The Search for Peace : Back to Basics

share this pageShare Page
Mufti Menk

Channel: Mufti Menk

Episode Notes

Jumu’ah Lecture, London 19 July 2019

Episode Transcript

© No part of this transcript may be copied or referenced or transmitted in any way whatsoever. Transcripts are auto-generated and thus will be be inaccurate. We are working on a system to allow volunteers to edit transcripts in a controlled system.


00:00:02--> 00:00:10

Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Hilary Hayden Ali hazama canina de la la Donna La

00:00:12--> 00:00:21

Villa Himanshu young fusina woman say Melina Maja de la bufala Medina. Woman ugreen who Fela hadiya who was

00:00:22--> 00:00:22

in

00:00:24--> 00:00:30

the hula sharika lahu eyeshadow Ana Mohammed Abu Rasulullah Sophia who

00:00:31--> 00:01:27

was hero to whom in Philippi salatu wa salam O Allah Allah, Allah Subhan Kiran Amanda tabula honeybear de la Takuya momento una de la la he for me to have Kowloon of sim Casa but wahome la vida moon, my brothers and sisters, we should be developing what is known as takua or the consciousness of Allah. We should be developing the correct relationship with Allah. We call ourselves Muslim, we follow a religion known as Islam. If you were to ask people, what is the meaning of Islam, they will either tell you it means peace, or they will say it means submission. Why is it that many of us are still complaining that the lives we are leading are very far from being peaceful.

00:01:28--> 00:02:24

If we were to look at the issue of peace, we would realize that it is only by going back to the basics that we will be able to achieve that peace. always remind yourself of the ingredients of peace that are given by Allah subhanho wa Taala. I am in search of peace and so are you. I would like to see a continuation of the peace that I feel. I would like to see a growth of that peace. I would like to share that peace with others. I would like to see peace not only in this world, but in the next as well. If you were to look at the first ingredient, the most important ingredient of this piece, it is known as Shahada t Allah ilaha illAllah Muhammad and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi

00:02:24--> 00:03:06

wasallam. As simple as that may sound, it is the cornerstone of achieving inner and outer peace, the meaning of the term La Ilaha Illa. Allah is I will not worship anyone besides Allah, I will only rent the acts of worship for Allah. I will never ever render any act of worship for anyone besides Allah. That is the meaning of La ilaha illAllah. Many of us if I were to ask you, what is the meaning of La ilaha illAllah we would say there is none worthy of worship besides Allah.

00:03:07--> 00:03:57

Well, what exactly are you saying you are saying I will never render any act of worship to anyone or anything besides Allah. Similarly, when we say Mohammedan Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what we are saying is, I will follow the example and the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, because I declare that he is the messenger, the final messenger sent by Allah to us. This is the cornerstone of peace. It is known as the first pillar of Islam. It's amazing. It is not something that is by the way, it is the most important pillar, the cornerstone, when people enter the fold of Islam, they are told to declare that they will not render any act of worship, except for

00:03:57--> 00:04:43

Allah. They are also told to declare that whatever Muhammad peace be upon him, taught them they will follow to the best of their abilities. This is what is meant by entering the fold of Islam. Once you've entered it, you feel a peace, because you have a connection with he who made you. When I say la ilaha illa Allah I am saying there is none worthy of worship besides the one who made me besides the one I'm going to return to he is the only one who is owed worship. Similarly, if you look at the hadith of gibreel, Allah He Salam where he came to ask the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam some questions and one of them was mal Islam. What is Islam? He says Shahad that he Allah ilaha illAllah

00:04:43--> 00:04:57

ME Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam we've spoken about that what economists salata what exactly Zakat Eva was Sameera, Mohan wa jailbait, lemon is Taka la he's a villain. The second pillar

00:04:58--> 00:04:59

is economist solid

00:05:00--> 00:05:32

Shahada de la ilaha illallah wa Muhammad Rasulullah economy Salah you need to establish your prayer, you need to make sure that you have connected yourself with Allah. You said that you will not render any act of worship except for Allah. Then you need to prove it by engaging in prayer for the sake of Allah. You get up in the morning for the sake of Allah, the beauty and the peace that you will feel when you connect with Allah is unmatched and loving

00:05:40--> 00:05:42

Li B de la takoma.

00:05:47--> 00:06:37

Those who believe will achieve the peace and the comfort of the heart, through the remembrance of Allah. For indeed, it is only through the remembrance of Allah, that the hearts can attain that peace, that comfort, that tranquility. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us an understanding, you want peace. remember Allah, open the door on every morning, read it, recite it, be in the mind frame, to sit with the word of Allah to look into it to try to understand it, it will calm you down. If you would like the contentment and the peace, you need to fulfill your prayer. The minimum is the five daily prayers. It's the second pillar of Islam, you are looking for happiness, contentment,

00:06:37--> 00:06:49

sustenance, the owner of sustenance is the one whom you are not even praying to how do you expect that peace? May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen all of us with our prayer? I mean,

00:06:50--> 00:07:03

so you call me Salah, you have now established your link with Allah you pray for him. But that's not enough. It's not the only pillar, it's not your only duty, there is another duty that you have

00:07:04--> 00:07:52

unto Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah says, eater is a karate. It's mentioned so many times in the Quran. Did you know that once you declare that there is nothing worthy of worship besides Allah and that Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam is the final messenger and you pray, connecting yourself to Allah, Allah tells you now I want you to share whatever I have given you with others who don't have what you have Subhana Allah, that is a pillar of Islam and it is one of the ingredients of peace. You want peace, you have to share what Allah gave you with those who don't have it. It's known as as Zika. As Zika is a duty unto Allah, it is up to Allah if he wanted, he could have made all of us

00:07:52--> 00:08:33

wealthy. If he wanted, he could have had no one in need of the distribution or the wealth that another has, but it is part of his divine plan he will provide and he wants to see what you do with what he has provided. Are you prepared to share it if you are, you will achieve peace. Allah says I created the others. I created those who don't have what you have. And I want you to dig deep in your pockets and to share it with them. Many of us are selfish. That's why we don't see the peace. That's why we are not at peace. We look at others and we run away. We look at someone in need, we we go away. We look at the Muslims, the non Muslims, they are in need, we go away. What are you going to

00:08:33--> 00:09:15

do with your wealth? You want happiness, put a smile on the face of others and see the smile Allah will place in your heart. Amazing. You put a smile on the face of someone, Allah will grant you a smile on the Day of Judgment Subhana Allah why because Allah says if we wanted we could have given them but we are giving you so that you can get closer to us. And if you are to receive you naturally pray for those who have made it easier for you. The Hadith says manifests a Muslim in kurata min corabi dunya Anna first Allahu anhu corbetta min Cora Bo milky Yama. That's just one narration but there are so many others. Whoever is to alleviate the struggling or the suffering of another, Allah

00:09:15--> 00:09:59

will alleviate their struggles on the Day of Judgment. Another says Allah will alleviate their struggles in this world and the next. So reach out to others. It's a pillar of Islam. Zakah is a small percentage of your wealth. You can give more than that the greater or the more you reach out, the greater the peace you will feel if you want greater peace, learn to reach out to people look at the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. In all honesty, they gave 20 50% of their wealth in some cases we know of Abu Bakr Siddiq are the Allahu anhu on a few occasions when he came up with 100% of what he had, no one's asking you for 100% all we are saying reach out to your

00:09:59--> 00:10:00

neighbor for you

00:10:00--> 00:10:35

own benefit Muslim or non Muslim, reach out to those who are walking around those in need for your own benefit. It will help you because if you if you don't give someone else is going to give who lost out you lost out. You want the peace together with prayer. You need to give what Allah has given you from it to those who don't have it and Allah will grant you the peace. Then we have so more Ramadan fasting in the month of Ramadan it creates compassion, it will help you as an individual. The primary aim is to achieve the consciousness of Allah, La I lacuna that

00:10:37--> 00:11:22

in order that you achieve the consciousness of Allah. That's the primary aim but I tell you, my brothers and sisters, as a bonus, your health will improve. You have fasted as a bonus your compassion improves your connection with Allah improves so many other things improve. That's amazing. Allah will grant you peace. You are meant to control your temper. You are meant to develop your character during the month of Ramadan. So you have a right over yourself as well. And the last thing that I'd like to mention is Hajj, the pilgrimage, the sacrifice, the struggle for the sake of Allah, those who can afford it should be going to the house of Allah in Mecca, Tomoko Rama, my

00:11:22--> 00:12:03

brothers and sisters, this is also a house of Allah, those who frequent the houses of Allah, in their own areas, Allah will take them to the ultimate house of Allah on earth, which is at the Kaaba May Allah subhanho wa Taala take us there. How hypocritical is a person who wants to go for Hajj, they want to go for Ramadan, but they don't even make it to their own masajid in their own areas in their localities when this too is the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala you start off on your local level, not only should you visit the house of Allah contribute towards it, make sure you've dug deep in your pockets to ensure that the light bill is paid perhaps by your money. Everything else is done

00:12:03--> 00:12:49

because you have helped contribute, participate and be a member of the community. Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant you peace. May Allah subhanahu wa taala open the doors of peace. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a return back to these basic Pillars of Islam. I've addressed them in a very, very concise way in order for us to realize when Allah decided these pillars of faith will lie it is a serious matter. It's not a minor matter. When we say the Pillars of Islam, adopt them, follow them understand them, and you will achieve not only peace in this world, but will llahi peace in the hereafter as well. Aku Kohli had a stone Villa honey welcome Lisa l Muslim in a festival in the

00:12:49--> 00:12:49

hall.