Channel: Mufti Menk
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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah. He was early, he was happy to join my beloved brothers and sisters. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. We know that we've heard it, we believe in it. And we consider it part of our faith and the Islam that we have actually accepted and surrendered to. May Allah Almighty make it easy for us and may He be pleased with us. May he help us and guide us to fulfill all the pillars of this Deen in a beautiful way? You go back to Ibrahim alayhis salam, what was his call? He called towards the worship of one Allah, one deity, the supreme God, the One who created absolutely
everything. You look at the Quran, Allah Almighty makes mention of this young boy who grew up in a community where his own father was responsible, not just for worshipping the stones and the idols and so on. But he spread it. And he continued to question his father, he said, these stones cannot hear you, they cannot see you. They cannot talk to you. They cannot move. They cannot help themselves. How will they help you? So this was the question. Similarly, if anyone were to inflict any harm on the stones, they themselves would not be able to do anything. And Ibrahim alayhi salam continued to question when the questions were posed to his parents as well as a few others, they
became angry they became upset. And what did they say? They immediately resorted to threats because they didn't want to be questioned. You're not allowed to question Do as your forefathers have done? What Jelena
Lucha biddin We found our forefathers worshipping these idols, these stones, these artifacts, these things that were carved and made by us, we made them we worshipped them, we found our forefathers doing the same thing. So we expect you not to question not to ask but to surrender. But the inquisitive mind of this young child, Allah Almighty had designed that he would question you would say, but why? Why are you worshiping this country? You worship something much more powerful than this? So what is there of power? Ibrahim alayhi salam was threatened if you begin to question we are going to
kick you out of this community or throw you out of the community. If you begin to question, we're going to burn you in a fire, we will create a huge furnace and we will burn you. In fact, just prior to the threat of burning, Ibrahim Ali salaam decided that these people are not listening to me. So let me
destroy these idols one day. And let's see what happens. And very sharp, the young boy, when everyone went out one day, he stayed behind the saying I'm not feeling too well. And obviously he wasn't too well in the sense that spiritually everything was going wrong. And so he decided he said, You know what, I am going to destroy the idols and I leave the one the biggest one, and that big one, I'm going to hang the axe that I used in order to destroy all of these on that particular big one. And when they came back from their worship or wherever they had gone for the festival, they noticed the idols were broken. Fragile Ah hum Judah then in Kabira, Allahu La La, la he LG own, he
made them into pieces, except for the big one so that when they came back, they could ask questions. When they asked him a question. Mustafa Bialy Hatena, who has done this to our our gods. So someone says something fatten you have Kuru, whom we heard a young boy mentioned them. You call Allah Who Ibrahim His name is Ibrahim. They went to Ibrahim. And they asked him a question.
And they in fact, brought him in front of everyone. What was the question? And for Altova Biale Hatena Yeah, Ibrahim, did you do this to our gods? Oh, Ibrahim. He says Kabiru Hamada first Allume he didn't say it was the big one leases this big one here. Ask it. Ask it. First alone in Canada LT call if these things actually speak ask it. Let's see. Obviously they were not even going to face the big one and say who did this to you because they knew that this is not the way so then they immediately became angry with the brain. And they say the some of them said burn him and
They then made the fire they then threw him into it. They catapulted him according to some of the integrations into that fire. And Allah says, Now Cooney burden was salam and Allah Ibrahim miracle number one, Allah says, We told the fire, be cool for Ibrahim,
and you be a means of peace for this young boy. So the fire was instructed by the Lord of the fire. Anyway, Ibrahim Ali Salam was saved and mashallah, it is reported that even the shackles he was tied with were burned, but not him. His skin was intact. And he emerged from it so beautifully, and they saw it but they still reject it. So as he continued, he went to Haoran a different place who had accepted his message, hardly anyone, just his wife, his nephew, that's it initially, they were very few people and then it grew a little bit. But that particular stage, what was the call, he is searching for the one to worship? Who is worthy of me putting my head on the ground for he
questioned, is the stars, is the star perhaps worthy of it? Or are the stars worthy of it? No, they are not because they disappear. What about the moon? The moon also sets so that is not worthy of worship either? The sun is huge. Is it worthy of worship? No, it's not. Why because it sets as well. So he says at the end of the day Subhanallah when he questioned and asked and searched and looked and continue to ask and think he says what Jeff toward you here, I've turned my face, the levy Fatah sama what you want are the honey fun. I turned my face to the One Who created the heavens and the earth, the skies in the earth,
in worship, only purely upright, and I'm not from among those who associate worship meaning associate partners with Allah Almighty. So he says I'm going to worship the one who made everything and Allah Almighty loved this. Allah says waha Jehol calm which people came to him and questioned Him, they argued with him, Carla to her journey Villa you arguing with me about Allah what God had done, and he has guided me and they were worried about the idols. He says, How can I be worried about the idols? And you guys are not worried about the fact that you have associated partners with the Lord of the Worlds? He says kafer afar for Marsh Rocco, how can I fear that which you have
associated as partners with the maker alone, while at the Hunan commercial auction? Billa Marla Nunez will be here at a console panna he says, and how can how can that be? You guys are not even fearing the one who has created you and you're associating partners with him. You're supposed to be more in fear than I am for a unified Ukrainian or hakobyan M What a powerful question which one of the two groups are more deserving of peace, of calmness of tranquility, of contentment, of goodness of uprightness, which one of the two groups is more deserving of that?
You know, the question is simple. Are you very tiny to being an in quantum Telemon? If only but you knew Alladhina amanu Well, Emile de su Imana homebuilt. Volume, Willa eCola, Holman and Wahoo moto don't, what a powerful verse Allah says. The response obviously comes Alladhina amanu. Those who believe Willemijn be su Imana home belong and they have not contaminated that belief, with association of partners with Allah Allume here is referring to shake or association of partners with Allah, those who have believed and have only worshipped Allah and none other than Allah. Allah says for them is true peace. For them is calmness, contentment, peace in this world peace in the grave
peace in the hereafter will like Allahu Allahu Mota don't they are the ones who are rightly guided. And Allah says what till kaha Jonah Artina Ibrahim Allah call me that is the evidence the strong powerful evidence that we gave Abraham May peace be upon him. Ibrahim alayhi salam against his own people.
Till go Jonah Artina Ibrahim Allah call me now fauda Raja Ataman Masha, Allah says we raise the status of whomsoever we wish.
In Nara, Baca Hakeem Allah, Allah, your Lord is indeed most wise, most knowledgeable. And Allah Almighty says, what will happen Allah who is harkaway acaba, we granted him children and grandchildren and great grandchildren and progeny of Prophets, Isaac, Jacob and so on mentioning the one lineage later on Allah mentions the other lineages that have his mail and it goes
down all the way to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but the lineage of the Prophet is hardcore Isaac May peace be upon him. You have Jacob thereafter you have Joseph Benjamin, so many others use of Alayhis Salam, Binyamin allihies alayhi wa sallam May Allah's peace be and blessings be upon all of them. So Allah says, This was Ibrahim, he argued he, with his people, he discussed with them, he presented to them he answered questions, he he fielded questions, and Subhanallah, he questioned at the same time. And all of it was to do what?
To search for who is worthy of worship. And that's where the statement comes from La Ilaha illa Allah, there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, Who is Allah,
the maker who made absolutely everything he alone deserves to be worshipped, and none other than Him. So this is Allah Who believes that you will July Lord of the world. Imagine here is a young man telling people don't worship the sticks. Don't worship the stones don't worship, the idols don't worship people don't worship trees, don't worship, animals don't worship anything. Worship is only for the one who made us so say, Oh, you who made me You are the only one who is deserving of worship. None is worthy of worship besides you who made me. And then when you engage in your acts of worship, you constantly ensure that it is only for the one who made you, number one, number two is
then you have the prophets of Allah who came down to teach you how to worship Allah. Ibrahim Alayhi. Salam himself was a prophet of Allah, Allah taught him what to do. And that's why Allah instructed him even to travel for Ibrahim alayhi salam, the travel under the instruction of Allah was an act of worship. So if he did it only and solely for Allah, it was an act of worship. And that's what he did. When Allah told him
to leave his family in the barren land of Makkah, he left them there Hotjar May peace be upon her Ismail, who he had after so many years. So he left them there. It was a difficult situation, but it was for Allah. My maker has asked me to leave them and go, he will take care of them. That's the conviction. That's the lesson. The call of Ibrahim obey Allah's instruction, worship Him alone. Ibrahim alayhis salam, if you look at him carefully, you will notice that he was tested a lot with his family with his the people around him he had to leave some of them he had to do something he had to build the house sacrifice of His Son, Ismail, and so much more. Every time he passed the test,
and he was tested with something bigger and SubhanAllah. his community and his people didn't like him. Initially, they actually drove him out. When he went out Where did he go? He went to Iran. He continued he went further. And this is why it stretches from beta like this from Mecca. tbaytel, mark this Maccha all the way to Baytril mark this Jerusalem, all of that Ibrahim alayhi salam connected to all these places, one after the other. And he moved, and he traveled a lot at that time, there was no transport as there is today. So amazing. What was the call the call was to worship Allah alone, my brothers, my sisters, have you heeded that call? Do you worship Allah alone?
Do you ask yourself? Am I worshiping a person? Do I render an act of worship to a thing, to wealth to something else, to a stick or a stone? Or a tree or a grave? Or a person? If it is an act of worship? You're not allowed to render it for anyone, or anything? Besides he who made you? That's the essence of la ilaha illAllah. You say you and I say the meaning of it and claim that we declare it? What is the declaration, there is none worthy of worship. Those two words worthy of worship, are of essence here, none worthy of worship. So there are so many deities being worshipped besides Allah, but are they worthy of worship? The answer is no. That's why when you say La Ilaha illa Allah
in the Arabic language, there is something called Nephi. And if bad, you are denying deities besides Allah and you are confirming that Allah is the only Deity Who is Allah, my maker, the one who made me That's it, whoever made me now in our heaven, Allah, there is none worthy of worship besides Him who made me. So let's take a look at this.
If you are to translate it as there is no there is no law there is no God but Allah, one might argue with you and say no, there are so many gods besides Allah, but are they worthy of worship? No, they're not.
So there is no God worthy of worship besides Allah
As for the gods that exist, according to the understanding of people, they're just things that are being worshipped that we would believe are not worthy of worship. Right? So that's why whenever we translated we say La Ilaha illa Allah there is none worthy of worship besides Allah. Muhammad Rasul Allah, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the messenger of Allah. Now, in the same way if someone lived at the time of Ibrahim alayhis salam, the second part of the statement would be Ibrahim Rasulullah. Ibrahim is the messenger of Allah
Yaqoob Rasul Allah, Musa Rasulullah, Isa rasool Allah, and so on Jesus is the messenger of Allah Musa is the Moses is the messenger of Allah. Abraham is the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Ibrahim alayhi salam called out to Allah a lot part of this call of Ibrahim he his message was primarily one thing and that is worship Allah alone no one else nothing deserves to be worshipped. worshipped besides Allah look in the Arabic language when they're explaining La ilaha illallah everyone says Lama Abu Dhabi acting Illa Allah, llama Buddha be acting Illa Allah, there is no true deity besides Allah, there is no one worthy of worship
besides Allah. There goes. So this is the message of about Ibrahim alayhis salam and it is so convincing Allah calls it a Hoja Allah calls it a an evidence, Allah calls it something powerful convincing the evidence the delille
that you present to say listen, have you are worshiping What are you worshiping? are you worshiping anything or anyone besides he who made you now guess what, when someone makes you he can make again and again, if he made you from nothing, and transformed you into soil and clay and then transformed you into a droplet of semen and you continued and your species came about from nothing initially, to resurrect you is even easier. So when you die, where will you go? You're so sophisticated. Oh man, you have a brain you have feelings. You have a heart, you have connections, you have relations. You toil you work hard, you have so much of goodness, you looking forward to it. Do you really think
that when you die, it's the end all it's it is the end of everything? No, it cannot be. That's why Ibrahim alayhi salam continued to say oh my lord have mercy on me the day I returned to you have mercy on me on the day of judgment. Oh, Allah led to Cassini yo Mobifone, jambalaya and fowl Marlin wala balloon, do not disgrace me on the day that you resurrect everyone, because I know I am. And this is simple thinking, by the way, very simple thinking to say, Look at me, I want to meet you, whoever is on the other side of the screen watching this right now. I'd like to meet you one day, perhaps we can greet each other, we can talk to each other, we can know each other with purity with
goodness. And perhaps we might have a few questions for each other. We might want to discuss something love about something, perhaps be sad together about something or whatever it might be anything. When am I going to get that opportunity when this world is so finite, this world is so narrow, this world is so limited. And I'm such a complicated creature of Allah, the most complicated as humankind, humankind, the brains, we have the posture, we have the understanding, we have the abilities and capacities we have mind boggling every day, we will be discovering more about ourselves. And every day, we will continue to discover more about the creation of the Almighty until
the end, man thinks he is very intelligent look at all the telescopes that they've sent billions of kilometers away. The telescopes are discovering more and more planets and galaxies and coming back to us with information of things we never ever dreamt off. And imagine these planets, the Earth is one of the smallest ones of them. And we are so excited that we own it. We don't even know much about the rest of it. And we think we did, or we thought we did and we think we do. But Allah says Hang on, oh man, you know nothing. You've been given a droplet of knowledge. And that's the reason why every day we're discovering more about ourselves because of the greatness of the maker. And
everyday we're discovering more about the environment because of the greatness of the maker. Do you really think you're going to just disappear into thin air the day that you die? Absolutely not. So Oh, you who made me have mercy on me the day I'm returned to you, or you who made me, grant me goodness in this world and the next. That's the call of Ibrahim alayhis salam, the call of Ibrahim alayhi salam Allah speaks of the supplications during the Hajj and one of them that is mentioned in the Quran Robina Artina for dunya Hassan waffleh ferati Hassan Joaquina Domina O Allah grant us goodness in this world and grantors goodness in the hero
After and save us from the punishment of the fire. So it's amazing how Ibrahim alayhi salam, the call is towards worshipping Allah alone, but he called out to Allah to say, Oh Allah protect me and my offspring, grant us, myself and my family, my progeny, goodness, those who believe ALLAH says even those who don't believe we will give them goodness in the world temporarily, we will grant them and that's the reason why you see the people who don't believe in Allah. They are also being granted a lot of goodness because that's the promise of Allah. But my brothers, my sisters, Ibrahim alayhi, Salam asked for Maccha to become a place that the hearts of the people inclined towards. I'm
inclined towards it, are you? Well, that was the call of Ibrahim to Allah. When we say the call of the Prophet Ibrahim, we speak about to heat, the Oneness of Allah worshiping Allah alone. That was the primary core, the foundation that's the reason why Allah chose him as a Helene because he was chosen by Allah from the very beginning anyway. And do you know that he is connected to Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that's all his progeny, those who came after him the prophets from his family.
And Allah loved him. He sacrificed he was true to Allah. Allah tested him and he was true. Every word he relied on Allah, He trusted Allah. He knew he belonged to Allah Kalinina Salah T Hello Sookie Yama here Iam Amati Lillahi Rabbil Alameen say?
My prayer, my sacrifice,
my life, my death all for Allah subhanho wa taala. Whatever I do, belongs to Allah, I belong to Allah. I'm ultimately going to return to Allah, Allah Almighty. So he asked Allah for goodness for Maccha the hearts of the people to incline that they be given produce that they be granted safety, security, look at the place Subhan Allah, look at the place Subhan Allah, have you thought of it? When you answer the call of Allah see what happens when you call out to Allah? See, because when Allah called out will called you to do something you listened and obeyed to the best of your ability. Allah Almighty definitely will grant you sometimes not immediately because he knows what's
best for you. But he will always give you so don't lose hope in the Mercy of Allah here is Hodge, we're talking about the broader benefits of Hajj and guidelines and so on. We have to speak about the call of the Prophet Ibrahim alayhi salam from both angles. One is that message that he had and two is when he called out to Allah. What did he ask for? He asked for goodness, oh Allah. Keep us steadfast on the dean. Oh ALLAH from my children, make them on the deed keep them on this path. How many of us continuously pray that our children remain steadfast worshiping their maker alone in the Abrahamic faith of Islam? How many of us make dua supplicate to Allah Almighty regularly to keep us
rightly guided? We're supposed to be concentrating in prayer when we say Dena Serrata musta came guide us to the straight path. That's Allah. But Ibrahim alayhi salam says, not just me. Oh Allah.
Allah, Jelena. Muslimeen Ilica I mean, do RIA Tina Omata Muslim Metallica. Oh Allah arena mana Seacon. O Allah show us what we have to do in order to worship you correctly. And oh Allah make us submit as the two of us Ibrahim and this may make us submit as unto you and from our offspring, our children, make them submitters unto you, Oh Allah, let them submit May Allah granted to us and our offspring.
May Allah keep us and our children steadfast in submission, worshiping Allah alone and constantly asking themselves do I worship my maker alone? Or have I added things if we've added things here is the time the Hajj is a reflection to actually wash
whatever dirt there might be, in our worship, may Allah forgive us. And may Allah grant us that steadfastness and purity of worship. Remember, when we say if last, something that is harmlessly last solely and only for Allah sincerely for Allah, it is more or less it is only for Allah, no one else. I read my Quran I do my vicar, my remembrance of Allah. I do good deeds, I help people I do. All of that is for Allah. And all of that is for the pleasure of my maker. He's instructed I have read about it. I have seen what the messengers have had to say, and I have adopted, I made sure I worship none other than Him. And I made sure that I'm kind to the creatures that he has created and
kept me in coexistence with SubhanAllah. That's amazing. So Ibrahim alayhis salam was a kind man
He was a beautiful man. He was a very wise man. Allah has blessed him in so many different ways. And Allah tested him one after the other. He passed all of those tests. Imagine if you take a look at the son, he was in love with his son after how many years did he have? That particular son?
Is my Ismail Alayhis Salam, may peace be upon them all. And Allah says, We know you love him so much. We know you're connected with him.
Who do you love more? To love Allah? Or do you love something Allah has given you? Obviously we love what Allah has given us. But Allah comes first. We want to test you. Allah says, We want you to sacrifice how obviously this is Revelation, Revelation has stopped. No one can come today and say, Oh, Allah has instructed me in the dream to sacrifice so and so and so on. So not at all. There's no more Revelation, Revelation has stopped in Kabbalah. Revelation has stopped, but it was a messenger of Allah.
And Allah Almighty says, we tested him, he went ahead and tried to fulfill that in fact, he was fulfilling it when Allah replaced the child with a ram Subhanallah from Jana, and Allah Almighty told him Oh, Ibrahim, you are true, you have been very true Subhanallah to the instruction that we gave you and to us, you've been very, very true. Law says that was the greatest test. I mean, who who else was ever tested with that, and Allah has kept the sacrifice not just on an annual basis all over the world but in the Hajj as a part of it, it is there to it is there to the entire hajis a celebration and at the same time, a cleansing cleansing for what your heart and your soul your acts
of worship and your connection with Allah. That's what it is. It is a resetting of everything in a beautiful way, whatever machinery is, if I can call it that within yourself so myself like a motor vehicle every so often you need to service it, something's gone wrong the fuel, whatever, whatever it may be, you reset it, you re adjusted you overhaul it, you actually ensure that everything is done proper so that it works once again. You've renewed it. You come back home, clean, clean, pure mashallah new beginning May Allah Almighty crowd that to us, may Allah make it easy for those who are going for Hajj. This call of Ibrahim very important wherever you go in Makkah, you will have
memories of Ibrahim alayhis salam in Mecca in the MATA if there is something known as El MACOM Maqam Ibrahim, Allah mentions it in the Quran with the Hebrew Maqam Ibrahim Musa Allah, Allah mentions it in the Quran, and the prayer that is that is made in that vicinity. And Allah subhanho wa Taala has instructed us through Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam, when you circumambulate that cab, after seven rounds, you should fulfill two units of prayer in that direction of the Hara. In fact, facing the Kaaba, obviously, but behind somewhere behind Maqam Ibrahim in that sort of section of the entire harem, there's no specified place, but somewhere in that particular portion of the Hara. And
what is that makom it is the footprints of Ibrahim alayhi salam It is reported there was a stone that Allah had sent in order for Ibrahim alayhis salam to be taken up, just like what we would use a ladder for, to be taken up to put the stones to build the Kaaba, and then it would come down automatically pick up the next don't take it up, and the stones were interlocking, and they were fitting one another. That was a gift a miracle of Allah. Just like when no Hala is Salam Noah was building the ark. It's reported that he planted the trees and each one of the trees automatically fitted like a jigsaw with the next one. And he knew as though they were numbered from Allah. And
that's how it was built and people saw the miracle, but they still denied the message. They saw the miracles with these prophets of Allah they denied the message.
Will you deny the message? Will you worship deities besides Allah? Will you worship anyone besides he who made you? Will you put your head on the ground for anyone besides he who made you?
Will you declare worship of any sort for anyone or anything besides Allah? I'll tell you a Muslim says Lila and Allah nun worthy of worship, besides Allah, the one who made me, the one whom I'm going to return to owe you who, whom I'm going to return to have mercy upon me. The day I returned to you, I am convinced that we have a much better place that we are going to a much better place than where we are right now that we are going to be returning to and Allah Almighty will grant us He has promised what ever you wish at that time in that place. You will give
Do so let's look forward to that paradise. And we ask Allah to forgive all our shortcomings strengthen us. And really we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in the same way that Allah has blessed Ibrahim alayhi salam and his offspring in his family and the families on all sides aku loco li ha ha SallAllahu ala Nabina Muhammad was Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh