Channel: Mufti Menk
Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakato
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy Hmm.
All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his household, his companions. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them and bless every one of us and grant us goodness my brothers, my sisters,
we have commenced the beautiful month of Ramadan, this year 1442 hijiri 2021.
My brothers and sisters, this is the first Joomla the first Friday.
If you notice Time flies, I recall very clearly last year or Milan where we had a lot of restrictions. What was very, very difficult was for us not being able to attend the house of Allah
and not being able to fulfill in a way that we wanted to fulfill the month of Ramadan. But that was the decision of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He is the owner of everything. If you take a look, we as believers always believe in a silver lining.
For in my last three years salon in
my city, you saw, indeed, with hardship there is ease and with the same hardship there is another point of ease. So with every hardship, there are actually two points of ease.
It might have been different, but it gave us an opportunity to fulfill our prayers at home. Many of us after the lockdown was over in our countries. We didn't do that as much as we did before or during the lockdown. It gave us time to spend with our family members. How many of us do that on an ordinary day, it gave us time to spend with our children. And it made us reflect and perhaps help a little bit here. And there are areas where we did not used to help. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us useful at all times.
That having been said, it got us into a different routine. We thank Allah that we've come out of it. And we thank Allah for the lessons that we learned.
But now that we're back in the masajid, my beloved brothers, my sisters, make the most of this you don't know how long you're going to live. Many of our friends or relatives have passed on those we know those we don't know I could be next. You could be next. No one knows. That's one thing we all definitely learned from this pandemic is you never know when death can overtake and who it would overtake. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to prepare. So how do we prepare? We prepare primarily by making use of all the opportunities Allah has given us to earn closeness to him. Look at this month of Ramadan. Prior to Ramadan. There is a tsunami that I'm sure many of us
used to say Allah Houma. boliviana Ramadan, Oh Allah grant us the acceptance to witness the month of Ramadan. Now we're in Ramadan.
What was the big deal of that day if we are not doing anything different this month than the previous ones? So the issue is, it is the month of forgiveness. It is the month of resetting your relationship with Allah, looking into where you were and adjusting it in a way that you improve. May Allah make us steadfast with our five daily prayers. May Allah make us steadfast with our dress code. May Allah make us steadfast with our recitation and learning of the Quran, and practicing upon what we're supposed to be practicing upon. We've heard a lot of what's permissible and what's prohibited, what's obligatory and what's prohibited, etc. How many of us are actually following what
Allah has prescribed. So this is the time when we should be reflecting over that and looking into ways of earning the closeness of Allah. This is the month of Ramadan. It is also known as the month of the Quran, primarily because Allah mentions the term shadow Ramadan in the Quran, and with it, he says it's the month of he didn't say fasting in that particular verse. He said it's the month within which the Quran was revealed. And obviously fasting is included in the injunctions of the Quran.
But primarily cha Rama bond and levy
We've heard that verse so many times.
Allah says Shahada Ramadan, once in the Quran. That's in Surah Al Baqarah. And with it he says it's the month within which I have revealed the Quran. My brothers, my sisters, give great importance to the Quran in this month. Read it, make sure that you practice upon it, make sure you try to understand it, make sure you improve your connection with it, make sure you have it close to you. Don't let a day pass without you having picked up the Quran or opened the app on your phone and attempted at least to read a verse or two. Because you and I are going to die one day, if we've gotten into the habit of doing that all the time, the day we die, we would have started the day with
a beautiful connection with the origin. And if you're connected to the Quran, you're connected to Allah and if you're connected to Allah last night,
no need to be scared to be fearful and no need to be sad. There will never be reason for you to have those two. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from fear and from sadness. My beloved brothers, my sisters, this is a month where in which Allah is dishing out in our language. Allah is dishing out genital for those and forgiveness Paradise is being given to everyone and anyone who is seeking it. ask Allah for Jana, Allah whom in me as a local Jana Oh Allah, I asked you to grant me Jana. It is reported in an aeration that when you constantly ask that you've asked it once you've asked it twice, you've asked it thrice. Jen itself will say Oh Allah grant this person entry into me meaning
into Jenna. That's amazing. One wonders how I don't know how as well. All I know is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has taught that to us. And it depicts the importance of asking Allah for Jannah sometimes there are things you ask Allah for. He doesn't give you immediately he gives you later on.
And sometimes you ask Allah for something, he gives you something else in return. There is one thing that if you constantly ask Allah sincerely, he will give you exactly what you are asking how you are asking when you are asking, and that is jannatul videos, it is paradise because it is connected to the hereafter. Oh Allah grant me the companionship of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the hereafter. If you are serious about that da, Allah will give it to you. But in order to prove that you desperately wanted you need to have a little connection with the Prophet sallallahu Sallam with his son now with his way with his teachings. What's the point of saying, I love Allah, I love the
messenger, peace be upon him. But that's as far as it goes, your actions are heading in a different direction altogether. We love paradise, an entry into paradise, but our motor vehicle is facing hellfire. This is the time to change that. You need to reroute, you need to make a U turn as soon as possible. Otherwise, you're going to be wasting your time, effort, energy, your money, whatever else it may be, and you're heading in the wrong direction. So this is beautiful, because such a month is such a great gift. We feel the peace. For a moment where you're seated right now, ponder over the piece that we have at this moment. So panela we have no worry about lunch today, right? Subhan
Allah, Allah will provide for us that which is far better than just the lunch that we're not going to be having in order to discipline ourselves and get used to following the instruction of Allah. What is Islam all about? I promise you, it's about worshiping Allah. And that is about discipline. You need to get up when sometimes you might be lazy, you need to do certain things when sometimes shapen might come and make you feel a little bit lazy. You need to dress in a specific way. Even though you're so tempted to reveal that which Allah has told you not to, but you're doing it for Allah, then Allah gives you the ability to love what he has ordained. Initially, I might find it
difficult to do certain things, I might find it hard to get up for solitude. I know of people who have asked me they say I can get a foothold but when it comes to Salah to in fudger I just feel lazy again and I want to go to bed. I tell myself five minutes, five minutes and before I know it, the sun has risen. That's not good enough. You need to be strong. Initially you will force yourself to do things one law he a time will come when automatically your eye will open a minute before the alarm. I'm sure many of you know what I'm talking about. Your eye will open a few minutes before that alarm and you will turn it off. That was Allah getting you up because you got used to something
Allah wants you to get up. I feel so guilty when I get up before the alarm to actually tell myself I still have a few more minutes. I feel guilty to say that because that few minutes
is now coming from shape and telling you just sleep. It's just now Don't worry, you still have a few minutes and before you know it, it's already past the time may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to love what he has made compulsory Allah Huma, Habibi, Elaine and a man that's a powerful to our Oh Allah make beloved to us a man make it good to us your belief the belief we have in you and what is permissible what is
obligatory make us love it Oh ALLAH and make it difficult for us to sin, make it very hard and detested for us to do anything that is going to be displeasing to you that do our was made by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Surely we should make it. Listen to this dwell.
Allah Houma. Habibi, Elena. Eamon was the Yin houfy pulu Bina, what can we l&l? cofra Well, Phu Kham well esteana what jalna minervois she did what a beautiful to our Oh Allah. Make beloved to us, he man and the man includes everything to do with Allah's instruction and so on making beloved to us and beautify it in our hearts. You know, when you fulfill Salah in the morning and your face and your expression is so negative, and your children are watching you lazy opening one eye and then quickly finishing your salon dashing into the bed. That's not the ideal way of doing things the ideal way, get up, wash up put a droplet of perfume make sure that that perfume is not one that
irritates the people around you. Is nowadays you have perfume that smells like mango pickle and people think it's so beautiful yet everyone's getting a headache with it. May Allah protect us have something good a droplet for the sake of Allah and then you are law Corrado, and you're enjoying your Salah, and you have a smile on your face and you take it easy, it's not just in atherina and kulula in every Salah. That's not how it should be. Some of us that's what we do.
Morning, first thing in Atlanta, Calcutta, Allahu Akbar, your Salah is done, I agree. But you can do better than that. Memorize another surah or to you know, diversify. Go beyond start swimming in territory. Maybe you haven't when it comes to recitation of the Quran and memorization of it, see what it will do to you. You're preparing for the day you're going to die. you're preparing for the day you're going to meet with Allah. I want to tell you something. Well, let me first translate the rest of that Duan.
Allah subhanho wa Taala has taught this to us through the blessings lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Camry, Elaine and Khufu coalition make detested for us disbelief that will earn your anger. Anything that is sinful, make it detested, make it difficult, or Allah create a barrier between me and sin. You really want to do something and suddenly there is a barrier that stopped you from it. That was Allah telling you to do this. It's not worth it. Don't do this. We know what you want to do. We know shaytan is prodding you and he really wants to make you do this. But don't do it. We put a barrier here understand it was us who blocked you Subhana Allah can relate alcohol for
so called Xian, anything that is sinful. Anything that is in the transgression of Allah, Allah make it difficult for us, make us from amongst the rush. He didn't make us from among those who are wise rightly guided those who are intelligent, those who have the goodness within them. I mean, now the point I was mentioning is look at the mercy of Allah. We do good. And I'm telling you, we're preparing for the day we're going to meet with Allah, we're going to show him the good we're going to do. You know, when you meet with Allah, he's going to ask you for your deeds and about your deeds. And you have to present your deeds so panela and then they're presented to you again, in book
form without any error in it.
Now that's a tough one because look at us were seated here Salatu Juma?
so peaceful Ramadan, we are fasting. We're about to engage in Salah these are brilliant deeds. I'm packing them away one by one by one by one Mashallah you know, and it will multiply by the will of Allah. But I'm a human being I might make a mistake at some point I might commit a sin at some point I might fall into the trap of Satan because my forefather the May peace be upon him also faulted so I might falter. But the question is, what is there in it? For me in terms of hope? I can tell you, Allah says we will never take your good deeds away but your bad deeds, we will wipe them away from
you can have committed sin, you can intertwine good deeds and sin by human error as a sin. When you seek forgiveness Allah will wipe
About the sin, but he won't wipe out your good deeds. There's only one time that your good deeds could be lost. I'm going to tell that to you.
But before we get there, let's take a careful look at the mercy of Allah people say
and there is a hadith of Ramadan as well. Mon sama Ravana Eamon and whitey serban woofie Allahumma Takayama Minami? Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan
with full expectation of a reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala with full conviction and belief in Allah and in his instruction and so on. Allah says we wipe out all their previous sins. Now that Hadith is absolutely the way it should be encouragement for you and I but there is another Hadith regarding the Hajj, where it says whoever goes for Hajj and doesn't do wrong things during the Hajj, they will come back as clean as the day their mothers gave birth to them. I'm sure you've heard that Hadith, right? Do you know that that Hadith does not refer to the formatting of your hard drive the way a computer is formatted, but rather it is selective formatting because your good remains when
you were born. You were born with no good no bed, you are clean. When you come back from Hajj, it is so pure that all the dirt is gone, but all the beautification remains Subhana Allah, Allah me, that is something even better than the day you were born. So when it comes to Ramadan, the same applies. Allah is giving it out for free. There is something known as elite amin and our freedom from hellfire. When you try hard you cross a certain threshold in your acts of worship and your love of the worshipping of Allah. Allah has written your name as a person who is going to be free from Hellfire, you won't go there.
Why? Because you love worshiping Allah. You're still a human, you might have faltered, you might do a thing or two wrongs. Don't lose hope. Don't lose hope. When shavon convinced Adam and Hawa May peace be upon them to do what they did. Guess what Allah says? Allah says, They asked us once. Rob bana vollum husana were any lamb delfy Lana,
Lana coonan, Amina, falls eating, Oh Allah, we have wronged ourselves. And if you don't have mercy on us, and if you don't forgive us, we will be the losers. Allah says, We forgave them just by that statement because it was sincere. When you sincerely ask Allah for forgiveness, no matter what you did, it is wiped out. That's the mercy of Allah. Now shavon comes back to you and makes you think but I don't think Allah can wipe it out so easily. That was really a bad thing that Allah says, You don't know me it Subhan Allah, My Mercy is far greater than my anger.
Subhan Allah. And then I was mentioning the point that makes your good deeds, perhaps vulnerable, where you might lose good deeds. That is only when you have wronged another human being. When you are wrong, another person, then your good deeds are at stake. Because that person is not Allah, they might not forgive you. You might arrive on the day of judgment and they might want your good deeds, and then you've got to give payment payments, no longer the RAND that is so volatile, one day sitting this way, one day sitting that way. So Angela,
who am I to talk when the Zim dollar is even worse, Subhan Allah, may Allah protect us, my brothers, my sisters, we need to make sure that we do not
create issues with other people in the way that we have oppressed them, our good deeds and fasting, why must they give it to this brother, someone you don't like someone you really don't get along with, and you're giving them Salah for free, you're giving them Hajj for free, you're giving them a car for free, you're giving them your core anttila for free. SubhanAllah one day I heard of a person who said something really nasty about me. He was supposed to be a friend of mine.
So I found him and I told him Brother, you better do a lot of good deeds, and they better be proper. He says, What do you mean? I said, You know what? You're going to be giving them to me. And obviously this was said, like, jokingly to try and make him think that what you did was not right.
And so he said, What do you mean? I said, you know, all the good deeds you're gonna do because of what you've said in what you're doing. They're going to be coming to someone like me. And then I started laughing and I told him no, I'm only saying this to you because I want you to realize it's not worth it. It's not worth it. Personally, I hold nothing in my heart against anyone do what you have to say what you have to for me, my heart is too valuable to hold a grudge against someone. We don't need it. I need to be a happy person. The expression on my face needs to be said
Veen it needs to be pure, it needs to be that filled with peace. I don't need to be, look, I don't need to look like a person who's always depressed and stressed because of what others have said or did no problem. Their statements will not bother me by the will of Allah. And even if they do, because I'm a human being, I won't let it penetrate my heart. It's okay, let it pass. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that ability. You have to work on yourself to achieve that. We're still getting there. But we are trying May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness, my brothers and sisters, these are a few words I thought of sharing with you because I want to reset my relationship
with Allah for the better. And I want to encourage you to do the same. Let's reset our relationship with Allah for the better, so that by the time Ramadan, you know draws to an end. I'm so happy with what I did. Today, a brother told me, Chef, you have so much that you are posting on YouTube, perhaps it will become an irritation for some people. And I said, You know what, I don't think it will let the people benefit if they are a reminder will cost you nothing. For those who have the time. Yes, they may fit into one or two of the several programs you might have on a daily basis. But that doesn't mean I am going to come back. No I won't. We need to constantly remind each other in a
beautiful way. I'm speaking to you today. And I am by no means better than you in any way. I'm just like you. We are the same. We're talking to each other. We're encouraging each other. I have things I need to deal with. I have things I need to improve on. So do you they might be slightly different. Yes indeed. But the love that we should be having for one another should be clear. I don't judge you based on your sin because Allah judges you based on your repentance lo Akbar, Allahu Akbar. I don't judge you based on your sin, because Allah judges you based on your repentance. So Mohammed phallic La ilaha illa Allah, that is so full of with hope. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the best
from avant this might be our last Ramadan we might not see the end of it, but the fact that we have an intention to do the right thing. May Allah ultimately gather us in general for those paradise in the companionship of the greatest, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and all those who are loved by Allah Ameen. akula Kohli, or sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka Alana, Bina Mohammed