Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2016
This episode starts with suratul hajj where purity of intention was emphasized and Allah clearly states that He does not need our deeds but the sincerity and piety behind those deeds. Surat Muhminun follows where the characteristics of the true successors are mentioned like those who fulfilled their salah both in quality and quantity, those who stay away from futile things, those who do their zakah, those who protect their private parts etc. Listen to this episode to know all the characteristics of true believers. Save yourself from the devil by seeking Allah’s protection against with Quran verses mentioned in this episode.
Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jumuah 3
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah he was having his mind 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 subhanho wa Taala to bless them all and to bless every single one of us and to grant us forgiveness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us freedom from the fire of jahannam. I mean, my brothers and sisters, just after the month of Ramadan,
the months of Hajj commence. And this is something unique after having achieved the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala in the month of Ramadan, and becoming more serious about our commitment to Allah subhanho wa Taala and becoming more serious about our duties unto Allah subhanho wa Taala. A primary duty from among the Pillars of Islam is hygiene, if you can afford it, and if you can manage that particular trip, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, while in
a journal by the Minister for Isla de sebelah and indeed it is a duty upon man from Allah subhanho wa Taala to fulfill the Hajj for the one who can manage that particular journey. So it's one of the pillars. How did it start Allah subhanho wa Taala has named an entire Surah Surah Al Hajj and in that surah Allah subhanho wa Taala says he instructed Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam, he instructed Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam to announce the Hajj.
If we take a look at verse number 27 of sudo Allah says what I've
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Gina me asking Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam to announce to the people the Hajj and he will find that they will come from every ravine and every on every lean camel.
The mufa Syrian make mention of an interesting point they say this means from all over the world and with every mode of transport. So panela you take a look at a judge today. There are some who arrive on air, some buy land, some buy car, etc, etc. all the different modes of transport there are people who will arrive for Hajj. But when the announcement was made, there was no internet. There was no mobile phones. In fact, there was no even microphone. There was no even loud hailer at the time.
This proves to us that when a deed is done with sincerity, adopting the law of Allah subhanho wa Taala, fulfilling the law of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Sincerely, Allah will grant it success. Allah ensured that this announcement that was made to a very small number of people carried through in a way that today, all of us would love to fulfill the Hajj if we haven't. And even if we have, we'd love to go back there again. Look at the sincerity of the dua of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant a sincerity in our deeds. The reason I make mention of this is we can save ourselves from losing our deeds or the essence of our deeds, by being sincere when we
fulfill those deeds. So let us learn to do things for the sake of Allah. Don't worry about how far is this thing going to go if it's not going to go far and keeping quiet No, even if one person is listening to you. For as long as what you have said, is of value sincerely for the sake of Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant it
Allah Allah subhanho wa Taala will granted acceptance May Allah subhana wa Taala accept from us all our deeds. Similarly when it comes to doing deeds for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala we need to realize that Allah subhanho wa Taala does not benefit from our deeds when I fulfill Salah it's me who benefits not Allah. When I sacrifice an animal for example, for the read aloud, the sacrificial animal that we would slaughter, we would actually benefit from it. Allah subhanho wa Taala does not benefit from it, he doesn't need it. The benefit is for us. So every time we are truthful, every time we abstain from sin, it's actually for us to benefit from it. It's not Allah subhanho wa Taala
many people think okay, let me do this for the sake of Allah so that at least Allah subhanho wa Taala and before they finish the sentence, they realize that yes, it is for the sake of Allah but it's not
I was going to benefit from it. It's me who's going to benefit from this deal. When you fulfill your Salah you come early you abstain from prohibition, Allah He, it is the piety that reaches Allah subhanho wa Taala that is what makes him happy. The fact that you are conscious of his command, his instruction and the fact that you have abstained from the prohibitions, this is why verse number 37, Allah Subhana Allah Allah says in Surah to Hajj lejana Allah Allah Allah.
let's sacrificial animal it's not the meat that gets to Allah subhanho wa Taala nor is it the blood that reaches Allah subhanho wa Taala but it is the piety behind it, the obedience of Allah, the consciousness of Allah that is achieved and derived and as a result of which one has sacrificed this animal that is what pleases Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala be pleased with our deeds and this is why we say my brothers and sisters, save yourselves from your deeds being wasted by having the correct intentions for those particular deeds so that they are not wasted by Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala also inserted Hajj towards the end
makes mention of how helpless man is and how helpless those who man calls to besides Allah.
When people call out to sticks and stones and other people and some creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying that is wrong. When you call out to those besides Allah, you need to know you have wasted your deeds you have wasted your time you have earned the anger of Allah subhanho wa Taala he says those whom you call out to besides Allah subhanho wa Taala they cannot create even a fly even a fly imagine that's the example given in the Quran verse number 73 of surah Allah says, Yeah,
first me Hola, oh people an example has been given. So listen to it. in Medina, their own I mean,
those whom you call out to besides Allah, they will never be able to create a fly. And then Allah says, while a widget Mr. Ola, even if they gather together in order to try and create that fly, all of them can come together, they won't create a fly. Why is the example of a fly given because a fly is considered something irritating, something that is small, something that is actually ridiculous in the sense that it's of no value to me and you when we look at it. So panela every time we see a fly, we want to swat it. That's what it is. Allah says even that you're not going to be able to create of life. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, even if you gather you still won't. Then
Allah says, What is new boo boo, boo Babu, Shani.
Be booming. And if that fly has to take something away from them, they will never ever be able to get it back. They will never ever be able to get it back from that fly to Panama. You know, when the flies sit, and this is a scientific issue. It's something that they have looked into already, if it sits on that sugar, and it happens first, it actually takes out something and then it sucks in something you will never ever be able to return that to its form once the fly has done that impossible. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, forget about creating that fly. When the fly does something to you, you won't be able to go back and you won't be able to retrieve that which was
taken by the fly. This is showing the helplessness of man and the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So my brothers and sisters, let us understand the greatness of this maker. When we call out we call out to Allah Don't waste your deeds, don't waste your acts of worship by calling out to those besides Allah for indeed, association of partnership with Allah subhanho wa Taala is one of the greatest crimes. Let's move on to the next tool named after me noon, the believers, the opening verse of that surah Allah speaks of victory, success, every one of us is hunting, searching for victory and success. I want to be successful you want to be successful. Remember,
from the very beginning, that true success is a person who succeeds on the day of judgment that is ultimate success in this world. Success is relative. Some people will say you are very successful when others will say that's not success. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us success in the world and in the next bearing in mind that the day
Receive your book in your right hands on the day of judgment or lawmakers from among those that is the day you will be able to call yourself truly successful. So Allah says, Do you want to know how that is achieved? But if not help me know the true believers are indeed successful. They have succeeded, they are successful, what are their qualities, and levena whom
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successful are those who are believers, those who are regular, who fulfill their Salah, those who fulfill their prayer.
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call Sharon that's the first those who are concentrating they have for sure, they have humbleness, humility, together with concentration in their prayer. If you can concentrate in your prayer, it means you are plugged in on a very high level with Allah subhanho wa Taala. The bulk of us myself included, we have to do a lot more in order to be able to improve on that level of concentration. Let's be honest, when we start the Salah, OH concentration is never 100% sometimes if you're really fortunate you get to about 80% of love aka small distraction someone this and that a little sound, your mobile phone buzzes and suddenly you start thinking who might that be? Love acapella. Turn off
your phone. So panela when you want to stop the prayer, turn it off, you have flight mode, go into your flight so panela the flight Where are you going to love I'm actually connected with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So the concentration levels if I want to know how to increase them, and I want to save myself from losing concentration, let me look at the next verse. A Latina woman in love with
those who stay away from the turn away from that which is vain and few times when something is unnecessary. Don't involve in it today we sit and we talk to each other about what things that do not concern us. They do not have any benefit for us. They are few times absolutely unnecessary. We argue and debate about those things in such a way that the space in our hard drive. Or should I call it a soft drive because the brain is a bit soft. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease this space in there is being filled by that which is unnecessary, totally futile. People want to sit and watch movies and they take up so much of that space because it becomes real. You know, when people
watch movies, they start crying because they're Subhanallah someone died in the movie my brother they were paid to pretend to be dead. Come on, and you are lying by crying to yourself. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
And people cry they follow the soap in such a way that that soap is only good to wash to wash what brainwash a person may Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us remember this, don't get too deeply involved in all of that. Because if you do that, the space that is taken up by images and videos is very high, even in your phone, you know, I need to delete some of this for my phone to work a little bit quicker, it's become too slow, it's become sluggish. The same applies to your brain, take all of those images out. Never be involved in the watching of pornography or any form of involvement with pornography because that takes up a huge memory in your brain and it slows you down when it comes to
your Salah and the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala so seek Allah's forgiveness, delete all of that turned back to Allah and you watch you'll be able to concentrate in your prayer you will be able to concentrate in Salah. So if you want to concentrate in your Salah, you need to cleanse yourself in a different way. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the next verse when Medina whom is Zakat Eva, you know, those who do their zeca Falah means to do those who do this? Why does Allah say do why doesn't he say those who give this account because Zakah refers primarily to two things number one Zakah refers to the money that is given which we all know in terms of a certain
percentage, it's called a charity but it does have a certain element of it being compulsory and obligatory as well. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says yes, that is included in it, you need to give us the cap. Do not let your heart be connected to materialism. If your heart is connected too deeply to that which is material you won't be able to stay away from that which is few tiles and you won't be able to concentrate in your prayer yet successful are those who concentrate in their prayer. So look how it's connected. One time to involve a I saw a Mercedes as I was coming to the masjid and I'm thinking What was that? Was that a G 63 one was standing in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala where
what type of success do I want? I might drop dead there. There is no g 60 threes in the afternoon. No way. Not at all. Allah Subhana Allah
Allah forgive us. So remember this my brothers and sisters, one is to give wealth to give you the cat in a way that you understand that Allah subhanho wa Taala instruction comes such that my love for Him will be more than my love for the wealth I have. So I'm going to give it if Allah says give, I will give and I will give more and voluntary but secondly, Zakat also refers to cleansing yourself your knifes your soul has kiya to cleanse yourself to improve your character your conduct to be able to cleanse the heart from the bad habits and qualities such as jealousy and hatred, enmity and envy etc, etc. That is also known as Zakat Did you ever know that it is referred to as Zakat so my
brothers and sisters, if you want to be able to abstain from that which is huge, and as a result, concentrate in your Salah and as a result be from among the successful you need to improve your habits, your ways, your qualities, you need to clean your heart rate, the eat of jealousy, hatred, envy, etc. Fill it with love and goodness, kindness and the best of character and conduct May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us once you've cleansed yourself and you have become a person who is now not connected too deeply with that which is around him in terms of materialistic life, you will find that Allah subhanho wa Taala says
that a person would require to protect their private parts Allah protect your private parts, if you don't protect your private parts and that's a verse straight in the Quran. When Medina homely forging happy,
successful are those and I've mentioned all these categories and then he gets to a point where he says those who protect their private parts. If you can control your tongue as well as your private parts, you need to know that Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant you success. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says very beautifully, my Yama lima bean Allah he wanna beneficiary of Malawi. Whoever guarantees me the correct use of that which lies between his cheeks, meaning the tongue, and that which lies between these lies meaning the private parts, I guarantee him a place in paradise. So Pamela, speak carefully. And at the same time, make sure you protect your chastity morality. You
are a person who uphold high a high standard of morality, and at the same time, you never abuse your private past. If you've made mistakes in the past, seek Allah's forgiveness, he is most forgiving, He is merciful. He knows it is Ramadan. SubhanAllah you turn to Allah, admitting your sin, regretting it, promising not to do it again. And at the same time asking Allah subhanho wa Taala His forgiveness once you have met those qualities, the sin is wiped out. Allah subhanho wa Taala will write for you on the slate something equivalent to a person who didn't commit the sin at all attack them become a legend Allah, he who seeks forgiveness from a sin is equivalent to the one who did not
commit that sin, but you need to seek that forgiveness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us so it is important for us to make sure that we look after ourselves. It seems quite easy when you say Tang and private parts but that is what entire life is all about. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us thereafter Allah subhanho wa Taala is obviously telling us how you will be able to achieve that you will be able to achieve that Allah says when levena homely Amana de moi
those who consider their what they are entrusted with and their pledges, whatever they have promised. If you are conscious of it and you fulfill it correctly, you become a trustworthy person when you are trustworthy.
Listen to what your own wife will say, I trust him. We don't have trust issues. Listen to what your husband will say we don't have trust issues. What does that mean? That is trust regarding morality, regarding your behavior regarding the opposite sex perhaps, but it goes to a higher level trust in the sense that Allah subhanho wa Taala will write your name from among those who are definitely fulfilling of the trust that they have actually undertaken. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us success. So my brothers and sisters Remember, if you are a person who is trustworthy in such a way that people know this person does not do that which is mad or evil, they won't let us down. Then by
the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala it is a sign that you have cleansed yourself in a great way and from there, it would be a person you would become a person or known as a person who doesn't do that which is vain. Look at how they are all connected. You waste your time you sit doing things which are futile, it leads you to doing things which are sinful. So if you want to
Stop from one, you stop from the other. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will open your doors now, one might ask, well what's the beginning point? Where do I start? What is the starting point? Allah subhanho wa Taala says, When levena Humala Salah watching him you have
those who protect their five Sala that is the beginning of everything. It's the beginning of everything you want a link with Allah start off with your prayer, make sure you fulfill it five times a day. What's the difference between the Salah mentioned at the beginning of the surah and the Salah we spoke about just now that is in verse number nine. The difference is the first one is speaking about the quality of the prayer, for sure in the prayer and this one is speaking about the quantity of the prayer Salah what is plural, it means initially you will start off because of your dedication to Allah the fact that you've turned to Allah by fulfilling the five daily prayers you
may not have full concentration, you may not be a person who has developed all the other aspects of closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala but when you start on that footing where you are regularly with your prayer, come what may as soon as the time of prayer
clocks in you are found concerned about that prayer and you fulfill it. If that's the case, do you know what will happen?
automatically Allah subhanho wa Taala will start protecting you from evil and vice immorality, especially if you fulfill your Salah in the masjid and you are concerned about it five times a day you know what will happen? You read Salatu Mashallah you go to work. Allahu Akbar. A lot of the sins are not committed early morning they committed later on afternoon and evening and night. So then what happens comes a lot of door and you are worried about the masjid you go for salah and after that Salah too. If you want to commit a sin between the two no matter what it is you're going to think to yourself, hey, I'm about to stand in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala I'm going to be going
for Salatu bows and also why should I do this right now. It's not going to be good. I won't be able to go to the masjid if you are serious and dedicated. It will save you from the sin. And after also, you're preparing for Madrid after Madrid. you're preparing for Asia, after Salah to Asia, you're going to sleep concerned about waking up early for Salatin, at least Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us. So this is so beautiful that Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that you start with that you will be able to become a person who fulfills their trust with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Once you fulfill your trust with Allah, you will automatically be able to fulfill your trust with the
rest of mankind.
Those who protect themselves from adultery and fornication, it would be because they have a link with Allah subhanho wa Taala before anything else, there's no point in US hiding and committing that sin Allah knows. So if you already fulfill your Salah for the one who sees you when no one else sees you, then automatically you will be able to save yourself from the sins that he watches, watch the others may not be watching May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us safety and in this way Allah subhana wa Taala will protect us from so many things. This is why we say brothers and sisters Save yourselves from all the evil that is mentioned by fulfilling with goodness, all of the beautiful
qualities mentioned at the beginning of June. This is why verse number 10 Allah subhanho wa Taala says una
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home v. nido, those are the heirs, the heirs who will be granted paradise, they will be inheriting paradise, not only any ordinary paradise, but a special ranking paradise, a special place in paradise for those who have developed these qualities that we have spoken about at the beginning of Serato.
As a result, you and I know on our journey towards Allah subhanho wa Taala the devil appears and he appears so many times. And you know what he does? He actually comes and tells us that you know what? Allah is most forgiving. Allah is merciful. Don't worry, you know, you've been a good person generally we heard about the scale on the Day of Judgment. You've done so many good deeds. I'm sure you can do one or two bad ones, it won't really affect it all that is from the devil because that is a way of taking away a way of snatching your good deeds. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us, He gives an instruction to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam but the lesson is for us verse number
97 of the same Surah Surah br o to becoming hamasaki shopping.
We need to save ourselves from the plot of the devil. Allah says say amen.
Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam my hub, I seek refuge in You from the whispers of the devil and I seek refuge in You from the devil even coming in my presence. keep on saying it. Don't think that you just need to be a strong person, I'm going to fulfill my Salah. I don't need to ask Allah protection from the devil because I'm a strong person, I will fight the devil. No, ask Allah protection you don't know the devil is affected by that prayer that you make in a way that he runs away. The devil is affected by statements you utter by verses of the Quran that you happen to say because the devil knows that these are powerful words. They are the words of Allah subhanho wa
Taala. This is why we believe to be protected from shavon you need to read some chapters of the Quran, the short sutras milkfat Filipinas, etc. The last two surah of the Quran ayatul kursi. I'm sure we would know that read those on a daily basis morning and evening if you can, after every prayer so that you will be protected from the devil so that you can be a successful person and so that you can attain paradise. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us gender because a person who does not seek protection from the devil falls into his trap and what will happen, there comes a day when he wrongs himself. That is known as
he wrongs himself. And the height of that oppression is when someone associates the partners with Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. And Allah says such people when they die as they die, Allah describes their condition verse number 99 of flow to
Kela such a person when debt gets to him, he will say, Oh my God, please give me another chance. Just send me back. Send me back once more. Now I've seen now I know what this is all about. I know what the punishment is all about what good deeds you want the benefit of good deeds just sent me back.
Oh my god.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, This person says let me go back and do good deeds. In what I've left behind. Allah says nay never, that's not going to happen. No way. We gave you a chance. We told you we instructed you but did my verses not come to you with a not read to you with number 105 Allah says he will ask lm tech when it comes to be hard to get.
Will my verses not read to you, but you belied them, you turned away from them? You did not believe them. Allah says they were a group of people.
In fact, the same people will say
me, now they will be at a loss they will say.
We were indeed stupid. Our stupidity overtook us. Our stupidity overtook us we heard those verses, but we did not listen to them. We will indeed from amongst the history, Allah subhanho wa Taala will tell them Do you know they were people in your midst who used to pray, they were people in your midst who used to supplicate we used to call out to us, but you used to laugh at them. You used to laugh at them. Allah says in
They were a group of people who used to say Our Lord, indeed we have believed in you. And we are asking you to have mercy on us and forgive us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, but you used to laugh at them. You took them as a mockery. So we made you forget, we made this message not impact upon you because you used to laugh at those who are close to us. These are beautiful verses if we go through the translation of these verses, in verse number 107, beyond Allah subhanho wa Taala indeed has favored us we call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us, one of the last verses, in fact, the last verse of this particular surah one of the last verses,
verse number 115, Allah says
Allah panna Kumar bata, Camila in Allah tau Joan, do you really think we created you in vain without purpose and that you're not going to go back to us? Brothers and Sisters the answer of that, you know, Allah created us with a purpose in order to worship Him and we are going to go back to him many of us have already gone most of us have actually gone When I say most than
Number of those who went is far more than the number on earth today. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us, he says, make sure that you learn the lesson, people stronger than you with greater power than you with more wealth than you have died in the past and they have already returned. You have a chance while you're alive. Make sure you wish me alone. Make sure you come towards me so that you can save yourself by the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala from the torment in this world and the next day Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all are Salatu was Salam ala nabina