Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2016
Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jumuah 1
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah why Allah Allah He was happy here.
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 We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to bless every single one of them and to bless every single one of us, and to grant us goodness in this world and the next to protect our children and offspring those to come up to the end of time. May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep them all steadfast, I mean,
my brothers and sisters, it is important for us to know that Allah subhanho wa Taala has asked us to save ourselves from the punishment of hellfire. Verse number six of surah to
Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it quite clear he says
oh you who believe Save yourselves and your family members from the fire, save yourselves and your family members from the fire. Based on this, the theme of the series of this year's Ramadan lectures has been save yourself. The idea is going through the verses of the Quran, looking at the instructions of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Taking a look at the instructions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam how best can we save ourselves not only from the fire of jahannam, but more so or to start off with in this world to protect ourselves from stress from anxiety from various bad qualities such as jealousy, hatred, and the result of it from wars, from difficulty from hatred,
from disunity from so many different issues, including physical sickness, spiritual sickness, we need to save ourselves from this. So Alhamdulillah we've been going through quite a bit, I'd like to seize the opportunity of this jumaane to continue with the same series and to proceed and progress from where we left off last night. So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us an understanding. Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, His story is mentioned in detail in the Quran quite a bit of detail. So we would be able to structure an entire history based on the puranic version of the story of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, they came on stage when he debated with his people in a beautiful way. He asked
them questions, and they asked him questions. And the responses came from either side. They used to worship idols, his father was guilty of carving these idols making them out of wood and out of stone. And what the Father would do is sell them at that time they were so foolish, they used to worship the idols thinking that something or someone besides Allah can bring about goodness or happiness for answer there.
So he used to ask them a question. How can you wish you these things you are copying with your own hands? Can't you think for a moment he told his father Oh, my father, follow me. You know, I might be your son. But I can tell you I know more than you.
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Oh, my father, knowledge has come to me that you don't have to follow me and I will guide you pause for a moment. All of us save ourselves from ignorance by learning even if it means from someone younger than us. One day, a little child, a small child comes to you and tells you you know what, that I think it's very bad that you're smoking quit. Otherwise, it's going to cause a problem. You don't just say keep right. What do you think you are? I'm your dad. I'm older than you know, don't respond in a similar way that the father of Ibrahim responded to him. Because with us, we learned from this, that you must change your bad ways, habits, thoughts, ideas and beliefs, even if it means
a younger person than you is correcting you may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a beautiful lesson. So part of the discussion that happened between Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam and the nation or the people that he was sent to part of it was where they told him you need to fear these stones and these these pieces of wood, you need to fear these idols. They control harm and damage and they are the ones who will actually inflict a lot of damage on you. So he used to mask and he said to them was number 80
One of the surah what can you
How can I fear that which you are associating,
as partners with Allah, when you are not even fearful of Allah Who has created absolutely everything, you think I'm going to be scared of your idols when you're not scared of the Lord of the worlds, and he has not revealed for you any form of authority to worship anything he has created. So there were two groups of people.
Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam on one side and the rest of them on the other. And if Imani salatu salam is telling and worship the one who made you alone. And the rest of them are saying, No, no, you wish these things that were making, they used to make money out of it, you know, there is mentioned made of how when they had problems, they would go to their idols and cry, they would clap their hands and cry to the idols. And then when they had big problems, they would go around looking for the richer people who could afford bigger idols. So they would think, you know, my little IRA is so small, it's the size of a hand. So it won't help me in the big issues, when they are massive
issues. I need a big thing. So the richer people have greater access to solution to the problems, according to them, and those who are poor. Yet when it comes to Lord of the worlds it's got nothing to do with how much wealth you have. You call out to Allah no matter who you are, what color you are, how much wealth you have. That's irrelevant. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding look at how knocked their brains were May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from similar thinking. I mean, so they were two groups, verse number 82, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes this beautiful declaration and perhaps it was from the statements of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam.
salatu wa sallam asks them, which one of the two groups do you think is more deserving of the peace, the security of the hereafter? And even of this world, which one of the two groups if you know, respond to me, and the response was none other than a Latina man wanna man be?
Those who have believed and have not contaminated that belief with sheep or with association of partners with Allah, they are the ones who deserve the peace. They are the ones who will achieve that peace for indeed it is Allah subhanho wa Taala, who grants this peace. So the lesson I learned and the lesson we should all be learning from this is that when Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us that it is very serious to associate partners with him, we should take heed May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us from the difficulties of this world and the next thereafter we have a very interesting declaration from Allah subhanho wa Taala instruction, or maybe I could say prohibition.
Those idols will obviously extended well beyond the time of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam to this day, people worship so many things besides Allah. Now the question is, it wouldn't be wrong, technically speaking, to laugh at these idols and the people who worship the idols and call them funny names. You know, you're a fool, you're stupid, and so on, and so forth. It wouldn't technically be wrong, but Allah says, Don't swear him and don't swear those idols. The reason is, as a result of your actions, they might swearing up they might start swearing, Allah subhanho wa Taala, and you would have caused it. So from this, we learn that as Muslims, we need to be worried about the reaction of
our action, even though our action might not be totally prohibited. If I for example, I'm passing someone's doing something really silly, and I laugh at him so loud, that I make him so angry that he wants to start beating me I caused it, I caused it for myself, I should have just looked down and carried on so Han Allah May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla grant us understanding so first number 108 of surah Allah Nam Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
and do not swear or curse or laugh or mock at or joke about those calling out to Gods besides Allah because as a result, they may do the same to Allah subhanho wa Taala without knowledge you would have caused it. So this is why we say look, brother, we can discuss it with you, you know, I believe what you are doing is wrong etc. Speak with respect. Why to save yourselves from what from the trouble the hassle the extra aggro intention, this unit
to split, perhaps physical fighting, swearing, jeering, mocking, protect yourself from that think deeply before you open your mouth. That's the lesson from this beautiful verse. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. Now I'm sure all of us while we're fasting, we are so so concerned about things going into our mouths.
Because we know that if something goes into my mouth food or drink, I'm going to render my fast invalid, right? If I'm doing if knowingly, but my brothers and sisters, did you know that equally important is to be concerned about what comes out of your mouth? Did you know that? So I cannot say I'm fasting, but you're swearing You're lying. You're cheating. You're deceiving. You have bad words, vulgar words, you're hurting people's feelings. at home. You're saying things like you know, and then you say I'm hungry. Do you know a hungry man is an angry man. Hey, keep quiet. Keep all that aside. You're supposed to be a fasting man. Not a hungry man. You don't describe yourself as a
hungry man. So panel, I once had a brother coming to me and says, does the same apply to women? Because my wife gets so close. Hello, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So my brothers and sisters, what's important for us to be conscious about is also what comes out of our mouths, like we saw in this verse, verse number 108. Think before you speak thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about that which is haram, in terms of consumption, what you're not allowed to eat. So there are so many things that he makes mention of in this verse number 121 of pseudocode. And he speaks of a few of these things. He speaks of swine, or should I say pork? That which is carrion, dead, you
know, an animal that has not been slaughtered and sacrificed in the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's dead, you're not allowed to eat it. And he speaks about blood. Blood itself. You know if it is in very, very small amounts within the food or within the meat it would probably get cooked but we are talking about more blood that blood which is in a larger quantity, that you know, you could have drained out that's prohibited you're not allowed to eat or drink blood. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection. So Allah says,
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in hula fees for the first category, do not eat that which the name of Allah is not mentioned upon it. Do not eat that which the name of Allah is not mentioned upon it. The majority of the oma say that that is referring to the time of slaughter. In fact, the bulk if not all of the Omen that is referring to the time of slaughter, when you are slaughtering the animal, you need to have said the name of Allah, Allah is telling you don't consume that which has been slaughtered and the name of Allah has not been uttered, while it was being slaughtered. Because it is a sin May Allah Subhana which Allah protect us from the sin, and it continues, it goes further verse number 145, of the same
surah where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about ultimatum, he says bola de
la mo Holloman Allah, ma ma ma ma ma, tell them oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that I don't find anything made prohibited by Allah subhanho wa Taala to consume besides the following, and here are a few things I mentioned in other places. Some other things I mentioned. Like I said here three things I mentioned. Allah says Illa Guna Madan
it's nothing is prohibited besides that which is carrying that which is dead. You didn't slow down you didn't catch it. It's a dead animal you see a dead sheep a dead cow, sheep and cow if slaughtered correctly, can be edible can be Helen, but here we're talking about that which is dead. and thereafter. The Mamas forehand flowing blood prohibited. You're not allowed and thereafter, LACMA finzi the flesh of swine, pork and bacon and everything else may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from anything to do with a pig with a swine. Imagine the name of that animal itself is a swear word, even to those who consume it. Did you think of it? If someone were to use that, to refer
to those who love pork, they would never think that this is now someone really praising me. No, not at all. A person who only needs bacon and swine, call him a swine or a pig and see what happens. It already shows that human nature is such that it knows there is something wrong with this animal, even if they eat it. So my brothers and sisters, it's important for us to
Know when Allah declares something Haram. Remember Subhana Allah, it has to be totally, totally prohibited and bad for you such that your nature deep down would know that this is bad when Allah subhanho wa Taala grant the safety, then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about a different type of prohibitions. Now, why did I speak about consumption because my brothers and sisters, we need to save ourselves from disease, sickness, physical as well as spiritual. So Allah makes mention of things that if you were to take heed, you would save yourself from physical sickness as well. When you eat swine, for example, you can get sick, tapeworm and everything else. And when you are, for
example, drinking blood, that would also be something where it would result in your sickness, you know, when you want to test if you are sick, may Allah grant us all cure. But if you want to test the person who's sick and what's wrong with them, what do you check, you check the blood, because disease is in the blood. That's why so this is why when you slaughter an animal, make sure the blood is drained, all disease goes out with it. So panela Simple as that. So today, if I am sick or something happens, may Allah grant us all good health, the doctor will say go for a blood test and he'll write down what he wants to check in the blood, no matter what in the blood, they will be able
to tell. That's the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us about these things. That which is dead, for example, you get sick, it's filled with bacteria, in no time it starts becoming bad, the blood is there, it's mixed and so on. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us now to save ourselves to save ourselves from disease that is spiritual, what we need to know and what we need to realize is Allah subhanho wa Taala has drawn up a list of things that are prohibited when it comes to that, which is besides consumption of food. So Allah says,
Allah, Allah O Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, tell them, come here. Now, why come here? You know, when I'm talking, I can talk to you. And you would listen to me. But if I told you, hey, listen, to me, it means what I'm about to say is very important. You know, when I said this, once, there was a man who told me that's not true. My wife was taught by her parents not to call the husband with the first name. You know, some cultures have that you don't call your wife or your husband, you don't call your husband with the first name. So I said, Oh, that's interesting. So I would have thought, you know, maybe maybe she calls him babes or something of that nature, you know, but rather than
he says, she calls me, Listen, listen, and I'm like, What? Hey, listen, listen is my name is Adam has become my name.
Allah subhanho wa Taala. Forgive us. I'm not trying to poke at the culture, but I am saying it's something really cultural. So Subhan Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala is so so merciful. When he says something important. He draws our attention. He says, oh, Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam in some places. He says, tell them here, he says, tell them come here. Come, come, meaning what I'm about to say is extremely important. give it an ear. Listen, extremely, extremely important. Here goes Allah says, Allah tala, verse number 151, zero to 9am. At Noma.
Let me recite to you what Allah has made prohibited upon you. Imagine the professor salami saying, Come, let me recite to you what Allah has made prohibited upon you, Allah to Shri gooby, Shang, first thing, don't come at you, a lover. You know, people don't like this topic. And I've always said, it should be the most discussed topic. It's the only sin Allah says, If you die without seeking forgiveness, I'm not going to forgive you. There's no other sin that Allah has said that for. So that's why I talk about it, raise the issue, ask yourself, Am I doing this in any aspect of my life? If I am, I better save myself. That's Shane's main trophy. When he succeeds in making
people engage in cheating, he has really achieved a lot according to him. So the first thing that is always mentioned latricia COVID. don't associate partners with Allah in any way.
What Meanwhile, either in a Santa be good to your parents, be kind to your parents, one might ask, what's the connection between the two simple connection? Who created you, Allah? Who did he choose to bring you through into this world? Your parents? That's the connection. It was a last choice. Did you apply ever before you were born? Oh, Allah, I want to be born in Boston. I want to be born for example, parents who are loaded, rich, you know, I want to have parents with blue eyes. I want to have this No way. It was a must choice. If we had application forms, they would have been a disaster. Allah says we haven't kept it for you. We have kept it for ourselves. So just to respect
your parents, no matter who they are. They could be Muslim, they could be non Muslim. They could be sinful people. They could be people who are far astray.
You respect them, you may correct them you may even want to distance yourself but respectfully if they have an evil influence or they are instructing you to do something harm.
Imagine the Sahaba de la know used to ask the Prophet sallallahu Sallam about their parents, some of whom were not Muslim, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam always responded, be kind to them, be good to them, even if they're not Muslim. The only time you don't listen to them is when they instruct you to do something in transgression of the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah subhanho wa Taala beautifully puts it will be valid in a Sunnah. Then Allah says, Allah Taku
there was something that used to happen at the time of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, they used to be embarrassed to have female children. Every time there was a girl born soon as the child was born, they used to kill the child by doing what? burying them alive. So Allah says, Don't you dare do that. Don't bury your children because of poverty. mean in luck because of poverty. And then Allah says National narubu
we will sustain you we will provide for you and for the child, each child comes with his or her own sustenance. You know, I have an elderly person who met me and I asked him how many children do you have? He says, I have 12 children I said oh Mashallah. He says it was tough bringing them up, but now I can sit each one of them comes and gives me an allowance on a monthly basis. And I'm a wealthy man, I got so much of surplus. And I paused and thought for a moment at the beginning, you think I'm only gonna have two children because you know what, it's very expensive to bring up children not realizing it both of them become druggies. May Allah protect us all gone, who's gonna look after you
when you're old? But if you have 10 children, the chances of one of them at least looking after you are great Superman Allah so you are Why is it to have a few more children so so that your the risk of you not being looked after a minimized Come on, come on, think about it, it might be difficult initially, but then again, everyone grows, everyone comes with their own sustenance, Allah says, Don't kill your children. For this reason, if you're worried about what money and wealth allow will provide for you and for them. So this verse is mean in black in another place, Allah says, you're in luck. Don't kill your children fearing poverty. Notice the first verse I read you already poor and
then you want to kill your children or you don't want to have children because you're poor. So Allah says we will provide for you and for the challenge. And the other first is, don't kill your children. Fearing poverty, you're not yet poor, but you fearing a they're going to share the plate with me at the moment, I can at least have half a chicken every day. If I've got four or five children, I'm only going to have a small amount of that chicken and it's not going to be nicer. Let me not have those children. Allah says no. While a taboo
in law, don't kill your children fearing poverty, we will provide for them and for you, in that verse first, Allah says will provide for them. And then for you in this first Allah says, first will provide for you and then for them. Why? What's the difference? In the first verse, you were already poor, so Allah says will provide for you and for the child. In the second verse, you will not poor you will fearing poverty. So Allah says, We will provide for the child and we will continue providing for you Allahu Akbar. Look at the words that are used in Napoleon, how beautiful from this what I learned is to have children is a blessing to have female children is an even bigger blessing.
Because the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says whoever has female children to three or more looks after them, give them a good upbringing helps them to get married to decent people. Allah will give them Gen Y. The reason is when you have a daughter, she's not yours, you are grooming her looking after her for somebody else, it's not going to be easy for you to look at another man come and take away someone you've groomed for 20 to 30 years. So it's not easy. A lot of people charge money for that if you charge money for them, that's your reward gone. You receive nothing in the app era. There is nothing like selling your daughter remember this. You know, they charge monies they say like you
want my daughter, give me a million. That's it. Because I took her to school. I did this she played with my beer. And I promise you it's a culture in some places. You know, I sent her to top schools, I gave her education, you have a doctor that's suddenly coming so I need a million bucks if you don't want in fact you can extend it over 10 years but I need that money. They have names they call it various names in Islam. That's not what happens. Your reward is when Allah Allah says you looked after the child You will now get Jenna to panela this is what Allah subhanho wa Taala has asked us to do. Then Allah Subhana Allah Allah says,
Allah azza wa jal amin, still part of that list that the prophets of Salaam is reading, right? He says do not engage in immorality, whether it is hidden or open. Some people engaging in morality. They sit and watch pornography. They have illicit relationships with other people of the opposite sex or sometimes even people with the same sex May Allah
Anahata Allah protect us from immorality. Remember something whether it is apparent or hidden, cut it, cut it. If you want to be saved, you really need to cut immorality. Sometimes immorality is in the form of speech. every other word is an F word. And every other word is an A word and the B word and as it were, asked me, I don't even know what that is, but I'm just saying, but at the same time we come up with new words, referring to what is just immoral. It's vulgar, it's bad, it's unacceptable Kotick Allah says, Please, don't go near immorality don't even go near. When Allah says don't go near something, it means it is terrible, terrible, terrible, something very bad. So we ask
Allah Subhana Allah, Allah to protect ourselves, to help us protect ourselves. And remember something. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, immediately after that, while at the fortune of Salah t have gone a long way in lobbying,
don't ever commit murder, never kill someone extrajudicially What that means is, if the justice system allows it Alhamdulillah If not, no. So you cannot kill someone. There has to be a system life is sacred. The same way you're not allowed to kill the child in your womb. You're not allowed to kill a baby. You're not allowed to kill an adult. You cannot commit murder. Today life has become cheap. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease we have a difference with someone and we say killing getting knocked off. I'm going to show him we take out the knife we take out the gun and that's it. We want to show we are big in the eyes of Allah you are nothing you are not even the size
of a grain of sand and look at what you want to do. Allah says Allah Mian San Juan.
does man not see that we created him from a droplet of sperm from a what? A droplet, one droplet of sperm, and then he suddenly becomes big and he wants to come and start arguing. When you see a meme man arguing that he made a droplet of sperm at one stage. Come on, stop arguing with Allah. The Quran says you are just one drop, Allahu Akbar. Imagine the last remaining us You think you're a big deal. At one stage. You are nothing. Remember this? Allahu Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand that life is sacred. We need to protect life. The answer is if you save one life, you've saved humanity. And if you cause one death, you have destroyed entire humanity. May Allah subhanho
wa Taala safeguard us. Then Allah says Allah tala Bo Medallia teamie don't go close to the wealth of an orphan. When someone passes away, they leave behind an estate, you wouldn't be guilty if you didn't, if you delayed the distribution of the estate, you would be guilty if you ate the wealth of the sisters and the mothers and the daughters and the women and the sons and anyone else. If you had control over that, well, you must fulfill it as soon as possible. Allah says don't go close to that, well, it is bad for you. It is dirty, it will cause problems it will split the family how many wealthy people pass away and their children are killing each other because of $1 or two. I'd rather
not have been that wealthy if that was going to be a result. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from that type of dispute, but we need to save ourselves. Allah says Well, okay, 11 means and I've been on the same list. Allah says, when you are weighing, in terms of buying and selling do so with justice don't shortchange people. When you are buying and selling, be open a parent, look at how beautiful the list is. Allah is telling you be open a parent, when you're buying and selling, be honest, and inshallah you'll have Baraka and blessings in your deal. Then Allah says what either punto de la wala Canada Baba whenever you open your mouth and you're attending and bearing witness,
speak the draws, even if it is against your own relatives, no matter speak the truth all the time be just be just justice is something that will save you from the torment of this world and the next, if you are unjust, you might see some goodness for a little while. You know, I'm unjust and I lied, so I achieved a bit of money while I was paid, I was bribed etc. I might be happy for a short space of time after that sickness overtakes you. Lack of contentment, so many other diseases you can't sleep and so on alive teaching you You know what, there are certain things that your wealth will never be able to give you. It's in our control. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us guidance. Then Allah
subhanho wa Taala says, Valley can Masako de la la comunidad co This is what Allah has advised you with, in order for you to remember, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us everything we've said today, if we were to adopt it in our lives, we would definitely be able to save ourselves from the harm of this world from the difficulties of this world as well as from the punishment of the hereafter. Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all Jenna was Allahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad