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Ramadan 2016 – Save Yourself Series – 5
Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2016
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Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Talk 5
This episode started with an important dua which is to ask Allah to make one understand His rules. Allah has made the period of Idah a time to save women from rumour and time to ponder and reflect. So if Allah has prescribed something for you it is the best for you.
Another point here is concealing charity is better for you but it can be made known if it will be an encouragement for others to do the same. Hunt for those in need to give them charity because they will not ask and beg and they need the assistance first for Allah forgive sins of the charitable.
Also there is no barakah on the wealth that has interest because the source is faulty and can result in calamity. Allah has announced war against people that eat interest, so protect your income and save yourself from the wrath of Allah. Fear the day you will be given the details of your deeds.
Furthermore make sure you write debts down and bring wirnesses to save yourself from discord, disunity and disagreement. This lecture ended with dua used by S.A.W in the last verse of suratul baqarah.
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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah why Allah Allah He was happy here Jemaine we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala. We thank him upon all conditions we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he's in touch entire household, all his companions without exception We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them all. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless every single one of us, and to grant us goodness in this beautiful month of Ramadan, my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam. Sometimes the rules and regulations that Allah subhanho wa Taala has laid down, are not understood by us. Sometimes they are not understood
by a few of us, it is important that we ask in order to understand and even if we don't understand it's our duty as believers to adopt the law of Allah subhanho wa Taala. For example, people ask a question, when a woman is divorced or when she has lost her spouse, through death, she has become a widow. In that particular case, or in both those cases, she has to spend a period of time known as the indoors or within her own property or her home. Now, some people ask questions and they begin to say, why is this rule and regulation there? The truth is, it is there in order to protect you, in order to save yourselves from rumah from various other issues and problems. There is a verse in
Surah Al Baqarah, where Allah subhanho wa Taala in verse number 234, makes mention of a woman who has lost her husband through death. She has become a widow. Allah says one Naveen,
Those from amongst you, who have passed away leaving behind wives, those wives should spend a period of time in meaning alone for months and 10 days. Now the question is why? That's the question. Obviously, we may not know a lot of the reasoning. Before people used to say it's to ensure that the woman is not expecting she hasn't conceived. She is not pregnant, and various other reasons. But let me explain. When you've lost your husband, and you're so excited, you come out of the home, you dressed up you have perfume on and all this jewelry and so on. I'm sure people might start doubting there might be a rumor was she involved somehow in this man's death? So to save you from that Allah
says, spend a period of time thinking pondering, it is not a prison sentence. You don't have to be within one room. You don't have to be indoors in the sense that if you have a property, you're allowed to come out and for necessity, you're allowed to leave the home, you might ask what is that necessity, that necessity is determined by you. If you think it is absolutely necessary for me to leave the home right now, then you leave that home and come back as soon as you can, on condition that you're not going out to socialize, to have a laugh, to go out perhaps for something that is just going to be chitchat and so on because
it will give you a time to ponder, to reflect, to collect yourself to realize that there is something coming ahead, I'm going to be living now without this husband of mine, who's been there for so long. and thereafter, you come out you emerge from this four months and 10 day period. A person who is already guided a person who has some form of a plan, you now know where you want to be what you want to do and so on. For those who have jobs for example, and they are the breadwinners of the home, they might lose their jobs if they leave that particular job for four months and for four months in 10 days, the scholars have given permissibility to go out if necessary, even to work for
medical reasons you can leave if you are the only person say for example who can take the school the children to school for example. And in some countries, nobody else can do that for you You are permitted to leave because that is a necessity. But where it is unnecessary you you should remain indoors. Like I said, you will be protected from rumor. You will be protected from people's comments from people saying things the worst feeling is you're trying to deal with the death of your husband and people are accusing you
You have involvement in his day. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah protect us all. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us guidance, remember, never utter words that are hurtful. And at the same time, never give people reason to utter words that are hurtful. So my brothers and sisters, it is in order to save yourself from all of this type of statement and or this type of situation. Some people when they are on that low, the period is a very low period, in terms of emotions and so on. You find predators who come in and say soothing cool words, and on the rebound as it were, we tend to fall in love, but it's not falling in love. We want to marry immediately without realizing this is wrong. If
you give your time if you give yourself that time, you will come to understand, you will be able to look clearly you will be able to study and so on. So there are many points of benefit for this beautiful ruling from Allah subhanho wa Taala. I think the difficulty today is we've made it out as though it is a prison sentence for this female and that is why a lot of the women tend to argue and they tend to debate What is this eight they're all about my beloved sisters. Remember if Allah has ordained something, if Allah has prescribed something, it can only be the best for you, especially in this case, clearly mentioned in the Quran. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect all of us. May
Allah protect our widows May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to marry those who are widows, many of us when we want to marry, we look for the youngest and the best of the lot not realizing that there is great reward in looking at those who are widows perhaps May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide. So now we move on to the way to give charities, sometimes when we have a collection of funds, say for example, a fundraising event or people are collecting funds for a good cause. You have people who don't want to raise their hands, because they claim that if I raise my hands, I am perhaps showing off I want to give $1,000 $100 10 pounds, 50 pounds, maybe I'm too shy
because the amount is too small. Or it might seem like I'm being arrogant because the amount is large. So people don't want Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it clear that it's better for you to conceal your charities. But if you have to make it known for the right reasons, there is no harm. It's correct. It's still acceptable at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam some of the charities were given and they were made known people came in front of all the Sahaba of the lava and on and put forth their wealth. So this wealth was extremely meaning in figures it was a lot in some cases it was needed. And at the same time, it was an encouragement for those who didn't imagine
you see a poor person putting up his hand and donating a large amount. And you know that you have more than him. It should encourage you to say no if he can give let me give a little bit more. So if you are doing it for the purposes of encouraging others, it is permissible It is okay it is fine. There is nothing wrong with that. But if you are doing it in order to show off, it is better than you remain silent it is better than you do in quietly also if there is no need to show it then don't. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it quite clear. Verse number 271. A Surah makara Allah says
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If you are to make manifest your charities, it's okay, it's good. But if you are to hide them, and give them quietly to the poor, then it is better for you. It is definitely better for you, it will result in the forgiveness of your sins. So when we give charities one of the benefits is Allah forgives our sins. So panela Yuka Pharaoh incumbency article alone expiate meaning alone will cancel the sins that you have committed as a result of you being charitable. Imagine every day we are speaking of charities as well how important it is to give, let us learn to give even if it means a little. So this is Allah subhanho wa Taala.
He says he is the one who knows your intention. So when you give, then he knows why you are giving try and be a person who gives for the right reasons. And Allah subhanho wa Taala also explains in the next verses, Allah says, Those who are really in need, those who are poor and they are really in need. You will have to go out to hunt for them. They don't beg. They don't ask they don't come and seek
You will have to find out an effort is required from you as well. Because those who come and beg, you know, they have come to beg those who are in dire need. Allah subhanho wa Taala says you will have to go out to hunt for them. In fact, Allah says the ignorant person might consider them wealthy because they restrain themselves from asking. So when you look at a person, you might think this man is wealthy, you don't know he is struggling to make ends meet, but his honor, and his dignity does not allow him to go out and beg. He knows I'm a movement. I'm a Muslim, I have hands I have legs, let me go out try and work perhaps I will try and make ends meet. Remember my brothers and sisters,
those are the types of people that we need to assist first. They don't go out we should be going to them. So Allah says, verse number 273, is Ratan Tata. Yeah, Sabu j, no.
I mean, I have an ignorant person would probably consider these people wealthy, because of the person restraining himself from asking, and from begging. And this is why I must
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those who spend their wealth at night and the daytime, openly and hidden. Allah subhanho wa Taala says they will have their reward with Allah and they need not fear, they will not be scared at all. They need not be scared and they need not be fearful. Allah will protect them allow and look after them in this world and the next. Imagine this is all the virtue of giving, being charitable. The primary reason for this is our hearts are supposed to be connected to Allah, not to materialistic items. The more you connect yourself to materialistic items, the more you disconnect from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yes, everyone wants wealth. But at the same time, my brothers and sisters do not
want it in a way that it comes in the path between you and Allah. So you have to choose my money or Allah, no way. It is always only Allah, then we will earn in order to live our lives. Remember that a lot of what you have, you are never going to be able to spend it. Learn to be charitable, let others spend it. Imagine you earn and you're giving another person the opportunity to spend what you earn. That is what the reward is. And that is why Allah loves you. Because Allah knows you sweat it, you work hard, and you have such a great heart, you have given it to someone else to spend. Amazing. So Allah says, hang on, we will forgive your sins. As a result, we will ensure that you are not
scared on the Day of Judgment, we will ensure that you have no reason to be fearful on that particular day, no to be sad. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease and goodness, that having been said, we know there are a lot of poor people around. And we know that times are tough, and we know that in the economy of every nation, there will always be a dip. And during that time, people will be tested those who have wealth, they will want to make money somehow they will want to increase their wealth. And sometimes a quick way is a haram way. So Allah warns us, save yourselves from sickness from harm, save yourselves from the loss of the hereafter. While you are looking for
wealth, don't do something Haram. One of those things that Allah has spoken about that is absolutely prohibited is something known as rebar, rebar, meaning interest, or Usually, it is the dirtiest, filthiest wealth that one could have. As much as it seems like Wow, this looks like you know figures from 10 became 100. From 100. It became 1000. There is no blessing in that well no Baraka at all. You will have it, you will eat it, it will result in sickness, physical and spiritual, and it will result in discord, disunity, problems in the home, difficulties in your family. Your children don't obey you because you haven't obeyed the law. Many sicknesses and illnesses that we have problems
that we face are connected with the fact that our income is faulty, it's faulty. It's better to have less and have a happy home and be close to Allah that you have a lot and be distant from everyone be sick inside and out. Meaning spiritually as well as externally. We are ill physically
May Allah subhanho wa Taala do that to us. Listen to the strong words that Allah subhanho wa Taala uses when it comes to Riba.
Allah says, verse number 275 of sudo to batara and levena una de Bella Pomona Kamiya, Pomona de
shavon Amina illness, those who consume Riba on the Day of Judgment, they will not be able to stand except like the one who has been touched by the devil, possessed by the devil or harmed by the devil, or beaten up by the devil, they will not be able to even think correctly on that day, because whatever they have done, all of it happens to be in the displeasure of Allah in terms of the sustenance that they earned. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us some of them have Assyrian have actually said that even in this world, a person who eats interest, their brains become knocked at a time when you will talk to them, and they will be responding but they don't make sense. They don't
understand everything they utter will be wrong, it will be incorrect, yet they will be thinking we are right.
Imagine it as though they are possessed, completely possessed, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to protect us from this, what would be the purpose of wealth, if the consumption of that wealth would result in us being semi possessed by the devil? May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us all. In fact, Allah says in verse number 279, after he tells us to quit eating interest to quit the consumption of this interest, Allah subhanho wa Taala says quite clearly, for inlanta follow
up however, being beam, Mina, la he was fooling, if you are not going to quit the consumption of interest, then let there be an announcement of war against you from Allah and His Messenger Subhana Allah.
Allah is announcing war against those who are consuming interest. When Allah announces war, your life will be turned upside down completely after a period of time, you cannot win a war against Allah subhanho wa Taala. Don't even try. This is why Allah says why. Toby Falah como Also,
if you seek forgiveness for you is the capital that you put in, if you ask Allah for forgiveness, you need to make sure you extract the amount of interest from the amount you are holding, such that your capital remains with you. This is why whenever you have an amount of interest sometimes because you might you may be banking with a bank that gives interest and it's illegal not to bank and so on. So if you really have to, and there is an amount of interest, you need to calculate it, it is your duty to remove it and give it to poor Muslims without any any intention of reward for that particular wealth, but rather a reward for having done the right thing. There is a difference here.
So people say well, why can't I give it to non Muslims? Technically speaking, you could, but the Muslims are more in need of that wealth. It doesn't belong to you, it belongs to someone else, you don't know who it is, you are giving it as a charity on behalf of someone else whom you don't even know. And to give it to a Muslim would be better because they are in need. So look for the poor muslimeen give them in cash or in kind. And your intention is not for a reward for that wealth. But obviously you will get a reward for having taken it out of that particular system of yours. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant the strength.
So if we were to consume interest, we would be harming ourselves that what that means. If we don't consume it for the sake of Allah, we are saving ourselves. Hence, this verse is included in this series known as Save yourselves. You save yourselves by protecting your income, ensuring that there is no haram element inside that particular income of yours. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all a deep understanding Indeed, we will never be able to win a battle against Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then something we all need to be concerned about, you know, the last verses of the Quran to be revealed. We're not the end versus not so rottenness managing that evenness that happens to be the
last in terms of the sequence of the order of the Quran, but not in Revelation in Revelation, the mufa serien and the historians and the hula and the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu. There are various narrations which make mention of several verses. One of them is verse number.
some of the scholars say that was the last verse to be revealed. Do you want to know what it says? Allah subhanho wa Taala says
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fear the day in which you are going to return to Allah subhanho wa Taala fear the day of return to Allah subhanho wa Taala and then you will definitely be given all your the details of your deeds, everyone will see the result of their deeds and nobody will be oppressed. So save yourself from the torment of the hereafter by being conscious of the fact that there is a day in which I will have to answer to Allah subhanho wa Taala for everything I have done, no matter what you've done in your life, Allah knows it, and you will be asked about it. There is only one way out.
What is that way? That way is the way of Toba repentance, Allah says no problem, no harm. You are not proud of some of the things you've done in your life. Okay? delete them, how do you delete them? You need to admit to us that you did something wrong, you need to regret it. You need to seek forgiveness from us and you need to promise you won't do it again. Once you fulfill these four qualities or these four characteristics, you are conditions, you will be forgiven completely. We won't even ask you about it. In most cases, we won't even ask you, it's deleted gone. And it's even forgotten by the angels. So this is why my brothers and sisters, be conscious of what you have
prepared for tomorrow to present to Allah subhanho wa Taala if a person comes to you to your home, and Mashallah they bring a gift for you. You are happy, you will invite them again. They brought a beautiful gift for you and they came you happy when we go to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala? What are we going to take? Are we going to take all the evil deeds that we've done every single day? Are they no good deeds that we would like to do so that we can present them to Allah He doesn't need material items. In fact, he doesn't even need these deeds. But if we present them to him, he will grant us, Jonathan fifth dose we will be the ones who will be saved from the fire. When when we've presented
deeds to Allah subhanho wa Taala we've shown him that Oh Allah, I was weak. I was human. But I tried my best to please you where I faulted I turned back to you as quickly as possible. Oh Allah. This is a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. My brothers and sisters, extremely important point. Let's become conscious of this. I mean,
then we move on to saving ourselves from discord when it comes to business when it comes to money matters. How do we do that? The longest verse in the Quran is verse number 282, of Surah Al Baqarah, the longest verse.
