Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2011
This is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless him and all his companions. And as always, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us for without the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala we would not know what to do and where to go, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and our offspring, and May He grant us the goodness of the dunya as well as that of the
Beloved brothers and sisters in Islam. We think Allah subhanho wa Taala first and foremost, for having granted us this opportunity to gather in his obedience. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept from us the sacrifice of standing in Salah for his sake, and of fasting during the daylight hours for his sake. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us the true reward of this. Yesterday we heard how one of the nation's was destroyed.
And today we are going into the life of one of the highest of the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala after Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And he is one of the messengers who were sent not only to his people, but even to his own father.
Up to this point, the messengers were sent to their nations. Here we find a young boy.
He was born.
He was born in Babylon, Babylon.
And at that time, there was a king known as Nimrod. This King was a very, very powerful King, Allah had given him a lot of power and authority. And if you notice, this is the messenger, the great messenger, Ibrahim alayhi salatu, salam, Abraham, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
He is such a great man that all the messengers who came after him, were from his family Subhana Allah.
He is such a great man, Allah subhanho wa Taala tested him not once, not twice, but again and again. And he passed every single test. And do you know what he was mostly at the beginning? Single in his case,
he accepted his message besides one, young boy, lo Akbar.
patient says later on, there was a woman who accepted finished the two of them at the beginning in the early stages. So what happened?
At that time, the people were worshipping idols, and they were worshipping wealth,
and he was born. As he grew up, he seen his father. His father, the Quran says his name was aza. So we will use that particular name as the father of Abraham.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how Azur used to make idols and sell them. So the young boy, he was watching his father, carving idols out of wood and stone, and then he would see his father selling them, then he would notice people prostrate to these things that his own father was carving.
And he would notice people asking these stones, and these pieces of wood, to give them good health
and to grant them long lives, and to give them sustenance, and to guide them and so on. So he was shocked. One day he sees this big idol, and he tells his father, oh, my father, what is this? He says, These are idols. So it has such a big ear. He says, Yes, this is because it hears everything, this idol here, those who will bite, it will listen to them.
So what used to happen at the time, the poor, they could afford small idols, little ones, the rich they had big, big idols. So when people had a bigger problem, they went to borrow a god belonging to someone else, because it was bigger.
Look at how foolish they were. Yet they had brains the young boy, he started asking his father and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of this boy, Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam in 73 different places in the Quran. And in 25 different suitors of the Quran, one of those students named after him surah Brahim.
inshallah, we will read that tomorrow by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala in taraweeh.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of this young boy, Allah says Allah cada Jaina
Ellie Abby comi Madhavi tamashi lunati to LA ke foo. And indeed We had given Ibrahim A long time ago guidance from a very early age, well in advance, and we knew very well, Allah subhanho wa Taala is all knowing. Allah says, Remember when Ibrahim asked his father and his nation, his people meaning his father's people, what is this that you are worshiping? They said, straight answer, straightforward corlew not bodoh ausnahme
la ke V in verse Allah, Allah says, They said, We are worshipping idols, and we will continue worshipping these items.
So he asks them a question. Carnahan is now gonna come in.
Do they hear you when you calling out to them?
I will we have our own icon? Oh, yo, can they benefit you in any way? Or can they harm you in any way? They never said yes. No. Did they say no? They kept quiet. But they answered him in a different way. What did they say?
OBD. II found our forefathers worshipping them. That was the answer. So listen very carefully. They did not say yes, they did not say no. They just said when asked them. Do they hear you when you call or can they help you? Can they harm you? Can they benefit you? They said look, we found our forefathers doing this. And in another verse they said, We found our forefathers exactly worshipping these idols. So we will continue worshiping the idols. So even I am Allah is Salatu was Salam.
makes mention of even more questions?
He says, Allah, Miko una
una caja de moon
moto Li bellami. You see these things that you people are worshipping you and your forefathers that you have been worshipping all along all of these things that you've been worshipping for so many years, they are all including yourselves enemies of mine, there is only one that I worship and that is not bull. Allah mean, the Lord of all the worlds, the creator, whoever made everything here, that is whom I worship. So from a very young age, he understood that I cannot worship a stone or a stick or a piece of wood or anything. I need to only worship whoever made me. That's it. Now this was the sense Allah says, Tina Ibrahim Moshe, Allah gave him the guidance at a very young age. He was young,
very young, when he started questioning, some duration say his age was only seven. He started questioning age of seven. And after that he grew up to a young boy and so on. And he started questioning my father, what are you doing? One beautiful verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
One cornfield kita ba ba Hema.
