Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2017
Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds Gatesville Cape Town
Date : 7th June 2017
Topic : Save Ourselves Part 2
Speaker : Mufti Ismail Menk
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy to mine. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his household, his companions. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every one of them and to bless every one of us, and to grant us goodness from the rain that we are receiving, although the wind is quite high, may Allah protect us all. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant a beautiful recompense to those who may have suffered some damage through the rain that we've had yesterday and perhaps today, may Allah subhanho wa Taala also make it beneficial rain,
that which we desperately need And may Allah subhanho wa Taala not make it the rain of punishment for indeed he has punished previous nations, as we shall see tonight with the same rain and he has destroyed them through the rain. It's important that whenever there is rain we pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala make it the rain of mercy and not the rain of punishment my brothers and sisters.
So to Shara yesterday, I made mention of the story of new Halley's Salatu was Salam. If you recall, we ended way they had threatened him. And then after so many years new Haile salatu salam decided to raise his hands to ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help him and to come between him and his people who had now threatened him. So all along he was very, very patient. He was calling them towards goodness, and he kept on calling them towards goodness, they did not listen to him. Perhaps they tried so many of their tricks in order to perhaps persuade him not to do what he was doing. But he continued the minute they said and Allah makes mention of this in surah 26 surah Shara verse number
116 on Lula in London de la coonan Amina Alma rojo me, oh no. If you are not going to stop calling us towards what you are calling us to, we are going to help you. We are going to stone knew at that juncture, he made a dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now, if I were to take you for a moment to suit at noon, which is towards the end of the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us more detail of what know Allah is salatu wa sallam said to Allah, Allah being needed to Camila, hello.
He said, Oh Allah, I have called my people night and day, but it only chased them further away from you. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of it. He says, Oh Allah, I called them openly and I call them privately but they are transgressing. They are going against your command and Oh Allah, the children that they are getting are becoming worse than them. Oh Allah. Now going back to Surah ashara. He says,
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Emina meaning he says, Oh Allah, my people have belied me, I want you to create a victory between the two of us. I want you to create an opening between the two between me and my people, protect me Save me and those who have believed with me, and they were just a handful.
Now remember when you harm someone,
like I said, and I'm going to repeat it because we want to save ourselves, save yourself from harming someone because the after effect of that harm is even more harmful. Remember that. So if you have harmed someone and you've laughed, he who laughs last, they say laughs the best right? In actual fact, the day they will have a laugh at us will will not be funny at all. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us through the blessing glimpse of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam it mudroom for him now Mula Bandha, obeying the law, hijab, be careful of the supplication made against you by he or she whom you have wronged. For indeed, there is no barrier between that law and
it being answered by Allah subhanho wa Taala, no barrier. So this is why sometimes we suffer in our lives. Perhaps because we have wronged someone they might have prayed against us. Be careful, you should be scared, you should be fearful of a due are made against you by someone whom you have wronged. This is why we say Save yourself. Now, sometimes I have people who say you know my father cursed me. My mother just curses my mother in law, curses, my husband curses, someone curses and so on, and they curse me all the time. Allah is merciful. Allah knows what is deserving and what is not deserving. If you have not oppressed someone, they just have a habit of cursing. They just have a
habit of saying they have a habit of saying bad words in a bad day. Some parents small thing happens Allah will show you
Allow this and allow that rather than that when something happens make a day out for your children make a good day. Your child broke the glass say May Allah subhanahu wa taala. Grant you Jenna, how's that? So hon Allah, be careful. The next day they take another glass to get into me Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. But what I'm saying is you don't have to curse the child. Sometimes a child makes a mistake did something wrong, don't curse because while a palmako say in the early, you know, the evil plot and plan is not deserving except to the one who has planned it. When someone makes a bad plan. The bad plan returns to the same person who made it if the one whom they made it against does
not deserve it. So be careful. Sometimes we are cursing ourselves with the two hours we are making against someone else because they don't deserve it, it may come back to us remember this. So this is why we say when someone curses you in an unjustified manner. We are on the road. I didn't do anything wrong. Subhan Allah and a man wanted to cut in front of me and so on. He became angry, he became upset. He started swearing and cursing. Whose fault is it? Will that curse be valid? Do you really think that Allah subhanho wa Taala the Almighty is going to listen to that particular draft and punish me as a result of me having done nothing, no, don't happen. So even if it is your
parents, no matter who it is, no matter who it is, that you are that is against you will only work if it is deserved by you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not let that happen to us. I mean, I mean, so this is why he says rabina Genie, he says oh my hub safeguard me.
safeguard me and those who have believed with me, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, For
will fully mesh home as a result we safeguarded him and those who believed with him in the ark. Now you know the ark, no honey salatu salam was told to build the ark. Something very interesting. I've already said we save ourselves from harming people, because that is damaging. When Allah grants victory to someone, trust me, even if it does not look like victory. It is victory. When Allah told him to build the ark, Allah told him to build it inland, where the trees were growing, and the trees grew in such a beautiful way that each one fitted when he dropped one it fitted where the other one had left and so on until the ark was ready. They laughed at him for two reasons. They said, you were
a prophet, suddenly you've become a carpenter. We did not know that you were a carpenter. That was one thing. Secondly, they said you know how mad you are. If you want to build such a huge Ark and a huge boat or a ship, it rather be closer to the water then right inland, but they did not know this was the instruction of Allah. And from this, we learned something the instruction of Allah makes sense or doesn't, it is the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You cannot go wrong. If Allah says fulfill your Salah at this time, when the when there is an eclipse, you fulfill Salah you run for Salah Allah says when there is rain you make you make the dua you don't say, but how come and so
on. You know that if you are convinced that this is the instruction of Allah, it cannot be wrong. The same applies to know Allah He Salatu was Salam who laughs last Subhana Allah who was successful, who was victorious and who was saved, wasn't it? No, Allahu Salatu was Salam. So this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala tells this to us, and Allah says, from Morocco, na ba dual backing, then we caused the drowning of the rest who remained.
Allah destroyed them completely. They did not listen to the messengers. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who seek forgiveness. May He make us from those who obey the instructions of the messengers that which has come from Allah subhanho wa Taala there is one more point I want to draw before we continue. know Allah is Salatu was Salam had a son,
that son of his refuse to listen to his dad. He had his own friends. He had his own circle, and he did not believe
when the punishment started coming. No holla his salatu wa sallam felt within him. Let me call my son that's my son. So he says, Oh, my son, come with us. He will come Anna wala
Alka Vereen. Oh, my son coming ride with us coming to the ship coming to the ark with us. Don't be with those who have disbelieved. So the son says no. Today I'm going to climb the mountain. I'm going to climb the mountain I will be saved Subhana Allah. So we Elijah Bal, ja Simoni minalima
I'm going to climb to the top of the mount and it will save me from the water. But Subhan Allah alayhi salatu wa sallam told his son
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mean I'm rely on Rahim they will be nobody who shall be saved from the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala except he whom Allah has had mercy upon and while they were talking, the wave came between them and he was gone. Now it hurt no alayhi salatu wa sallam, my brothers and sisters from this Wieland something we will try our best to give our children the best upbringing. It is our duty as they are born. We give them a good name. We give them a good upbringing, we try our best we need to save ourselves and our offspring from Hellfire by teaching them what life is all about. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us who fusa como Li, da da, save yourselves and your family members from the
fire. Indeed, but we try our best as the children are young. We choose good schools for them. We try and get them education. We try and teach them the Quran. We teach them Allah instruction. as they grow older, Subhana Allah, they get to an age where sometimes we have no say over them. You know, the control we have over our children diminishes as time passes when they were little, we decided everything for them, including their name, and what they would wear and what they would eat. As they grew older. They decided what they wanted to wear, and they chose what they wanted to eat. And they made tantrums at the age of three and four and two, because they did not want to eat what we gave
them look at how Allah is taking away the control that he gave you over your child slowly but surely. And as the child grows older, they refuse some of the toys that we buy for them. They want something more sophisticated, they become more and more complex, and then they refuse to go to the college that we have chosen for them. And ultimately they refuse to marry the person we are trying to tell them to marry you know before father used to say son, I found someone for you son used to say Mashallah hamdulillah today, son, found someone for you that I already found someone before you did. Subhana Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. This is life and this is how things are.
So we need to guide the children how to choose a spouse because they need to know that when you get into high school, you don't go into high school to look for a spouse but rather you go in order to study Subhana Allah when you're going to university Subhanallah you go there to work you are you should be focused. Yes. If you do happen to come across someone, your parents should be the first people that you communicate with. The problem is the parents do not translate that information in the correct way. They don't process it in the correct way. Your son, your daughter comes to you and says you know what, I've gone to the university I met someone It doesn't mean that they've done
something wrong already. Your relationship should be such that at the beginning of that particular relationship, they've already told you not after they are stuck in there. And after they've got to a point of no return. Then they come to the Father, Dad, you know what, I've got a problem or they're so scared to even tell you because there is no communication between you that is not acceptable. The world has changed. You have to understand this. You need to communicate from the beginning. And when the news comes to you go back to the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam either utter komentar bernadina hula hula hoop as a widow Subhanallah simple instruction. If a proposal has come
to you from someone, two things are okay in them, let it happen. Who is saying this? Your Lord Subhana Allah is telling you through Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, he's instructing you what to do with your children. A lot of us Nope, not interested finish your degree. Okay, finish your degree is good enough. But I want to tell you the repercussions sometimes we are encouraging sometimes adultery fornication Zina in a hyper sexualized community whereby abortion upon abortion is happening and the parents don't even know and the children have already done whatever they want to do. And the parents are still saying I don't want you to get married. What was so difficult in
getting a niqab done Who on earth said that it is compulsory for the to to live together after they are married. That's just a cultural thing. It's got nothing to do with religion, religion, you can be married in nikka and you haven't lived together in the same home but your relationship is Helen remember this.
Islam is simple the day they are able to come together when they are 2025 whenever then Mashallah you can help them to come together but if they want to get married at 20, what's wrong? What is wrong with that? May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us to understand that a nicca is something simple. The two families can come together and at least the relationship will be halal. Are we bothered more about Allah subhanho wa Taala or are we worried about our dignity? Another very big disaster is where people say what will others say what the other is going to say I need to have a big wedding. You don't need to have a big wedding. You have something simple. The Hadith says the
one with most Baraka is the simplest one. So have simple functions. Make it easy when others see you they will learn from you. You have set an example how many boys and girls in a lot of our homes, you will be shocked if it's in your home they are suffering
They would love that you listened to what I had to say tonight Subhan Allah, because we know what's going on and we know the solutions provided by Allah and His rhassoul. The problem is, we still want to stick to that which is creating disaster in society. Why does adverb of Allah come? Why does punishment of Allah come? Because not only are we committing sin, but we are. We are putting others in such a corner that we are forcing them to commit sin. There's no other options thermophila society is has become so so sinful if I may put it that way. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. It's a moment of reflection ponder over what I've said, if you have a situation in your home,
please think about what Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said, I may not know your particular situation, I am giving you the general advice from that of Allah and His Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, please follow it, you will succeed in life. If someone has come they would like to get married, make it easy for them don't make it difficult. Subhana Allah. So the relationship between father and child mother and child should be such that when a problem happens, the first person that they rush to is one of the two parents and then process that information in a way that you don't chase them away. A son comes and tells you you know what, I bashed the car, okay.
Now when that son says, I bashed the car, you may have to process it in a way you might be upset for a while, but you cannot start whipping him to the degree that the next time the car is written off, he pretends like it was stolen and it's a bigger problem because he's too shy to tell you what he did the second time, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us and our children. I mean, so this is just an example. My brothers and sisters in the same way many children make lots of mistakes, but trust me, haven't we all made different types of mistakes when we were growing up, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for every one of us. I mean, so the reason I make mention of
this is because no hana is Salatu was salam, it was his son, it does not mean that a saints son will also be a saint, it does not mean that a prophet son will also be a prophet, may Allah bless every one of us. It does not mean you see a pious man. So his children are pious, a long time ago, how they used to marry, they used to say this is a good home. So get married in this home, because they would presume that if the parents are decent people, the children are also decent. Today, the tables have turned, you can have parents who are decent, and the child is not decent at all. And you can have parents who have a bad reputation, but the child is a gym and a diamond. Remember this, this is
happening in society because the world has gone upside down. As you know, people are now brought up by the phones, people are brought up by social media circles, and they are learning from the internet. They changed their lives. May Allah make us from those who can use technology in a way that will result in goodness and in the service of society and community in a way that we can interject metal fair dose by serving Allah to Amin. So this is new alayhi salatu wa sallam, let's move on the next prophet that Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about there are quite a few one after the other in pseudo era. But a very interesting point add the people of Allah subhanho wa Taala sent
them houde alayhi salatu was Salam. And Allah says his call Allah him of whom who don't Allah, ko on all of the messengers the same statement? their brother told them Will you not be conscious of Allah? Will you not be conscious of Allah will you not fear Allah? Will you not worship Allah alone? In Nila Kumara sulan me in
our own I am indeed the Messenger of Allah clear cut Sophia Allah and follow me I will lead you towards Allah subhanho wa Taala and the first thing that is made mention of in Surah to Shara that all the prophets made clear they don't take money Subhana Allah, they don't take money for what they are giving
us no Kamala even Edgerrin in Algeria illa Billah me I am not asking you to give me a recompense or to pay me for what I am teaching you in terms of that which Allah has asked me to do. My reward is with Allah who is upon Allah mean he will bestow upon me the favor. Now what we learn from this is, some people say, and we need to strike a balance, we need to strike a balance. Some people say that the Imams that lead us should not be paid. Well, I want to tell you, they are not prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If they were, it would have been wrong to pay them. Because according to the Quran, the prophets are the ones who said we don't want payment. But these are human beings. It
should be an honor to look after them. It should be an honor to ensure that they are living comfortably so that they can dedicate their lives to study and to teach the deen how many of the teachers of the Quran how many of the teachers of Islamic studies are struggling when it comes to their day to day lives? And I've spoken about this, I think the first or second day of Ramadan, where we said that they struggle
We are sitting, believing that they should be struggling. Why? Because the prophets struggled as well. Well, there is so unfair Subhana Allah so unfair, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us that having been said, whenever we do have an Islamic program, I usually encourage people to say, make it free, make it free for everybody to attend. But we have a problem. We know that yes, if it is in the machine, it can be free. If it is perhaps in a place where it is allowed, it will be free, someone has catered for it, it will be free. But nowadays, sometimes we have to hire a venue, especially in a lot of the Western countries where they need a venue and it costs money. So it costs
money. Where are you going to get it from? If we had a few donors who came up and said like 20,000 from me 50,000 from me, it would be free for everyone, the reward would go to them so panela. But the difficulty is that doesn't happen. When it comes to Bollywood and Hollywood and all the other things of the dunya materialistic items, people are ready to pay so much in order to get the front table in order to get a VIP seat football and so on. When it comes to the deen, it becomes a little bit difficult. Because now shaytan starts massaging your pocket, you know, and you start thinking, Oh, you know, I don't want to pay it should be free. This is Islam. Why is it charged? Well, who is
going to cough up the cost of holding this whole event? The cost? Not more. So if you were to divide the cost into the 1000 people that are going to attend, and each one is paying $10 or 100 grands or 200 grands? What is wrong, What is wrong? Why make the big deal about it? They would never have charged you had someone sponsored the entire event. But I do believe that it is wrong to make a killing out of Islamic events. And that seems to be happening sometimes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So to cover the costs, yes, to be able to perhaps make a bit of money so that the Islamic events can perhaps progress Yes, but by all means, let us try and donate rather than make it
difficult for them and so that they need to charge the public. And I'm so thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala that in this country, it's still quite less, but trust me, I've traveled far and wide in some countries, they cannot host an Islamic event unless they charge everyone perhaps 10 pounds or 15 pounds because of the spiraling costs of hiring the hole or the the event the venue and sometimes the massage it may not allow big events because they are small in some of the countries they don't cater for so many people may Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors and grant us ease and goodness. So that's the point we derived from where Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us that the Prophet
said, Allah kumala him in a jar, I not asking you for what I have conveyed to you any recompense Subhana Allah, then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of something very interesting. You see all of these people, let me take a look at all of them one by one, the people of ad, right, the people of the mood. The people of Luth alayhi salatu salam, the people of schreib alayhi salatu was Salam that people have known before them. Each one of them sent a messenger. The messenger came to them, he warned them, he reminded them, he told him not to engage in whatever they were engaging, engaging in. Let's take a look quickly at what they were engaging in. Primarily transgression by worshipping
against Allah subhanho wa Taala or worshipping deities besides Allah subhanho wa Taala. So they were called towards worshiping Allah alone. Secondly, they were involved in worldly items to the degree of transgression. Take a look at Luth alayhi salam, his people were involved in immorality. Take a look at the people of Sri ballet Salaam, they were cheating each other in business, take a look at the people for example of art and so on. They were so deeply involved in the luxurious living through the mountains and so on. They used to kill at will and they didn't even bother. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, After each one of them received a warning, then Allah says we destroyed them
for can boo for alakina, whom, like the people of odd, verse number 139. Allah says they belied him, so we destroyed them.
Similarly, when it comes to the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam. O Allah subhanho wa Taala says, His people when he instructed them to stop the immoral behavior they were engaging in what happened. They said in Lambton, he Allah tala de coonan Amina Raji in similar words to that of the people of no hana his salon like they studied in one university, right. They said similar words they said if you do not stop saying what you are telling us to do, if you do not stop telling us to stop our Mr immorality and immoral behavior, then we're going to kick you out of this place. That was very interesting. Because Allah was waiting for loot alayhis salam to leave before he destroyed the rest
So when they said we're going to kick you out, Allah says, No, we will take him out, then we will destroy you. So Allah, so sometimes when you are kicking someone out of a place, perhaps it could be that that person is the last pious person around. So now that they are out, the punishment is deserved. It could be, look, that's what happened here at the time of Nutella is Salam. One man was told we're going to drive you out while he was driven out with his family. In fact, he was given the instruction of Allah to leave. Then he left when he left, the punishment came before the morning, what type of punishment Allah says, What am
Daddy, we caused a heavy rainfall to fall. The punishment of the people of Luton a solemn came in so many different ways according to the Quran, because the heavy rainfall to fall and the stones fell from the skies and so on. And Allah says a very bad scene was made of those who are Won't they won't. Now the same applies to the people of Sri ballet salatu salam, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, We destroyed them. What What were they doing? They were also involved in crime when it came to business. They were cheating. They were conniving, they were shortchanging the people. Allah says we destroyed them as a result. We allow them to have a little bit then we destroy them. Now, something
very interesting. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in verse number 208, of surah number after he makes mention of the stories of the prophets, now he's telling the people of Quraysh and obviously the lesson is for all of us, Allah says one lucky Nam In Korea, tiene Illallah
una de cama navali mean, we have never destroyed a town never. We have never destroyed any of the people until we sent to them a warner warning them and reminding them and when they belied the Warner, that's when we gave them a chance. And after we gave them the chance, that's when we destroyed them.
So Allah will not punish someone before giving him or her a warning.
My brothers and sisters in our lives, we have so many warnings. We have warnings from people around us. We have warnings from Revelation we have warnings from health matters from a few struggles we have from the weather conditions from what's going on across the globe. So many warnings that lead us to Allah subhanho wa Taala if we still don't turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala we have only ourselves to blame. We have only ourselves to blame. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us lay your trust in Allah. What our colossal Aziz Ibrahim, if you don't want to be attacked by shavon you need to lay your full trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala he is the most powerful, the Most
Merciful, my brothers and sisters we lay our trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala if you don't want the devil to affect you, because the devil comes to everyone, the devil comes in so many different ways. Sometimes the jinn come and contaminate men, and sometimes the devil whispers and makes men dilly dally from the path. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the very next verse 217
In fact, 221 Helena bo kumala Denis de Lucia clean, should we inform you upon whom the devil's descend? Then as Anwar lacunae affecting a theme, the devils and the Shia in the jinn they descend and affect and harm those who are sinful, and they are liars,
sinful liars people who are far away from Allah, that is whom the devil comes to attack. If you are close to Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah will safeguard you. inshallah, towards the end of Ramadan, we will be going through the last few sutras of the Quran which have in them protection from the devil. These are verses that should be read on a daily basis, the last two sutras of the Quran. So Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter, after telling us that you know what, if you are close to Allah, you will be saved from the devil, and you will be saved from his whisperings, meaning the devils whisperings then Allah speaks about the poets, the poets whom I spoke about at the beginning of
surah, two suara Allah says, Why should
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on these poets? It's only the deviated who follow them. Don't you see that they are speaking and you know, saying their poetry regarding anything and everything, but they will all be in Hellfire besides those who believe and do good deeds. Which means if Allah has given you a gift, use that gift in the right direction if you don't, you have yourself to blame. If Allah has given you any gift, make sure you are from amongst the believers who uses this gift to defend the deen you uses this gift to serve Allah subhanho wa Taala and in that way, we will be able to earn the pleasure of Allah in levena
Man who amilo saw he had he was a con la casa de la. The exception is for those who believe and do good deeds and remember Allah a lot. Allah says for them will indeed be a blessing abode May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant agenda to dos akula Kohli hada wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah Allah Subhana Allah Hammadi Hambrick shadow Allah Allah in Lancaster Furukawa tabula