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Jumu’ah in Joburg at Mayfair Jumu’ah Masjid, Hanover St, South Africa
smilla rahmanir rahim Al Hamdulillah Allahu wa salam ala barakallahu
Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa
sallim ala Medina.
We always praise Allah subhanho wa Taala. Every time we start anything meaningful, we start in the name of Allah subhana wa Tada. And we praise Him and at the same time we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He was the one who brought all the goodness to us, Allah chose him to do that.
And we asked Allah to bless his household, for they were the ones who supported him. They were the ones who struggled and strove from the very beginning, including his companions, may Allah bless them all. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless all those who struggled and stroll through the years, in a way that today the dean has come to us, and may He make us have the same concern that they had in a way that the dean would be able to continue into our generations? And May Allah keep them on the straight path up to the last day, I mean,
brothers and sisters in Islam, if I were to tell you, that at the college you go, or the workplace that you are employed at, if you were to make a mistake, and you went to your boss, and you told him, I'm sorry, what would he do? It depends. He might be analyze you, he might not penalize you, he might say, it's fine. If you really are sorry, you will prove to him that what I did is wrong. And from now on, you will see that I'm not going to do that I'm going to be an asset to this business. Or if you're a school, child, or school, going age, varsity or anywhere else, even if it's a matter of time, and you did something wrong. And you were about to be expelled,
or you were about to be penalized. And then you went and you said, I'm very sorry, I really apologize. I did this, it was out of human error and so on. And I will prove to you that I'm going to be a good student from now on. In that case, they may forgive you, they may say you know what,
we will let you have another chance. When you come back some days later, and the same thing has happened again, then what happens? They may let you off for a second time. The third time I doubted that many places would let you off even sometimes family members might not let you off a third time around. May Allah protect us and grant us goodness. Why did I choose to start in this way?
Because Allah subhanho wa Taala declares himself most forgiving, Most Merciful, but we should not be playing a game with a lot. He is not a little infant, nor is he someone who's employed us. nor is he a person running a school as though he is far higher. He is
Lord of the worlds he has set aside rules and regulations that we will have to operate by whilst we happen to be living on this particular earth. And a man has given us a uniform to wear once we are here. This uniform is made up of two things that which he chose for us and left which he has allowed us to choose. What did he choose as a uniform for me and for you, the body you have and I have it's a uniform. When you die, you will remove that uniform, it will be placed back into the earth like Allah says Minh ha ha Navona Kumasi
we have created you from that soil, we will return you into that soil and we will resurrect you back from that soil. So this body is a uniform, my soul will depart the body which is the uniform and it will carry on there is no more use for that particular body. Because in Jannah mela grand agenda, we will be having a perfect body something that Allah has chosen for us different sizes and different nature. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala groundless paradox.
So that is one thing he chose for us. We have no decision. This is why you cannot go and start having plastic surgery on your face. Just because you want to change what you look like. No, can you start tattooing yourself or that is prohibited because it is allowed in a manner. It's like a policeman who has a uniform and he starts writing big, big things on the uniform not allowed. He needs to keep it neat and print prop. You have a school uniform and you write the name of another school on your uniform. Does that make sense? So Allah has given you something
You don't have to eat. You don't Pac. Unless it is permissible, meaningful women, they may be as big as what they notice. Nowhere else may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us quickness and protection. So that is one uniform, the other uniform the clothing, we have the outer clothing, we need to adorn ourselves in a uniform who would then go to one of the top schools of this country and pitch up decide that I'm not wearing uniform, they will throw you right out so much. So I went to a school where if your socks were not up and held up by what was known as a garter, you were told to go home and collect the data. It's a little piece of elastic that holds your sock up. This is how slick
people who are running schools have to be in order to protect the school from hooligans and so on. Whatever their reasons, why is it we have something much more sophisticated than a school and the rules are much more lenient than any school but still, we don't want to adopt it. You find the women folk not interested in wearing the uniform men for not interested in wearing the uniform Allahu Akbar, Allah strengthen us. May we learn to love the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam in a way that we begin to realize the importance of adopting it and following it, every one of us is on the level, we need to work to get to a level slightly higher. Don't ever think now I'm on a level
and that's it. I'm sitting you're not gonna be nor are you an angel. You're a mere human being mean Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us upliftment as the days passed, and may He never takes us back. So it's important for us to know these are two uniforms. One is your body and the other is what you adorn yourself with. It is absolutely unacceptable for us to become oblivious of it even for a split moment to forget that this is from Allah, this is Allah instruction, we are in something that is similar. And I'm giving this similarity to just bring it closer to our minds. Similar to a school, where you are learning things, you write your examinations, time and time again, you write the
exams, you pass on to the next level, you get harder examinations. Even with my law, it says the bigger the examination, the bigger the reward in the law, either.
Allah when Allah loves you, he tests you more, you want to choose a head boy in the school, you need to choose the one who is the best, right? Because you know, you're going to be adding an extra burden, he might have more sleepless nights than the others because his position is higher. This is only an example. So within that school, we should understand in this life, we will have something similar. You grow up you have one test, you have another test to learn how to read the Quran, understand it, apply it, there is no point in going to a school and learning everything. And the day of the test. We say I know the answers but I'm not ready to write them down. You'd be a fool.
Brothers and sisters, we know the answers. We know the deen we know the regulations. We know halon we know Haram. It's about time we wrote it down acted upon it. No point in saying I know this is now doubtful, but you know, I'm hungry. You know, I'm scarred as they say, you know I need to eat. That's not good enough. Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us, really, we need to apply it so that we get to the next level, you get to the next level. And then you will be able to have a bigger examination, Allah will test you with something more and more, until you graduate. The certificate you get at school, say for example, grade seven, grade eight, you get certificates every year you go
to the next year, when will you be able to use your certificates at the end, when you come out of university and you have your degree, you can now use that applying to get a job. And then you say I've got a top job because I work very hard and I've got top results. And this is what it is, you will be able to use your certificates that you achieve in this life. Once you cross over beyond that into the area. Then you have your certificates. I worked hard, I've got all A's and so on the Quran speaks about it. Let's listen to the verses of the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala says
to me, for
me, as for the one who gets his results, his book, His Book of Records, which means whatever he's achieved the A's or B's or the fail, whatever it is the one who gets his book, on his right hand or in his right hand. He will say, hey, read my book. He's proud. He's happy, like the children are happy when they have all A's and distinctions and I was talking about that look at it. And that says you made me proud my son loves
the proper pride will be on the day of judgment when we are given our books in our right hands melodrama.
We are deceived in this world, because the same son who came with all A's go and ask those who lost such children before they could actually get a job. How did the school come handy? Nothing.
This is why, yesterday I was speaking to a group of friends. And we were saying, you know, when parents are wealthy, it's their duty to help their children to get married. It might not be fair up for you to spend extra, and more and so on, you know, some people, sometimes you do have a case where perhaps the bride's family might be more wealthy than the groom's family. So without wanting to actually take control over this groom, because that's sometimes looked down upon in society, if the man would like to help his son in law, no problem. He's using his wealth in a big inhibitor. And he's actually facilitating what the question we were raising was, if he doesn't do that, the people
will be fighting for that money. Once he dies, he'd rather have spent it properly in his life. Allahu Akbar. So this is why we say some people who earn the millions and billions have never benefited from it because they didn't spend it. They just amassed it. Same applies. Some people are sharp and intelligent, they have AIDS, they have degrees, they have PhDs, they did not benefit from it and all the day They die. Nobody's gonna say anyone ever let me go to the lounge. This is big framed PhD certificate, put it on his chest so that you can see that this man had a PhD.
Never, ever that's blasphemy. That is wrong. That is stupidity. Nobody would do that. Because they know it doesn't help. It's a paper. All that knowledge can only help you for as long as you are breathing. Even not so I can change what I just said. It can only help you for as long as you're healthy. Once that takes you out of the way it's over. This is why you get to a certain age, you can have the highest qualifications in the world. they retire you finished retire Why? To show you that whatever you did waste of time, throw it out we getting the younger people and if they can replace you with a machine, you didn't need Allah protect us. Today the replacing human beings with
machines, you know that people's jobs on the line? Because they know but Allah is showing you Oh man, you can be as sharp as you want. If you did nothing about your deen you have wasted your time. If you did nothing about your link with Allah, you wasted your time. If you did not get closer to the sooner
You're wasting your time. And we hear it every day. We hear it every Friday. We know about it. We've heard it on the radios. We've seen it wherever else we've been. And we know what is expected of us. Shame man makes us look for excuses. No, man, I'm not yet ready. Come on. You want me to grow my beard? Not yet. You know what, I just wait for a little bit more. And Allah says, you know, even if you made the intention, it would have been enough. You did not know today was your last day.
Hello, open our doors. Allah grant us the ability to change, it's a click, it's a switch, it has to turn, you need to turn it because if you don't, your switch may be turned off before you know, this is the thing. And this is why we tend to become so deeply engrossed in worldly material items that Allah has drawn our attention to something else. What is that? When he describes gentlemen, through the blessing lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, there is a narration that we all should be knowing of by heart, fie harmala.
In that paradise, there is that which no eyes have ever seen. Which means if you mean that there are beautiful things in this world, they do not qualify to come to gentlemen, they don't not one thing from amongst the material items of the world. While
no ears have ever heard of. So if you've heard of anything, gender will be far better than that the items you've heard of, will never qualify to enter.
And man's mind is so small that it would never have crossed his mind that this is what I would actually get in paradise. So if anything has crossed your mind in Paradise is far better than this. Remember that. And if you take it further, you will come to understand. Did you ever think for a moment that anything you find fancy and good and you work towards and you toil for in terms of materialistic items that are of benefit to you in the dunya it can only be from the dunya nowhere else.
What does this mean?
It means Say for example, you love a motor vehicle. Well the tin is from the mountain they mined the day. The steel is also from under the ground. The fuel you use is from under the ground. The leather is from the cow. What else you name it, it's all from the dunya there's nothing from Pluto or Venus nothing. Nothing from the moon.
Not at all. So it's only the word Allah says what you have seen yet is only from the earth, which is one of the smallest planets in existence. This is what it is. And we busy committing adultery, going to the casinos, we busy not wanting to turn to the dean, we can't give up a cigarette, we cannot give up alcohol. We can't give up drugs, we have to bash our wives. And we have to beat up our children and we don't want to come home on time. And he's with no time to read our Salah. And Allah says, Man, you know how insignificant you are. If we were to take you up slightly higher, slightly higher in your own atmosphere, you won't even see your house, and you won't even see the 100 people
who are in your house. If you take off on an aircraft, you can see the little cars they look like dinky dinky we used to call it dinky small little car.
Nowadays, you get big remote control cars.
So these metal DVDs, real cars look like that. And when you climb slightly higher, you cannot see anything nothing. And unless anyone you still in the Earth's atmosphere, can you see anything? No. When you still want to tell the woman who did it? When do you know?
At the moment, she is smaller than a speck of dust? Can you see? And you still in the Earth's atmosphere? Was it worth it? No, it wasn't Why didn't you switch your switch on before it was switched off?
This is the message I have for myself to start with. We know what's right and wrong. It's not good enough for me to come here and say okay, this is right, this is wrong. This is why sometimes the details we are reminded of constantly. The true question is when are you ready to start walking the talk? When are you ready to do it? Are you ready? If you are not lying, we might not see the sun again. We could never come out of the machine if Allah wills it can happen. So let us wake ourselves up. Ask yourself what is it that I want? Before I turn to Allah? Do I want a huge clap across my face? Do I want to suddenly be diagnosed with cancer or age before I turn? Allah says goddess and
grand cure to those who are seeking do do I want a huge loss in the robbery and the death of people I love around me and some major accident where my legs are crashed before I turn Allah says Hang on, we still have merciful if we do that for you. You still have
you might suffer a little bit If a person's had a huge crush and that made them come to the masjid so hard Allah Allah loves them because Allah says we tapped you we tried to draw your attention by giving you You didn't come so we took away from you now you can we still love you. Wow.
Why do we have to wait for things to be taken away from us before we turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala
Why do we have to miss a Salah the minute the time of Salah enters you must have a rash on your bottles. You can't sit until you read that Salah it's a fact that's a movement. A person who is really restless until the Salah is over today what we do shavon comes to us dialogue Salah is
still the beginning time it's okay we wait for a while and then come last time you run him you know suddenly sitting at 20 past five half past 525 past you busy making your hustle Salah
that happens every single day. Is that how you treating a month imagine a person coming late to school every day after a certain time they will beat your parents they do something they might even kick you out of the school and say you know what? You're not fit to be here every day if it was once or twice okay fair enough. But this we do it with Salah Salah is a gift 24 minutes in 24 hours we cannot give it we find ourselves lazy while lying the hypocrisy shaper makes us get into his seven o'clock you wake up for work but six o'clock you won't wake up for salah and you had to wake up five minutes after that we wake up and we won't even think for a minute today's the last opportunity I
ever had to eat
and I was taking me away but
this is why the heartbeat is suddenly Sinatra, Mama Daddy, when you read your Salah religious though is the last Salah you're never going to get an opportunity to re there are millions and billions of people who are in their graves, wishing that they could be returned to engage in one Saturday. And here we are alive. We don't want to engage in those situations. And then when we come for Salah we pick the grounds of pickling not realizing the closest You are
the closest that a slave is to his other his when he's Institute. Take your time. Add one or two most of us see what happens. When you coming up. Take your release slowly. The king of the world the King of kings, the Lord of the worlds is whom you are in front of Don't rush.
Imagine Allahu Akbar what we call a wake up call to say you know what? Reality strikes. Soon we're going to leave the school of ours. Whatever
A certificate you have that is what will help you in getting across.
That is what will help you getting across. So it's up to you what type of examination you want to write, you want to write, what is it that you would like to achieve?
If you failed once, and this brings me back to the beginning of my talk, you failed once, you can rewrite.
You failed twice. You can rewrite.
For as long as you're alive you have, you can write again, how many people get a matric at the age of 25 3035. Some older people get a university degree at the age of 50 and beyond. Why because they don't want to lose hope, without realizing it's only going to help them for another five years. Before I go.
What about the big degree that we need in order to live the eternal life? This life is only 60 to 70 years, approximately? If you're lucky that is. And beyond that, not 600 years. Today, I was reading a hadith
of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam where he was explaining the door, the door of the garden of one of us. May Allah grant us gentlemen, the Garden of Eden gentlemen, to get from one side of it to the other, you'd have to work for 40 years. So behind Allah, and I'm thinking to myself today without a joke in 40 hours, I can cross the whole globe by plane and come back to Joburg and that's when the slow Airbus slow meaning it only moves at 900 Ks an hour.
40 years for one go wonder what's inside. They say the Hadith says the tree would be such that if you were to walk in exchange for 100 years, you'd still be in his shade. Allahu Akbar.
You walking in the shade of your tree longer than you ever were in the whole dunya your entire life and we are busy sitting in this linear thinking, you know, what is he telling us? We can't give up adultery Allahu Akbar.
We cannot give up gambling and believing this because these are the problems of the age. We cannot give up pornography. We cannot give up haram relations, the sending of wrong pictures to other people on their phones. It's happening Believe me, Allah subhanho wa Taala says God's really the challenges are plenty. So what is the hope?
The hope is we are facing upon Rahim we are facing
who is much more merciful than anything in existence. He has created mercy and divided into 100 paths one sent it down 99 he kept winning so panela so all the messy you ever see is part of the one portion. The 99 inshallah we will achieve from from that we will enter Paradise now granted.
So brothers and sisters, it's about time we asked ourselves some serious questions, serious questions. What is the main question? When am I turning to Allah? What is it that I'm waiting for? Before I decide to change my bad ways and habits? Have I
recognized a man who's trying to lead me astray? And have I chosen a different path? There was some people at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam so powerful, that shape and recognize them to the degree that he stayed away from them. Can I give you one example. Omar
says when he walked down one gallon shape and ran through the other gallon, he didn't even want to cross paths. Because not only did he recognize the devil, but the devil knew this man, no chance whatsoever. But with us, we look sometimes for the shaytan Allah protect this. This is why sometimes I say And may Allah safeguard all of us. We really think of items as human beings such that even the devil is ashamed of us say I didn't think of this man was you. Allah protect us. Really? Let's turn to Allah Toba. Let's ask Allah forgiveness, not once or twice every day 100 times. Don't worry, the bat allow us to give you your breathing. Allah forgive you the mercy of Allah, He will grant you
paradise through the intercession of Mohammed Salah. We are just such a beautiful Shahada, la, la la, la la.
La. You know what it means? I know what it means sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. That is a more powerful statement than anything that can exist. So Panama. That is what will drive me to gentlemen and you two gentlemen, now Lagonda paradise, through the intercession of Muhammad. Allah says Allah, we need to try at least in order to handle indecision. There's no point in saying we'll get into session. Don't worry man. I learned that it teaches you how to apply law and the law once you get paradise all the way down.
Many times No way, no way you don't know if what you said was accepted, it can only be accepted if you're working towards it. You know, you can have citizenship of your own country that you were born in. If they want you to. If they want to strip your hobby, they may do so depending on what you've done.
So May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all, and May He grant us goodness inshallah. This was a very short pep talk, I hope and I pray that it has affected me in sha Allah to live a better life from now. And to become more conscious of my weaknesses, no matter what type of spiritual level I think I'm on I need to work on my weaknesses and so does everyone else that Allah bless us all, and may help us to love one another for his sake. And may we be as an omen, such that nobody would dare trample upon us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala love us all. And may we be from amongst those who are the lovers of Allah until we meet again, salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah.