Ramadan 2016 – Save Yourself Series – 25
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We are encouraged to speak softly and politely when calling people to Allah so that people might take heed, an example of this is when Allah commanded Musa to speak politely to one of the most arrogant people (Firaun) to have trodden the earth. As Muslims, we are to save ourselves from hell by being among people who prostrate in forgiveness and not be arrogant when it comes to prostration (Salah). True believers are not intimidated to give up their faith because of threats and what people will think about them. One of the secrets of having sustenance is prayer, so keep praying and Allah will increase your sustenance. Save yourself from miserable life and being resurrected blind by not turning away from the reminder (Quran). We were reminded in this episode how all messengers of Allah called to Him in their time of needs and He answered them, so we should learn to lean on Allah, He is sufficient for us and the best disposer of our
affairs. Dear brothers and sisters don’t let your bad deeds over shadow your good deeds and be among the losers on the D day by seeking a lot of forgiveness. Do not be among those who worship Allah on edge, that is they are happy and turn to Him when they are happy but Turn their back on their faith when they are being tested.
Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 25
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah he was happy. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala upon all conditions we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of them and every single one of us as well and our offspring to come up to the end of May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all Jenna, I mean, my brothers and sisters, we saw yesterday that in Surah Fatiha Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Musa alayhis salam and Harun Allah is Allah, that when they go to fit around the Pharaoh, they should speak politely, they should speak
with soft words, they should speak in a way that perhaps he might take heat. From this we learned that no matter who we talk to, we need to maintain our own respect. Whenever we are speaking. Here there was someone very arrogant, very haughty, who used to scream and yell and at the same time he used to argue he used to debate he used to claim he was the best. Allah subhanho wa Taala says you don't argue you don't scream. You don't yell. You only use beautiful words. First number 44. For Cola, Cola,
to have you go to him and speak to him with soft words, perhaps he may be reminded perhaps he might fear Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, we should remember consistency on a very polite note is far more beneficial than screaming and yelling. And remember, masala is salatu salam was sent to Freetown none of those who we are going to call towards Allah can be worse than the Pharaoh and none of us can be better than the Prophet Musa alayhis salam, all the more reason for us to be even softer. In our approach, may Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us and Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us wisdom. Then I want to move on to a prostration made mention of in Surah baja and in various
other Sutras, there are two prostrations that we speak about. One is a prostration that was not done when they were instructed. That was something we spoke about some episodes back. If you recall, we had said When the angels were instructed to Prostrate to Adam alayhis salam, they all frustrated but he believes who was made from the fire, he was from among the gym, he refused. And because of that, refusing of prostrating to to other money salatu salam by the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Once he was cursed, he was arrogant he didn't turn back. In these verses, we see a frustration of people who are engaging in wrong because they admitted their fault because they
admitted they were wrong, and they fell prostrate. Allah subhanho wa Taala forgave them. So this is another frustration being spoken about. We need to ask ourselves which category we fall into? Do we fall into the category where Allah is telling us to prostrate for his sake, in the form of Salah, and we don't? Or do we fall into the category of those whom as soon as they find a moment and opportunity to fall prostrate to Allah subhanho wa Taala they do? So
look at what Allah says about the magician's. And I'm sure you know that the story of Musa alayhis salam, the Prophet Moses May peace be upon him. These magicians were brought by the Pharaoh, and they were told to compete with Musashi salatu salam. As they threw their sticks and theirs and their ropes. They seemed like they were surface moving. But as soon as musala is Salatu was Salam through his stick, it changed into a huge snake and it swallowed everything that they had made immediately. They knew this is not magic. This is a reality. This is something else. They fell prostrate. Allah says verse number 74 okiya Sahara Tucson Giada Cano.
The Magician's fell prostrate immediately and they declared, we believe in the Lord of Harun and musala Salatu was Salam. Amazing, so Allah subhanho wa Taala says, We forgave them, we granted them paradise as a result. And you know how strong their belief was. They had accepted Eamon and Moments later, around, started threatening them. He says,
I will slaughter you, I will crucify you, I will punish you, I will beat you. I will cut off your hands and your legs, etc, etc. You know what they say? Do as you wish. We are not going to be intimidated.
pause for a moment. Today, things happen across the globe in the name of Islam that have nothing to do with Islam. As a result, people start hating on the Muslims. As a result, you find people bringing along more and more rules and regulations governing what they should do to Muslims and how they should treat them. So by default, if you walk through the airport and you have a beard or you are dressed in a job, or you are identified as a Muslim, or your name is some Muslim name, you will be stopped and you will be told that you are being searched at random, that random means you're a Muslim. That's what it means. May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us understanding. But what I learned
from this verse is, these magicians were not intimidated, even though they were persecuted in the real sense. Today, people just want to search they want to make sure because of a stereotyping. I'm not saying that's right at all. But I am saying brothers and sisters, don't give up your faith as a result. People say I'm going to the United States. I'm going to shave my beard and I'm going to wear a suit. I tell you, those who perpetrate the crimes. I haven't seen them with huge beards, etc. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us. A lot of them don't even have beards. They were frequenting the clubs, etc. One wonders what Islam they were following. May Allah subhanahu wa taala. Grant us a
deep understanding. So my brothers and sisters, it's important to learn a lesson from these who believed in Allah Moments later, they decided, hang on, we are not going to give up. Not at all, please, let's not give up our faith. People will watch us they see our dedication. They witness how good we are, how kind we are, how we reach out to everyone will lie they will come to Islam. If all of us had to hide, how would people know the qualities of true Muslims? It's because of you and I who try our best to be good that other people get to know about Islam, they realize it is indeed a valuable faith. What a powerful point. So save yourself from earning the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa
Taala. Save yourself from Subhana Allah, losing yourself just because you're worried about what people are going to think about you. They can think what they want. Allahu Akbar, these magicians, when they accepted Islam, do you know what they said? Verse number 72, they tell the federal faculty
in the body had been hired to near you can judge you can rule you can do what you want and pass any judgment against us. We want you to know that you only have a little bit of control in this world after that you have nothing. So you might punish us here for a temporary period of time. But we would like our up whom we are going to go back to to forgive us in
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we have believed in our Lord in order for us to achieve forgiveness from our sins and what you forced us to do in terms of this magic in order to try and prove a point and we want you to know that Allah is better and everlasting, you are not everlasting, you're going to come to an end. My brothers and sisters The same applies to the difficulties we have on Earth. They will not last forever. Today you have a problem tomorrow you will smile because the problem will be solved and what will happen ultimately you will meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant you goodness and Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant you eternal success. May Allah
subhanho wa Taala grant us paradise. So these are the beautiful lessons that we learn to save ourselves from this type of difficulty from this type of sin and from this type of behavior.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us about the category of people who will have a life that will be miserable, miserable life, who are they? Allah subhanho wa Taala says verse number 124, to a woman
in Allahumma, in shadow,
whoever turns away from my remembrance, from my reminders from the Quran, the Quran is used here to refer primarily to the Quran, the message of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah thereafter, it includes all of that which Allah has ordained. It includes the rules and regulations that Allah has stipulated for you and I to follow. Allah says, Whoever turns a blind eye, whoever turns away from my wicked from this for from my remembrance from my remainders, they will definitely have a very miserable life, narrow, a life that is filled with depression, problems, difficulties, because the owner of the solution is being ignored. That's why so if you think that you are going to solve your
problems by going away from Allah, then remember that in fact, the solution to your problems is the other way around. The owner of the solution is Allah get closer to him and Allah does not stop there. He says.
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the same person, not only would he have lost this world, but on the Day of Judgment, we will resurrect him blind. blind. So when he will be blind is to ask a question. Rob beanie Mahajan, attorney.
Oh my God, why did you resurrect me blind but when I was on Earth, I could see I had eyes now today you have resurrected me and I can't see. So Allah subhanho wa Taala will say
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When our verses came to you, you turned away from them, you forgot them in our language, you turned a blind eye. That's what you did. So what we did today, we made you blind. Because those eyes were of no benefit to you. You could see you could hear you could understand, but you turned away. So today we want to forget you just like you forgot us. My brothers and sisters, Let us save ourselves from being in that condition on the Day of Judgment by listening to the words of Allah letting them impact upon us and changing our lives. Like I've said, even if it means a few millimeters at a time, but do something now Allah subhanho wa Taala guided me he strengthened us become better people don't
ever go back on your achievements when it comes to religious achievements, spiritual achievements. Don't go back. Always go forward just like in business or when you work for someone and you have a salary. As the days pass, wouldn't you like to see an increase none of us would like to see a decrease. We would like to see increments we would like to see growth. The same applies when it comes to your link with Allah subhanho wa Taala let it grow my brothers and sisters and you will save yourself from being from among those who are mentioned in this particular vessel. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala connects sustenance to prayer. Some people they have a job, they get a salary,
that money is wasted before they know it. Everything is over. They wonder where it went. I tell you there is a problem with your Salah something is wrong with your prayer. If you want Baraka and blessings in your wealth, you need to pray five times a day, a day will come when you will understand Allah has blessed you.
I remember telling this to one of the youngsters that you pray you pray five times a day and I promise you Allah will solve your problems. your debts will be paid your problems will be solved alone, open the doors of sustenance, make sure you stay away from immorality. Three days later, he comes to me and he says I started praying. It's been three whole days. I haven't seen any increment yet.
I said Listen, listen, you need to understand, for 30 years you've been a stray, you've been away. You need to dedicate yourself to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Firstly, 40 days will pass. It doesn't mean you cut off after that. You know you prayed for 40 days, it doesn't mean that suddenly a million will drop from the ceiling.
Doesn't mean that but what it does mean when you are dedicated to Allah, Allah will open your doors in a way that you cannot imagine. Some people have a lot of wealth, but it goes it goes in what sometimes medical bills sometimes paying interest, the builder sometimes doing that which is haram, immoral behavior, like we've said in the past, a person's sustenance is indeed affected when they engage in adultery, fornication, immorality, pornography, and that those type of sins, then they find where is my money gone? Well, Allah subhanho wa Taala has taken it away from you may Allah subhanho wa Taala save us all. Let's move to the next surah so what will be named after the prophets
because the prophets stories are mentioned there. And the highlight of the story like I said, whenever Allah subhana wa Taala repeats the story of a messenger in the Quran, it is for a different reason. In certain ambia Allah subhanho wa Taala is drawing our attention to the fact that all of these messengers called out to Allah, they cry to Allah, they call out to Allah in a powerful way for their own needs. And Allah responded to them. So all of us here, we need to call out to Allah as well for our needs. And the same way a lot responded to Him alone respond to us, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant his conviction. Let's go through some of these verses. Firstly, this number 25 Allah
subhanho wa Taala is telling Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the message of all the messengers is exactly the same. What is he calling towards worshiping Allah alone without association of partnership to him?
You know, that is a man Eman meaning the belief. You believe there is none. What do we say la ilaha illa. Allah means none worthy of worship besides Allah. since we were young, we've been saying that sometimes in the madrasa we say la ilaha illAllah Muhammadan rasul Allah, there is none worthy of worship besides Allah and Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam is
His Messenger, etc. But we've never thought of what it means. You have to sit and ponder, I am saying there is none worthy of worship. Say that again. There is none worthy of worship besides Allah, which means never render any act of worship for anyone or anything besides Allah or you lose your email. What's the point? What is the meaning of life? Allah Allah, the most powerful statement in existence is there is none worthy of worship besides Allah. And yet, we keep on worshipping so many different things and claiming that that's okay there's nothing wrong. Brothers and sisters, Allah warns us by telling Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam something and relating it to us in the Quran
verse number 25. ambia
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Anna fabu Allah subhanho wa Taala says, We have never ever sent a messenger before you ohama salatu salam, except that the message was always the same to worship none besides Allah subhanho wa Taala we revealed to all of them that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah. So therefore worship me alone. Allah says, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding really, if you want to know what your Eman is, it is made up of two statements, La ilaha illa Allah and Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, we believe that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, we will not associate any partners with him. And at the same time, we believe that Muhammad sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets, is the final messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He was sent in order to teach us what Allah wants from us. And he completed the message, and it is done and complete. He fulfilled it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanho wa Taala says that he will indeed put up scales of justice in order to weigh the deeds of mankind. How is he going to do that? I don't know. But I do know there will be scales of justice, all our deeds will be taken and put the good deeds on the right side, the bad deeds on the left side, if one tips the other, well, that side wins to Panama. So if your good
is more than your bad, Allah will excuse your bad and he will grant you paradise through His mercy. And if your bad is more than the good, it's up to Allah what he wants to do. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us through His mercy. But my brothers and sisters, there is one issue. What is the issue? What is the weight of the deeds? We do? We don't know. We need to go and research before we actually know sometimes you read Salah for two hours, five hours, and you have five kilos, sorry, I'm going to use kgs for a little while right? You have five kilos of reward. And then you attach a swear word and this 10 kilos of damage. What happened? Your five Salah is gone. And another five.
You're ready now overdraft You understand? And then you backbite about someone 200 kilos are gone. You slander another person 1000 kilos gone. This is just an example. I hope you understand what I'm saying. So sometimes we think some things are light. But in the scales of Allah, they are so so heavy. So panela One might say how he's going to weigh this, my brothers and sisters you and I know today we have terabytes and gigabytes and whatnot and whatnot. one gigabyte can fill a whole library. So Allah knows what your deeds are, he will measure them how he wants but we believe definitely they will be scaled and Allah Subhana which Allah says, nobody will be oppressed. So save
yourself, my brothers and sisters, by preparing for that day. How do we prepare? We prepare by seeking forgiveness every single day, every day, morning, afternoon, evening and night seek the forgiveness of Allah tried to do good because when you seek forgiveness, you are helping your own scale become balanced or in fact, the evil to be wiped out. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. Allah says verse number 47 talk to them via when Obama was in
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in Compton in Atlanta being waka Fabien aha CB and indeed on that day, the scales shall be placed by Allah subhanho wa Taala the scales of justice, nobody will be oppressed and even if it is a mustard seed, word of a deed it will be brought forth and Allah subhanho wa Taala is sufficient as the one who takes account May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us really my brothers and sisters. We think it's something like it is something serious pack away as many
Good Deeds as you can and protect those good deeds by not doing evil against fellow human beings. Because if you do, those good deeds will be given as payment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. Then we move on to the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala you and I know that sometimes we lose hope, and we feel like this is the end of the road and that's it. The road is closed, and we begin to become despondent. We call out to ally we said, You know what, hey, I don't know what's going to happen now. I want to let you know that Allah is the owner of absolutely everything. Allah is the one whom when Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam was thrown into the fire by his own folks, do you know
what he said? has gone Allahu anhu metalworking Allah sufficient for us. Ally sufficient for me, and he is the best Disposer of my offense.
And the law says as a result, we instructed the fire that instruction is made mentioned
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we said oh fire become cold and be a means of peace for Ibrahim the fire was immediately called. If Allah does not want you to feel the heat of the flame. We will not we won't. SubhanAllah it's the power of Allah. You need to be convinced it's a lost power. There was another miracle at the time of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, when the knife became blood, you and I know that so Pamela, may Allah subhanho wa Taala guided by Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam was so close to Allah tested him so many times he passed every single test. So if you want these type of miracles, you really need to be on the right page, my brothers and sisters lavaca we want to be on the page of miracles and we are busy
on the pages of adultery, fornication, pornography, gambling, drugs, intoxicants, and even cigarettes May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us quit our bad ways. I pray sincerely for those who are smokers May Allah subhanho wa Taala help you this Ramadan to quit the habit you know it's a bad habit y'all help these people to quit these bad habits and us as well. All bad habits we have the Allah help us in this beautiful man to come closer to you.
So my brothers and sisters Allah says we told the fire to be cold. And we told that fire to be a means of peaceful Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. According to some narrations. He was tired. What the fire did is it burnt the shackles and released. So panela so it was a means of his freedom. He walked out of it scot free. They were shocked but still they didn't believe because why their hearts were saved by Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. Let's go to the two hours that I made mention of at the beginning of the surah Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the Prophet Noah May peace be upon him. Allah says verse number 76 Allah says 101 Eve nada cabello and the Prophet Noah
called out to us now that you know the means to call out to us. He called out to us passionately festa Jabba Nana, so we responded to him.
Allahu Akbar, the prophet, calling out for his needs to Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says, We responded to him. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What are you by?
law? And are you remember when the Prophet you may peace be upon him? alayhi salatu wa sallam he called out to us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says festa javelina Allah, so we responded to him. We responded to him that was number 80. Then verse number 87. Regarding the Prophet Yunus, Allah is salat wa salam, O Jonah, may peace be upon him. Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
well then no need to move on.
And the Prophet Yunus Allah is salatu salam also known as noon, when he went away, upset with his people, he went away and he called out to Allah subhanho wa Taala in the darkness of the sea or the ocean, and at the same time, the belly of the whale and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Jasmine Allah.
We responded to him, we answered him,
love Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and then Zachary la salatu salam. We spoke about how he had a child after so long, Allah says he made to us with an
Passion verse number 89 ambia Allah says, was that Gary,
Vee founder, when zecharia called and a salatu salam out to us, asking us not to leave him without offspring. Allah says, first Tachibana
after some time we answered him, and we blessed him with yahia May peace be upon them all. So Allah says thereafter, regarding all of these prophets, these were prophets they were higher than you and I, we stand, no chance, no comparison. But Allah says they do called out to us and they were convinced the conviction levels were absolutely upon the highest. And at the same time, they continued calling out to us until the response came, brothers and sisters. Let us also call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says, in whom
they used to make haste when it comes to doing good deeds, all these prophets, they rushed when it comes to doing good deeds with us. When it comes to doing bad deeds. Sometimes we rush a little bit more, let's be honest, when it comes to bad deeds, we are more interested in them. I hope it's not that way. And Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us muslimeen only for Amman. Some people as soon as the moon is sited, everything comes out with it. The day of eat is a day of alcohol and intoxicants and adultery, fornication, and gambling and partying and everything wrong. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. Ramadan is a month for us to transform ourselves completely. Allah says these
messages, they made haste when it came to doing good. And they always called out to us hoping in our mercy and fearing our punishment.
They hoped in our mercy and they feared the punishment and Allah subhanho wa Taala gave them my brothers and sisters, those are beautiful lessons. Absolutely beautiful.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to call out to Him and to repeat that call. And May He grant us the understanding that whenever he knows it's correct for us to receive what we are asking for, then he will grant it to us and if he hasn't given us what we want up to now it is because he knows either the timing is wrong or something in there is not beneficial for us short term or long term. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us we move to the next era.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks in it about so many things, he starts off speaking about piano and how the day of judgment will be. And after that, verse number 11, he makes mention of people who have lost this world and the next The reason I have chosen that verse is because we need to save ourselves from losing this world and the next Allah says, woman
Taala Balaji casilla dunya when Pharaoh
Hassan mubi. from among the people are those who worship Allah on edge, when good happens in that direction, they are happy they happily worship Allah, the minute something bad happens, they turn away from Allah, they turn back sometimes some people, they leave the faith of Islam claiming that Allah has tested them. And life is not good. I'd rather not be someone else. No, I recall once I visited the hospital and it's a true story. And one of the people told me you know what, I'm becoming a Christian now because I've been calling out to Allah for a long time regarding the sickness he hasn't cured me, but I'm sure if I call out to Jesus, He will cure me. At that moment
Allah put something in my mind to tell him I said my brother, people who are Christian with the same sickness you have in this hospital, a much more than you one Muslim who's got the problem, which means their plug is definitely out there. Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. I told him it's got nothing to do with that you call out to Allah Subhana Allah tala, you don't have to quit your faith, claiming that Allah didn't respond. Allah responded and Allah knows and Allah keeps you sick and Ill sometimes because he knows you are softened and your heart is closer to him. You're calling out to him, You stopped your bad ways you started praying etc, etc. So these are some of the reasons that
Allah subhanho wa Taala allows you to go through challenges and tests for you to get closer to him, not for you to be served a punishment, that punishment would only be if you be if you distanced yourself from Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us all inshallah we continue with Allah subhanho wa Taala
It gives us the opportunity. Mazel, Allahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad