Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2017
Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds Gatesville Cape Town
Date : 18th June 2017
Topic : Save Ourselves Part 2
Speaker : Mufti Ismail Menk
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah, he was happy.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we thank him upon all conditions 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 to bless every one of us, in this beautiful Eve, during the last 10 nights of this lovely month of Ramadan, wherein we seek the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala by saying Allahu Allah inaka for one to hit Bulla, 451 Now Allah, you are most forgiving. You love to forgive. So forgive us. Yeah, Allah. Brothers and sisters, we know that at times in our lives. There are people who say bad things about us behind our backs. There are people who spread rumor
about us, there are people who say things that are not true. There are people who say hurtful things that sometimes we don't know how to respond to. And sometimes it causes stress for us. It causes a lot of anxiety, and it makes us unhealthy sometimes. So at the time of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. They used to say some very bad words about him. They accused him of being a poet and a magician, and they accused him of being so many things that he was not the reason why they did it was jealousy. That's it. They were jealous of the fact that Allah had chosen him. So in order to save ourselves from feeling depressed when others speak because we cannot control their mouths, but
we can control the way we feel about it to a great degree. Number one, do not be interested to know what people are saying about you. Don't be interested, do not find it interesting and waste your time asking what did this one say? What did that one say? Are they speaking bad about me? That is very bad. Don't be interested. Remember? Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Surah Kahf which is the 50th surah of the Quran verse number 39. First bill Allah Amma Pooh
Bear patience regarding what they say about you bear patients regarding what they say about you. Now, it's easy to say bear patients but Allah gives us a remedy. He tells us to do something that will help us to bear the patients. So what is it? What's up behind them they are make and declare the praise of your Lord Subhana Allah Alhamdulillah declared the praise of Allah get close to Allah if you want to be if you want to be assisted, you need to know that you have to declare the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala without the declaration of the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala It won't be easy for you to bear patience. So declare the praise of Allah I praise you Oh Allah, I thank you,
Oh Allah, I glorify you, Oh Allah, you are the greatest Oh Allah Subhana Allah and hamdulillah La ilaha illAllah Allahu Akbar, etc, etc. This is the praise of Allah. But when should I praise Allah? That's a question someone might ask. So the same verse continues to say cabela kulu Asians Yakubu being a woman
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He adds to it in the darkness of the night. Praise Allah. And after every prayer, praise Allah subhanho wa Taala after every prostration you praise Allah so after the Salah, you know that it is the sooner to say a stone federal law, federal law, federal law Allahumma Salama woman casilla mo Subhan Allah Do you know what that means? Oh Allah, you are a salaam, salaam everything to do with peace is included in the name as salaam Subhan Allah and all salam, every form of peace comes from You grant us this peace. That's what we are asking after we make Salam in sha Allah when we are
ending our prayer. We say a salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah on both sides. And then we say Oh Allah you are a Salaam and from you is As salam, we are seeking from you that Salaam we are asking for peace. This is why the result of a true Salah should be the achievement of inner and outer peace. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that peace. When we fulfill Salah, take your time relax, you need to love the fact that you are putting your head on the ground for Allah subhanho wa Taala and see how you feel. We move on to Surah two that yet where Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions in this Surah Surah number 51 of the Quran, the reason why He created us, many people ask why did Allah make
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on, I have not created mankind origin kind for any other reason, but for them to worship me. Now, some people might ask, Well, how is it I tell you my brothers and sisters, Allah made us he knows why he made us we are going to return to Him, people have already returned to him. So we have no option to say Oh, but you know, it doesn't make sense. So it makes sense. That is Allah telling us, I created you to test you. Are you going to worship me or not? I will give you Will you still worship Me? I will take away from you. Will you still worship Me? I will keep you happy? Will you worship Me? I will make you sad, will you worship me? If you do, you have passed the test. And you
end and you come back to me I will grant you your prize. Subhana Allah, as simple as that. This is why life is so short. And this is why everyone's life has difficulty in it. Every single person has difficulty in his life without exception. Everyone has a problem. Nobody, not a single person has had everything they wanted in their life impossible. That is proof enough that Allah has not kept this world in order for us to just enjoy forgetting where we are going. So panela death itself for us is considered a problem, right? humankind when someone dies, they start crying. They Subhanallah become depressed upon Allah. May Allah grant us genital Pharaohs, sometimes because they are gonna
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Subhanallah they don't believe in the hereafter. So they start crying that this person has come to an end, a Mormon believes in the hereafter. So as much as we are going to miss them and it's normal to shed a tear or two and to say a drop or two in our hearts, we have hope. And this is what will save us inshallah, from the calamity, the depression that overtakes people Upon the death of a loved one. May Allah make it easy for all those who've lost loved ones, to go through with sober and with the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah says, Ma, ri
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It is Allah who will feed who will sustain who will grant he is the all powerful Subhana Allah. So these are the verses, verse number 56, and the subsequent verses of surah to there yet where Allah makes mention of the purpose of creation, and this purpose, he speaks about it in a few places in the Quran. All of it is connected to your deeds, what you're going to do on Earth, he's going to test you he's going to see and he will place tests in your life one after the other. If you think you have a massive tests right now, once that one is over, trust me another one is coming. May Allah subhanho wa Taala never test us with tests that are too big for us to succeed or to pass. I mean,
then we have sort of two najem at the beginning of surah two najem Allah declares that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam utterances are not from him, but rather they are inspired by Allah revealed on
Illa Huey yo ha, he does not utter from his own whims and fancies from his own desires from himself. But in fact, it is a revelation that was revealed. Now there are people who say we don't want to accept what Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said, we will only take the Quran. That is the most foolish statement because the Quran itself came from Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he brought it he said it it was from Allah to him and he delivered it to us. So if you don't believe the man and you don't trust the man, how can you have taken the Koran May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us since May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who
I truly believe a man brings to you something you say, I'll take this, but I don't believe you. So Allah, I don't want to listen to anything else. He is the one who will explain to you what the Quran has the detail of what the meanings of the verses of the Quran hold, who knows them best, the one whom it was revealed upon you and I may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to understand thereafter in Surah najem there is something interesting that Allah makes mention of you see with all of us, we would love to have good education to give our children good education, to be able to get a job to be able to be qualified Mashallah, this one is a doctor, that one is an accountant,
this one perhaps is a rocket scientist, etc, Mashallah they've gone to school. But as a Mormon, a believer, that should not be the limit of our knowledge. Our knowledge needs to be balanced, you have the dunya, as much as you are keen on it, you need to be even more keen on the euro. It is wrong not to teach your children the Koran, who is Allah, Who is the messenger, who are the angels, what is the hereafter? What is this all about? What is the deen? What are the rules? What are the regulations? What is Islam? What does Allah require of you when you die? What's going to happen? And are you preparing for that for death? When you have problems? What about these problems? How will
you marry How will you choose a spouse? Why should you be having children etc, etc. These answers are absolutely important. You may never learn them at school, but you will learn them inshallah, through the teachings of Allah and His Rasool and through the guidance of your parents and those who are the scholars of the deen Subhana Allah. So the point I'm raising is we need to quantify the knowledge that we have to ensure that the limit of our knowledge is not only worldly, but rather it includes that which is going to help us in the hereafter. My Quran, my Salah, how do I fulfill Salah there are people whose children grow up without knowing rules about cleanliness, pubic hair, etc.
What to do what not to do these matters. Some of the youth today have confessed to me that we never knew that we had to do anything because parents never spoke to us. People were shy, they took it for granted. And nobody actually taught people rules and regulations regarding intimacy as well. Some of the people get married and they don't know what hustle is all about what you need to have a bath etc. When and how May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection. My brothers and sisters it's our duty to learn and put into practice conveyed to our children.
This is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, a person whose limit and extent of knowledge solely rotates around the Earth, that is bad company, if they are not interested in the afra stay away from them. If they turn away from the verses of Allah stay away from those people. If they are turning you away from Allah and His verses. Stay away from those people. Listen to what Allah says in verse number 29 of Surah najem for
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Allah says, turn away from those who have turned away from our remembrance from the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And those who only want the worldly life do not qualify it with that of the hereafter. They are not interested in the hereafter Allah says Be careful of those type of people, you'd rather stay away from them they will contaminate you. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, the limit and the extent of their knowledge is solely and only regarding this world, they've got nothing to offer you regarding the hereafter. Be careful. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to save ourselves. And I want to just repeat that the worldly knowledge is not bad, but it needs to be
qualified with the knowledge of the hereafter and the deen and the rules and regulations regarding what Allah wants from us, my brothers and sisters, let's move on to sudo Tamar, there is it's the 54th surah of the Quran. one verse that stands out in this beautiful surah is something to do with the Quran. You know, in Surah Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us why he revealed the Quran.
Why did he send it to us? He says in Surah
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a book that is blessing that we have revealed, in order that its verses be pondered deeply upon. Allah revealed the Book so that you can ponder deeply over its verses, and so that it can be a reminder for those with sound intellect, my brothers and sisters
We read the Quran is the law you will get a reward for no doubt, you will get a reward for every letter that you read. There is no doubt. But your duty towards the Quran is way beyond that. It goes to sitting and pondering over the verses of the Quran, you have to learn the meanings whether you like it or not make an effort. My brothers and sisters, there are so many things we've learned from childhood right up to the age of 6065. But we have not yet gone through the verses of the Quran. And that is the book that will carry us to Jana.
To laka I like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says this Quran will bear witness for you or against you. We learned the rules of texts and commerce and accounts and so on. And we knew everything. When we had a new gadget we learned how to operate it, but we did never, ever spend time learning how to operate our lives in accordance with the meanings of the Quran. Subhan Allah so Allah says, We revealed the Book, it's a blessing book. The reason why we revealed it was Leah double it for its verses to be pondered deeply over that the book is not just to think about something, it is to ponder deeply upon the verses. So Allah says, it is a reminder for those who
will allow those who have sound knowledge, those who have a mind, those who have a sound mind, that's the meaning of an album. Look, the people who have a solid mind, if you really would like to benefit, pick up the Quran, learn it, read it, meaning attend the Tafseer lessons, go deep into it and enjoy swimming into this ocean that has absolutely no coast known as the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us from this beautiful love Mashallah, we derive lots of joy by listening to melodious recitation of the Quran. Because the Quran is a book that is all around, you derive joy by reading it without understanding or by listening to it without
understanding. Imagine what you will achieve if you were to understand Amazing, amazing when you hear a lovely recitation, like some of the recitals we heard earlier today Subhan Allah, you will find lots of joy, people will become emotional and cry. What if you understood it what would happen Your life will change, look at the Sahaba of their lives changed because they understood. That's why one verse moved them completely gone, the life changed, it flipped the other way around. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us without we listened to hotma upon hotma upon hotma and our lives have not changed. The reason is, number one lack of sincerity number two disinterest
in committing to understand the Quran, I hope these few words can motivate us to attend the deaf see lessons in Sharla and to look into the Quran and its verses and to enjoy this beautiful Arabic language. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us and grant us goodness.
So this verse, it's repeated several times in the surah. Allah says, Allah Subhan Allah and Allah carry for
decades, and indeed we have made the Koran very easy in the aspect of victory now victory refers to three things here. While aka Dr. sadhana Quran, we have made the Quran very easy to understand, to memorize, to read, to understand and to memorize, it's very easy.
It's not only the memorization that is referred to as victory, a victory is also a reminder Subhanallah So to understand the Quran is quite simple. Are you going to make the effort to memorize it is quite simple to read, it is quite simple. Are you going to make the effort? evidence of it is that the non Arabs sometimes read the Quran more perfectly than those who are born Arabs? That's evidence. Those who don't understand the language can sometimes recite the Quran in a more correct way than those who are born with the language. That is the evidence that of this verse. Allah says we made it easy to read for everybody. We made it easy to understand for everybody and to memorize
for everybody. So plan Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us all brothers and sisters, I give you a word of encouragement. Do you know that if you start off memorizing the Quran, one verse a day, how much one verse a day and your intention is to complete the Quran and say you did not complete it and you passed away. You will be written as a person who completed the Quran. Because the Hadith says enamel Amma Lubin niyati we're in a molecule Lymbery MANOVA all actions shall be judged based on their underlying intentions and the person will be given whatever he intended Subhanallah I intended to finish I started one verse, one verse, so I must have completed maybe 10
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I pass away I'm convinced that I will get a reward of being happy because that's what the law tells us. That's why my brothers and sisters make an effort Hey Rahmani Medina, Allah, we're in the best of deeds are those that are done regularly, even if they are very, very literal. Then we move on to the next beautiful beautiful surah number 55 surah number 55. You know what? Sora that is? A man named after the mercy of Allah, but that Mercy of Allah will only come to those who recognize the favors of Allah, have you thought of it?
It is called a rough man. And in that verse, Allah repeats so many times fabby ie
which is it of the favors of your Lord? Do you deny all mankind and jinn kind?
If you are to deny the favours of Allah? How do you expect the mercy of Allah, this is Surah Surah. Man, it starts off by saying, Man, the Most Merciful. So if you want the mercy of Allah, recognize the favors of Allah upon you. And understand that Allah has prepared Jenna he has prepared jahannam and Allah has granted us so much in the dunya if you look at that surah There are three main things mentioned in the surah one is that which is in this world, the skies and the earth and the oceans, etc, etc. and thereafter, that which is in heaven, and thereafter that which is in hellfire. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has made it quite clear that there is this world, then there is heaven, and
then there is hell. It's up to you to understand if you appreciate the favours of Allah upon you, it will lead you to obey Allah instruction. How do you show that you are grateful by fulfilling your Salah by dressing appropriately by stopping haram by fulfilling that which Allah has asked you. That is how you show gratitude by worshipping Allah alone. And by ensuring that you fulfill your obligations unto Allah and you try your best to abstain from the prohibitions. That is how you show that you are grateful. And by declaring the praise of Allah, but when we declare the praise of Allah, my brothers and sisters, let us be genuine, you know what genuine means. When you say Subhana
Allah, you've got to mean that you are glorifying Allah, you don't just say it without thinking of it. Think of it Subhana Allah Al Hamdulillah La ilaha illAllah Allahu Akbar. These are beautiful, powerful statements. If you are sincere, Allah will reward you but if you're not sincere, it just piles up. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala make us the most sincere let's move to the next Surah Surah tilaka. Again, surah number 56. Allah makes mention of a few aspects in this surah and he makes mention of his power and the fact that if he wants, he can change any goodness in Tibet, and vice versa. It's the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Take a look at how Allah says the children you
have who caused the semen who caused the semen to come forth, was it you or Allah is Allah if Allah wanted, he could have made it not come forth. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease he then goes on to say look at the crop. Look at what you have sown into the ground who makes it grow and who causes the rain to fall if Allah once he can make your crop such that you cannot consume it, he can destroy it if he wishes, and he can make the water such that you won't be able to drink it and he can cause the fire not to even burn if Allah wills Who is the one who created the trees and the end who decided that a dry log is going to burn. All this is made mention of insulated wire pa And for
your information at work here. It is referring to the last day and referring to the Day of Judgment so Hannah law was something that is definitely going to happen it's going to come and Alice's when that strikes, it's going to be too late May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a turning point before the striking.
Brothers and sisters we move on to Surah Al Hadid. It is a surah named after the steel. Iron Subhan Allah Haddad, some of the who fall they say it is as tough as its name. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease.
This surah Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is to spend in his cause with belief. So if you spend and you don't believe in Allah, we've spoken about it in the past where he will give you a recompense, but that will be in this world. So you will have a beautiful recompense in the world. Some people who don't believe but they do a lot of good deeds. Allah says we will give them in the dunya perhaps good health, perhaps good children, perhaps happiness, contentment, they'll enjoy here and there. And when they get to the era, we will tell them you didn't believe you didn't believe in the hereafter. So we gave you whatever you wanted in the world. Now for those who
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cabbie, those from among you who believe and spend, spend from what Allah has given them. For them, there will be a massive reward and urine can be. Kabir means massive, big, huge reward. So Allah says, If you believe and you spend now what is the etiquette of spending my brothers and sisters? Sometimes people do a collection. So the collection drive, people will stand up and say, right, how much are you giving? One guy says I'll give 10,000 another says I'll give 12,000 who can better that someone says I'll give 20,000 another guy says, I'll give 25,000 so a man sitting in front might say, you know, what? Isn't this wrong? Aren't we just boasting and we just, you know, trying to show
off? My brothers and sisters, if your donation is going to encourage others to give a better donation, then it is better to disclose what you've given. Did you hear that? This happened at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, a man of near
the time of the Battle of tabookey came with something Omar, Allah who came with half of his wealth, he was asked how much is this? So he said, You know what, this is half of my wealth Subhan Allah, it was an encouragement for people and everyone saw it and he probably thought Subhana Allah, you know what, I've achieved Mashallah, I brought 50% of whatever I own, whatever I own, not my savings 50% of my owning what I own.
And here comes Abu Bakr Siddiq of Allah when he put forth whatever he had when he was asked, What is this? How much have you brought? He said, Everything 100% What's back there at home? Nothing. So, what have you left with your family have left align his roster?
These were the people had it not been for that to be disclosed, we would not have known it today. So, some people yes, there is a hadith which says and I mentioned it in the Juma which says a person should spend their wealth in such a way that the left hand does not know what the right hand is spent. Yes, when you are giving your charities you do so quietly, unless there is reason for you to disclose it. And that reason is valid and legitimate, then it is permissible and sometimes it is better. When is it better when you know it is an encouragement for example, there is a person who doesn't have much and he's donating a lot for the sake of Allah. But he knows that if if I am going
to donate for example, 10,000 insha Allah that man, he can give much more than this. You see, it's a good feeling and the cause is a very, very genuine cause. So he gives and he tells his friend Listen, I gave 10 I expect you to give 20 inshallah, the idea is not to boast, but to show you know, you can do better than me. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease Yes, there is a fine line I do know. So if a person is really feeling doubtful, then perhaps just hide it and inshallah you Allah will reward you for it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. So that is regarding spending. Then there is verse number 16 where Allah tells us and this is a beautiful verse, a
reminder for all of us, you see, we all want to turn we all want to become better people we all want to quit our habits, but we think to ourselves, you know what, I am still a bit young you know now a little bit more inshallah. You know, I don't know which I'll see you when I go for Hajj. Perhaps after two years in I want to change my life. Listen what Allah says.
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So while your heart is softened while you are seated in the house of Allah make your resolution in the way that you don't say I'm going to change after Hajj and next year. No, I am changing here and now I've quit my bad ways right now for the sake of Allah. I will leave this Masjid a pure
person, a person who is forgiven by Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless us all. May Allah grant us Jonathan Fidel's make it easy for us to save ourselves through His mercy akula Kali hassall Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah homovanillic the shadow Allah Allah in lantana saphira kawana tabula like