Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2018
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh once again my brothers and sisters we declare the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala by saying Alhamdulillah and we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his household, his companions by saying was Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah, Allah, he was happy Hajj mine, my brothers and sisters, beautiful episode of supplications. from Revelation, we're looking at Sulaiman alayhi salatu was Salam today. Suleiman Ali Salam is one of the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala, whose father was also a prophet, and they were kings as well. They were rulers and at the same time, they were prophets of Allah. So they
had a lot, they had power, they had Kingdom they had wealth, they were bestowed with so much by Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yet, they called out to Allah they cried to Allah they relied on Allah. They did not let their wealth make them think I'm not reliant unto Allah. their wealth did not make them arrogant, did not make them haughty. Their authority did not make them haughty. They were just they ruled properly, where they made the mistake. They sought the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala and we're going to see this, these two Tao oohed Lee Salaam, who was the father and Sulaiman alayhis salam, who was the son, I want to start off with Sulayman alayhis salam, because the nature
of the dua that he made included his father, if we look at one of the most beautiful to ask that he made, you see he, Suleiman Alayhi. Salam
was bestowed with favors
by Allah subhanho wa Taala. What were these favors? One of them was
he had control over the wind, he could speak to other creatures of Allah he had control over so much Allah subhanho wa Taala gave him Power Authority, he could go from place a to place B within a split second, no matter how far it was, he would be carried by the wind.
In his army, he had mankind gene kind animals, birds, fish, etc, etc. The mountains, the clouds, whatever else it was the wind. He had a lot. And this is a duo of Sulaiman Alice salatu salam that he made.
He turned to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And he says,
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Oh my Rob, forgive me. And grant me kingdom that no one after me would get For indeed you are the giver. You are the giver of gifts. You know Allah hub. This is in Surah. Saad, verse number 35. So Suleiman Alayhi Salam is firstly seeking the forgiveness of Allah. And then he's asking what he wants, that goes back to a lesson we always learn. You want something seek the forgiveness of Allah to begin with. You want something and you're such a sinful person and you don't want to turn to Allah, that's when you perhaps may not be doing the right thing. So what you need to do what I need to do, no matter what we've done, no matter how much sin we have been involved in, don't lose hope
in the mercy of Allah seek forgiveness. ask Allah to forgive you. And then ask him what you want. Tell him to alleviate the suffering you may be going through whatever else you want. Here is Suleyman, a prophet of Allah King saying, Rob willfully Oh my Rob, forgive me. Forgive what I've done. Right? Rob beautiful, he will happily and gift me with grant me a gift. You know, a Heba is actually a gift. And Wahab is one who gives gifts.
The Giver the term the name of Allah Allah hub is normally used regarding the gifts of allowing someone doesn't have children, they want children when someone for example, doesn't have something they want it when someone wants something, you know, sustenance etc, wealth whatever else. This is, one might ask why Sulayman alayhis salam asking Allah something that seems outwardly material yet in one of the episodes I remember saying that the prophets of Allah did not ask Allah for something material. Look at this. Heavily milken Lambert really had him embody grant me Kingdom ownership dominion, that none after me would get okay. In the cantilever Have you indeed are the giver. You
can do it for you. It's nothing I mean, like I've said before, if if you ask a billionaire for $5 he might give you 5 million and tell you go ahead. You know, it's amazing. So Allah subhanho wa Taala his example is far higher than that will allow him Allah Allah, the examples of Allah
Higher, they are the highest. So he asked for it in order to be able to use what Allah gives him to call people towards the deen. And the evidence of it is when the Queen of Sheba witnessed what Allah had given Sulaiman. She knew that this man is a prophet of Allah, together with being a king, and there is no way that he can be wrong and I'm accepting, and I'm coming into the worship of Allah alone. So that goes to show that when he had wealth, and when he had kingdom and authority, it was not in order for him to boast for him to brag for me to have for me to be famous for me to be powerful for me to be wealthy. No, it was for the sake of Allah and the dean, this is an intention
matter where we go wrong. We want things I want this job because you know, I can have money and I'm going to be powerful, and I need to be here, and I need this money and I need to marry this person and I need this and that. A lot of the times it's got to do with ourselves.
Very rarely does the issue of jobs, positions and wealth have to do with the deen of Allah, you need to correct your intention. So Suleiman Alayhi Salam says that a bill fairly Oh Allah, forgive me, forgive me and grant me. So Allah says immediately after that, the next verse, verse number 36, Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
fossa Han Allah who really hated me
and hated us.
We caused the wind to move at his instruction. So Hubner, who re d be Emily Hi, ru Han Hazel asabe. You know, wherever he wanted it to go, it would go the wind, imagine you have control over the wind, you made the dua to Allah and you have control over the wind Subhanallah and that was just one of the gifts I was making mention of here. And so many other gifts in Alice's had the
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This is the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You can either be generous or hold back. Allah gives without account.
When you understand that Allah is the giver, you begin to receive
so they might, Allah made the dua, and what happened? He was able to communicate with all the creatures of Allah around the birds he spoke to them, he communicated with them. Imagine the chirping of a bird is actually speech.
Would you understand it? Some people may get the gist. Sulaiman alayhis salam could speak back Subhana Allah, the ends, the end Subhanallah amazing. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of something so powerful regarding the story of the ends when Sulaiman Ali Salam heard the one and telling the rest of the ends to go into their houses, so that Sulaiman does not trample upon them.
And so when Sulayman Allah is salat wa salam stopped his whole army in order to protect the ends, Allah subhanho wa Taala was watching and rather than making him arrogant, you know, he smiled, and you know what he says? He made a dua to Allah, He thanked Allah or b o z and ash Khurana Mehta, Canada Canetti and
meta cafe deca solving Sudoku novel, Allah subhanho wa Taala says verse number 19, that he smiled and then he says, Oh, my Rob, grant me the ability to be thankful to you upon the favors that you have bestowed upon me and upon my parents,
and helped me grant me the ability to do good deeds that will please you, and join me or into me, by your mercy. Among those who are your righteous worshipers make me from among those who are your righteous worshipers through your mercy. That's the Tao of Sulaiman and Islam. A lot of us unfortunately when we receive from Allah we forget Allah. When the Almighty has bestowed us with so much of gifts bestowed upon us his favors, what happens to us, we tend to forget Allah, we drift from Allah we become haughty, arrogant, it becomes a competition.
Let's understand this competition with one another is very dangerous when it comes to materialistic things. When it comes to goodness, Allah says faster vehicle hierarchies, compete with one another to do good not not to, to become haughty on Earth. No. But man is distracted man is distracted often and sometimes the pious become the opposite. As a result of their race, towards materialism and their competition with one another makes them dirty in their values, they begin to lose
ethics and morals when it comes to business, because it becomes cutthroat. They want and they don't want others to have. This is dangerous. How will Allah answer you? When you are so selfish?
If you would like Allah subhanho wa Taala to respond to you in a positive way you need to eradicate selfishness. Learn to be very generous, learn to be giving, learn to be concerned about others. Sulaiman alayhis salam, he was concerned about the ends, the ends, the fact that he could speak with them. He didn't brag and boast and show that Oh, wow, look, guys, come, come come. Let me show you. You know, in our times, we probably would want to boast if we knew something or a language or if we had a bit of an qualification and we knew something others didn't know, we might decide to boast and to show off and so on. May Allah protect us?
Suleiman Alayhi Salam knew how to speak to the ends, it humbled him, it humbled him so much that the the one major interaction that happened and there must have been so many other interactions that we don't know about, but the one that Allah chose to tell us is a major one, with a whole army stopped for a group of ants to go back into their houses.
And Sulaiman Ali Salam. Allah says Fatima samovar. He can mean Kalia. When he heard this, and he smiled. He smiled at what he heard that and see what call and he says, I'll be there any. Khurana Matta keleti, anti laowa Allah, Allah and Allah Sani Han Tomba what are the Matic Effie by deca sonning? I've already translated that. But I'm going to say it again. He says oh my Rob, Oh my Lord, grant me the ability to be thankful to you for the favors that you have bestowed upon myself and my parents. And
let me grant me the ability to do good deeds that will please you and join me Make me from amongst those through your mercy, who are the righteous worshipers of yours.
Now let's all use that. wording, that verse that do that supplication to call out to Allah. Often remember verse number 19, of surah to open the Koran, read these verses, learn them, use them to call out to Allah. And thank Allah using these verses, or b, o z and escallonia metric. It's a long list. Learn it, write it down. Imagine how proud you would feel. And when I'm saying proud I don't mean pride and arrogance, meaning happiness, how happy you would feel to be allowed to use the exact wording mentioned in Nepal on that Sulaiman used alayhis salam or another prophet of Allah used? What a great honor. What a great honor. We need to make an effort to look into it, and to learn it.
And in that way, we will definitely be earning the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that is a do out of Sulayman Alayhi. Salatu was Salam. My brothers and sisters, I want to move on to something very, very powerful.
get married, and they don't have offspring. Because Allah chooses what he wants to give, who he wants to give. We spoke about it in a previous episode when we spoke about Ibrahim alayhis salam. And we said he was not bestowed with children until he was very old. And Allah gave him a smile. Allah is Allah is happy alayhis salam when he was old, but he thanked Allah and he kept on calling out to Allah. Here is another example Zachary Ali Salam made mention of in many Sutras, one of them is sort of Miriam, the surah. Named after Miriam it starts off calf ha yeah, inside that surah immediately Allah says vichara matira. Mika de musique at the mercy of Allah, upon his worship as a
courier, make mention of it. So amazing. What was the mercy of Allah upon Zakaria, he didn't have children. That was the mercy of Allah. He did not have children initially. That was the mercy of Allah because through that he kept on calling out to Allah and he says all I haven't lost hope. He was old, his wife beyond menopause according to the narrations, and he didn't lose hope. He says, oh, Allah is left open you You are the Lord, you're the giver. You can give. I know you can give. If it's meant for me to come some handle and I haven't lost hope in your mercy.
Imagine so many people on earth are suffering silently. They don't have offspring. May Allah grant him offspring. We pray for them. And those who do have offspring, may Allah make those offspring the coolest of your eyes.
When Allah knows that, it's better for you not to have children because you might lose your children in your lifetime in the
That would depress you so badly. He doesn't give you those children.
Sometimes Allah gives you a child and takes the child away from you at a very, very young age in infancy, or just post birth, etc. Remember, you've given birth to a child, that child is yours, the child is waiting for you in paradise. It's never ever a waste of time or effort, you'd rather have the child and let the child have a name. And then the child is waiting for you going to plead with Allah subhanho wa Taala for you as a parent who has deprived the company of that child in this world. And Allah will give you the company of that child in the hereafter and that child is not going to be in hell, because it was just a child. So that's an amazing way of looking at things.
It's a favor of Allah, you lost someone you lost a child, Allah knows why you lost the child. People say why did Allah take away such an innocent child that's lost mercy, Allah knows what his mercy is, we who have these brains that we think are so sophisticated, are actually people with not so sophisticated brains in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We don't even know the unseen. So remember to be pleased with the decree of Allah, Allah knows why he is doing what he is doing. Sometimes people don't have offspring because Allah knows if we're going to give these people offspring, perhaps this, the the child might be challenged in a way that you may not be able to
cope. Ask those who have children who are challenged somehow May Allah make it easy for them that to is their paradise when Allah knows they will cope. He grants it to them, when Allah knows that they will manage now you can leave Allah who enough son in law, Allah does not shoulder a burden upon someone beyond that, which they can take. Remember, so if you are shouldered with a burden, that burden is something Allah believes Allah knows that you can take you can handle it, you need to strengthen yourself be strong, carry on going don't give up. So my brothers and sisters
that do our that zecharia alehissalaam kept making what was it? So in one place in the Quran, Allah says that zecharia A Salaam says, Rob be have any lead on kathuria?
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Oh, Allah grant me from you. A pious offspring, a pious offspring For indeed You are the hero of the prayers. You've heard my prayer. You heard what I've said, You are the hero you hear better than anyone else. Now the question is, did Zachary alehissalaam want children just for the sake of being called a father who has sons and so on? No, he makes it clear here in Surah Maryam
he says, If nada bahuvida and hafi. Remember when Zakaria called out to his robe, quietly, silently, he didn't make an issue out of it. He called out to him quietly. He kept on calling out to Allah quietly. That's a way of do our brothers and sisters you need something keep on calling out to Allah quietly. Get up when a third of the night remains during the blessing time of the Hudson, just before that crack of Daybreak and you need to know call out to Allah sorry, the crack of dawn, call out to Allah at that time.
