The End Matters
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Mufti Menk Lecture
Topic: The End Matters
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah, Allah, he was happy to my, my beloved brothers and sisters, if we were to speak about the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu, the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, it would be impossible for us to cover every aspect of the lives of every one of them, get every one of them was a hero. And one thing that we learn definitely from the lives of the companions, that is a consolation to us, is that Allah subhanho wa Taala, judges you based on the ending, not based on the beginning, know, based on what happened in the middle. That's a very important point because all the companions of the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, one thing that was very, very clear about their lives, was the way it ended. And not the way it started. The way it started became irrelevant. And for all of us, for all of us, every one of us, it is a sign of great hope, because we may have started in the wrong way. In their case, they started off as non Muslims, all of them without a single exception, because there was no Nobu of prophethood that had come to Muhammad Sallallahu, Alayhi, wasallam, they started off as machete kin in a lot of cases, they used to worship idols and so many other things. And they were they used to consume alcohol, they used to do a lot in terms of oppression of others of the opposite
sex, whoever it was, and whatever it was. But as time passed, when the message came to them, some of them, it affected them immediately. Now, let's put it into today's context with us, for example, we see people who are not Muslim, we see people perhaps who are far from Islam, enemies of Islam, how do we look at them, look at the Sahaba for a moment, and tell yourself some of the best of the Sahaba were some of the greatest enemies of Islam at one stage. So this should instill within us a certain amount of hope, not only within ourselves, for ourselves, but even for those who are the main enemies of Islam. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala, if he once he will open those doors wider
than any of the doors open to you and I. So this is why when we see the enemies of Islam, it is a mistake to make a dua of destruction alone, but rather, we should say, Oh Allah, Oh Allah, guide them, soften their hearts, open their hearts towards Islam, if they want to harm us, protect us, and stop them in whatever way you feel fit.
If you are not going to guide them, then you deal with them in the best possible way, so that we are protected from their harm. Look at the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu and this is something amazing. I'm going to give you a few examples where when they started off, they started off on a very bad footing. And as time passed, some of them came immediately. When when the message came, some came immediately just like us, some of us are Muslims. But we are not taking our Deen seriously. We don't take Salah seriously halal Haram, we don't take it seriously. Sometimes some of us when we hear a message from Allah and His soul sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we turn quite quickly, whereas others
take a while. Don't lose hope. Each one will come at his time. Each one will come at his time. But don't delay regarding yourself because you don't know how long you're going to stay alive. So when it comes to others, we cannot shove down their throats certain things, nor can we guide them or issue the guidance, because it's not in our hands. But we can we can guide them in the sense that not perhaps make them walk on the path but let them know what is right and what is wrong. Because there are definitely two types of guidance that are spoken about in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. One is to show a person the way that is also called guidance. And the
other is to make them walk on the path that is only for Allah. It's also called guidance. So Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam was a guide to the straight path. We're in Nicoletta de la sala.
That name indeed you are a guide to the straight path. But Allah says in a gala demon,
you will not be able to guide whomsoever you wish. The two guidances are different. One is to show the path. Yes, he was showing the path whether or not they walk on the path that's now in the hands of Allah. We come to the masjid we hear a message. Do you know what Allah says? Why that give
keep reminding For indeed that type of reminder that is constant benefits those who truly believe. So this is why you hear what akima salata wha to sakata. In the Quran so many times you hear it in so many huddle. Every time you come to the masjid, you say the same mom is repeating the same thing correct, but not necessarily exactly the same wording, but the message is always the same. To obey Allah instruction to go away from his prohibitions. One day, it will affect you just like it has affected others before you. And one day it will affect others just like it affected you, by the help of Allah. So the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu they never gave up hope even in the battlefield, a man
like Khalid mindvalley mahira Ravi, Allah and if you take a look at him,
there was a skirmish that happened and the Battle of boyhood that took place and the amount of damage that was caused by solid linen. And at the time, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam did not give up on the man. What did he do? He kept making dua. Yes, they were defending themselves from his harm, but they kept making the hole not soften this man's heart or love bring him to the dean. Oh Allah, a man like Khalid so intelligent cannot be oblivious of the fact that Islam is the correct religion. He cannot be ignorant of that he's so intelligent. So Allah brought him along. And I want to give you another example of the fact that the end is what matters and not the beginning. Always
in Nirmala Amato will How are your deeds are judged based on how you ended how it was ending so can Allah you know you decide you're going to read Salah you start off and halfway through you break it and you're gone. What is that? That's not a complete Salah. But if you decide to lead salaried Salah when you say salaam aleikum, wa rahmatullah. Now you're talking now you've tried to do something Alhamdulillah May Allah make it easy for us. So, if you look at the beginning, the prophets of Allah salam, he was in Makkah with his companions, they started accepting Some were persecuted. Some of those who persecuted some others later on accepted Islam. So both of them entered into the mercy of
Allah. And there is a hadith which speaks about how Allah subhanho wa Taala is amazed at those whom they are fighting each other, but both of them are ultimately going to go into general, like Harley Davidson when he when he met some of the Muslims, but later on, he became a Muslim. And one of the conditions he said, I hope that I'm forgiven for what I've done. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam told him Yeah, Khalid, in Islam, a Jew, Puma tabla Oh, Khalid, Islam, the minute you accept it, it deletes everything that happened in the past. So now he started the new slate and inshallah he will also be perhaps from amongst those in general for those with with us nella grant agenda. You know,
the perhaps was more for us than for them because for them there was a habit of the law and home. But for us, we ask Allah Subhana, Allah to give us gentleness. So then they came the the persecution of Makkah, to the degree that they had to leave their homes, Think for a moment the challenges we have in our lives. I don't think in the case of a lot of us sitting here today, we've been driven out of our homes. Yes, that has happened to others across the globe. They've been driven out of their homes, only Allah knows how long they will be in a land on a land that is not actually their homeland. It is happening those who are across the globe in war zones, etc. But is it a sign of the
anger of Allah or the fact that Allah has a plan for them? It's definitely the latter. How do we know this? Because it happens to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam when he was driven out of his home, in from Makkah, Tomoko Rama, and they arrived in Madina munawwara they had no idea how long it was going to take, whether it was going to be everlasting, or whatever, Bart, what they knew is allow us their Lord, he would provide for them, they had yaqeen and conviction that Allah is the Lord he is going to provide. So as a result of this conviction, you know what Allah tested that conviction. And with you know, this is dedicated to those who are really suffering, may Allah subhanho wa Taala,
grant us ease. Our brothers and sisters, be they in Syria or Afghanistan or Yemen, wherever they may be across the globe. The places are too many to mention.
But wherever they've been driven out, comfort to them is that when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam left Makkah, he was quite sad, but he knew that Allah had a plan, and he knew that this plan was going to end with a victory. He knew it Subhana Allah, He knew the plan was going to end with the victory but for a move. In the meantime, we had struggles, what were the struggles, they took our wealth, they took our properties. They drove us out, not just ourselves, but whoever. After that. They came to where we went. You see two things happen when they went to public
SR Quraysh sent a group to Abba Sr. To follow them to say, No, we don't even want them to have peace somewhere else. What was hurting them? You wanted us to go, we went away. Now you're coming to the new place also to cause a problem. So behind Allah, but Allah subhanho wa Taala His mercy was such they found a just ruler. When there is justice, there is hope. May Allah Subhana Allah, Allah grant us hope, and grant us justice. I mean, so later on when they went to Madina, munawwara again, the machine made an army to fight them. Look, it's not enough that you have gone we're going to come where you went. And you know, when we're not going to just send a little delegation, this time,
we're going to bring an army and fight you. So panela they brought one army, another army, you know, the battles that took place, the first one, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and his companions decided, rightfully, that, you know, all our wells that they took everything that they took, they have gathered it and they sent for a business caravan to a sham. And when they went to a sham, the money that was used for those caravans, in today's words, we would use the word containers, you know, the containers that were now being brought from a sham. That money was ours, so we need to go and get it back. A small group of people 330 men, they decided let's go they didn't even have proper
weaponry, etc. They went and when they met a boo soufiane it was in a totally different place. The path had changed the days at James they had called for for for backup. In fact, they didn't even meet the same people they made more and others who came from Mankato karma, some had left than the others came through muslimeen 313 the machinery came more than three times that number Subhan Allah, but Allah wanted something to happen, what was it? Allah says, we will give you a taste of victory. Today, we are going to give you a taste. These people are harassing you, they are troubling you they have come to harm you, they took your wealth, they they did whatever they followed you to have a
shot to have a senior, then you now when you went to Madina, munawwara they're following you there. And now what's happening, they are fighting you, we are going to make sure that you taste a bit of victory. What happened, the Battle of butter, they won, they won the muslimeen one against all odds, and they went back to Madina munawwara victorious then the machines had suffered a defeat. But guess what? It was not the end. Because the enemy still exists, there needs to be a solution. How is it going to come? I don't know. When is it going to come? We don't know. But it's going to come. Because we have conviction in Allah yaqeen that yaqeen will drive you whether it takes one year or
10 years, the end will definitely be the decisive one. Like we said, everything is judged based on the ending, not on the beginning.
In the middle, you might sway this way that way. So then they went again, when they went to gain the Battle of the muslimeen suffered quite a bit of defeat. They suffered quite a bit there. There was not a decisive victory for either party, but there was a lot of loss
in the part of the Muslim team, because of the non following of the instructions of the prophets of Salaam, what happened as a result, let me let you know, as a result of that the yaqeen of the meaning became stronger because they knew if we follow this instruction of the messenger, we will win when we didn't that's why we lost.
So they became strong, powerful, they knew we are not wrong, we are right. And we are following the profits are seldom and we will follow him to the tee. You know
Subhan Allah, the Sahaba used to ask like, it's reported that once he asked
me not on the straight path, he says yes, we are Subhanallah so some of the weaker companions followed up by asking, so how is it that we are not we are struggling? Okay, so panela the victory is for Allah subhanho wa Taala victorious voila, we have to do what Allah wants us to do.
And the day will come when we will see that victory indeed. And that's why thereafter, there was another battle known as the Battle of 100. Again, the kuffaar were chased away by the forces of Allah and the armies that they could not see but they could feel.
Allah says it clearly in the Quran. And Allah
that Allah sent down armies that they didn't see you couldn't see.
And then the wind came in what else came in the weather and they drove these people back to Makoto karma, they lost, they lost. But still, there was no long term solution. You know, when there is an enemy at a distance, and you managed to throw a few stones for example, at the lion and the lion goes away, but you're still in the same forest. You're worried it might come back, right? There has to do something has to happen for that lion, to be gone.
For good, unless it becomes tame Subhan Allah. So what happened? They then decided at a certain point, let's go for hombre.
Allahu Akbar. Look at the noble decision of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam inspired by Allah subhanho wa Taala. taking his companions, we want to go and do any bother. This is bait to learn Haram. It's the house of Allah, it belongs neither you neither to you know, to me, it belongs to Allah. We want to go there. We want to worship Allah without hindrance. That's what we want no hindrance. So what happened? They went when they went, they were not allowed. Now imagine the nabbing of Allah is not allowed. But look at the broader picture. That was the beginning of the victory. So Panama, he wasn't allowed. What happened, you're not allowed to come in here. Then there was rumor that the man
who they sent to speak to the other party was actually murdered. That was a rumor, but it resulted in something even better, what was it we became stronger, our King became more powerful. That's the lesson conviction
is not your Lord. Yes, he is one law, he I swear by Allah who has raised the seven heavens, he will help you. There's no ways that he can let you down impossible for that to happen. Even when the Buddha came to the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and had deja vu for a little while, and had told him that you are such a good man, you fulfill the rights of the of the needy, the orphans, the poor, you look after this and you do so much of good never can you be let down by Allah, you know, what were the words color, wala hilarya physique Allah Who?
Never Allah will definitely not let you down. I swear by Allah Subhana Allah, He will never betray you or let you down. How can I do that? So what happened thereafter? They did not allow them to make their own road. They said no, go back. So they struck a treaty and I'd like you to look at the treaty. inshallah, at some stage, maybe if Allah gives us the opportunity, we should go through one or two of the points and see what happened because Allah He brings about lots of comfort to the heart. Everything that looked so negative was actually the key to the doors of victory. That's what it was. It looks so negative, but it was the key to the door victory. Allah opened the doors. They
said take this out. The Sahaba said that's not v. Nabi Salam Salam said, Take it out. They said, right, change this, the Sahaba Milano said that's not fair. Maybe salatu salam said, change it. And so many things like this happened. It definitely seemed like it was a loss. They, they wanted to go back in a disgruntled way. But they were verses revealed by Allah.
At the point of the dip of the low imagine you and I go to Makkah, and we're not allowed to enter, how will your return journey be? Tell me? I don't think we've even thought of it. How will your return journey be? It will be the saddest journey ever, ever.
But the prophet SAW Selim was given versus, in
indeed, we have granted you a clear victory. How is it the victory? asked some of the Sahaba of the law and how is this a victory? Is it a victory? It is indeed a victory by law saying it's a victory. It's a victory? How? I don't know. You don't know. But let's wait and see. So they struck a deal. There was a peace deal between the two parties. And people were, you know, the Sahaba were quite sad some of them initially, because they wanted to ask a question what is happening here, we gave up we were supposed to make our oma we didn't, we're going back without anything, we didn't gain anything. So as time passed, they remained steadfast. They continue to worship Allah, they spent every moment
they had to spread the deen far and wide, so much so that during that short period of time, they had spread the message of Islam to the east and the west, and all over because it gave them a chance. That piece gave them an opportunity to grow. So they grew. And they have now a following from all over Subhanallah far and wide, and Islam grew much bigger than what it was at the time of the treaty. So the piece was needed in order to ensure the growth and it grew.
When it grew, Allah subhanho wa Taala divine plan had it such that these people would break the treaty resulting in the Muslims declaring that our treaty is over because you breached it. We have an agreement, you breached it. When you breach it. It's no longer on our side valid because it's broken. Not from
us from you. When that happened, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam prepared all the men 1000s of men. They marched on to Makkah nice beautiful reading the lbs and whatever else they might have been. And they just marched on to mark. And they marched in such a way that there was no way that that enemy would ever rear its ugly head again. Never. Because it's over. The story is over. They knew it too, because when Abu sufian met the Prophet sallallahu Sallam outside Makkah, he knew Hey, I'm the leader of courage. We've been hassling these people for a long, long time, two decades. Pamela 20 years from Nobu and a bit more. We've been hassling them. And this was the most beloved unto Allah
with the his companions who were the highest after the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they hustled them for how many years? 20? What did they do to them? everything you can think of? They did it. And at the end, Abu sufian decided, you know what, it's time to accept Islam. It's time to submit and surrender to me. He said, Yes, it's the truth. It reminds me of something else around right at the end, he was a wealthy man, powerful man. He had lots of money, lots of authority. Right at the end, he says,
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in, I am believing that there is none worthy of worship besides the God of Israel,
which means not mean he is to call himself a god. But Allah. Right at the end, he also had to admit it was a little bit too late. But in the case of Abu Sufyan and the others, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam made peace in such a way that it was known as fat, NACA, look at how it ended, all the trouble, the turmoil, the turbulence, the harm, the fighting, the killing, was forgotten, completely forgiven, completely and totally wiped out, besides being written as a record of history for every one of us to learn from that. That's why today we are talking about it. So the moral of this entire lesson today was, don't lose hope.
Your conviction victories for Allah, it will come and it is coming. But it will take time and conviction is something that is really needed. You need to have yaqeen you need to keep growing. Don't stop. If you pause, you lose the Sahaba. Delano did not pose voila, he a day will come when the victory will be dished out by Allah, and it will be so clean and so clear that it will be seen.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us all in whatever little ways each one of us may be struggling. Remember, after the darkest hour, there will always be daybreak. No matter what you are going through in your small world. For you. It's a big issue for me, it's a big issue. But in comparison to what I just mentioned about the companions, our problems are minute they are small, yet, victory came to them. Do you think that Allah cannot give it to us? May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, may Allah grant us ease and goodness what a powerful lesson we learn from the dedication of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, what a great Subhana Allah moment It must have been
when the victory came. And the province of Barcelona told them is Habu fun to move to LA? We don't want to talk about what happened in the past. Let's move you guys can all go You are forgiven. You are free move. So panela just by that gesture, a lot of them accepted Islam. A lot of them accepted Islam. And guess what the prophet SAW Selim decided and I'm going to end on this note. He said, Yes, we were born in Makkah.
It is indeed the place of our forefathers. But I will return to Medina Subhan Allah, I will return to Medina mono, it became more beloved to him than his own city of birth. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and victory in our own lives. Upon okoli ha that was Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah Abraham the satanic alarm will become the condition of Allah, Allah, Allah and