Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2016
Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jumuah 2
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah He was happy as main. 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, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to bless them all and to bless every single one of us and to grant us goodness, may Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us on this beautiful day. May Allah subhanho wa Taala write our names as being from among those who will be granted entry into paradise without reckoning. I mean, my brothers and sisters Continuing from where we left off last night, it's
important for us to realize that the Quran is filled with beautiful and powerful messages. And at the same time, these messages are echoed in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the statements of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam have expanded on the messages of the Quran. There is no contradiction between the two. Every one of us in order to save ourselves from the calamities of this world and the next we need to adopt the method, the statements and as best as possible the lifestyle of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us ease the Prophet Yusuf alayhi salaatu wa Salaam, His story is mentioned in the Quran, in
great detail. And in that story, we find that so many things happened to him that would have been perceived by people like us as negative, yet he never looked at a single thing as negative. He always looked at it as positive. This was the decree of Allah for as long as myself and Allah, the link is good. The link is powerful. I don't need to worry what happens to me on Earth. Because what happens on earth here is always a test. If things happen that seems good, it's a test. If things happen that seem negative, it's also a test use of Allah salatu wa sallam, he was a beautiful, handsome person, so panela above that he was chosen as a messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Above
that, his father, his grandfather, and so on, were messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He knew this is a gift of Allah. So initially, they had decided to kill him. Then they decided, no, let's throw him into a Dark Pit. He was thrown into the pit, he was a happy man. Then some people picked him up, they decided to sell him he was a happy man. Then some people decided to accuse him or attempted to commit immorality with him. He asked a lot to protect him and he was still a happy man. Then they said, if you don't do what we are asking you to do, we are going to jail you. He said, Oh Allah, I prefer jail than to commit fornication here than to commit the act of immorality here. So
he was jailed. That was the will of Allah. When he entered the jail. He was so thankful to Allah that He reminded the prisoners who were with him regarding the gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Imagine if you and I were to be in a place where everyone is struggling and suffering and there was one person that happened to look at us and beam a positive message all the time, we would make sure we are in their company. In fact, we would think Allah subhanho wa Taala that Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us to be in such beautiful company to remind us of goodness, at a time where everyone is struggling and suffering. This was use of Allah His salatu wa sallam, he did not look at
it as a point of suffering. He didn't look at it as a point of depression, etc. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard. So verse number 38, makes mention of how he tells the prisoners while I can act.
But name many people are not thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala for the favors that Allah has bestowed upon them. And one of the favorites that he makes mention of is the fact that he is a worshipper of Allah. His father is a worshipper of Allah. His grandfather is a worshipper of Allah. His great grandfather is a worshipper of Allah, what a fortunate man, messenger son of a messenger son of a messenger son of a messenger who was declared the friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala Ibrahim son being his hot son being yopu son being Yusuf melas, peace and blessings be upon all of them. Amazing. So Allah subhanho wa Taala then says that at that juncture, the prophet Yusuf alayhi salatu
salam seized the opportunity to engage in dialogue,
seize the opportunity to engage in dialogue, what did he do? He knew that these people are asking me a question. These people have asked me to interpret their dream. They need something from me. Let me tell them that you know what, it's better to worship one God than to worship so many deities. So verse number 39 makes mention of this. Yeah. Sahiba you see Genie out
Oh my companions of this prison. Oh my companions of this prison.
Many deities better to wish, or the one Allah subhanho wa Taala, the one who is irresistible, that is Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, what I learned from this is my brothers and sisters, don't only be concerned about saving yourself alone from the difficulties of the hereafter or from the difficulties of this world. But in order to make it easier for you to save yourself, you would have to be concerned about those who are with you, you would have to be concerned about those you interact with those whom you mix with your family members, verse number six of surah Tarim, we've spoken about it. That is the verse that has inspired us regarding this particular series of save
are you who believe Save yourselves and your family members from the fire, not just yourselves, but your family members as well. And thereafter, that circle becomes expanded, you extend it to those you interact with your neighbors, etc, etc. Well, law he my brothers and sisters, how many people how many from amongst us, we have neighbors, we have workmates, we have colleagues, we have those who work for us. We have those whom we work for, perhaps we've never introduced them to Islam. Never. We've never told them. You know what, this is my religion. Even if we're embarrassed, sometimes a little law, people are embarrassed to save others from the fire Don't be you need to at
least give them a booklet or a CD or some form of information to say, you know what, this is my faith. I just want you to understand what I worship. That's it. Well, Ah, hey, my brothers and sisters, the prophet Yusuf alayhi salatu salam Look at him in a prison in a prison, and he's busy telling the people you know what, it's better to worship one Allah, you know what, if I look at that, I would realize that the heart of an individual in the prisons and when they are sick and ill or when they are in hardship, is much more soft, or is softer than it would be outside, it will receive this type of spiritual or religious news or information with greater acceptance than it
would if it didn't have the problem. And this is why when Allah wants to draw you and I closer to him, all he has to do is introduce a problem into your life. Suddenly you become suffering. No matter how big you are. When you realize your money is doing nothing to you. Your position is being zero for your health. The doctors cannot do anything suddenly you come to the masjid. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us Allah says, Come when you are going through ease, and we will come to you when you are going through difficulty. I'm sure we've heard the Hadith, Dara Illa Allah
should get close to Allah become known to Allah during your days of ease. How many of us are famous on earth? But the angels don't know us? How many of us are famous on Earth, but in the heavens, they don't know us. We've not done deeds that have gone up to the heavens, and how many of us are not known on Earth, but in the heavens, we are so famous. We are celebrities. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from the latter rather than the former.
Imagine no one knows you. No one actually knows you even exists. You don't even have WhatsApp. You don't even have Twitter. No one even knows you don't even have a phone. So panela You don't even know what the phone number is. But the angels know you because you've dialed the correct number every day by fulfilling your Sona brothers and sisters. That is how you save yourself, you will never be able to be able to save yourself by having 1000s of millions of followers online, they will not be able to avail you on the day of judgment from the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala that's why we have beautiful days of this nature. To go back and look into our bad ways and change
them so that Allah has mercy on us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala have mercy upon every single one of us, Allah He my brothers and sisters, all that is required is a small change for the sake of Allah and Allah will do the rest for you may Allah subhanahu wa taala make it easy for us. So I challenge you, my brothers and sisters, introduce the people who you interact with to Islam, introduce them to some form of goodness, introduce them to some program that perhaps they might listen to a little bit of the dean, at least on the day of judgment when they want to get you to say you didn't invite me to Islam. I was with you for 40 years. 20 years. You never ever told me to consider the faith of
Islam. At least you will be able to say no I did. I sent you the discs. I sent you the books. I told you about three times of Panama my brothers and sisters, save yourselves the people around us are going to hold us responsible. Why didn't you tell me that Allah existed? Why didn't you tell us
To me that what I was doing was actually wrong. Why didn't you tell me? You better save yourself by having an answer? What will that answer be? Number one you learn you put into practice, and what's the next stage conveyed to others in Islam? Goodness is achieved by conveying the message after learning it and putting into practice. You cannot be miserly. This is why the Hadid says Manson as soon as and
why did you lie? To me whoever sets a good example will have the reward of that beautiful example. And anyone who follows that example, up to the end up to kiama they will continue getting full rewards because you were the source and this is why we say Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam being the greatest of all creation, the most noble of all prophets, he gets a reward for every goodness that we do every Salah every little droplet of Zakah every Hajj, every song, every good statement that we attend, he's getting a full reward because he was chosen by Allah subhanho wa Taala to come to us to teach us the goodness what a fortunate man Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala
help us to follow that path as well. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how the Prophet Yusuf alayhi salaatu wa Salaam remained in prison for a certain period of time, even though he interpreted the dreams for those two, and he told the one whom he knew was going to be perhaps saved. And he was going to be serving the king, that when you get to the king, remind him that there is an innocent man in the prison. Unfortunately, like all of us, when we are reminded to do good, and then suddenly the days are easy, we forget the good, we forget the good. My brothers and sisters, I can extend it to something even further. We forget Salah when we are enjoying a ride, for example, on a roller
coaster. For example, you go to the park on the dairy and you're having a fun, and you're there with a picnic so panela everyone is eating and suddenly you forgot to eat solando What happened? It's almost as my brothers and sisters, during days of happiness, you need to be more concerned about pleasing Allah. The day of eat is a day when a lot of us pleased the devil just because of the way we cut our clothing. We are exposed. I'm talking here, not only of the women, but even the men sometimes the meetings we have on the day of e to displease Allah subhanho wa Taala and yet it's a day of happiness, can't we for once abstain from sin on the day of eat my brothers and sisters, let
it be a day have a bad day. Imagine when Allah gives you a day of happiness. Do you know what he says? I want you to be so happy that I want to add one more salad to your day. Today it's going to be six not five, Allahu Akbar.
The day of your marriage, for example, it's such a beautiful day. Allah says it's such a lovely day that I want you to add an extra hook. But today there's going to be an extra act of worship come and listen to a few words sooner. It's a sooner but the football is supposed to be there. I'm sure you know you don't just sit and say right let's get married. 123 No, not at all. The sooner method is to have it in the messaging. The sooner method is to be able to have a hook but a little reminder. And then you have the acceptance of the proposal and acceptance etc etc. These are the days of happiness my brothers and sisters save yourself from losing the reward that you would have achieved throughout
the month of Ramadan by protecting yourself on the day. Remember, it's a powerful statement. A lot of us we worship Allah for a whole month beautiful Our hearts are soften you know we grow our beards and suddenly the Gillette comes out when the night of we come for Salah to leave like when you know newborn my brother when you go for a year you shave not here, luck but um Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us and help us May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors. The point I'm raising is when you have achieved something through Ramadan, don't spoil it on the TV. Don't just waste all those deeds, they have incomes and you know what a I stayed away from adultery the whole month. I'm planning the
day of it. We're gonna book out where we're going here and going that's what people are doing. It's the day of Eden you are transgressing in the biggest possible way. I challenge you my brothers and sisters cut it out. Let's continue with the goodness that's why the Hadith says Masai Mara Mata Mata Mata Sita, meanwhile, Kanika Yama, de whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and continues into chawan by adding another six days at least will then get a reward of having fasted the whole year. This is dedication. I told Allah subhanho wa Taala. I'm going to fast but that doesn't mean I wish you only in Ramadan. I'm a worshiper who's going to worship you even outside of Ramadan. Allah says if you
really do that, I'm going to multiply that reward so much that you will get the reward of having foster the whole year brothers and sisters I challenge you to fulfill just six days of chawan this year in Sharla. And I can tell you why I say this we fast 30 whole days. What is six days you and I know there's just a week left isn't it? A little bit more than a week to handle that you must be saying what this man is calculating with the Zimbabwean calculator. My brothers and sisters let me inform you of something interesting six days compared to the 30 days that we've been fasting it's not really much May Allah subhanho wa Taala help
In our homes, Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. So the king happens to see a dream. And in that dream, it was so strange that he started asking his people, hey, I've seen this type of a dream. They've been seven cows, and another seven cows and seven years of corn and another seven years of corn, etc, etc. The people say, you know what, just a bad thing. But remember, sometimes dreams do have meanings, we should look too deep. We should not look too deep into dreams. Some people every dream they have, they want it interpreted, brother, sometimes you watch too many movies, and therefore you are dreaming things that are really irrelevant. You know, be careful, not all the
trims have meanings. But if it is something of concern at the time, and you are a genuine person, and it's really bothered you, you may want to seek interpretation. But please don't announce it on Facebook. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease the sooner is to keep it to yourself to ask those who might be able to help you about it. And you don't have to announce it to the world. So the king saw a dream he asked the people the people were confused A little while later, this man who happened to hear this dream says Hey, there was a man who interpreted our dreams when we were in the prison. His name is Yusuf. So Allah subhanho wa Taala created the situation whereby not only would
relief come to the Prophet Yusuf alayhi salatu salam, but it would be an opportunity for him to clarify and clear his name regarding the accusation of
the immorality that the women had placed on him. So what happened? The King says, Call the man when the messenger went to call the Prophet Yusuf alayhi salatu wa sallam, he sends the messenger vaccine go and ask the king, that what happened? Those women who are accusing me find out about it. Let's see who was true, who was truthful, and who was not. So the king decided to find out he asks, and the women were asked, and they said, No, indeed, this man was really innocent. We were the guilty ones. Look at how my brothers and sisters, a jail sentence was not only served, but it was actually meaning he actually spent time in jail, and thereafter he came out and only after he came out was
his innocence proven. When Allah wants to prove you innocent, the whole world can accuse you of something, but somehow, someway, Allah will open the doors, Yusuf alayhi salatu was Salam himself. He didn't go out and say, I'm innocent. I'm innocent, I'm innocent. Did you hear that? He went out all over to try and complain to the people. I'm innocent. In fact, when he was in the jail, he'd forgotten about who was innocent and who was guilty. He sees the opportunity to do other things. Look at it. We would be depressed if we knew we were innocent, and we were jailed every day. I need to meet my lawyers. I need to do this. Come on. I'm innocent. banging your head on the wall and that
will not help you my brothers and sisters look, seize the opportunity become a refined person get close to Allah What a beautiful opportunity to read five Salah a day, lose a bit of weight inshallah. And what a beautiful opportunity to become a person who is so close to Allah when you come out Mashallah, the people will see the news on your face. Another point I want to raise today, and I'm sure we have people in some of the Correctional Services listening to me right now. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless you guys will lie when they come out of these places. Do you know what happens? A lot of us don't even want to greet them. But this person was incarcerated for a
year. I don't even know don't even mix
Subhan Allah, you have committed crimes that no one has penalized you about and they have committed crimes, perhaps they have been penalized to the degree that they've regretted it, let them come in, give them a chance to integrate back into society, give them a chance to come back in embrace them to a certain extent in order to give them a chance to prove themselves. Yes, if they prove that they haven't changed. You may want to distance yourself from a criminal, but at the same time, don't just have a label on a person who's come out of prison because there are many people either they have been innocently or they are spending time in the jails while they're innocent, or they have come out
of it and they have changed Subhana Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and correction so then the dream was interpreted by use of Allah His salat wa salam and the king decides, you know what, we need to make this man a minister we need to make him in charge of the granaries. In fact, use of La salatu salam himself said, You know what? I'm quite an honest man. I am an honest man. Make me in charge of the granaries inshallah, I will do a good job.
One of the reasons why he said that was if the king happened to confirm that he was indeed an innocent man, he would put him as the one in charge. If he was a guilty man, immoral. He was a person without any form of if he was a person who had no principle the king would have never ever appointed him. So panela but he was appointed. That was a seal on the matter of innocence of use of Allah, his salatu salam. So remember Allah subhanho wa Taala will not only clear your name
But he will elevate your status from the prison to the presidency. I'm sure you've heard that in South Africa as well, so many other countries. We have so many examples of people who are considered guilty for crimes sometimes that they didn't commit. And later on years later, they emerged leaders. That was Allah subhanho wa Taala. For whatever reason, he decided to do what he wanted. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us all, may he keep us innocent. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from among those whose status is elevated in the hereafter. And in this world, I mean, so my brothers and sisters thereafter, the brothers of use have happened to walk in and when they walked
into Panama, what were they walking in for the years had passed, and the drought had struck. They needed food and they heard that you know, on this land, there is a ruler or there is a ruler who has decided that people must get the rations. And there is a man in charge is a very good man, very straightforward, man. He will give you rations without corruption. So each person who needed the ration the males, the adults had to go themselves to collect it. You know, you cannot just say, Oh, you know, my uncle's at home, he needs one shareholder? No way is he bringing me here, we want to see him unless there is a valid excuse. So use of a salatu salam in quiet, he knew these are his
brothers, those who planned his downfall. Allah dropped them lower than him. When we planned someone else's downfall, the chances are, the very plan of ours will result in that person going higher than us. Remember that. If you have unjustly planned someone else's downfall, you are actually planning your own downfall. At the beginning, you might be smiling, but at the end, the one who smiles will have the best smile, Allahu Akbar, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us elevation. Remember this Don't be depressed. So as the brothers walk in, he recognized them. They didn't recognize him, because he now had a beard. So panela imagine when the person now becomes mature, you don't
recognize them, between the ages perhaps of about nine to 13. Sometimes the boys change, you know, people change physically, sometimes 15, sometimes a little bit more or less. This was many, many years. So he asks them so many questions, how many family members what what whatever other things you needed to know. He says, Where's everyone? We don't see, the one brother is not here. They said, Well, he's too close to his father, his father won't release him. He says if I don't see him the next time, you're not going to get a ration for him. In fact, you're not going to get a ration. And you know what you need to bring him here. So anyway, they went back to the Father saying, oh,
Father, we want this brother to come with us. Now this time, they were telling the truth. But remember the first time they told a lie, when you tell a lie once my brothers and sisters thereafter people won't believe you. This is why save yourself from not being believed. When you are speaking the truth by not lying in the first place. Remember that when you like to lie, every time you tell a lie, just to make yourself feel good. The day you are serious. No one will believe you. You know the wolf story. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. So now they were telling the truth. But the father says hey, I'm really worried. Then they saw their wealth had been returned in the sacks that
the grain was in, they told their father, hey, the merchandise here is returned. Let's go back. We take the brother and the father agreed after telling them giving them some advice and taking an oath from them this time you're going to bring him back. They said, No, we'll lie. We're going to bring him back. And they went now a very interesting point is when they were going the father said something listen to the verse verse number 67 of us
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He says, Oh my sons, when you enter the palace, don't enter from one door all of you must split and enter from different doors.
The mufa Syrian, the scholars of the CVC these were 11 very good looking men and they were all big in size beautiful Mashallah, if all of them are going to walk in from one door perhaps the evil I might affect them and attack them in a way that would result in disaster. So because of that the father was too sharp. He knew he said you know what, into from different doors so people don't notice and they don't realize that you know what, all these are the sons of one man, you and I would brag How many children do you have a to our sons to our daughters a Mashallah. Mashallah, I know what the next question is, in your mind. How many ways? Allah subhanho wa Taala. Forgive us.
