Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2018
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh my brothers and sisters Bismillah Ar Rahman Rahim we always commence With the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala, who is the most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Al hamdu lillahi wa Salatu was salam, O Allah Rasool Allah, Allah, Allah, he was happy. I mean, we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad peace be upon him, his household, his companions, may Allah bless them, bless us, bless every one of us, and grant His goodness and forgiveness. I mean, we're looking at supplications from Revelation that do our when we call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he has kept within every single one of us needs. If he
wanted, he could have created us without needs, we would have been independent, each one of us But no, he wanted us to call out to Him. And that was part of our test. Who are we going to call out to, we call out to Allah and Allah alone. So he has mentioned so many supplications of the messengers of his May peace be upon them all in Revelation. And it's important for us to go through these applications, we learn a lot of lessons. The biggest lesson that we learn is they worshipped Allah in a beautiful way will we worship Allah in a similar way? So this evening, we are going through Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, do us a few more of some of the supplications made by one of the
greatest of the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the greatest being Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam comes there after he is among the top five. Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about his do hours and supplications in many places in the Quran. I'm going to start off with the verse of Surah Al Baqarah where Allah says, What if God Ebo him or Bijon? Bella than me mean, one Zuko lembu mina de ma T min. min min. One young woman.
What a beautiful way of calling out to Allah. Allah icing. Remember when Ibrahim said to Allah subhanho wa Taala Oh my Robert, let this town or this city or this place, be a peaceful secure place. Let this here he is speaking of what became later known as maka Tomoko Rama.
Oh Allah, let the city be a beautiful city. You know, the term ballot is used to refer to so many things. The town, the city, sometimes even a village they just call it ballot, depending it's like a growth point. So let this place be Armenian. Let it be a place that is safe. And he did not just make dua for its safety but he says what is the Allahu mina thammarat and grant its inhabitants fruit produce, man, amen. Amen home Villa, he will do me a favor those who believe from amongst them in Allah and the Last Day. So this was the dua he made. He's making to offer peace, stability, security, and he's making dua for produce. So that sustenance, one hand, your relationship with
Allah, the other hand, your relationship with the dunya with this world, because you have to earn and you want to eat, so let that produce come. And he says For those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, but Allah's mercy is greater. When I look at this, I think to myself, Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. Over time, we will see how his hours have evolved and become broader and broader here. This guy was very broad. He's making a draft for a certain city. Yes, they were his family members and progeny, but he did not know who would come in the future in that particular place. Imagine as a result, even Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was born in Makkah, Tomoko Rama, but
Ibrahim Alayhi Salam says, Oh Allah grant those who believe in you and in the last day, Allah says, hang on, I'm going to give even those who disbelieve Subhana Allah, amazing, amazing. We ask Allah, Allah give me this, Allah says, I'm not only going to give you I'm going to give you a neighbor, your sister, your brother and everyone else as well. How about that? Subhana Allah. Sometimes you say, Oh Allah give me 100 pounds, $100 100 rands and alas is not just 100 I'll give you 500 and on top of that, I'll even give you a little bit of extra this an extra that I'll throw it in Subhan Allah, that is the mercy of Allah. That is the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You asked for
something he gives you more than what you've asked for. Unlike us humankind when some
ask you for something. You're trying to look at how you can chop it up and how you can give them less than what they've asked you for. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all guidance and goodness. So Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa salam, O, Allah says, Allah wa Kapha oma t o Connie, Allah. Allah says even those who disbelieve, I'm going to give them provision for a while, I will give them provision for a while. So those who disbelieve Allah says I'm going to give them I will give them an evidence is across the globe, there are people who believe who have got people who don't believe will also have and sometimes it's vice versa, in the sense that people don't have on either side of
the of the coin.
It's all up to Allah subhanho wa Taala. But this is a beautiful, how many of us make dua for our countries for where we live for our people for the others, or Allah let it be a peaceful city. Even if you're living in a non Muslim country, we make dua for peace and goodness, because that is how we will be able to grow. That is a time when growth will happen when there is peace, stability, goodness, if you look at how Islam spread across the globe, mostly it's spread through business dealers who used to be upright good Muslims, businessmen, and women who used to be upright in a way that when they dealt with people, they were so impressed by the set of rules and regulations that
were followed by these people that they started following them as well. So May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding and a very deep understanding. Let's look at another one of the verses were Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam calls out to to Allah for a few more things. Look what he says. What if God Ybarra him or Abuja I'll have al Bella me know my general beanie, my bunny, Buddha.
