Channel: Mufti Menk
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah Hill
Bismillah. R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Rasool Allah, Allah he was having a Germany.
We commence In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
his companions, his household, may Allah bless them and bless every one of us and grant us goodness, protect us from all evil, grant us the ultimate success in this world. And the next I mean,
my beloved brothers and sisters, many people don't want to hear about the punishment of Allah.
Many people don't want to hear about hellfire.
So people generally like to hear feel good messages where they're cheered on, without realizing that in all the major religions of this world, we have talk of punishment, and we have talk of alpha. When the Muslims say that those who are not Muslim, may not make it into heaven, or intergender. Some people get angry and upset, not realizing that the Christians also believe that if you're not a Christian, you don't stand a chance in the hereafter. And the Jews also believe that if you don't believe in what we have, or if you're not one of us, you don't stand a chance in the hereafter.
If you look at the Semitic faiths, there is always mention of punishment. In fact, if you look at any of the developed nations, and any nation that operates correctly, that works, you will find that as much as they would reward
a citizen who upholds the law of the land, they will also penalize and punish those who don't. And they need to be told, if you were to break the speed limit, say for example, in a country like the UK, you would be penalized. They would warn you, you would be afraid, afraid of what breaking the law. So in order for this blessing nation to operate correctly, you would need to make clear what the punishment is, what the sins are, what the breaking of the law entails. And what exactly would happen to you if you did this. The same applies if you were to chew gum in public in Singapore, you'd probably pay a penalty for it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a good understanding. And
these nations are considered developed perhaps some of the most developers on Earth. Yet the punishment and the penalisation is so severe sometimes that people are frightened, literally frightened to break the law. And in a way, isn't that a good thing? Masha Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness and a deep understanding. Similarly, when it comes to Allah subhanho wa Taala moreso. It is his duty to let you know what is right and what is wrong, what will happen if you follow that which is correct and what will happen if you do that which is wrong. It is important we speak about it from time to time. And this is why you take a look at the Talmud, the Torah, the
Bible, Old and New Testaments, you take a look at the book and you take a look at the Hadith of the Prophet peace be upon me, you will always find mentioned being made, you will always find mentioned being made of punishment, whether it is that of the previous nations, or whether it is that of what people would deserve if they were to break the law of the Almighty.
Sometimes if a person were to break one of the 10 commandments, for example, they may not see their punishment on Earth. But if you will mighty, the Most Merciful, the most forgiving the most kind, the most compassionate, would like to penalize them later on, he may do that, out of his compassion and mercy. Like I say, people have asked me a question in the past. If Allah is so merciful, and he is so caring, and he is so compassionate, why did he create Hellfire? Why does he need to punish people? Well, a simple answer for the mind is the most successful countries on the globe have had to create similar laws in order for them to be considered some of the best countries on Earth. I gave
you an example of Singapore, to be very honest with you Yes, without a doubt, one of the best countries perhaps in terms of system and operation and so many other factors. And yet the laws are so strict and so hard, not because they are bad, but because they don't want anything to go wrong. That's what it is. With the almighty if he were to say it's okay do as you please.
Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says people would commit murder, they would steal others properties, they would get a kick out of causing oppression. But Allah subhanho wa Taala from the very beginning tells us there is a limit, you cannot just kill, get away with murder, you need to be penalized. So in any nation, if you were to commit a crime, like killing, you know, stealing, breaking the law in one way or another, you would be punished. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and our offspring. I mean, the reason is they need to protect others, they need to save others, you're not the only one on Earth. So if you did something wrong, for example, you committed adultery
as a person of faith. Yes, if someone does not believe and they committed their own, you know, what we would consider sinful, that's between them and the Almighty, a person who is not a Muslim, not a Christian, perhaps a PST. For them, there is nothing like adultery because it's just okay. in certain places, depending on how they think. But for us, it's not okay. We have placed restrictions upon ourselves by declaring that we're Muslim. When I say I'm a Muslim, I bought symmetrically placed on my shoulders, laws, rules, regulations, that perhaps the law of the land have not placed on my shoulder. For example, the five daily prayer, which law of which land makes it compulsory upon
you to pray five times a day, none of them, but you as a Muslim and myself, I would feel guilty if I missed a prayer, and I would quickly want to recompense I would quickly want to make up because it's me. It's my belief system. So Allah subhana wa Jalla tells us, you know, what, we will tell you from the very beginning, he told us, like I said, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, those are the three that speak about it very loudly, about what the punishment of the previous nations, the people of Noah, Noah May peace be upon him went through a lot of challenge for him, it was an elevation of status by the Almighty, but for his people, it was a punishment. And unless we destroy them, then
Allah says to us, just be careful, because if you were to follow what they did, perhaps we may destroy you to thereafter he gives us another story, the story of say, for example, the people of loot, the immorality they engaged in, Allah says, when they did this, we did this. If you were to do that, perhaps we may do this as well. And so let's say for example, the people of shrining may take this, what did they do? They used to steal and deceive in business a lot more about, it's a topic we need to speak about across the globe today, people have fine tuned the stealing and deceiving in a way that they are considered smart when they do that smart. Why? Because I deceive. But you know
what? The catch all the arm or the grip of the Almighty is too solid. You cannot get away. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow, but the day will come when you will pay the price. We are talking about something known as blessings. When you earn a little bit with a lot of blessings. Were lucky your life is lived to the fullest. But when you have a lot with no blessings, that money that wealth will bring about your downfall in one way or another Which one do you want when the stories of the previous nations have made this clear that people have tried us to show change their people? And unless we punish them in such a way that we destroy them? Why does Allah say that? He says it's
about mercy, that we punish those who are criminal, just like it would be out of the mercy?
So panela about to say something, just like it's out of the mercy
that the people who have made it are brought to justice?
Is it not mercy? You can't say, well, it's such a lovely country, why would they punish someone who did the murder? Well, because it made a continued it would no longer be a lovely country, right? Simple. So this is why we say when you punish, it is actually at times, in fact, mostly it would be if it was to the correct measure,
a sign of the mercy of the Almighty and the sign that we have mercy on one another. When you stand up for justice, why is it given so much of importance in any faith, religion, doctrine, or any law? Because if you were to uphold justice, you actually make life more meaningful for the rest. When you make an example out of the criminal, what happens to your community, you can sleep at night and you can snore, the only person you need to be worried about is your spouse.
Allah subhanho wa Taala help those with the snoring problem, let's say I mean, wow, that was quite a few are means that Allah grant us keys but my brothers and sisters you see in reality
Allah speaks about heaven and hell Allah speaks about hell a lot in the Koran hellfire. We don't like to hear about it because we are human. But you know what, if you live your life in a criminal way, and you think the long arm of the law is not going to get
into Panama, it's not going to get to you, you're wrong, it will catch up with you at some stage or another. So if you think you can do as you please, and then you're going to go back to the maker who made you, and then he's just going to let you go, Well, I tell you what we do know he's the most merciful, most compassionate, most kind out of his mercy and compassion and kindness he has, he has written justice. And he says, If I was unjust, what's the point of asking others to be justice? This is why when Allah says, You know what, if you were to perpetrate a crime, you need to be penalized? When he says that, it's a sign that he is failed. And just imagine from amongst us, you will have
cases, especially in a country like this, we are not yet first world nor are we second world. I don't know if we actually qualify to be in the third world. But let's hope we do, to be honest with you. In a country of this nature, people might get away with some form of oppression. Don't you feel that when a person is wrong, they have oppressed you they have you serve your wealth, they have done something majorly wrong to you, and nothing happens about it. Don't you feel so unsafe, uneasy? Don't you feel so wrong? Well, Allah says, you know, what, if people haven't stood up to serve that justice, don't worry, we will serve it for you. So Panama, there was a Hadith of the Prophet
sallallahu Sallam where he was seated with Abu Bakr Siddiq on the libretto, and the man kept on, you know,
bad mouthing Abu Bakr in front of him,
speaking bad words, or words, it was hurting him, but the loved one kept smiling, and he was quiet, and the profits kept smiling. And he was looking at Abu Bakr Siddiq of your loved one. And so something amazing and interesting happened.
