Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2017
Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds, Gatesville, Cape Town
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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 was Salam ala rasulillah where Allah Allah He was happy.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us. I mean, my brothers and sisters, we know that Allah subhanho wa Taala allowed shavon
he gave him a certain time, he allowed him to come onto Earth, and he let him do to a certain extent what he intended to do. So shavonne has been created as a test for mankind. We always have a force within us that tells us not to do evil. And we have a force within us that tells us to do the evil. So we have the angels who encourage us to do good, and we have shapen who discourages us from good and encourages us to do bad. So if we were to look at the verses of the Quran, we would come to realize very quickly, that Allah subhanho wa Taala has granted success to the one who can protect himself from shavon. This is why every time we commence the Quran, what do we say? Allah says, what
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he mean a shape or neurology. And when you read the Quran, then seek refuge in Allah from shape on the accussed. If you are protected by Allah subhanho wa Taala from the shaper, then you have succeeded. So the shavon has some plans. The plan that he has, is to deviate mankind by beautifying evil and making it look like it's good. So we have something known as our desires, our lusts, perhaps, that which we feel would help us and benefit us in the short term. But Allah subhanho wa Taala has dictated that it is not good for us if that is the case, leave it it can never be good for you. Whatever Allah says is good for you will be good, even if it has restriction in it. And
whatever Allah subhanho wa Taala says is bad for you. It is bad, even if it seems very sweet, very tasty, and it seems like you want to get it done with May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us in Surah. To know and just to spend a moment on the meaning of this term, a new, new is light. Allah subhanho wa Taala is the ultimate light, Allah Who knows.
or indeed, the new is Allah subhanho wa Taala, the knower of the heavens and the earth, Allah subhanho wa Taala. It's a beautiful verse. So, if we look at the rules and regulations in the surah, they are governing the behavior of a Muslim, the moral standards of a Muslim are discussed in the surah. Because if you are to behave yourself, there will be a new that will emanate from within you. And you will be able to feel the closeness to Allah. But if you let yourself loose, and you let yourself go, it shows on your face to begin with, and thereafter in your link with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So if we look at Surah 24 that is the surah two new verse number 21 Allah speaks of the
footsteps of the devil, the footsteps of shapen now to save myself from these footsteps, I need to know what they are. So Allah says, Yeah levena Amanullah
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Oh you who believe do not follow the footsteps of shavon for indeed, whosoever follows the footsteps of shapen will order people to engage in immorality and evil.
Now that means two things shaitan encourages immorality and evil and those who follow in the footsteps of shaitan they will encourage you to do that which is immoral and evil. So if you want to know whether you are in good company or bad, you just need to ask yourself this company of mine. Does it encourage me to behave immorally does it encourage me to become a person who is evil or
do that which is even if the answer is yes, you are following the footsteps of Shay pan and if the answer is no, then inshallah you will be successful. So you want to know the path of shavon shavon deviates in many ways, primarily by turning people away from worshipping Allah. Then when a person worships Allah subhanho wa Taala shavon tries to make him or her associate partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala because he knows that Allah will not accept that it is rejected. And then if a person has protected himself from association of partnership with Allah subhanho wa Taala shaytaan makes him lazy to fulfill the obligations upon him. So you become lazy to fulfill your Salah you're
lazy to read the Quran you're lazy to fast in the month of Ramadan looking for any excuse, you know, I didn't fast today a young man will tell you and you say Why? He says because I had a cough and Allah says from uncon I mean, c'mon, Oh Allah suffering fight that Amina yummy. You know, I had a cough and Allah says if anyone is sick, they can fast on another date. What? a cough. We all have cost by the way, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. So it is that sickness, which stops you from fasting, that sickness, wherein if you were too fast, you would become more sick and it would hinder your cure, then perhaps you do have a discount? Yes, indeed you do. But not just a mere
cough, or the fact that your nose is leaking slightly. You say you know what my nose actually is running. So actually I'm also going to run Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, grant us ease. We shouldn't be doing that. So shaytan makes us lazy. And after that, there is another path of the devil that is mentioned in this particular verse. He encourages you to do that which displeases Allah. We say we love Allah subhanho wa Taala. We say we love Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we should not be doing that which displeases Allah subhanho wa Taala, that which would cause harm to Allah and His Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam we should protect ourselves from this. So this verse actually
is a very important verse when it comes to saving ourselves. Because if we were to follow the path of the devil, say for example, a person who just does as his desires dictate what will happen.
He gets scared. Did someone see me perhaps I might get caught, perhaps something's going to happen. Say a person who stole a person who committed murder. May Allah protect us. That is evil, isn't it? It is evil. It is not a prophetic path to kill others. It is the path of the devil. Remember this? Some people say that Islam encourages you to kill, to murder to harm etc. Not at all. In fact, it is the path of the devil. Allah says the devil is He who encourages you to commit evil and munkar that which everyone abhors that which is unacceptable. This is from the devil. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So this is why we say that when a person perpetrates a crime, he does not sleep at
ease. If a person steals he might have money for a while, but he will get caught soon. And he's always worried. Am I going to get caught, someone knocks on the door, your own relatives are knocking and you think it's the policeman so you won't sleep because you know, I've done something wrong here. But if you did not do something wrong, then you will become content, even though you may not lead a life as per your liking, but you need to know it is per the liking of Allah subhanho wa Taala you will definitely be a happier person. Let's move on. When we have been given wealth by Allah subhanho wa Taala Oh goodness, one of the duties that is placed on our shoulders is that we
share it with others. The more you share, the greater the chances of you entering paradise. If I've been given knowledge, there is no point in me keeping that knowledge because I will die with it and no one else will have it. And I'm not talking of something as basic as a cake recipe. No, I know those the women are quite selfish with those May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. The last time I asked someone Wow, this was lovely. I wonder what the recipe will be. They told me Well, if you want any, you better order them from me because we are not going to give you the recipe. So no problem. That's a minor issue that is small, but what we are talking about is beneficial knowledge.
Whether it is to do with Dean or dunya whether it is to do with your religion or the worldly life. For example, you have knowledge of the Quran and the Sunnah. Teach it before you waste your time. The Hadith says hey, you come Manta llaman for an hour Allah who the best from amongst you. The best from amongst you Is he or she who learns the Quran and he didn't stop there and teaches it. There's no point in learning it and you didn't teach it to others. You need to convey the message everyone wants it. It's a message of goodness. When you share it with others. You've become a person
who deserves gentle metal for those.
And this is why even if you've discovered something in terms of worldly living, like you might have discovered, or you might have invented some contraption or apparatus, or some mechanism, share it with the world, even if you charge them a little bit for it, no problem because it is worldly, but share it, share it as best as you can, as wide as you can, when you die, someone else will develop it to something else, you create an ease for mankind, trust me, Allah will create ease for you on the Day of Judgment.
Whoever creates ease for others, Allah creates ease for them in the dunya. And the archaea. That's a hadith of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So to have things is not a big deal, but to share it is the big deal. To be able to accrue wealth is not a big deal. A lot of people have earned a lot, but the winner is he or she who spends spends, because if you were to keep it, people are going to fight over it The minute you close your eyes, but if you were to spend it, it will have gone next to your name. On the day of judgment, you will have been a person who was very, very generous who had helped so many people. This is why Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Whenever he had something he
quickly spent it, he spent it because he didn't want it with Him. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us there are some from amongst us who are so miserly that they have the millions sometimes and the billions. You know, we've been billionaires. And this is why Zimbabwe is the only country in the world whereby almost everyone has tasted what it feels like to be a trillionaire Subhana Allah, we were a whole country of trillionaires. And you know what, it's not a joke. I can even show you the notes if you want.
But they no longer work.
So yes, you have the millions. I tell you, some people are so miserly, they don't even spend on their wives and children. They don't even spend on their family members. They want to hold back so badly as though you know what, they're going to earn some points by holding back, spend the wealth Come on, spend it Subhanallah use the money, why not? Don't waste but use it, spend it take your family on a holiday go and enjoy. You've got a million and you're living like a person who doesn't even have 10 grands May Allah subhanahu wa taala forgive us.
So it is absolutely important that we spend and this is how we will be able to save ourselves from loving anything more than the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala sometimes we love our wealth more than Allah. Sometimes we love our family members more than the love of Allah. Sometimes we love our position and post more than Allah. Sometimes we love our time more than Allah. Look at how melodious the recitation of tarawih was tonight. Subhan Allah, we took our time, because I tell you may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant his acceptance, like I said, on the first day, while la he a person reading the Quran in the dunya, will never be able to read the Quran in a different way on the Day of
Judgment, because the Hadith says when you read on the Day of Judgment, it will only be the way you used to read on Earth. So if you used to race through it, and you know, several years ago, we were trained all of us, myself included, especially in the non Arab world, we were trained to believe that tarawih is a race. The Imam is tops, if he can finish everything in 20 minutes. He is the Imam. The whole world will say this man is tops, but they don't realize when he gets to the Day of Judgment, he's going to be stuck. While law he will law he It is something dangerous, I promise you. So when we encourage people to read quickly, we are damaging ourselves, save yourself from the
punishment of the dunya and the era by boycotting the Imam who wants to rush and speed through the word of Allah in such a way that we don't even know what he's saying. He's insulting raible is that he will general I'd rather not read the Torah way at all than to read behind someone who is abusing the word of Allah. Do you get my point? Subhan Allah, we love Allah spend a little bit more time in sha Allah on the Day of Judgment, we will be resurrected with those who love Allah who loves the word of Allah who had all the time for Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is why I said some of us we love our time more than we love Allah because we don't mind making the Imam rush. Like I told you
when we were young, we were trained to believe it was a race only now we realized that that is not true. It's the opposite. taraweeh is not a race. In fact, the quality of it is what Allah is interested in, not the quantity of it. Remember this, even if you have not completed the entire Quran in your taraweeh but you have done whatever you have done with the most beautiful recitation full
With concentration for the sake of Allah, you have achieved a greater reward. May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us and guide us. So my beloved brothers and sisters, it's about time that we revisited this entire chapter of tarawih and the speed in taraweeh. Going back to what I was saying, some people love so many things more than Allah but they don't realize it. So in order to get our love of Allah far beyond the love of material items and position and wealth and so on, Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us constantly to spend in his cause. We heard a verse in the Torah way that was recited yesterday, a verse that struck me will lie. I almost cried in Salah when I heard this verse,
and I know I've heard it so many times. But Allah guarantees you my brothers, my sisters, Allah says, or my
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what ever you have spent in goodness, we will definitely compensate it for you in full and you will not be oppressed. You spend one grand Allah swears that he will give it back to you multiplied, Allah swears that he's going to give back to you whatever you spent far more than what you spent, not necessarily in cash, sometimes in cash. In my life, I've seen you know, people give me bottles of perfume, one example.
Now if I were to keep these bottles of perfume, I would have a factory bigger than the perfume factory itself. So what I do normally, as you give me something, I'll give it to the next person, good intention, it is permissible to give a gift as a gift to someone else. And to give a gift as a gift and then be given as a gift and then be given as a gift until it goes back to the first person. It's a good sign. We used to believe that is prohibited no way it's not. It's meritorious you love something, give it Subhana Allah so when I give it away, every time I get another to Subhana Allah, someone else gives me and then I give away to I get another for Allah. And whenever I talk about it,
I stopped getting them.
Subhana Allah. So it's something amazing sometimes in cash you give someone you've helped them in a big way, and Allah opens your doors wide open. So Pamela, you got it. That's the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But sometimes not in cash, sometimes in kind, you have good health, you have obedient children, you look at your spouse in the coolness of your eyes, you feel because you helped people, and sometimes our lives are in a mess, because we could have helped and we didn't help. We could have helped it was easy. Allah says why I'm now on my own. You know, that verse where Allah says, Those who actually stop giving even that which is basic, small, someone asked you something
light minor, and you'd have no reason not to give it. You know, sometimes if we don't want to encourage beggars, we might not want to give. That's not necessarily a bad deed, because you have a reason of not encouraging but a person who never asks and suddenly they've asked you sometimes they've got to a point where they have no option but to ask you need to be able to vet engage, and you need to know how much to give, where to give, how to give etc. But you need to use your discretion because I tell you the day we are in need May Allah never ever make us from among those who need to go out to beg in order to survive.
Subhan Allah Allahu mcqueeney Allah Allah can Hara mc wakeeney before De Luca Mansi work that's a beautiful, Oh Allah, let sufficient be for me that which is halaal such that I don't have to go into Haram. And Oh Allah, you make me independent by trusting in you such that I never have to reach out to fellow human beings or anyone besides you. I mean, so my brothers and sisters abubaker Casa de la, he used to give a certain man known as misbehaved, Matata, he was a relative of his he was a person who made he drunk. He was one of the people who was poor, and he was related to Abu Bakar. Now, as to D for the long run. When a person is related to you, they have a greater right. So you
need to look after your relatives who are poor. And generally they will be a test a test meaning sometimes you may have a little bit of conflict between you and your relatives, for Allah to test you Do you still fulfill their rights, okay, now they're going to do this to you. Do you still fulfill their rights? Now they are going to do that to you? Do you still fulfill their rights? Those are the tests. If you ran away, you failed your test. But if you fulfill the rights having a big heart, then you have arrived at a level that is far, far higher than an ordinary human being because it's not easy to help someone who has harmed you. Do you agree?
When we help people, what do we want in return? A lot of people don't want anything besides, please don't harm me. You know, like, I can give you another example of myself. And that is one day there was a man not too long ago, who was doing something that was extremely evil. And he was aiming at me. So I contacted him and I told him my brother, I'm very surprised that you're doing this. The reason is, from my part, I know. I've never harmed you. If anything, I've benefited you have I ever harmed you know, I've only either benefited you or I have neither benefit to do no harm do nothing. So either Our relationship is at zero or it is above that. But from your side, you are harming me.
What did I do to you to deserve that? Zero? Nothing. So why talk evil about me? Why say this about me? Why attack me for nothing? I tell you, it is difficult to help those who attack you. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling Abu Bakr Siddiq, that you know what, when this man started attacking your daughter and spread rumor about Sharia law, the rumor we spoke about yesterday, then used to Carcassonne, you swore an oath that you're not going to spend the money that you used to spend on him. So Allah says, You are higher than that. Subhana Allah, you are higher than that. A person like you who's been granted virtue, who's been granted wealth should never take a customer that will lie
I'm not going to spend on this person ever again. You are higher than that. You need to rise above that conflict and keep on spending no problem. Now that's not easy. You agree? That's why Abubakar Siddique robiola, who was known as the best of those to tread the earth after the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Amazing. So we save ourselves from a lot of damage. You know, when we hold a grudge, while Allah He pulls us down, it is a weight on our shoulders, it results in so much negativity, we have evil thoughts, and it contaminates our entire system. Try your best to remove the grudge as hard as it is. As difficult as it is. I always say people say forgiven forget, I
disagree with that. Because it's not really possible for a human being to do the second part of it, I can forgive you.
But if I forget, you might bite me from the same direction again. And the moment is not supposed to be bitten from the same angle twice. That's a hadith law you will
attain, a man is not supposed to be bitten from the same hole twice. So I will forgive you wholeheartedly. But I'm not going to forget it because I don't want you to bite me again from the same angle. Therefore, I may not embrace you after I forgiven you. You know a sign that you've forgiven someone is not that you embrace them in a way that you return the relationship back to where it was. That is possible if both parties are genuine. But if both parties are not genuine, you might say Oh, ally forgive this person. But I don't want to have anything much to do with them from now on Subhanallah you're not wrong. Some people like I say are so toxic. You have to save yourself
from such people because the minute you interact with them, their habits, their character, their conduct, their thinking their speech, everything is so negative, that it has such a bad impact on you, you come back from them depressed, you might want to stay away, there's nothing wrong. If you have tried to change them and you did not succeed. You stay away from them, it's better for you. They are known as toxic people. So we are talking about saving ourselves. We have to save ourselves from two types of shamans. One is the devil shape and a bleach and his progeny. And two is shaytaan from amongst mankind. There are devils people whom unfortunately, very Unfortunately, they don't
want to mend their ways and habits. They steal, they pinch they do it once, twice and 10 times. If you don't save yourself from such people, you will realize you will regret May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So Ababa Casa de la when he heard this verse,
immediately he decided to make amends and he decided to tell this young man you know what I'm going to spend on you again. And he started once again. What did Allah subhanho wa Taala tell him? Verse number 22 of surah to know while I a jolly old old folk name he
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materialistic living should not take an oath or make an oath not to spend on the relatives and the poor and those who have made hegira. Rather, they should forgive and embrace For indeed Do they not want the forgiveness of Allah? Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Now you see the question at the end, brings about a whole new dimension to this. And it is connected to learning to treat others the way you want Allah to treat you. Did you hear that? So if you want the Lord to forgive you, even though you've perpetrated hideous crimes, you need to learn to forgive others Subhan Allah, learn to forgive others. Subhana Allah when Allah sees that you are a person in your nature, as difficult as
it is, you find it within you to forgive,
Allah will forgive you, because his quality is far higher than yours. It is a quality of perfection. And when you have tried, that is a good enough excuse for Allah subhanho wa Taala by his will and his mercy to forgive you. This is why Allah tells him about Casa de la jolla on the verses for all of us, but the reason of revelation was connected to this incident and this is why it is mentioned in the set of verses connected to the story of the fabrication against eyeshadow, viola Juana and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Allah to a Buddha in your Allahu Allah, wouldn't you like that Allah forgives you, therefore learn to forgive and embrace others. So if you forgive others, there is a
greater chance that Allah will forgive you. But I want to make it clear that it's not necessary that you forgive others, especially when a person has perpetrated the crime once, twice, thrice, four times, five times, you forgive them once, twice, thrice after that. You don't need to keep on forgiving. Remember this, so it is virtuous to forgive, it is encouraged to forgive. It is rewarding to forgive, but it is not an absolute duty. Remember that? Sometimes people say, Look, I don't want to forgive. However, be careful. Because if you don't forgive, you will go to the Day of Judgment, and you will sort the matter out there. Many of us shave man makes us say, Listen, I'm going to sort
this matter out on the day of judgment in front of Allah. Have you heard people say that? Do as you please, I'm going to fix you on the Day of Judgment. Wait, 40 Yama, Allah He Be careful. That's a statement that's very dangerous. Because when you get to the day of the AMA, what if you are wrong? Subhana Allah, too late, isn't it? What if you find that you are wrong? And Allah says, hang on, you are wrong, then it's too late. You're gonna say Oh, shucks, and that person is gonna say, well, no more sharks. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Forgive us.
So we need to know this. My brothers and sisters, learn to embrace, learn to forgive. Because if we do that, by the will of Allah, we won't have the big problems of the Day of Judgment. It's not good enough to leave things for the Day of Judgment. Try your best to resolve them here. Yes, if it was impossible, you were a party who was willing, but the other party was not willing, you may be forced to leave it for the Day of Judgment. You seek Allah's forgiveness and you try your best to make amends after that, what can we do? There is a day of judgment in order to judge may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. So tomorrow we will go through verses of the Quran also in Surah
Surah. And as you've noticed, I'm taking my time, we're not in a rush. This year is a year with the difference. The reason is every time we come into Ramadan, we are rushing this year we don't want to rush. Take it easy. We are fortunate. There are people in Europe who are listening to me right now. Trust me, they are still fasting and they will only open their fast after a few hours. One of my friends contacted me today and told me what time do you guys finish everything? I said, Aisha tarawih and the poster we program finishes between half nine and quarter to 10. Every day.
He says what? We only opening our faster that time. We have to finish everything at quarter to one in the morning.
I told him Are you serious? He says yes. And guess what? I said what? At two o'clock we're back in the masjid. Subhana Allah what type of fasting is that? May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for them. We have a bonus living in Cape Town out of all places Masha Allah Subhana Allah.
We ask Allah for beneficial reign say amin May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us rain one of the ways of achieving rain is to seek forgiveness of Allah to quit sin. When we quit sin. Allah will bless us with rain. And this is in the Quran in many places Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of it. May Allah forgive us. Let's all seek the forgiveness of Allah. Let's all quit our bad ways and habits and believe me, tomorrow we will have this rain. If not tonight. We
seek the forgiveness of Allah. by seeking the forgiveness of Allah and quitting cutting our bad ways and habits promising Allah we never ever going to go back into those bad ways and habits. Trust me. They will be an opening from the heaven we will be granted not only beneficial rain, but sustenance as well. akula Kali hada masala Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah Mohammed, the shadow Allah, Allah Allah and