He says, Remember when Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam called out to Allah saying, Oh, my Arab, let the city be a peaceful city and protect myself and my son, or my children from worshipping idols. Where did that come from? It was not random. The father of Ibrahim alayhis salam in a different place used to worship idols. So Ibrahim Alayhi, Salam saw the detriment that they was in worshipping these idols. So he says, Oh Allah, I want this place to be Armenian. I wanted to be secure to be peaceful, and protect myself and my offspring from worshipping idols because worshipping idols would take away the inner peace Subhana Allah, according to what we've learned, and according to Ibrahim Alayhi,
Salatu was Salam. He's asking for peace. And the first component of peace is that you worship Allah alone. Amazing. Look at how the two are connected. So he would be saying, oh, Allah protect us from meaning Grant us peace, and let the enemy not come here. Instead of that, he says, grant us peace by firstly giving us a protection from worshipping idols ever again. Once he tasted the sweetness of worshiping the maker alone, there was nothing that needed explanation thereafter, in fact, Ibrahim alayhis salam never ever worship the idols because from the very beginning, he questioned his father. So this is why when, when they came all the way to Mecca, remember, he was made to leave by
his own people. So when he came to Makkah, he had a concern, what was the concern, you know, I might die, but I don't want my offspring to ever go back to ever go back to what my father was in. Now, you and I know we have big plans for our children, we need to make to our for our children, we need to try with our children. But ultimately, Allah alone knows whether you will be alive, to even see what's going to happen to your children, and you definitely will not be alive, to see what's going to happen to your great grandchildren in your progeny and offspring, if Allah gives you any. So it's important to know that make it to our trust Allah, leave it in the hands of Allah, when he takes you
away is He who will make sure that what you wanted will be granted if it's been a part and parcel of the destiny that Allah has chosen for you and for them. May Allah make it easy, but our duty is to continue to make dua. So here comes a question.
If everything was predestined By Allah, what was the point of Ibrahim alayhi salam, or any one of us for that matter, making a dua to Allah? How would it change things? Well, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him told us that do I actually changes destiny, the predestiny that Allah had chosen do are to a certain extent has an effect and impact upon some of the details of that destiny. That was a last choice, although ultimately Allah knew that you were going to make the dua and as a result of that, this is what was going to happen. That's one explanation. Another explanation is you and I don't know what what's destined for us.
So we're still in suspense. So because I don't know, I need to keep trying. I mean, when a person says, Well, I don't know what Allah is destined for me. So I don't want to go to work. Well, that definitely now means that what was destined for you is that you don't go to work. So how are you going to earn when you haven't even utilize the energy that Allah has bestowed upon you to work? So because you don't know, go out and work, what you're going to get a lot of long nose. But if you gave up before you even started citing the issue of predestiny, then that was your foolishness. Someone asked me a question that, you know, if Allah knows everything that's going to happen, why do
we even have to do anything? I said? Because you don't know. That's why Allah knows you don't know. So if you don't know you have to keep on working towards it, because Allah knows who's going to heaven and who's going to hell, right?
You don't know I don't know. So I'm going to keep on working towards going to heaven so that at least I increase my chances of going to heaven. Perhaps Allah may have written my name from amongst those going to heaven. But if I'm going to sit back and do whatever I want, claiming that as it is, Allah has written it, then who is to blame? I am to blame. So it's a very simple answer. Don't use the issue of predestination to justify your sin, your misbehavior and your disobedience, your distance from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So let's go back to the Tao of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. So he's made he's just made a draft for the city, you and I have seen what has happened to
Makkah to mukaiyama. It's a beautiful city, it's a safe city. It's been granted the produce by Allah subhanho wa Taala. from all over the globe, even though things don't grow in Mecca besides maybe dates and one or two other things, but it has in it fresh produce from across the globe. So panela it was the dua of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was salam, the sincere prayer of someone who loved Allah, who dedicated his love for Allah, who sacrificed for Allah who for who left that which he had to leave for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. When he called out to Allah, Allah granted him so he's making a dua for the city, and then he's making a dua for his children, so that they may be
protected from worshipping that besides Allah, brothers and sisters, let's make a dua for our offspring. Let's ask Allah Subhana Allah always to protect our children from doing that which would displease Allah. But we need to start with ourselves protecting ourselves from the disobedience of Allah together with the DA and the supplication. We need to make an effort and always ask Allah to protect you from Haram. Always ask Allah to protect you from that which is sinful. Allah hum makini behala Lika anharmonic was a meanie before Lika Mansi work that was a duel of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam Oh Allah, let halaal be sufficient enough for me that halaal be enough for me, to
the degree that I'm protected from Haram.