It's known as Isaiah to the Medina. It's known as the verse, which has recorded what should be done when a person takes or gives debt or credit. This is something absolutely important. It's actually Allah subhanho wa Taala that is telling us when you contract a debt for a specified term, make sure you write it down. The weakness with us. We don't write things down. It's between yourself and your son, yourself and your father, yourself and your brothers and you don't write it you started the business and you think to yourself, you know, what, are we friends, we family, Nothing will go wrong. That is not correct. Allah says save yourselves from the tension and the stress and the
discord and the disunity and the split that will happen in your home. If you don't write all of this by writing it down. Make sure you write it no matter what. Imagine, even if you are about to die, or you are on a journey. Allah subhanho wa Taala says write things down important matters. Get a few witnesses, let them sign or let them bear witness. Subhan Allah many of us are guilty of not doing this. So many business transactions, so many things we want to be done, but they are not written down. Write them down. It's a Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. In fact, it is an instruction from Allah. Listen to what Allah says in that beautiful long verse. I'm only going to
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facts Tobu oh you who believe if you have contracted a debt for a specified term, make sure you write it down. So Panama and then Allah subhanho wa Taala says and bring witnesses to bear witness as to what has happened, the transaction I owe this man so much, please bear witness or this man owes me so much. Please bear witness. This is something absolutely important. My brothers and sisters, many of us take this for granted. I have come across so many cases in my own life, where the father passes away, the children are in business with the Father, nothing is written down and the brothers are fighting. The one says, I did more than you. Mine is more or one says I was in the
business while you are not in the business so I own more. And trust me they stopped talking to each other, they begin to hate each other. They suffer so much of discord just because it was the father's fault. He didn't write things down. So panela very simple. Tell them look, yours is 10% yours is 10% mine is 50% your mother's is so much your sisters is so much and whatever else you want.
Give them a share of your business. Make sure you've written it down. Make sure you know here we're not speaking about inheritance. We are speaking about writing things down when you are dealing. when something has happened when there is a partnership, any transaction of importance make sure it is written. Allah subhanho wa Taala has actually revealed this in the longest verse in the Quran, go out and read it. In fact, I asked you all to go tonight and to read that verse, verse number 282 of sewer Tabata and read 283 and two a 284 as well look at what Allah subhanho wa Taala says something very, very interesting. Let's move on to the last thing tonight. Where, as we've been saying, we
call out to Allah, we supplicate we are supposed to be asking Allah so many things. We are supposed to be constantly asking Allah. Imagine if Allah tells you to call out to Him using specific words. Don't you think those words are blessing? Don't you think those words are more valuable than your words in mind, although I'm allowed to call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala using my own words, in my own language, I can supplicate in any language. But imagine if you were to use words that were used by the prophets of Allah May peace be upon them. Those words have already opened the doors of response, you using the same key was probably the door is going to open because that's the key, the
same wording, some kind of law. So here Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of some beautiful do as you see we are weak. We save ourselves from the punishment of Allah by asking Allah not to punish us. As simple as that. ask Allah not to punish you. And if you are sincere, he won't punish you because that will be recorded. When your book is open on the day of judgment and the deeds are out your statements are out. Allah will see that so many times we said Oh Allah don't punish me Allah don't punish me. Oh Allah please don't punish me when he sees that he is a photo Rahim. Most Merciful most forgiving. Do you really think he's gonna say no, I'm ignoring this. I still want to
We have opened the mercy of Allah my brothers and sisters we have hope in the mercy of Allah when we have asked him not to punish us. We hope that he will not punish us verse number 286 Surat Al Baqarah Rob Bana
Allah do not hold against us our forgetfulness wherever we have forgotten or where we have made a mistake or Allah do not hold it against us or a banner our up
kabhi Nina, Oh Allah, do not burden do not burden us with the burdens that you burden to those before us with Subhana Allah. We are asking Allah Allah don't put on our shoulders, what you've already put on other people's shoulders that we've heard about, and then we are saying
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do not place on our shoulders burdens that will be too big for us. We won't be able to go through that. Oh Allah protect us. Don't test us with guests that will be too difficult for us. Why for Anna and pardon us what a Filipina And forgive us what Hannah and have mercy on us under molana. You are our protector from Southern Allah.
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