Channel: Mufti Menk
Tonight’s (13 September 2013) Syria Appeal from Roshnee, South Africa
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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam, ala rasulillah Muhammad, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa
We always commenced by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala, the one who created us, the one who provides for us, the one who is in absolute control of every aspect of existence, the one who has created us, and brought us into this world in order to test us, we asked him to make this test easy for us. And at the same time, we asked him to bless Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household and all his companions, and to bless every single one of us
to bless and to create ease for those who are suffering, in Syria, in Palestine, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Sudan, in Yemen, in Egypt, in India and Pakistan, in Bangladesh, and Burma, and so many other countries across the globe. May Allah subhanho wa Taala create ease for them. And may He make us from amongst those who are conscious of their plight, and who do something about it in a positive way. Brothers and sisters in Islam, it brings me great joy and honor to be in your midst, for this beautiful cause. The cause of reaching out to our brothers and sisters across the globe, starting off with those who have been affected by what I may term, the largest catastrophe that we
have known in the Muslim world in recent history.
It is worse than any other catastrophe that we have seen in recent years. So many people have been displaced. And this is why we are here we know that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has indeed reminded us through the Hadith, Amina can just say the law, the believers are like one body
either stuck, I mean, who do Allah who just said he said he will come up. If a single organ is complaining of pain is in pain has been affected by a wound the entire body, the entire body shall be restless, and suffer insomnia, it will feel the pain and when this happens, it will rush to the assistance of that particular organ. Let me pause for a moment and take you through this Hadeeth if I were to pick my baby finger,
With a needle, immediately, I will perhaps depending on how I was brought up, I might say Ouch. Or I might say, in Alabama.
And what I will do is immediately take that hand away from the needle, I won't have it there and start saying, Oh, that's very painful. And to keep more and more, as foolish, none of us would do that. Imagine you're getting hurt on a hot plate, and you say, Oh, that's very painful, and you're still putting your hand on that plate, none of us would do that. In order for you to take that hand away. Do you know what happens? The whole body comes to the assistance of that particular part how, firstly, your reflex, your central nervous system, so complex, that it would require an hour or two to explain how it works in the minimum.
But a message goes through your bloodstream to your brain to say something has happened here. And then from your system, pituitary gland, brain, whatever you want to say becomes more and more deep, within a split nanosecond, a message goes back, and the reflexes are instructed to lift that finger off, and what happens spouts spontaneously, it's off, gone. And you didn't realize your eyes looked at it, your system felt the pain, the rest of your muscles automatically came to the assistance automatically the muscles, if you take a look at what happened there in order for you to be protected from this little pain, the entire body.
asst on top of that, because it's a burden or an injury, your mind will start telling you I need to get to the doctor, your feet will start walking towards your vehicle, your hands will take the key and perhaps turn it on your mind and all your entire body will help you your legs and you know, the pedals and what have you the vehicle, you drive up to the hospital, you take your hands, put them into the pocket, then you pay for it, you go to see the doctor, this is hurting me, he will give you the medication. So what happened, your entire body had to come to the assistance of one small portion. That is the description of the oma today will lay our brothers and sisters are caught up in
the wall. So we're not getting involved in the politics of it. No, we are here for humanitarian purposes, to say that where am I, as a member of this body, to walk my people, as I would like my own organs and limbs to be able to walk to the doctor, I can walk them to that which is more befitting for their condition as my brothers and sisters, how can I sit back and see them and still have a beautiful day? How can I sit back and watch how they are being driven away from their homes losing their lives crying without food struggling in the weather, and they have so much no canopy above their Subhan Allah above them in order to shelter them. And I'm sitting in my palace,
Mashallah, in one of the best countries on the globe.
What facility do I not have? So, for us, like I say, without getting into the politics of it, it's our duty number one, to feel it in the heart without feeling it in the heart. We are not
the least that has to happen for our suffering brothers and sisters is to feel it in the heart Yala. What is going on? Y'all? I'm feeling this. Yeah, Allah. My heart is. So that's on the stage number one that shows a little bit of sincerity. If there is any one of us who claim to belong to the owner of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And we think for a moment you know, that person, perhaps they read their Salah with their hands on their chest, so it's good, they deserve it. We have a crisis in the room, if that's how we think the day we suffer, they will probably say the same about us. May Allah protect us. So if we are going to not feel if we are not going to feel in our hearts,
this genuine feeling for those who after the Shahada no matter where they are across the globe. There is something wrong with our Eman. My brothers and sisters we have to feel it. And we should never ever think that they deserve it. spousal love. May Allah protect us from such words. And may Allah protect us from Kenyan such tales and even from falling prey to others who may be making such utterances.
I tell you today I was on a flight. I arrived from Cape Town perhaps two hours ago. And to be honest with you, the non Muslims around us. I won't go into detail as to what exactly happened. They realized in a short moment that if anything happens here, we know that these people will come to our assistance because we proved it an opportunity arose that gave us that
opportunity for dour basically. And we rose to the occasion. And we tried our best to make it known that no matter what religion you belong to at this moment, we need to understand that humanitarian factor comes in number one. Number two is if we rise to such an occasion, the minimum we will do is to drop and reduce the enmity of our enemies by a great proportion. And once we've done that, we've brought them closer to the dean and thereafter they are in the hands of Allah if he wants to guide them to the fall and if he wants he keeps them where they are, the minimum is when they see me or you the next time they will say these people are good, if this is regarding the non Muslim, what
about my own brothers and sisters who shared with me perhaps 99,000 common points, I may have differences with them regarding 45 or 40 or 50 little points. So what may Allah subhanho wa Taala help me to reach out to my heart Firstly, to be able to feel that genuine feeling for everyone who is suffering across the globe, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala make that feeling even greater when it comes to my brothers and sisters.
This is an important message of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam that compassion even at the times of war is noted in the books of the Sierra and history of Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam The sad reality very few of us have gone into the depth of the Seal of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and sometimes even after we've been through the depth, a lot of us forget to apply it in our lives but we say great man, we are so lucky to be part of his own mind so on it stops there. Let's not pay lip service. Let's not pay lip service to this great man, the greatest of creation, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we are the followers and by the will of Allah as he says you reach out
as though it is your own buddy, we shall reach out so then we get to the next stage once you feel it in your heart. The next thing every single one of us can do and should have done and should continue doing is to raise our hands to Allah Allah Allah Allah mean a lot of entire creation of the worlds The one who created the maker nareesha cherishes sustainably provide a protected cura, the one in whose hands is the piece, the one in whose hands is to provide the provisions for every one of them, including myself, Allah help them, assist them, to guide them Yala. Create ease for them. And even in my own life, the little issues that I may have helped me Allah guide me, bless me and my family
may not be for every single one of us. I mean, so brothers and sisters, the point we learn, and it's a powerful point, none of us have an excuse to have not made none of us not one. And we should be at least trying to get up at the moment when two hours are most likely to be accepted. When a lie saying
who is there who is asking me so that I can give them when I have my own crisis and you have yours? It is a major crisis, don't we get?
Well, this is a major crisis that may swallow a great chunk of the members of the oma who are quite innocent and who are just caught up in the crossfire. And yet we are speaking far away from the politics of it. But we are going into that which is humanitarian. We are noticing our sisters, our little children, they are being orphaned, they have no food, no drink, no shelter, they have nowhere to reveal themselves in a humane way. Where are we when some of us have televisions in our toilets.
It may sound strange, but I came across a home here in this beautiful province of ours a little bit further away. And I entered the loop. And I saw TV and when I came out I said What's going on?
So they had a few things to say uncle says you know, he likes to follow her soaps, I said my brother, the soap does not wash you.
The soap does not wash you number one number two is while in the room he says but interest money dirty money dirty place.
I said where's the logic here will not protect us look at this and other people cannot even relieve themselves. I almost told the uncle had it not been for his elderly age and the respect I have that why don't you just put your bedding in the toilet one time, law, Allah protect us but we cannot reach out to people who are really suffering. I bear witness that this part of the world by the will of Allah has reached out and will reach out because Allah has blessed us Do we agree? inshallah, by the will of Allah. Do you know, at the times of need when Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam just after the signal
to say we need that's all we need. That's all without even wanting to know the details of what you need. Here comes over
with Sony cameras, he comes
with half of his wealth, he comes up
with everything, they asked him, What have you left, he says,
I've left the line is messenger for my family, what we're going to eat for the next meal, I know
that that will be provided. But for now, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says we need so everything, I have guarantees, none of us can give away 100% of what we have. But that's not what we are requesting. Even if we picked out two and a half percent of what we have, the crisis in the oma would be resolved.
We need to channel it correctly. We have people from our part of the world who traveled firsthand, not secondhand firsthand, they are seated with us, some of them, and they will tell you I've been there. We're going back today. Our aim is nothing political. We're not getting involved in warfare and all that. We want to help those who are caught up in the crisis tomorrow. It could be myself yourselves, my family, my children or yours who will reach out to us the same who we reached out to believe me. So this is something of utmost importance. These people gave, like I said, none of us have an excuse not to make it up. If I had my problem up at the head. Do I cry law court case? Y'all
help me some of us your law, my matric, y'all I need so many. I promise you if I pass, that's my scarf on my head.
If you pass that's your scarf on your head, you're treating a lot like a little child. You say can you give me a sweet? No, that's not how it works. We need to do the deed and say Allah, I've tried my best, your life tried my best. Now I leave it in your hands. Y'all help me your life.
Now help me we don't say if I pass, I'm going to give out a challenge. If you say that you have to give the charity, but remember, it was extracted from you. That's what I didn't say. It says, a person who makes a minute or a vow. The Hadith says that person is actually stingy for the act of worship. So it was extracted from them. So to make it as makrooh. But to fulfill it is a condition you have to because you made it however, the better way of doing it. Give out the charity first say Allah I did this. I request your help. This is for you. Young, I love you. I gave out the charity. I did so much go on. I did this. I did that. Yeah, helped me. That's the proper way of doing things.
So now, how many of us are ready to get up at that moment of the night, when we would have got up had the crisis been personal? Know that the crisis is somewhere else on the globe and make a drop, even if it means once a week, once a month, or once at least and say Allah help my suffering brothers and sisters in Syria, we see the people do you know, they have had families or they have had homes, they have also had luxuries, cars beddings so much in terms of electronic devices and what have you today, they don't know where the next meal is going to come from.
And all this happened almost overnight.
And here we are Alhamdulillah we've come out in our numbers to support the cause man like separate from us, none of us should leave this place. And I am pleading with you without having reached out to our brothers and sisters. Whether it is financially or at least in the form of a sincere to our and we will get to the next points as well. So like I said, point number one, feel it in your heart. Point number two, we need to make up we need to ask Allah point number three, we need to reach out in whatever way we can. And here I'm going to talk about two ways.
change your life.
for the better. That is number one, a lot of people might think you know what, my millions and my billions? Yes, that's right. We need that. But that's point number two, we reach out to them in two ways. One is by changing ourselves and bettering ourselves why in Allah Allah.
A law does not change what has afflicted a nation until each individual and the term is used. Each individual from amongst them changes themselves. We'd like to look at this holistically as an omen. Some of us cannot give up monography and we think that we want to reach out to the others. Yes, may Allah accept it from us and maybe through the Baraka charities, they cleanse us as well because it does have that impact and effect. But remember, forget about the pornography and cut it and make do add to allow that you will never do it again.
May He strengthen you. And thereafter you find the Baraka even in the you've made for your brothers and sisters.
Give up the gambling,
give up the adultery, some people cannot give up adultery, and they say that's my weakness. Up to how long are we going to say that's my weakness? are we waiting for a crisis of that nature to overtake us before we say, Well, I can't do it because she's dead. Now law protect us. That is a statement of
We should be powerful enough to say yeah, Allah, before I reach my grave, I promise you, I've forgotten about this, I ask for forgiveness, I regret it, I admit it, you're not forgive me, open my doors, and help those who are suffering across the globe, you have yourself and you find, inshallah, the Baraka of being able to reach out to others shall be such that you leave a mark, even in the dunya. And you achieve a lot in the afternoon. So this is why we say and we always say, reach out. But prior to reaching out, check yourself, do I need to reach out to myself,
my spirituality sometimes is also a refugee, and it is outside where it is supposed to be. So I have a severe within me, which I have not dealt with. And I'm reaching out to the other one, yes, by all means, reach out to them, but make sure that you reach out to the refugee, and to those who are suffering the crossfire inside, because shavon and the angelic force are definitely fighting within each one of us. And it's up to us to allow that powerful angelic force to when when there is a sin to be committed, you feel within yourself, you know what, it's going to be good. Let me get it done. That is the devil. That is the Kareem that is the shape and within that is trying to prod you to
say, Don't worry, it's all okay, nobody's gonna see you. Nothing's gonna happen. You're in privacy. And there you are. And there is an angelic force telling you watch out, it's a few moments of pleasure, but it will result in years of regret, it could mess your whole life up, you may, you may lose your spouse and your children. As a result, you may lose a lot of wealth and a lot might happen against you. And it's just a moment. So watch out these two, there is a crossfire. Sometimes the Nef says quoting between, this is why we say tackle yourself and you will be able really, to make a change across the globe. If every one of us has the same attitude today, our communities will have
more love than hate, believe me, our communities will have more respect and disrespect. Our communities will turn to the scholars because everything will be full of love. And the underlying message would be to achieve the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah bless us today. We have one small issue and we raise it to the degree that we create a huge disaster in our own families, in our own communities. And we don't realize I am the one who's supposed to be reaching out to people who have real problems. I actually created my own disaster here. What we have 30 issues compared to what's going on across the globe, very petty brothers cannot resolve their matters over what a
little portion of inheritance in every single community.
Family stopped talking to each other one. I don't like his wife cheated on me. But Who told you that? You said she did the magic on you? Someone did
come to you? Well, if he did,
then you haven't understood you're hallucinating. You need to get to the mental hospital ASAP.
Perhaps I can drive you when
no one besides revelation can come and tell you of the unseen my brothers and sisters.
So if someone has told you they are making a mistake, no matter how religious they may seem, they do not realize and understand it is a huge error. The gym has told them and the gym line, that's what it is. And they have been caught. It's like a robber comes to your house. When he rings the bell does he say to open the gate. rather
go to guns we planning to come from from the background from the van is that what they say? Not a single robot does that. But they ring the bell and they say we've come to fix your alarm.
We are coming to eat the meter the back or I'm the plumber or someone told us that there's something wrong with this and with that, and then they enter through deception. The same deception of the devil happens to be used when it comes to a lot of us. He tries his luck every day. Even with those sometimes who have knowledge we know that. Allah says God knows. So getting back to the crisis. The second way of reaching out is why we are here tonight. And that is to dig deep in your purses and your pockets.
Notice I started with purses,
and the buckets, dig deep. And believe me, the more you donate and the more you give, the greater likelihood that Allah will alleviate whatever suffering you may have in your life already, and he may protect you from that which may have been in your DNA, because
when you give out a charity, you know, our parents have taught us something religious and we've learned it even from Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, you will go out on a journey before you embark give out the charity. I'm sure we all know that before you embark do a good deed, you've been on Hajj before you go give out the challenge. We taught that Why? Because that charity has any blessings. And it opens the doors of protection for myself and yourselves. How many of us have a lot of wealth, but sometimes you don't have happiness, contentment, tonight is the night reach out by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why we say more than a mere charity that I'm giving
out before going somewhere, is to give out something that people are expecting from me and you, they don't know who's going to reach out to them. But we know that it's our obligation to find them and to find the most trustworthy people to go on fulfill the obligation, and we will help and assist so that when the when the assistance gets to them, Allah knows our name is on that pack. And when they say yeah, Allah, you sent this morsel when my child was about to die of hunger. And Allah says Five Grains of that rice came from this particular person, somewhere else in the world, Allah knows,
you save the life.
And when you save a life, Allah says, it is equivalent to having saved all lives entire humanity, because this should be the feeling of every one of us. So today, as we reach out, we need to consider we are doing ourselves a favor, really, we have an option in a few moments are have brought along something that I have burned myself and printed
a set of CDs, in fact, it's an mp3 30 of them and I thought, you know what, whatever it goes for inshallah, it will be my contribution towards those suffering people, somewhere across the globe, that it may go towards May Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless us may have opened our doors. And why I'm saying this, not because I want to brag, because I want to tell you sometimes this shine is that people have to say I don't want to give in public. Sometimes you've got to Why? To lay the example you gave 10,000 they gave 50,000 I'm convinced this evening will raise a million rounds by the word of Allah.
I'm looking at faces of people nodding in Sharma by the word of Allah we see 50,000 100,000 by the word of Allah, it's not impossible. To be honest, we have so much to thank Allah for, especially in the community of this nature, by the will of Allah, What don't we have reached out by the will of Allah, Allah will reach out to you.
Yeah, if coffee should get close to Allah, during days of ease, that includes even through your charities, and Allah will get close to you during your days of hardship, man attack the young sheep a day to hawala, whoever comes to me walking, I come to him rushing, who Allah is saying this. So if you want Allah subhanho wa Taala, there are many ways Yes. But tonight, we are talking about one specific way. And it's important for us to know that they are counting on us, believe me, the way the suffering is, has actually driven me here today to say let me talk to my brothers and sisters together, we can achieve something and by the will of Allah, Allah may protect us from some sort of
genocide that may be written to come to this part of the world. Some decades down the line, perhaps Allah May divert it as a result of us reaching out to others who may be suffering in a similar way. So it's futuristic investment. I'm investing in the future of my progeny. And I'm asking Allah by reaching out and taking out the maximum amount I can. I'm saying Yeah, Allah protect us from suffering in a similar way and our offspring, we need safety security Allah Today we are reaching out to someone who's suffering somewhere across the globe. We need safety, security for ourselves, our children, and we would like our finances to be protected your law you are the only one who can
protect it because we have seen people who can play the most sophisticated security systems and they've still been robbed.
will not protect us all. Brothers and sisters before we die, we need to deposit in the bank of Allah subhanho wa Taala
Allah as much as we can now
fed that which you have, and you've kept with you, it's going to be depleted.
That's one of the translations of this verse. If I have money, my brothers and sisters, that gets to a time when I start amassing an amount that I am not going to use, because I've already got enough to lead a luxury life. It's no longer for me.
Say for example, I'm going to use 5 million before I die. Now I've got 10 million, so your five is already there. The other five now, it's going to belong to someone else when you die. That's what's going to happen. So Allah is instructing us to say, a portion of that you better make sure you deposited to build your
to build your palace there. And I always like to tell the wealthy who are my friends. I say, Brother, you spent 22 million rands building your house here in the dunya will lie. I am close to you. I'm a friend of yours. I want to tell you use 44 million to build your palace in the US. And they look at me and say, You're the first person who ever told us this.
And we've never thought of it that way.
Think of it for my house in the year 20,000,020 2 million I built it up it's a Porsche who Mashallah the latest technology. Everything is I control you look at it, it goes up and down. Look at the kettle, it's on. Give it a dirty I am quickly the water comes out. So
latest technologies coming. By the way Don't worry, they studied
technologies such that if you have the latest today, five minutes later, it's no longer the latest because while some smart person across the globe has come up with something even better. So my brothers and sisters 22 million to live in a home for many years. Wow, for another 20 years maximum. Because by the time you got that you probably 50 years old.
20 years 22 million a million a year for what this little home? What about your
parents in my grave? Well, we can spend 44, double that amount for eternity, not just for 20 years. Have we ever looked at it this way? I know it's tough because none of us are like the Sahaba. It's a large percentage but it's food for thought my brothers and sisters and therefore I plead with you Do not leave this place in a rush Mashallah, we will enjoy the meal. and thereafter, we will hear a lot of motivation. And we will hear firsthand what's going on the humanitarian crisis that is happening. And at the same time thereafter, we will be asked to reach out and let us reach out in the best possible way, no matter how much it is. But let it be an amount that you know, I've done well by
this for the sake of Allah, like I told you, there is so much that Allah will grant you in return. Allah will protect you from much evil, your offspring, Allah will grant you more in wealth. manaka sama, lumen sadaqa. The Hadith says no charity has ever depleted anyone's wealth. Never. Anyone who's given a charity, not one of them have had their wealth depleted, because they gave the more you give, the more you get for as long as you are upright. And you are a person who is trying to please Allah, may Allah grant us a collection of all these qualities where we want to please Him. And we also give you know, before we used to have people who are wealthy, they're not bothered about
the deen no Alhamdulillah we have wealthy people who are very concerned about the deen as well, this is the same, this is something good. And I have so much confidence in this particular community and in this country at large and even in our region that we reach out and we try our best May Allah excepted from us. Perhaps that is why today.
Perhaps that is why today, we are sitting here with so much of BS with no worries with nothing on our minds. And we have so much a piece perhaps because we have been reaching out for so many years. To those who are struggling. May Allah bless us all. May Allah grant us Jenna, and may He motivate us. Like I said brothers and sisters, and I'm just recapping before I close. Firstly, we need to fill in the heart. Secondly, we need to cry and make dua. Thirdly, we need to change our own lives. We need to quit the soon and we need to adopt the instruction of Allah convert me for the preparation of the day when I'm going to leave this world. And the last point which is a very, very
important point, which is why we are here this evening is to reach out militarily or even in kind in whatever way we can. Whether it is clothing, whether it is food, drink, whatever tents and so on. Even if we become volunteers and we decide to help and to go there. Like I said, you can never go wrong
Never, ever Why? Because we are not involved in the politics of it. That is a different topic altogether. We are involved in the humanitarian activities and the crisis that is facing the oma like I started. I'm ending off by saying one of the greatest catastrophes of our time in the Muslim world. Are we ready to reach out are Salatu was Salam ala nabina, Muhammad Subhan, Allah Subhana Allah homovanillic the shadow Allah, Allah, Allah and the stove