Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2017
Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds Gatesville Cape Town
Date : 20th June 2017
Topic : Save Ourselves Part 2
Speaker : Mufti Ismail Menk
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah Allah Allah mean All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Muhammad amin, Al amin, Nabina, Muhammad, Allah, Allah Allah He was happy in Oman to be a home, be a son in Isla Medina Ubud. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, may Allah bless them all. May Allah bless every one of us, grant us all forgiveness during this beautiful night of Ramadan. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala write our names from those who have achieved freedom from hellfire. And may Allah keep us
steadfast I mean, my brothers and sisters, you and I know that some generations back we will perhaps not Muslim, someone happened to work on us or care for our forefathers or someone up the ladder in such a way that they accepted Islam or in the case of those who have reverted, you have accepted Islam because of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala had it not been for the interaction of the Muslims, perhaps a lot of people would not have accepted Islam. So there is a misunderstanding that people are trying to peddle today that we are not allowed to interact with the non Muslims and we are not allowed to befriend them in any way. This is actually taken totally out of context from the
Quran. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant our strength in Surah Al mahina, verse number eight and nine, Allah makes clear, and it's very logical, it has to be logical, who you are not allowed to get very close with. Those are the enemies who have driven you out of your homes, and who have fought you. Those are the ones whom you keep your distance from. And I'm sure any parents would give exactly the same advice to his or her children, whether they were Muslim or not. If someone has harmed you, they were attacking you, you know that they do not have good intentions towards you, you would tell your children, please don't associate with these
because they are your enemies, as for those who may not be Muslim, but they have never harmed you, they have never attacked you, they have never caused any damage to you. There is no harm obviously, in being good to them. In fact, you have to be good to them kind and just and you may be close to them as well. In fact, to the degree that the Quran has verses in it, that permits under conditions the marriage to a person of the book, a Jew or a Christian woman, a Jewish or a Christian woman, if the enmity was so severe, do you really think that Allah would have allowed marriage in a way that you are intimate with the person and you have children with them and they grow up to Subhanallah so
we need to put these verses into context by going back to the verses of surah 251 and 56 and taking a look at surah two Montana, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says lionhart kumala 111 Allah mo Patino confit de la mujer
de come to Babu moto pasito la him, Allah does not prohibit you from befriending those from among the non Muslims who have never fought you. They have never driven you out of your homes, etc. Allah says he does not stop you. You have to be good to them kind to them you have to fulfill their rights, etc. But the very next verse, Allah says in Marion her como la Juan de la Vina pata Lu confit Dini, Harajuku mediary comme la hawala is Raja con,
lo, whom the term wilaya is used. wilaya does not just translate as friendship, it is a very high level of protection where you seek the protection of someone Subhan Allah, and perhaps it is beyond the level of mere friendship. So Allah says, Indeed, Allah has prohibited you from taking as protectors, those who have fought you, they have driven you out of your homes, and they have assisted others to drive you out of your homes, you cannot afford to become so close to them because you will not be able to save yourself from harm SubhanAllah. So to save ourselves from harm, and that's the series that we're speaking about. We need to save ourselves from befriending those who
are not sincere towards us, those who have fought us, those whom we have had a major issue with that is not resolved. Be careful, because if you're not careful, you are going to have a problem. But we should never ever interpret the verse to say that we are not allowed to associate or befriend those who are good from amongst the non Muslim Subhan Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding of who we were a few generations back and
Sometimes even us who have accepted Islam reverted where were we some time back? A lot of the times it has to do with the interaction with the Muslims take a look at Far East Asia and how Islam spread there in a beautiful way. May Allah grant us an understanding the next Surah Surah number 61 is Surah two SFX and I've chosen one verse from that surah Allah speaks to us and Allah says, Yeah, are you levena mano de Mata una semana de follow kaboo Rama coton
de la he kolomela falloon Oh you who believe? Why do you say that which you do not do? This is verse number two of the surah Why do you say one thing and do another thing? That is a very big sin in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala to say something and to be something else. hypocrisy my brothers and sisters, we need to save ourselves from being hypocrites. What you see is what you get. That's how it should be.
Not that we are a front and inside we are something else. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from hypocrisy the signs of a hypocrite. Those who when they speak, they lie. When they promise they break their promise. And when they are in a dispute. They get so angry that they explode. Allah says those are signs of a heck of a hypocrite. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us truthful people, those who when we promised we fulfill the promise, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. Then we move on to the next beautiful surah It is named after the Joomla Joomla is the most blessed day of the week. It is the eat of the Muslims Juma is actually a day of celebration Subhana Allah in it, there
is a moment that Allah says through Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to us, if you were to make a dua at that particular hour, and we don't know the precise hour, there is a lot that has been made mention of some say it is when the Imam is up between the two hosts but some say it is after Salatin also, etc. At that time, if you were to make dua, it is accepted. So chances are if you repeat the dua every moment of the day throughout the whole of a Friday, you will definitely get that moment somewhere insha Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. But what is important for us to know is Allah says in verse number nine of that surah, which is sort of 62 so to Juma Yeah, I you
know, either new DLS Sala teeny amin Juma Illa de la Hey.
Oh, you who believe when the caller has called when the call is called for the Juma prayer. Abandon and leave all your business and rush Make haste towards the remembrance of Allah. Go and listen to what the Imam has to say. It is your dose of a message that will shake you move you so that you can continue for the rest of that week in sha Allah in the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala The difficulty is we come late for Salatu Juma that's the difficulty Do you know there is a competition every Friday where the Hadith says either Cana Yeoman Giamatti. waka Fatima aka to Allah will miss g de una, Allah. Allah will either Saracen Imam Baba showhome esta merona Deacon, the Hadith says on a
Friday the angel standard, the doors of the massage in writing down who comes first who comes next who comes after that, etc, in order who wins the competition. So panela when the Imam comes up and starts his hookah, they close their book and they come and listen to the lecture as well. How many of us we arrive in Juma? We might have technically fulfilled the forum but our name was not in that particular book mentioned in this hadith Subhanallah because we came after the Imam already started. Brothers and sisters, let's save ourselves from the Wrath of Allah. Let us earn the mercy of Allah by coming on a Friday, early to the masjid sit, read your sooner read a little bit of Quran, do that
which will earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala come early. It's a blessing it's a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah make us proud of our days that have been given as a gift by Allah to us. May Allah make us those who give importance to Joomla. Remember when you give importance to that which Allah has given importance to you have earned the pleasure of Allah, you give importance to what Allah gave importance to it is a sign of taqwa God consciousness, the only common
law he for in a Hamming taco Polo. But Allah says that those who consider the sanctuaries of Allah as absolutely sacred. It is a sign of the taqwa of the heart. It is a sign of the piety of the heart. You consider the Koran sacred you consider the Ramadan sacred, the sacred, the massage in a sacred, the Friday is sacred, etc, etc. It's a sign that you are close to Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us close to him. We move on to
Another verse in the same surah where Allah speaks about how some people give preference to their businesses over the Juma. Now remember, when the call is called for the Jamaat, those whom the Juma is founded upon, they are the ones who have to go for the Juma. If you have someone working who's not a Muslim, and perhaps they are running the business that you have and it is open through the Juma many Muslims would prefer to close it down. But if you had to leave it for as long as there is no one operating it who is supposed to be at the Juma Bismillah you've done nothing wrong. You've done nothing wrong. However, Allah says Calma de la
mina la one minute ijarah O Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam tell them what Allah has is far better than the past time and the tiara the business that they are pursuing. So quit the business cut it, chop it, drop it, go to Allah, what Allah has is far better than what that business can offer you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and grant us goodness, I also call on myself and yourselves. He is around the corner inshallah. May Allah give us the opportunity to see the amin please arrive very early for the it happens only twice a year, and we come late. We don't even listen to what's going on. Please arrive very early, dressed properly and come with lots of happiness. It's a day of
happiness. Come and read some Quran prior to the read sit in your subs. inshallah that's just a word of encouragement because I noticed everyone sometimes on the day of rushing last minute, why is that the case? May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. Then we have the next Surah Surah tomonaga which is Surah number 63.
I want to pick up one or two verses from the surah. The first one is a sign of hypocrisy. We were speaking about hypocrisy just now is that whenever someone is saying something, they feel that this person is attacking me Subhanallah the Imam gets up and he says don't commit adultery because you just committed adultery. You say he's talking about me? Well, if that's the case, you are guilty. That's why you think he's talking about you because you are guilty. If you are not guilty. You wouldn't think of it that way. If the Imam gets up and says You mustn't yell, you mustn't scream You mustn't swear and you know five minutes ago you were swearing automatically you are going to feel
that he is talking about me why this hypocrisy that's the reason that's the reason. So Allah says in the Quran, verse number four asuna tomonaga Poon, yes, Abu Nakula chahatein ally him, the hypocrites, any scream that they hear, they think it's all about them. They think that this person is referring to them. And you know, What's the reason? Because they are guilty? That's why May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us from this. And remember when people say things, a lot of the times it's from Allah, they don't even know you sometimes. And they are saying that which you think is directed only at you? Yes, yet it is a common message for everyone. May Allah subhanho wa Taala
grant us a deep understanding another verse of that song is verse number nine, where Allah asks us to save ourselves from what from becoming so engrossed in our wealth and our children that we forget Allah so Allah says, Yeah, are you Hello levena Amano la
lucam Allah, Allah Dooku
decretal Oh, you who believe never let your wealth or your children divert you from remembering Allah. While you're busy in your businesses or on the social with your family, you don't forget your Salah you don't forget the fact that you're a Muslim. You don't forget halal and haram because you should know that that comes first. So you can enjoy you can do your business. You can spend time with your family. But the condition being made mention of here is don't forget Allah don't compromise Allah just because you're on a holiday. It's fine. I can do it. It's okay. We are on holiday. You are not on a holiday for being a worshipper of Allah. There's no holiday in that
regard. What if you were to die in that condition? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. Then we move on to another Surah Surah Allah Surah 65 of the Quran. I want to draw your attention to the reward of the consciousness of Allah. In this surah Allah talks about divorce, brothers and sisters Save yourselves from divorcing wrongly by learning the rules and regulations governing divorce. Many times when there is a nica we are invited Mashallah, to officiate or to attend, people ask us to talk. I always feel in my heart. Let me talk about divorce, because the people don't know much about the rules and regulations about divorce. And then I think to myself, imagine getting up at someone's
wedding and talking about divorce. They're going to think this guy is crazy man. SubhanAllah. So therefore, we don't talk about it. I think it's important that we actually address this issue, and we deal with it before you marry. please learn about what divorces because people divorce
Without realizing what they've done anyway, getting to the point verse number two Allah subhanho wa Taala says, why many? tequila hijjah Allah who Maharajah wa Yasuko hoomin Hi Tula does he but whoever is conscious of Allah, taqwa means to bear Allah in mind to be conscious of Allah to be having the piety that is needed of a movement. If you have that Allah says, We will grant you a way out. When you think that there was no way out, Allah will give you a way out Subhana Allah, Allah says we will crack open that closed place in the way that you will have a Maharaja Maharaja means a place to come out Subhan Allah and Allah says we will sustain you from a place that you didn't
imagine we would have sustained you from your superhuman high to
Allah will grant him sustenance in a way that he didn't dream of it. He didn't imagine it. So be steadfast. When you are steadfast you worship Allah, it's only a matter of time before your problems are solved. We become impatient. Take a look at the prophets of Allah, all of them use of Allah His salam, he was very patient. At the end, he was victorious. Musa alayhis salam, very patient at the end was victorious. A you Valley solemn very patient at the end was victorious. Eunice la Sallam very patient at the end he was victorious with us. We want victory without the patience. That's the problem.
Ask yourself, who did Allah love more myself or the Prophet Yusuf? Alayhi Salam? The answer is Yusuf alayhi salam, How many years did he have to wait approximately 40 years according to some narrations? Well, I haven't even waited four months and I'm giving up on Allah subhanaw taala look at how weak we've become. Let's save ourselves by being patient, my brothers and sisters Alhamdulillah and the verses continue. Allah says whoever is conscious of Allah, He will make matters easy for him over a matter of time. Allah hoomin Emery you saw this number for whoever is conscious of Allah, Allah will make his affairs easy. And in the next verse, Allah says, while many
tequila you can feed Ron who say he was Lima who adjara whoever is conscious of Allah, Allah will grant him increase in reward, Allah will recompense or expiate his sins, so Allah will delete your sins as a result of your suffer. When you are patient, what happens? Allah wipes out other sins that have happened in your life, because you are patient for the sake of Allah. So be patient, your status is being elevated. We hear this but in fact it is in the Quran substantiated by verses of Surah talaaq. So therefore, be patient. Allah knows your struggle. Allah knows your difficulty, Allah knows what you are in. And Allah has the solution, but his delay in giving you that is for
your benefit so that you can earn greater reward. If he were to just give it to you as soon as you raised your hands, perhaps you may not get closer to Him. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant of closeness to him. I mean, move on to the next Surah Surah. Taryn, where Allah subhanho wa Taala addresses us and these verses are very important regarding saving ourselves. Listen to verse number six straight into our theme. Yeah. levena Amano qu.
Sakuma Li Na O you who believe Save yourselves and your family members from the fire? Then Allah describes the fire, how burning it is how hot it is how its fuel is made up of men and the rock Subhan Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So Allah says it straight to us, save yourselves from the fire. How? By doing what? by obeying His instruction, abstaining from his prohibition, and seeking His forgiveness. So therefore, verse number eight, after that Allah says, Yeah, I levina Malou to boo in Allah he
ha, oh, you who believe turn to Allah return to Allah, in repentance, in a sincere and genuine way. In that way, Allah will forgive your sins and He will grant you paradise. Because when Allah says, Oh, you who believe save yourself from the fire, many people might think I've already done things that are so bad, they are deserving of the fire. So immediately, Allah says no, if you seek forgiveness, you will save yourself. So therefore my brothers and sisters, no matter what you've done, where you've been, how much you've done, remember Allah Mercy is far broader than your sin or whatever you have done in the past Subhana Allah, Allah has mercy encompasses whatever you've done.
It needs you to realize that the date of change is today, not tomorrow. It needs you to realize that I need to turn to Allah. You need to cut your bad ways and habits and say Oh Allah
Here I come so hon Allah, Here I come, I'm going to try my best yeah life could my bad ways and habits, I regret them Forgive me, grant me a new beginning yeah Allah and Allah will grant you that beginning. It's the mercy of Allah. My brothers and sisters don't ever lose hope in this beautiful Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala in verse number 11 makes mention of something very, very interesting and that is, sometimes you have a person who is religious, and their children, sometimes you find one or two are more or less, may not be so religious. So people say, Look at that guy, Isn't he so and so son Subhan Allah, I tell you, it has
happened even to the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about it in this Surah Surah Surah number 66 of the Quran verse number 10 and 11 Allah says barakallahu li li la vena cava Mata Nui, Amato, Allah gives you the example of the wife of the Prophet Noah, Noah, who was a disbeliever and the wife of the Prophet Luth alayhi salam, she was also a disbeliever. Allah says we, they were the wives of two of our slaves, but it did not help them in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The point being raised here is we need to work ourselves in our connection with Allah to the degree that when we meet him, we have acts of worship, that inshallah will come to our
rescue through the mercy of the same Allah. So do deeds, at least, do good deeds, and have hope in the mercy of Allah. Man sama Ravana imana what is urban warfare? Allahumma Taka Domine zombie? Whoever fast in the month of Ramadan with full conviction, expecting a reward from Allah, Allah says, All their sins will be forgiven by us. We know Allah promised you something. You can hold Allah subhanho wa Taala to question to say, Oh Allah, you promised me Where is it? But we know that we depend on the mercy of Allah. If it was not for the mercy of Allah, we wouldn't we wouldn't even be here tonight. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us from his mercy. So we move on to the next
Surah Surah mulk powerful surah many of us read it quite often. In it again, Allah makes mention of the fact that he is more concerned about the quality of your deed than the quantity of it. Remember that. So if you are to fulfill say you are reciting the Quran, if you did not finish the entire Hatton in the month of Ramadan, but you read beautifully. Slowly you took your time you couldn't rush because you are slow and you only covered 10 chapters, you will have a greater reward by far than the one who whizzed through the entire Quran. No concentration, no proper pronunciation, no nothing. They just wanted to get done with it. Allah says Hang on, you don't realize we don't need
your act of worship. You need it. So deal with the quality not with the quantity. Yes, the forest we have no option we have to deal with both the quality and the quantity. But anything beyond that for us, it's always to do with the quality more than the quantity and the evidence of it is with number two of Sudoku moon which is Surah number 67 of the Quran Allah says Allah de Kala Kala
Talia boo Akuma Yocum, San Juan Allah, it is he who created death and life in order to test you who from amongst you has better deeds? Did you hear that? Who has better deeds? He didn't say who has more deeds? He says, who has better deeds therefore, let's save ourselves from misunderstanding this by doing good deeds that are accepted in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us speaking about the Quran, there is a hadith that says a person who can flow and recites the Quran beautifully yes Mashallah they have a very high rank must suffer Attila Kira min Bharara you know they will have a very high rank with those who are pious etc but
the one who reads the Quran with a Tata you know what that means? You are like stuttering you you're slow and you you're not as flowing as much of the amount of haram etc. Allah says through the blessing glimpse of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam.
Such a person will have a double reward.
What is the reward, the reward for trying it's not so easy. The reward for the recitation and the reward for the struggle, luck but look at the mercy of Allah. So if you're taking time and you're struggling, you actually have a double reward.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us from his mercy. Then we move on to Surah noon. Surah number 68 of the Quran where Allah describes the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam character, Allah Himself
Speaking about Mohammed salatu salam to Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, verse number four. And Allah says, What in Allah Allah Hulu Konami, indeed, Mohammed Salah salam, you are upon the highest level of character and conduct the highest level. From that verse we learn that we have to go back study this character and conduct of the greatest of prophets, the most noble of all, and the greatest of creation sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And we need to emulate, we need to learn we need to follow we need to put into practice, we need to actually study every aspect of his character, his conduct, his life, his statements, and we need to learn from it. Because Allah Himself declares that this Subhana
Allah messenger, his character is on a very, very high level, may Allah make us from those who can take from the character of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam Indeed, we have been blessed my beloved brothers and sisters,
I move on to Surah Al hatha, which is Surah number 69 of the Quran.
In this surah, Allah makes mention of a day that every one of us will have to witness, it is a day when we will be standing in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we will be answering whatever we've done. And after that, we will be given our book of deeds,
we will be given our book of deeds, just like children who are waiting for their results from a school exam, we will be waiting for our results, each one worried about himself, you know, when the results are out at a school or a university or a college and they are up perhaps on the notice board or somewhere. Each one goes there to look at whose results. The first thing you've got to do is worry about yourself. As soon as you see your name that you are from amongst those who passed, there is something that happens to you especially when the examination was so difficult, or you know, it was crucial. It was it meant you going further in life or stopping and perhaps something else
happens. And you looked at you as so excited and you know the jumping and Marsha people react differently, some become hysterical, some they would drop into sujood for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala at least the minimum for us say Subhana Allah hamdulillah related to Allah, you know, with all your guests and everything else. So panela everyone is worried about his own results first mentioned on the Day of Judgment, standing, waiting for the results and the book comes out. And as the book is coming out, it's going to be given to you to me, may Allah grant us the best. I mean, that book, as soon as it's being given to you, it will either be given to you, right or the left
hand, immediately you would know what has happened. It's like a sign Allah tells you here in the Quran. And this is amazing verse number 19 of a haka, and it is repeated a few times in the Quran in different wording for
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boo Cora Okita BIA. As for the one who gets his book in the right hand, he will say, Allah, Hey, he's going to be so excited. That's the term used in the Quran, read my book, Check. Check my results, like a little child looking at the parents and saying, Allah, check my results. Look what I did that I did. Well, on that day, it's not about mom and dad. It's about your own excitement. You're worried about yourself and Allah says the one who will be given his book or her book on the right hand or in the right hand will say hey, look at my results. Read them.
read my book, check what I did Mashallah past. May Allah make us from those.
What a beautiful description it is absolutely amazing. When we think of it will love him. My brothers and sisters, as we are listening to this verse, we seek Allah's forgiveness because we know it's the mercy of Allah. Allah can wipe out our sins in a flash. May Allah grant that to us. But then there is the other side of it. Which number 1525 a few verses down. Allah says, What am
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de la lamb Ooh. takita BIA.
as for the one who will be given the book in the left hand. He will say
I wish I hadn't been given my book at all.
For a moment, ot eketahuna Mishima Li fire Kuya. Leighton Chiquita BIA, I wish I didn't have this.
book here today. I wish I didn't know what my results were. While I'm a dreamer, a Serbia. I wish I was dead today.
May Allah not make us from those. This is a very, very vivid description of what's going to happen on that day of judgment. And my brothers and sisters to help yourselves and to save ourselves from the torment or from getting the book on the wrong hand or in the wrong hand. We need to make sure we've sought the forgiveness of Allah. ask Allah for forgiveness. keep on asking Allah forgiveness. I promise you it will help you don't think a but I can't remember having sinned. No, go in ask Allah forgiveness every day. Whenever you remember, Oh ALLAH forgive me. Oh Allah forgive me and you will notice in sha Allah the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all
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