Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2017
Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds Gatesville Cape Town
Date : 13th June 2017
Topic : Save Ourselves Part 2
Speaker : Mufti Ismail Menk
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy as
we start in the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala 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 them all. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every one of us and to forgive us. During this beautiful month of Ramadan. We are taught the DA the DA that was taught by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to Allah Chateau de Allahu Allah, Allah Hama, in naka foon to hibel aswani Oh Allah, you are most forgiving, you love to forgive. So forgive me. That is a beautiful, if you were to think of the meaning, there is a lot of hope in it, wherein the
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us to say that Oh Allah, you love to forgive. So forgive me. And that is one of the qualities of Allah subhanho wa Taala, not just the one who forgives, but the one who loves to forgive. So my brothers and sisters, we start off with a lot of hope. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala, to grant us that beautiful hope and so that we can continue with that hope as we are living brothers and sisters Surah Surah number 33 of the Quran, you and I know that in Islam, we cannot just do what we want in terms of dress, we have to dress in a specific way, we have to follow rules and regulations, we have a uniform, although that uniform is very broad. And
although the rules and regulations governing the dress,
they are actually quite broad, and they are quite easy to fulfill, but they are rules we cannot just do as we wish because we call ourselves Muslims. And if we do as we wish, then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that you will have to pay for the choice you've made, you know people today say I'm free to do whatever I want to do. Technically you are right, you are free, but the choice you make will come at a price remember that you will have to pay for it either in the dunya or the AF era or both. So when you make a decision, you might be free to make that decision as a human being you chose how you want to dress how you want to talk what you want to do, what you want to eat, you
chose what you want to engage in, you chose the prohibitions you want to do and the obligations you want to stay away from fair enough the choice was yours, but you are answerable, you are responsible, you will pay for how you have chosen therefore, choose wisely. So one of the issues made mention of in this beautiful surah is a piece of advice that Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to issue to his family members, to the women to his wives, his daughters and the believing females. So it is not just a piece of advice, but in fact an instruction. So Allah says, Yeah,
be you Oh messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Say, say To whom? Li as Hua Ji cavanna t kawanishi.
Many say to your wives, to your daughters, and to the believing women, you didn't mean Allah
jollibee being that they should cover themselves with an outer garment. They should cover themselves with an outer garment. This is referring to when you're emerging from the home, you throw over yourself an outer garment, it's an instruction verse number 59 of surah 33 surah za where Allah is saying to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, tell your wives tell your daughters and tell the believing women that they have to throw on themselves. This outer jewel Bab jewel Bab, meaning you have your dress you are wearing your clothing as you emerge from the home or you are in the presence of those who are strange etc. You throw over a cloak or you throw over an outer garment in order to
conceal your beauty. Now this is the rule of Islam Subhan Allah so Allah subhanho wa Taala says that Lika Adana
they thing, the reason behind this is so that you can save yourselves from harm so that you can be recognized as Muslim women, as chaste women, as women who are not out there free for all so to speak, and women who are serious about their modesty and chastity. Now, this is an Islamic ruling. Like I said before, we are governed by Islam, there may be people around us who are not governed by the same rules and regulations. Let them do as they wish. But we do as we are taught, like I said before, may Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us. It's not so easy. It's not so easy at a time when Islamophobia is across the globe. At the time when people are looking at Muslims with the eye of
suspicion. It's not so easy to
dressed as a Muslim woman, but for those who do remember they will save themselves from calamity disaster in this world and the next it might seem like it's tough and difficult, but voila here, the more we are in number, the better the message we deliver, to say we are peace loving, we are beautiful people we will reach out we will help, we will assist we have good character we have conduct. We are a nation that is filled with goodness and morality and conduct. We are not bad or evil. But when we hide our identity, who would then know that we are Muslim, when we do a good deed? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us acceptance. So this is called the verse of hijab. And it is
reported that the women from amongst the unsaved Subhana Allah, when this verse came out, they used to cover themselves with a cloak or with an outer garment that would actually be non attractive in its color, in order for them to fulfill this particular verse. Now, one might say what exactly is the ruling, the ruling is quite broad, to be honest with you, it's quite broad, there is no specific color, there is no specific material, but it is something that would cover you it is something that would ensure that you have come across very modestly, etc. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant our women and men the ability to cover themselves in a respectable way that would be inshallah pleasing
to our own maker. Subhana Allah to Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter speaks about the tongue. Now before I move on to the tongue, you notice we're talking about saving ourselves. So the previous verse that I just spoke about it is to dress appropriately to save ourselves from difficulty in this world, as well as the next if we are to follow what Allah says, We are Muslim, nobody should be hurt by the recitation of a verse of the Quran, if they are Muslim. If you are a Muslim, and you are weak, and you have not fulfilled it, you should rather say inshallah, one day I'm going to do this. This is my goal. It's my aim, rather than getting angry and upset and say,
Look at these people, they are promoting and preaching that we should cover ourselves. It's not these people, it is Allah, and it is his instruction. I've read the worst for you. 59 of Suharto, which is Surah, number 33. And it's beautiful. It is filled with absolute beauty, this particular verse, Now going to the tongue, you and I know that a lot of the problems on Earth are connected to this little organ that we have the tongue, it's small in size, but very, very great in damage. The damage is such that it is sharper than a razor, you know that if you were to utter a word, you could actually exit the fold of Islam. If you were to utter a word, you could actually terminate your
marriage. So make sure that you are responsible. This is why verse number 70 of the same surah Allah subhanho wa Taala asks us to save ourselves in a very beautiful for him, what does he say? Yeah.
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Oh you who believe be conscious of Allah be conscious of your maker, and only after that which is upright, after that which is straight studied means straight, no lies, no falsehood, no abuse, no vulgar words, nothing that is hurtful, etc. You make sure you say words that are straight, they are truthful, they are beautiful. They depict the fact that you're a Muslim, you are responsible for what you utter these utterances, they can take you into Jannah or into jahannam. There is a Hadith of
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told him control your tongue. So he says, Oh messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are we answerable for what we say if we haven't done it? So he says, Oh my God, thank you. Let's go on mukaiyama you know what a big statement you've uttered. Omar What do you think Omar? It's an Arabic saying when they say thank you. Let's get on with it. It is depicting the seriousness of the statement. Omar, what is it? What do you think wahala could buenas Allah monashee him fin de la casa de alsina team. And on the day will the people be dragged on the fire for any other reason besides their the way they use their tongues?
Which means those people who will enter jahannam a lot of them would be because of their tongues because of how they abused we talk about people we backbite we slander, we deceive we lie. What else do we do? We say the worst words to our children, our parents, our spouses, our family members, our brothers, our sisters, across the globe, Muslim non Muslim, the type of words we say we are responsible. My brothers and sisters, this is a verse Have you realized something when there is when there is an affiliation of a nikka a lot of the times the Imam reads what is known as hope but it is a quotable. And in that small recitation of some verses, this is one of the verses. Oh you believe
be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala and after that, which is upright. I would like to think that in all circumstances, especially in marriage, your marriage can be made or broken depending
on how you use your tongue Subhana Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the good use of our tongues. Now what is some of the benefits? Or what are some of the benefits of the good use of the tongue? Allah says as a result of good words, and the remembrance of Allah and so many other beautiful usages of the tongue. He says, usually Amala come via Villa como Nova come to gifts that he will give you, He will make pure for you your deeds. So you did your deeds now Allah will accept them from you because you have used your tongue correctly. You did not give your deeds away to someone else. Because you abused because you wronged someone and like we spoke about it a few days
ago, your deeds ended up going to someone else, but because you said good things you slay lakum Amala calm he makes your deeds Good for you. Why Will Ferrell accom Zoo back home and he forgives your sins, because you've become conscious of your statements. If you are conscious of your statements and law says I forgive your sins Subhana Allah, how beautiful is this? May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us through And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who are grateful for the beautiful gift of the tongue? May we be from among those who say the best words may we be from among those who are conscious who remember Allah and who make people happy when we open our mouths.
Sometimes people are just waiting for others to open their mouths in order to be distressed completely. They know that only venom is spat from the mouths of some but not us as believers. That's not what should be the case. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. We move on to another surah named after Sheba, Saba, a place or a town in Yemen. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has spoken about it in his statements, and the entire surah is named after it. Do you know why? The reason is, they were a people who are blessed by Allah in so many ways. They were given gardens, they were given fruit, they were given greenery, they were given rivers, they were given
everything and they were told a simple instruction
to school and who battle there to
Boone wafu be grateful to Allah regarding this beautiful town that He has given you. He is indeed a forgiving Lord. So they were told, we have granted you all these gardens, plush gardens to your left and to your right, beautiful and you have been blessed in so many ways, be thankful and show gratitude to Allah. But Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and this is in verse number 16 of the surah which is Surah number 34. So utsava for although they turned away, one word, just one word is used by Allah subhanho wa Taala what is the word for our other meaning when Allah told him to be grateful? They were not grateful they turned away. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says for
him sale and let him
be janitor him janitor you need our time. Oh, Colin was
seated in Tallinn. how Allah replaced the good that they had into bad and evil. You have a garden everything is plush, beautiful. The fruit is there everything is there. A single tornado or hurricane can destroy absolutely everything you and I know that may Allah protect us from it. Allah says Be thankful show gratitude obey Allah's instruction, stay away from prohibition, seek His forgiveness, they just turned away. They enjoyed the gifts of Allah without showing gratitude. Allah says as a result, we replaced those two gardens with that which was a punishment for them. And we replaced whatever goodness they had with that which was really bad and evil and Allah subhanho wa
Taala says that Malika josina Bhima cafaro Well, hello jazzy cafo that is how we have recompensed them because of their in gratitude. co for actually means in gratitude as well, when it is spoken about in combination with sugar. So sugar on one hand means gratitude. And Cofer on the other hand means in gratitude like in shaker.
If you're going to show gratitude, we will grant you increase while in tune. In other words, if you're going to show in gratitude, then our punishment is severe. So here Allah says, that is how we have recompense those who are ungrateful, and is it not only those who are ungrateful, whom we recompense in a similar way, may Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us forgiveness and May Allah make us from those who save ourselves from the gifts he has bestowed upon us being taken away. By showing gratitude if you show gratitude, he won't take it away. Subhan Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and ease I move on to the next Surah Surah Fatah if you notice
I'm just picking up one or two points from the surah. Because we want to see how best we can save ourselves inshallah, from the calamities and disasters in this world as well as the next we can improve as human beings we can earn the pleasure of Allah we can lead a happy, beautiful, comfortable life in this world. The few years that we are here May Allah grant us goodness, good health Baraka in all our affairs and May Allah protect us from shaitan and his handiwork and his traps I mean, in Surah factor which is Surah, number 35 of the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us you know, my promise to you is true. What is the promise of Allah? The promise of Allah is those
who do good and worship Him alone, they will get goodness, those who transgress they have only themselves to blame when they get their punishment. The Life After Death is the truth.
Don't let this worldly life deceive you.
So Allah says in verse number five, yeah, I 11. So Oh, people, this is the address not just to the believers, oh, people in our de la he has, indeed, the promise of Allah is the truth. Fela
como hyah to dunia wa one.
So don't let this worldly life deceive you. And don't let the big deceiver the devil deceive you.
Life is short, think a lot about those who have left this world. It will remind you that you too need to leave. If people say I don't want to think of death, because it makes me depressed. It means they are leading a life. That is not the way it should be. Because if you are leading the life the way it should be, you know that you are going to die and you are definitely going to go to a better place. You know that. But when you are leading a life that is filled with the desires and lusts and whims and fancies that are in transgression of the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala, then you ought to worry, Allah says you are deceived, you are deceived. They were people more energetic than
you. They stayed away from heroin. They were people who had more wealth than you. They stayed away from heroin. They were people who were in authority in a greater way than you they stayed away from heroin. They have earned the goodness of this world and the next, they have died in a good condition. The people remember them for their goodness. So don't be deceived. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, increase the remembrance of that which destroys your haram desires. What is it? If think of it, I'm going to die, I could die today. I could die tomorrow when I die. May Allah have mercy on me. I tell you, my brothers and sisters, true success is when you have died and lice
pleased with you. No matter what age you have died, you could die at 10 at 20 at 50 at 100. That is besides the point. The point is, was Allah pleased with you when you died? If so, don't worry about what you've left behind. Everybody leaves things behind, someone will take care of them. I always tell the people who say no, I don't want to die right now you know, my wife and my children. And I say brother, maybe if you die, they might be leading a happier life. Who knows?
May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us such that if we were to die, at least they would remember us for goodness, at least they would remember us for something decent Subhana Allah. So no matter what age you die at, life will carry on your children. Look at those who are orphaned, your wife, look at those who are widowed, Subhana Allah, things will happen your husband etc. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and ease. Like I said the idea, you got to please Allah. That's what it is. Whether you die today or tomorrow, I promise you is besides the point. You just need to have Allah with you. Once you have Allah with you, you have saved yourself. Trust me, you have saved yourself
from the big disaster and calamity of the hereafter. Today we are here our parents, our family members, our friends, we can take care of one another while law he trusts me the minute Your eyes are closed and you go into the grave of yours You are all alone. You at the mercy of Allah What else is there your deeds We ask Allah to accept our deeds, we do little deeds and we want the mercy of Allah Allah this month of Ramadan, have mercy on us Allah, forgive our sins and grant us a good day to Allah. Allah grant us goodness in the grave as well and grant us the best of the hereafter.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala in verse number six warns us openly in a shavon Allah Kumar
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indeed the devil is your enemy it believes is your enemy. So consider him an enemy. Look out for him. Watch out. He's an enemy. He has promised he's going to deviate you. So look out
Imagine if someone said, Look, there's a thief on the prowl around here. What will you do? You lock your gates, you make sure you tell your children you tell the whole family Watch out for this car. This is the number plate. I saw it on the group. And you know what there are people who are prowling the kidnapping, they're doing this they're doing that you will be very, very careful and alert because you know, you don't want any harm. Allies telling you the same about shavon Watch out he's on the loose Subhanallah we are lucky in Ramadan is actually tied up. But the problem and the difficulty is he works so hard pre Ramadan, that the effect of what he wants last sometimes through
the month you see it, people swear and shout in the month of Ramadan impatient, and then they asked chef, but aren't the devils tied up? So I always say the devils are tied up but now you the devil.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us, Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us is sometimes it's ourselves, we become shayateen on our own, because we've become accustomed to that type of a life where we become arrogant. So the chair Athena gone, who is left? Well, me and you are left someone around here is a devil. May that not be the case with a believer, we should soften the heart soften. As soon as you want to, you know, say something and you know it's wrong and hurtful. calm yourself down. That extinguishing of your anger and temper will actually earn you genital photos, I promise you. So remember, it's a great act of worship, to extinguish your anger, very big act of worship. So
Allah says shaitan is your enemy. Consider him your enemy. Be on the lookout for him so that you can save yourself from his trap. Look out How did shaytan come to me today. He's encouraging me to do this, but it's Ramadan. And even out of Ramadan I'm not supposed to be doing. He's trying to trap me to think bad of my brother, my sister. He's trying to trap me to justify the evil that I've perpetrated, etc. Let me never be entrapped by the devil so that we can save ourselves, my beloved brothers and sisters. And this is why Allah says shaytan calls his people to the punishment of hellfire. And he knows that he's doing that. But it's a trap. You know, when you have an enemy, he
wants to see your downfall. He will give you advice, whereby you will destroy relations with your own brothers and he will be happy, hey, look what I did. I broke the family. He will give you advice so that your business can go down. Imagine you go to your rival and you say look, I got a crisis. My business you know Am I am not making a profit on this. He'll say no, come, come come I'll give you advice. You are asking the devil for advice. He is your competition. He will tell you to do things such that within one month, you suffer a bigger loss. May Allah subhanho wa Taala never let that happen to us.
And this is why we are so in need of Allah. And Allah is so independent of us that he makes it clear to us in verse number 15.
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la e bi z these, these verses show the power of Allah. Allah says verse number 15, of Surah 35 Oh people, indeed you are the ones who are fukada illallah. You are in desperate need of Allah and Allah is totally independent from you. He does not need you at all. The next verse says in Yeshua, if he wants, he can delete you and replace you with someone else. And that is not difficult at all for Allah.
If Allah wants to delete us now, we would need to press a delete button to delete something on our phones or systems without pressing a button before the button can be pressed. Allah can delete everything gone, he can replace you and me with someone else. He says it. Yeah, to be helping God. For Allah. It's simple to replace you with someone else. And he has done it in the past and he continues to do it. It's the way of Allah. All he's showing us in this verse is we are desperately in need of Allah. We need to turn to Allah. Allah He I tell you, my brothers and sisters, we will never lose anything by developing a relationship with Allah. Praise Him.
Say words that are declaring his praise Subhana Allah Alhamdulillah while you're walking while you are driving right now while you're sitting, say Subhana Allah and hamdulillah Allahu Akbar, why not develop your relation with Allah praise him Oh Allah, I love you. You have given me so much Allah make me strong all the time we talk to him make remake relationship with Allah. It can never be wrong, and it will never ever result in anything bad. It can only be good for you. The loser is He Who distances himself from his own maker, the one who made you you will have no option but to return to Him.
You have no option, but to return to Him. So you have to make friends with him Subhan Allah, worship him and him alone. Talk to him, praise Him say words to him.
And you will find a beautiful relationship with Allah where you are going wrong you will find that because Allah subhanho wa Taala has connection with you is quite strong, you will be distanced from heroin. It will take you a very, very long while to even think of committing Haram. May Allah forgive us all. May Allah strengthen our bond with him. My brothers and sisters, it's an important point. read the Quran, recite the Quran every day, few verses you will open your doors with Allah that's his word. That is the best word in existence. The word of Allah the Koran, read a few words a day. Why can't we do that we are mostly mean I'm sure we can do that. No matter who you are. Don't
say no, I'm weak. Read one verse a day one, just one, pick up a Quran. Keep it going, get a new one today. Keep it in read one verse a day, I promise you Your life will change. I swear to you, your life will change. We are looking for positive change in our lives will law he the change is in front of us. Allah showed us how to change why even don't we start somewhere start with one centimeter. I promise you you will get somewhere May Allah subhanahu wa taala open our doors. I move on to Surah Yaseen, a beautiful surah A lot of us know it by heart. We heard it being recited tonight. Mashallah Tabata Kala and many of us would actually have known a lot of these verses, I want to make mention
of only one point although the surah has so much in it. It is a point whereby we need to save ourselves. Look at your hand, everyone, just look at your hand.
Look at your hand for a moment. What do you see you see your fingers and you know the marks this hand has been with you for so many years. And Allah if you had the opportunity to look at your feet, look at them. Subhan Allah, you know what Allah says about these organs Subhan Allah was number 65 of surah trc in which is Surah number 36 of the Quran, Allah omen of Timo Allah for him, or token nimona ad him What a shadow
beema Maximo on the Day of Judgment, we will seal their mouse, we don't need the mouse to speak, but their hands will bear witness against them, and their feet will bear witness against them regarding what they used to earn my brothers and sisters, we have to save ourselves from this by ensuring that we seek the forgiveness of Allah, that hand that you love so much. If it were to have a little injury in it, perhaps you would not sleep your entire body, your entire body would be restless, that same hand will speak against you, Oh Allah, this person forced me to catch this, to steal this to touch this to do this. The feet will bear witness this person forced me to walk in this direction to
do that to go here to go there. Brothers and sisters Wouldn't you like your hand to bear witness to say Oh Allah, this man put me down on the ground in prostration with his head for you so many times a day Allah wouldn't be like that. But we can do it.
seek the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala look at our legs instead of the legs saying Oh Allah, this man forced me to walk towards our arm. The legs can say Oh Allah, this man has walked with me to your house five times a day. So panela This man has stood in prayer until I was swollen. Yeah, Allah, what witness would that be? Imagine? So when I say look at your hand, the reason I say it is the same hand we'll be talking it will be speaking it will bear witness and the people will say according to another verse of the Quran, waka Luna julio de himley Masha hit to Marlena. When the skin bears witness against those who perpetrated evil, then they will say oh our skin, why are
you bearing witness against me myself. And the skin will say,
pecan Allahu la de la kakula SHINee. Allah has given us the ability to speak today. He gave the ability to everyone and everything to speak. So we have to bear witness. Imagine your skin bearing witness against you. today. If you have a little rash, you will rush to the dermatologist Subhanallah because you want that skin to become normal and to look beautiful again. You have a pimple and acne, you will go on to medication for a while, but you don't realize the same skin will bear witness against you one day if you were perpetrating evil and committing sin. So we need to save ourselves my brothers and sisters. That is a beautiful verse of surah. Yaseen. When you think
of surah Yaseen, think of how Allah says, Your hands will be a witness against you, your legs will bear witness against you. And when you read that verse, you need to seek Allah's forgiveness. Oh Allah forgive us. We know that you have said when we seek forgiveness, you will forgive all our sins no matter what we
Done therefore, Oh Allah forgive us and have mercy upon us akuto kolyada wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah harmonium de la ilaha illa Anta Furukawa to Grenache