Channel: Mufti Menk
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The topic this week is The Best Remedy
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Walla Walla, Illa Allah volley mean what a shadow Allah Allah, Allahu la sharika wa shadow. Mohammed Abu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala Lee he was happy he a Jemaine, my beloved brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala has favored us with a beautiful day known as the Friday.
The Friday is the best day from the days of the week for the Muslim in. In it we worship Allah subhanho wa Taala in a unique way. And on this particular day, there is an hour that we don't know exactly what time but we are taught that during that hour or during that time, any supplication that one would make would actually be answered by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So on a Friday, make sure that you continue to call out to Allah with whatever your needs are throughout the day. Make sure that you are not asking for something prohibited. And make sure that you are not asking for something where in which there is destruction of relationships, rather, the building of relationships and that
which is positive. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will definitely granted to you by his will his favor His mercy and His kindness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us, may he protect us from disease and sickness. My brothers and sisters, not all the days are equal in terms of spirituality. Similarly, not all the times of the day are equal in terms of spirituality.
When it comes to the most blessed time of the night, we know that it is the last third. We're in Allah subhanho wa Taala calls out to us saying who is seeking forgiveness that I can forgive him who is asking me that I can grant him and so on. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us from his favor, that we can get up and forsake our beddings at that particular time, calling out to Allah for our needs. Many of us complain of how difficult life is we complain of anxiety and so many other things. Yes, we are human. But Allah says call out to me and then he tells us which times he expects us to call out to Him where it is more likely that we will get what we want. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah
grant us ease. Today I wish to highlight one of the most blessing and most powerful acts of worship. You and I know that Allah subhanho wa Taala has prescribed upon us the five daily prayers known as a Salah. The term of Salah does not translate as prayer. But the word prayer is probably the closest to try and explain the term Salah because if we were to save prayer in the English language, and if I were to ask you to pray, people who don't know would probably supplicate and engage in what we know as da which is also called prayer. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding, but I am referring to the five daily prayers that start with a beautiful intention and then the words
Allahu Akbar, raising our hands and placing them where Allah has instructed us to place them and then ending it with a Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah on the right side and so on. So that is a Sala. It is by far one of the most important acts of worship but within the Salah, there is a certain position, that is by far the loftiest the most loved by Allah, the highest position, considered the position we're in which the son of Adam meaning humankind would be the closest to his Lord Subhana Allah kerabu Maja Kunal abdulah be the closest that a worshiper could be to his up to his Lord is, what is it? Well, who was sergeant, the position of sujood prostration. When you put your head on
the ground for Allah in a specific way, during the five daily prayers, there is no position that can be closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala than that in terms of worship or trying to gain that closeness to Allah. So my brothers and sisters, let's talk about it. We know that he believes the devil when he
was asked to Prostrate to Adam, that frustration was not a prostration of worship. But it was a frustration of acknowledgement of the status of Adam May peace be upon him, although it has become prohibited to prostrate to anyone or anything, for whatever reason, it may be, even if someone says Well, I am prostrating, but my intention is not worship, we as Muslim men believe that that would be prohibited. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection from engaging in any act of worship, or in any position posture that is displeasing to Allah when engaged for someone else or to someone else. So So Jude is solely for Allah, only and solely for Allah. That is one act of worship that He
has given us as a gift. And in the Sharia, that we follow the set of rules and laws that we follow, given to us by Allah subhanho wa Taala, through Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam we were taught that it's absolutely disallowed, we're not allowed to engage in prostration except for Allah subhanho wa Taala, no matter what the reason is, even if it is cultural, it still is prohibited to prostrate in the same way you would be prostrating in sujood for anyone or anything else. So it please did not engage in that prostration and Allah subhanho wa Taala says that he was arrogant he did not obey our instruction. And therefore he was a cursed, and at the same time, he was removed
from the goodness he had and he suffered the consequences, is still suffering the consequences and will suffer the consequences. May Allah protect us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us how we should be prostrating and this comes from the blessed lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says, who made it to us Judah, Allah subhana wa t a woman and Jabba why SHUT UP ashara B, D, and V. When we add a new one rook Bettini will operate off in a domain. He says I have been instructed to prostrate upon seven bones, the forehead, the forehead that is the top part of your head. And he pointed to his nose because that's considered one bone, it's part of your skull. So that is one bone
that must be on the ground. So part of your nose and your head.
Then he pointed out the hands and he pointed out the knees and he pointed out the tips of your toes. So Hannah law so the tips of your feet meaning your toes, your knees, your hands, your palms, as that makes six and then your skull made up of your forehead as well as part of your nose. That is the most complete way of prostrating for the sake of Allah. No other bones should be on the ground besides that, and that is what you call us to God for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala similarly, I just mentioned the Hadith where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says a caribou Maya Kunal Abdullah de wahoo, Sajid
the closest that a worshiper is to his Rob is when he is in the position of subdued and prostration that is the position it is the only position where in which men can get his head below his heart comfortably and still worship Allah praise Allah subhanho wa Taala Why do I mention the heart because the heart has to pump oxygenated blood to the brain. And usually when we're standing or sitting, the brain is above the heart in terms of gravity, and therefore it requires a little bit of an effort. But when you're in sujood, there is no effort that is required to that level. In fact, it becomes much much easier for the oxygenated blood to get to the to the to get to the brain. May
Allah grant us goodness good health and comfort. May Allah also make it easy for us to prostrate Take your time in frustration, my brothers and sisters, when we put our heads to what is considered the lowest possible level, meaning on the ground, and it has to be on the ground, when that head is on the ground. So hon Allah, we are calling out to Allah declaring his praise His greatness, and telling him that he is the greatest, the highest, the highest.
So at this juncture, while I'm Institute, my head would be upon the lowest position or posture, and I'm saying the one who made me is the highest. Look at the contrast who is the highest, who is the lowest Subhanallah I humble myself for Allah.
Allah will raise me mantova Allah He rafaela whoever engages in humbleness or becomes humble or shows humility for the sake of Allah, Allah will raise him and his status very, very high. May Allah grant us goodness in this world and the next and never embarrass us, my brothers and sisters, when we engage in sujood, a lot happens. We benefit, not only spiritually and within the obedience of Allah, which is our primary aim of sujood. your intention should be, I am engaging in what Allah has instructed me to engage in. I am worshipping Allah in the way that I was taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I want to please Allah. That is the intention. Whenever you go into
No one can go into servitude, saying, I'm only going into this position because of the benefits of the sujood upon my health, those are side benefits. It's not the primary intention ever. If that was your intention, again, you would be wrong. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us correct our intentions at all times. Remember, intention is key. So my brothers and sisters, when we go down there, one of the supplications were taught by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is to say, Subhana, Allah Subhana, Allah Subhana Allah, we repeat it a minimum of three times we could go on to five or seven or more. But that is one of the phrases of praise of Allah. We are glorifying Allah,
Glory be to Allah Subhana Allah be glory be to my hub, my Arab meaning the one who made me who is in control of my existence. In other words, the nourisher the cherishes the Sustainer, the provider, the protector, the cura, the one in whose hands lies, control of entire existence of mine and all other creatures. We are saying Glory be to my ob, but Allah, the highest, he is the highest. Well, we have to agree and we do believe he who made us the maker is indeed the highest, no one can be upon his position in any way whatsoever. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us an understanding. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that we should say good words. Similarly, there is another day that
we were taught by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
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prostrated for the one my head has prostrated for the one who has created it, who has fashioned it, meaning given it, its identification, everyone's face is different. So my face has actually prostrated for the one who has created it, the one who has fashioned it, the one who has slit, open its eyes so that I can see the one who has opened, burst open its ears so that I can hear so panela, Fatah, barakallahu acetylcarnitine. So Glory be to Allah Who is the best of creators, obviously, he is the only creator who creates from nothing, but we use the term best of creators, because men can only change what Allah has created from one position to another. For example, when people say, look
at what I made, they did not make it from nothing. They actually transformed it from one point to another. What they did is they took for example, the metal and they carved it into a motor vehicle. So they cannot say I made the motor vehicle by saying be and it is, that's not called a creator. It's actually someone who has transformed one thing that Allah made into another thing. But still Allah says, Allah is the best of creators, we believe he's the only creator. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deeper understanding. When we go into the position of sujood we're also asked to make do our make our meaning supplicate to Allah, it's the closest you could be to Allah.
Learn the beautiful supplications of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam learn to ask the almighty using beautiful words that were used by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam or that were mentioned by Allah subhanho wa Taala in return
halation these are the most powerful words, and we should try our best to learn them to use them to call out to Allah. May Allah make it easy for every one of us. And may Allah grant us our wish. But I want to raise the awareness of something else. Whenever you're sad. Whenever you're feeling anxious, whenever you don't know what's about to happen whenever there is uncertainty in your life, whenever people are trying to harm you. One of the best ways of benefiting yourself is to pray to units of prayer and to prolong your sujood listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says at the end of sudo to Legion to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He says Allah Cardinal mo k lb casado Gabby
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mean has GD y Buddha Rebecca had to come near the we know that it tightens your chest what they are saying.
What were they saying? Well, the people of Quraysh used to say nasty things to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam false accusations, words of belittling they tried to be liberal but they would never succeed because nobody can belittle the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam they mocked at they scoffed at and the only thing that happened was their own status was dropped. Never did that affect the status of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam but Allah says it tightened your chest we know it saddened you the reason why it saddened him was he was desperately seeking their guidance. And he was so sad that they were not listening and that it was going to be affecting them negatively. So
part of Nobu and Prophethood is that the messenger peace be upon him was very concerned about the guidance of those whom he was calling out to the dean and therefore whenever they rejected or mocked or scoffed at, etc, he would be saddened and the tightening of the chest refers to so many things. Allah says we know that what they're saying tightens your chest, but we want to advise you What did Allah advise him Subhana Allah, Allah says, For sub behind the Arabic declare the greatness of Allah, glorify Allah, declare the praise of Allah Alhamdulillah is referring to the praise for sub bit behind the Arabic declare the glorification and the praise of Allah. of You're the one who made
you think about he who made you and he who is in control of every aspect of your living right now. And every aspect of the living of all the creatures that he has made. And think about he whom you are going to return to that is your job. So Allah says, declare his praise glorify Him, and commit to God be from among those who are often engaged in prostration. redeem those who prostrate. So the prostration will help you overcome that hurt, that sadness, that anxiety, those negative feelings, what will help you prostration will help you my brothers and sisters. Take your time it's a gift of Allah. Go into that position and weep to Allah, cry to Allah praise Allah colau to Allah, do
whatever you would like to for the sake of Allah in that position in terms of the words you're going to say and cry to Allah. Remember, we're taught how to prostrate, but we're also taught by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that we are allowed to call out to Allah in that position of prostration. So get into that position and call out to Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us acceptance. Allah says at the end of surah 200 and it's a verse that I have already recited. Allah says, what about the rub back and worship your Lord until death comes to you until the end, until the very end. And this is what my brothers and sisters will actually help us. So remember, every
time there is uncertainty, you want to call out to Allah, what better thing to do, then to get up at a time that we know is the most blessing time to call out to Allah, which is the time of the 100 the last third of the night, and then to engage in the position or posture that we know would make us the closest to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and then weep to Allah and then cry to him knowing that he is calling out at that time saying who is there who is
Asking me that I can give them and we are busy in sujood in the highest possible posture, the best and the closest to Allah saying to him that yes, I am here Oh Allah, I need I am in need. I am calling out to you grant me Oh ALLAH and make sure that your supplications have good, they are positive. There are something you would be proud of. May Allah help us forgive people? May Allah help us call out to Him in a positive way. My brothers and sisters remember something we are not allowed to call out to anyone besides Allah, we cannot render sujood for anyone besides Allah subhanho wa Taala while
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La he had inshallah, to Jin Allah says, and indeed the places of prostration for Allah, so don't call out to anyone besides Allah, wa and then masajid msgid yes is one of the houses of Allah also referred to as Masjid, the houses of Allah all of them are referred to as masajid. But it is a place where your head is put down for Allah in frustration, it's called Masjid. So the places where your heads go down, in frustration for Allah belong to none other than Allah. So don't call out to anyone besides Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah make it easy for all of us. Remember, take your time in solitude.
Repeat the the supplication the praise of Allah declare his greatness and how high he is declared, how much in need you are of Allah, thank him for what he's given you and call out to Allah seeking whatever you wish, may Allah grant us our need, enjoy the subdued those of us who may not be so used to subdued or prolonged sujood.
Sometimes you may find it a little bit difficult to stay there for a while, but you will get used to it Where there is a will there is a way and if you are serious about it by his will his virtue, you will definitely be able to prostrate. I want to end off with one powerful reminder. Those of us who Allah calls towards prostration in this world, and we don't respond, Allah says when we call you in the hereafter to prostrate to us, you won't be able to do it there. Listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says
what are they can you down Ella Sue Judy well whom Sally Mo. They used to be called to prostrate while they were perfect, they were normal.
While they were on Earth, they were called to prostration. Five times a day. They did not prostrate for Allah so on this day, they will not be able to prostrate to Allah subhanho wa Taala remember this my brothers and sisters so therefore, when Allah calls us on the day of judgment or in the hereafter to prostrate to him, if you want to be a person who will be able to do that instantly immediately and enjoy it and taste the sweetness of it. You need to get used to it now on Earth. When the oven calls out Haryana Salah Haryana alfalah, come to prayer come to success. Remember, your success and mine lies in fulfilling the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. One of them. One
of the most powerful commands is that we pray for the sake of Allah. Enjoy your prayer. Take your time in these five daily prayers. See how you get closer to Allah. It's one of the first things that we're going to be asked about when we get into the hereafter our Salah, our prayer, the Hadith says if that was in order, and Okay, the rest of it is going to be in order and Okay, and if there was a difficulty with that, the rest of the accounting will be quite difficult May Allah make it easy for us, forgive our shortcomings, and make us regular with Salah make us from among those who truly enjoy solitude, who take our time in solitude, and who taste the sweetness of it in this world such
that we get to taste the sweetness of it in the hereafter Appu Kali hada or sallallahu wasallam Allah wa barik ala nabina Muhammad was Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh