Channel: Mufti Menk
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu
wa Chateau La ilaha illallah wa sallahu la sharika lahu a shadow Mohammed and Abu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala Ali he was happy he remain My beloved brothers and sisters. It's always important for us to remind each other about developing a better relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala yeah I you
know, a lot of you who believe develop the best relationship with Allah known as taqwa, my brothers and sisters, the prostration when we put our heads on the ground for the sake of Allah is the best act of worship. The most loved unto Allah
acaba, Maja Kunal Abdullah behavoir, who has Sajid the closest that a slave is to his Lord is when he is in the position of prostration when he is in servitude. So Allah loves this position so much. Similarly, when it comes to anything associated with that position, we need to realize Allah has elevated its status. So sujood means prostration sagia that is the verb. Masjid is the place where the prostration happens. So a place where the prostration happens is also elevated by Allah. It's the best place on earth, where you prostrate for Allah subhanho wa Taala The one who prostrates is known as Sajid. So the one who prostrates is obviously the one who is closer to Allah, to depict
your closeness to Allah, you would need to be from among those who constantly prostrates
when the people of Mecca used to say very hurtful things to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Allah Almighty tells him in more than one place that we know what they're saying to you and we know that it hurts you we know that it tightens your chest, but we want you to worship Allah and engage in prostration a lot. Look at what Allah says. At the end of Surah Al Hadith Allah subhanho wa Taala says wala Kadena Allah Mo. naka de Posada, Luca Bhima yaku Luna faseb be mayhem they are a big welcome Mina ser GD y Buddha Baca had to kalliopi in we know that it tightens your chest what they say meaning the bad words that they're uttering the hurtful abusive words, the fact that their
belying? Allah says we know that it's tightening your chest. It's not good to say bad words to others, but Allah says, worship your Lord and find yourself from among those who are constantly prostrating be from those who prostrate. What will it do for you, it will help you it will improve your health it will improve your condition your mind your spirituality, but above all, it is depicting your closeness to he who made you that will release all of your stress and tension over and above improving your health. So Allah says and worship Allah until the end until death overtakes you. That is amazing. In another place, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the sujood as well.
When Allah says, What Mel messaggi delila he Fela tada omarama he had, speaking about prostrating to those besides Allah and Allah making clear that that is prohibited. Allah says, the places of prostration belong to Allah. So don't ever worship anyone besides Allah that is in Surah telegin. So, you prostrate for Allah. That's the highest act of worship. No act of worship is allowed to be done for anyone or anything besides Allah Remember that? Because that is Allah He chose that he decided it. So sujood will bring about much goodness the closeness to Allah, so much so that Allah says membrana Allah him as Jaden Ben Allahu Allahu beighton. Phil Jenna, he gives us that through
the blessing lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by telling us whoever builds for Allah a Masjid. Masjid primarily means a place of prostration the place where you engage in prostration
And then it became known as the house of Allah, the masjid meaning the places of worship as we know them today. But if you look at the deeper meaning, it's the places of prostration people go there in order to prostrate to Allah. So if you were to build a place where people can come and put their heads on the ground for Audible, Al amin, the creator of entire creation, Allah says to us through the blessing lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that
you have actually built yourself, Allah will build for you. A place in gentlemen in paradise alone will build for you a house in paradise. Doesn't that go to show how much importance Allah has given the prostration he who gave life to you? Doesn't he deserve that you put your head on the ground for him, he whom you are going to return to? Doesn't he deserve that you put your head on the ground for him. So that's where the Salah comes. That's where the five daily prayers come. That's where the extra voluntary prayers come. Notice, all the postures in every unit of prayer happen once. Besides the prostration happens twice, have you ever thought of it? It's simply because of the love that
Allah has for prostration the importance of it, the greatness of it, the closeness that you would achieve to Allah. And if shaman is trying to distract you from prostrating, you are like someone who's telling the devil Okay, I'm going to prostrate twice, not just once, twice. I've done it once and I'm going to come back and you know what I'm going to go again for this Subhana Allah, we do it simply because Allah prescribed it that way. But if you look at the reasoning, there is a lot. So Allah loves from us what he has prescribed upon us the most. If the five daily prayers were not loved by Allah exactly as they are, he would never have made them compulsory.
Actually, the benefit of it returns to us and not to Allah. When you praise your maker, it's actually beneficial for you. When you rely on your maker, it's beneficial for you not on Allah and not for Allah subhanho wa Taala. So it's not going to help him in any way it will help you. Allah has given certain acts of worship, a very, very high status from among them. The highest is the act of worship known as sujood. And that's why Allah expressly mentions it so many times in the Quran, and even in the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. My brothers and sisters, when it comes to the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanho wa Taala says there will be a special shade, a special
shade, the shade of Allah subhanho wa Taala in a way befitting His Majesty, we obviously don't know exactly how that shade is going to be, but we know that it's going to be there in a unique, amazing, beautiful way that is befitting His Majesty.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala says to us through the lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam meaning in the Hadith, he says, or juden boohooman, Lacombe masajid, a person whose heart is connected to or hanging on, you know, stuck to the places of frustration Subhan Allah, male or female, if your heart is stuck to the places of frustration, you deserve a special shade on the day of judgment that Allah has promised you. Now I do know when we say massage it today it it mainly goes to the houses of Allah. So we've translated that Hadith in the past by saying, a person whose heart is stuck to the masjid, but it extends male and female if your heart is connected to the
places of prostration and you spend time in prostrating and you are connected to the prostration, the five daily prayers, the houses of Allah, in that case you deserve, you really deserve the shade on the Day of Judgment May Allah granted to every one of us. So Subhana Allah, this is a very powerful encouragement to you and I to say, we need to be connected to prostration we need to take time in prostration. Allah loves it the most. It's the closest you can ever get to Allah. Allah has given so much of importance to it that anyone who builds a place where people can come and prostrate for Allah, Allah says, I will build a place for them in paradise Subhana Allah. Similarly Allah
says, Don't ever do that act of worship or any other acts of worship for anyone or anything besides Allah. Allah loves that and he loves it so much that this is what he has prescribed. Now, during the Coronavirus. We know that there were restrictions placed on places of worship, but not on prayer. There were some people who use it as a tool to attack other scholars.
who perhaps expressed their opinion of the need to exercise precaution, which we would still do. But there were some who used it as an opportunity to attack others and say, these people don't like the machine. These people are against the machine, they hate the machine. That is not true. That is actually false. totally false. The places of worship are always the most important in the life of a Muslim. Remember that? Now Allah has created it such that you don't need a house of Allah to pray. And that's why the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says you can pray anywhere on Earth. Juliet Lee and Mr. g. De nada who run the earth has been made pure for me. And it is all all of it is
actually a place of prostration you can prostrate and pray anywhere on Earth. So that is a general Hadith. Obviously, it's best to go to the masjid if possible, but it doesn't mean anyone stopped you from Salah. Nobody on earth ever discouraged people from praying to Allah. I'm speaking here of religious personnel. Nobody no scholar would ever dare tell people don't pray Subhana Allah. So you need to pray and understand, even during the Coronavirus, if there is a second wave or third wave whatever it may be, nobody will ever stop you from praying. In fact, we will always tell you to continue to pray and to pray more and more because of the fact that we have something that is
overtaking the globe that is negative. We must pray even more call out to Allah even more you never know when you're going to return to Allah, but to use it as a cheap method of attacking others by saying these people were against the houses of Allah, not at all to take precautions is a duty of a Muslim. We must take precautions to this day. We believe in taking precautions because we also need to protect and preserve life as much as we do need to protect and preserve our worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So as for prayer, there are so many ways of praying if you cannot do it one way you can do it another way. Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us again through his messenger that
suddenly Eman for England to stop for garden for ilam to stop irrfan jump. This is just one of many integrations, pray standing. If you cannot, you may pray sitting if you cannot, you may pray lying down. So the act of frustration Generally, the prophet SAW Selim told us omitted to an S Judah Anna Saba, a woman algebra Ha. Well, I shall be a de Isla and fee Walia Dini, what rock Beiteinu alaphilippe domain, he says, I've been instructed to prostrate the proper prostration on seven bones. So he pointed at his nose, and he said, the forehead, so that is one bone, the forehead, the nose, right is one bone, then the two hands, the knees and the tips of your feet, meaning your toes.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us these are the seven bones you should put on the ground in order for it to be considered a proper prostration. And for this reason, those of us who put our elbows on the ground, we would actually be adding an extra two bones which would make it wrong. Therefore make sure you follow the Hadith by putting seven bones only. So my beloved brothers and sisters, that is the proper way of prostration. If you cannot do that, you may sit on a chair, and then or you may sit down on the floor, and you do whatever you're able to do. So if you cannot prostrate, then you can move your head forward, and you can actually move it to the degree where it
becomes low, as low as you can. And in some cases, it's just a simple movement of the head to depict the prostration Subhana Allah, may Allah grant us the ability to prostrate correctly, those of us who are sick and Ill May Allah grant you cure. So once again, you can prostrate correctly and May Allah accept it from all of us, those who can do things the proper way, and those who are unable to do it that way but are still acceptable when they do it in another way. So that is what Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying, when you fulfill your prayers at home, remember to have a specialized place in your house or specific place where you always pray, it's good to have a pray praying corner
or a prayer room depending on how big your home is. But if you have that place, it actually will help you develop greater closeness to Allah. Find yourself sitting in that corner a lot. Allah loves it. You see how he will grant you contentment and happiness, goodness and every blessing because he knows you're spending a lot of time with him in a place designated for worship. Not any ordinary worship but worship that is dedicated to Allah worship of the highest degree. The prayer has been made a pillar of Islam and the prostration has been made the best posture within that
Particular prayer. So you designate a place you spend a lot of time let your children see you prostrate, the little ones. They will mimic you as they grow older. And then you encourage your children and you encourage your family members also to pray and make sure that you do it in a beautiful way so that they can join you and it is best to pray in congregation Subhana Allah, whether that congregation is at home or in the masjid or elsewhere, it is still considered a congregation.
So if you pray alone, yes, it is acceptable. The minute you pray with the congregation, you get a greater reward. The Hadith says Salatu jamara tf bloomin Salatu will finally be submitting why surely nada Raja? The prayer that is done in congregation is 27 times better than the prayer that is done alone singularly. One duration says 25 times. That's not talking about the masjid. It's simply talking about congregational prayer, even that which is at home. When another Hadith speaks about the blessing of the masjid, no specific amount of multiplication is mentioned when it comes to the masjid, except for three mosques, three messages. So the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was speaking
about his own Masjid. And he says, Salatin famous God you have apollomon Alfie Salatin famous you are in the masjid al Haram. The prayer in my Masjid is better than 1000 prayers in any other Masjid except the masjid al Haram in Makkah, Tomoko Rama Subhana Allah and another narration ads must you do? So 1000 times better in some durations, 10,000 times better. And maca is 100,000 times better. And my student oxide is set to be 500 times better, various narrations but Salah in any message it is multiplied by Allah depending on many factors. Were you eager to go? How long did you go for? Were you excited? What? What is your relationship with Allah, the One who prays because he has to
pray. He has done his duty, but the one who prays because he wants to pray and he wants to fulfill the duty and does it correctly and takes his time and does the sooner etc. Definitely has a greater reward. Similarly, one Hadith tells us to pray Our sooner at home, and to make sure that we also give the home a portion of acts of worship, simply because Allah wants us to liven up the home latvija do boo, boo boo and don't make your homes into graves. What's what is meant by that? It means a grave where there is no act of worship that takes place in because the person is dead. So Allah says to us again through the Hadith of the Prophet SAW Selim, don't let your homes be graves
live in them up by engaging in the recitation of the Quran aloud as well as the
the Salah the prayers, and Mashallah your Azzam your prayer, all that lightens up the home It protects it from shavon and it gives it that beautiful connection to Allah. It is the home of a movement a believer, when you enter it, you feel the serenity and the communists, that's what it is. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease as for the virus, yes, we will take precautions it is definitely recommended to take precautions. People have seen what has happened. I am one of those whom Mashallah in my own country. The masajid were restricted for a very short period of time during the month of Ramadan, after which they have been open to this day. In between we had a bit of a
spike a little bit of a scare but Masha Allah tala Kala Salah continues, and we will take all precautions we will still continue with Salah in the masjid. And you know what if we were to fall ill thereafter that is in the hands of Allah, we're not to blame. We've taken every precaution possible, and we've been responsible about it, but we will still connect our hearts to the houses of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Once again, if for example, there are people who have promoted restriction when it comes to prayer in the masjid or they have promoted precaution, it does not mean they don't like the machine or they hate it, they may be connected to it more than you and I so let's never use
that against someone to say and to claim that we know their hearts and we are judging based on what they as they have said and done. They hate the houses of Allah and so on. Well ah here we will pay a heavy price for such statements on the day of judgment when we are found to be totally wrong, and we won't know what to say what to do on that day. It will be too late and regret on that day will be one of the worst things a person could be going through. So my brothers and sisters These are a few words encouraging you and I to take our time in frustration from today. Let's make sure we say Subhana Allah a few more times in subdued in frustration the world
words that are meant to be set in frustration, say them a few more times. Take a few more moments in your frustration, be proud of it, enjoy it, that is Allah, He loves you in that position. It picture yourself a small, insignificant creature of Allah, prostrating in front of the Lord of the worlds who is obviously unimaginable, but we are so insignificant we want him to be pleased with us. Also, take your time when it comes to prayers, the five daily prayers, make sure that you learn the other supplications that can be said in prostration. There are so many others, the prophets Allah Sallam has taught us such as the word he led the halacha who was a water who worship Kasama who basara who
be holy, he was what he he. And in one narration for tabarrok Allahu acetylcarnitine. My face has fallen prostrate for the one who created it, who the one who fashion did, the one who split the ears so that I can hear the one who split open the eyes so that I can see.
Indeed he is the best creator, meaning he is the best and He is the Creator. So Hannah, so supplication similar to that if you learn them and you use them, it adds a new dimension to your connection with Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. May Allah bless all of us, may Allah grant us cure May Allah eradicate for us this virus and all other sicknesses May Allah grant cure to those who are sick and ill and mercy to those who have passed on.
Was Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.