Channel: Mufti Menk
Friday Lecture from Doha, Qatar.
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Waterman LA, my beloved brothers and sisters, we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we thank him for everything he has given us. And we asked him to bless every single one of us and to grant us all goodness. My brothers and sisters the seeds of guidance are only shown by Allah subhanho wa Taala he is the owner of guidance and for this reason Surah Al Fatiha which is the opening surah of the Quran, which we are supposed to be repeating so many times a day in Salah Allah subhanho wa Taala has made it very clear in that particular surah that he is the owner of guidance and this is why
the supplication in that surah is a
study guide us to the straight path confirming that the guide is Allah The one who grants us acceptance to follow upon a path that we have been explained is Allah subhanho wa Taala. If we take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, all the messengers they were sent with guidance, but whether or not a person walks or treads the path of guidance is in the hands of Allah. So the first and foremost seed of guidance is to ask Allah Subhana Allah for guidance. When we read Surah Al Fatiha please my brothers and sisters do not just pay lip service to the tune and do not just pay lip service to the surah by reading it without concentrating exactly what it means it is the most
powerful surah in the Quran. It is referred to as mu mu. And as you know, that means the most important surah in the Quran and this is why it is repeated so much in it. There is the mercy of Allah that is being spoken about the opening verse Alhamdulillah. Allah Allah me, oh, Mommy, we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala confirming that he owns absolutely everything. He is the owner of entire creation. He is the Lord of the worlds everything he made. He owns it completely yet. He says he is most forgiving, Most Merciful or Most Beneficent mode, Most Merciful. That is Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he continues to say he is the owner of judgment, the Owner of the Day of Judgment. And
then he says, and this is this application we all make you alone we seek guidance from you alone we ask for help to Panama so Panama you alone we worship yeah cannot good. What Yeah, can I study and you alone we seek help from and thereafter, the one and only supplication in this entire surah as I mentioned a few moments ago, he didn't
Guide us to the straight path The path of those whom you have favored not the path of those who have earned your anger nor of those who have gone astray. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us with guidance I mean, so my brothers and sisters, the seeds of guidance. Firstly we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah sincerely, we search for it also sincerely, the sincerity is extremely important. If someone wants to learn a point of goodness in terms of religion, in terms of getting close to Allah subhana wa Taala. But the reason is, in order to compete with people or to prove that I know more than that is where it stops. In fact, one narration of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam he says,
Whosoever seeks knowledge in order to compete with the knowledgeable or to prove a point to the ignorant will not even smell the scent of paradise. Even though the scent of Paradise can be smelled from a long long distance, a distance of 50 years or 500 years according to the different durations. So for us to have the correct intention is extremely important. I must learn for me to put into practice I'm worried about myself. I'm worried about my agenda and at the same time
Once I've learned and I've put into practice, I will then pass the message on not so that I can prove myself to be a better person than everyone else or more knowledgeable but because I'm genuinely concerned for the rest of humanity and the rest of mankind in order that they may to achieve gender or they may achieve gentlemen, may Allah subhana wa Jalla. Grant us all gentlemen,
sow the seeds of guidance, importance for us, it's very important for us to speak about it. But more important is for us to understand it and put it into practice. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. Secondly, guidance is achieved, obviously by the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he uses various ways to tap us. Sometimes a person achieves guidance, whilst they have a lot of goodness in their life, they have not yet tasted difficulty or calamity they turned to Allah and that is the best of people, those who have turned to Allah A times of ease, and then you will find Allah subhanho wa Taala will be with you and He will definitely assist you at times of difficulty. May
Allah subhanho wa Taala help us but some people through the blessing of Allah, the gift of Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala guides them, because or should I say through a sickness that they have been afflicted with, through a difficulty they have got through financial loss through the death of a loved one, through some form of issue that they are going through that is negative, the pressure of society, you know, the various friends that they may have, that might be harming them, or they may find that if those friends are harmed and they don't understand what's going on, and they're worried about themselves. And Allah Subhana Allah blesses them through this because if that brings one
closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala It is indeed a gift of Allah. And we've always said, and we will continue to say that sometimes Allah subhanho wa Taala makes us sick and Ill in order for us to return to Allah subhanho wa Taala in a beautiful way, you know, sometimes you have medication, and that medication does not help. And we will visit a doctor after the doctor and it does not help. And what happens if such a person was not close to Allah and Allah loved the person enough to want them to turn to Him, when they understand and realize at that juncture, that you know what, I have a loan, he is the owner of cure, and then they say Allah how much Fini Oh, Allah grant me yo. And by
doing that, they actually turned to Allah for the first time in their lives. And if that's the case, wasn't it a gift, wasn't it a gift of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, but at the same time, sickness can be accessed from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because with us who believe we understand that whenever we have sickness or negativity, it should draw us closer to Allah. Sometimes shaman seizes the opportunity and draws people away from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why when people have sickness and they are calling out to Allah and Allah prolongs that sickness, may be because Allah loves the way we worship Allah when we are sick and deal we are much more sincere, we are genuine we
cry out to Allah in such a beautiful way that he loves it so much that he wants to keep us in that condition for our own elevation yet we become fed up after a while and we become sick of it and we begin to resort to means of cure that are not prescribed by Allah subhana wa Jalla never let alone not being prescribed but that are prohibited May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us, Allah make us from amongst those who appreciate his gifts upon us. The fact that we are sitting here and breathing today is the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala This is the house one of the houses from amongst the houses of Allah subhanho wa Taala and for us to be here surely there must be something that Allah
loves about us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala love us even more. And may Allah Subhana Allah Allah make us from amongst those who love me, genuinely and not just by mouth, I mean, so my brothers and sisters, it's important for us to repent to Allah, repentance and so far was done by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam between 70 and 100 times a day some durations have actually taken it further. And if we take a look at the authentic narrations, they, they say Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam saw the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala 100 times a day so Panama more than 70 times a day in another narration authentic What about us so Panama you know days past weeks past
and sometimes we might have paid lip service to the term you know, stone Villa after Salah we say price immediately after the fall of Salah without even picking up what we've actually said. So to be honest with you, we need to make a difference. When we say a stone for Allah O Allah, I seek your forgiveness. I'm asking you to forgive me if Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam who did not need it did it so often? What about us and one of the main reasons is not only
Does it wipe out the sins but it draws us closer to Allah and gives us the opportunity to achieve guidance because it's still far is one of the seeds of guidance, to be able to ask Allah to forgive you. And for me to be able to ask Allah to forgive me is already a seed of guidance that I am sowing and inshallah if I water it correctly it will grow into a huge plant which will develop into a tree that will bear fruit by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So we need to ask Allah for forgiveness. Don't think for a moment that what have I done wrong? Why must I ask for forgiveness? That is shapen Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not need it, but he did it. So if we follow
his example, we know we are human. To be honest, our thoughts sometimes are not correct. The way we operate is not correct. The jokes we utter sometimes are not correct. The way we speak is not correct. Sometimes we don't even know we are sinning. And if we were to ask Allah Subhana Allah Allah for forgiveness regularly by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala we would be from amongst those who are who have a better relationship with our own maker. May Allah bless us and our offspring, and may He bless the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
another seed of guidance and this is a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala is to make an effort to be able to make an effort in the right direction. Do not think that okay, I'm asking Allah for guidance, and I've sought forgiveness. Now the guidance will come to me whilst I'm reclining in my bed during the time of Salah. That is impossible. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, I need to make an effort I need to use the capacity, the power that Allah has given me to achieve the goodness I need to make an effort to achieve the pleasure of Allah without that effort, you are not going to be able to achieve the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala It is not easy to come for Salah to Juma
It is not easy to get a for Salah especially when the timing is very awkward or should I say we're not used to it because of the various countries we come from and the different timings and time zones and so on all this is irrelevant when it comes to the love of Allah and a person who really wants to achieve guidance. They don't mind what time it is for as long as it's the time of salado federal they are up. So Panama, we complain you know, I slept very late. So I skipped my budget out of the builder. You slept very late no matter what you should have got up at the time of federal radio federal and perhaps slept after that. Instead of missing entire budget. What type of guidance
does such a person want? Who does not even make an effort? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us? And can I tell you if we think that okay, you know, it's just one Salah that I've missed others are missing many Salawat that is from the devil that is shaytan trying to unseat you or unseat that beautiful guidance that you've just sown on Allah. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us look at it the other way, if we miss a lot, and we need to tell ourselves that there are billions of others who have not missed it today. Why should I be on the wrong camp or in the wrong camp? Why should I be from amongst those who have missed out when there are billions of people literally, there are
millions and billions of people who have read the Salah, and they've read it on time. So Panama I miss out and I'm the one who's just been sleeping and Allah subhanho wa Taala still gives me the honor and the dignity where people look at me with respect May Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us May he make us from amongst those who are not embarrassed neither in the dunya nor India.
So my brothers and sisters, the effort that is required is also a seed from amongst the seeds of guidance that will bear fruit by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala make an effort, make an effort to dress appropriately there is no point in telling people you know, pray for me I need to dress properly. There are so many things I need to change, start changing them. start changing them by the help of Allah start changing the way you speak to your family members. The way you address those who work for you start changing that. Don't just say I want guidance from Allah pray for me. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. Yes, prayer is important. But when it comes with the correct
intention, it will automatically lead you to making an effort. If that prayer came without the correct intention and we just paid lip service to it. We are never going to be able to change because the effort will not be made. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us May he make us from those who can make an effort my brothers and sisters, it is best to come early for salah and read the must have or engage in a little bit of
the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala than to come late last minute we are rushing to the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala the most important journey for us will be the journey into the hereafter. The most important journey for us is the journey into gentlemen. May Allah grant us gentlemen.
But what guarantee Do I have and you that we are definitely going to go straight to gentlemen, may Allah grant us gentlemen and may grant agenda to His mercy without reckoning, we are weak, our deeds are sometimes not even worth looking at when we think about our own deeds sometimes we are embarrassed, but Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant us gender however, it is important that for that journey we make some form of reparation, some form
preparation, any long journey everyone prepares you know you buy your ticket in advance you make sure everything is in order you get your visa in advance, you arrive at the airport two hours, three hours before the flight you make sure your seats are okay your luggage is alright. Everything is okay you make sure that in your bag that you are taking into the aircraft, you don't have you no liquids more than 100 miles and perhaps sharp objects and so many other things that are banned. And then you go through security, they check you they send you back they put it back again. They make sure that you are all clean and okay and thereafter you enter the flight and you will sit on a seat
that is designated for you and you alone. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. I learned a lesson from this we will all be travelling into the Africa on a journey that is much more exciting than one who flies on an aircraft. Even if you are flying first class, may Allah subhanho wa Taala courtesies. That journey you need preparation, you need to purchase a ticket to the correct destination. What's the point of saying family we're going on holiday and instead of buying a ticket going to a beautiful holiday resort, you end up going to a place where there is war that is broken out and you just land in the middle of it and you've put everyone at risk. May Allah Subhana Allah
grant us ease, it does not mean that the ticket is cheap to that war zone that we should fly there. No, it does not mean that the ticket is cheap, or they are offering it for free to assume that we don't want to go that we just fly there. No, even if the ticket is expensive to the destination we would like to go to we will save up and make sure that we get there. The same applies to paradise. It has a journey that needs to be made. And that is from this world to the next. It's a journey. That journey requires preparation and that preparation requires a great effort and it requires dedication. Purchase your ticket to the correct destination by coming for Salah. Purchase your
ticket to the correct destination by dressing appropriately. Purchase your ticket to the correct destination by worshipping Allah alone and protecting yourself from anything that anyone has said is polytheism safe you save yourself from that I have a policy if anyone has ever mentioned that a certain item is shipped. Stay away from him You are safer. No point in arguing and debating if someone has said this is wrong, the best thing for you to do is stay away from it because that which Allah requires from you, nobody debating nobody debating, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, May He grant us ease. Similarly, you will purchase your ticket to the correct destination by
understanding the message of the guide who came to tell you where the destination is and what it is all about. And that is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam How will we be able to go to the correct destination when we've made no effort to know what its name is or what it's all about and how we can get there. So panela a person wants to travel from point A to point B but doesn't even know where point b is. So Panama so an effort is required to learn learn this goes back to that effort. It is impossible for us to achieve goodness if we do not know what goodness is. And it is almost impossible for us to abstain from evil if we do not know what the evil is and how to safeguard
ourselves from it.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us so ensure that your baggage is correct. And when we say this it is important for us to know that when we are traveling we make sure that the baggage is correct. What about traveling into the certain objects you're not allowed to take if you have certain things you will be sent back you have to clear yourself of those items before you can cross. The same applies to gentlemen May Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses. Same applies to our baggage you have unnecessary things inside your bags. I recall a visit that someone made to India he came back with peanuts so panela Lipson eat peanuts, you know salted roasted peanuts from India and he paid a
fortune because his weight was over. And people were when the children later on at the destination were given these peanuts they were throwing them all around and he happened to stop all of them and gather them and he told them you better eat every single peanut You don't know how much I've paid peanut peanut May Allah subhanho wa Taala says this is unnecessary items you could have bought the peanuts at your destination but when we are foolish we don't understand we don't realize the same applies to us we do certain things thinking that yes, we will go to Geneva and so on yet we wasted our time in the dunya we wasted our health when we had held we did not read Salah when we had the
good books we did not dress appropriately then comes the days later when we regret what Allah he regrets is also a seed of guidance. Remember this for as long as you regretting whilst you're alive and breathing. It's a seed of guidance. If you sit and ponder over your actions in the past and you regret that is actually such a great seed that is sown because it will lead to tell about it will lead to repentance and the warm tears. This is Allah and this is the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon us, my brothers and sisters, let's make an effort. Let us ask Allah subhanho wa Taala another seat of guidance is to ensure that you are in the right company. Yeah, I mean, I'm Ana de la waku
Oh you believe be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala and be with those who are truthful being with those who are the correct company truthful to Allah, truthful to the messenger truthful to the message of Islam, truthful to the reality that they are going to die one day and they also would like to go to agenda. If people are focused all upon one goal and we happen to be in their company, automatically our focus will remain on the same goal. But if people are not focused on the same goal, and we happen to be in that company, we will forget about what our goal is today. People have forgotten life is all about money, money and making money by hook or crook and people who are
supposedly good muslimeen sometimes we even fulfill their Salah because they are worried about Allah subhanho wa Taala sometimes they tend to forget that Allah He there is more to this existence than just earning money. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from materialism, we see the beautiful vehicles around and immediately our heart inclines towards having the latest car and the latest phone and the latest everything because we see so many of that around, put that on one side, why don't we see those who are in the masjid very early, and we say tomorrow I'm going to compete with this man, I will be here before him. So Pamela, tomorrow, I want to compete with the
sister today. She's just so appropriate inshallah, I will dress like that, and even better, and we don't need to tell them because if we tell them it may become an issue of arrogance, and our sincerity may be lost. But we tell Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why Allah says festival hire odd, you want to compete with one another competing goodness, in these type of good deeds, you see a man giving a charity and you tell yourself in Sharla, quietly, I'm going to give more than that man. So Panama, amazing. This is now in the right direction. And if we have the good company, the right company, no matter what, by the will of Allah, we will be guided in the correct way in the correct
path by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So one of the big seeds of guidance would be to be in the correct company. If we understand that we will also understand that one of the seeds of misguidance is to be in the wrong company. You can be as good as you are, if you're in the wrong company, slowly but surely, the goodness will be washed away because you're in the wrong company.
So this is why it's important for us to know some of these seeds of guidance for us to be able to achieve goodness in this world and the next, this world and the life in this world what a lie. It is very, very short. It is actually a few hours if you'd like to count a few hours, and we don't have much time by the will of Allah steer yourself onto the right path. And make sure you tread that path. And make sure you understand the effort that is required. The condition of the heart is extremely important. One of the seeds of guidance is to remove hatred within your heart for other people for no reason. You know, we see someone we become jealous jealousy is a seed of misguidance
if you'd like to be guided, remove it from your heart Subhanallah we become jealous of people and we start worrying about what this one has and that one has. And in the process we forget, where am I going, I'm not even going to get a moment to enjoy these luxuries that I'm busy fighting for. And I am heading for my grave. And this is why understand one thing and understand it very well. No matter what you have in this world when you are buried. It's just you and the shower. That's it. Every single thing is left behind no matter what you've earned, no matter what on earth you have in terms of possession, the only thing you carry with you your deeds, your deeds alone and that is what you
will go with not even your body will you go Have you understood this not even the body I have Am I going to take into the AFA not even the body, the body is going to be loaded into the grave my soul separate from the body and depart as Allah wills and how he will it will go wherever he wants into the earth and later on it will be resurrected in a way that he wants. Gentle Allah May Allah Subhana Allah make it easy for us to understand. We fight over petty matters, Petty issues, I was not promoted, he was promoted, I will not speak to him or I will leave the job and so on. So had Allah Subhana Allah May Allah help us and guide us to make the correct decisions in life. My brothers and
sisters I've just mentioned some of the seeds of guidance. I hope and I pray that we can expand on this at some point and I hope and I pray that by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala we can learn to love one another because loving one another for the sake of Allah is a great seed of guidance, the oma we are part of one woman today, we look for any reason to cut relations, we look for any reason to create a distance it is supposed to be the other way around. We are supposed to be looking for the smallest reason that will unite us and this is when the strength of the oma will be manifest and this is when the people will not be able to trade all upon us and they will not be able to destroy
us because we love each other because of the few common factors that we have. Not that we hate each other because I think slightly different from you in two points in your life. May Allah subhanahu wa
Allah guide this woman may make us learn to love one another, to respect one another, to be able to reach out to one another and to be able to help ourselves Firstly, and then be able to help the rest of the woman when it comes to guidance and learning and putting into practice and making an effort and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to guide us by saying he must have been a Buddha hada masala Vina Mohammed
Amin. First of all, we know Java, don't carry