And Oh Allah, Grant me independence through your virtue that I don't ever need to depend on anyone else, anyone besides you? That's powerful. So you make that Allah will grant you happiness and contentment through halaal. And he will keep you away from heroin. But if you are not content with what is helpful for you, you end up walking towards that which is haram, and that is dangerous. So make dua for yourself, protect yourself, make dua for your children and have hope in the mercy of Allah. Then he says,
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nakaba for he, he pauses for a moment to speak about the idols that he spoke about in the previous two hour where he says, protect me and my offspring from the idols. He says because these idols have led so many people astray in London, Akira meanness many people he has seen, including his father were led astray by the idols from intervening in whom in whoever follows me and what I am saying then consider him from me. He is from me, and whoever disobeys me.
Did he say he's not from me? No. He says then Oh Allah. You are most forgiving, Most Merciful.
So Allah, imagine how powerful this is. He's saying Oh Allah. I am calling people towards worshiping you alone. Whoever worships you alone. He has followed my message. He's from me. You can consider him a part of me. Whoever doesn't.
You are most forgiving.
Now this was to do with his offspring as well. He's making a draft for his offspring. In the previous drought, he's making a draft for the city. And the believers even though they were all from his offspring supposed to be because they were the people of Mecca initially, later on Jerome joined, etc. but is made la sala married into Judo home, he had offspring from them. Remember Ibrahim alayhis salam is saying, Oh Allah, if they follow what I'm saying, by worshipping you alone, then they're from me. And if they don't,
you are most forgiving, Most Merciful. I pause here for a moment, we're talking about supplications from Revelation, how would this have impacted upon our lives, we would never have imagined that such a powerful would show the closeness of a father, to his children and his offspring to come even those whom he doesn't know. It gives me You know, it brings to my mind something
that has come to me from so many different parts of the globe where people complain, you know, I'm steadfast, but my son is suddenly left Islam, he's an atheist, or my child has turned away from Islam or my son doesn't want to read Salah, my daughter doesn't want to dress appropriately, etc. Sometimes you go to a scholar and they'll tell you cut relations, throw the person out, kick them out, that's it, you've nothing to do with them, etc, etc. But I'm a mother, I'm a father, I have a concern. So I can make a dua to Allah Oh Allah, if they follow what I've said, and handler they are from me and my family. If they don't, you are most forgiving, Most Merciful, guide them have mercy
on them. You know, for inaka for rahima. Reform means forgiving, they may not seek forgiveness, but you are him as well. You are merciful. You can have mercy on them by making them seek that forgiveness. Because one might argue Allah will only forgive those who seek forgiveness, if they don't seek forgiveness, what's the point of view seeking forgiveness on their behalf. If they are remorseful, then when you seek forgiveness on their behalf, it will help but if they are not remorseful, then don't bother wasting your time because you need to ask Allah to have mercy on them to begin with. Because through that mercy, Allah will guide them to turn back to Allah. So if you're
living in a non Muslim country, if you're living in an environment where there is a lot of pressure, so many things that are not absolutely according to the way you would like them, you know what, people may swerve, they may turn to the left to the right, the fact that they get back onto the path, and they continue further, even if it means towards the end of their lives. We're lucky it's the gift of a light, it's the guidance of Allah. Yes, we need to understand that many of us have hopes and dreams for our children they choose otherwise, sometimes we have not we have no power over them. We won't have power over them beyond a certain point because the Almighty is kept them
independent to a great degree, but we will make do after them. Here is Ibrahim Alayhi Salam saying Oh Allah those who've turned away you have two qualities that I have open. Number one is you have a for your most forgiving if they've sinned, forgive them. Number two, if they've turned away completely Have mercy on them by bringing them back to the path or Manasa nifa in Mecca photo Rahim. Look at the power of this beautiful of Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam. He speaking about the idols, he knows the damage and the harm of these idols. And he's saying that Oh Allah, bring these people back, forgive them. And if they have faltered, then you guide them. Then the duel continues. Ibrahim
Alayhi Salam was one who made lots and lots of dua, and we see the result of this beautiful day in so many different ways today on the earth. This was the Tao of Ibrahim Alayhi Salam listen to what he says. Rob banner in a scan to me,
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and he left his son is made alayhis salam. He says Oh Allah, I have left some of my family in this valley that has no growth of any form of greenery in it. It's barren completely. Re revisar word means the valley and it has no greenery no growth of plant, no plantation at all. I've left them
This well in this valley, in the bay tickle Muharram at your sacred house, so you told me to leave them, I left them, why did I leave them leaky masala in order for them to be able to establish the prayer.
So I have left them there in order for them to establish the prayer and I am going in order to establish your prayer by obeying your instruction to leave them and to continue. Even if he didn't understand this was the uniqueness of Ibrahim alayhis salam, even if he didn't understand exactly what Allah wanted to achieve. He followed it knowing that Allah subhanho wa Taala is definitely the Lord He is the maker the creator and He will give. So Allah subhanho wa Taala here says, when this man made this, he called out to us he left his family. He says all I'm leaving them, I'm leaving them in order for them to be able to establish your worship here in the city. So I want you to do
something for me. Oh Allah.
What was this that Ibrahim Alayhi Salam wants Allah to do? He says, fudge.
Min asita we lie him. I want you to make the hearts of all the people love and yearn towards them towards that place towards Mecca, in order for them to establish that salah and that a bad that act of worship that you prescribe
was Zuko Home Minister, Mr. atina, Allah homeschool And grant them from produce in order for them to be thankful. So when Allah gives you produce, it's in order for you to be thankful. But look at how powerful this is. I asked you every one of you.
Isn't your heart with the Kaaba? Isn't your heart with Mecca? Wouldn't you like to go to Mecca? Well, the answer is yes. In 100% of the cases. That is the Tao of Ibrahim alayhis salam. Here he is saying, Oh Allah, I'm obeying your instruction. I'm doing exactly what you want. Whether I understood it or not, is a different point. What I want you to do for me or Allah is I just want you Who is the owner of the hearts of the rest of mankind, to put it in their hearts to want to come here
Subhan Allah, you asked me to go to Makkah, Yes, I would. The Kaaba is indeed maybe not great America, etc, things have changed and so on. Perhaps they might not be anything else in you know, in the whole Peninsula, but Mecca indeed, Medina, indeed. The Prophet sallallaahu salam resting place, indeed. And Mecca. Absolutely. Who would not want to go there? It's amazing. It has this magnetic effect upon every Muslim. Why? It's the Tao of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. So look at how powerful this Dr. Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam is, and this is why inshallah, in our next episode, we want to see the dua of Ibrahim alayhi salam, prior to him having gotten his Malay Salaam
and what he said as a result, he was always thankful to Allah, he always praised Allah, he was so thankful that Allah subhanho wa Taala loved him so much. thankfulness is a sign of all the messengers of Allah. In the case of Morales Anam Allah says, you know, who can Abbot and Shakira. He was definitely a slave of ours who was very, very grateful. Whatever We bestowed upon him, he was grateful. I want to end off by saying, My brothers, my sisters, think of the favors of Allah upon you. Think of all of the favors of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon you learn to thank Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. Indeed, if we think of these favors of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon us, we will be
able to show gratitude to Allah, we will be able to realize how much Allah subhanho wa Taala has actually given us and that is when we will thank him with the most beautiful of words. May Allah bless you all. I look forward to the next session. This beautiful episode that we have in Sharla shall be continued. And I hope that you follow a coup de Cali hada wa Salatu was Salam ala nabina Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.