Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2018
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Salam alaykum. warahmatullahi wabarakatuh May the peace and blessings of the Almighty be upon one and all my brothers my sisters, we start off by declaring the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah ashrafi Lambie evil mousseline, Nabina Muhammad, Allah Allah He was happy he would be in a woman to be at home. The sun in Isla Yomi Dini bad, we always praise Allah subhanho wa Taala upon all conditions we send blessings, and salutations upon the greatest of creation, the most noble of all prophets, Mohammed Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah bless him, his household, his companions, and May Allah bless every one of us
and grant us the best month of Ramadan. As you notice,
the month of Ramadan comes with so much of blessing because Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed this month from the 12 months of this beautiful calendar known as the Hijri calendar that the Muslims use Allah subhanho wa Taala has definitely made Ramadan the best of the months. As soon as the moon is sited we're all excited. As soon as the moon is sited, we can actually taste the beauty of this blessed month May Allah grant us the softening of our hearts, may Allah subhanahu wa taala accept the supplications and the do us that we are making And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from among those who truly achieved the forgiveness that this month is meant to bring towards us and
paradise genital for those.
This year Alhamdulillah we have a brand new episode and it is known as supplications from Revelation supplications referring to do are referring to calling out to the almighty for our needs. And we want to know from Revelation, what the Almighty has actually written for us in the Quran. The words of Allah subhanho wa Taala he has described various applications. And then we also want to look at some of the words of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him when he supplicated the almighty when he called out to the Almighty. The reason why we want to look at the poor onyx application is because you and I know that our words are not as valuable as the words of others who were chosen by Allah
subhanho wa Taala such as the prophets and definitely nowhere near the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So if Allah Almighty has chosen words, to be placed in the Quran, and those were words of supplication is something where he is asking us to call out to Him using specific words, or where he is asked, showing us the words used by others. He is describing what others have said, either way, they are the most blessed words in comparison to us. And this is why it's absolutely important for us to realize that whenever we call out to the Almighty, He hears what he that said I look at a body underneath in the Caribbean, Eg Buddha, what a day either than, you know the verses of Surah Al
Baqarah, where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about Ramadan. Immediately after that he speaks about calling out to Allah and he says whenever my worship is called out to me when they ask me something, I am very very near. I respond to those who have supplicated to those who have called out to me whenever they call out to me so the friendliest the g mu Li when you mean be alone, you're soon the Almighty is speaking about how we can achieve guidance by believing in Allah subhanho wa Taala by responding to the call of Allah. So there are two things one is you and I when we call out and two is when Allah has asked us to do something. So it's not like Allah calling out to us in terms of
supplication or to be left but he is calling out in terms of instruction asking us to actually be from among those who call out to who call out to Him and who listened to him when he has asked us to do something. This is why we always say when someone is asking Allah subhanho wa Taala for something. It's not fair, that person asks Allah subhanho wa Taala when Allah has asked them to do things and they're not interested. So if you look very carefully at what Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying he's saying
You need me? Indeed, I don't need you. But I'm going to ask you to do a few things. When you ask me to do things, I'm going to do them for you. But I want you to do what I have asked you to do. It's quite simple. You know, when we have children, you have someone when they listen to you, and they were to ask you for something small thereafter, you would actually give it to them. But if they don't listen to you at all, and then they were to ask you for the smallest thing. Well, sometimes we may do it out of our goodness, but on a lot of occasions, we probably would turn away and we wouldn't even give them. So this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has reminded us
about the importance of listening to what Allah has to say, to being on the same page.
We have people who
come saying, I'm calling out to Allah for such a long time, but I'm not being responded to. That's a feeling that some who are weak would get in their hearts. It's a sign of the weakness of a man. The Almighty definitely listens, he answers he gives he even gives when we don't deserve it. That's the Almighty. That's how he operates Subhana Allah, He is a rock man. He is a Rahim. He is the Most Merciful, the most magnificent. But we definitely do need to ask ourselves if we are doing what the Almighty has asked us to do, do we dress appropriately? Do we fulfill our obligations? Do we try our best to abstain from prohibition? Do we seek the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala? Do we
really ask for Allah's mercy? And it brings me straight to point number one, my brothers, my sisters, whenever you want to call out to Allah Almighty, ask yourselves what is your relationship with Allah Almighty? What is your relationship? Why are you calling out to Allah? Who is allowed to you? Who is your maker, your Creator to you? Do you really believe and that will lead you to checking yourself?
Are you definitely from among those who try their best to become closer to the almighty who try their best to be on par with what the almighty wants? If that is the case, then when you call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala he will listen to you so panela and he will give you what you want as you want it how you want it when you want it. That's the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has taught us that when a person goes out to Allah subhanho wa Taala, Allah hears it, definitely, there's no doubt he's heard it. He responds to it, and he gives you what he knows is best for you. So what is best for you? You don't know. I don't know. Sometimes
I'm asking Allah for something and he knows that's not good for me. I want a certain job, for example, and he he doesn't give me that particular job, but he's heard me and he's responded in a better way. I will be patient for two years and then he will give me a much better job that will open doors beyond my imagination. That is Allah. But when you don't have that conviction, you become depressed during the waiting period. So the almighty sometimes gives you what you want as you want it how you want it when you want it, Masha Allah, may Allah grant that to us. But when we when we don't know it's bad for us, and he knows it's bad for us. We need to say May Allah keep it away from
us? May Allah keep it away from us. So that is why when something delays, it's another way of Allah responding. Sometimes he gives you what you want, but when the time is right, it's not yet right. Sometimes he does not give you exactly what you want. But in place of that, he gives you something either in the Hereafter, either in the dunya or either in your future, something that would be beneficial for you. So you're never going to lose by calling out to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah ooni SDG bellicum wirkkala buko delone SDG bellicum your Lord is saying, call out to me, I will answer you, I will definitely answer how I answer you. That is my job. Subhana Allah that is up to
Allah subhanho wa Taala. So my brothers and sisters, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. When you do good deeds, you actually are becoming closer to Allah. And this is why many times when we've just finished our Salah, or you know, at the end in the title of the Salah, or sometimes we've just given the charity, we've just done some good deed, call out to Allah, ask Allah, that's a very blessed moment of calling out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Perhaps one of these episodes I will go into the timings of the app and to try and look into which time would be better for a person to call out to Allah. But I must say there is no fixed time. Anytime call out unto
Allah. I give you one example of seeking the forgiveness of Allah which is also a blessing. It's a beautiful supplication. Don't wait for a season before you call out to Allah.
People say I've been very sinful and wait for the time I go for Hajj when I go for Hajj, I will definitely be able to call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala and seek forgiveness. You don't know if you're going to make it to Hajj. You don't know if you're going to make it to the Friday you're waiting for you don't know if you're going to make it to the Ramadan that you're waiting for. So why are those blessings moments and locations and places there in order for you to repeat and reiterate that forgiveness that you sought from Allah, but not in order to hold on and wait for that time? That means anytime you want to call out to Allah, call out to Allah, it might just be a moment of
acceptance. I have a habit while I'm speaking. I say May Allah forgive us. mela open our doors May Allah grant us cure keep on calling out to Allah you never know, the angels might say I mean to that drop as per the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, it's just amazing. It's something very powerful. So if you are to call out to Allah, don't wait for any moment. Call out to Allah now here and now with your do us. repeat them, repeat them as many times as you want. You call out to Allah you repeat the dua. And when the blessed moments and times come and the seasons come, if Allah has given you the opportunity to witness that moment, that time that place, you repeat the same day
again, you repeat the seeking of that forgiveness again, and Allah subhanho wa Taala will indeed grant you what you want. And if not, paradise awaits you. Because those who have sought something from Allah, and they may not have seen it here in the dunya in this world, the Almighty replaces it with something better in the hereafter. Understand this, so your art is never wasted. I'm one of those who constantly calls out to Allah with all my needs, with whatever I want, whether it's for myself or others for those suffering across the globe. Don't be selfish in your do app, call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And you will see the great, great blessings of that particular calling.
Now, if we look at the Koran, and the sooner meaning revelation in terms of the Quran, and when it comes to the sooner we are talking of the words here, we're referring to the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we will find these beautiful wordings. Why do we look at the Quran, Allah speaks about the messengers, for example, and he says Allah equal Alina had Allahu fabby, houda, home, Teddy. Those are the ones whom Allah has guided. So follow that particular guidance, we need to follow the messengers. So when the stories of the messengers have come to us, and we see that they who were chosen by Allah called out to Allah, whether it was for forgiveness, whether it
was for some Savior, you know, to be saved from something, whether it was for something they wanted, all of those that have been recorded, they are recorded for a reason for you and I to go through them, to look at them, to learn from them to understand the greatness of the Almighty, the helplessness of man, the dependency of man upon the Almighty. And to be able to use the same words, if possible, when it comes to our own means, why the same words?
Well, the reason why the same words should be used or preferred to be used the same words as have been used by the previous messengers, those applications have already reached a law and that wording worked, it worked. So if you were to use the same wording, you would also be calling on that Mercy of Allah that has already come down in the past with exact wordings. It's like a passcode. If I told you, if you want to open this bag, the code is 733. For example.
If you were to say, Okay, let me just try all these other numbers and you tried, you tried you try it, etc, etc. I know 733 worked, it's a combination, let me use that number and it will open the bag. So I use these wordings, but we definitely would not have the exact level of sincerity as the prophets. However, we should be working on our sincerity, we should be working on that closeness with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we definitely will be able to benefit from that. So this is Allah subhanho wa Taala, telling us and encouraging us to look into revelation, and to be able to look at these words that were used in order to call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And in order to call out
with the same words, another very interesting point, Allah speaks about the Quran.
And Allah says, in an ad let you hear a poem, you know, this book on this spot, definitely guides towards that which is the best one, you know, the most upright the most, in terms of value the best, the straightest. This is what the Quran leads you to. So even in
terms of supplication the poor onyx application is of a value of its own. It is definitely very, very high. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who understand this particular beauty of the Quran, I want to go into the beginning of the Quran. right at the beginning we have a surah known as Al Fatiha, that Surah Al Fatiha is the most important surah in the entire Quran. It's called the mother of the Quran. It's called a sobre el muthoni the seven verses that are constantly repeated, and it has many other names, it is the dua It is also called a Salah. Sometimes the term Salah is used not to refer to prayer or supplication, but it is used to refer to the Surah Surah
Fatiha so it's important for us to know why. The reason is, it is an instruction of the Almighty to repeat this surah in every unit of prayer, not just in every prayer in every unit of prayer, you know we call it the rocket the units. So fudger has so many units, Lahore has so many units etc etc. Even if there are voluntary units that you are fulfilling for the sake of the Almighty. You need to know
that Allah subhanho wa Taala has required you to read a surah a specific chapter everyone needs to know it by heart, whether you understand it or not. And that is Surah to Fatiha the opening surah it starts off with Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala. If you take a look at this surah it is actually amazing because it has in it just a supplication, but it's divided into two. And the almighty explains that to us through the blessing lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a hadith in Sahih Muslim. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that Allah Almighty
says that's called Hadith bootsy
so Hadith bootsy is that Hadith where the Almighty is speaking to us but Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is telling us what he has said, and it's not a verse of the Quran, but it's an explanation of the Prophet peace be upon him of what Allah has said. So he says,
Come to Salah, Urbina Urbina, Aberdeen's Fein, I have divided sorbitol Fatiha between myself and my worship into two. Wow Surah Fatiha divided into two. My brothers my sisters when you are reading surah, two Fatiha, it's totally between you and Allah divided exactly half. So how many people might not understand it? So the Hadith explains it. When my worship it says al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen. When my worship it says All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. I say that means Allah says, my worship has praised me. Imagine a life so happy. You just praise Allah. And now Allah is saying, Wow, my worship has praised me. Allah is saying my worship has praised me. Whenever you
say Alhamdulillah Allah, Allah, Allah mean, or others are saying it or a billion people are saying it at the same time. Allah responds to all of them at the same time. When they say al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen he says and the angels are witness to this, my worshiper has praised me first number one, you get a response. Verse number two, R Rahman r Rahim. Now who is my Lord, who is the Lord of the worlds He is the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Man is a special mercy or Rahman is a common mercy right?
That Allah has upon all his creatures. And our Rahim is a special mercy that Allah has for those who believe. So the Hadith is telling us that Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept this mercy
and He is the Most Merciful. The verse of the Quran
is so beautiful it has in it a Rahmani Raheem as the next verse, the second verse Subhan. Allah, as you open the Koran people say, Oh, this book has in it. So much of you know, nowadays with this Islamophobia. People think the Quran is a book that makes people drift away from kindness. And yet the very second verse, Allah is saying, R Rahman r Rahim. He is the Most Merciful. He is the most beneficence and he responds to anyone who says that, oh, who reads that verse that Subhan Allah, my worshiper.
The first one, he my worship has praised me hamadani Abdi, my worship has declared My majesty Majid any Abdi he has declared my greatness. Amazing how Allah subhanho wa Taala is responding to those who are saying or Rahmani Raheem by saying, my worship my worship has actually
declared my greatness Subhana Allah Subhana Allah, my brothers and sisters when we read surah two Fatiha, let's take it seriously. We move to the third verse.
We're talking of supplication. But this is the build up to supplication. When you want to call out to Allah first seek forgiveness. Make sure that you have sought forgiveness from all that which you've done that was evil that which you know that which you don't know, declared the greatness of Allah, declare the fact that you are helpless. You are totally and solely dependent upon Allah and ensure that you are humble you when you ask Allah you you are humble, softened, you know, don't just ask Allah like, if you want do it for me and if you don't want don't do it for me, that's the reason why when we call out to Allah, we are not allowed to say insha Allah, we have to call out with
conviction. You don't say
Oh ALLAH forgive me in sha Allah. No, Oh Allah forgive me and you stop there because you don't want to connect it to whether Allah wants to do it or not. You desperately want it. You desperately want it ultimately, Allah does what he wants. So the Hadith of the Prophet peace be upon him in Sahih al Bukhari he says, When you call out to Allah, don't say insha Allah after that, if you were to say, inshallah, it's a mistake, because it's like someone saying that if you want to give me give me if you don't want, I don't really need it. Stanford Allah. I'm sure those of us who have said in sha Allah when we say, we don't do it intentionally, some of us don't even know what it means, or we
haven't thought about what it means. So my brothers and sisters, when we're calling out to Allah, we need to declare the praise of Allah we seek the forgiveness of Allah, we show our dependence upon Allah, we need to send the blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because all the goodness that we have came to us through him and Allah chosen, the best of creation, most noble of prophets. So what Allah considered and what Allah decided would be the highest and the greatest, we are also confirming, indeed, we are not jealous, we are not far off, we are not, you know, we're acknowledging we're appreciative, and indeed, he is the highest and the most noble of
all prophets, etc, etc. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, once that has happened, we call out to Allah. Here, Maliki ami, D. A person is saying, the third verse are al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen. Allah responded, my worshiper has praised me or Rahmani. Raheem. My worship has declared my greatness or majesty, Maliki Ahmed Deen,
Owner of the Day of Judgment, Owner of the Day of Judgment. So that statement is also a great declaration of the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We're confirming it. In fact, when when when we say, Rahim, Allah subhanho wa Taala says ethna Allah Yeah, Abdi it's actually a little error of mine, but it's fine. If not la Abdi. My worship has praised me in a different way. The first was praised the second was also a form of praise. The third is declaring the majesty of Allah. The third is Majid Dini Abdi where we say Owner of the Day of Judgment, now you're declaring the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If you take a look at this verse, it is so powerful, it is actually
something amazing that Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us because immediately after that, we say he cannot do what he can sustain you alone, we worship you alone, we seek the help of you alone, we worship you alone, we seek the help of so the three verses were connected to Allah. Then we have the one verse in the middle, that verse in the middle half of it is for Allah and half of it is for you because when you say you alone, we worship you declaring that that is your connection with Allah and you alone we asked for help. It's something you need. So you are actually asking Allah and Allah subhanho wa Taala responds in a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful way. inshallah tomorrow, we will be
going through the next session. I know today was a very, very interesting session I would have loved to complete the entire sooner but I don't want to rush it. We have an entire month ahead of us. We will be speaking of supplications and I want to show you how powerful Surah Fatiha is. So inshallah Don't forget to tune in again tomorrow to look for the next session and by the will of Allah We will meet again inshallah until then akuto Kohli ha ha sallallahu wasallam Allah Allah Nabina Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.