Channel: Mufti Menk
Friday Sermon from the National Heart Centre (IJN) Kuala Lumpur on the rights of the sick.
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my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam. Indeed the first piece of advice that is of utmost importance for myself and yourselves is to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala known as Allah, every one of us needs to be fearful of Allah subhanho wa Taala have hope in Allah subhanho wa Taala and remind ourselves that we are going to be returning to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Today I would like to speak about something extremely important. We all know that there are some divine rights that have been enshrined in Islam by Allah subhanho wa Taala upon us, firstly as human beings and secondly as Muslims,
we are human beings, we care for the rest of humanity, we are Muslim mean, we care for the rest of the Muslims as well as humanity at large. So there are certain rights that need to be fulfilled regarding one another, in particular, and regarding the rest of humanity on a broader level.
So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam speaks of some of these rights in various narrations. One of them, he says, happen Muslim and Muslim he comes the rights of a Muslim upon another Muslim is five things you owe the others five things they owe you five things I wish to speak about the issue of sickness and illness from among the five. He says he had that will marry him to visit a person who is sick. Now if you take a look at it, it is a duty for us to visit those who are sick, but there is a way of doing it. There is a sooner method, the method taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam of visiting the sick, you don't just go without etiquette at any time of the night
or the day and sit for the entire evening and demand food and make it difficult, but there is a way of doing things and there is such a great reward to take an interest in those who are sick, whether they are related to you or not. A mistake we make is we like to visit our relatives who are sick. We like to visit our friends who are seeking ill. What about those who are neither your friends nor relatives, how many of us would actually pass by for one minute and make a short do or say a word of hope, or at least visit them when you did not know them show the solidarity that we have amongst mankind and amongst the oma in particular. So, it's important for us to realize the reward is so
high, there must be a reason there must be a great reason. It is not something minor look at the Duma Today we are seated here for Salatu. Juma we consider it compulsory. There is a reason we are part of one family. There is love between us there should be the element of caring between us will lie if you do not feel love for the brother seated next to you. Or regarding the sisters for those sisters who are seated next to you. Then there is something wrong with your heart. There is something wrong with your heart No matter what we are brothers and sisters, we should be defending one another helping one another reaching out to one another assisting one another taking care of one
another in the best possible way. So much so that if we were to attend Salatu Juma in the masjid five times a day, we would actually know who is not here and with good thoughts in our minds. We would want to inquire my brother Are you okay? I did not see you at Salatu Lhasa I did not see you for three Salah is everything well, the idea would not be to try and take account of where he goes and what he's doing and stalk no The idea is genuine concern. And the brother will say you know I haven't been feeling well. May Allah grant you cure when you make a draft for someone the angel say Oh Allah give this person the same. So when you say Oh Allah give them cure. The angels are asking
For you, which is better Subhana Allah. So it is triggered by your when you say something the angel say something else. Do you know there is a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he says, When you visit the sick and Ill make dua. So you make a draft for yourself and for them. Why? Because the melodica are saying, mean for any job that is made in the presence of a sick person.
