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 al hamdu lillahi wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy as mine. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala. We thank Allah upon all conditions, we seek protection solely from the condition of those who shall be cast into hellfire. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them all. And to bless every one of us and to grant us the most beneficial rain that we are greatly in need of in this beautiful city of Cape Town. And in the Western Cape, in fact, in South Africa at large May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us And may Allah
bless all those who are struggling across the globe in whatever way they may be struggling in their difficulties, may Allah create ease for them. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant him all from his mercy. I mean, my brothers and sisters, we thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for granting us the opportunity to gather in his house. And like I said, and I repeat, the fact that we have gathered in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala shows the closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala it shows the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala for him to have you in his house is really not something minor. It is a very, very big deal. Alhamdulillah so thank Allah subhanho wa Taala and make the visit more
frequent For indeed, it will be within the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yesterday, I had spoken about the qualities of the worshipers of the Most Merciful. And I said why they were called the worshipers of the Most Merciful, and they will not refer to as the worshipers of Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioning very quickly recapping, before I continue, they are the worshipers of the Most Merciful because if they were to fulfill the qualities that were mentioned, or that are mentioned in the verses, then indeed they would be earning the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah calls them the worshipers of the Most Merciful also to show us that that quality of mercy is indeed a
great quality of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he will definitely definitely be known by. And he will be definitely encompassing us with that beautiful mercy of his in the dunya and the era. So we made mention of many qualities. I'm not going to go and mention each one of them. But I will start off at the point where Allah says the true believers when they have committed sin, whether it be murder, whether it be adultery, whether it be association of partnership with Allah subhanho wa Taala, the repent, they turn back to Allah subhanho wa Taala obviously, the issue of murder is a whole separate topic. And I like I said yesterday, it is unacceptable. And it is the duty of a Muslim to ensure
that he protects other lives rather than causing injury, harm and loss of life.
But when it comes to the issue of adultery when it comes to the issue of immorality, when it comes to the issue of association of partnership with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Remember, the procedure of seeking the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala is not very difficult. It requires one to admit the sin, to regret it, to seek the forgiveness and to promise not to do it again, four simple conditions. And if these four conditions are met, the sin is forgiven, man Tabata Allahu alayhi. Whoever seeks the last forgiveness, Allah forgives him, never ever did Allah say, whoever seeks my forgiveness, I will think about it or I will not forgive them No way. Not once did he say that
whoever seeks forgiveness, I won't forgive them. Every time he says whoever asks Allah forgiveness, Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Whoever seeks forgiveness, he will be forgiven and so on. So when you seek forgiveness, you are forgiven. But there is another level that is higher than just seeking forgiveness and being forgiven. And that is to be able to get the bad deeds that were committed converted into good deeds such that when we arrive on the Day of Judgment, we find them as good deeds that we have not even done some hannula. So when a man arrives on the Day of Judgment, or a woman, and he sees lots of Salah, he sees lots of Zakah he sees so many other deeds and he asks, I
don't think I did all these deeds. Where did this come from? He will be told when you did bad, then you repent
When you believed and did good deeds only thereafter, we loved the fact that you did not go back to your evil ways so much that we converted all that evil into good. And we are presenting it to you as acts of worship today.
That's the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You know, it is impossible to think of a person who is owed, say, for example, a million rands, you owe someone a million rands, say $100,000, for example,
not only by you saying, Please forgive me, you know what, it's, it's wrong. What I did I know I owe you the money. I'm not going to be able to pay you back. Imagine if that person were to say, Don't worry, forget about it. In fact, here's another $100,000 take it, it's yours. Wow. Subhan Allah, I wish we could have people like that. So May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us ease. We find it difficult to forgive our own brothers and sisters, sometimes our family members, our parents, our children, we find it difficult to forgive them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us the relationship we have even with our spouse is unique. It is so unique that sometimes we find it difficult to
forgive each other when we meet each other than most. Remember, when a mistake happens, we want the forgiveness of Allah when we perpetrate or commit a sin or a crime against Allah subhanho wa Taala. We want this forgiveness. If we would like the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala, we must learn to forgive others, especially those whom you are closest to. So for example, if your spouse has made a mistake, imagine they were dedicated for 10 years after 10 years. They faulted for one year, in that one year, the marriage was broken and it's over. But you forgot about the 10 years whereby you lived in bliss. Had you been patient for that year, then definitely you may have seen the mercy of
Allah subhanho wa Taala to the point that beyond that turbulence, which may have lasted a year or two, you became happier than you were ever before, and you became closer than you were ever before. It's possible. I'm not condoning oppression, to the degree that a person's mind begins to meaning a person loses their mind they become unwell. No. Don't go back home and said, You know what? I troubled you now for one year, go back and listen, I've been good with you for 10 years. It's okay. That's not good enough. No,
we should not use these words, in order to justify the evil we are in these words are just an encouragement for us when we are on the other side to say look, consider forgiving. That's what these words are. So we should never use these words to justify the position of wrong that we may be in. But rather, when we are oppressed, we should see we should look within ourselves if we can actually forgive our spouses and others as well. And the reason I make mention of this is when you want the forgiveness of Allah, there is definitely a greater chance of ending it. If you are a person who forgives others.
Did you see if you are a person who forgives others, there is a great chance that you will be forgiven by Allah subhanho wa Taala it's not a condition. I don't have to forgive those who have wronged me but if I do, there is a greater chance that Allah will forgive me. And this we got from Surah two nor I spoke about it when we read the verse a few days ago. But my brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala is amazing. He says he will convert the bad into good imagine that only Allah subhanho wa Taala and that is for the one who quits the bad ways and habits and does good after that. This is why in the Quran. Allah doesn't say those who believe will be granted gender.
Those who believe will be granted gender will be granted paradise. He doesn't say that. He joins it. He connects it to something else. He says one levena Amano amin Oh sorry, Hattie Ola in chaos hub all
those who believe and do good deeds. They will be the ones who enter Jenna who enter Paradise. So it's always amylose Sally hat is connected right? Allah says those who believe and do good deeds, they will enter gentle fair dose. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us Jenna through His mercy, I mean,
now after making mention of forgiveness and repentance, Allah subhanho wa Taala goes on to make mention of the qualities that we need to save ourselves from if we want to be known as the worshipers of the Most Merciful. One of the qualities is
one Levine Allah Yahshua Dune azura eva Moreau Beloved Women Rukia Rama In fact, these are two qualities, those who protect themselves from bearing false witness you take in
oath, and you have lied. Sometimes in the courts we lie. We make a false claim against someone. We lay a false accusation against someone and it's by oath. I remember the ones there was a brother from the masjid, who actually lied. He lied about something and he went to the courts and he presented a sworn affidavit that this had happened and it did not happen. So when I asked him, How could you have done this in the courts? He told me you know what, I put my hand on the Bible, not on the Quran. Say it is okay.
You are not supposed to be telling a lie. No matter what whether you put your hand anywhere, you're not supposed to be telling a lie. You don't have to justify by uttering such nonsense as Davila no matter what that was an oath by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala Your word is supposed to be truthful. Even if you just had your hands down May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us look at how shaytan comes to mankind to try and make him justify the wrong is doing by hook or crook Subhan Allah and in Cape Town the Snoop
my brothers and sisters, we should never be telling a lie bearing false witness is dangerous. It is something that will come back to haunt us at some stage and you know, sometimes we do something we feel that okay, this was okay, I got away with it. You have not yet gotten away with it. You need to repent, seek Allah's forgiveness and seek forgiveness from those whom you have wronged. Because if you don't, I promise you the circle will close it's going to come back to you and it will haunt you you know they say Kamata Dino to Daniel how you shall do to others. So it shall be done unto you the type of the type of debt you have is the type of debt you shall actually get the credit you give is
the is what you shall get. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us you know in the English language, the term is you what you sow, you reap or you reap what you have sown. Same applies. Remember, it's going to come back to you. So how does it come back to us? It comes back to us through health problems, family problems, financial problems, stress so many other things. We're suffering, lack of contentment, no sleep, we don't know what to do. We don't know. What's the problem? Have you ever borne false witness against someone? If the answer is yes. Perhaps that's come to haunt you. May Allah forgive us. I'm not saying every time you seek you need to think hey, this is what happened.
But a true moment is such that whenever something goes wrong in his life, within himself or herself, he quickly ticks off the checklist. You know, that means have I paid my Zakat? Yes, I have. Have I wronged someone? No, I haven't. Have I fulfilled my obligation unto Allah. Yes, I have. Did I do this? Yes. Have I done this? No. Okay, that's where maybe that's where I went wrong. So it's a checklist, you've got to do that. It does not necessarily mean that Allah is punishing you. No, but it could mean that you see, it could mean so just like when you have a sickness, I have a sore throat For example, I was wondering if I was going to be able to stand up and speak in front of you
today, but Alhamdulillah it happened by the grace of Allah subhanho wa Taala. I have to ask myself, have I been having some cold drinks after tarawih? Have I been having ice cream? I've been eating chocolates, whatever else to handle, but by the way, I haven't been but I'm just saying. So if I find something wrong, I need to deal with it. I cannot keep on having medication and keep on doing that which is going to cause a bigger problem and not resolve it. Same applies in our lives spiritually. We want to get close to Allah we keep on doing some sin that we have not quit. How do we want goodness in our lives when we haven't stopped that you are having an antibiotic known as
Toba? You you perhaps are having medication known as your Salah, and the Quran and so on and the good deeds but you keep on committing that particular sin that is keeping you bogged down and sick spiritually. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us I hope we've understood that. So therefore, we need to quit these type of things because they come back to haunt us so much so that Allah says not only bearing false witness, you know, bearing false witness is so serious. When the Prophet sallallahu Sallam counted the major sins. He was lying on his bed, and he was counting Alicia rock Billa oluwatoyin, etc. Then he got up kannamma Turkey and Vijay Lhasa. He was laying down he sat up
he says Allah wa Kowloon, he was Shahada to zoo. He says Behold, to utter that which is false and to bear false witness is a major sin. It's not a minus and it's major. You see, there are minor sins that people may commit. Sometimes you haven't control your gaze. Sometimes you know there may be a slip of the tongue here and a minor sense but major sins though.
which Allah subhanho wa Taala has mentioned a severe punishment regarding the major sins. bearing false witness is one of them. My brothers and sisters May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, especially if the right of a fellow Muslim is connected to that witness that is false when there is trouble. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says it is a piece of the fire. Either you take it or you leave it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to be truthful, to be steadfast. Did you know that when we are buying and selling commodities, one of the major sins actually is to lie about your cost price? Did you ever know that? to swear with an oath using the name of Allah
that you got it at the price and you did not get it at the price? The Hadith says three types of people Allah will not even look at them on the Day of Judgment, and Allah will not even purify them and Subhana Allah, they have a severe punishment. That's what the Hadith says. La you can remove them Allahu Allah. Allah him yo. malkia Mati when I was a key him, Allah Hamada, buena de three types of people. Who are they, one of them is the one who sells a commodity and Moon frequency data who Bill holofil catnip, the one who sells his commodity with the false oath. So panela false. Oh, he lied. So if you want to buy something, and someone says, How much is this? You say? Look, it's
$100. Now please give me a discount. say, look, I can't give it to you because I bought it at 90. I can't give it to you for less than 100. Why now that you bought it at a 90? Tell him Look, that's the best price I can manage? Let's see. Tell him Look, you know what, it's gonna be difficult for me to go beyond that. Oh, below that. Be honest. But to lie to say no, I got it at this amount. There is something serious. Now. You might wonder why is it so serious? Because Allah decided it's serious. That's why I can't say anything else. For us. Sometimes things become light. So what the guy you know, I just had to tell him to get him off my back. Well, you I don't know how you get the
sin of your back thereafter. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us. So it is important for us to know this.
You might want to know who the other two are. Right? So that was one I can see some of the eyes like you're asking a question. One is ulmann nan mannen. Meaning
mannen in this hadith means a person who brags about what he's done, he gave you something and he keeps on mentioning, you know, I gave you this, you know, I gave you this, you know, he gave me $10 when I was a kid, you know, when you were a kid I gave you 10 bucks. Do you remember?
I'll give you 100 Come Come, come here give you 100 back and stop talking about it. That's how that's what we feel like doing. Sometimes. When you do someone a favor. Don't brag. Don't embarrass him thereafter. Don't keep on reminding. Otherwise. Allah says we're not interested in looking at you on the Day of Judgment. Subhana Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us And may Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us so a person who wants to earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala should do things for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That is something very, very interesting. Let's move on. My beloved brothers, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about this false witness. Not
only bearing false witness my brothers and sisters, but telling a lie, any sort of a lie is something that will earn the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We definitely need to ask Allah subhanho wa Taala is forgiveness. And we need to become more conscious of the statements that we are uttering because we will never be able to save ourselves if we're not conscious of what we say. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has spoken about this on so many occasions. In this verse, Allah says what either Maru biLlahi marukai Rahman, the worshipers of the Most Merciful when they are passing by those who are wasting their time that which is few times when they are passing by
that which is few times you know, people are wasting their time sitting and doing something unnecessary, just a waste of time. The true believers, they use their time so wisely, that they just pass by when they see these guys are wasting time. They don't waste time with them. They pass by so you value your time.
valuing Your time is a sign of closeness to Allah because Allah created time and guess what? It is ticking. So don't waste a moment and this is why the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says near Matan masamune Fie Makati roominess as well for two gifts. Many people are deceived regarding number one is good health. People take it for granted. They are deceived regarding good health. They waste it. Number two, free time, your time. You just wasted you let it go by. You had the whole holidays you didn't do anything in the holidays. Nothing constructive. You didn't even mow the lawn. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us
May Allah guide us. So do something constructive with your time no matter what it is I've given you a simple worldly example. But that example can become spiritual and it can become religious, read the Quran, take some lessons do something you need to know every moment you've been given here is a chance for you to reap the fruit in the hereafter. So use the time to sow wisely. So this is why the Quran says in these verses that a true believer of the Most Merciful when he passes by that which is few times he he actually passes by without stopping there without wasting his time with either Maru be lovely Maru kahraman then there is a quality that is very, very important. And that quality is
those who love Allah, those who are close to Allah, those who want to save themselves from harm, whenever they are reminded about the verses of Allah subhanho wa Taala. They take heed, they do not turn a deaf ear or a blind eye. In the English language we say turning a blind eye in the Arabic language they add to it a deaf ear.
Because two of these faculties one is the eye, and the second is the ear. So those who turn a blind eye or who give a deaf ear or who do not want to listen, in other words,
one levena Isla Don't kill
me him lamea
omiana those whom when they are reminded of the verses of Allah, they don't turn away from it, neither with their ears nor with their eyes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us so why is this verse being made mention of here? How will you know that you are doing wrong when no one is there to tell you that you're doing wrong? You know, when we lead Salah to taraweeh one of the biggest gifts that the Imam can have, and my colleagues can correct me one of the biggest gifts that the Imam leading the Salah of Terra we can have is a solid half is behind him to correct because the embarrassment of not knowing where you're going now and you're stuck. And you don't know what to say
where to go, that is so bad. The feeling is really something I cannot describe. The best thing would be for someone behind you to just tell you where you going Subhanallah and so you can correct yourself. Now if you feel bad about it, and you turn back and say hey guys, stop embarrassing me, then you will never learn you will never learn from Hannah law. In order to progress. You must be happy when someone corrects you. Yes, we also call on those who are correcting others for anything in life. To us the best method of correction, the prophetic method of correction, you have a child making a mistake. You have adults who make mistakes, you have a community that needs guidance.
Sometimes you choose a blessed way you choose the prophetic way of speaking to them. You don't just come up and speak to them in such a harsh way. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that if you are harsh and hard hearted, nobody would listen to you while I woke
up one morning evil Bina Moomin harmonic. If you are hard hearted, and if you are harsh, they would have dispersed from around you. They wouldn't have listened to you but it's the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that made you lenient so leniency is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Let's be lenient on those we correct because that is definitely a prophetic quality. And so,
as much as we are saying, when we correct people, we should do it in the proper way. I cannot control all those who are going to correct me some of them might be younger than me. Some of them might be hard, some of them might be harsh. I need to listen to what they are saying if they are right, I should take it no matter who they are.
Subhan Allah. So this is the quality of a true believer in the in the Most Merciful, the one who's a worshipper of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He loves it when he's corrected. When you're corrected. You don't get angry and upset, you are happy. I hope the children are listening to this but more importantly, even the adults because sometimes we get so upset when we are corrected when we've known something for years on end and a little daughter or a son comes up and says Dad, you know what, that's totally wrong. And you roll up your sleeves May Allah never never let that be us. I mean, so my beloved brothers and sisters, that is Allah subhanho wa Taala saying that we should
never feel bad when we are corrected.
Then the last quality that is made mention of here in these verses that are the end of Surah Al Furqan
subhanho wa Taala says, Those who are concerned about their offspring to the degree that they make a dua to Allah regularly, while levena kuno nara bana habarana amin as well Gina
Gina kurata, noon.
Turkey in eema, those who constantly say call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. They say Habana hub Ilana, I mean, as Gina will do Li Tina kurata Yun, O Allah, grant us from our spouses, our family members, those who will be the coolness of our eyes. In other words, Oh Allah make our families the coolness of our eyes make us such that when we see our family members, our eyes are cooled. We feel calm, we feel content, you look at your children, you are so happy and excited. You look at your spouse, you are so so filled with joy. That is a two hour that you have to make. Remember, this thing comes about with an effort and the sincerity is required. Some people think okay, I'm going to
try hard and you try very hard but you remove from the equation, do our application. You cannot do it on your own. My brothers and sisters you cannot manage on your own. You need Allah's help. So therefore, ask Allah to help you. Oh Allah grant me a family that when I look at them, and when they look at me, there is the mutual coolness of our eyes, amin Subhana, Allah, what a beautiful. Now why is this the end of all these qualities, many reasons I give you one simple one.
We heard about how we should be walking how we should be talking that ibadah how we should be abstaining from sin, how we should not bear false witness and so many other things, how we should spend and so on. Now we are making dua that we can pass on the baton and the candle can now be passed on to the next generation. So Oh Allah, myself being a worshipper of the Most Merciful, bestow me with all these qualities and ensure that my offspring those to come after me a blessed Subhan Allah blessed in what way in the same way, we also want them to worship Allah, we also want them to have good character good conduct. And from this we learn that those who lead by example, are
the most successful, you need to remember this. When you are a father and you are a role model in the home, then your children will follow that example by the will of Allah you are trying you made a dua to Allah, you may have sometimes a little bit of turbulence because of the outside environment. But trust me, if the relationship is powerful and good, then the chances of success are far greater by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Don't forget to read your Salah on time. Remember la Lu kookaburra. That's a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam do not make your houses into graves. Now one might think, Well, I didn't bury anyone in my house. So why does he say do not make your
house into a grave? Well, he explains that those who do not fulfill Salah in the home that home is a grave. It's a grave. Those who do not engage in a battle in the home. It's a grave. Many of us there's no Quran in the house. There's no Salah in the house. There's no other than in the house. There's nothing Islamic in the home and that home is a grave. So when the children come and go, it's more like a restaurant bed and breakfast, they come in, they eat, they sleep, they get up, they go out, they come back and that's it. And they watch TV by the way, and they sit on their phones because this free Wi Fi
May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. May Allah grant us ease. If that's the home we've lost the plot. Where is the ibadah? Where is the Salah? Do you read Salah together, do you fulfill your prayer together if that is the case you have live in the home. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, This is the law that you make you need to ensure that your house is live and and at the end Allah subhanho wa Taala caps the verses by saying we have prepared a special place in Ghana for these worshipers of the Most Merciful owner
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Those are the ones whom Allah subhanho wa Taala says they will be granted as a reward a special place in general known as alpha, a special chamber in Paradise, special ranking general for those because of all these beautiful qualities. When they sinned, they repented and they did not go back to their bad ways. Allah says we acknowledge all of that we are going to give them a special abode in general because of their suburb because of their patients. And from this we learn that it is with patience and endurance that we will earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala what is stopping us
person from sitting and doing whatever they wish. It's only the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala because we believe in Allah, we believe there is a day to come when we will answer for all our questions and all our actions. And that is the reason why we have stopped doing that which is bad. There was nothing else stopping us. Allah says if that is the case, then you definitely deserve that place in general for those because of your endurance. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant that to us aku kolyada wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah Subhana Allah home will be Hambrick the shadow Allah Allah Allah antennas to Bulik