Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2017
Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds Gatesville Cape Town
Date : 11th June 2017
Topic : Save Ourselves Part 2
Speaker : Mufti Ismail Menk
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala creator nareesha cherishes. sustainer provide a protector cure, the one in absolute control of every aspect of existence. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions May Allah bless them all and bless every one of us. And may Allah grant us cure from the sicknesses and diseases that we may have. I mean, my brothers and sisters surah Lanka boots is a surah, named after the spider and mentioned is made of the spider and its web and the fact that that web is such a weak
home and those who call out to Gods besides Allah, they are similar to those who are seeking refuge in a spiderweb from the adversity. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, you know, that that house or the spiderweb is actually so weak, you cannot seek assistance in anyone or anything besides Allah subhanho wa Taala nor can you worship someone besides Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that was the reason of naming the surah after the spider is to draw the comparison between the spider and its home and those who call out to Gods besides Allah, the type of security they would like to achieve from this particular calling, which is wrong. May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us may we save
ourselves by the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala from doing that, which will earn the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala brothers and sisters, the opening verses of surah to Lanka boot which is the 29th surah of the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala draws our attention to the entire purpose of creation of mankind. And that purpose has been made mentioned of in many places in the Quran, but it is to test us who from amongst us has better deeds, so in sewer to milk as well, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about it. And he says, Allah The hola como tal hyah, Talia Bella, au komak San Juan Allah, it is he who has created death and life in order to test you who from amongst you has better
deeds. So I'm in competition, you are in competition, everyone is in competition to do what to do better deeds for the sake of Allah, whoever does the best deeds is the most successful. The comparison is with whom the comparison is with whatever you are able to do, you need to do better than what you are doing right now. That is what it is. So if I was doing something less, today, I need to do more. And tomorrow I need to do even more. That is when I know that I've done the best possible according to my capacity given by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So in this surah, Allah says, has he been asked to
Do people think that it is sufficient for them to say we are believers?
We are believers, and then they will not be tested regarding that claim of this regarding that belief. We've spoken about this a few days ago. And I'm going to repeat it because my brothers and sisters when you say you believe in Allah, then you need to substantiate and prove that claim. I believe in Allah. So Allah says, okay, you believe in me? Yes, I do. Well, then I'm going to take some things away from you. Do you still believe in me? Yes, I do. I'm going to give you a lot. Do you still believe in me? Yes, I do. I'm going to take life away from those around you whom you love. Do you still believe in me? Yes, I do. Then you have passed the test. Alhamdulillah. But if
something that happens to you in your life happens to sway your belief in Allah, then you will not truthful in that belief. That's why Allah says when you say you're a believer, then you are now going to be tested by us be prepared for the tests. May Allah subhanahu wa taala make it easy for us. For indeed my brothers and sisters, it might seem simple to word, but every one of us goes through problems in our lives. We will not create it on earth in order to do as we please because there will come a day in paradise when we will be allowed to do as we please. whatever we want, we will be able to do there. As for this dunya look at us. Subhan Allah, we suffer with the throat
infection, we have a bit of a cough, we have a sickness, disease, the other one is struggling. This is not what we wanted, but we will endure for the sake of Allah. We will endure for the sake of Allah We will be happy we will be content we will continue for as long as Allah allows us to continue. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on us.
So in the same surah Allah makes mention of others whom he tested, he speaks of the mood he speaks of art. These are the nations he speaks about.
fit around. He speaks of our own. He speaks of Harmon, the haughtiness of the Pharaoh. the arrogance of qarun
Subhana Allah The disobedience of Harmon, the fact that he round thought that he was the god he used to tell everyone he was the God. So Allah says in verse number 14, we gave them messengers, we tested them, we tried them, they failed the test. So for Colin Costner beaten, each one of them, we punish them because of their sin. Each one of them, we gave them a chance, we gave them respect, then we punish them. And each one of them is punishment was tailor made for them. So Allah says, For me, No, man, our son, Allah house, some of them Allah sent adverse weather conditions to destroy them, strong winds, and heavy rainfall, etc. woman whom and who saw her, some of them, what is known
as the loud yell, the tremor, that which destroyed them. woman whom and herself nappy Hill are some of them we cause the earth to swallow them, woman whom and of Ravana some of them we drowned them, like the people of New la salatu salam, and even the pharaoh himself drowned. So Allah says, Mama, can Allah Holy abunimah home remember Allah did not oppress them? Allah did not harm them, they harm themselves, they asked for trouble Subhana Allah, you cannot challenge Allah subhanho wa Taala. Brothers and sisters, if we saw a lion in a wild Park, you and I know coming from Africa, you don't mess with a lion. No matter what you don't mess with an elephant. You don't mess with wild animals.
You need to know what you're doing. And you need to be always on standby. Imagine if you were to see a wild animal How would you treat? Or how would you carry yourself in the presence of the wild animal?
You would be very careful. Now if Allah has warned us of a punishment, how would we carry ourselves in the face of such punishment we would be very careful to in fact, the latter is far more serious than the former May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to save ourselves from the torment and the adverse effects of our own deeds. So Allah subhanho wa Taala also then in the same surah speaks about how people's level of conviction in Allah differs with differing times. This is why Allah does not keep all the times the same. Today, you might not be fearing tomorrow you are scared about something because you're scared Allah says as a result of the fear you came closer to Allah.
Sometimes when we are on an aircraft to panela we tend to be so excited and happy that we are going on holiday until we start enduring or feeling or going through a little bit of turbulence on the plane. When the turbulence happens, you know what happens? People start saying Subhana Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah, Allah Allah forgive me all others. Why? Because you don't know whether you're going to touch the ground or not. Right? So the level of conviction is different. Allah speaks about it in the surah verse number 65 of surah two lamb Caboose, Allah says, Allah ke bowfin funkita Allah meclizine Allah Deen phylum Anna Jerome Elan,
Bernie either Chiku when they used to sail on the ships in the waters that were very rough, they used to call out to Allah sincerely alone without partners. They used to call out to Allah alone, Oh Allah, we are on the ship, you are the owner, save us, Oh Allah. And Allah says as soon as we saved them, they went back to their bad ways of association of partnership with Allah. How many of us my brothers and sisters, we promise Allah things when we need something from him, we promise him Oh Allah, I quit my ways. I won't do this. I won't do that. As soon as your problem is solved, you forgot that you ever used to call out to Allah in the past, as though nothing happened. Save
yourself, save yourself from this type of behavior by fulfilling the promise unto Allah. You made a promise to Allah fulfill the promise unto Allah keep trying, if you voted and you've gone wrong, go back, say oh, well, I promised you I broke that promise. Forgive me for having broken it. I'm going to go back to that promise. And I'm going to live by it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on us. Let's move on to the next Surah Surah to room surah two room is named after the Romans and the conflict that used to take place between the Persians and the Romans. However, in that surah Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of creation, the signs of Allah I'm sure tonight we read the surah
we read these verses, I'm sure you may have heard the Imam repeat woman Aya t woman Aya t woman Aya t so many times in the verses and from among the signs of Allah is the following and the signs of Allah is the following. So let's read a few of these waman iottie and Hannah Takumi to rob from the signs of Allah is that he created you from dust all of you then for him
Tashi moon, verse number 31. He created you from dust. And suddenly, you were humankind spread all over imagine, we were created from one source. Allah created us. Today we are all over the globe. And we are so distant from one another, not realizing we are brothers and sisters. That's who we are. We belong to the same species. And we are related and connected. And if you were bothered, you would find the relationship very near between myself and yourself. Perhaps 710 15. grandfather's, a little bit more, perhaps slightly less. In some instances. It is true, we are related to pan Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand this relationship. And when I say related, I'm
talking about blood. Because we were created one mother, one Father, it's just that it's gone a little bit far down. So that's why we are oblivious of it. We don't know it. We become tribes we become enemies, we become people who transgress and oppress against one another, who tried to harm one another who tried to block one another from receiving and achieving goodness. May Allah not do that to us. We need to save ourselves. Go back and think because Allah says the fact that you are human all over the world is a sign of Allah. It's a sign of Allah. So uphold it and make sure that you understand it. Then Allah says in the next verse, woman, a yachtie and Kala Kala comin fusi come
as wotja from the signs of Allah is that he created for you, from you, your spouse, your spouse's to do what why do I need a wife? Why does a wife need her husband? Lita schooner, Ilaha wa Jalla Bina comb our data.
If you are genuine and you are truthful, Allah will create between the two of you two things Mahabharata and Rama. That means love and mercy. You love your spouse, and you are merciful towards your spouse in your family members that was created by Allah, it's a sign of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You are married, there should be a sense of possessiveness, if you lack that possessiveness, it is a sickness. Some people come and say, you know, my husband is a little bit too possessive. Well, that's a good sign, but let that possessiveness not become a burden, because then it might become a problem. However, it is good to be possessive. We are all possessive over our things, your
children, your family members and hamdulillah it's a sign of Allah. He wanted to create a connection between you Lita school Allah so that you can achieve peace, comfort and solace with one another or from one another. Subhana Allah, what a great sign of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Brothers and sisters, let's save ourselves from the disasters that are occurring within marriage. By going back to our homes and resolving our disputes, our matters, clearing our record. The more we involve in Haram, the less sweet the halal will be. If you want halal to be sweet, you need to stay away from heroin and I promise you you will appreciate halaal but the more you involve in that which is prohibited
outside of marriage or fornication, adultery, etc, the less you will appreciate what Allah has bestowed upon you. And when you involve in Haram, you will not be able to save yourself from the bad thoughts from lack of appreciation of the gold mine that you have Subhanallah some people have a spouse, that Subhan Allah is amazing, but they don't see the light in the spouse because they are busy doing something else somewhere else they don't realize. And when they lose the spouse, then they hit their heads to say you know what, I lost someone great while you were fooling around. May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us. May Allah help us to actually go back home and to understand your
spouse is one of the signs from the signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala then Allah subhanho wa Taala after making mention of so many of these beautiful points, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, woman Aya t Hello Kusama t well, de wok de la Phu alsina de como el wanna come all these verses from verse number 30 going all the way down a few of them they are similar in wording Allah says from His signs
that he has created the heavens and the earth, He created different creatures, and He created you with all different lc natsuko your languages and your colors. All the diversity is a sign of Allah. The fact that someone is black, someone is white, someone is yellow, someone is pink, all these other signs of Allah, someone speaks in the accent we speak in someone's speech in a different accent, a different language, Subhan Allah, these are the signs of Allah, He created all this diversity so that we don't get bored on Earth. It's a sign of Allah. If all of us spoke the same language, all of us looked exactly the same. All of us did everything exactly the same. It would be
very boring life.
be so boring so Han Allah, you would have to line up and get married to the next number. So Allah, that's what it would be imagine who are you married? 2456 and you are 457 okay? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. But Allah created different lights, you might like something I don't and I might like something you don't. So Allah, The same applies to food. If Allah wanted we could have had capsules every day morning. Sure, and if that one capsule and you're done, but Allah gave you apples and bananas, and pears and oranges, and meat and beef and chicken and fish and what have you, and different types of vegetables and so on, this is all the gift of Allah. He made it
diverse. He says that is a sign of Allah, sit and think about it. Save yourselves from belittling Allah subhanho wa Taala by considering the various gifts he has bestowed upon you, if you don't, you're belittling Allah, He gave you colors. Imagine the colors we have. What if everything was just black and white Subhanallah the colors we have today, we are dressed with so many different colors. I remember someone asking me why do you wear a different color every day? Well, I can tell you today so that the viewers can know that today's a different day, they need to listen, I haven't yet seen this particular color. I think this is a different talk. That's the two reasons I'm Han Allah.
There's no other reason. If you recall, I was in this machine many years ago, and I only had one of these. And people used to say, but I think I heard this and I said No brother listen to it. You haven't heard it. They had to go via the number of the episode. Now they've got to go via the color. Have you watched the green? No, I haven't. Have you seen the blue? No, I haven't. We Allah Subhana Allah, Allah grant us.
This is a sign that Allah has bestowed upon us. It's a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Really, these colors we appreciate. And that's just one example. But there are so many other examples that Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us with,
then we all would like to see a lot of increase in what we have. When you have a salary, you want an increase when you have money, you want to invest it and get more and but you need to do it the proper way. So Allah draws our attention towards saving ourselves from earning in the wrong way. Because even though the number might be big, but in reality, it's not a profit, it's a loss. Listen to what Allah says regarding those who consume interest, they give their money to people in order to get back a percentage of interest, no matter what they call it. Allah says in verse number 39, of soda to room, Allah says, warm it to me, rebellion, boo,
boo, de la, that wealth which you give to the people in order to get interest so that you can increase your wealth, it does not increase in the eyes of Allah, it is actually not correct. It is a burden. So save yourselves Allah says one time means to reduce Allah for Allah, he can only fool that which you give in charity for the sake of Allah, that which you have learned to take out from your possession and reach out to others with you who are also related to you somehow Subhan Allah, the relation part, I've got it from the previous verse, right? But I'm saying you take out from your pocket as a charity, Allah says, that is what we will multiply. Look at the irony. You're giving
something away. Allah says that's multiplied you earning something, Allah says that's a loss. And you see, if you are earning it the wrong way, Allah says that's a loss. It's not a profit. You cheated. You've lost, you failed the test. But if you're giving something away, Allah says, Well, we will multiply for you for Allah kaboom, I'll move on. They are the ones whom they will have a multiplication, it will multiply. So the Quran is encouraging us to be charitable. It's telling us that by being charitable, you are actually multiplying your sustenance, your happiness, your connection with Allah, your connection with the rest of the people. So let us take heed my brothers
and sisters reach out to one another in the most beautiful way. If you don't have something material to give, then at least through your character, your conduct, your goodness, your kind words, your loving words, we have brothers and sisters, I promise you, every one of us whether we are seated here or listening or viewing whatever it is, we have goodness in us without exception, there is goodness in us. When we talk about one another, try and pick out the goodness and talk about the good that the people have. Why do we only have to pick on the bad that someone has done? And that is one out of 100 of the things they do. And that is the topic and that is what we know them as this is
a bad man, that Subhana Allah pecan, the good it's a charitable act, you are reaching out if you have something that you need to correct someone for go and correct them, but in a respectable manner. This is how we will earn the pleasure of Allah. Then people want to know why is all this happening on earth? Allah has the answer.
Look at the globe today. there is corruption. There is chaos on Earth. Why? Allah says it's not us. It's you. SubhanAllah You did it. We didn't do it. But Oh Allah, you are in control. We know
We are in control. We gave you a capacity. We allow you to do certain things and you're doing the wrong thing. That's what Allah is telling us. Listen to verse number 41 of surah to Rome maharal fussa Duffin, Barnwell Buhari be maka Sabbath 18
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Allah says, on earth and at sea, the chaos has become rampant and apparent. The disasters are clear, because of what man has done himself. That's why the disasters are there. That's why the calamities are there. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, in order for them to taste the repercussion of their own actions. If you keep on insulting Allah, one day, you will pay for it. If you keep on committing Evil One day, it's going to come to bite you. If you keep on stealing, one day you will be jailed. If you keep on doing something bad. Don't think that it's not going to come back to you. It has to come back to you. So Allah says, we are allowing you to taste the reaction of your action, your
deeds, now this is the result of it. We are allowing you to taste this so that they may return to us that Allah home your God. The reason Allah says why you taste a lot of disaster, to soften you so that you can come back towards us. Some people when they see disaster across the globe, no matter where it is. They get closer to Allah, they start crying in Salah, Oh Allah, my brothers are suffering in this country that place this place help us, Oh Allah, I am going to improve myself, I'm going to become a better person. And you have said that if we all become better, you will improve the condition of the oma. So I am going to contribute your Allah. So what happens? The oma improves,
but a lot of us know, we see what's happening across the globe, the only thing we do is we WhatsApp about it. We tweet about it. And we send messages on social media about it. And we blame everyone but ourselves. Everyone is a robber and a crook and the criminal and the end an oppressor. We blame this place and that place in this country and this person and so on. And we forget about us in the equation when Allah says all this is happening for every one of you to reflect so that you can come back closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala This is just a solution of the Quran. It's not from me, it's not from my pocket, but it is Allah drawing our attention, myself included, that you know what 10
back to Allah, go back to Allah come soften up Allah will grant ease in the dunya Allah will keep you content. My brothers and sisters Let's learn to love one another. Allah He Let's learn to feel enough for one another, that we improve ourselves. When something is going wrong. Ask yourself, how can I improve this myself? What should I do within my life so that I can be an asset? If I'm an asset to my society and community and everyone thinks the same, the effect will be reaching the whole globe.
The problem is we don't think so broad, we think within a small circle, that you know what, it's not my problem. It's happening far away. It's happening follow. Those are your brothers your sisters today the globe is such that a problem can travel across the globe in a split second because of social media. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness in the dunya and the Akira, we move on to the next beautiful Surah Surah tilaka man and I have chosen very little from this particular surah to speak about regarding saving ourselves. Many of us seated here we may be Muslims who are born Muslims Mashallah we have parents we need to fulfill the
rights of our parents. The Quran has instructed us to that Look, man, the advice of Luqman alayhis salaam to his son to save himself from disaster from calamity. He gave His Son some beautiful advice.
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Subhan Allah and this advice is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah chose your parents, whether they are Muslim or not. Allah chose them whether they are good or not. Allah chose them whether they are sinful or not. Allah chose them. Why did he choose them as a test for you? That's what it is. It was a test.
Allah created you in order to bring you here, he chose a path that path he decided it whether you like it or not, that's your father. No matter what he's done. He's your father. You cannot take it away on the Day of Judgment, whether he was a terrible man or not, you will be called with his name. That's your father. Even if someone took your name away, you will be called with your father's name on the day of piano
and I'm not making a mistake here. So panela that was given to you by Allah. Allah says we're the only ABA him who opposes
the law, call them with their father's names because that is more just in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So to hide lineage is actually a major sin. If you are intentionally hiding someone's lineage then
Have perpetrated such a hideous crime that only Allah knows what he will do with such a person. Obviously, it would require Toba it would require the seeking of forgiveness. So don't hide someone's lineage intentionally. They don't even know who they are. You've hidden it from them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, may Allah make it easy for us to make amends. But in Surah lokman Allah says, what was final in Santa bhiwani de Allah has indeed advised you very strongly regarding goodness to your parents. Be kind to your mother, your father, she can be a non Muslim, he could be a drug addict, be kind to him, be kind to her. Be respectful in your words, you do not obey
a an instruction that is against Allah command. That is for sure. But you still respect the individual that's your mom. You respect your dad, no matter what you say kind words, if you want to correct them, you correct them in a beautiful way. You do not insult them, you don't swear them, you don't hurt their feelings unnecessarily. Meaning if they are hurt, just because you don't want to adopt something haram they are telling you to adopt then it is unfortunate, but we are talking of that hurt that comes from you for nothing. swearing, insulting, cheating, and so on your own father. This is a very strong piece of advice. Why? Because you're the Parenthood is sacred. That's what it
is. It was chosen by Allah, you might not have been brought up by your parents. So what they are still your parents, they may have abandoned you and dumped you they failed that test. But you don't fail it as a result. You pray for them. You may not want to associate with parents who are toxic, because nothing good comes out of them. But be kind to them. There's nothing that stops you from being good. In your words. Subhana Allah keep praying, why not? They could they could change as a result of your da. So this is a piece of advice. Every day we are speaking about how parents are actually abusing their children. Today, we are speaking about how children are abusing their
parents. That's your mother. I promise you to hurt the feelings of your mother, you will pay a heavy price
is it is a different thing. If your mother just feels hurt for any small things from Angela, you know, she wants you to stand on one leg. And if you don't, she gets hurt. That's ridiculous. But we are talking about that which is normal that which is completely acceptable. And you begin to insult your mother, you begin to talk to her as though she is your child or your baby and you begin to talk to her as though she works for you. And she is fit for all the worst words possible. Be careful what your tongue, my brother you want to get to Allah, my sister you want to come closer to Allah do it through your parents. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says
Atlas is a person who has witnessed one or both of his or her parents and has not earned through their service. At old age you witnessed your parents, you need to help them when you were a kid, they took you wherever they could they cleaned you they cleansed you they fed you had they not done that you probably would have been dead.
One might argue, well, my parents didn't look after me. So what if they failed that test? You don't have to fail your test as a result? You don't get the answers wrong. respect them still say a good word. So that is the point I want to drive home today. My brothers and sisters, it's absolutely important that we go out of our way to respect our parents, no matter who they are Muslim, non Muslim, sinful or pious, no matter even if they are being a burden, even if they are making our lives so difficult. respect them say a kind word when they are wrong, and you have to disobey something that they are saying because it's in the transgression of Allah, or they are being
ridiculous, and you have to fight your parents in front of Allah because sometimes they might be. Let me give you a simple example. They might be blocking a marriage for no reason besides that, which is their own whims and fancies, and you are going to an arbitrator to seek a middle path. You may do so but respectfully, if your father was wrong, he is wrong, and inshallah he will be proven wrong, but with respect, so you don't compromise the respect issue. I hope you've understood it. That's the thing we're talking about. Because today people think you know, my dad is wrong. That's it. They call them bad words. Be careful. That dad was chosen by Allah subhanho wa Taala. My
brothers and sisters, that was just a verse from Surah lukeman. There are still so many verses in Surah Luqman, Allah subhanho wa Taala says that this man, look man told his son, so many things, one of them was that you can never hide from Allah no matter what you do, no matter where whatever it is, whether it is inside of Iraq or at the bottom of Iraq or in the darkest part of the earth. Allah will bring it forth no matter how small it is, you can never ever hide from Allah subhanho wa Taala inshallah, we will continue with this tomorrow. Apollo, Tony hada masala, who has
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