So when you visit the sick and make a lot of drama, The Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to say labasa hurun insha Allah, and there are so many other drugs that are taught by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So, imagine if the reward of visiting the Sikh is so high, what do you think will be the reward of taking care of the See, many women many men, many mothers, many fathers, many relatives, they are taking care of their children or their parents or their brothers and sisters who are sick and ill, they themselves struggle more than the sick person. Only Allah knows what they are going through. It is not a joke. It is not easy to look after someone who is sick and it is a huge
sacrifice. That is your that is your paradise. That is your opportunity to get close to Allah. You look after those who are sick no matter what sickness they have your child, may Allah grant cure to our children may Allah grant cure to us and our family members in all those who are sick, when you take care of them. You have to sometimes carry them, you have to help them relieve themselves. You have to help them eat, you have to help them drink you have to help them move. Do you think that that is going to go without a reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala if to visit is so rewarding, we're lucky to take care of them is gentle metal fair dose if it is done with the correct intention by the
will of Allah subhanho wa Taala sometimes people are granted a child who is disabled, a child who has medical conditions as a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala for them so that they become closer to Allah, their hearts are softened. They are the ones who will then be granted access into gentle metal filled dose because they were occupied with something that was considered so important in a hadith. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam says that Allah subhanho wa Taala will say to the son of Adam, Oh son of Adam, I was sick and you did not visit me. So son of Adam will say, Oh Allah, how could I visit you when you are good? Allah mean? How could you be sick and visit you? So Allah subhanho wa
Taala will say, Did you not hear of such and such a worshipper of mine? Who was sick? Had you visited him or her? You would have found me there. So Pamela amazing. What that means is, it would remind you of me, it would draw you closer to me. We are healthy. Sometimes we go to visit people who are sick and unhealthy or who are terminally ill, who will at one stage healthier than us. What does that do? It reminds us very quickly to say it's from Panama. I have good health. Let me get close to Allah. Look at this brother. Look at the sister. They were healthier than me they were stronger than me. And today they are helpless laying in the bed. It should draw you closer to Allah
that means you went to visit him. What did you find? You found the law because you did not eat weed. You did not use to read your Salah. But because you saw what happened to others, it softened you to realize where you are going. We all have to die. We all have to go back to Allah, people who read Salatu Juma in this place of worship, some of them have already gone and we are all going to go do you think 100 years from now we will all be sitting here. Not even 150 years from now. Do you think we are going to be seated here so this will draw you closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala that's why Allah says when you visit the sick and the ill you realize the gift of health and it makes you do
that which is in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So when we look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he used to
visit the sick. He used to pray for them. He used to make sure he gave them words of hope, not words of doom. You look at the sick man, you say no, no, you are dying, you better start preparing. That's if your days are numbered over is that the sooner Not at all. No matter how sick they are, the sooner is to give them hope. Don't worry. And another very interesting point. Never ever say bad words about the doctor who is dealing with that particular patient in the presence of the patient. Because it may it may affect the heart of the patient. You say you know who is treating you. So the man says this doctor
That doctor is terrible. So many people have died, you better watch. Why are you telling the patient, you need to boost the morale of the patient? Remember, say good things, give them hope, inshallah, give them examples of people who were in their situation who are now cured and they are working, do not give them examples of people who were in the situation, and they have died. So you look at the man who say, Sorry, what sickness do you have? And he tells you what sickness is no matter of time. Now, just a matter of time. You know, this man, when that man when that man when they had the same sickness, now it's your turn. That is not the Muslims do. It's not the Muslim to
do that. Muslim doesn't do that. We are taught when you want to follow the sooner give them hope. This is what I was saying. There are rules and regulations. When you visit them, make sure the timing is right. You don't pick up in the middle of the morning, or in the middle of the night and decide I'm going to sit there for two hours and you call for tectonic and everything else. No, you actually visit them short period of time very short.
At the right convenient time, a lot of the times the sick and the ill, they need rest. That's why they are in the hospital. That's why sometimes they have been given the rest by the doctors. And what happens because we all go to visit and we sit for hours, they don't get rested, they get more sick. Think of this, sometimes you just need to send the message, we are praying for you one message, sometimes it's powerful, it boosts the person's entire feeling. And you know, psychologically, when they feel that they have a lot of support from a lot of people, they already are half better. As the doctors they will tell you that those who psychologically feel they are
winning the battle, they are already winning the battle by the will of Allah because Allah is the cure, the doctor is only a means and a very important means. So my brothers and sisters, remember that when we go to visit the sick, and Ill do not bring up controversial topics. For example, a man visits his brother in the hospital, and the brother is very ill. And he says, you know your wife today at home? Do you know what she did? She spoke like this, my brother, this is not the right time to talk about these things, you need to know what to say, don't raise issues, the man is now in a condition where he needs good words, he needs good things. So handle a sometimes a man is about to
die, and quickly they take a whole will and they want him to sign this document and that document the man is about to go. It depends how sick he is, it is important for all of us to ensure that your will is in place. The minute you have some wealth, you make sure your will is in place. Don't wait until you are on your deathbed. And then suddenly you realize it's too late. That's a lesson we learn. So without your will make sure you've left well for your children, your offspring and so on. Whatever is there, make sure it is clear. Make sure the business you have if it is a family business or whatever else, everything is clear from now, when you are healthy, don't wait for the time you
are sick, because it is an insult to the sick person for people to take to the deathbed of that person documents to sign. May Allah forgive us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not let that happen. So similarly, when we visit them, we need to make sure we don't force them to eat or to drink or to do something they don't want to do. You don't force them and you don't speak in a harsh way. Also when a person is sick and Ill what we will find is that they will sometimes have an abrupt tone because they are in pain. They are struggling so they might tell no I don't want Please go away. Oh please this that. They might speak in a harsh way not because they are harsh, but because they are in pain.
It happens a lot. Sometimes old parents if you have an elderly mother, because her bones are painting she might become abrupt with you, your wife your children, because not because she's a bad person but because she is in pain.
That is why she is abrupt. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and make it easy for every one of us. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has taught us all of these things. By way of example, he has done this in his life. When there is a duty between us there is always a method to fulfill that duty. So this is why my brothers and sisters, we will visit each other we will make sure that we do it at the right time. We will make sure we make it to our for the person and give them hope no matter what. Also there are two types of hope. One is hope to get cured. And the other is hope in the mercy of Allah if anything were to happen. So many times people are scared of death. I think all
of us here we fear death in a certain way. Sometimes it's because we are not ready to go according to us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy. And sometimes it's just because we don't know whether we are going to agenda or not. But to have hope in general for those is the quality of a Muslim and to give
Others group of gentlemen, those is the quality of a Muslim. When Allah says, in
Allah will not forgive sheep committed. But he will forgive besides that whosoever He wishes, even that verse it means shield if you died without seeking forgiveness from it, but if you sought forgiveness while you are alive from your ship, even that will be forgiven. No. Look at the Sahaba the majority of them in Makkah, were mushrikeen. They used to adopt sheep. They used to worship stones and sticks and trees and everything else. But when they became Muslim, the Hadith says in Islam, your Jew buma Kabbalah. Indeed, when you revert to Islam, it deletes your previous sense. There is another powerful Hadith
about Toba, that Toba has the same effect at Evo mina dombey. Kamala gambella. The one who seeks forgiveness from sin is equivalent to the one who did not commit any sin. It's amazing because you ask the Lord to forgive you and you change your life. So this is what we are taught, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah, we will by his will go to jail metal for those. We need to work towards it. Make sure that you don't have
a green light to commit sin, thinking of the mercy of Allah because that is wrong.
Some people say Allah is so merciful. Let me commit a sin. And don't worry, I know he will forgive that is wrong. But if you have committed a sin, then you need to know the mercy of Allah is greater than your sin. May Allah subhana wa Taala keep us steadfast. So going back to what I was saying, you talk to the person who is terminally ill by telling that person that do you know? Do you know that Allah is very merciful, even if you were to go, Allah is merciful. Now this is when they are terminally ill, because you have to prepare them for the affair. So this is why you say let us read together a sulfuryl law, for example, let them see it once or twice, talk about it. What does it
mean? to help them to seek the forgiveness of Allah and put yourself in it, you know, some people when they preach, they preach in a way that they are on a pedestal, they are holy, they are very high, and everyone else is very low. That nowadays Subhanallah people are not impacted by that, because they feel look at this man. He's preaching to us and he pretends like he is the Prophet of Allah subhanaw taala. But the more effective way is when you include yourself in it to say, look, we all need to seek the forgiveness of Allah including me, we are all sinful, including me. So let us do the following. Instead of saying you do say let us do it. You include yourself in it, I need to
be forgiven, just like you need to be forgiven. You may be better than me and it's a fact in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this is why when you are speaking to someone who is sick, it is even more important to include yourself. Look, one day we will all return to Allah. Why don't we seek the forgiveness of a lion we have hope in the mercy of Allah I always say that when you start your day, you start your day by reading the Quran by seeking the forgiveness of Allah every single day, even if it means only for five minutes. Why? Because one day you will die. If you have that habit, then the day you will die you would have started the day with the Quran, you would have
started the day with one minute of da Silva. Do you really think that Allah will throw you into Hellfire when your day started by saying Oh ALLAH forgive me. So the angels have written that the day this man died early morning he said Oh ALLAH forgive me. And the date his woman died early morning she said a shadow Allah Allah Allah Allah, Allah Muhammad Rasulullah This is why we say my brothers, my sisters, if you are dedicated it's not difficult to earn the pleasure of Allah. Why every day get into a habit of doing some deeds even if they mean small fail Emily Maddie mala you're in. The best of deeds are those that are done regularly. Even if they are little, my brothers and
sisters get used to this. So it is also important for us to remind the sick person of the virtue of being sick. That is something important to tell the sick person. You know when you are sick, Your sins are forgiven. When you are sick, you bear suffer, you will get closer to Allah when you are sick. Subhana Allah this will happen that will happen. This is the virtue of being seen. What does that mean? It means that now that you are sick, don't become hopeless. Look at the good side of it. Many of us we don't make dua to Allah. We are not interested in Salah when we get sick we quickly make up for the future.
I mean our lives, we quickly come to reach Salah we make friends with the Imam and that they share in the area because we are sick. What about before you were sick so that was the virtue of being sick, it brought you closer to Allah and it made you closer to the rest of the people who are also closer to Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us is also what is important for us to know is the issue of suffering and patience. You need to know how to speak to the person. You need to know how to communicate in a positive way. think very carefully with the words before you utter them. Don't ever make him hopeless regarding cure, and always grant him hope. May Allah subhanho wa Taala
make it easy for us. I would also like to mention that those who are doctors and those who take care who are nurses or even just the staff at a medical facility such as this one that we are at today will law he your reward is with Allah. Even if you have taken your salary. Some people say if I took money, I don't get to reward No, you took your salary but you dedicated your time, your effort, your expertise, towards helping people who are sick to achieve the cure. Allah will reward you for every goodness that comes from that person as a result of them being cured. Even though the cure was Allah because you made an effort. That is the thing when you help someone to come to the masjid by giving
them a lift, you get the full reward of whatever goodness they do in the masjid.
If you have done for example, a surgery to someone's eye to help them to see you will get a full reward of whatever plan they have read thereafter, full reward because you help them if you have assisted someone with a difficult heart, for example, and now their blood is pumping properly, they are healthy, they can fulfill Salah they do the bad and all good deeds and so on, you will get a reward for that. And if they do bad deeds, allies to merciful he will not give you as a secondary person the sin of their sins. Allah says I will only give you the goodness of their good, but I will not give you the sin of their sins because you did not encourage those sins. May Allah subhanho wa
Taala grant us ease that's the mercy of Allah. So even those who are working accountants and the staff who are recording and the secretaries or receptionist the reward is immense and intense. So May Allah in mind because to work with sick people is not easy. You need to have a strong heart and a strong mind to see people who pass away sometimes to see people in health that are so weak and frail that it's so delicate to see little babies struggling and suffering. It's not easy. My brothers and sisters, I hope that these few words would have helped and I hope that they will serve as an encouragement for myself and yourselves. There is a lot that needs to be covered when it comes
to this duty that we have. It is a divine right Remember that? to visit the alien to visit the sea and the day you are sick and Ill you will feel like you are part of a massive family. Everyone is concerned about me. Imagine representative coming from the masjid to see you to say we in the masjid remembering you we have come here just to say May Allah grant you pure Subhana Allah, how do you feel? When you know that in the masjid, they are all making dua for you? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant Shiva to those who are ill now Allah grant cure to those who are sick and Ill not just today and not just here, but anywhere across the globe and all the time may Allah subhanho wa Taala Have
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