A little while later, Abercrombie alone who could not manage, you know, he's a human, he's a human being. He couldn't he had to, you know, let go a bit of steam he had to let off. And so what happened is, he said, he responded, very small response, the prophets of Salaam smile, vanished. And he got up and quietly walked away. So whenever the loved one went to the Prophet peace be upon him and told him, You walked away, you went away. He said, You know what? When you were silent, the angels were there defending
the minute you open your mouth. They were doing. I was smiling at the fact that because what was being said was not harmful. Your stick your bones were not being hurt. It was someone's words. Let me explain. When someone utters bad words, what does it show? When someone says you're a dog, some sort of love, protect us? Oh, and someone said calls you an idiot, or stupid or whatever else. In reality, it says more about them than yourself. Imagine, think about it carefully. If you were to smile and walk away, honestly, you have understood what Allah says what either.
When the true believers are addressed by the ignorant, they just say peace and they walk away. Don't waste your time. Don't waste your time, you will invest in it. Such an investment that can only result in a loss. If you were to respond. There's no way you can when they want to draw you into the muck. Don't allow that to happen. My beloved brothers and sisters, Allah will take care of that. And Allah says we do it in a beautiful way, either today, or tomorrow in this world, or the next. But Leave it to us. That doesn't mean that you're not allowed to stand up for yourself when grave injustice is happening. No, you shouldn't you must win. When your life is at stake when your
property is at stake when your family and it's honor and dignity is at stake, etc. Unless you get up and you defend yourself. Someone wants to slap you you have the right to slap their back. And so on. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding my brothers and sisters, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to protect us from the wrath and the punishment. Things happen across the globe. And people say that was a punishment, something happens to you and die and people say that was a punishment. It's a matter we need to address for a moment because who knows whether it was a punishment or not? Only among
you see the Coronavirus that's going on. May Allah protect all of us. People were saying at the beginning this was a punishment I chose to say let's
Pray for the people no matter who they are, where they're from, what race religion they belong to, let's find the fact that they are human. And there is a plague, there is a disaster. Our duty is to pray for them and watch out. It's coming here. So Pamela, did you hear what I just said? take it seriously. It's coming. It's a matter of time.
You might say, don't be a prophet of doom.
I promise you, my brothers and sisters. If not that, then any other disease can overtake us content.
And will people say it's a punishment yet we are here in the masjid in the house of Allah, the fact that you and I are here in the house of Allah on the Friday, isn't it? The Sign of the mercy of Allah? You don't have to rub it in. It's a punishment. Because how do you know did not come and tell you it is or it was, you might say, well, it's the way they were leading their lives. What about the Muslims who died? What about those who died in prayer? What about those who don't? And then someone will come and say to Heidi, and they'll come that was the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. He may have been speaking about something else, you may have not understood its context. We are trained as
people who study the deen that when someone is going through hardship, never ever tell them. It's a punishment, never. You need to give them at that juncture, the boost that is required to come back to Allah, when someone is really in a bad shape, My duty is to reach out to them and to tell them Do you know what Allah subhana wa Taala has mercy is immense, it encompasses everything, don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah Come, let's turn towards Allah. You don't need to say, brother, it's a punishment Serves you right? You walk away What's going on?
Now, I'm not gonna disease.
But you may talk about punishments prior to things happening, or just generally to say, study the previous prophets lives, study their people, look at what they did, look at how Allah dealt with them. And don't think that cannot happen to you, you can talk about them. in a general way, you can speak about it to tell people be warned, if you were to do X, then definitely y will happen. And if you were to do a then B will happen and so on, because it has happened in the past. For example, if I were to tell people that you know what, if you were an upright human being, believing in one God and understanding the message of the messengers, for you is genuine. And if you weren't, perhaps
there is a warning that is given for you and to you and against you to say that, in general, may not be wrong, but to start saying, This man is in Hell, I know he's in hell. Were you in hell some time to see that? Man, Allah grant us ease. What made you say that a person who you might not get along with maybe the first person to intergender meaning amongst those who you know, may Allah subhanho wa Taala Candace on gender. Another thing
if you don't get along with someone on earth,
and you're a true believer as much as we teach, and we really want justice, we want it so badly.
Try praying for them. Try and imagine if you ask Allah for Jenna for them, the angel the angels will ask Allah for Jenna for you. And the angel supplication is far more powerful than yours. You will get to paradise I always say if Allah tells you I give you a paradise on condition that your neighbor is meant to be your biggest enemy on Earth. What would you say? I would say, give me all my enemies all around me no problem for as long as I'm there. So Panama, so kinda, but man's mind is too small to think that way. Because we don't know what paradise has. So we can't No, no, this guy, no way. I don't even want to see his face in the hereafter. Luck but you don't know whether you're
going to go there or not. You may not see his face because he might be inhibited and you might be somewhere else. Allah Subhana Allah, Allah grant us goodness, my brothers, my sisters, we ask Allah subhana wa tada to open our doors.
Just like we've heard that punishment is definitely something that people would want to see served to criminals on Earth, when they perpetrate in justices against one another. In the same way, as when you've perpetrated an injustice against me, you know what, as much as I may forgive you, and as much as my mercies great morning, you have a severe punishment of the Hereafter is nothing wrong in speaking about the punishment of the hereafter for those across the globe who have a problem when the Muslims say that if you're not a Muslim, you may not make it into paradise. I tell you, the Christians say the same, the Jews in the same and so many others say the same. Recently, I was in a
country where someone told me that a person had told them you Muslims, why do you believe that the others are all going to help you people have this hating you? So he says, I asked this person, what faith are you? He says when I'm an atheist? He says, well, deep down, you're a Muslim. How do you know? Because if you were not you wouldn't really be worried when Christians tell me you may have that. You're not
You need to have a nice smile and keep going. When a Jewish person tells me I'm not making it to heaven, I smile and keep going. So why is it that when the Muslim says you're not making it to heaven, you get all upset and uptight, because deep down, you know, when Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us ease that could only be that could be the only reason. There's no other reason, because everyone else is the same. The whole world believes that everyone else, belief wise is wrong, except them. And even among the Muslims, we have challenges. We have people we have some paranoia among the Muslims, some will say the others are not making it to heaven.
So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala, to open our doors to grant us ease, to grant us goodness. And really we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us a lesson from the previous prophets and their nations, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala, not only to grant us a lesson from the previous prophets and from the previous nations, but at the same time, from what he himself has warned us about, from what he himself has warned us about, regarding the hereafter. I want to end off by saying, brothers and sisters, we pray for everyone across the globe right now, there are challenges in India, not just in India, but in so many other countries. We cannot even I have a habit of not naming the
countries because if you miss a country out, we're lucky you are being unfair. So many other names and so many places and sometimes we don't know ourselves. So panela we don't know ourselves. So Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best, who is struggling, where they are struggling, who is the one who oppressed and who is the oppressor when you and I pray sometimes, if we were to take names when we don't know we might be praying for the wrong people. So it's best to say Allah you know who is right who is wrong, help those who are right and guide those who are wrong. You know, who you know, who is the oppressor, and who is the one who is oppressed, so you help the oppressed against the oppressor
The oppressor must be handled without the help for Muslims across the globe. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help humanity grant us goodness grant us pure aku colada masala was Allah Allah