Channel: Mufti Menk
Taronga Rd Masjid, Cape Town, South Africa on 12th September 2013
salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Muhammad Ali al al amin, the Vienna Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sahbihi nomophobia humby son Elijah Medina bad.
We commence by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
his entire household and all his companions May Allah bless them all in May he bless every single one of us.
My beloved brothers and sisters, is Allah subhanho wa Taala not so merciful.
Isn't he the Most Merciful, the most forgiving, the most kind, the most compassionate, the one who loves us the most. In this world you love someone a lot, they let you down after a short period of time with Allah subhanho wa Taala your bit will never go wrong because it's not a bit it's a guarantee.
May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us all Really? Look at us. We are seated here so much comfort, so much beauty, so much news, so much blessings in such a beautiful house of Allah subhanho wa Taala we've gathered here Mashallah we should be feeling the love of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah for us, really, we are in his house, we have come here to worship Him, perhaps to listen to a good word, perhaps to try and be motivated to become a better person. We are all weak. We all have different types of weaknesses. We've spoken through the month of Ramadan about how to achieve peace. And I'm sure a lot of us felt very, very hard so when we left the month of Ramadan, or when it left us
and therefore we have moments to revive this feeling and moments to revive the resolutions we made in the month of Ramadan because shaytan comes to attack us and this is an enemy and outright enemy but Allah loves us. So he gives us another moment to say Hang on, you will meet again or you will meet good people or you will meet one another and you will remind one another of the goodness that lies in your heart. There is so much goodness Don't let it be overcast and overshadowed by the little droplets of the devil's plan that might affect us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala always help us to overpower the evil plan with a much better plan.
So my brothers and sisters, the mercy of Allah is what created me and you. We have been given a blessed opportunity to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala that's why he made us so he made us through His mercy in order that we may worship him. So he gave me a chance and he's given you a chance. What a great I've just put my head on the ground for him Allahu Akbar. And I've just said Subhana Allah Allah, Glory be to You My Rob, who is the highest, the greatest Allahu Akbar. All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this is the mercy of Allah, do you feel it?
Allahu Akbar, we should be feeling it because we mean, Allah has given me a chance. By creating me he's given you a chance by creating you and he's given us a chance and an opportunity no matter what happened when we were young. And no matter how difficult life may have been as we grew up, today, we are sitting here we are breathing Alhamdulilah good oxygen Mashallah. The weather is beautiful. The people around us are full of love and compassion, Mashallah, what has brought us here is one solid purpose all in the same direction. And that is the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. What? What a sign of the love of Allah and what great mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala amazing. So May Allah
subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of us, and may He make us feel this love. We know we are seated here. More than a month after the month of Ramadan. We are now in the month of al Qaeda that would judge are busy leaving and they are bidding farewell to us to say make dua for us and we are asking them to make dua for us as well.
And as they leave, we leave them with a good message. We leave them with a message not only to say that when you go there remember us in your prayers but we say May Allah take you with ease help you fulfill this huge ebird one of the pillars of Islam with great ease and may He bring you back in a way that you have achieved so much that as a result even ourselves and our city, our places our countries have been blessed because I know for certain when the adjudge go for Hajj, they will be
Pray not only for themselves but for the country, the globe at large. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that goodness. So Allah gives us opportunities. Never ever feel that you are a person who is far away from the mercy of Allah because as I said, no matter what the past has had, you will be judged by Allah subhanho wa Taala depending on your condition upon the time of death, have you been a person myself as well, and I've been a person who lived my life in whatever way I made it, but the end was good, inshallah the rest will be good, the end was bad, I don't even want to talk about it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect myself and yourself. And one of the prime ways of achieving the
love of Allah subhanho wa Taala is to increase the love amongst us.
Because the minute I understand that the opportunity Allah has given me He has given it to you as well. That is the moment I begin to realize your value and realize that you are just like me, I am no better than you. In fact, you may be better than me. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to respect one another. And may He help us to speak to one another in such a beautiful way that it depicts the love of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah when Allah loves us, He guides our mouths He guides our tongues so that we do not utter hurtful words and whenever as a human nature, we have faltered by attending one or two wrong words we immediately rectify. We make amends we come back we say
you're lying you worship Allah I'm your slave Yama, something I added that might have hurt her heart or to Allah forgive me Allah sue the people's hearts Yala, whom I may have heard. Then we asked them my brother, my sister, forgive me if I've uttered the word that may have hurt your feelings. You are a beloved creature of Allah, over and above that a worshipper of Allah from amongst the Omar Mohamed Salah Allahu alayhi wa sallam. So this is the type of love that we should be promoting for one another. Yes, if we see one another faltering there is a method there is a way of correction, a beautiful method of correction in that people will feel to correct themselves. When you tell someone
in an abrupt way, they will want to turn away from you. They want to turn away from the message you have. But when you speak to people with lots of love, that love is instilled by Allah subhanho wa Taala we understand the value of an individual and the fact that they do are deserving of Paradise from Allah subhanho wa Taala. But if we are used to help them get there, then we will be there in sha Allah before them.
Amazing. If you have someone to get to paradise, wouldn't you be there before them because they went there through your effort. And the same applies if you were to give someone a lift to Weinberg today we just passed Mashallah from Weinberg. If you were to, you know, wine is not the drinking sorry. It's why me Sharla it's not the is he although Cape Town is known for that. But at the same time, if you were to give them a lift to Weinberg, you the driver, aren't you you get the adverse, you know, as they say, fundamental for always wanted to sit in the front of the plane. Why? Because he was told that that's when you arrive at the destination first, until I came along, and I told him well,
the pilot has to touch the back wheels first.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all my brothers and sisters, we have so many gifts of Allah subhanho wa Taala that we have not yet recognized. Allah made us do you know, the difficulty that your mother or your father or those who looked after you at the beginning of your life in God in order for me and you to get to where we are today that on its own is the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala he put in their hearts the need and or should I say the love and on top of the love the need to look after you and to work hard and sweat so that they can spend on you and me who put that love in the heart is the owner of love who has that Allah subhanho wa Taala. Imagine if you have a child,
you don't know that that child might grow up to be a person who is either going to, you know, be a positive contribution towards your life or a negative one. But at that stage of infancy, you adore the child and you will spend your own hard earned cash to buy the clothing and the cereal and the Pampers and the diapers and what have you and you will make sure that you carry them in the late night, the late hours of the night and make sure that if they cry, you feel the tears of the child in your own heart. And some mothers even begin to cry with their own children.
All this is a sign the prophets Allah Salam says in NEMA here, Mattoon Jalla Allahu Abadi Rama, indeed it is a it is a mercy that Allah has placed in the hearts of his worshipers who are merciful, something very, very important that we need to learn. So that is a blessing of Allah. He placed the
the hearts of even the non Muslims, perhaps those who belong to other faiths to look after their children, even if that child later on was to embrace the deen of Islam, but Allah says it's our blessing that we had someone look after you look at the Prophet Moses musala salatu wa sallam, he was looked after, by the mercy of Allah, by the mercy of Allah, through a person who perhaps did not like him, and a person whom he would have gone for he went back to later on in his life, and he was a means of calling this person towards Allah. And he was a means, ultimately of standing in the face of this tyrant who was known as the Pharaoh, yet he was brought up in the same room.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless us, Allah says, We placed a love in the heart of the wife of the pharaoh for this young boy, why he was an innocent little child today you see little children, they are innocent, completely innocent. And you we have an automatic love Allah, Captain automatic inclination, towards a little baby in the hearts of all fair minded human beings, and those are the majority.
Automatically, why, because it is a sign from Allah to say, look, you also had those beginnings remain in a way where you are adorable to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and then to the righteous worshipers of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then even to those who may be astray, the method that you choose to convey the message should be such that you are adorable to them, where even with their weakness, they will say, I know I am wrong, but how I was told, I really feel I want to change
may Allah granted to us. And the reason why I've just touched on this is because brothers and sisters make the alpha judge a person to go for Hajj, we would know it costs quite a bit. And at the same time, it's a great sacrifice. But it is not so difficult as to come back and live as a Haji. We always say this, to go and fulfill the Hajj is something that is achievable. But when we come back, we need to watch our tongues even more, we need to make sure that we live up to this title, you are a person who's fulfilled Hajj, a sign of an accepted hedge is when a person returns and their lives have changed. A sign of an accepted Ramadan is when a person's life has changed in one way or
another. It's accepted by the will of Allah otherwise, to fulfill the pharaoh is not so difficult. But to live by what you have just fulfilled is extremely difficult. May Allah make it easy for us all. And so my brothers and sisters, let's pick up on the mercy of Allah, He fed us all along how many years I'd like to look at the faces here and say the average age here is perhaps around 2530. Maybe,
you know, they say it's hard to say that because even those who are 60 still say we feel like 30 but at the same time, let's say it's 25 to 30 years, for the last 30 years who has failed you. It's Allah who closed you it's Allah when you were sick who granted you kill, it's Allah. We never even thought about that sometimes. Who how much money has been spent on you, while llahi without a joke, perhaps every one of us more than 100,000 rands minimum, that is the lowest of the lot. If you take a look at the meals you've had every day, the clothing you've used from the beginning to now, perhaps a lot of us would probably be half a million, we might have talked a million and even more,
because if you've got a car, then it skyrockets. And if you are if you own a home, maybe it goes even beyond that. And where did all this money come from? If you think to yourself, if I didn't buy all these things, I would probably be a billionaire by today. But Allah says money is not for stalking. It's for using and using in the obedience of Allah to facilitate this life of yours in a way that you can worship Allah with greater ease. That's what it is. So when you return to Allah, Allah will then ask you and you will be able to say Allah, you provided me in my life with 119 million rands that was spent on me. But there wasn't a day when I had with me more than 20,000
grants for example.
Why? Because this entire amount that was used on me over the years was such that I made sure it went to my family, it went to myself I closed myself I ate Mashallah perhaps those who went to school and universities and so on, and Mashallah they came back.
Meaning after those years of study, and they engaged in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala, like I say, that is a sign of the mercy of Allah. He has written every sin next to your name, what is going to be spent on you and on me, Allah has written it Subhana Allah, but to
When we sit here, we don't realize this gift of Allah because why we might say I've only got 500 grand in my pocket. That's the last amount of money I've got. There are others who are perhaps thinking I've only got five rounds in my pocket, what am I going to do, and there may be others who will say, I have got nothing, I don't know where I'm going to eat the next meal. But they will eat the next meal by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Somehow they will have it Why? Because they haven't a lot. They have a maker who made them. There are circumstances where perhaps a little bit different, but Allah will feed them, Allah will close them. Allah has closed every one of us, Allah
has fed us, Allah has finished our test. Allah has looked after us when we were seeking ill when we had problems sometimes where we thought our life is going to come to an end, Allah saved us. When we've had marital problems where we thought it's all over Allah helped us save it. And even if our marriage has broken, sometimes Allah has opened new doors for both parties where it has opened in them in a manner that they did not imagine in the past. This is the mercy of Allah. But when we sit now and this is man, we need to be reminded of all these gifts of Allah to show you my brother, my sister, Indeed Allah loves you. Indeed, he is most merciful upon you do not think because of the one
or two matters that you have in your life that you consider major, that Allah has forsaken you not a minute, not even a minute, we are the ones who turned away from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, he never turns away from us. So much so that when we raise our hands to Allah, and we want to ask his forgiveness automatically, Allah subhanho wa Taala his blessings begin to descend on us. And Allah says, my worship, I've been waiting for you Where were you all along? Subhan Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all, may he make us feel His mercy. May He make us feel the love for one another. And may He make us encourage one another. Really, I believe that the best of people are
those who make you feel with it. The best of people are those who make you feel important, and who make you feel that you do can achieve so panela you too can achieve. Because sometimes, you know, we have people in our midst, they make you feel like you're useless. You're far from the mercy of Allah, you are a waste of time, you're not worth it. This type of mentality can rebound upon us at some stage in our lives. And if not, we don't want it to happen in our graves where we are told what we used to tell others. So this is why make people feel worth it. Look at the good qualities of people work on them. When these good qualities increase, automatically the bad qualities will begin
to decrease. May Allah keep us from those who who fulfill our five Salah in the massagin Mela fully accept the Salah that we fulfill And may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us so that we can pick up the Quran every day, even if it means to read one verse with its meaning. But May Allah grant us the strength to do that.
May Allah open our doors brothers and sisters, I really am humbled by seeing our brother here, Mashallah one of our sons. And I did definitely see his clip on YouTube. And I watched it I think a few days after it happened. And I was very, very touched, because those who know me and who watched us through the month of Ramadan, have seen that I have this in me to give importance to children, because I believe they are tomorrow's leaders, to let them feel, to let them take over to be happy when they are achieving something when they are heading in the right direction by the will of Allah. And therefore I remember very well in the month of Ramadan, and I'm sharing this with you because
Subhan Allah, we are quite familiar with Cape Town.
In the month of Ramadan, I once lived the tarawih and I stepped back and I see abubaker and Emma smiling. I stepped back and it was the time for women. And I noticed the children behind me. And I thought to myself, you know, Allah guide these children so that they can take over from us the day we, you know, arrive at your mercy Allah, meaning when we pass away, and even later on in life, let these people take over, because that's new blood. Because a leader really and this we all need to learn about is ye who can be bothered about creating people who will take over his posts, or the maximum number of people that can be made so that tomorrow they can even do a better job that is a
true leader because we want to serve the oma. So I looked at this child and I stepped back and I told him, You know what? Go to the front, meaning stand in the first stuff where I was, and I think he looked at me dazed.
And he was like, Are you sure? And I said, stand in the front and I went back and I stood with a few other children and I greeted the other children as well. But the one child It depends, you know, it's not any one in particular. I really did not know who it was. I had no clue who it was. And today I asked him son What's your name? Because I I needed to know what his name was to handle
Later on I left after Ramadan and so on and in my mind I, you know, thought to myself, it's just a habit I have children must be given importance. And suddenly someone sends me a WhatsApp clip. And I said, What's this all about? It just said three minutes 51 seconds. That's what he said. And I was in 10 mines of downloading it because you know back in Zimbabwe The internet is a big mess.
So I said Bismillah let's download this thing. It had no title to it. No one told me what it was I download it lo and behold, Mashallah, I saw
something, the brother moisten, that's his name. I'm calling him brother because now he's, he's a he's a power that's no longer a little son, you know? And he stands up and he says, Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim. hamdulillah alameen wa Salatu was and Masha Allah and I looked and I said,
so mahalo. I need to meet this young man. That's one of the reasons I came to Cape Town.
That Allah grant us, Oh, goodness, and may we see so many others will live not just one and not just myself, but whoever else it is, whoever are the leaders, whoever you find to be inspirational. Believe me, take a step in that direction. It does not mean you you, you know, you have to follow in a specific way. But if you learn from them, you're inspired by them. Your life changes in any way one law here. It's a good sign, what law it is something that we need, because it's the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that has helped us you have a teacher in the school. Sometimes you have teachers who have never actually schooled you, but you've learned more from them just by watching
them by seeing them perhaps by being allowed to be in that company for a little while. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. So like I say, when I started here, you noticed a big smile because I was trying to imitate someone so panela and I really felt Mashallah, Hey, you know what, he's sitting in front of me. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the love really, may he make us feel it really, we really as adults, we need to become role models to our children. Because if we are not role models, they will turn on the telly and start watching movies where the actors and actresses whose lives are in real life are a mess and they become the role models of our children just because
mom and dad cannot solve their matters. You know, uncles and aunts cannot solve their matters. People are no longer have that high level of character and conduct that Islam teaches so that is why we remind one another I need to develop my character we all slip up now and again, we might say a word or two that is hurtful we might say something that we are not supposed to say or we might have said something and we might step up it's human nature but the sooner we make amends and the sooner we turn this the you know the the sooner we will achieve this comfort and peace and we will be able to inshallah beam that not only in our community but believe me across the globe with so much of
ease, and with so much of comfort and with so much of contentment that only Allah subhanho wa Taala can grant that to us. May Allah grant us that and even more until we meet again or sallallahu wasallam Obama can and avina Mohammed Subhan Allah Subhana Allah, Allah Allah, Allah and Luca wanted to