, etc. Here is musala Salatu was Salam. He knows what he was told. But at the same time, he's saying, oh, Allah, oh, Allah make clear for me or expand for me, my chest expanded for me Make me a person
who is not struggling with something. What is that? You know, sometimes, a little boy goes to the headmaster to talk. And then they start shaking. Why? Because they are nervous, nervous. For what? Just because this is a headmaster, musala salatu salam knew that this was not applicable. It's the message of Allah. I won't be nervous. I know. But I'm asking Allah, Allah still protect me from it. Protect me from this type of nervousness where the chest becomes tight, rather expanded for me make it such that I bravely can go up to him. You know, when someone says, I opened my chest and I came to him, what does that mean? That doesn't mean he ripped his buttons open. It means he stood like a
man and he said, Hey, listen, this is what it is. And that's what it is. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the bravery. So this is the two hour surgery. Then he says we are Sidley Emery, the task you have given me, make it easy for me what lopata melissani Allah untie the knot from my tongue so that they can understand what I am saying. So upon Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us What a beautiful day.
And I want to end with something amazing, something so beautiful for us to learn from. That is, take a look at the Prophet Musa la Salatu was Salam. He was the best of the time. At that time, he was the highest in the sense he was in the be of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah sent him to the west, not only the west of the time, but one of the worst of all time. He was known as the Pharaoh. But when Allah sent him
to such a terrible person who used to call himself God, who used to enslave people, oppressed people, kill people, harm people, you serve the wealth of people think he was a big deal. Think he was the biggest deal. scoffing mock about Allah when Mousavi salatu salam told him about Allah. He says, Okay, I want a letter. I want to go and see who is this Allah that you are referring to in the heavens. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding what arrogance, he was making a mockery. So Allah subhanho wa Taala still, above that, on top of that, Allah says, Go to the Pharaoh.
And you know how to talk to him. Verse number 44 says, For Cola, cola.
go and speak to him with some soft speech. Speak to him very respectfully, calm, soft speech, use some soft words with him, because that might result in him remembering, and in Him fearing Allah. So the best was sent to the west and told speak politely speak soft words. My brothers and sisters, we can never be better than Musa alayhis salam. Those who we are calling to have those who we are calling towards Allah can never be worse than the Pharaoh. So we have to speak in an even softer tone with even softer words. Remember that nobody on earth today can be equivalent to the Pharaoh and nobody on earth today can be equivalent to Musa alayhis salam. So if Allah told Moosa to speak
to the Pharaoh, in such a soft and humble way, what about anyone on earth today, brothers and sisters, the people we talk to our brothers, our sisters, our parents, our in laws, daughter or
My mom in law sorry to say that again. But at the same time, no matter who they are, speak with respect soft words kind words with a smile with good expression and inshallah you will save yourself from a lot of trouble and turbulence in this world as well as the next Allah Subhana Allah to Allah forgive us all wa Salatu was Salam ala nabina Muhammad