Ramadan 2011 – Stories of the Prophets – Day 05
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa kafa sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allah Abadi, Marina Sahaba
we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala for all praise indeed belongs to him. We asked him to send blessings and salutations upon the masterpiece Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless all his companions, all the messengers whom he has sent, and all their companions, and May Allah bless every single one of us and our offspring. We also ask Allah Subhana Allah, Allah to grant us every form of goodness and to give us every reason to smile. For indeed, the smile is a great act of worship. When we smile, he breaks a lot of ice, and many people who probably may have been slightly frightened of us, they become automatically close to us,
they feel the closeness and the warmth. So this is why it is the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to smile. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that understanding.
We have been speaking about Prophet Adam Allah is Salatu was Salam. And we heard yesterday how he passed away and how he was buried. We also heard of how two of his sons had fought with one of them murdering the other and what happened as a result.
What we need to know is there was another of his sons whom we made mention of very briefly yesterday. His name was Shi Alayhi. Salatu was Salam. In the English language, some say say, and I would like to think in the order or the Gujarati languages, they say Say it. Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best.
However, this son of Adam was very close to him, he obeyed his instructions he learned from his father, he actually used to remind his brethren his brothers and the nephews and so on, and the grand nephews, whilst other money Salatu was Salam was alive as well. He continued to remind and to remind people of the beginning, because there was nothing, nothing else to remind them about at that particular time. Besides, to worship Allah alone, and how shavon had made a promise and so on. So this prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala has not been made mention of in the Quran, however, we find made mention of him, made in the Hadith of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam, where Rasulullah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that they were 104 Chronicles that were revealed a parchments. And from them, 50 were revealed to Chief alayhi salatu was Salam.
Now, as time passed, it's very important that we picture what happened.
There was one of the sons known as carbon or cane. He had aggressiveness in his behavior.
He had greed, he had arrogance, he was a tough character difficult to get along with. So what he did, he decided to depart to leave the rest and to go away on his own somewhere very far away. So Adam alayhis salam prior to his death, he used to live with sheep and a Salaam and with all these other children of his in the mountainous regions in the mountains. And now this young man decided or kaabil decided to go to the valleys and to go to the flat land somewhere further away.
Later on sheath alayhi salatu wa sallam was given an instruction by Allah subhanho wa Taala, part of his Sharia was that it was prohibited to mix with the people who were gone on to the other side. This man qabil took his own family with and he went away, they had their children, they had their own characteristics, and it was prohibited to mix with them. That was the Sharia revealed to sheet alayhi salatu was Salam. And they followed it. They did not mix and they were saved to a great degree after some time, a problem arose. If we recall shavon when he refused to Prostrate to Adam, Allahu Salatu. wa salam, he made a promise to Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, I promise you I will
show you I lead them astray. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, go and try whoever follows you from amongst them. They are losers. They will be with you in Hellfire, but my worshippers who worship me who have turned to me, you will never be able to overpower them. May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla grant us the ability to overpower the devil rather than him overpowering us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says and this verse is made mention of Intuit, Lisa was deaf these many steps mean Oh
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Allah says go, oh devil, oh Satan, oh, please go and try and be fool them gradually as you wish. Go and use your sound. Now the word salt is used, use your salt, what is the salt of shape one, the sound of shape one, the voice of shape on the move a city in almost all of them have made mention of music and musical instruments. And this is a verse in Surah to israa. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Go try and control them use whatever you have at your disposal, though those who know me and those who worship me, they will never follow you. So he says, Allah says go and try, you can use your sounds. You can use your cavalry, you can use your infantry and go and be a partner in their
wealth, which means go and teach them whatever you want.
What was that meant to be? Look at the books of the seals, they all make mention of illegal income, illicit prohibited relationships, the income number one, when a person wants to derive income from that which is prohibited. And the next part of the verse says, go and be a part of their relationships as well.
In their children, you can have a portion and what the mufa Syrian say is this means go and encourage them to do what you want in terms of innocent sexual behavior. And let's see what happens. Let's see who wins lotto Akbar. So shavon from that time, from that time, he bought us in mind. And he was given this authority as a test for all of us remember, why are we here? We are here because Adam and his Salatu was Salam had promised Allah subhanho wa Taala that I seek forgiveness for what I've done, and I will not do it again. And Allah subhanho wa Taala sent men on to Earth in order to test them one word test. So if anyone thinks we are here for another reason, they are wrong. We know
we are here for a test. Everything we see is actually a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. In fact, this evening also we had verses that we had read, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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Beautiful verses of the Quran. You see in the condition of a Haram, it is prohibited to hunt. So Allah says all you who believe we will test you by making something happen for you. When you are in the condition of a Haram. Those hunting animals will come very close to you, as though they are saying hunt me hunt me. But remember, it's prohibited that we will do for you just to test you who is going to fear Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, unseen to them, but they know that Allah subhanho wa Taala is all watchful.
So this means in our lives, in fact, it reminds me of what Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about in the Quran. The Jewish people, very interestingly, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, they had a Sabbath, the Sabbath they declared that on this day you cannot work at all.
So what happened? Allah tested them the same way. You know, the Quran says to him he
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Bhima, can only have suku. On that Saturday, the fishermen who are not allowed to work according to their own laws. They saw the fish as though the fish are saying come fish, we know that it's a day when you're not allowed to fish. Amazing, amazing. So in order to come around that they used to cast their nets Friday evening, pick them up on Sunday morning.
wahaca. So Allah says you cannot do that. This is a test. This is why Allah subhanho wa Taala will test all of us, certain things are at hand. They are reachable they are if I can use the word committable a sin is committable. But whether we committed or not depends on how much we fear Allah and what consciousness we have of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the shape and he remembered this, and he then came, he decided, let me go and tackle men and I want to show men how to sin because men had to learn how to sin. Remember, if you haven't seen something, you probably wouldn't know how to do it. I was speaking to one of the youngsters from amongst us here, two days back very interesting.
And he made mention of something that
Regarding materialism, that you see if you are driving the latest Mercedes,
and next year, if Mercedes does not advertise the newer one they have, you will be so happy with yours because you haven't yet seen the new one. And two, three years later, you will still be happy with yours for as long as you believe it's the latest one. The same applies to your phone. When you have the iPhone, for example, they call it the iPhone four, you will be so happy with it. So panela because you have not yet seen the six that has come out.
Everyone's looking at me when did that come out? law law cover Don't worry, I don't know of it. But this is how many is that when you don't know something you happy. This is why you have your wife, you'll be happy with her. The minute you do not lower your gaze and so on, you start getting upset with what you have based on something you don't even know love about love. The same applies to our condition as men, we happy with what we have. And we are so happy with it for as long as we don't know that there is something that might make us happier Allahu Akbar, why take the risk, be happy be content. So shavon decided the same thing. And what he did is he said you see these people who are
with Adam alayhis salam. And now that he's passed away, she's Allah Salaam, he may recognize me because he knows shape. And he decided that let me come in the form of a man.
And I will go to the to those who are sheath. And I will pretend as though I'm a defector from this side. Sorry, I will go to those who are with Caribbean. Those who are with Kane, I will go to that side and pretend like I have defected from sheath. Now there was a distinct, distinct sign. You could see very clearly the men from Caribbean side were not very good looking. We heard about that. And the women were very good looking. And they had gone one side when it comes to where she's alayhis salam and the rest of them were the men are very good looking. And the women were not that good looking. According to narrations. I'm not speaking obviously, from my own pocket here. So Allah
subhanho wa Taala kept it such that shavon went to that site in the form of a handsome man.
And when he went there, he asked for a job. Look, I need employment, I need to be employed here. So what happened? They looked at him they decided, yes, good, man, come, let's employ you at least you got one defector, someone has defected. Let's give him a job. So he got a job. And as a man, he worked amongst them. And he worked very hard.
And then he slowly started, what did he start doing? It's important we listen to this.
He slowly started making sounds sound that people had never heard before. Because they will, they will know sounds that people had heard that was the beginning of time. And now he took, he created a little drum, and he beat it and everybody would come What's that sound and they would come around him and watch. Then he got a bit of metal and he started hitting it. And then it created a sound. And they came. And then he made a bugle and he started blowing into it. And it created a sound and they came and they were excited. Wow, these people are intelligent. They are they have advanced much more than us. And so they were so happy.
And they got so engrossed in it, that they slowly started forgetting the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. They slowly started forgetting the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yet, on the other hand, Chief Alayhi Salam kept on reminding his people, he kept on speaking with his people. And he kept on telling his people what was right and what was wrong, and so on. And on this hand, we find that shavon is teaching them how to do evil, how to create evil. And after some time, they began to follow him. And when they began to follow Him,
it created this disaster for them.
This is how they introduced the musical instruments into existence. This is how they introduced the musical instruments into existence. And through that, he would control them. They literally set aside a day and evening, a Saturday evening, and amazingly To this day, it lasts. To this day, it lasts. They set aside that evening where he would create the sounds everybody would come around, and everybody would listen to him. And everybody would literally party party, they would party until there came a time when some of the youth from she the LA Salatu was Salam were visited by Chez Panisse. And what did you do to them something interesting. He went to them and he created a doubt
in their minds. He made them ask a question. He made them question the law of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Why is it that we are not allowed to mix with these cousins of ours with these relatives of ours? What is the law
About what is the reasoning? What is so bad about them? Because this question, let's put it into our lives. Sometimes when we are taught not to have certain company, not to have certain friends not to move in a certain direction, what is it that is so bad about these people, that we should not be mixing with them?
So when they started asking this question,
it was answered for them that Luke Kirby had engaged in a crime. right at the beginning, he engaged in a sin at the very beginning. And this is what he did, he engaged in murder, and his characteristics were different, and so on. And for this reason, they were all on one side. And we all did not to mix with them. These youth were dissatisfied with the answer.
doesn't sound too good to us. We're not happy with it. When they were not happy with it, some of them decided, let's just have a peek at what's happening because we we've heard that here, things are going on. As people are progressing, let's go and see. So they came down
from the mountains, and they went, and from a distance they were watching, and they had seen and it pulled them. Imagine they did not intend to engage in evil. But when they saw everybody is partying, and what did they see? They saw very good looking females. They saw very good looking females. And so they went closer. And when they went closer, they were seen Subhana Allah, they were seen and they were good looking men. So the women began to engage in what is known as the Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge meaning to start displaying their beauty and to start dressing up. In order to attract This was the first time shapen taught them this. Now if you take a look at the Tafseer of the Quran, you
will find in Surah Taha there is a verse where Allah subhanho wa Taala is a blessing the wives of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
as well as the believing women who take a lesson from that Allah says, while Koran nafi bu t
e t O Allah, remain indoors as far as possible, and do not adorn yourself in a wrong manner, in the wrong manner meaningful those who are not meant to be seeing you in the way that the those of the first ignorance engaged in. So the live nobis of the Allahu anhu, who is a great professor. He says, This is referring to the women of Beals side who used to beautify themselves in order to be made attracted to these males. And this is where the story comes up.
As Jamelia Tula mentioned in this scene, mentioned by an ambassador of the Allahu anhu, his view is that this is what it was. And we are just using that today in order to put forward what happened.
So when that happened, these young men, they came in and they enjoy themselves. They had music, they had women they had so much they were partying they were enjoying, and they went away. See, it's typical, what happens nowadays you have the weekend, people go and after that they come back home at three in the morning, you know we use the word Baba last, I don't know what is used by the by the people here, which means they have drunk you know, they don't even know whether they are coming or going low alcohol.
So as the main came back, they told the other youngsters Hey, you don't know what you missing out on the sea. They they've got different sounds, and the sounds are amazing. Now look, shavon uses sound to control men. Well, if you take a look at what a beat is, what is a bit, you start tapping your fingers. What happened? Who's controlling this finger of yours shapen what happens to your your toe starts flicking? What happens to your head starts moving, what happens to your waist starts shaking.
who's controlling it? Let's be honest. It started at that time. It started at that time, and it is controlled. The one who can make you tap your finger on your steering wheel can easily make you murder.
The one who can make you tap your finger on the steering wheel can easily lead you to adultery. He will create it in your heart and beautify it, he can do one thing and you continue he will do another
May Allah subhanho wa Taala save goddess. So thereafter, these people came back with a bigger group.
And they came back with a larger group. And the group was growing and every time that party happened there were people from this side who used to quietly go to that side and they used to engage in sin, the first sins music was invented and what else was invented? created was adultery. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. This is the history
We have it made mentioned by some of the historians and it is very, very important, very, very interesting for us to note this because Allah subhanho wa Taala has also told us in the Quran about Elijah helia to oola. Although there are no details, the details we get from some of them have a serene and some of the historians. So this is how it started. And this is why it's important for us today to understand that not everything that glitters is gold. Not everything that glitters is good for us. Not everything that appears to be so attractive is actually good for us. Because if we go in that direction, we could be falling straight into the trap of Shaban.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala after making mention of this, he obviously tells us that those who have engaged in immorality and those who have engaged in sin, those who have engaged in what will displease Allah subhanho wa Taala if they immediately remember Allah subhanho wa Taala they remember that they have to go back to Allah subhanho wa Taala and they have that consciousness of Allah. And that remembrance makes them ask Allah forgiveness. Allah says not only do we forgive them, but if they remain steadfast thereafter, we will grant them Jenna, listen to the first
me, Allah says those who have engaged in immorality,
or they have oppressed against themselves, they have oppressed themselves in one way or another, when they remember Allah subhanho wa Taala and turned to him in repentance, because there is none who can forgive besides Allah subhanho wa Taala and they do not continue in their bad ways, but rather they turn their ways for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says, For those, there is forgiveness from us.
And we have prepared for them Heaven, paradise gardens, wherein they will dwell forever and ever, and what a great place for those who would like to do good deeds.
And this verse has hope for every single human being. Anyone, never ever feel that you have gone beyond the limit. never feel that you are now beyond repair. There is always room to turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala he gives us a chance, he gives us another chance he gives us 10 chances and many more chances but we don't know the exact number of chances while these chances come through to us. Grab hold of one of them and turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala I normally tell people the month of Ramadan is ideal ideal. What is harming us what is so difficult for us to come to the masjid to stand for an hour. If if we if we had it our way we could probably stand out at the door for another
hour. If we had the right people to sit and chitchat. May Allah protect us. Sometimes as people are coming in, they're sinning. And as they go out there singing whether it is with their phones or with their mouths, bad mouth, meaning bad words that come out of the mouth. Sometimes we walk out of the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala first thing we do with all due respect to those who do do this, but what is wrong is wrong even if the whole world engages in it. First thing we do we still not even out of the door, the cigarettes are out and the light is out next thing we flicking it and it's at our mouth. But where were we just now? moments before that we were speaking communicating with Allah
subhanho wa Taala Can't we at least for the month of Ramadan, show some respect and move a little bit further away from the masjid not to say we are encouraging it but at least if we show that amount of respect, there is a chance that Allah subhanho wa Taala will indeed create a day when we will give it up.
You know when a doctor tells you, Allahu Akbar, I've given this example before when a man's heart suddenly fails, and he gets a pain and his drops. Then they pick him up and take him to the hospital. And the doctor says you know what, you got to give up smoking. What law he nine times out of 10 if not 10 he gives it up? Why? One doctor told him that one doctor, but for Allah subhanho wa Taala how many of us are ready today to say this habit is out there we are. How many
Waiting for a little heart attack before we can give up a bad habit? are we waiting for an angina attack before we can throw something out of the window? When Allah subhanho wa Taala says no don't wait for that I give you good health. But whilst you're in good health leave that low. This is why we say some people turn away from Allah. They don't want to worship Allah neither in Ramadan nor outside the month of Ramadan. So what Allah does for them, He gives them a favor. What is that favor? He makes them sick and Ill to the degree that the doctors cannot help them. So what do they have to do? They are forced literally to say yeah, LA for the first time in their lives, raising
their hands and coming Salah early Mashallah. That is cheap, well, I cheap meaning, we are still fortunate that we haven't died before we raised our hands to Allah.
But the question I have, should we wait for something to happen to us before we go in to raise our hands. This is why Allah says, Be thankful. Be grateful, recognize the devil and know about him before he even comes in your direction so that you will know how he tries and distract you. Ask those who have committed adultery all their lives, what have they achieved by it? Ask those who have sinned all their lives gambling, what have they achieved by it? Ask those who have sinned on their lives by stealing, cheating, cunning, deceiving, by engaging in all sorts of other things, whether it is drugs and alcohol, what did they achieve by it? They achieved what momentary joy? Is that what
they got. And now if Allah has mercy on you, he will grant you a chance to say Allah forgive me Never again will I do this?
But if not, Allah protect us all. We fall into the clutches of the devil what happens on our deathbeds when it's too late? We will then be thinking that Yeah, Allah, I should have given up this habit and that habit, you know what the Quran says? Those type of people whom they only want to think about it on their deathbeds, Allah says that's too late.
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Allah says, when death comes to such a person, he will say, oh, Allah sent me back, I want to do good. Now I know I'd like to do all the good. Now we know Allah says, No, you will not do good. It's just a statement coming out of your mouth. You were given the chances you were given the reminders, the messengers came one after the other. Do you know the mercy of Allah is such that he did not only let us know the history of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But for us, there is a reason why he has told us the stories of so many prophets in the Quran and the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Take a look at the people of Shai, for example. They used to have wrong business
In this oma there are people who do that. Take a look at the people of loop alayhis salam, they used to have
homosexuality in them in this oma there are people who do do that. So at that time, the nations used to engage in one or two major items. But with us, there are pockets of people who have engaged in almost all those things that are made mention of in the past. And this is one of the reasons why all those stories have come and they have come to us. Remember, and this is an example again that some of the scholars have given they say,
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created a huge Inferno 1000 years ago. What makes you think that fuel with a match today is not going to create the same infernal. That is foolishness.
Since we know people have been giving you warnings, there's a warning petrol warning inflammable warning, no light is no matches here. And if you look at it, and you say, no, this was 1000 years ago, let me try it again and see what happens. That's what we're doing. We hear what happened to the people of loot, we still want to engage. We hear what happened to the people of schreib. We still want to engage. We hear what happened to the people who'd we still want to engage. Why? Because we do not want to take heed of that sign that we see highly inflammable make sure you don't have this here. Allahu Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala opened our doors. The reason why I have paused if you
notice, to give a few examples is because these type of examples have an effect and an impact on mankind. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran,
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For so many people have just refused. They have rejected they don't want to believe. My beloved brothers and sisters, we have a beautiful month of Ramadan. As we say, an effort is required to come closer to Allah, Allah He, Allah He, if we come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala we will see miracles in our life. We dedicate our days for Salah without missing one Salah come what may see what happens in a month, two months start seeing your doors opening miracles will happen well lie those around us have already seen them. And I'm sure we are tasting them Allah grants you contentment of the heart. But when there is a person who wants to follow, the sins of the time will
lie they will continue becoming more and more sophisticated. We will waste our days and our times behind this technology if we are using it wrongly. And we will waste our time behind sin and drugs. While law II if we would like to leave it, we can leave it now by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And if this reminder in the month of Ramadan, when our hearts are meant to be softened, is not enough for us, then what are we waiting for? What is there that is going to come to us?
In the past, I have made mention of a point.
And the point is, how many reminders would I like before I will turn it down? I need another 200 reminders, then I will turn and then start jotting down how many reminders you've had, they will come a day when you strike the 201 then will you turn low? If you're going to turn it to 100 you'd rather turn now so that you can gain all that time. Because who knows we might die at 150 and then what will happen? We can't go to Allah subhanho wa Taala and say no, in my mind, I made a promise that I'm going to wait for another 50 and you didn't give me the life to see the other 50 too late. Allah says we gave you Enough, enough times enough warnings like Allah says in the Quran, some
people, no matter who tells them, no matter who reminds them, they don't want to be reminded they don't want to take heed. So Allah says, you can bring whoever you want to talk to them, they won't listen. So much so that Allah says, even if the angels were to be brought in front of them to talk to them live, they wouldn't turn and over and above that Allah says are they waiting for Allah to come down now to talk to them to say hey, you better turn.
These are the verses of the Quran. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us all goodness inshallah, tomorrow we will meet again, going into the next prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Until then, also Allahu wa sallam robotic Allah and Amina Mohammed Subhan Allah the hem de su panic alarm or the Hamdi shadow Allah Allah hi Lance.