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.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah, he was happy.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his companions, his household May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all and bless every one of us. I mean, my brothers and sisters, the month of the Quran, and the Quran has in it Shiva. This evening when I came, as you know, I was not feeling too well but by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala moments later I was told by one of my colleagues, you know, when you are reading the Quran, and this is something that is a reminder for all of us, Allah says it has in it cure the Quran has in it cure. So as you are reading it, you're getting cured the diseases of the heart as well as your
physical diseases. So let us actually increase our recitation of the Quran for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And as a bonus, we will begin to see the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala descend in a way that even if you're not feeling well, in sha Allah by his will, you will be much much better through the beautiful words of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So to focus on the 25th surah of the Quran, that is what we are talking about. You know that when we do good deeds, we expect a reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala. The driving force should be genital filled dose, the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala I am fasting, it is known as a man and why is a man that is what I'm supposed to
be doing. A man means with conviction. I believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala he has instructed me so I will do it, believing that I'm fulfilling an instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He saben actually means expecting a reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So I'm doing it. I believe that it's an instruction for me from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I'm expecting a reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala two types of rewards. Number one, in this world, we would like to see the mercy of Allah upon every one of us, is that not correct? So when we adopt what Allah wants us to adopt, wouldn't we like to see the mercy of Allah descend upon us? Yeah. Ally, fulfill my Salah. I stay away from
haram as best as I can I seek your forgiveness, Oh Allah, I fulfill my fasting. I try my best never to associate partners with you. I try to follow Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam Yala. I expect you to have mercy on me. I'm hoping that you will have mercy on me during my short stay on earth. And this is why sometimes people ask a question. They say chef, I am trying to be the best Muslim, why do I have difficulties? My brothers and sisters Allah did not promise you that you will not have difficulties. If that was the case, there would have been no challenges in the life of the best of creation Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but Allah promises you that he will help you through
those challenges in a way that you remain content and pleased with Allah. This is why Islam and Eman rotates around several pillars. One of these pillars is I bear witness. And I believe firmly that good and bad faith is actually from Allah, I will be pleased with it. River bill Allah to be happy with the decree that Allah has chosen for you and I, this is part of our belief, my beloved brothers and sisters. So people ask this question, I'm trying my best. Why are things still coming in my direction, the two are not connected. The condition of your heart is what is important. You are a happy man, you have a challenge. You are struggling to pay your rent, you are looking for a job,
you're looking for a spouse, you're looking for happiness, you're trying to quit your bad ways and habits, but you know that you are pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala the condition of your heart you will always be smiling. Whereas a person could be bestowed with so much in terms of this worldly material life. And he may never be happy. He may not be content. So there are people who do good. There are people who do good.
And they just do it without any belief. I'm sure you've come across people who don't believe in God. They don't believe in the hereafter. They don't believe that there is heaven and hell, but they do good. Sometimes they are disciplined. Sometimes they have brilliant character and conduct. What happens to them?
What will allow do to them? I'm sure there has to be something in the Quran that Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions connected to those type of people. Well, before we get there, let me explain with us like I said
Firstly, we want goodness in this world. Secondly, we want gentlemen for those, the day that we are taken away, we want to good death. You know, when you hear that someone died in the month of Ramadan.
Obviously, it's great news, there is a chance that that person will be looked at with the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala if they've died a natural death and they have not openly gone against the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they have not usurped the right of another. So you know, people say, Oh, this person died in Ramadan, they're going straight to Jenna. Well, there is a little bit of detail in that regard. If a person commits suicide, for example, in Ramadan, what about them? We say, leave it to Allah, it was wrong for the person to do that. It is punishable you and I know that suicide is haram. But if a person has done something evil in the month of Ramadan,
then can we say that they're going to go straight to heaven because they died in the month of Ramadan? The answer is no. It's up to Allah. We know the warnings. We know how prohibited it is, but we leave it to Allah. The same applies. If a person is a drunkard, and he doesn't fast and he dies in Ramadan. Perhaps Allah may look at him with the eye of mercy, Bart, it doesn't mean not necessarily that he will fly straight into general for those. Let's remember this. So there is a little bit of detail. If you have stolen someone's wealth, you have usurped a person's rights. Or you have for example, oppressed someone you cannot expect if you were to die in Ramadan, that Allah
subhanho wa Taala will simply grant you agenda without taking account of what you did to other people, you stole their wealth. What about that you need to answer you, you oppressed someone you swore them, you made life difficult for them, you need to answer so these are all details governing the death. However, it is indeed a blessing of death to die in Ramadan, we cannot deny that. It's like it's a blessed day. It's a blessing death if a person were to die, for example, in Makkah, Tomoko Rama in the Mata in the harem, it's a blessing that we indeed acknowledge that it's blessing that blessedness is because either the timing is blessing or the places blessing, a person who
passes away in salla, Allahu Akbar, may Allah grant that to us. And if you want it, remember, increase your Salah, so you increase the chances of passing away and Salah
a month back I'm sure we saw one of the
reciters of Indonesia who passed away while reading the Quran Subhana Allah, it was something unique. I'm sure we all make dua that Allah grant him Jenna and that Allah give us also a good death. So my brothers and sisters, we should be concerned about the hereafter. If you live with the concern about how you are going to fare in the Hereafter, Allah will give you a good death inshallah. inshallah, you are concerned about how you are going to fare on the Day of Judgment. You read your Salah, you give you a Zakah inshallah, by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala you will have a beautiful death and Allah subhanho wa Taala will take you into his mercy. someone passes
away. What do we say Rahmatullah honey?
In tequila Illa Mattila the person has passed into or crossed over into the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah have mercy upon all of us. Those who don't believe in the Hereafter, when they do good, Allah says, I don't oppress anyone, I have to acknowledge what do they believe in? They believe that it's just this world, and they don't believe in the hereafter. In that case, Allah says, we will give them their prize in this world. So what will happen to them because they were kind to others, we gave them good health, better health than you and I, because they were really, really beautiful human beings, character wise and so on. They were very benevolent they reached out
to so many poor and destitute we gave them children who were the coolness of their eyes. We gave it to them, we gave them health, we gave them beauty, we allow them to go on holiday to enjoy the life because that's all they lived for. So they went to places you and I have not been. Have you been to Honolulu by the way anyone here?
They were there already so Han Allah Subhana Allah. Then Allah says in verse number 23 regarding those who don't believe in the Hereafter, those who don't believe in Jenna and jahannam in heaven and hell
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we have recompensed them in advance for all the deeds that they had done the good deeds we gave them in this world in leer of those deeds, whatever goodness was equivalent to their deeds and then on the Day of Judgment, their deeds are like ash. That is
All over. They are now coupons that are used we receive coupons Don't we? We keeping those inshallah we need them in our grave, we want them in the hereafter inshallah. But if you were to spend your coupons just now everything is gone. What do you expect to be in store for you later on? May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us. The reason I start with this list, we need to save ourselves not just from the disasters of this world, but we'll llahi more importantly from the disasters of the Hereafter, because we will be dead for a longer time than we were ever alive on Earth. Remember that and we will be resurrected and thereafter we will be living forever and ever. May Allah subhanho wa
Taala Have mercy on us. Amen.
Brothers and sisters before I continue to the next verse, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah no matter what you've done, never, ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah. You are not a write off. You have not committed crime that is beyond the forgiveness of Allah. Remember this for as long as you are breathing, turn to Allah seek His forgiveness. I promise you that forgiveness will be written down in your records. It will come on the day of judgment to help you you sought forgiveness of Allah keep trying and keep trying. If you slip back into sin get back up and go again. Subhana Allah, you know, a tortoise gets to the end because it keeps trying but it is very slow. And then it
gets to the end after trying once and twice and thrice. Have you ever watched a centipede? If you were to flick it or touch it? What does it do? It rolls up it waits for a little while when it feels that there's no one watching. It opens again and starts walking. Have you noticed that we are like centipede Subhanallah shavon is flicking us every day we roll back because we don't want anyone to touch us once he's gone open up again. Keep on walking so Han Allah that is your Toba, my brothers and sisters we are living in a world that is filled with tests and fooled with a lot of sin that is very easy to commit Subhan Allah so remember, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah keep turning to
Allah keep trying one, twice, once, twice, three times, four times, no matter how many times until you meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala that is my message for you tonight. Never lose hope we are in the month of hope. Why did Allah have this month of Ramadan every year? Why does it come back every year? Have you ever thought of it? Because it's the mercy of Allah. You never know if you're going to see the next one but it will come if you are alive. Allah gives you another chance. If you had passed away at least you spent the last Ramadan of your life within the obedience of Allah you tried your best you fulfill Salatu tarawih in the most beautiful way Subhana Allah I was just calculating
today Not to say that we are bothered about the time because hamdullah in this machine, the clock actually doesn't mean anything. I think you notice that right? We are there to please Allah subhanho wa Taala we must we must make a difference. We are fortunate we kick off at seven o'clock Mashallah 10 past and hamdulillah we have Salah Tunisia, it takes about 10 minutes there after one and a half hours for the taraweeh and another 10 minutes for the return and then we are up nine o'clock we're up by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala speaking for exactly 30 minutes on the dot. And then we disperse. We disperse the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala How have we spent our evening it's a
massive sacrifice. My brothers may Allah have mercy on you, my sisters, may Allah have mercy on you and your offspring, your children. It is a huge sacrifice. It's not easy to come to the masjid stand in the heat. This goes wrong that goes wrong a person is there you know people might be May Allah make it easy for us smelling of fries and some Moses and savories and it's quite a jihad. A person burps this way and that way you don't know how they are punishing the people. But now Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, we are doing it for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala you relate to what I'm saying?
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. You know how the month of Ramadan is a month of the mercy of Allah. Allah witnesses you planning in advance that I'm just going to open my fast and I'm going to immediately make sure that you must read quickly get ready and rush to the masjid. Allah knows that you are doing this. Allah subhanho wa Taala will never ever waste your coupons. Remember that Allah knows it. have hope in the mercy of Allah, He loves you. That's why you are in his house. He loves you. That's why you are listening to a good talk of the Quran and the Sunnah to draw you closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala if Allah subhanho wa Taala did not love you, you wouldn't even be
listening to anything close to that which brings you close to Him. May Allah subhanahu wa taala forgive us. So this is a beautiful, beautiful time of the year. It keeps on coming back because if we've spent the year we might have dilly dally a little bit, we may have faltered a little bit Allah says Hang on, I'll give you another month of Ramadan Subhan Allah we should seek forgiveness even before Ramadan but Ramadan is a season every
way, way cheaper than what it would be outside the month of Ramadan. The chances of you achieving the forgiveness of Allah in Ramadan are the highest possible chances than any other time during the year in the Islamic calendar. And this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam hood jabril alayhis salam say what you do lemon andraka Ravana Allah? And he said, I mean, what does that mean? destruction be upon the one who witnesses the month of Ramadan and still did not achieve forgiveness. Imagine if forgiveness was a bottle. And they were 1000s of bottles here in the machine and the only hundreds of us for example. And we needed desperately the bottle and we walked out
watching the bottle and we didn't pick it up, who is the fool?
Who is the fool, we are the rules. The bottle is there you seeing it, it's in front of you. You need it, pick it up and walk out. The Mercy is there it's in front of you, you need it, pick it up and walk out the forgiveness is there, pick it up and walk out do not walk out of Ramadan without that mercy without that forgiveness. So my brothers and sisters, what is extremely important for us to know is if we want to save ourselves from a lot of evil, we need to ensure that those we interact with and mixed with and those we choose as friends are better than us or similar.
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about friends. I said when I spoke about Sudoku for a few days ago that our thinking our ways and habits connected to those whom we mix with our friends. If they speak in a certain way we will end up speaking in that way. If they do not fulfill their Salah we will end up not fulfilling our Salah if they are interested in the Quran, they talk about it they are for example very close to the masjid and they are always there we will end up going there with them. So make sure my brothers and sisters that you have the best of company. I tell you in verse number 27 of Surah Al Furqan Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the regret of those who chose Bad Company those who could not save
themselves from bad company.
You know what that means? When you identify that the guys you mixing with are not right. The battle to stay away from them is so great at times that Subhanallah if you were to succeed the reward of it is very high. It's not easy. Your friends call you know where are you come on stop being this stop being that come on. We just going out we're going to enjoy you know that they're doing drugs, you know that they're doing alcohol, you know that they're clubbing and so on. To stay away is not a joke, you deserve a medal. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us all and our offspring and every one of the oma of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam my brothers, my sisters, imagine Allah
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Tomorrow Sunni Sabina on that day, the day of judgment when the oppressor would see that he actually became a sinful person because of his companionship and because he moved away from the path of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam he will be chewing his hands. He will be chewing his hands in regret saying I should have chosen the path of the messenger.
Yeah, why Isla de la eternium funan Connie la Oh destruction upon me I should have never had such and such a person as my friend. I should have never had him as my as my friend. Because today is the day of judgment and look at me. I am on the wrong side. I am with the wrong people. Because I did not detach myself from this particular guy.
Subhan Allah. What he did was, he drew me towards that which was wrong. He stopped me from obeying the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala he never reminded me whenever I was going wrong. This is why I never feel bad when someone corrects you never. Someone corrects you. Listen, brother, you're not supposed to be doing this sister. You're supposed to be doing this and you're not supposed to be doing that don't feel bad. That particular statement will come on the day of judgment to bear witness for you or against you. You were told, Allah will say we created the person who walked up to you and who gave you our message and walked away and you reacted by feeling bad spitting at them or
speaking harshly to them and so on. But that was Allah as messenger came to you in the form of a person
and the message came to you from that particular person, so don't take it lightly. If it's a good message, listen to it. So para la la cada balani honey
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this person led me astray from the remembrance from the Quran from Revelation after it came to me, which means I knew I knew what was right and wrong. I knew where I had to be and where I shouldn't be. But this company of mine actually drove me in the wrong direction. And Allah says, Do you know shavon is very, very deceptive. When it comes to mankind he deceives mankind Cuckoo. Cuckoo means one who cheats all the time he deceives all the time. He plays his tricks he knows how to
marry Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us
about those who know that revelation is sent from Allah, they claim to believe they say they are believers, and then they still want to adopt their own ideas and thoughts. And they worship their mind against the revelation of Allah subhanho wa Taala. What does that mean? This includes two categories of people, those who believe, or sorry, those who claim to believe, but in essence, they don't follow at all. And then those who don't claim to believe don't believe and they worship their mind.
Now, I'm obviously not going to go too deep into this because there are so many types of people across the globe, who worship their own minds, which means anything that comes to my mind when I feel that's it, I worship it. Whether it makes sense or doesn't make sense. That's it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us mercy. We are believers, my brothers and sisters, we are fortunate. The biggest gift you and I have is the belief and the fact that we are part of the Omar Mohamed Salah Allahu alayhi wa sallam, there is no bigger gift. We have the Quran with us. It's part of that package. We have the sooner of masala Allahu alayhi wa sallam, it's part of that package. It has
been packaged for us in such a beautiful way. Our lives are disciplined. We have rules and regulations that we follow. Now if a person looks at all those rules and regulations and said you know what, I don't need to follow anything. I'm just going to do as I please because I just want to enjoy life. Well, Allah says, Are Imani Taka Ella hahahahaha, Taku. Iwasaki la
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ormolu sebelah powerful versus verse number 43 of surah Furqan Allah says, Do you see he who takes his mind as a god besides Allah subhanho wa Taala he does whatever pleases Him because He just wants to enjoy on Earth. Allah says, What do you think of that person? Subhana Allah?
Do you think that they actually hear when you say things, they're not interested in what you're saying? Do you think they actually listen, they see, they don't hear they don't see, Allah says just like animals may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection.
And may Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, we are never allowed to trample on the toes of another in terms of rights. Remember this.
So my freedom should be such that I do not use it in order to block your rights.
If, for example, I am free to do something, freedom, we're talking about the freedoms of today, I cannot use that freedom to block you from doing something. And I want to cite the example of the dress code. We believe that on the globe, the people are free Subhanallah in the in the secular world Subhanallah people are free to dress how they want.
I'm sure you know that people are free to dress how they want. So because they say we are free to dress how we want and then they block people from covering themselves. It's no longer freedom.
It's no longer freedom. Now, we have used the term freedom and interpreted it in one particular way, blocking people and stopping people from dressing how they want.
So this is something that we need to think about. People use their minds, but the same minds. If you were to try and apply what I've just said, Now, it doesn't make sense. How can you say that you know what? You're free, there is freedom. A woman is free to dress as she wishes. But she's not free to cover herself. Doesn't make sense. So you have used the term to fool people into being
Believing that yes, freedom is to uncover. That's what some people think. Freedom is neither to uncover nor to cover freedom is exactly freedom. You are free to do whatever you have to so hon Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to respect one another. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to fulfill the rights of one another. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who do not trample over the toes of another, because indeed, that is very, very dangerous. And the reason why I cite this example is because we live in countries that are secular, but we are struggling as Muslims, our women are struggling even to dress with the hijab with the hijab, and it is being
banned and blocked, we feel it's unfair. We feel that it's unfair, because if we were to use the term freedom, how then
can you just decide that this is not a part of freedom? One of the excuses used and I'm going to spend a moment on this is they say that the women who wear the hijab are oppressed. That is not true in the case of the majority in the free world. SubhanAllah look at the Sisters of ours here in this city of Cape Town, for example. Look at the sisters in the West, for example. Against all odds, they are wearing the hijab, they want to wear it that's why they are fighting for their right to wear it. And still we want to shove down their throats, that you know what you are oppressed, you don't know you are somehow oppressed You don't understand. Only if you remove everything and just show yourself
completely then we will consider you not oppressed. In fact, that is oppression.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us like I said, to respect one another, you know, like I said it a few days ago, we are taught something we will follow it, let the others do whatever they want. It's a free country, let them do Don't interfere in their business. If you get a moment to discuss things amicably respectively, you may propagate the goodness in a respectful manner, because it may be your duty as a Muslim, they may want to propagate their way. So we are not calling for trampling on the toes of others. We are saying you do your thing, let other people do their thing, but you need to know you believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala. So you are bound. You have already decided that I am
bound by Allah and His Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam therefore I will follow these rules and regulations. My brothers and sisters, the prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent to us bearing good news, and at the same time giving us a warning. What was this warning?
Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam using two terms, Bashir and the Navy. But she remains a bearer of good news. He always said there is Jenna there is goodness, there is the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That is a bearer of good news. But she and on the other hand, NaVi means a warner, a warner in the sense that he said, Look, there is the punishment of Allah, there is the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala. There is Hellfire that awaits people in the Hereafter, who those who are evil in this world. So therefore, there is a balance when it comes to the call. I do know that in this world that is filled with lots of difficulty and
hardship, the message of peace and hope
goes down much more or in a greater way than the message of fear. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease but that having been said, we need to strike the balance between the two because he mano binal whole view on Raja through a man and conviction is a balance between fear and hope. You have opened the mercy of Allah and you fear his punishment, you need to know that there is something that is called punishment. So this is the balance and this is why Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his message was absolutely balanced. We need my brothers and sisters to listen to the other side sometimes.
I said moments ago never lose hope in the mercy of Allah that stands once in a while learn about the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala once in a while go find out what jahannam is all about what Hellfire is all about all sit in a lecture or you shall be told about it. You read the Quran you find so many verses filled with the mercy of Allah but there are verses that have vivid descriptions of Hellfire and the punishment of Allah. Why are they there? man needs a balance. And I end off by giving you the example of a child. You have your own child you love your child to pieces, but the child knows you cannot keep on giving the child sweets every day. No. One day you say this is not
how things happen. You know, you need to give them a warning. If you do this again. There is a naughty corner. That's what the naughty corner is all about. Why the balance because that is the upbringing. That is what
man needs the balance of both you reward for goodness and you ensure that when there is evil you deal with it appropriately May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on all of us akula Kali hada sallallahu wasallam ah barakallahu Li, from Hanukkah llama become deconditioned Allah Allah Allah and Mr. hirokawa tunic