And remember in the book, The Prophet Abraham, may peace be upon him he was indeed a truthful prophet is coralli Abbe
when he told his father Oh my father, how can you worship something that cannot hear you it cannot you and it cannot help you in anything. It won't be able to do a single thing for you.
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Oh, my father, knowledge has come to me that did not come to you. So follow me. I will show you the right path. I'll show you the guidance. And he's a young boy saying this to my father. Look, let me tell you,
and I want you I want to discuss in debate with you. Tell me, what is the answer. The father also said Look, don't question. I don't want any
questions we've been following our forefathers. And the biggest problem is I'm making money out of this. How can you tell me to stop it? Come on. Today, if someone was engaged in, say, for example, haram income, either making money out of liquor, making money out of something that is very prohibited, or making money through gambling, making money through stealing, and so on, and the son says, Dad, that's very wrong. The father will say, well, who's gonna put a plate on your food? Who's gonna put a plate of food in front of you a straight answer cash? The people have got cash answers, not even check so that it can bounce.
Oh, wait, how can you question me?
Now this is something we need to know our children will correct us. And that also is a gift of Allah. And it's a test of Allah upon us. He failed his test. Allah subhanho wa Taala had mercy on him that state by sending his own son to come to him, say my father, how can you wish something you making with your own hands? Come on, come on. And the father says no, keep quiet.
And the people said no, keep quiet.
So Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam continues, he says, Yeah, by de la Budi Shah on, oh, my father, don't worship the devil. Now you falling into the trap of the devil. Imagine as young as he was, he started understanding that there are two forces force of the Creator, the maker, and there is another force into
it is Oh, my father don't worship the devil.
In a shape on a con. Man, he also he, indeed the devil was very, very far from the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The devil transgressed against the command of Allah of the Most Merciful.
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Oh, my father, I have a very big fear for you, that the Most Merciful might punish you. Look at the words he's using.
For the Most Merciful, to punish. It has to be one act of worship, that is shipped. When someone associates a partnership with Allah, the Most Merciful says that is the time when he punishes the Hadith. In fact, the verse of the Quran, Allah says, in Allah, Allah yo Pharaoh,
a long will not forgive association of partnership with him but besides that, he will forgive as he wishes, if a person dies in that condition.
So if one has engaged in shield, and association of partnership with Allah in worship, then if they have repented before their death, good news, Allah will forgive them. But if they have died on that condition, Allah makes a promise that for that, you will have to be punished. So this is why Ibrahim Alayhi Salam says, I fear in me a half a year masaka boomin, Allah man, look at the two words being used. I fear that punishment will overtake you, from the one who is most merciful. That means you have to have done something really, really, really bad.
May Allah safeguard us from sheep? This is why one law he I swear by Allah, Who is the owner of this house, and I swear by Allah who has raised the skies without fillers, that will lie to Malala Oh, the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala warned their people about association of partnership with Allah in Acts of wish. Whenever we engage in any act,
it must solely for the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it must be in accordance with what was taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The reason is, Allah has declared that we are not allowed to worship him according to our desires. We need to worship him how he wants us to worship Him. And this is why we have to stand in Salah at specific times, do specific things that is called worship, when you're doing what you want. That's not worship. When you're doing what you want. I can stand waving at the sun all day. And he can say when I'm worshiping alive makes me happy. Allahu Akbar. That is not worship. Whenever you want to see if you engaging in something that
you feel is going to draw you closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala ask yourself a question where we taught this by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam if we were you engage in it
If not we falling into the trap bar.
There are people who drink alcohol. And they say, Well, look, it brings me closer to God, I forget my sins, I'm happy. It satisfies me. There are people who commit adultery, and they say, Look, that's very, very good because you know what, that's what man is created for, to reproduce and so on and to enjoy and whatever, and it makes me happy and it satisfies me. Well, in that particular case, if they consider that something that brings satisfaction to them, then the devil inside that pipeline, may Allah protect us. This is why it's a law. The Sharia has no gray area. Whenever there is an area that we think is great, just stay far from it is an is Allah says in the
rasuluh Bella ma de la la cama rhombic syndrome. A in the most clear of terms Bella Bella means to convey in a very, very clear manner, the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala conveyed very, so anything we needed to know is extremely clear, brighter than the sun. May Allah Allah protect us this is innovation says lei aloha kana Hari ha
ha Illa Holic the path which is the straight path
when you are working on it during the day or the night it's as clear as anything is all the same. Nobody can be deviated from that straight path except one who is rejected destroyed
safeguard us. So Ibrahim Allah
he starts making mention of
to be found in a diety. That any situation. If you want to worship something, you should ask yourself the following questions. And he says
the one who created me, the one who guides me, whoever created me, I owe my worship to him. Whoever guides me is the same one who created me. I have my worship to him. One levy Who are you Tony Mooney Weinstein, the one who feeds me and who quenches my thirst. We're either married to
the one whom we're not even he called me kill is the one the only the Korean
in that he can forgive my sins on the day of reckoning.
after we die, and we are resurrected, they will be a day of reckoning. Whoever is the owner of forgiveness on that day, that is whom I will put my head on the ground for nobody else. Love Akbar. This is the statement of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. And he continues
to be heavily hawkmoon econia Salim Oh, my
grant me the judgment between right and wrong. Grant me correct judgment and join me with those who are pious. Now he was alone. nobody listened to him. Not one not even one law cabal at that stage, no one. So what happened? After sometime? Allah subhanho wa Taala says
that Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam
continued with them to remind them that whoever created the skies and the earth and whoever made us that is whom you are supposed to be worshipping these stones and these idols have not made anyone he says Kala Rabu Rabu sama de Waal are
your Rob and what is the meaning of the term Rob we've been through it we will go through it just know. But he says Your job is the creator of the skies and the earth whoever made everything in existence is your hub. Now the meaning of the Creator nareesha cherisher sustainer. provider protector cura the one in absolute control of every aspect of existence is known as Rob. So when we say Alhamdulillah here benign me, what we mean is, All praise is due to the worshipped one, who is the creator nareesha cherishes sustainer provider protector cura have absolutely everything in existence. He is in supreme control. That is the one who we owe every point of praise.
To Subhan Allah look at how powerful the statement is.
So if Rahim Allah is salatu wa sallam, after saying that, he noticed something, that these people when they wanted sustenance, they quickly ran to these stones. And they quickly ran to all these pieces of wood that they had all around, and they went and they asked for sustenance, we want sustenance. And he noticed that they even went to people, people who have dead and they started asking them for sustenance. So look at what he says.
Ibrahim Alayhi Salam says, in alladhina de Budo nama do nilay lam Li COO, coo Mariska saboteur
de la Kar Wai boo wash Cola, in a tow, all those whom you are calling out to besides Allah to give you sustenance, they do not own a droplet of sustenance, Allah is the owner of sustenance, so you should solely and only ask Allah directly for sustenance, for indeed he is the one who will grant you sustenance and you should be grateful and thankful to him alone, because it is to Him alone, you are going to return to
a powerful statement from a young boy growing up he had the sense this is why Allah says Allah tada Tina Ibrahim, Moshe whom in common. We gave Ibrahim that guidance. A long, long time ago, from an early age he was rightly guided by Allah from a young age.
Now, he started talking about these idols to the people and questioning everyone. They did not have answers. The only answer they had one thing, we have found our forefathers doing this that see no other answer, they were happy. And this is the way and because people were making money, one borrows the god the other one doesn't borrow the God and what else used to happen, according to one, some historical narrations that when somebody asked an idle something and say that was done, people started borrowing that idol to say, this one's got more power, look at this, look at how foolish they will lie. This can happen up to today, when a person visits a certain tree somewhere in Hurrah
sun, and he makes it to the tree or whatever. And he says, Look, I've come all the way to the tree. And I've made tawaf around the tree, and then his problem is solved. Other people will start going to the same tree who have that problem, because he'll go and say, Look, this is what I did. And it helps Allahu Akbar, look at this. So this is what was happening at the time and the people were excited and shake man was playing games with them, flicking them from one corner to another pillar to post so Ibraheem alehissalaam says, What Allah Hina Aki done now snam aku back
to allume odbd. He says to himself, one law he, I am going to destroy these idols, I'm going to plan and plot against them. Once these people are gone, I will plot against the idols.
So what happened? Some people heard him making mention of these idols. A few people heard him making mention of the fact that he wants to plan something, he wants to do something. So they used to have their day in a week when they used to go out everybody and pray. They used to take their gods along, and they used to go and the father had a warehouse, what we call a warehouse, where all the gods that will not yet sold were there.
So what happened is small ones, big ones, little ones, ones with big ears to depict those who can hear one with big eyes that can see and so on. So Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. When they told him
Let's go we want to go and pray. He says, in nissa tea, I am sick. He says what I'm sick. Now he was not physically ill. But what he meant is, I'm sick of what you people are doing. I'm not coming with you. So he just said I'm sick. He didn't finish the sentence. Obviously. He says I'm sick, and I'm not coming with you. So they went away. When they all went. He now decided to open this door. He went into the room. He looks at all these items. And he says yes, talk to me.
Talk to me.
So naturally, there was no answer. That is by nature. This is it's a stone. It's a stick. So he says Malecon blato What's wrong with you? You're not talking to me.
He gave him a chance to talk.
Believe me, he started hitting them and destroying them one by one. And he's asking them questions as easy as this
them, what are you going to do? Can you help yourself? You can't help yourself. You can't help anyone else here you are one gun to gun, three gun, the whole lot of them gone. But that one would be he is he left it.
Why did he leave it because he was very intelligent, extremely intelligent. He hung the X on its ear, on the ear, and he went away and he went back to sleep. Now when they came back, they noticed that all these idols are broken. Ma
Latina in hula Amina volley me who did this to our gods, indeed, he is very, very
wrong. He's from amongst the oppressors.
Yoko Luna Whoa.
They said we heard a young boy Fatah Fatah meaning young youngster. We heard a youngster mentioning them. And he his name is Ibrahim. We heard someone called Ibrahim mentioned them.
Why are they saying this? They don't want to associate with this man. If someone were to tell you, I heard Ibrahim saying this. That means they know Ibrahim. But if someone were to say, I heard someone called Ibrahim say this, that means they want to pretend that they don't know who who Ibrahim is. They could no linkwithin.
Look, they did not want any association at all.
So they asked Ibrahim they called him ma Carlo masala hanabi Alia Tina ivani. They said Oh, Ibrahim, who did this to our gods.
So he looks at him.
He looks at the gods.
And he says
gubbio whom? First allume in can Yo Yo, this big one here? You asked him Maybe he might know what happened. See, does he talk? What a question.
Look at a young boy. And just try and picture the whole community waiting and standing big, big people, leaders of the community of society, his father, and his relatives and everybody. And they looking at this young boy look pointing there and saying, You know what? Ask the big one. I'm sure he'll have an answer for you. Does he talk?
They knew that this
So what happened immediately they felt within themselves
that we are wrong.
to see him
man okizu allow him
for a split moment they thought that you know what this youngster is right? These things don't speak. But immediately they were overtaken by all the other thoughts. And they said no, no, no, no, no, no, this young boy is wrong. He is guilty. So what did they do?
They decided we need to punish him.
Carlo Henrico was also
co me. They had their meetings. They arrested him. They chained him up and they said you know what? burn him to death to set an example. So nobody must do this. Again. No one. Anybody Maliki Salaam is one alone. But his belief in his maker was solid.
He says oh my Creator. You are enough for me as a protector. Whoever made me protect me. No one else. I don't want anyone else's help. Whoever made me protect me. That was his job.
Brahim Elisa. So his father tells him You better keep quiet my son in
law will German Germany, Romania, Allahu Akbar, his father told him at one stage, oh my son if you do not keep quiet. And if you do not stop asking all these silly questions, I will stone you to death personally. Imagine his father, his own father wants to kill him, wants to stone him to death. And now the community is saying burn him. So what did they do?
They decided Yes, we must. And they prepare the fire and the one narration says it took them a long time to prepare that
Fire. It was a really they got lots of fuel from all over. And it was so hot that from a distance they they had to send the fuel with a catapult into the fire. And it is reported that even the birds that flew over it, they dropped into it. That's how hot it was.
And what happened.
They then got Ibrahim alayhi salam, he was all tied up in ropes and chains, and they put him into a catapult. Why? Because they couldn't throw him into them. Getting close to it would burn them as well.
And they released the catapult. So Allah created from the point that the catapult released him, Allah created steps going down.
As he was being thrown.
He made the dua. What was this da? One da
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us this integration in Sahih al Bukhari has born Allahu Malachy enough, Allah is enough for me and he is the best Disposer of affairs, your Allah you are enough for me, you alone protect me Look what they're doing, you made me You can help you can hear these idols Cannot you can see these idols Cannot you are in control these idols cannot Yala I am at your protection. I am under your protection. So as he was released, they were stays created. So he was literally coming down in such a beautiful way into the fire. And these people are looking at him.
And as he went in Allah says Allah, we decree to the fire.
Yana okuni barrows.
We said Oh, fire become cold and be a means of peace to Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam. So immediately, if someone is tied up with with chains and ropes, for the fire to be a means of peace, it had to burn the ropes and chains. So now he was released. So behind Allah, he was released. And as he's released, he goes in there. And he felt so comfortable later on. He makes mention in his life, that the best time that I've ever spent during my lifetime was that time that I was in the fire.
Imagine, young boy, now everybody's watching.
everybody's watching. Nobody said magician nobody said because they were shocked. He was a boy and he is being assisted. And they know for a fact none of those stones or pieces of wood. None of those idols have helped him not even one.
The one who made him helped him. Now he comes into the fire. And he is very happily enjoying. And then he walks out of that fire very calmly as he walks out. They're just shocked looking at him. They don't know.
So one young man gets up and he decides
I want to follow you You are right. These people are on
a young man who was this young man.
His nephew, Luke Alayhi. Salatu was Salam. The Prophet Luke, he was not yet a prophet. He was a young man, young boy, the nephew of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. He came up and he seen everything and he'd watched it. And he decided, I surrender to whoever made me as well. Look at the common sense. They don't want to surrender to their maker. I always tell people
that Islam is the religion of Abraham, which means the Abrahamic religion, they call it Abrahamic monotheism. He says, I worship the one who made me who ever made me I call him the worshipped one, and that's who I will dedicate every act of worship to nobody else and nothing else finished. That is Ibrahim. So Allah subhanho wa Taala became so happy with him and as they were saved, Allah subhanho wa Taala says
that they decided we now need to leave because these people are making our life difficult, and they need to go. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, For our man, Allah Hulu, Lupo accepted his message and believed in what he brought wirkkala in the Mohan Jian ala B. And he said, I am I am making ijarah for the sake of Allah, I cannot worship Allah here with these people around we've tried everything. They've seen the signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now I need to go elsewhere so that I can worship Allah subhanho wa Taala correctly, and the two of them decided to leave the place. Now there are two three stories
I mentioned in the Quran that a very beautiful, we'll try and make mention of one or two of them. Firstly, Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam asks Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, Yeah, Allah, I want to see how you are going to resurrect.
How do you resurrect? How do you give life to the date? Not to say I don't believe I believe firmly but I'm just interested in knowing, you know, it's like a child telling you, Mom, how did you make that just show me? It's not like they they don't believe that you made it. You did, but they want to see how it's done. curiosity.
Now this is a higher example because it is definitely a messenger. Nowhere near the example I gave just now but Ibrahim alayhis salam Allah mix mentioned in the Quran, what is called Eva hemara be areni to heal Mota, Allah to min and remember when Ibrahim Alayhi Salam asked his Rob
Oh, my rock, show me how do you give life to the dead? And Allah says Oh, Ibrahim, don't you believe? He says Carla Bella Oh indeed I believe while I can neotoma in Colby, but I just want to put a bit of comfort in my heart. I want to see it for myself.
All I suppose our bottom minakami Allah told him take four birds. Take four birds, so he got four birds. Then Allah says for
Elijah, some major Allah Allah collegia Ballymena home Jews,
cut them into pieces, mix them up totally. And put all the different pieces on two different
mountains, the tops of mountains, different mountains. Then when you're standing, Allah subhanho wa Taala says
Tina Casa de
la xizhou hockey team, then call them see what happens. They will come flying back to you.
So he did that. And then he called the birds and he started watching these birds. Amazing. When he started watching these birds, they flew back to him when he called. And then Allahu Akbar, Allah says, and you should know that Allah is all powerful, all wise, this is a young boy, he's a man in Allah has now been strengthened one after the other. And Allah subhanho wa Taala gave him a lot more as they left, and they went further up further away from where they were in Iraq, they shifted towards the middle east and they were on their way to a blessed land. Allah makes mention of that blesseth land in the Quran. And on their way there they stopped in a place known as heroin. In
heroin. Ibrahim Alayhi, Salatu was Salam. He was a man who used to debate he used to discuss with everybody he met, he used to talk about my Creator, who do you worship? They would say we worship this and he would start inviting them to say, don't worship that worship, whoever made you, everybody he met, he did it with them. Firstly, he did it with his father. Then amazingly, he did it with the king Nimrod inshallah, we will see that tomorrow. and thereafter, when he went to heroin, he did it with the people of Iran with pneumonia. That was the king of the time, when he had heard that this young boy was saved from the fire, just before he left with Luth alayhis salam Nimrod
called him. So he was taken to the court of Nimrod, and Nimrod started asking him questions, hey,
what do you think what happened here and so on? inshallah, we'll get to those questions and answers tomorrow. Until then, we say well, Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina, Muhammad Subhan, Allah Subhana Allah homovanillic the shadow Allah Allah in the interest of