Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2019 Boost
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah, he was happy Jemaine, we always praise the Almighty Who has created us, who provides for us who is the nourisher, the cherisher, the Sustainer, the provider, the protector, the cure, we also send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless every one of us, to grant us goodness. And to grant every one of us a blessed acceptance during this month of Ramadan, say, I mean,
my brothers and sisters, I'm humbled by the numbers that have come here this evening. But I'm not surprised being the month of Ramadan, being this beautiful place, the beautiful city that it is the lovely weather that we have and hamdulillah. And at the same time, the softening of the hearts, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us purify the heart, many of us concentrate on so many acts of worship, but we forget to concentrate on the heart, the qualities of the heart to remove from the heart that which is evil, that which is not fit for renting a spot in the heart. You know, your heart is a small space, you have 1000s of things within the heart, there is no space in your heart
at times, especially for those things that are unnecessary. Just like your phone, you have a certain space, a memory in the phone either built in or with a little chip that you add later on. That space actually, sometimes is filled with unnecessary images and videos. So what happens to your phone, it becomes slow. Am I right? Yes, CBS was so loud, we all know, I can introduce you to the Samsung 10 plus one terabyte space, it will be a little bit better for you. I think. Allah bless you. I hope there are no iPhone warriors here who might say, Look, I'm taking sides. So long as it's a good phone and you don't have that which is wasteful in your phone, you are heading in the right
direction. Otherwise, every now and again, what do you have to do, I was doing it today, I actually sat with my phone, and I went through certain images that were unnecessary, which means I didn't really need them. And I started deleting and I deleted 1000s sometimes while deleting those 1000s a few things are gone, which were very important when you start looking and you think to yourself what happened. Now, if you look at this, it's a phone but I promise you your brain and your heart operates in a similar yet different way. Similar from one angle, but different from others. Similar in the sense that my brothers, my sisters, when your heart is clean and it has goodness in it your
processing speed when it comes to connection with the Almighty is far stronger than when your heart is filled with that which is unnecessary that which is immoral that which is of low values and morals. So in order to be able to help yourself you must constantly delete that which is unnecessary to do that. Allah gives you a blessed month such as the month of Ramadan. So Panama this month as soon as the month is announced, we immediately begin to feel a calmness. You go to the masjid and you hear a recitation similar to that of our young half of this evening. The recite or more as it's my first time I think that I'm meeting him but don't you agree that recitation was out of the world?
Say Masha Allah.
It was so beautiful that if we had come here and just listened to those words of Allah and gone away, it was worth it. Subhana Allah, it was worth it. I promise you, but inshallah we wish to expand on what he said. You see, Allah has prescribed a month of Ramadan. He has written the fasting it is written for us. He made it compulsory it is a pillar of your faith of Islam.
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qu. O you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you in the same way it was upon those before you in order that you better your relationship with the Almighty. Allah contattare Khun taqwa is the development of your relationship with Allah
The development of your consciousness would allow the development of your hope in the mercy of Allah. So you build your relationship with Allah. So Ramadan is here for me to build my relationship with Allah. As soon as the month starts, what do we do? Amazingly that Tantawi comes before the fast do you notice that? As soon as the moon is announced, what happens? We go to the masjid. Subhana Allah. It doesn't mean as soon as the moon is announced, you stop eating, but it's a month of fasting. How come it's a month of fasting but I stand in the house of Allah, to plug in with Allah to communicate with Allah, your prayer with Allah and I want to tell you something. We're talking
about Ramadan, the month of excellence, the month of goodness, purity, the month we're in our deeds should be the best of deeds, not necessarily a lot of deeds, but the quality is what Allah looks at more than the quantity that is your message that you will take home tonight. The message is, Allah looks for quality more than quantity. That is the message. I tell you, why is it compulsory to finish one hearing of the Quran or one recital of the entire Quran in Ramadan? The answer is no. It is recommended. Yes, but it's not compulsory, because different people have different paces. Some people cannot read. Some people cannot recite so well some people cannot recite the Arabic already
yet. What do they do? Do your best, that's what Allah wants. Do your best. Allah says I don't want quantity. I want quality. When you do something, do it well do it good. And make sure that you have given it your best in a way that next year you give it better than the previous year. But it may not be as good as other people. Don't worry, for as long as you are doing your best you have already achieved the pleasure of Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in many places in the Quran, one of them is in Surah. to Luke he says,
it is he who created death and life in order to test you who from amongst you who has better deeds, he never ever said who has more deeds, remember that. So if someone says, I made 40 rock out of town away, the other one says I made 20 of tarawih. The other one says I made 12 the other one says I made eight etc, etc. We are not in a competition my brothers and sisters regarding quantity, we are in a competition regarding quality. I'd rather read one page a day of the Quran in such a beautiful way that when I come on the Day of Judgment, I will be so happy about how I recited the word of Allah yet I read very little than a person who read the whole Quran, but he whipped through it in a
way that he earned the curse of Allah while trying to do something he thought was good.
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there are some people who read the Quran while the Quran is cursing them. Why would that be? Why would the Quran ever curse you? Well, if you are going to whip through the words of the Quran in an insulting way, then you are not getting a reward you are getting a sin. I am speaking to you this evening. I'm trying my best to speak as clearly as possible to use language you can understand. I'm trying to open my mouth without chewing the words because I have a message. I want it to come from my heart and into your heart. SubhanAllah if that were to happen, I need to speak clearly, sincerely, and I need to understand that I am just a mere tool to deliver the message that I need.
Perhaps more than you need. May Allah grant us all forgiveness beginning with me. I mean, so my brothers and sisters, if I were to speak so fast, you would not sit here today. I promise you after five minutes, some would walk away another five minutes some would walk away and some people who don't have patience after the first minute they will say what is this man saying you know in order to the colleague back was right. What is this rubbish?
For that reason, we will never ever recite the word of law in an insulting way. People will run away but there is a problem. Some of the men are guilty of doing what looking for the masjid way that tearaway finishes quick
Right, this one 845 that one 844 this one 843 Can you believe it? Two minutes less than the other one my brother, my sister, two minutes more with a law is an unknown. It is a pleasure. It might just be your last tarawih ever who knows who may die or who may not? May Allah give us all a good, long, healthy, wealthy life? Whoo, I knew that I mean was coming loud. I knew it. I really knew it. Mashallah.
But it's not bad. I mean is genuine, you know, with all of us, I mean, granted to us, but we want a good life. We want that in the obedience of Allah, the more you live, the more you should increase your chances of entering genital for those paradise that Allah has kept. So we've already recited the verse where Allah says, I want to test you who from amongst you has better deeds, right? He never ever said more deeds. So if you want to read the Quran in the month of the Quran, yes, it is your duty you should, how much you should read. There is no Hadith that says you must complete etc, etc. But it does say you do as best as you can.
Every letter you read of the Quran, you receive 10 rewards. The Hadith says la aku Alif Lam Meem house when I can elephant helfen voila mon helfen huami mana on her phone. The Hadith says that you know you get a reward for every letter you read. And Alif Lam Meem is not a letter but Elif is a letter. Lamb is a letter meme is a letter, pronounce every letter clearly make sure it comes out in the best possible way. It is the month of excellence when you do something, do it beautifully, or don't do it. I'd rather not receive an insult and not do something. So kanima I don't want to receive the insult then to receive an insult and telling people I finished 10 times in Ramadan. You
know, what is a pattern? For those who don't understand it is a completion of the recitation. So when someone says I finished 10 segments, we are not in competition. Why are you telling me it was between you and Allah whether you did one or not? It's between you and Allah. The Hadith says there is a greater reward for the one who is struggling reading the Quran because they are weak, perhaps they are slow, perhaps they might be new to the Arabic language and they are very, very slow for them. It's between them and Allah, Allah will reward them. They have a double reward. One reward for trying for trying hard and the other is for actually the recital. May Allah make it easy for all of
us. Don't lose hope. My brothers and sisters sometimes we feel weak when we hear that this person is finished one certain one completion, two completions, five completions and we feel weak, we feel weak, we feel sad. No, you try your best. Don't feel sad. Allah knows you. He knows your capacity. He knows your understanding. He knows the times you have and don't have not all of us have free time. Some of us are working really hard. And some of us Subhanallah We are the breadwinners. And at the same time we come home and we cook for the family. And you know what some people do some of the men May Allah forgive us all. They tell their wives you know, you better cook nice food because
cooking is a big rabada Mashallah, it's a big act of worship. I tell them you know, if you're in the kitchen for more than half an hour, it's no longer an act of worship. It's now a waste of time. A lot of the women complain of decoration. People like their food to be decorated. It's okay but in Ramadan Let's not waste time decorating things so much that the Quran is gone, the had the Salah is gone, you know, you're waiting for your cake in the oven and your time for acid is going and you're saying look, if I go faster, my cake is going to go and if I go for the cake, my answer is going to go trust me turn off that stove and go for us because in general you will have a million cakes. May
Allah grant us goodness, you could have timed it a little bit better. My brothers my sisters.
I'm still waiting for the day when the brothers say well today I cooked Mashallah the star will be of a double reward. Number one cooked by the hands of a man and by the way, some of the best chefs in this world and many of you noticed that.
Look at them. They're saying yes, but do you cook? The answer is no. So what's the point of nodding your head so, so much, may Allah grant us happiness, my brothers and sisters, it's not about glucose. It's about being happy. It's about understanding. It's about helping each other. It's about being there for each other. That's what it's all about. So I spoke here about the quality of recital. I want to speak about the quality of your Salah as well.
Prayer, you need to take your time in it a little bit more in Ramadan, take a little bit more time you know when you go to sujood there are so many things and in a car that you can actually say one of them is Subhana.
Allah, you're praising Allah while you are in the lowest position, you are praising Allah Who is the highest, right? You are the lowest or I am the lowest. And I'm saying Oh Allah, you are the highest, right? I'm praising him, that position of sujood prostration take a little bit more time in that why it is the month of excellence, it will help you outside the month to perfect your prayer a little bit more.
Don't rush don't make haste.
The other day I spoke about a video that was doing its rounds on social media, where they were showing some people in Far East Asia with all my love for those people in Far East Asia. There was a video showing them showing that there was an Imam pecking down in prayer. I think some of you might have seen that video so fast that even the Dubai Metro couldn't keep up.
Subhan Allah, it was quick, it was really fast. They were just being flown.
And guess what I was so sad. And I spoke about it in one of my Ramadan boosts that I delivered in South Africa a few days ago. And the next day someone sent me
a beautiful message telling me that was actually video shocked. It was not true. And I thank Allah, I cannot believe that a Muslim can actually rush to that particular level, it won't happen. So I'm glad to hear it was photoshopped from one angle, and that is that it was alive. But sad to hear that it was photoshopped from the angle of the people who photoshopped it. Because then they are giving those who are following time instead of quality, an idea to say oh, we must make a journey all the way to Indonesia so we can see what it feels like with this pastor we you know, some people are taraweeh tourists. You know what that means? I think the men know what it means they do tourism.
What is the tourism one must be to another to a third to a four to a five just to check then they stop at one Why? This one fine, you know, right? Now Allah forgive us. You should go and read where the Salah is beautiful. Take your time, enjoy your prayer.
And remember how many units you complete. Do it with love. Do it with your heart, do how much you can buy the will of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah.
Allah says, develop your relationship with Allah as much as you can. You can according to your capacity. have Taqwa or develop your taqwa develop your consciousness of Allah, develop the fear of a law that is stemming from the love of Allah as much as you can. What did I just say? Develop the fear of Allah stemming from the love of Allah. Let me explain that. Moments ago, I was speaking at a function where we had heads of all religious denominations that are here in this beautiful city and hamdulillah. And many of the deployments also here, and I made mention of the term taqwa.
And I said, some people translate taqwa as the fear of Allah. I'm sure you heard that. Oh, you who believe fear Allah Oh, you who believe fear Allah, we've heard that right. Why do they say fear Allah, it is actually something deeper than just the word fear. Fear is different, slightly different when it's said in the English language on its own. But I want to explain to you, it is a fear that stems from love.
When you love someone so much, there is a little fear, to hurt their feelings, right? There is a fear to make them upset. It's actually out of extreme love. That that fear comes so hannula you following what I'm saying? That's how we should love Allah and fear Allah. So we are feeling the punishment of Allah. We are feeling to anger a lot or to upset Allah. When you love someone, you really look at them. You want them to be happy. When you say a word, you quickly go to them and say, No, no, I didn't mean it that way. I actually meant it that this way you clarify. Why do you clarify? Because you don't want to create a misunderstanding to say, I don't want a problem here. I
really love you so much. I don't want you to misunderstand what happened. May Allah grant us ease. So it's a type of fear that stems from love. It's different from being scared when you
Scale of a lion is totally different. That's not out of love. Come on Subhana Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us true love of his and the true connection such that we are always conscious of not displeasing Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, when we have a beautiful prayer in salata, Terra de salud Alicia Salatin, federal, take your time, get up for the prayer, give it a little bit more importance and then you will achieve what you are meant to be achieving from this beautiful month of Ramadan. Indeed, it is a blessing man, it brings about compassion. The main aim of Ramadan is not only that compassion, it is actually the development of relationship with Allah through the
revelation of the Quran in this month of Ramadan. So I spoke about reciting the Quran. Please make an effort to attend lessons and lectures perhaps, or just to listen to them online from a reliable source to expand your understanding of revelation because it is the month of Revelation. Set aside a time according to your liking and your convenience, set aside a time where you can listen to some words that will explain to you revelation, because it is your duty to build your relationship with Allah. Every year during Ramadan.
I deliver a series before I used to spend my time in one Masjid and deliver a series and we've delivered so many series when I started I was much younger and I used to speak for one hour, one hour 10 minutes and Mashallah people used to sit and every day
and for 2729 nights depending and some kind of law after that it became 15 minutes 45 minutes, 30 minutes, 25 minutes and this year, Guess how long the series is?
Does anyone know?
12 minutes that means you guys are following Mashallah. The contentment from Revelation series this year was recorded in the studio and it is being released on a daily basis today we released Episode Number 12 Mashallah, if you search my own channel or a lot of other channels because it is not copyrighted, so it's being beamed across more than 200 different radio, television, YouTube internet Facebook channels across the globe. But I tell you, it's only 12 minutes people say why only 12 minutes when I was recording it they were telling me extended a little bit I said no 12 minutes. If you cannot get your message in 12 minutes, you have a problem.
Because people as time is passing do not have time to waste anymore. They rather go and watch football sometimes. And I need to acknowledge that they rather go and watch football. Do you know the 27th night of Ramadan? There was supposed to be one of the biggest matches in Europe. Am I right? Are you guys following what is the match? Who versus Who? Yes
I wish we knew the Quran as well as we knew the football but it's Yes. So what do I have to do? I have to take into consideration the fact that they is football and Mashallah they are Muslims playing as well. Mashallah, right? So have Allah but what should I do if you take a look at it? Allah blessed us What did he do?
He made it such that the moon was sited a day earlier so it no longer coincides with the 27th but rather the 28th.
So the 27th we will still be there. Mashallah. We will still be there. But what about those countries who are, you know, fasting on that 27 you have a choice, football
or the masjid when I asked the young boys last week about it. They told me we will go to the masjid and make to our for our team to say, wow, I don't mind that's okay, that's fine. Really. It's still the right decision to make. And it's not wrong to want to know what happened to go and check a little bit what happened to what what happened for as long as you're not compromising your relationship with Allah because one is much more important than the other, even though we as human beings have given importance to the other. But it shouldn't be right on that level. It's by the way, you can even hear the scores, it's fine, right? So my brothers and sisters, the point I'm raising is
we've cut it down to some very short 12 minutes and if you take a look at your
phone when someone sends you a foreword, and it happens to have a video in it, the first thing you do? Well, the first thing I do is I check how long the clip is and how big the size of the clip is. So before you even think of opening it, in fact, I can change it, I look at who sent it. Number one. If it's your wife, and even if it's 20 minutes, you must click download, you know, maybe something has happened there, you know. So first point you look at who sent it, is it a VIP VIP, you might want to click download, even if it's big, but if it's ordinary people who've been sending you messages you look more than 16 Meg's, you say it's okay. And when they don't write what is in that
clip, you get irritated. It's like you need to go and teach them etiquettes not only of reading Quran and Salah, but on how to send a message so that you don't waste my time you send a video clip, please, you will be saving people's a bad time. If you write underneath it. The the clip above is and then you write what it's all about. Because we might have seen it I sometimes receive the same clip from 50 people. And I already downloaded it once. I think to myself if they told me what was in the clip, I could have just laughed at the mere thought without having to redownload and say oh no, I downloaded the same thing again.
And then you look at how long it is and then when you've downloaded it in the first few seconds you check whether it appeals to you or not.
I think let's not throw the water Habibi.
The first few seconds you actually think to yourself whether or not you're going to watch it in the first three seconds. I already know I'm not going to listen to this delete because they haven't got to their point. So we when we're speaking the excellence today of speech is from the opening of your words you get straight to the point go to the contentment series are delivered. I just say a salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. My brothers and sisters, and I'm in the speech, right. within the first few seconds we're in before I used to say Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah and he was Javier Germain, and then I translated into the English language by that
time, one and a half, two minutes are up. And guess what I was told in some countries that that one two minutes that is up Yes, it is absolutely important, but it costs them data money, data is not free across the globe. And so if you are adding 20 million people who lost data with two minutes each, that is 14 million minutes of data that you have wasted across the oma that money could have been used in a better way to kind of love that is excellent productivity that Allah subhanho wa Taala has words ring not only through your ears, but go through your heart.
Allah says we've prescribed a beautiful fast. When we were small, young, we used to think fasting is about staying away from food and drink. As you grow older, you realize more important than staying away from food and drink is to develop yourself, your character, your conduct, cut out that which displeases Allah become a better person. Don't just judge people based on external matters or certain things, one or two matters No, don't be judgmental, rather be helpful when you see someone do something wrong. Rather than going and swearing them and shouting them try and make it right by helping them that is a true person who fasts
you are true to your fasting because you are calm.
Anger is something that comes to everyone. Anger is something that comes to everyone but each person's fuse has a different gauge, some 10 amps gone some 13 acts gone some 30 amps and they're still not gone some 60 amps and they're still not gone. Some people for small things, they get angry some people Subhanallah you can try and try and try again and they're still smiling and they still okay and this year they pretend like they don't know what happened but they know
and they continue because they know I don't want to drop myself anger is something bad. If you can suppress your anger for a long time deserve a VIP status on the Day of Judgment. Do you know that suppress your anger? one cow, Mimi
Boone mazzini those who suppress the anger those who forgive people as difficult as it is, Allah says he loves those who do good
When I forgive, and not forgiving because I think they deserve my forgiveness and forgiving because Allah loves those who forgive Subhana Allah.
Did you hear that?
If you and I were to forgive people only because we thought they were deserving of forgiveness, we probably would not forgive anyone. And maybe perhaps we wouldn't achieve forgiveness either. But if we forgive because Allah loves those who forgive, I am no longer involving that party in this equation. It is between me and the law. It's a very high level. Allah says, I love those. When Allah says I love some people. Remember, it's not easy to be of those qualities. It's going to need a lot of patience, tolerance, calmness, me forgive you how you are harming me. You are this you are. So Panama, let it go. Release has gone out.
I see some of the brothers are just looking at me like
Are you sure? Are you serious? Even if it's your mother in law, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and forgiveness. Don't worry. A lot of mothers in law are actually brilliant people, loving people kind people they reach out but because of the one or two who spoil it for the rest of us. Suhana law we are known as bad in laws. By the way, I'm a father in law as well. Mashallah.
You're looking at me surprised, right?
It's true. I'm not lying to you.
But my brothers and sisters, the goodness of our heart is such that no matter who it is, people are good. There is sometimes misunderstandings that happen things that happen. I want today to address it from the other side. If you are making someone else's life difficult. Be careful. Be careful, stop making the lives of others difficult. Stop gossiping.
Stop being jealous of people stop being a person who has harsh words for others, and they expect good words for themselves. The Almighty is watchful, he watches he sees He will definitely recompense he knows.
So my brothers and sisters, remember, the excellence belongs to the month because excellence primarily belongs to Allah and he has given us this month.
Allah subhanho wa Taala does not want your prayer. If you're going to rush through it, Allah does not want your recitation if you're going to rush through it. And this is why I always say, you know, there is a narration that speaks about the one who has the Quran in his heart. Generally, the translation of it is the half of half meaning the one who's memorized, but I like to take it further. Some scholars say anyone who has memorized any portion of the Quran
any portion, even if it's just certain Fatiha or certain Baqarah Well, that's a long one certain field, or Seurat
which are the sort of nurse alkota if you have memorized even a small portion of the Quran in Arabic, please put up your hand Hi.
Mashallah, put your hands down. That's almost everyone. I'm so happy. That was just I just wanted you to bear witness. That's it. And I wanted the angels to look at what we're doing. And I want a lot to see what's happening. And he has seen it, and the angels have also seen it to Panama. So why do I say this? Because we are known as soluble or an all of us we have some Quran in our hearts, right? Every one of us has some Quran in our heart. Thank Allah, you're a VIP. Now when you read those words, read them nicely, try to read it melodiously I know some of the old people when you tell them Can you read some code? And they'll say yes, you say read it, even some of the young and
some of the sisters and whoever else and hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen
Maliki Oh, I agree that those are words of the Quran Why don't you try a little melody Alhamdulillah Mila me
try that for the sake of a law. You know what will happen?
contentment in your heart that you will never have tasted before? Never.
So the brothers and sisters look I did it here in front of you.
Why? Just to show you this amenity of the Quran. Read it in your own beautiful way. Try it out next time you really just have a melody quietly. I know your family members might come and look at you from the door what's going on. So what is for Allah subhanaw taala it's your first time you will start a new trend.
In the whole house when they read the Quran, they will do it with excellence rather than just reading it recited intonated word De Luca
de la, Allah says into neat the recitation of the Quran with beautiful intonation.
Give it the tune a nice June. Don't worry,
don't be embarrassed. It's the word of Allah. Now do you know why I say that? Going back to this Hadith of the Quran, you colusa he will earn it
will come to dunya for him and silica in the athlete is in.
It will be said to a person who's holding the plan.
Like I told you, the majority say it's got to do with the whole thing. But because there are some who say no, it's got to do with anyone who holds any portion of the Quran. And I inclined towards the second meaning because at least it will include all of us, it will be said,
read and ascend, recite the Quran. And as you are reading, you will automatically go up in the levels of heaven.
So as you're reading, you start floating, going up going up, in general.
And the Hadith says, read in the same way you used to read in the world
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read exactly how you used to read in the world.
For me, that's a warning, telling me watch out how you're reading in the world. Because on the Day of Judgment, you won't be able to read in any other way. So take your time when you're reading now in this world, tell yourself Well, let me read how I'm going to read in the hereafter. And then you can make this melodious tune with beautiful recital and men on the Day of Judgment, you will be a VIP. You understand what I'm saying? Take your time, when you're reading read beautifully and tell yourself I'm reading nicely so that when I get the opportunity on the Day of Judgment, I'm going to be reading in a beautiful way and I'm going to be going higher and higher by the word of Allah. So
the Hadith says your final abode will be the last verse that you know
which is the last verse You know, it is connected to whether or not you practiced upon the Quran. Did you practice upon it? When the Quran told you to establish your Salah? Did you do it when the Quran spoke about giving charity? Did you do it? When the Quran spoke about all the do's and the don'ts? Did you take heed? If you did good news to you do as best as you can seek the forgiveness of Allah.
Let's move on to another very interesting factor. We spoke about the past we spoke about the prayer the recitation of the Quran. Still we need to speak about something to do with Ramadan.
The compassion Ramadan is a month of giving as well. Where do we get this from? Canada Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam adrianus
the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was the most generous of all people.
What kind of as you admire kunafa Ramadan and the most generosity from him came during the month of Ramadan. He nailed tahu gibreel when gibreel A Salam used to come to him and they used to recite the Quran.
He was so generous the Hadith says Kat v Hill masala this evening Mashallah we have beautiful weather. It's neither the summer heat nor is it the winter cold. Do you agree? Mashallah, it's just in between. So we thank Allah when the wind blows, every single one of us feels it, but it was one when the Prophet sallallahu wasallam his generosity was like the women. Everyone felt it. But it was just his generosity. So Hannah Lang, be generous. It's the month of giving. What do you start off by giving? Your good character you give your good character is a charity? Do you know that?
When you smile at someone, it's a charity.
When you're helpful to someone, it's a charity. When you greet someone and respond the greeting, it is a charity and an act of worship. When you make someone feel good. It's an act of worship. It's a charity. When you instill happiness in the heart of another, it is an act of charity. It is an act of worship. So be charitable with your character before being charitable with your wealth.
There is no point in giving people 10s of 1000s of directions when your attitude stinks. No one wants that money. Do they want it sometimes out of desperation, they might take it but you got to watch your attitude. But even if you did not give a beggar
money but you respectfully looked at him and greeted him perhaps and acknowledged him or her. Allah subhanho wa Taala injunction is fulfilled. Why am as
Sugata Bahar Allah says, As for the beggar, don't rebuke him or her. If you don't want to give, it's okay. But don't rebuke. Don't spit, don't insult. You don't know what need has made them beg from you Subhana Allah, and you could be in their shoes. If Allah willed, May Allah not let that happen.
But Allah says that because there is a question that people ask right?
Which came first, the egg or the chicken?
Which one was first the egg? Or the chicken? Who can tell me?
In Islam, we have a clear answer for that. Was it the egg?
Or the chicken? Which one was it?
The chicken clear, very clear. Then the egg came after that, just like man man was created. And then we reproduced right? The chicken was created, then it was reproduced. Right? So I want to tell you who is more important, the rich or the poor?
cheeky question, right? The rich or the poor Subhana Allah, the rich might say we are more important because we have the wealth. The poor might say what we are more important because without us, you would not be able to engage in a pillar of Islam, known as giving charity, if all of us were rich, who was there to take soccer. This is why when you are giving charity consider it an honor of a law that you are able to give that person you are giving is so important. Allah kept them as a means for you to fulfill such a great act of worship known as zakka. You're supposed to respect them. If Allah didn't keep them there or didn't make you ask, didn't make them ask you, you would not have been
able to fulfill that czaka of yours, so be careful.
It's like how I tell the brothers and the sisters. Whenever you use a facility for your prayer, be it a prayer room, be it a Masjid, pray for those who put it up and those who are financing it. Why? You might be rich man, you entered the machine free you use the carpet, the electricity, the air conditioning, the the water, the towels, everything else you went in, you went out there God's there. Imagine that the cost of running that place could easily be a few 1000 US dollars a month, you paid nothing someone else paid for you to read Salah at the masjid. Do you know that? Have you ever thought of it. That's why I say whenever you go into the masjid, maybe in this country, you're
fortunate, perhaps they may be people or the Islamic affairs department etc. that takes care of some of the machines and so on. But if there is the capacity to donate, please give your money
to the house of Allah in your countries wherever you come from. And we have diverse nationalities, perhaps this evening seated here, we could be having more than 100 nationalities this evening seated here. Wherever you go back in your countries, when you see a donation box for the masjid, where you are fulfilling Salah if you were to give them $1 for every Salah that you prayed in the masjid, that Masjid would never need money from anyone else again, just from those who are craving $1 is $1 too much for one Salah.
The rich businessman will say yeah, that's too much the poor will give quickly. You know, it happens sometimes sometimes, I hope not in our crowd, right? I have to say that.
But sometimes the wealthier we get, the more we become stingy in bargaining. You know, we bargain for five cents. We make a big deal. But you're so wealthy. The poor man walked in and he just paid those five cents. But the rich man says no, no, five cents less. Why? Five, give him also a little bit of money. Give him tell him you want $5 I'll give you 10 no problem, take it and go. May Allah grant us goodness of the heart. So if we are to spend our money in a good cause, it will make our life easy in the hereafter. Because you know what? When Allah takes account of your money, he's going to ask you where did you get it? And where did you spend it? Imagine every little while I
spent on your house, your house, your house? You know when you see your bank, your bank statement? You see where you spend. So you ticking, ticking, ticking looking at on every little white house of Allah house of Allah house of Allah house of Allah, how do you think it will be surprised Allah when you come on the day of judgment? And Allah says, whoa, Subhana Allah, look at your record. Allah already knows it from now. The only thing I'm saying is, be careful. At least pray for the people who are doing such a good job to facilitate for you and I so many things we take for granted so panela this evening, we are
seated here, I'm sure it cost money. Someone somehow someway has coughed it up. Right? Whoever did so May Allah reward you, bless you grant your goodness. And each and every single one of you. You've spent money to come here. It costed money. It costed either a cab, or whatever else, some of you came very early, some of you some hand a lot, you made space for others, you might have had a very nice place in the front. And then here comes an elderly man. So it's your test or an elderly woman? Am I going to get up from my seat? Or am I just going to sit here, if you get up from your seat and go to an uncomfortable place, because the person who came in is elderly, or perhaps they might be
more deserving of the seat, you get a good reward? Right?
Now help us to think this way, Ramadan must make you think this way. Think of others. Yes. yourself as well, your family as well. But remember to reach out and when you reach out to those in need. With respect tomorrow, you could have that need. And can I tell you something, in fact, to correct myself, every one of us is in need, different type of need. We're all in need. Some are in need of money, because they are poor, some they have a job, but the job doesn't meet exactly the amount of money they need to survive for the month. So please downgrade your life but at the same time I pray to Allah, this eve of Ramadan, may Allah make it easy for all those who have debts to pay those
That's a powerful, don't just make draft for yourself. There are people amongst us who are struggling with deaths, some from amongst us are looking for jobs, perhaps some from amongst us are perhaps struggling with health matters, think about them, pray for them without knowing them all. Those who are struggling from amongst us with health issues, granting pure speedy and complete recovery and good health. I mean, and even those from who are not from amongst us who might be far off some of us are here, we have a good job, we have a good salary, we have a decent life, but perhaps somewhere further away. Our parents have bad health or some of our family members are
struggling or someone else's suffering. This is the month of excellence. Excellence dictates that you don't only think about yourself, but rather you excel beyond that and think about the holistic picture, every single person firstly within your home, within your family, within your community, within your nation and men across the globe. May Allah make us such that we can actually reach out to everyone
so excellence in giving is when you thank Allah for using you to give to a good cause. That's excellence. Don't just think I'm a good man I gave I gave here I gave there I gave everywhere everyone can give giving is easy. How was the condition of your heart when you gave? Did you give with humility with humbleness? Or did you make the person feel I gave some people will give you
$100 homes when you are low at your low after 20 years when you are running a big business this is you know, if it wasn't for my 100 you wouldn't even have started a business. You know that they will keep reminding you and reminding you Allah knows that this will happen amongst men.
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O you who believe, do not destroy the reward of your charities, by bragging, bragging about what you did? Or by harming people? It doesn't mean because you gave so now you deserve some preferential treatment? No Did you give for Allah when Allah will give you preferential treatment in the hereafter. As for this world, we are all equal. Myself and yourself. I probably need the words of advice I'm giving you for myself more than for you. A lot of ucda if not all of you, you may be better than me in the eyes of Allah Who knows.
But we are trying. I'm trying not to accept all of us. If we get gender and paradise, that's it. We have succeeded. As for this world, we keep on trying. You are all beloved unto Allah, every one of you, you have been created by Allah, Allah loves you. There might be a certain weakness within you. Allah blesses you with the month of Ramadan. Think about your weakness. Think about where it is going to get you. Think about how far you're going to go if you pursue this weakness of yours. And then think about what will happen if you work on it, eradicate it, help yourself to come out of it for the pleasure of Allah and you live your life in an obedient beautiful way.
And Allah gives you a month of pondering and reflection. It is so beautiful. If you think of Ramadan
You know how Allah has kept Ramadan?
It starts off on a high first night everyone is excited Ramadan has begun. second night the excitement is a little bit less. I'm right. Okay, I know what I'm talking about. You can just check it from the messages around look at the attendance first night, big attendance second night, Windows a little bit. third night windows a little bit more. Am I right? First night, if it's a weekend it starts, it starts climbing a little bit more right. And the minute the weekend is gone, it drops again drops again, I'm not saying people are not engaged in worship. I'm just trying to show you enthusiasts. Guess what Allah does.
Now you have a night like this, we have 1213 we are getting into almost the center of Ramadan. And you know what, there is a buildup, we're getting to the peak, instead of reaching 15 and coming down hill. in Ramadan, we go to 15 and we go up further. You notice when you get to 2021 imagine
just to show you the love of Allah is Laila to Qatar was the first 10 nights one of the odd nights from the first 10 nights of Ramadan. What would happen to Ramadan?
Did you think of that? Look at a must love his mercy. He says last 10 If Allah subhanho wa Taala had kept the value such that the first 10 will have the most value we wouldn't have given value to the rest. But Allah says no. Laila to cuddle is one of the last time Why didn't you give us the date? Tell us 27 ninth Laila to cuddle you done and you over you know what? Man is so weak, we would stay away 26 nights 27 the whole oma is in the masjid and 28 we back again doing what we will if we knew the date, so it is a gift of Allah to say look, search for it. Search for it. Is it possible for Layla to Adam to be different nights here and another part of the globe? The answer is yes,
definitely. Without a doubt, it is the time of the hunt. Jude is different everywhere in the world, but it is still the last third of the night at all the times. And Allah subhanho wa Taala still descends and asks the questions. Is there anyone seeking forgiveness I can forgive anyone repenting. I can accept anyone asking I can give every moment of the 24 hours somewhere across the across the globe. There is the time of the 100 but it's different from ours. You understand how Allah works? It doesn't mean that the same moment the whole world has to have that auspiciousness No, the same applies today. Let's look at that. The same applies to Joomla. The hour of the Joomla. The same
applies to the times of Salah The same applies to sunrise and sunset, all of it. It allows unique plan don't fight over it and see well if they look under here is tonight And what about those people who have 26 tonight? We are having 27 it's happening right? Don't worry leave it to Allah. Allah knows what he's doing. Perhaps this will be the next night there's nothing wrong. Your timing their timing is not necessarily the same. Gone are the days when we used to think everything has to happen in sync. It never does. And it never did. It never did.
So we ask Allah to grant us acceptance the beauty of the month is such you go out and search for in search for Amazon. That's why before many of the massage it used to complete the recitation of the Quran on the 27th night. So what happens 2829 the masjid is empty. Nowadays, a lot of the Maasai know they want to complete on the 29th night so that they make sure you and I are in the masjid. Wow. Subhana Allah.
But excellence requires that you don't just go for Salah to the masjid in Ramadan, but you build a relationship with the masjid meet the Imam meet the meet a few of the cleaners see a few of the people put a donation or to make it your home make it your house, you've developed a relationship with it. Now you know you have a circle of people who are learning within Ramadan, develop a relationship with them, keep it going after Ramadan and don't push people in a way that you chase them away.
You want to bring them so desperately that you're chasing them away. You go to sisters in a sister circle and sometimes Mashallah it's so loving it's so kind of keep the content such that they want to come back but don't tell them sister, you have to come back and then you found them sister Where are you you're not yet back. You know, we're all waiting for you. This is this is a Gosh, switch off your phone block that number. They keep phoning me irritating me. That's what might happen. So don't push someone too much that you're actually chasing them away. But develop such a loving relation that they miss you. They want to come back to you. They want to hear you you make them feel good.
You listen to what they have to say and you don't judge them. You try and help them my brothers and sisters, all of us are struggling. Don't lie to yourself that you are not struggling. We are all struggling but our struggle struggles are
have different levels. We're all struggling. So don't look down at someone who's struggling different from you. Just because Allah has tested them with something else, we all want to be closer to Allah. We look at someone's sin that is apparent perhaps. And we think we become sinless for a moment by being given the permission or or the ability to speak about them, not realizing, when you speak negative about them, you've actually taken that sin on you. Why do that? It's a month of excellence, build yourself, develop yourself and build relations. You build a relationship with Allah, automatically, you will build a relation with the house of Allah,
with the people who remind you of Allah, the people who are who are helpful to you, they make you feel good about yourself. The world has too many problems, too many things that are happening, too much negativity, we cannot go about preaching negativity, it has to be positive. We need this positivity desperately give people hope, because they're already living in fear. Do you understand?
It's not easy to be a Muslim. It's not easy to be a person who's upright. So give people hope. Tell them Don't worry, things will be fine. Keep going. You're okay. Allah loves you. Let's go. Let's keep on going. seek forgiveness. That's how you talk to people. You don't do them. And you don't tell them my brothers, my sisters, you are going to hell? How do you know by the way, were you there?
Allah grant us is a lot of people struggling. I saw a brother smoking, smoking. And I saw another brother, I saw him and I was about to go and greet him and another chest choking harm you're not supposed to know. But look at how he was yelling at this guy. I was quiet and just watching and just watching. And I told myself, I could have done the same thing in a way that this brother would feel guilty to smoke again in his life. But look at this champion coming across and saying haram to smoke, how could you smoke?
And the guy started yelling and so on. Anyway, this brother threw his cigarette away. But he started arguing that you have no way of speaking, there was an argument between two people.
Now I'm thinking to myself, should I get involved? Shouldn't I get involved? It's my duty to get involved. I said Salaam Alaikum. How are you brothers guys? Okay.
Now both of them is yelling at each other looking at me, Savannah looking at me and say are you guys fine? You got Okay, everything good. Now, the guy who was smoking is thinking that here is a bearded guy. He's supposed to be telling me about the cigarettes, but he's looking at me and smiling Medicare's okay. Everything's fine, you know. And I saw what's happening. And the other guy Subhanallah he was yelling at him. Maybe from a health perspective. Maybe he didn't like it maybe from a religious perspective. But if you looked at him outwardly, you would have expected him to have yelled in that way about cigarettes. And I said, you guys fine. You guys. Okay, hope everything
is well. So this guy says, Look at him. He is shouting at me about smoking. I said, Oh, no, no, no. You know, the reason why he's probably telling you maybe he's passionate. And I started laughing, smiling, patting this guy in the back saying no, no. He means well, but maybe the way he said it. I said brother You were meaning well, weren't you? He says yeah, but look, I said no, no. You meaning Well, don't worry. You just got to remind him you know, like you You love smoking. He says I love it. hooked. I love it.
Now we're taking it out from him, right? He's telling me, I love smoking. I love it. I'm addicted to it. If I don't smoke, I get angry. Because you know what? I tell you one thing, would you love to have cigarettes in general?
Now he's thinking
when you love something, you want it in Paradise, right? You want your stuff in paradise. Allah says Hang on, you know what? in Paradise, you get far better than whatever was on Earth. But let's not get to that topic. We will talk about it another time inshallah. But this guy is now thinking he says, he's looking at his cigarettes. The question was clear. Would you love to have these cigarettes that you love so much in general?
He's thinking he says,
No, I'm telling you, my brother, there's gonna be one major problem, one major problem. In order to like the secret, you need a fire. In general, there's no fire, what will have to happen, you have to go somewhere else to get the fire.
Right, you understand what we're saying? That if you're gonna, how you're going to light that fire, it's not possible. So the best thing for you to do from now you can start thinking to yourself, I don't like this habit. You know, I'm gonna because I can't have any agenda anyway. And I can't even like it. It's fine. It's not good, you know, it harms and so on. Anyway, I made a big joke out of it. I made a big joke out of it. But I gave him food for thought. And I went into the machine and we were gone.
I didn't see that brother again. But I can tell you, my brothers and sisters, that the impact that it must have had on him was different from the guy yelling and screaming because that's not how you change people. You make them think they know a lot of smokers. And I'm sure
Some from amongst us maybe two or three, right?
A lot of the smokers they don't want to smoke sometimes they really don't they want to give it up. They really do. You know, I feel sorry on the family members of smokers. If their curses could be heard a loud they would be divorces in homes.
Did you hear what I just said? They don't like it. Family members, your children, your spouse's, your parents, your brothers, whoever else it is you're smoking the smell of it. I for one cannot stand it but we're standing it because you know what? It's a human being.
When I say cannot stand it, I mean imagine you bring in Salah you're smelling of rude, Mashallah, and the beautiful perfume and you enter the masjid. And you're about to finish the first record of the first unit of taraweeh and you're just enjoying the recital and suddenly
something's happened. The guy just came next to you and he's smiling on cigarettes. Because you know what? I was asked the question, this is a good very good one. It's a real true question.
Someone asked me a few years ago
you won't believe it. Am I allowed to open my fast with the amount of money with a cigarette?
I'm not lying to you. I was asked that question. So
just imagine that's how he wants to open his mouth. I mean, I can't believe this. But that's what
I told him brother zum zum zum zum is far better and I hope no one comes up with a brand of cigarettes called thumbs up because then we have a problem and even bigger problem it's a Yeah, I broke my foster son so
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this is how deep people go and imagine they try to do a lot it's like what I say is Ramadan is a month of excellence Do you know your health will improve you need to cut down on your food if you don't want to feel your fast don't eat too much and so with us we think right I'm not going to be eating for 13 hours let me manage so we get to the table and we want to eat everything one after the other eating eating eating by nine o'clock you already hungry because the enzymes in your belly are all working so hard you're hungry if you eat a little bit have a banana have some dates have a bit of water have low GI a little bit of brand etc etc but of milk whatever you'd like a little bit and
then you're done. You know what? Come three o'clock in the afternoon and you're as fresh and healthy and and strong as ever. You're not even feeling hungry when it comes to iftaar many of us mistaken about of Salah with kabbah of food
if you miss a Salah you gotta make it up, right? When you miss a meal. You don't make it up in the evening please. People eat at Madrid and after Isha as though they have not seen food. That's not what Ramadan is all about. They say no, but I didn't have lunch.
You weren't supposed to have the lunch. But now I'm having the lunch and the supper. You know? So Panama is that what Ramadan is all about? No. Some people gain weight in Ramadan. I can't believe it. But it's happening when my I've seen it. So brother What's going on here?
The rest of us How are you lose weight. Ramadan is not a month of food. I always say in the month of Ramadan. We're not supposed to be eating but we have the most food in our fridges, our houses, our kitchens, etc, etc. Let's be careful, my brothers and sisters. It's a beautiful month, we must discipline ourselves and we will earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala bad habits we can cut them, we can slow them down. You don't want to get into the machine and be a person who has such a smell that people don't even want to stand next to you.
May Allah help us develop our bad habits. I pray that every one of us can go home tonight and ponder over quality rather than quantity. Remember, the quality of deeds that you have would actually please Allah much more than the quantity so tonight when you go home, have a broad smile, speak to people with love. Tell them how much you love them and repeated again and again Mashallah. And tell them how much you care for them and show and help in the house and make sure that you are not a burden on the people and Allah will open your doors. This is what Ramadan is all about development of yourself. If you don't develop yourself, you've wasted your month of Ramadan aku Kohli ha ha
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