Ramadan 2023 Appeal
What am I supposed to do?
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Fajrul Islam Centre, Cape Town
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah.
smilla rahmanir. Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam
ala nabina Muhammad, Allah, Allah He was happy.
We praise Allah Subhana Allah to Allah we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
his entire household all his companions, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all. And may we all be blessed. I mean, my brothers and sisters in Islam
this morning, we've just heard a beautiful rendition from the children of federal Islam Center here in Cape Town. And I was asking myself while seated here, what is it that we're supposed to be taking from this? Why are we here? And when I leave this hole, what is it that I'm meant to have achieved? That question or those questions are extremely important because we would have wasted our morning if we don't answer those questions. So I try and help you as a Muslim.
answer those questions in a way that perhaps I felt was the most appropriate where Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us all. Okay? The mean, Mashallah that I think we will go away with a handler, we probably going to have something to eat already, some of us have tried out the semesters and the spring rolls, Mashallah that should inshallah go down quite well. In fact, as soon as they came, people started talking to children. Wow, did you taste the solution? Did you taste this free room?
Did you see the cost of those caterers? It's actually on the table if you'd like more, so kind of luck. But on a more serious note, my brothers and sisters, the first thing we learn is knowledge, the importance of knowledge, Allah does not need me, but I need a ma. Allah has countless creatures that serve you. And Allah subhanho wa Taala does not need an insignificant soul like mine. But I'm the one who needs a law for my soul to become significant. And this is something we need to think about. If I want to be a significant person, what I need to do is to know where I came from, who made me and why did they make me did they make me so that I can eat every day and I can go and enjoy
life and do as I want and party because as the youth say, YOLO, you know, you only live once, so go and do what you have to because you're never going to get another chance. So whatever you like to achieve, just go the sky's the limit. The truth is whatever you'd like to achieve, go for it on condition that it is within the limits of the one who made you does he want it from you guess why we need to ask that question. Because we are going to go back to him one day. There are so many who have already gone back who are more powerful than us. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What can
one of the several vistas of wellness is and how many of the nations have we destroyed before then. And in another place? Allah subhanho wa Taala says
those nations they were better in provision they had much more, and they were more powerful in so many verses of the Quran where they today, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the Pharaoh and he asks, Do you hear him? Allah speaks about the previous nations and Allah Subhana. Allah says,
Do you feel the presence of any one of them? Or do you hear even whisper from them? The answer is no. So why does Allah ask these questions because I'm also going to disappear into thin air. What that means is, I'm going to return to Allah in a way that perhaps a century or two from now nobody would even know that I existed. So whilst I'm alive, yes, you only live this one life on Earth. But there is another life that is to come, that is eternal. This life is only between 60 and 70 years and we know this from the Gita.
If you live more than 70 years, believe me, you are very, very fortunate. The reason is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says,
in a submarine, the average lifespan of the members of myeloma between 60 and 70 years, if I plot 70 unfortunately, because now I know I can prepare better for the day I need to is my major and I know now that my knees are aching and my health is failing, that I'm definitely going to beat my makeup. You know when you're young and bubbling in
bursty with all these energies, what do you do with these energies that is the test of Allah subhanho wa Taala and those who use that energy during the youth in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala the Hadith speaks of how they will achieve the special shade of the Day of Judgment Shah Boone Nationale de vida de la, a young person, when he was growing up when she was growing up, he used these energies and whatever Allah has blessed him or her women to obey Allah subhanho wa Taala. Sometimes by the time we realize the value of Salah, we can no longer prostate on the ground because our knees don't bend it. Well, it's not too late to be honest with you. But there is a feeling in
the heart to say I should have done this much earlier when I could actually put my head on the ground. Ask those leads Allah sitting on the chair, they will tell you, I hope and I wish that when I was younger, I would have started fulfilling my Salah because today I cannot even fulfill it standing. What about us who are energetic? How do you use that energy? Let's take a look at federalism center and what we witness from the various
presentations that we had a little bit earlier. Take a look at young children. What did they do? Did you watch? Are you looking? Did you notice what I noticed? Little children? They started off with Sula in the English language before they added it Did you notice that
there was a message for us in that and that is make sure you understand what you're reading in the Koran and that is what is being taught because little children are taught to learn the meaning of the Quran, it is much more important to know the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala than to be able to recite the Arabic correctly, although they are both very important. But if we are not to draw prioritisation if someone doesn't know the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala they can read the Quran as perfectly as possible. Where will it take him that the Hadith says
forum is going to be a witnesses for you or against you on the Day of Judgment. So what you need to do, don't just be a person who can recite it melodiously but understand its message so that when the arm is brought forward on the Day of Judgment, your name will be from amongst those names whom the Quran will take as bearing witness for and not against something quite simple. But if we were only interested in melodious leaving, but our dress code is wrong, our Salah is wrong. Adultery is being committed. We're gambling, we are on drugs, we could not be bothered. We are not even inching closer or forward towards Allah subhanho wa Taala if that's the case, the Quran will come and say yes, this
man or this woman grabbed me and melodiously and everyone says this and that but they never ever practiced upon the injunctions and guess why? because they didn't bother to even know what the meanings of the Quran word it is the only word that we have in existence that is undisputed, the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's the most valuable, the highest if someone writes a best seller,
brilliant books. Reclaim Your heart for example. Enjoy your life. For example, don't be sad. For example, I'm just mentioning some of these motivational Islamic books. And from Han Allah how many of us will be so excited he gave me a copy is cheap copies. They're going in half price this by five gifts to people beautiful. I have also purchased some of these books to give my friends or families that I know people on an occasion of a wedding. What about the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala we're not saying it's wrong to eat motivational books, but the question is how much importance Have you given the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala? That's the important That's the question. Because if I
did not read any motivational book, but I just picked the correct heart it would motivate me much more. Take a look at
take a look at the joshy take a look at the others room when the flu verses were excited. They were motivated to the degree that their lives changed. The heart having having been so dark that it could not see the light in the heart of the one who wanted to kill the messenger sallallahu wasallam was softened up by the first four verses of surah pharma
the mountains crumbled.
He became known as immediately after those tears he became known as one of the alumni
Today it is an insult to say oma without saying. Yet he was a man whose journey started with wanting to go and assassinate the most blessing of the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Why? Because he had the correct heart. When he looked at the Quran, he tried to understand it, then we tried to look into what was being said. And that moved in the first few verses with us will lie here we've read what we call in this part of the world.
They call it a settlement. And I think in most parts of the world completion of the plan, we will sit we will attend we will read we complete 123 most farmers are not one or two versus those people do versus move their whole life full versus change. They're with us four times we've completed the entire plan, we still have no courage to put a scarf in our heads otherwise, we still have no courage to get up.
But someone will say, Did you complete that? Yes, I did. Oh, excellent. But you didn't get what was more important to get her for so your Salah is far more important, but you will only do that if you know the message of Allah.
Notice we speak of Salatin Frederick, and this is federal Islam center that we're asked to be honest, it is the beginning of a new dawn for us. Let us leave as we heard the sister say moments ago, Allah bless her. And granted goodness will lie. When we leave here, we must start rejuvenated, we must make sure we've come here we've watched little children who are being trained regarding the meaning the correct meaning of the poem. And together with that the recitation like I said, we we nobody should leave here saying today we heard the talk saying it's not important to recite the poem No way. It is extremely important. But we are trying to say if you do not know how to read the
Quran, so well as in recitation, but you adopt its meaning and what it requires on you, you are a far better Muslim than one who melodiously recited, but he's far from the D. And this is why it hurts my heart to hear that a half eaten Quran is in the nightclub. More and more. African karate is on drugs, it hurts us more because they have the Quran in the heart. But the problem is they perhaps did not make an effort to learn its meaning. That's what it is. I was trying to diagnose when people tell me no, this person is happy, but they are here and that person and obviously they telling us so that we can help. They're not telling us out of Riba and backbiting. But they're telling us please,
we need help. We need assistance. The first half of them, this is what's going on. They look up to you can you talk to them, and you end up talking to them and you end up finding How did you know what the deficiency
is written in you? They don't have an understanding. That's really just no understanding of the bar. So if you tell him to read, you will cry. But he won't look at the young boy who read for us a few minutes ago. Well law he as young as he was, he could go forward because Allah is mentioning the punishment of those who just believe in the punishment of those who have turned away from Allah subhanho wa Taala, a youngster from Philippi. If I pronounce it correctly, I think it's
And what's happening, he's busy crying in front of us. And it has nothing to do with stage fright or anything because because of the meaning.
And we are sitting 40 years old and beyond. And we've never cried with the meaning of the Parana Allahu Akbar. Why? Because, well, instead of saying why, let me tell you unless Bless you, by letting you witness this occasion today, so that you can make the intention to change.
I'm going to make an effort to learn to understand its meaning Do not be conned by those who tell you it's haram to look at the meanings of the Parana. Remember this don't become Yes, if there are questions that arise you must ask those who are qualified to answer you. But to go through the meaning of the translations, nothing wrong. In fact, it's your duty in your grave, you are answerable to the maker who sent you a book? Could you have been bothered to look into the deeper meanings of that book? Imagine I have one lifetime, okay. my lifetime is perhaps 70 years of average past. May Allah grant us a good lifespan. May he be pleased with us when he takes us away? Even if
he takes us away later today? Love. A person who has had a good day is he or she whom Allah is pleased with no matter how they died? That was besides the point what was happy with you? Brilliant, if I was displeased with you, even if you just died in your sleep without any feeling you fail. So I've got a lifespan. How can I have lived their entire life without having gone through the document that was sent to me to tell me why I was made. So I lived 70 years without knowing why I was living the 70 years foolish. So one might ask you well
How do you know the meaning? How do you know why you were living 70 years? Well, like I said, the only book that has been confirmed unchanged from the time it was revealed is
any other scripture that is available today is confirmed contaminated by its own followers confirm, they will tell you Oh, there's a discrepancy in this. There's a discrepancy in that the, the muslimeen won't say there's a discrepancy, they might say, look, the translation, one might translate it this way. And one might translate it slightly this way, believe me, they all have correctness in them. But the Arabic language the language in which it was related, meaning revealing, completely accurate, no difference. So I have such aggressive gift, it's about time I started reading it. So panela now, I need to make an intention to learn. If I don't learn, like I
said, Allah does not need me alone who has others who are taking it much more seriously. This is why Allah has blessed us with wealth has blessed us with homes and families and so much so many blessings. So much so that Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
What is down
if you want to count the gifts of Allah upon you, you will never be able to do that you won't ever be able to circumscribe the gifts of Allah, or jot them all down and encompass them in terms of writing them down, you will never be able to do that. It's a challenge from Allah. But what does Mary do?
Man utilizes the gift of Allah to transgress against Allah, you've got good looks the most pretty, the most beautiful, the most handsome, and you use those looks, that Allah blessed you with as a gift. He's given you something he hasn't given others. And you use that to do someone in the wrong way alone. imagined. imagined. Allah has given you a mind he's given you while others are crying, they don't have food, people are dying of hunger. He's giving you that wealth. And you use the wealth to gamble, to commit adultery, or to go out to various places that are wrong, and to use to do us wrong things with the wealth and Allah blessed you with the wealth, others are crying for a
How can we use the gifts of Allah to transgress my brothers and sisters, I can go further, very emotional. I have come across people who cannot see who have learned the Quran in the mind.
They cannot see. But they've learned it through listening audio CDs, they struggled they read it 500 times. No, they know it proper. And they struggled over a period of five years. 10 years, they know that they made an effort. What about us who's got eyes, we can see without glasses or contact lenses, the only contact lenses we would have matched colors to match our shoes. That's what's happening today.
And we've never used those eyes to try to read the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Today we're so fortunate we've got ears we can hear you just plug in your earphones and guess what? You on your phone, you no longer have to press buttons. You just touch a screen. That's all you do.
And what happens to Hannah law you can listen to whom you want motivating you on the topic that you choose and get motivated. Or let's say we can do better. Some kind of law you know, you might be sitting there thinking, well I'm motivated, okay, but I can do better. So can you we can all do better. This is the health of Allah but the health of Allah does not come to those who are not looking for it, who are not searching for it, who are not trying to achieve it. Allah says well,
who are those who Allah guides, he guides those who are looking for the guidance, those who are searching for it, those who struggle and strive to find the law. Allah says we open our doors, the doors of guidance, the doors that reach to us, we open them for that particular person. Let's be from amongst those.
My brothers and sisters, I need to make sure that I learned because Allah says what
if you are going to turn away from Allah subhanho wa Taala if you don't want to do what you have to Allah says he will replace you with others who want to do what they have to. Why should I be replaced? Why I really need to wake up and smell the coffee. So kind of love. I really I need to do more because life is so short. Whilst I'm busy working. I must not lose focus of the euro The minute I close my eyes, my money
is no longer mine. The money I
Have, but the money I spent it, it goes down next to my knee, how did you spend it, I spent it on a good cause, or or in a good cause. And what would happen is,
I would be able to see the fruits of that money
that I used in the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala or even on something that was valuable, meaning something correct upright. But if I just left it in a mastic what would happen? before I'm married,
My children are already fighting each other as to who should get what share. And sometimes they stop talking to each other forever. Just because of 100,000 fans love. It just happened. And when I was alive, had I spent all that money and left nothing for them. Perhaps they would have been more united luck.
luck today, let me be honest, we pull off the gloves. And I can tell you something.
We are more worried about leaving behind the generations who can feel or who can fend for themselves in the sense that today, I want to earn a lot of the times and I've asked people why are you reading for my children? Why have you amassed? Why did you buy the property so that my kids can have you know when I die? I want them to have a comfortable life? My brother Have you ever thought of having a comfortable life after death for yourself? That's a question. We are more worried about. Building a life for those who might not even live beyond ours. SubhanAllah and in the internet, we forget our own. I'm not saying don't leave your children, you know, on on a good footing, so to speak.
is quite clear in accounting.
Us. The hottie says for you to leave your heirs wealthy is better than to leave them poor begging from people, but do not lose focus that you need to prepare for your grave more desperately than they need to prepare for the rest of their lives.
So how do I need to prepare for my grave? How am I going to do that? I will do that if I understand what the grave is all about. Where do I get it from the Quran, the tsunami
but I never ever made an effort to learn it. I never ever made an effort to learn this. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. This is why in the Quran there are some warnings you know this good news obviously to those who obey Allah make us from them, but there are warnings as well. And some of these warnings are very scary, like Allah subhanho wa Taala says
regarding the people of Hellfire and regarding the people who will be the losers on the Day of Judgment analysis.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says those who did not take their religion seriously, those who did not take their belief in Allah seriously, those who took it as an amusement and a pastime. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Those who allow the world to deceive them, those who lost focus
upon the earth. By becoming engrossed in the world, the life, Allah says on this day, we will forget them in the same way they have forgotten us in the past. We forget Allah, Allah says a day will come when I forget you, and we're going to need it desperately, you know, if you go for Hajj, or if you're going to any office that has a long queue, for example, and you're standing in the queue, waiting for your turn, to turn to be served.
And you see someone who's serving who knows, you know, how excited you get, I'm gonna save myself two hours, and you make a little bit of a noise and you say, Hey, you know, you want to attract the attention
to me, you know, and you when they come to greet you, you'd love it if they told you or if they told you, Sally, come Don't worry, your turn will come in about two and a half hours. You say what a friend, what a friend. But if they say, oh, what are you doing in that you can come
in, you're like,
thank you, thank you.
How do you think you feel you feel so happy? You feel so excited? Do you know it's only if you have a relationship with someone that that will happen? The same thing will happen in the Day of Judgment, but only to those who have a relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala Will you know he will know you in the end in the dunya.
When you help others and reach out to them in this world, Allah will reach out to you in the the problem with us is we expect a lot to treat us like a VIP but we treat him by the way. Really, when Allah asks us to do something minor, you know, just the dress code for example, Salah
You know, calling out to Allah alone, protecting yourself from sin in towards Allah notice my wording towards Allah which means slowly moving towards Allah is a very good start. Brilliant, you know if someone has started reading the Salah after they only used to make do believe it's a huge achievement, they haven't got to what is supposed to be but at least they started it something Allah knows your intention.
But there's no point in saying need to have for me. And this is what happens a lot of the times, you know, I have some relatives who've had a loss and perhaps distant family and friends sometimes you know, they know they have bad habits and they meet you and they know you know that they have bad habits and they say brother make me You know, sometimes a sister will say to me, but I've been making over the last 10 years it's about time you do something now come on man. Allah protect us imagine the food day and we say oh, maybe it goes into my mouth. Make typos into my mouth, no way. We don't need anyone to make that job because why the hand is already there.
By the time you say Bismillah Alhamdulillah, Allah, Allah, Masha, Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. So the important thing is to have the knowledge and to work upon it. It's not good enough to just have all the knowledge in the world, but you work upon if you don't work upon the knowledge, you don't practice upon what you've learned. There will be others who are practicing. And believe me, having been granted the opportunity by Allah subhanho wa Taala to have traveled a lot of countries around the globe. I see people sometimes and I read without a job. I think we are so fortunate sitting in a country Mashallah, we've got peace. We've got food, we've got good weather, we've got
you know, so much in terms of blessing. We've got a home we've got, and yet we are far from Allah sometimes. And there are others who've got absolutely nothing. And they are so close. Like we had moments ago. Some of these children, their parents among Muslim come time for Salah classes, no one needs to tell them. Did you hear that being told to us a few moments ago? I don't know if you will listen.
No one needs to tell him it's time for solitude. So no one is there to tell them sometimes. But they are reading this a lot. And also, what about us? Our children are the most difficult to get for solitude. It's like shavon knows which address to go to these guys. Okay, go ahead. So you're getting up your daughter, but mom, it's too late to quite long enough to school. And I'm getting
worse than that is the mother who says no, don't worry, sleep is not yet school time.
We forgot about we get about kids for school and we get up for work. What about the work that's going to take you to the astronaut you got up at seven o'clock so that you could earn a salary that you could buy a BMW with that could take you from point A to point B but you couldn't get up one hour earlier. To get that barrage of years that would take you to paradise Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala help us one hour earlier, not even sometimes will like five minutes. It's 10 minutes. But this is the thing. This is what we're supposed to be doing. And this is where the deen comes in. My brothers and sisters Allah subhanho wa Taala has made it our duty to convey the message of Islam. Do
you know that
it's our duty to convey? Have you ever thought of it? And this is one thing I'd like you to take back with you today. Think about it throughout the day. It is my duty to convey the message of Islam to as many people as possible. It's your duty allows me to ask you, and he's going to ask me how am I going to convey a message when I don't know the message? I have no clue what Allah is saying. People will ask me what do you believe about Jesus and it says something different from you. That's it. Oh, I don't know. The other day someone was saying but you know, Jesus did die and fall for the sins and I said what to stop they did he die. That's a question. But that's what we heard from the
other guys. They also look like Muslims. Wow. Allahu Akbar, Allah forgive us. Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, Jesus May peace be upon him, did not die.
He was raised by Allah before they could harm him. And that's what we believe. And the Quran confirms it. Subhana Allah, but we need to know it. So how am I going to propagate when I don't know. And when I know when I propagate the crisis we face asked the reverse. Mostly they are stronger than those who are born Muslim.
And ask the reverse, do you know what they will tell you? They will tell you, I doubted
not Islam, but the Muslims.
I know of
one of the famous reverts.
I'm sure you've heard his name Yusuf Islam. He was known as Cat Stevens before and in one of the talks, or someone was actually narrating
What he says and he says that he says, and I agree with this, that I'm so thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala that I met Islam before I met.
I met Islam before I met Muslims. So that embarrassment is myself. I'm an embarrassment because if people meet me and want to run away from Islam,
then I'm the one who's the hurdle instead of me inviting them and chasing them away. Today, the Muslim sometimes are the most barbaric. They the people who are the most intolerant, they have this interpretation of some of the deen that would result in him believing that you need to just kill anyone and everyone you see who doesn't agree with you. And they call that Islam Subhan Allah. Allah says goddess, the reason is we haven't made an effort to learn the true meanings of the Quran, the message of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we haven't set with the scholars of Islam to try and understand the proper understanding of the deal, the proper meanings, what I'm supposed to do so
Pamela, how can I be an embarrassment? How can I be a block for people to enter the deen or from people entering the game?
Instead, I should be such that when someone just looks at me, they see happiness, they see peace, they see contentment, even if I'm struggling, they see that I'm happy and happy with the decree of Allah. You know, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to our lives through our difficulties. But may we really be from amongst those who will people just look at us, they feel the sense of ease and they want to enter into the fold of Islam. So this is why we say my brothers and sisters as our duty to propagate the message, we need to learn it, put it into practice, if you've only learned it and haven't put it into practice, your propagation is going to be faulty. And if you've learnt it and
put it into practice, inshallah, it will be very easy without even talking, perhaps people will understand the deal and they will want to enter into it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless us, I want to also speak about something very important and that is,
my brothers and sisters, every one of us is gifted by Allah, everyone is gifted, you have a gift. Without a doubt what that gift is, sometimes you might not even know yourself. You are blessed in a way that others are not blessed. You have some unique thing about yourself that others perhaps do not have. And some might share it with you but you have something grand and great that you need to be proud of. Sometimes we don't know what it is, you know, we're good at certain things that might be your gift. Some of us are blessed with time. This is not some blessing in our time, we can get things done in a few minutes. You know, when you have a helping hand in the hole. Sometimes you find
someone will help you through the day and they've achieved nothing and another would help you for two hours of the morning and all the work is done. That's a blessing. It's a gift of Allah. Perhaps they say they are Bismillah with a bit more sincerity. Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to say Bismillah in the first place.
So your gift, use it to serve the DEA, you have wealth, you need to use the wealth in the cause of the DEA, not only your compulsory charity is known as the zecca. Not only that, something from you from your pocket, Allah does not need to tell you Okay, this is compulsory. So So now that's the only reason why you know, you need to keep voluntary as well spend from your well supported good cause. So your name will be written when success is written for that cause. For example, we have
you seen the work we're doing. Now, if you do not have the time, perhaps you had the wealth. So you need to support somehow, if you don't have the wealth, perhaps you have the time. If you don't have the wealth and the time, perhaps you can offer your services at at some very reasonable rate. Or perhaps the range would be between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala I have something to offer. I'd like to meet up with the orphans once in a while and give them a bit of counseling. I'm a counselor, I'd like to assist this and that perhaps they could expand because of your help.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the understanding meaning makers from those who can assist in the cause of the deen in every way possible. Remember, the fruit that the tree sown with sincerity pears is greater in quantity and quality. Remember this, if you have sincerity and you do something the tree that will then bear fruit out of that that fruit would definitely be sweeter, better, greater in quality and quantity. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all these are a few words that I've decided to share with you a little bit of motivation for myself to begin with. And I hope that I can do much more than I am to learn to put into practice and to convey to convey in a way that
people really feel that whatever you said comes from the heart because it should be and go straight to the heart. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless Institute May Allah subhanho wa Taala
Bless you all, and thank you so much for lending me this year and listening so attentively apollonia Allahumma salli ala nabina Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah.