Ramadan 2017 – Save Yourself – Part 2 – Episode 8
Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2017
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Taraweeh Lecture at Masjidul Quds, Gatesville, Cape Town
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy Hajj main. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his household is companions We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them all and to bless every one of us. And to grant us general weirdoes. My beloved brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala has many names. And these are the Beautiful Names of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says in the Quran, one in, in asthma.
And indeed, to Allah belongs the Beautiful Names so use them to call out to Him, use the different names of Allah subhanho wa Taala to supplicate unto Allah subhanho wa Taala so it's our duty to learn the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala from among those names, there is a name or a man or a man has got to do with the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that encompasses everything, it encompasses the believers and the disbelievers and we are the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is our one man. One of the names is Allah him or Rahim is also connected to the mercy of Allah, but it is a specialized mercy for the believers. There is a special mercy for those who believe. So, the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he used to tell his companions to prostrate to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he used to instruct the others who are not yet believers, to turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala and to prostrate unto him, and the term used at times would be to prostrate to the Most Merciful. Why?
They used to prostrate to the idols, they used to prostrate to whatever they made, and they there were so many idols that they used to worship, but they never prostrated to Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah subhanho wa Taala is the Most Merciful. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran, will either kill Allah Hamas Judo, Manny kalu Amara,
when it was said unto them, prostrate to the Most Merciful, they would say, what is the Most Merciful stavola? What is it? What are you referring to? They would try belittling the statement, and they would try to add insult yet they would only be insulting themselves. If someone says prostrate to the Most Merciful. What would your answer be? My brothers and sisters, I don't want to say that our answer would be we would not prostrate because so many times a day we listen to them or even calling us towards the prostration and voila, he we don't go to prostrate. So we need to go back to look at our relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah says in Surah Furqan
that when the disbelievers were told to prostrate to the Most Merciful, they said what is the Most Merciful? What about the believers, when they are called towards prostration they immediately fall prostrate. And this is why whenever we listen to these verses of such that it is our duty to immediately fall prostrate for the sake of Allah, because we are saying we are not like those who have refused to prostrate number one, number two, some of the verses have an instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, we immediately obey that instruction and fall prostrate. Number three, some of the verses have an have an instruction to others and they had fulfilled it. So we to show Allah
subhanho wa Taala that if the others did it, we will also do it. So these are the few reasons why we fall prostrate in what is known as such that to to our it is known as the prostration during the recitation of the Quran, remember, my brothers and sisters never ever be lazy to fulfill your Salah. That is the prostration Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us that on the Day of Judgment, those who will be called to prostrate to Allah subhanho wa Taala who will not prostrating in this world will not be able to prostrate because their backs will become straightened and they won't be able to fall down in frustration. So make it a habit to turn to Allah. This is a beautiful month a month of
prayer. a month of recitation of the Quran a month of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala remember when
The calls will law he if you heard it, it is registered against you and your ears, your ears have heard how you
come to success and you didn't go and you still expect success. May Allah make a steadfast May Allah subhanho wa Taala accepted from us. So my brothers and sisters
thereafter, when they asked the question, what is a rough man? You know, it is something to say who is a rough man, you are at least asking Who are you referring to? But to say what is an insult? You know, if I if you were to say your name to someone, and they were to answer you in a way that made you seem like an animal, wouldn't it be insulting? Remember if someone tries to insult Allah subhanho wa Taala or the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala all the signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala in reality, they are only insulting themselves, they cannot at all insult Allah subhanho wa Taala the insult is against them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So in the next verse,
verse number 63, of Surah Al Furqan, Allah subhanho wa Taala explains who is a man and how he chooses to explain it is to show that those who really worship the Most Merciful, they will be recognized by their qualities, what are the qualities of the worshipers of the Most Merciful? It's easy for Allah subhanho wa Taala to say, these are the worshipers of Allah. But no, he says, These are the worshipers of the Most Merciful.
Because if these were the qualities of the people, they would earn the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala Wouldn't you like to know what these qualities are so that we can be saved from the rock of Allah subhanho wa Taala and we can earn the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala when Allah says, my worship is the worshipers of the Most Merciful, these are their qualities, he starts off by saying, wish number 63 why a bad man 11am una de una and indeed the worshipers of the Most Merciful when they walk on the earth, they walk in a specific way, filled with humility and humbleness. They are recognized, by the way they carry themselves,
the worshipers of the Most Merciful, they are recognized by the way they carry themselves. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us people of dignity, people of respect people who carry themselves in the best possible way, remembering that they are the worshipers or that we are the worshipers of the Most Merciful. So if you carry yourself well you are actually calling the mercy of Allah upon you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us when a believer a true believer walks, he's not rushing.
Obviously once in a while you may be in a slight rush, make sure that that does not cause injury or harm to yourself or to others. When a mock Minh, a true believer in Allah subhanho wa Taala is driving. He is careful of the road rules so that not to hurt someone else and not to harm himself because this body he knows it belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala when a true believer is
in any conveyance, he makes sure that he is with dignity. Say you are on a plane or a train or a bus. A true believer, the one who worships the Most Merciful is concerned about the well being of the rest of the human beings who share the same mode of transport. There are people with you on the bus, you don't just you know listen to whatever you're listening to so loudly that you're disturbing the people or you open up your food in a way that the aromatic samosas and everything else smelling for everyone looking at you and you smiling, eating it and nodding your head and licking your lips. That's not a believer. you carry yourself so well that you share with others. They are human beings
Subhan Allah, it's not enough to just carry yourself well. The next part of it Allah subhanho wa Taala says we're either for Toba hormonal Jaya halona Carlos Allah, when the ignorant address the true worshipers of the Most Merciful the response is peace.
So even the way the true worshipers speak, save themselves from a problem with ignorant people. You know, this man argues you know that this man is picking on you. You know that this person this woman or this man is actually trouble and still you want to get back and respond in a way that will flare the inferno? Not at all. Never true believer. You know?
So when someone starts up with you, you can smile back and say Salaam peace, walk away. Peace. If you want to say something, say good word, walk away. Your expression as a believer will save you from a lot of problems on earth and even in the Akira, because your expression My beloved brothers and sisters can actually be an act of charity rewardable by paradise
buzzsumo Coffee Akiko sadaqa, you know that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, to smile at the face of your brother is actually an act of charity. So imagine
your expression would actually help you in a very, very big way. And if that was the case, what about your words, choose your words wisely. If you're a believer, remember, when you just say whatever comes to your mind, by your tongue, without thinking about it deeply without selecting the correct words, then indeed, you have wasted the function of the brain that Allah subhanho wa Taala has bestowed upon you. You want to say something, you know what you want to say? There's one more stage before you actually say it, choose the best words to say it, then you say it. So instead of saying, for example, shut up, you can say, Silence, please Subhana Allah or you can say please be
quiet. Or you can just sometimes look, if it's your own child, you can just look at them. And it's enough. So it depends for every situation, there is a response that is the most befitting for that particular situation. While llahi Allah subhanho wa Taala describes the worshipers of the Most Merciful because they will earn the mercy of Allah in this world. And the next so Allah says when the ignorant address you do not get into an argument. You know, there is a hadith the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, a person who leaves arguments, even if he knows he's right, would actually be promised a place in general Subhanallah because you didn't argue, don't want to argue you want to
learn, I will teach you we want to discuss let's discuss it respectfully. You want to argue sorry, not me. Subhana Allah not me. I'm out of here. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us understanding and May Allah make us from those who do not argue and who do not respond to argument except in the best possible way. Even if you look like a fool, keep on saying Salaam walk away, the next time peace walk away Subhana Allah even if they continue to try you know some people it's their job every time they see you. They want to pin you know, they want to twist they want to key No, no, no, I'm not going to be a little Mickey Mouse that actually goes according to your key No way. May Allah
subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. Then
Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how those believers now these are all qualities tonight we're going to speak only about the qualities of those whom Allah loves, and he calls them worshipers of the Most Merciful, he did not say worshipers of Allah He chose the name of his because all these qualities would call the mercy of Allah, they would deserve the mercy of Allah. So if you have the mercy of Allah, you have saved yourself from the anger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah says, When Medina be too narrow beam so
the true worshipers of the Most Merciful who are searching for the mercy of Allah at night, they spend the night between prostration and bowing ruku and such that they spend a portion of the night in Salah. What would this mean?
Allah did not even speak about the five daily prayers because those are obligatory they are in order. Now you want the mercy of Allah, you need to make an extra effort. Come on my brothers and sisters, once in a while, get up for Salah to fulfill even if it means two units fulfill them start off in one way or another. I give you a good way forward. Nowadays we get up to eat, don't we? What is it called early in the morning?
So whole right? Not breakfast, please. Not seven o'clock. No, we get up Subhana Allah in this part of the world, we have perhaps the shortest fasts in the world at the moment, perhaps one of the shortest paths in the world only 11 and a half hours if I'm not mistaken. So if you get up at quarter to six, for example, half past five, for example, you have enough time to make will do to fulfill two units, four units, six units of the Hadoop, two is also okay and to make a dua to Allah because at that time, the last third of the night, Allah subhanho wa Taala descends to the lowest heaven asking the people who is there who is calling out to me that I can respond to him or her who
is there who is asking me a name that I can reply, who is there who is seeking forgiveness that I can forgive? We cannot be awake at the time and only bothered about our own thoughts and our conflict.
That's not good enough. You are awake at the time Yes Your food is important. But that's not the only thing there is something way beyond the importance of food and that is the call of Allah. The Most Merciful is saying hey, I would like to forgive you. Are you asking for forgiveness? We busy yum yum. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us and were awake at the time. We are awake while I were awake. So I call on you tomorrow morning remind each other if you're staying in the same home, listen call out to Allah. This is the time of mercy while we eat you no problem while you're on the table, you can still call out to Allah you can do two things at once. But you can't eat while you're
in the head dude, please You can't eat while you in Salah. No, that doesn't work that way. So that the hatchet you will have to get up five minutes earlier 10 minutes earlier and you are getting up anyway. What do you lose? Allah says you want the mercy of Allah a bad man. They are the ones who spend the night between sujood and ruku. So if you are used to it in the month of Ramadan, I promise you outside Ramadan you I will just open because you're used to it. Ask those who are regular with Salah
before the Muslim starts already the eyes open it's before the clock rings are ready. They are up Subhanallah because they are used to it. This body is computerized already Subhana Allah but we don't realize this. So that is something absolutely important to spend the night in prayer then we have something that is even more serious. The true worshipers of the Most Merciful they want to save themselves from the fire of jahannam so they know about the fire of hell and they know that they seek the protection of Allah subhanho wa Taala from that fire. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, When levena coluna bana Sri fun fan. Badger
those are the ones they are the ones who say, oh, Rob, keep away from us, divert from us the punishment of jahannam of hellfire. For indeed its punishment is severe, and it is a bad abode. We know about it, which means the true worshipers of the Most Merciful. They've already learned about what Hellfire is and they are worried about being thrown in it. They want to save themselves. So my brothers and sisters one of the ways of saving ourselves from the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala and Hellfire is to constantly ask Allah to protect us from hellfire.
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divert from us the punishment of Hellfire Subhan Allah keep asking Allah this, because if you ask Miss to Allah, He will give it to you. It will go in your records. It will be written in your book that you asked Allah to save you from hellfire. So if it is in your book, 100 times, 1000 times or 20 times every day, the day you die, it will be written that this person on the last day they asked Allah 10 times, Oh Allah save me from the punishment of hellfire. Do you really think that the Most Merciful who calls himself a man is going to say no, no, no, that's besides the point I still want to throw him into the fire.
Allah is more merciful than that. So remember this, keep on asking Allah be genuine in it, and Allah will give it to you ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to protect you, then it is important that the qualities of the true believers are shown even in their dealings, even in their dealings. Because sometimes you find the person they are reading five Salah in the first stuff, but when they go out, they are deceiving this one, they have stolen the property of that one, they haven't yet paid that one, they are seeking interest from the other one, they are eating interest from a third party, etc, etc. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us about In fact, about spending, and this is to do with the
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Those whom when they spend, they are neither miserly nor do they waste but they have sought a middle path between those two. Now, just like in the previous point, Allah subhanho wa Taala spoke about prayer that was voluntary because the five compulsory prayers would already have been taken care of when people begin voluntary prayers. In the same way. If Allah is speaking about not being miserly and not being wasteful, then you need
To know that the halal and haram in terms of living buying and selling should already be taken for should already be done.
Subhana Allah, halal and haram? That is something that's not even a question. You cannot consume haram because if you do, then there is a lot of improvement that is required. May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us. But this is over and above it. I've earned halaal everything is okay. I've stayed away from Haram. But guess what I don't even spend on my family. I spoke about it a few days ago, right? When I said we don't even take our family members on a holiday once in a while you take them out here and then from Han Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless us. May Allah help us to use our wealth, you know, you have it spend, yes, you may save, and you must save, because you may have
something to buy that is perhaps a property maybe or perhaps a vehicle or something you need. Or you may want to save up for a rainy day. But don't be so miserly that you have enough and you're not spending at all, and the people around you are just looking at you but Dad, you know, but Mom, what's going on here? You know, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who strike a balance. Some people waist and some people are very, very miserly. Allah says you need to strike a balance. If you're a true worshiper, you're a true believer, you strike a balance in your spending, people should pick it up immediately. This person is a worshipper of the Most Merciful. Like we said, as
soon as someone deals with you, they know you're honest, Subhanallah they know that this person? No, no need to worry, they won't cheat me, they won't deceive me and so on.
Then, now that the discussion has
been rotating around that which is to do with dealings with people, you know, whether you're talking whether you're walking, whether you're buying or selling, and the fact that you are seeking Allah subhanho wa Taala protection from Hellfire, that that particular point, yes, it is connected to the hereafter. But remember my brothers and sisters, when you seek protection from Hellfire, there are two major points that you need to be concerned about. Number one, your relationship with Allah never associate partners with Allah, and never transgress against Allah. Number two is your fellow human beings, make sure that you have a record that is straight with them. seek forgiveness from those who
have wronged, do good to people. Don't be bad, don't be harsh. So this is why when you're seeking protection from jahannam, you need to look into yourself to say Where do I need improvement, and whatever I need improvement in, I'm going to improve it. I'm going to make sure that I try my best to improve as a person, my character, my conduct, the way I speak to my children, the time I spend with my family members needs to improve the quality of it needs to improve as well. And so on. But Allah subhanho wa Taala addresses the point of chic specifically, and he says, One Levine Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, for those who do not call out to Gods besides Allah subhanho wa Taala they do
not call out to deities besides Allah, when they call out, they call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that is being addressed here. And it is an important point, together with that Allah subhanho wa Taala says, while I go to noon,
and they do not perpetrate murder, they don't kill.
They don't perpetrate murder, they don't harm people, the harm, some leads all the way to death, and the other type of harm may not lead to death. But if it is harmful, you as a believer should be careful. You should not harm others, Muslim or non Muslim, why are you harming a person just because they don't share the faith that you have that is prohibited, it's wrong. You cannot just harm them, they didn't harm you. They didn't attack, you know. SubhanAllah so you cannot just harm someone pick at random anyone off the street and say right, picking on this person, I'm harming them, why they're not Muslims. Some people are preaching and promoting this type of ideology, and this is wrong at the
time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam even at the time of his death salallahu alayhi wasallam they were Jewish people and Christians in Madina munawwara and there was a business dealing that happened with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and a Jewish man so much so that his armor was with the Jewish men when he passed on sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
So it's not wrong. My brothers and sisters, this is something we need to make clear. Allah subhanho wa Taala says the true believers do not kill. They do not perpetrate murder. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding. Then Allah says while is no
On simple statement, he's added it on schilke. Murder, and Xena Xena meaning and true believers do not engage in immorality. Anything that is considered immoral behavior, a true believer is far away from it. So if you'd like to save yourselves from the calamities of this world and the next you need to protect yourself from immorality, yes, adultery and fornication, may be at a very high level of immorality. But remember the beginning of it, it might start in a very simple way. Some people are hooked on to pornography, and they justify to say, No, I watch it with my wife so that we can spice up our life. Where did you get that hellenization from? That's wrong. There's no stamp on there. May
Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding, it is prohibited you cannot justify harem. It's like someone saying no, we drink alcohol, just the two of us so that you know it feels nice in bed, you know, we can feel a little bit high. What's that? There's no justification, not at all. You cannot say that you cannot do that. If it is prohibited, it is prohibited at all times. So remember, pornography is also immoral behavior. That's what it is. It's immorality. May Allah protect our youth, may Allah protect the adults as well. Those who are hooked those who are who have this habit in secret and private that others don't even know about. May Allah help you. May Allah subhanho wa
Taala help you to eradicate that problem. I know of so many people who say, you know, I don't like it, I don't want it. But for some reason, you know, it just comes on my phone.
How does it just come on your phone? You know, I don't understand. Show you have to fiddle with the phone a little bit before it comes onto your phone, you know, but this is these are excuses. May Allah strengthen us. Keep on making dua to Allah like I said yesterday, keep on trying. keep on trying, you fell once. keep on trying. Go again. block it, stop it. You fell a second time, seek Allah's forgiveness. Try again. There will come a day when you will quit by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. keep on trying, don't ever give up. Never Not at all. So Allah subhanho wa Taala after speaking of immorality, he speaks about seeking forgiveness. And before speaking about seeking
forgiveness, he says, Those who engage in these crimes, they will face a severe punishment, severe punishment on the Day of Judgment.
And they will be given such a serious punishment that it will last very, very long. Now obviously when we hear that, like I said, Allah always says Wait, hang on, there is an exception. What is the exception?
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that the punishment will be meted out to those with the exception of the ones who have sought the forgiveness of Allah, they have believed and they did good deeds thereafter, we will convert the bad deeds into good deeds as a gift for them so that these bad deeds will be on the right side of the scale as good deeds because of the quality of belief and following up with good deeds. That's the mercy of Allah. Whatever bad you've done,
they will be two things and inshallah I will expand on this tomorrow but two things that we need to know today
you see colors forgiveness, he will forgive you. But if you want to convert the bad into good, there is a way of doing it. You need two qualities. Without these two, it's not going to convert it might be forgiven, but to convert it you need an extra quality What is that? Allah says in lamb and taba the todo we know for both of them. When you engage in Toba, you've sought the forgiveness. You have asked for the forgiveness, Allah will forgive you. But what are mana wha Mila Milan salejaw.
You have believed in Allah and you followed up with only good deeds. So if you did a sin, you committed a sin, you sought the forgiveness of Allah. And after that you only did good deeds and you did not go back to that bad deed. Allah says, You deserve for us. You deserve that we convert it for you into good. Why? Because you didn't do it again. You carried on with goodness and you did good for the rest of your life thereafter. Allah says Oh, in that case, there is a bonus awaiting you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that bonus. So these are beautiful verses of forgiveness. Allah will forgive us. And if we remain steadfast filled with conviction, Allah will eat
Convert for us the bad into good in such a way that we earn paradise May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. We continue tomorrow insha Allah akula Kali hada wa sallahu wa salam o Baraka ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah homovanillic Chateau La ilaha illa Anta anastasiou kawana Tobu Lake