Channel: Mufti Menk
Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah who Allah Allah, he was happy Hey, Jermaine, my brothers, my sisters each time we have a motivational evening certain faces I hear all the time. So mashallah, mashallah I think if this was a football club, you'd be my probably probably my greatest fans. But the last match was last. May Allah grant us ease. My brothers, my sisters, you know the Prophet Yusuf or Joseph May peace be upon him. Alayhis Salam, that's story has in it tremendous benefit, many lessons, a lot of motivation. And it is repeated, because Allah Almighty says that it is the best of stories, the best of what you could narrate in
terms of a story wherein you're going to derive real life benefit. Look, one of the primary points that we actually learn, when Allah Almighty has written great success in your life.
When Allah Almighty has written great success in your life, perhaps you will have to go through much negativity, according to you to get to the ultimate success that was destined for you. So what you're going through right now is just the path the path towards to the ultimate success. Look at use of Alayhis Salam, each time we read the story, and look at it from a different angle, a different dimension, it impacts upon our lives, what I'm about to say today, I can guarantee you that most of us if not all of us, would feel Yes, this relates to me.
What is success, according to you and I? Well, as believers, on one hand, there is success of the Hereafter that is far more important than the success of this world. But the success of this world is very important for us, because we're human beings living on Earth. We'd like to have something we'd like to be okay. We'd like to be comfortable, we'd like to have ease. We'd like to have things going our way to a certain degree. And we know that the Almighty is in control, because we're believers. And we also know that
during this or in this journey,
on this path, we're going to face challenges one after the other because that's the promise of Allah. While Anna Birla one come, we're going to test all of you. But use of alayhi salam, if you look at the end of his story, what was their what was their success? Wouldn't you say that? He got to the top respect. Apologies from people who harmed him up the ladder while he was climbing up right. Apologies. He made amends. He had peace with his family. He had peace with everyone else. Peace with those who accused him it was not just his family members. So at the end of that particular story, you definitely have an amazing success story, but how did it start?
So your story has not ended nor his mind. May Allah grant us true success. Firstly, Janna Paradise, and secondly, the success of this world why did I say firstly and secondly, because if you don't get this one but you have that one you have still succeeded?
And if you have this one without that one you have failed. And if you have both mashallah, that's what we're asking for.
Hamdulillah we have a motivational evening and we have brilliant food. Wow, Mashallah. Both.
So my brothers, my sisters, look at how it started with jealousy. The story started with jealousy. How many of you your own family may be jealous of you? It can happen. It has happened to those better than you family members jealous of me. Hang on, hang on. That's your path to ultimate success. I get upset. Why you get angry cool down.
Wouldn't you like to be like the Prophet Yusuf alayhi salam mashallah people say no, I only want the victory but I don't want the first but no, hang on. You've got to have everything. It's a package. It comes as a package. You choose which one you would like all of them have struggles in them and successes in them. So use of Alayhis Salam went through something right at the beginning an innocent child, people were jealous of what? What he looked like Subhanallah they were jealous of his looks La hawla wala Quwata illa biLlah handsome fellow
Secondly, they were jealous of his connection with his father in particular, why is our father favoring him but there was no favoritism. I tell you what, I'm a father of quite a few children, some of them are seated in your midst. Mashallah. And I can tell you a fact you love each child almost the same at that stage of the their lives, when the others were younger, they were loved in a similar fashion. A similar way, if you're a little bit older, and you see your mum or dad kissing the little baby more.
You know, it doesn't mean they didn't do that to you. They did it. But now that you're older and you're watching, that doesn't happen to me, hang on. Do you know it did happen to you probably more than this. But now that you're older, don't allow yourself to feel that I'm not loved. But anyway, shaytan creeps in all the time makes us think things that sometimes don't exist. And as a result, we tend sometimes to do wrong to those who are innocent. That's the other side of it. But on this side of it, people do things wrong to us when we're innocent. It can happen it has happened it shall happen in the future it did happen and it is happening probably now to a lot of people
so that's the beginning of the story. It starts off with a dream and so on but from the negativity it was the jealousy
Lata also sort of a Corolla eco I think Cafe Aki doula can gain the powerful point today with social media here use Yaqoob Jacob the father of use of May Allah's peace and blessings be upon both of them. And the all the messengers, he is telling his son don't even relate the story to your own brothers, because they might plot against you today, we relate our tail to the entire globe ah, by putting it on social media. Wow, you see the difference? And then when people plot and plan against us, we say look at this, but you asked for trouble,
didn't you according to this lesson, it may not be haram to show a few things. But it is definitely wrong, to brag, to boast to show off and so on. This was not even showing off. It was a dream The man had the boy had his father saying Don't tell your brothers because they may plot against you. It's my fear. The Shavon is real in a shape Anna, he says shaytan he doesn't blame the kids. He says the devil shape man
is an outright enemy of man. So my brothers, my sisters, it's very clear. When you show off. It's worse than just relating things. If we're taught to hold back from relating certain things that are not necessary for the world to know because they may block your downfall. What about those things that people definitely would burn about? And you and I know that we're living in an age, some of us do it. And Allah here I won't lie to you in order that others burn let them burn post it. Didn't we say that sometimes Stanford Allah, let them see what I've got. Let them see their hearts and relax. Here is a beloved father. He is the father of a prophet, the son of a prophet Jaco Jacob, may peace
be upon him and he's telling his son Lata yaka Allah if you had a nice dream, beautiful. Don't narrate it to your own brothers don't even narrate it. With Us guys, we will post the dream Oh, I had this dream and that dream. It's okay. We're not prophets and there was no Jacob to tell that to us, right? But at the same time, doesn't teach us a little lesson to say Hang on, not everything needs to be posted. Not everything needs to be told to the world sometimes if you have reason to do it, or there's a close circle of people you know, they will be happy for you. You may say mashallah, you know, we went to the Maldives, we really had a terrific time and every moment I made dua, that
you came to low across the sea there Mashallah. You're thinking of someone else as well to say, every moment I was there, I went to Makkah and every round I said, Oh Allah, bring so and so. If there is a name Masha Allah, may Allah subhanahu wata, Allah grant us ease.
That having been said, it's not haram. I'm not saying it's haram to show certain things. No, it's not. But I'm just saying, we need to use our discretion and be wise about it. And remember, there are people out there who don't have what you have. There are people out there who perhaps are struggling who want to achieve a certain thing for the last 20 years and you came in five minutes you did it. Do you not think that the heart is going to be hurt? There are people who don't have what you have, what are you going to do the minimum you should do is to make a dua for them to pray for them. Today, we will be also speaking about the underprivileged across the globe. The minimum
you should do is to pray for them to dig into your pocket a pound or two or five
I would definitely make a difference. My brothers, my sisters
That's why they say it's good to give out a charity as sadaqa we talk about the sadaqa whenever something good happens mashallah give out a sadaqa give a charity say Alhamdulillah Tabata kala mashallah Allahumma barik LA home and whatever else it may be in terms of DUA and supplication and goodness, use of alayhi salatu salam, it started with jealousy. They plotted his downfall they took him they con to the Father, they conned him as well. Let's go we will race mashallah we'll do what racing. The father says, My smell aurat.
Literally, he says something fishy about this. And the sunset? No way. What do you mean? He said, I fear that perhaps an animal might consume him might attack him harm him. Imagine that's exactly what they had planned. And he just said it out. Subhan Allah exactly what they plan. People plan. Sometimes your own family members plan your downfall. But that having been said Do not blame without evidence people for having done black magic on you, or having been against you when there's absolutely no evidence about it. Besides the whispers of shaytan against us, do we pray our five daily prayers do we read our AYATUL kursi and the protection supplications. In the morning, in the
evening, if we don't do those, you can expect shaytan to whisper that your sister or your brother or your in laws, or whoever else it may be or your parents or your aunt uncle's or aunts are doing something against you. But that's just the whispers of the devil with no evidence, it's prohibited to say that. But at the same time, it's possible that people are jealous. And it's possible that your blood kith and kin could be jealous, it has happened to those better than you and I
look at how the victims reacted.
How do we react if we were a victim, we would turn the world upside down, going from pillar to post believing in everyone who tells you you've got to cut 80 lemons in quarters and make sure that each one of them is exactly a quarter. And then you've got to squeeze three drops from each one of them into hot water and make sure that it's no more than 90 degrees, and so on. And we like we're doing that like it's revelation from the heavens and thinking we're getting better. Has it happened to you? If it did, they laughed at you.
They fooled you. That's not a solution for something negative that has happened to you. You gotta turn to Allah, in prayer in supplication in Quran in dua.
May Allah protect all of us say Amen. So use of Allah, His Salatu was Salam was the victim. They took him, they threw him into the well Subhanallah they threw him into the well. What did he do? Well, one beautiful aspect of the life of use of Alayhis Salam throughout his challenges was that as he
was being tested, one after the other, he was always content with the condition he was in.
He was always content with the condition he was in.
It's amazing in the world, well, what did he say?
What happened to him? He was young little, he waited. He waited for it until someone picked him up. When they picked him up. It was worse. It was worse because on one hand, he was glad to be alive. But the other hand, they found a little boy.
Bush Ah. Oh, wow, what good news. This is a boy, we're going to enslave him and sell him and look what he looks like, Oh, amazing. They took him to the marketplace. They sold him and guess what? That was bad enough because you're you've just enslaved a free man. And you've taken him as a slave and sold him in the market. And as though that was not enough, the people who bought him plotted even more, one after the other. What did he say? Well, what's recorded in the Quran is what he said when he
they planned against him. They plotted against him
when he didn't commit immorality.
we're going to jail you
if you don't do what we're telling you to do.
We're going to jail you this was an instruction coming from a certain woman
false accusation. Wow. So one after the other. Whatever he went through, we will go through in our lives have people ever been jealous of you? The answer is yes. For all of us, haven't they? You might be sitting there I've got nothing who's jealous? It has happened does happen you've got Mashallah. You think you don't you do? Allah has blessed you
planning your downfall and then
People accusing you falsely and I'm totally innocent. Yes, it will happen. It has happened and guess what? Others believed them because they were the powerful or whoever else they were.
And this was a little kid a slave. And Allah sent proof and evidence
clearing his name but that wasn't good enough for those who had no connection with Allah in the first place.
You know, when people spread rumors falsely accuse you and I or anyone else. If you have faith in God Almighty in Allah Almighty, you will immediately understand without proper, concrete solid evidence, this is a lie. That's what the Quran speaks about inshallah to know, it has happened to Aisha Radi Allahu Allah and others who are better than you and I, how can it not happen to you and I, it might be petty and smaller, but at the same time, there will be people who we didn't expect to believe that nonsense, and they believed it. Why? Because they just say, You know what, it's possible because it's possible for them. That's why the Quran says that it's possible for them. But
the Quran says if you know it's not possible for you, someone better than you, you would say, impossible for them to fight can't do this. They can't.
That's what the Quran says.
Now Allah in the Samara to move on me know now a minute to be full, same Clara wakanow had, if GM mobian When they heard the accusation against that Aisha the true believers, what was their way and their path? For them to say, this is a lie because we think good of ourselves. So we think good of her to a shadow of the Allah Juana.
But use of Alayhi Salatu wa sallam, he said,
Rob bcgeu, our hub Bucha Isla de mim onone LA. Oh, my law.
Instead of St. Clair My name you know what he knew that these people the name is already cleared by Allah. They're not interested in the clearance. Oh, my Lord, remove meaning, oh, my lord.
Surgeon means prison is better for me than engaging in what they are asking me to engage. They've threatened me, either they jail me or I follow or I do what they want which is displeasing to you. I prefer to be in the jail. Why? Because it is not displeasing to you.
against me, obviously, it's the Wrath of Allah on them who falsely hatched the plan and so on. But this can happen in your life. People can do things. Your preference should always be to follow the path that is not displeasing to Allah for you.
Always the preference. Short term it might seem like a disgrace. Imagine so and so jailed can be do better people than this person will also jail. Sometimes an innocent person is proven guilty by perhaps a flawed system, or perhaps some false evidence, or perhaps something concocted. It's possible. It's very possible. It has happened. It's not like it's something new.
So imagine how disgraceful it must have looked. When here is a young man being accused of something and being jailed.
You intended harm you intended evil against this woman.
Use of Allah His Salah salatu salam went through that. And guess what? He took the prison sentence at each stage. He was happy when he was enslaved. He served them well.
When he was accused, he spoke to them well, when he went into the prison, he was so so full of goodness that he decided now that I am here, let me use my time positively. So he made friends with the two people who were with him in the cells. And he spoke to them and what did he do? He taught them a thing or two, they had dreams and he Allah gave him the ability to interpret dreams. So interpreted those dreams. And you know what he did? He told them about Allah.
He reminded them about the favor of Allah upon them, you know, you and your forefathers have been favored by Allah.
Now think about it. Here's a man
who's a young man who's gone into prison.
We would be totally depressed. Imagine depressed going into prison. Totally. Whoa, no speaking to anyone know this. Imagine what a disgrace my family is gonna think of me this and that person, this and that. And whoever else thinks of me and whatever, whatever. Here's a man he came in, he knows his innocence. And he he got to work immediately. Instead of saying, you know, your parents are favored. They've got money. They've got wealth. They've got this. They've no, no, no, your parents, our parents, our forefathers my forefathers have been favored.
What's the favor? The favor is that we believe in the One Lord who made us. That's what it is. We worship our maker and nobody else. We do not associate partners with our maker in worship, no act of worship is rendered to anyone besides he who made me that's it.
That was the message he delivered and he told them, I call you to worship the same.
Anyway, they heard him they loved him, they learned from him, they Subhanallah they took from him, they respected him, they were released as he had predicted, one of them was executed, the other one went to serve.
And one day they call this man now this was the beginning
of the other side, what we would term Oh, the success came, but look at how much hardship he had to go through to get to where Allah had destined for him to get my brothers, my sisters, Allah has destined goodness for you.
ride the waves. You will have hardship difficulty in nama. I'll also use run in the grocery Yusra indeed with hardship there is ease and with the same hardship there is another point of ease,
you will always have ease, look at the positives, do you not have faith in Allah, that should keep you focused. Keep reading your Quran, your other car, repeat the names of Allah if you will, and you wish and that will help you focus the praise of Allah as per the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, it will help you in so many ways, praise Allah. If Allah has your luck, take care of the duties that Allah has placed on your shoulder, Allah will take care of you. That doesn't mean you're not going to go through hardship. Do you know the Hadith speaks about hardship.
And it says the prophets have had the greatest of tests and challenges and hardship. And then who faces challenges after that?
Those who are the closest to the prophets in examples, and then those who are closer,
and so on.
So the closest and then the next in the next in the next you are faced with challenges. It doesn't mean you lost your home. Allah doesn't like you. It doesn't mean you you made an accident with your vehicle. Allah doesn't like you. It doesn't mean you lost your job. Allah doesn't like you. It doesn't mean you've been through a divorce. Allah doesn't like you. It doesn't mean you've lost a loved one. Allah doesn't like you. In fact, because he likes you you've been through that he loves you in Allah either a hubbub the Nutella, when Allah loves someone, he tests them.
If it was the opposite, none of the messengers would have gone through challenges, not know one of them.
But the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him went through the same people were jealous of him. Use of La salah.
Similar to that, right, in a different way. But some of the people were, they accused him of everything.
Wanting power, wanting money,
wanting to be the leader. And on the other hand,
a womanizer, a sorcerer Stouffville love him. Things we shouldn't even be saying and repeating but it's a lesson for us.
If the greatest of creation had these challenges, what did he say? He said, Oh Allah, Oh Allah, if you are pleased with me, all this is nothing. This is okay. Subhanallah if you are pleased with me, it's nothing. Now let me tell you something.
If your hardship, your difficulty, your calamity, your loss brought you closer to Allah, even one inch, it was a gift for you.
And if your loss, your challenge, your difficulty, your calamity, took you away from Allah long term. It was a punishment.
And the opposite can be said, if the gift of Allah upon you made you drift away from Allah, it was a punishment.
Allah gave you wealth, Allah gave you health. Allah gave you Lux, Allah gave you everything and you used that to go away from Allah. Oh, how can that be a gift of Allah?
It can't. That's why Allah says, just like some people earn paradise through prayer and through worship of Allah. Some people will earn paradise through spending from what Allah has given them. read surah to Leila. Well lately either, yes, Sha. Allah Almighty says who is going to be protected from hellfire. Those who have given their wealth for amomum artha what taka was the couple who snares those who gave and Allah says, You said what's the you Jana boo ha Atka Allah you
imala who yet does occur who will stay away from hellfire, the one who was conscious of Allah and gave his wealth in Zakah gave his imagine this. This these verses are just talking about wealth Allah ut Mala who yet as
Subhan Allah Wilma euganean Houma Lu is Tara. Allah speaks about the miserly who hold on to their wealth and keep counting. I got 20 Now I got 30 Now I got 14 Now I got 50 It's okay to count you're a human being but what of it? Did you give away to those who don't have did you give? If you did Alhamdulillah I've got 20 I've got 40 I've given five away I've got 35 I've got 45 I've got 55 I've given five away I've got 50 I've got 60 Are you watching what we're doing? That's a Muslim. That's a believer. Because the Hadith says none of you are true believers until you love for others what you love for yourself. Allah's assistance will continue to be with you for as long as you are continuing
to assist another person Subhanallah these are the gifts of Allah upon you and I I want to solve my problems. The way to do it is to turn to your makeup and you cannot turn to your makeup. Unless you have you are compassionate towards the rest of the creatures of the same maker.