My brothers and sisters, very interestingly, so Yusuf alayhi salatu salam noticed his brothers coming in. Obviously, he was the brother. He noticed him coming in, and then he told his brother Binyamin, he says, Listen, I'm your brother. Don't worry, we've hatched a plan. You play with it. So kind of Labine Don't worry what they're about to do. So Panama. So then he puts in the
cup, the cup of the king. And later on, it resulted in that brother staying back, these brothers went back home without the brother. And they told their father, look, this man was a liar, etc, etc, etc. cut a long story short, they came a day, when, after a long, long time, the father happens to tell them something because they said, Oh our father
or our father asked for you to forget about him. As for the other brother, we know where he is. The father says, Yeah, Benny. Father has Sumi
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verse number 87, he says, Oh my children, or my sons, go and search go and look for Yousuf and his brother and never lose hope. Never, ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah for Indeed, it is only the disbelievers who lose hope in Allah's mercy. Imagine years later, the father is still having hope. And the children are saying look, no chance, no chance at all. And we are saying never lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala my brothers and sisters, that is a statement for us to learn from sickness, you may have financial difficulty you may have so many other issues you may have never lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But don't use that statement when you are
committing sin. I heard a person say, You know what? I just started my chances. You know what my chances are? If you're in South Africa, you might know Tata Motors, Tata, millions have you heard that? The lottery, he says, Don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah. I said, Hey, you cannot sell and then say I'm not losing hope in the mercy of Allah. I cannot start buying a lottery ticket and say no, I have opened the mercy of Allah. Be careful. My brothers and sisters, when you use statements use them for the right reasons. Like I said before, do not use that as an excuse to sin. People say, Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Yes, you are right. So he will forgive my sins. Yes, you are
right. So now I'm going to commit many sins and I hope he's going to forgive me know the last part of your statements wrong. You cannot say that to Allah. You don't play the fool with Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah Subhana Allah forgive us. So thereafter use of Allah His Salatu was Salam saw his brothers, and he asked them a question after they asked him a question. He says to them
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he known? Do you know what you did to us? and his brother when you were ignorant, they were shocked because no one knew about use of no one at all. They knew this has to be him because he's the only one who knew. They said in
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he called him Godman long mileena Allahu Akbar, I am used to this is my brother. But listen to what he says after that. Allah has favored us Indeed, Allah has blessed us and favored us. He didn't complain a lot of us if something of that nature happened we would say yes, I'm used to that what what I'm going to do to you now. That's what we would have said, Look at him. He says I am useless. This is my brother, Allah favorite us allies favorite us, which means you wanted to drop me down. Look at what Allah has raised me through your plan. Allahu Akbar. Had it not been for your plan where would I have been Subhana Allah. So this is why when people plan your downfall and you start
seeing a downhill trend, don't worry, a day will come when I promise you by the help of Allah, you will be high above them. If not in this world, then in the next Allah will raise your status elevated because like I've always said your bread is not buttered by them. But by Allah subhanho wa Taala
so Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us good news. And Allah subhanho wa Taala teaches us to save ourselves from depression by looking at the positives out of a negative here. And immediately they said, Oh brother forgive us we were wrong. Forgive us we were wrong. Subhana Allah, you know what he said? Within split seconds? Allah subhanho wa Taala says verse number 92 Paula lotta three ballet como una Bala lotta three ballet Coolio. Maya Villa hula, come on camera. Hey me, no reproach upon you today. Nothing at all. I'm not interested in seeking any penalization you are forgiven. Allah will forgive you Subhan Allah, Allah is most merciful. Allah is most forgiving. Allah is extremely
beneficence. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on all of us. They went later on to the Father and the Father also Subhanallah you and I know immediately when he was told our Father forgive us. The father says Stubblefield Allah be verse number 98
I will seek Allah's forgiveness for you For indeed he is most forgiving, Most Merciful. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us all. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us or lesson may we be from among those who can forgive others as well. I want to end on this beautiful note brothers and sisters,
to drop the mountain of stress that we have on our shoulders, you need to learn to forgive those who have wronged you. A lot of the times when you hold it, you are actually becoming sick yourself. You are losing your health you are losing your spirituality. If you can release that no matter how big it seems, by the will of Allah you will have a lot of calmness in your health, in your wealth in your deen in your religion in your union. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors that having been said, I am not saying forgive criminals whom if you were to forgive them, they would perpetrate the climb against others. Those are an exception. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all
forgiveness was all Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad