Ramadan 2017 – Save Yourself – Part 2 – Episode 25
Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2017
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- Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds Gatesville Cape Town
- Date : 19th June 2017
- Topic : Save Ourselves Part 2
- Speaker : Mufti Ismail Menk
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu lillahi wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy to hear. All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household his companions May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless them. May He bless every one of us and grant us forgiveness in this beautiful eve of Ramadan. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us from his mercy. May Allah have mercy upon us, our offspring, our family members, our friends, our relatives, the oma at large and May Allah Subhana Allah Allah have mercy on humanity. I mean, my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, we know that
life on Earth does not last forever. Allah subhanho wa Taala creates us in a position of weakness where we are weak, and thereafter he gives us strength. And after that strength, he makes us weak once again, and Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us the perfect example of the life on earth. And in Surah, Al Hadid which is Surah number 57 of the Quran verse number 20, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us, yeah, llamo manhyia to dunya Allah, Allah who was enough
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you should know that
the life of this dunya then he gives us five points about the life of the dunya What are these five points, he says, You should know that the life of this dunya law a boon Firstly, it is play. Secondly, it is amusement. So when we say play my beloved brothers and sisters, what we need to understand, when a child is little, the child is happy with something that makes the child play. It plays with a sound rattle, for example, at that stage, it is called live live meaning to play. So if you have a small baby, the little baby does not need a sophisticated toy of amusement. What it means is something to play with something to occupy it to distract it at that juncture is it is the
beginning of the life of this baby. When the child grows a little bit more, it no longer is satisfied with a little rattle or something that is just mechanical. It now needs something more complicated. Our children need fidget spinners don't they May Allah forgive us. Our children need for example, a little phone a gadget from an early age they start crying for a car, no longer the car that you push, but the car that you press the buttons and it moves the remote control. So the children become a little bit more sophisticated. In the Arabic language the term low is more sophisticated than the term lab. Lab means to play and law who is more of amusement it is slightly
deeper, it is a little bit more of a different nature, sophisticated nature of play. So Allah says, The life on earth is like this, it starts off with play, then it gets to amusement life, well, then, when the child becomes teenage, they become conscious of themselves, a small pimple on the face and they want to cover it, they want to block it they they don't want to leave the home because you know what? Look at this, look at what it looks like. I don't like my nose and I don't like my eyes and my ears. That's normal at the age of 15 1617 Subhanallah you start becoming conscious of your teeth and your chin. Nobody ever noticed it. But you start noticing Allah says was he Neptune, the beauty then
sets in, you know, you're worried about the Xena everything that is beautiful. It starts attracting you. You look at that uncle's car and you look at this Auntie's handbag, for example. And you try and look at what's going on in this house and all these things start attracting an individual was in a tune. And then once a person gets his job and he starts from panela, earning money and so on, listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
to dunya Allah a boo Allah who was enough.
Then you earn and you start competing with one another. I am bragging about what I have. This one has more. This one has even more. This guy has two Lamborghinis that one has a whole showroom of them. So planula just an example. This person has, for example, a beautiful home that one has a whole host of buildings, and so on, it becomes tougher when buying a home. And after that, it's more to do with the numbers rather than the items that you have. Now we all have Lamborghinis. Now it's got to do with how many you have Subhana Allah. So Allah says, What are carto and
Carter means increase in number cattier means a lot to Carter in two things. man loves to have more in two things, a mall and outlet, his wealth and his children. You find the old man saying, You know what? I got 17 grandchildren, you heard that? They start counting, because that's far from halala. That is a sense of pride for the person. Let's hope it's in the right direction. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. So Allah mentions this, he says, Look at how men develops, he starts off in this way, then he goes up, then he earns, then he amasses then it's to do with how much he has, then it's to do with the wealth he has. So you have 12 children, they are all doctors, for example. So
panela you happy to say Mashallah, you know, I've got 10 sons, and they all give me some tension, you know, may Allah subhanahu Allah grant us ease. They all Subhanallah contribute positively, or they all are well to do they're all doing well.
So Panama, that is a blessing of Allah, my brothers and sisters, to have children who are the coolness of your eyes, is the biggest blessing you can have after a man and the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala because those children will actually make dua for you, they will actually be a means also of your entry into general fair dose. May Allah grant us children, and May those children be the coolness of our eyes. I mean, so Allah subhanho wa Taala says, thereafter, people start bragging about what they have in terms of quantity, wealth, and children. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, The Catherine will Amalia will Allah.
And at a certain point, you know that when you have a farm, and you see the crop, what is the condition of the crop at the various stages? Number one, it's a seed, you sow it. After that it's a seedling as it's growing. You see if you're happy to see green and strong, and thereafter the rains come you're excited to see how how the crop is beautiful. And it gets to a point where if you do not have a seat at that juncture, you're going to lose the crop. You need to know when to harvest at a certain point, you pluck it and it's gone. Subhan Allah, The same applies to our lives. My beloved brothers and sisters Allah says Kamata Lee right in our job l Kufa on abajo. Maya he
Bama, just like the rain that makes the farmers very happy. The term kuffaar here refers to the farmers, those who farm they also, you know, one of the terms is Kufa used for farmers, not because they've lost the man but because they hide the seed under the ground. So that is called to hide something they put it under the ground. So this is why Allah says the farmers they become happy when they see that rain and you know what, the the the, the growth of the crop from the rain makes them very happy. And after a while, if they were to leave it, it begins to wilt and it becomes useless. So panela with us, my brothers and sisters, the point being raised here, save yourselves from the
day when you will not have the energy to fulfill the command of Allah by fulfilling it now while you're healthy, the Hadith says eternium comes and Kabbalah comes sees five opportunities before they are overtaken by five conditions. What are these Subhanallah your health, your wealth, your life, your young age and your time. These are the opportunities Allah has given you. If you don't utilize these five, I promise you they will be overtaken by conditions that are the opposite. And then you regret So Allah is giving us a beautiful example here and that is verse number 20 of Surah Al Hadi for all of us to take heed and to learn lesson from there after I move on to Surah Al Majid
Allah, Allah Masha Allah referring to the dispute that occurred at the time of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam between a certain lady, her husband on one hand and her complaint to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam on the other. So she came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and she said, You know, my husband, he has actually equated me to his own mother and he doesn't touch me and so on. I was young I bow his children and a long story. As a result of it Subhanallah she complained to the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Moments later, Allah revealed verses.
Now before I say what these verses are in brief, I want to take you to reality in our lives. My brothers and sisters are you are pressing someone who can hardly do anything about that oppression besides complained to Allah.
Sometimes the wife in the home is being oppressed to the degree that she is swan. She's physically abused, mentally abused, emotionally abused, she is struggling suffering she has nowhere to go. She has no family to report to she has
Not to complain to she's stuck, sometimes even suicidal and she is choking in the relationship but she doesn't know she is stuck between a rock and a very hard place. So the only one she turns to is Allah. Allah listens to her.
Sometimes it is the child in a home, we are so bad to them because you have, for example, a child who may not exactly be yours, maybe a stepchild, maybe a child of whoever else is there in the equation and you treat them badly unfairly. Sometimes our own children because they are dark in complexion and the others are fair, we treat them like they're an outcast. We're lucky. I know of examples of children who have emailed me telling me that my mother tells me the rest of the children will walk with us in the mall, but you walk behind just because I'm docking complex. While law is happening, don't think this doesn't happen. Shaytan comes to people they will outcast their own
children, or Oh Bella, this is the devil and this is why we have to talk about this. Be careful. Allah has blessed you bestowed upon you. These are the gifts of Allah upon you. Remember, if you were to oppress someone, you were to harm them. If they have nowhere to go and Allah subhanho wa Taala is beckoned and he is called, I promise you He will come and the punishment will be absolutely severe. Remember this, if you have oppressed someone, it's not like you can get away with it. It's going to come back to haunt you will lie. So save yourself by not doing this. Don't do it. Whether it's to your parents, those who work for you. Sometimes we joke them in the relationship with them
that they are depressed they pray against us every day. Oh Allah destroy this man. And they mean it. A day will come when that destruction will lie. He will come. It will come Be careful. So Allah says this woman was helpless. Her husband refused to be intimate with her husband refused to fulfill her rights. Her husband said you know what you are just like my mother Subhan Allah subhanaw taala.
And so she complained to Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah subhanho wa Taala says the first verse the whole surah is named after her. If we say l mu J Dilla. It refers to the lady and if we say Mooji Adela, it refers to the dispute and that particular issue that she brought up cada Samia Allah who cola Lottie tujuh De Luca fees ojinaga watashi wa key La La La La Jolla smart
Kuma Indeed Allah has heard, Indeed Allah has heard the woman who has come to you complaining to Allah about her husband, and Allah has heard the discussion that happened between the two of you for Indeed Allah is all hearing, all seeing Subhan Allah and then Allah gives the conclusion and the solution and Allah subhanho wa Taala instructs Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam what to do, but the point I wanted to raise, we need to save ourselves from people complaining to Allah about us. Rather, they showed the mete out between us so that we don't have to have a complaint with Allah lodged against us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us and strengthen us improve your
relationships in your homes, improve your relationships with those whom you live with, and by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala you will be the happiest people. Let's move on to Surah
Surah number 59 of the Quran Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the Maha jurien and the answer. Who are they? The Maha jurien? Were those who are forced to leave Makkah with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and enter Medina. They were large numbers and the answer were those in Madina munawwara sorry, they went from Mecca to Medina. The answer were those in Madina munawwara who were the helpers who helped those who made the Hydra, how did they help them by opening their doors for them by welcoming them by sharing their wealth with them. Allah loved both parties.
Allah has praised them in Surah verse number eight, Allah says linfoot
Maha genie in Aladdin.
Amani Mia beta una Nina ma
una long una una casa de PUE. Those who are poor from among the Mahajan who are driven out of their homes, and their wealth was usurped from them all seeking the pleasure of Allah. It was in the cause of Allah because of Allah, they lost everything. Some people they accept Islam as a result of them accepting Islam, their family ostracizes them, they lose everything sometimes. How do we react to these people? Do we embrace them? Do we make them feel comfortable? Do we make them feel like a brother or a sister of ours? Do we open our doors for them? Do we even share anything with them? Some had Allah The Mahajan were driven out of their homes for the same
Think of Allah. But Allah subhanho wa Taala says they were truthful. Why does Allah say they were truthful? When a person is persecuted, and they are still holding on what they believe, then they are genuine, they are truthful. Life is difficult. Right now, it's not easy to become a Muslim because everyone looks at Muslims with an eye of suspicion, right? But you and I know that Islam is not guilty of what the people are guilty of sometimes. But to become a Muslim in these days in this day and age. It's really a sign of genuineness, because you are sacrificing a lot for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says
they were truthful then Allah describes those who opened their homes. One levena
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to do qualities made mention of here. In fact, three but two of them. Allah says those who opened their houses, their doors, whatever they had, they loved the ones who came to them from the Mahajan. They loved them. You know, today we look at the term refugee. That's the word we use. The minute you hear the word refugee, some people in their minds, this is a menace. It's a problem. It's a difficulty. Keep them they close them, they do this to them. No, Allah says those who are successful are the ones who look at their brothers and sisters in need, with such love, that they seize the opportunity to earn Ghana by serving them.
you see someone in need, look at that as a chance to go to Jenna, rather than looking at it as a pest and the pain and the problem and the difficulty. No, Allah did not need to create people in need. Never, he could have met their need without you. But he dangled it in front of you, for you to earn your agenda. Subhan Allah, Allah made people in need in meaning designed by him in order to give those who are not in need and opportunity to share with the others so that they can enjoy them. And Allah gives the example verse number nine of the surah that I just read for you. Now, Allah says, they don't find a need in them for that which Allah blessed them with. When Allah gave them
something, they are not stingy and miserly, they are quick to share it. Allah says what you think owner Allah fusi him, they give preference to others over their own need. And then Allah says, the most powerful term in this verse, while can be him kasasa even if they are in dire need, they'll share it. So Han Allah that kasasa you know what it means? I am desperately in need of something but I look at my brother and I say Subhana Allah, he needs it more, take it and I pretend like I didn't need it and I walk off and only Allah knows that I needed it a lot. That is equality. Allah says those are the ones who are successful Subhana Allah
while my Oh partial hand I've seen if
he can remove me.
Whoever saves himself or herself from the miserliness of his own heart will be successful. This comes into our theme, saving ourselves with higher when you show hands off See, whoever saves himself or herself from the miserliness. stinginess of his own heart is the one who is truly successful. So my brothers and sisters, you want to know if you are successful in the dunya and the Hera. Ask yourself, Am I miserly? Am I stingy? Do I hold things? Do I hold them back? Do I hoard things to panela? A lot of us will lie. Our cupboards are filled with clothing that we've never worn for the last two years. Go home tonight. Take it out, make somebody eat Subhanallah go and give it
to the poor. Trust me. You don't need it. You have not used it for two years. while lying. You don't need it. Why are you amassing it, take it out. Don't let your heart become too connected to materialistic items. So what is your car? It's okay, if someone's scratched it. It's your clothing. It's okay if it was burnt with the iron. It's your perfume. It's okay if the bottle dropping dropped in cracks. It is a piece of cutlery. It's okay if someone broke it in the home. No problem. SubhanAllah they did not do it intentionally. But when your heart is connected to materialistic items, you become so angry when something goes wrong. materialistically yet it was a test from
Allah. Allah knew it was going to happen before you were born. He knew it was placed in your life in order to test you may Allah subhanahu wa taala help us to pass our tests. Well law he my brothers and sisters, I've said this before I repeat it. Allah has given us our basic necessity all of us but beyond that basic necessity is what we are fighting for at the moment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us grateful. This is why Allah calls these people
People highly successful because they were sharing that which they needed themselves with their brothers who had come from afar. And Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all around the Allahu anhu. May Allah be pleased with all of those companions. They were our heroes. They were the ones who had Allah. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of something really, really beautiful. A warning for all of us about the devil. You see what the devil does, he lights a match. He starts the flame, he walks away. So the inferno is now catching Subhanallah everything is being bent. We need to be careful, recognize the devil. Allah says, watch out, the devil starts a problem walks away, then he
leaves you there and you start killing it. SubhanAllah like the example given off the devil, the devil says you know what? I am going to make people kill each other. How? Well he took a bit of honey, and he placed it on a little tablecloth and he walked away gone a little while later, a fly came and sat on it. Some time later, a
spider came and ate the fly. A little while later and lizard came and ate the
spider Subhan Allah. Sometime later, rats came and ate the lizard A
few moments later, a cat came in a threat some hannula A little while later, another cat came and started fighting for that particular app. What happened? The two cats were fighting until one one cat was killed by the other. And here comes the owner of the first cat to the owner of the second cat now these are now human beings and they start fighting with each other. What did the devil do? He says I did nothing. I just put a little drop of honey they haven't gone. Now this is obviously an example but the the real example in our lives it happens where something small and we make such a huge thing out of it. We are human so that is why we always need to go back and look at it and say
well I was wrong. I shouldn't have done this. It was so minor so basic. Cut it and extinguish it nip it in the bud as they say before it grows bigger sorted out. You have a problem between husband and wife before you lay down that night. It must be nipped in the bud sorted out you don't leave it for tomorrow because at night it starts bubbling and growing in the heart. You know you left the problem for tomorrow morning. By that time helaas at night I already was inspired by the devil what to do. That's it. May Allah forgive us sought your matters out ASAP. You have an issue today before tomorrow. May Allah make us from those who can resolve our matters. So verse number 16 of Surah Al
hacer which is Surah number 59 of the Quran Allah says Kamata, Alicia Pani is Pauline Sonic for phylum cafaro Kala in a berry
in the car from la hora Bella, let me look at the example of the devil. He tells men disbelief. And when men this believes he says hey me, I believe in Allah. I fear the Lord Subhana Allah. So Allah says, look at the devil. He tells you to do something, knowing that it's bad for you. So you are on your own. You need to think for yourself what's right and wrong. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bestow upon us His mercy. Then we have a verse that we always read so many times yet its meaning is absolutely powerful. Yeah, I you
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Mater mailloux verse number 18 of surah. Allah says, Oh you who believe be conscious of Allah. And each one of you look into what you have prepared to present to Allah tomorrow. Look at what you have prepared for tomorrow. Each one of you should look into your own account, what have you prepared? How are your accounts looking? You are going to be presenting them in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala each one of you be conscious of what you have prepared for tomorrow. Subhan Allah and Allah says again, in the same verse, what takala be conscious of Allah for indeed he knows what you do. He knows what you do. The problem is shaped man comes to us and he makes us lose by worrying about
someone else. Look, when it comes to materialistic items, we are supposed to be looking at those who have less than us, for us to be able to appreciate. When it comes to religious matters. We look at those who've achieved more than us so that we can work hard, but never ever look at others and try and think religiously. Look at this guy. He's committing this sin that sin this in the interim, you are wasting your own time and you are oblivious about your own deeds. If you want to help him help him but you don't go around pointing fingers and tarnishing people's names etc. Because of a
weakness they have had, what you need to do is you either help him in a positive way, stop him from oppression, if it is oppression, and at the same time, be careful about yourself because Allah is not going to ask you you know what? Your neighbor, give us his account? What did you used to do at night? Never, never. it's to do with you, Alice, we're going to ask you, the guy down the road. Tell us about him know the lady who you saw shopping. Tell us about her? How was she operating? That's never going to happen. Allah says we're going to ask you could Lumia cool NFC NFC, each person will be saying, Wow, what am I going to do myself myself, each one is worried about himself. So my
brothers and sister Let's save ourselves from worrying about others in a way that we are actually forgetting about correcting ourselves. Our lives should be so packed with rectification of the self, that we have no time to go into the lives of others. This is how we will be able to succeed. Then I have the last two verses or the last verse for today inshallah we'll continue tomorrow. The last verse for today Surah
Surah, number 60 of the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala
says to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the lesson is for every one of us.
He says, there is a chance that Allah can create love between you and your enemy. Subhana Allah. Did you hear that? Assalamu
alaikum Baba Nina la Vina levena de
de la Hoopa de la hooba fudo Rahim, verse number seven of surah number 16. Allah says, Indeed, Allah is all evil. And Allah can and Allah may create love between you and those whom there is an enmity against for Indeed, Allah is able, and Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Take a look at at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. What happened was Holly didn't believe he was an enemy of Islam. He killed so many of the Muslims a day came when he became known as the Allahu Allah. We have to actually teach ourselves what it was all about a time in the Battle of Orford, when he was leading the kuffar one of the groups of the kuffaar, who came from the other side of the
Mount, and that was a change in the course of that particular war of we know that was hard to look at.
What happened to him, enemy of Islam, look at Abu sufian rhodiola. And what happened to him? He was an enemy of Islam, they all changed how the will of Allah, Allah can create and this is why, in the narration,
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam speaks about loving people and hating people. When you love someone, love them in moderation, perhaps one day, they may not be so close to you again. If you were intimately close to them that they knew your ins and outs, they can hold you ransom Subhan Allah because they know too many details about you. You will too close that's the problem. You will pay a price for being so close to someone that you actually lowered your God.
And at the same time you pay a price for hating someone so much that you are embarrassed to make amends with him one day. Be happy Baca how nama akuna Buffy Takayama
buddy Baka hona masa akuna Habiba Yo mama. When you love you love in moderation, perhaps that person may be your enemy one day, so be careful. Think about it. And when you hate you hate in moderation, perhaps that person may be your beloved one day so Han Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding. Take a look at this verse. Doesn't it show you the power of Allah? Doesn't it show you that Allah owns the hearts and these hearts turn by Allah subhanho wa Taala as well. So that is why we say Allahu mamuka libelle kulu kulu bana Allah dainik O Allah, who strengthens the hearts who is in control of the heart, strengthen my heart upon the deen not away from it. I mean,
so my brothers and sisters, these are some of the beautiful verses of the Quran. And this is how we will be able to save ourselves from problems difficulties. Like I said, when you get too close to someone that you start telling them all your secrets one day, you may pay a heavy price for that may Allah grant us all wisdom in our relationships. And when you dislike someone, be careful, you don't have to hurt them in a way that you will regret one day when you want to make amends. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us again from among those who are wise akuto kolyada or sallallahu wasallam albaraka la Vina Mohammed Subhan Allah Subhana Allah homovanillic shadow Allah Allah hi lantana
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