Subhanallah were seated here this afternoon.
What connects us a lot of things. Primarily we've been created by the same maker, we're going to go back to the same maker Subhanallah we belong to Allah don't worry when someone passes away no matter who they are. What do we say in Allah? Who Nayla? I'm gonna say that.
Oh, and when someone we didn't expect well, everyone passes away but someone suddenly OH COME IN gnarly lines. It said a little bit louder. Right? It said hello with a little bit more expression.
In the same thing, you're saying what does it mean? It means we belong to Allah and we're all going to return to Him. So don't be deceived. You're going to return to Allah when you return to Allah? will it matter? will it matter what car you were driving? will it matter what designers you had? will it matter what shoes you had? will it matter?
Subhanallah where you bought that from? When there are people struggling?
a little bit of fresh water to drink.
May Allah Almighty bless us. So this story of use of Alayhis Salam The reason why I decided to repeat some of the points is because it happens in our lives. Don't despair, Allah is great. Your life in sha Allah will be coming up with much goodness much successes, one after the other lots of victories that you go that you don't notice they go unnoticed because we're concentrating on the challenges we've met in this particular venue or at this venue
a few times, some of us
and I promise you one statement that so many people have come back to me and said, you know, this was a game changer.
Was that and I'm saying it again? Because the benefit of those who haven't heard it.
Did you know that Allah promises you guarantees you that if you try to count His favors on you, you're never going to be able to count them.
The guarantees that
by but if you would like to count the challenges he's put in your life, you will be able to count.
Have you ever thought of that?
If I ask you,
how's life, you have a choice. We normally say Alhamdulillah even if you're in a big mess, masha Allah may Allah grant us ease that usually you choose to either speak about the positives or the negatives. A believer is supposed to say Alhamdulillah because you're concentrating on the positives, but sometimes we are weak. We are men and we start complaining, you know, oh, there's this challenge and that challenge. Think about it. Write your challenges in this book. I promise you you won't fill the page. That's how many challenges there will be probably 510 What else you failed your exam. That's one you went through a divorce. That's the other you lost one loved one. That's
the third one what else? These are big things but you can count them country. Right? You lost the job. What's the other you pro you have a certain health matter that you're dealing with? What's the other five things? Okay, what else? What about the favorites of Allah upon you? Oh, we're into dunya Mata la isla too soon. What a verse. Allah says if you try and count the favors of Allah upon you no chance you are not going to manage and succeed. You won't be able to count the favors of Allah. That's why I say my brothers, my sisters, these challenges in your lives and mine. They are temporary number one, they are limited number two
Number three, as a result of those, your path to that victory will be flung open. Had it not been for some of what you've been through, you would never taste the victory that's in your path. People have been divorced once or twice then they get married to a king mashallah, or a queen, and they're so excited and 30 years down the line they said, you know, what, had it not been for this, I wouldn't have been here where I am. But there are others who gave up after the first knock gave up, don't give up life is still mashallah we don't have a guarantee but we have to keep living.
So my brothers, my sisters, I pray that these few words I've said would actually help us look forward, to navigate through the challenges that Allah throws in our direction. And we look at them as opportunities to gain closeness to Allah, we become closer to Allah. We are happy upon all these conditions. Yusuf alayhi salam was happy when he was in the well, he was happy when they removed him. He was happy when they sold him. He was happy when they accused him he was happy when they decided to jail him he was happy in the jail. He was happy when they forgot him in the jail for some years, and he was happy when he came out. And subhanAllah that was the ultimate success.
His brothers kept on saying this and that and whatever until the last minute when they saw whoa, this was something crazy. We planned the downfall of this person and it was through our plan. Through our plan of his downfall. Allah decided to raise Him above all of us, they realized that they sought forgiveness. Maybe people may ask you forgiveness one day they may not it's okay. But Allah is the Greatest Akula kolayca wa sallahu wa salam ala Baraka ala Nabina Muhammad up