And quietly repeat your dua. It's powerful, don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah. So if not Dara Bonita, and Hafiz remember when he called out to Allah quietly What did he say? Color of beanie wahana love moment. He was a little sushi bar.
He cannot be shot he Allah says. Zachary said oh my rub. You know my bones have become weak. And my hair has become gray on my head. But I am not losing hope and I have never lost hope. In the doula that I make to you. Then I can be Dr. Kara Bishop Ian. I'm I've never lost hope. Regarding the DA I'm making to you. I think with us we need help. We need help. This is a prophet of Allah. He's calling out to Allah for years, literally years imagine their old elderly couple. That's what the Quran says is tabula rasa shaven. He's already gray. His wife is old according to generation he she is barren. Basically, she's got to a point of menopause. And you know what he still says are alive
and lost hope I've never lost hope I still I still have this hope. It did not drift him away from Allah some of us we call out to Allah call out to Allah and you know, after a certain period we say well that's it as I've stopped worrying, what's what's going to happen to me? What's going to happen i'm going to be all alone. Well, you're not alone allies with you, Allah Who created you
shall provide for you. You need to be strong. You need to force yourself to think positively, and you will take it in your stride. The day a situation comes in your direction, you will seek the help of Allah and deal with the situation. No point in worrying about the future and dying without a stress and anxiety just because you don't know what's going to come when something is going to come might be far better than what you expected. Don't you have conviction in Allah? Aren't you convinced? Don't you believe in Allah? Look at this man. He's saying, oh, Allah, I'm convinced I know. I'm calling out to you. I'm never going to lose hope I have never lost hope. And I will never
But now he's making mention of the reason why he is asking for offspring. We're in the fifth tuna, Wiley I mean, wha II? What can it Marathi?
He's speaking about how he is concerned about the carrying of the message of the dean after him by children and he is worried about the progeny that's going to carry the dean and the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala after him. And he says, so therefore, Oh Allah grant me a male child who can be an heir, who is going to inherit all this goodness that you have bestowed upon me. You know, when Allah has used you to do some good work, you'd love to have someone carrying on with that good work. Wouldn't it be best if that was your own child who followed your footsteps? Subhan Allah, sometimes it's not our own children, but we would love it to be our own children. So zackary Allah is Salatu
was Salam is saying here
that Oh Allah these are the reasons Allah knows the reasons but he is mentioning them there's no harm in mentioning reasons you know, communicating with Allah much more and so on. He says Yeti funy already forming Alia kujala hora para via, you know, he can be an air of myself and of the family of Jacob you know all these prophets that you have sent down one after the other all from the same family coming down coming down. This would be a continuation and also
Oh Allah make him from among those who are pleased with make him from among those who are pleased with the child is not yet born. There's no news of a child the wife is not yet expecting. But Zachary Ali Salaam is making a do added, Oh Allah, when you give me a child make him a pious child. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Imagine those who are not yet married. And they're saying, oh, Allah blessed me with pious offspring. I always say that to people that make that dua, because that is such a powerful that it includes a good spouse, it includes the fact that you are going to have children, so two things are already given. And then it means that child will be pious because if I
say, oh, Allah grant me pious offspring, or grant me a pious child, and I'm not even married yet. If Allah says, I've given you your new app, I will need to get married in a good way. I will need to have a spouse who's decent because then I'm going to have to have a child thereafter. So it's not going to be like I'm childless. May Allah grant all those who don't have children, children, I mean, but it's so much included in one thing, that's why when we say Oh, Allah grant me Jenna, it includes so many things in the process, but sometimes we don't realize this. So this was the Korean a Santa's making such a beautiful to add. At the end, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, that you know what? We
granted him but this was made in so many different wordings, like Allah says in Surah, Colombia, was that Gary? Even na da da,
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He remember when zekeriya called out to us and said, Oh Allah Don't leave me singular. You are the best of those who are the heirs and grant errs and so on. So grant me and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, festa jabeen Allahu wa Habana Allah who are here was Latin. Xhosa. We definitely answered him. We blessed him with the idea and we purified cleansed and we granted a cure to his wife Subhana Allah that was Allah subhanho wa Taala. My brothers and sisters, we looked at the Tao of Zachary Ali Salaam. I'm excited about the next episode where we're going to continue and go even beyond this May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us or is until we meet again aku Kali hada wa sallahu wa Sallim wa
barik ala nabina Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.