Channel: Mufti Menk
Jumuah Lecture – Banjul The Gambia 02 November 2018
My brothers and sisters, the first message which we have as Muslims for one another is to be conscious of Allah. No matter how much we remind each other about takua or about the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala it will never be enough. In Islam we are taught that the more we repeat the message, the more beneficial it is for us as Muslims. This is why in the Quran, when Allah says, what are the most Allah Azza wa zakka establish your prayer and fulfill the charity. He does not say it only one time, but he repeats it many times in the poem, while that kill
me remind and keep reminding for definitely the reminding benefits those who truly believe. If you are a believer, you would be happy when people keep reminding you of the same thing over and over again. It is an honor, it is a privilege to be reminded because Allah has chosen the same in the Quran. He keeps reminding us he keeps telling us one of the most powerful things that he keeps telling us is worship Me alone, and don't associate partners with me. Why are Mandala howdah to Sri Kumi
de Santa worship Allah alone, don't associate partners with Allah in any way or form and be kind to your parents. Have you ever thought Why? Allah subhanho wa Taala adds the issue of being kind to parents immediately after he speaks about worshiping Him alone. The reason is, Allah created you and I
chose in order to bring you and i into this world, a certain path. And on that particular path he decided, which will be your parents and mind and therefore Allah created you, yes, but through your parents. So he wants you and I to worship Him alone, to begin with. And thereafter he says, Those whom I chose to bring you into existence, be kind to them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to be kind to our parents. But don't forget my brothers and sisters. Remember to worship Allah alone. Every day we listen to messages, we hear people say things, but I promise you, the most powerful message we have is to ensure that we worship Allah alone. We don't ever render any act of worship
for anyone or to anyone or anything besides the one who made us we owe that to him. Allah Allah.
Allah bonamy. Indeed, Allah is the Creator, for him, his creation, if Allah has created, doesn't he have the right to instruct,
whenever made us, he has the right to tell us what he wants us to do. So this is why he tells us to fulfill the five daily prayers. My brothers and sisters, you will have speakers from across the globe, you will have those who speak to you via YouTube, via the internet via the radio programs, the television programs and those who speak to you live. They will all remind you about the five daily prayers. What are you waiting for? Why is it that we listen to one message another a third, a fourth, a fifth attempt? 100. But we still have not established our five daily prayers the way we should? Why is it that we find ourselves waiting? Who are you waiting for? Hallelujah.
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big in another verse? referring to something else? Allah says asking the question, what are they waiting for? are they waiting for the angels to come down or for Allah to come down or for the signs promised by Allah to come down
My brothers and sisters, shouldn't we change before that? I asked you today, every one of you brothers and sisters, I asked you, and I remind you and myself
to become better in how we relate with Allah subhanho wa Taala your relationship with Allah starting with your prayer, that is the basic, Allah has given you 136,000 heartbeats every day. If you miss one heartbeat, you might be a dead man or a dead woman 136,000 heartbeats a day and you cannot read Salah five times for the sake of Allah that will not take you more than 15 minutes.
Are you serious?
Surely we should change? What are you waiting for? Who do you want to listen to the message from? Choose the name? Which Muslim leader? Do you want him to say that pray five times a day you can go on to YouTube and listen to the same person you wish to give you the message. Ultimately it is the message of Allah. So who do you want to come in front of you to tell you please pray five times a day. It is the key to the solutions of the problems of this dunya and the affairs of this world and the next that is the key. If you don't have the key, you won't be able to even cross the first step. All you have to do one of the first things that a slave shall be taken into account for is the
salon. If that is in order, everything else will be much easier. If that is not in order. You have none to blame. But yourself. foreman was at the fire Ferran familia, de la on the day, whoever gets their books and they see goodness in the book, they should think a lot which book is this? The book that you are writing? Right now? You are writing a book, every one of us is an author. Every one of us is writing a book. There is a scribe on our behalf writing the angels are writing, whose book your book, who is deciding the contents of the book, well, your actions, your words, your deeds, are deciding the contents of that book. It is your book, my brothers, my sisters, your own book. So
write it well. Write it well. What have you got in your book? Do you have Xena and adultery? Do you have alcohol? Do you have gambling? Do you have fornication? Do you have all sorts of sin? Do you have distance from Allah? No prayer, the eating of that which is haram, the stealing the pinching the deceiving? What else do you have in the book? Well, I can tell you something very good. I read for you a verse at the beginning of this lecture. And I said that Allah subhanho wa Taala has said
Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. Tell them tell my worshipers who have done wrong, who have committed sin who have transgressed against themselves, tell them never lose hope in the mercy of Allah, you are breathing, it's not too late. You are alive, it's not too late. Delete what is in your book, change it, write something else. When you make a mistake, you can rub it off, you can erase it, it's not too late. Never lose hope in the mercy of Allah. Allah will forgive all your sins, how many of them
every single sin that you have committed, there is no sin that is too big for Allah to forgive, including Sheikh if someone has associated partners with Allah, Allah will forgive you for as long as you asked for forgiveness, but the one who dies without asking forgive for forgiveness. He is the one who needs to be worried because I read another verse today at the beginning of this lecture where Allah says, in Allah, Allah.
Allah will not forgive those who associate partners with him and die in the condition without repenting. Those are the ones whom Allah will not forgive.
Who are those whom Allah will not forgive? Only those who die
without seeking forgiveness from shield from associating partners with Allah. But if you have committed some of those sins, including shield in your life and you are still alive, you can seek forgiveness alone forgive you. Just like the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam most of them before Islam, they were mostly keen, they used to associate partners with Allah what happened Allah gave them when they declared them Islam when they sought the forgiveness of Allah. They used to laugh and joke about how they used to worship sticks and stones prior to the entry into Islam, but they knew they were forgiven by Allah. So if someone has committed schilke Allah will
forgive them if they seek forgiveness. But when Allah says I won't forgive Sheikh he is talking about those who die in the condition of shift where they have not yet asked Allah to forgive them.
So the mercy of Allah dictates that he will forgive all those who seek forgiveness man taba taba Allahu Allah, He whoever seeks forgiveness, Allah will forgive that person in Allah Hata Allah Basu Toyoda who belay Lilia to Obama.
a sham soo Min margaretha. Allah stretches his hand in order to forgive those who committed sins by night during the day and he stretches his hand by night to forgive those who have committed sin during the day Allahu Akbar, may Allah grant us forgiveness.
A lot keeps on becoming happy and excited by those who seek His forgiveness until the day the sun will rise from the wrong side. On that day, the story is over. Another generation says in the La Jolla to below Tabata lab edema Allah,
Allah continues to stew forgive the lows of his worshippers who are seeking the forgiveness of his until they arrive at the point of
just before death. When your soul is being taken away from your body and you begin to see reality then Allah says now it's too late to seek forgiveness. May Allah forgive us. May Allah grant us a new beginning. May Allah make a steadfast with Salah, five Salah a day, not three, not two, not one, but five May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to fulfill all the five set up. We are Muslim, we are proud to be Muslim people look at us and they think that we are barbaric. They think that we are extreme. They think that we are people who don't respect others. No, we want to show them we respect others. We are balanced people, we have very, very great connection with our maker by five daily
prayers. It's a pillar of Islam. If you remove a pillar of Islam, the whole building drops. Remember that.
May Allah grant us steadfastness. So the verse I mentioned the beautiful verse, don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah, what have you done in your life? What did you write in your book, you can change all the bad, only good things in your book, there is a law, federal law. So imagine you can take sticks and it's in your book for
as for the one who will receive his own book, on his right hand, he will say hey, read my book because he will be happy and proud in his book, there is only good things. If he did bad in the world. He quickly asked Allah for forgiveness. So Allah forgave him and wiped out the sins and sometimes Allah wipes out the sin by replacing it with good deeds that you may not even have done but because of seeking forgiveness of Allah, he says.
Those who repent they do good deeds. After the repentance Allah says we will take their bad deeds from the bad side of the scale, we will replace them with good deeds, we will multiply the good and we will show them that on the day of Dr. Medina. Why because Allah says he is most forgiving, not just most forgiving, Most Merciful. Most Merciful, therefore means most forgiving. It was enough for Allah says
What kind of law? That's enough? Allah is most forgiving. Never ever did Allah say he is most forgiving and stop there. He could have stopped but he did not stop. Do you know why? Because he wants to tell us together with forgiveness. I have mercy. I'm the Most Merciful. I don't want to punish you. I want to forgive you. You read Oh Allahu.
Allah wants to forgive you. He's looking for the excuse to forgive you. When you say Oh ALLAH forgive me. He will change your life. If you are truthful. My brothers and sisters, small effort is required from us. I am here in this beautiful city of Banjul in the Gambia. What a lovely nation. What a beautiful country. I am here in this lovely Masjid. They call it the pipeline machine. I was wondering why but I asked Allah to make it the pipeline to Jana.
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We are here in our 1000s if your life does not change today, on the day of john in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala when do you want your life to change? Stop your bad habits. It's not difficult. Cut them today. Promise Allah that you will cut your bad habits we don't need those bad habits or law he they bring about temporary pleasure. They don't bring about long term goodness, calmness. Concentrate on your family members. Concentrate on those around you help for the sake of Allah, those who are around you don't help because you want a sexual favor. Don't help because you want some other political favor. Don't help because you want some job or something of that nature.
Help for the sake of Allah.
And you will earn Jenna May Allah give us Jenna. Helping people is not only through money, it is even through your good character. When you live in your house, make life easy for your children. make life easy for your in laws make life easy for you. The husbands and wives of your children make life easy for your uncles and aunts and your relatives and the law will make life easy for you.
You make life easy for someone. Allah will make life easy for you. You work for someone fulfill your job correctly. Someone works for you respect them as though they are the boss and you are the worker Subhan Allah Rasool Allah Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the greatest of creation, the most normal of all prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala if you didn't know who he was, you would not even know the difference because he respected people so much his companions Subhana Allah when people used to come in, they used to ask who is Mohammed from amongst you, those who didn't know.
Today we have a small job that is slightly higher than others. We want to be acknowledged and the boss what boss and Allah The last time I checked, Bo SS was the name of a perfu
Allah grant us goodness, may Allah make us from those who can at least let out the good sent my brothers my sisters, remember, change your habits. Cut your bad habits for the sake of Allah. treat people with respect you will get gentlemen
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Allah says as for the one who gets his book on the left hand, which means there are some bad pages in that book, bad things written, they did not seek forgiveness. All of us we commit sins, we are human beings, we are insane. We are the children of Adam, we all commit sins, but the winner is the one who immediately asked Allah forgiveness and tries his best or her best not to repeat it again. For the sake of Allah that is the winner. If I asked you who of you have never committed a sin, none of us would be able to put up our hands starting with myself.
But if I asked you how many of us have asked the forgiveness of Allah, the whole mustard will have put up their hands because we all want the forgiveness of Allah. Oh Allah forgive us.
It is time for forgiveness. A Friday the best day of the week in the house of Allah at a time when it's very sacred and your heart is not soft. How When is your heart going to get solved
How many messages Would you like to hear? Every breath that you breathe? is telling you to allow? I'm going to stop one day.
You breathe in and out, is it not going to stop one day? It will. So listen to that message. How many millions and billions you make, what type of job you have how powerful you are, it becomes irrelevant. The day your breath stops, one heartbeat that goes out of order. And there is a small piano in your life. Because your life is almost ended. Two Three heartbeats, you are dead.
What happens thereafter? They say in Arabic in Turkey, Allah, Allah, Allah.
The man has now transferred into the mercy of Allah.
All his deeds. Now in the mercy of Allah, it's up to Allah to accept or reject my brothers and sisters. Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the book in the Quran.
You know what he says? Which book am I talking about? Your book, my book, the one we are writing right now May Allah help us to write it? Well. We don't want to be embarrassed.
Allah says, the book will be placed
and the Mujahideen those who are criminals, they will say what is up with this book here? It has nothing, every small thing every big thing is in this book.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
they will find everything they did in front of them. And Allah, Europe does not oppress anyone, no one shall be wrong in this world. Normally the power of a country is looked at by the power of the judicial system. When your judiciary is very balanced and fair. People love the country. They love the leadership. May Allah grant that to us. I mean,
imagine the court of a law there is no bribery, no corruption, nothing, you cannot cheat. The truth is the truth. The false is the false. Those who got away with murder in this world will never get away with murder in the eyes of Allah.
Let's make peace before we die. We don't want to be criminals. We don't want to be the Muslims that Allah spoke about in this verse. But we want to be from those who can say read my book. I tried. I tried hard. Yes, I faltered. Yes, I sinned. I want to give you a news, those of us who have committed sin, even if that sin went right up to adultery, even if that sin went up to fornication and drinking and so many other sins drugs. Remember, cut it for the sake of Allah and seek forgiveness because Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran, when Medina
as for those who committed immorality, whether it is adultery or fornication, or any other form of immorality, if they committed it, or those who have wronged themselves by committing any sin, if they remember a law and they seek forgiveness for their sin, saying, Who is there who's going to forgive me? besides Allah? I asked you a question. Don't we all believe the same thing? Who is going to forgive you besides Allah?
I have no option but to hope in Allah. I have no other option because I realized my maker and I'm going to go back to him what other options do I have? Nothing zero. So I asked Allah, Oh Allah, forgive my sins, have mercy on me and grant me Jenna and give it to every one of us, me.
So Allah says, Those who remember Allah and seek the forgiveness of Allah because they know that there is none to forgive the sins besides Allah. You know what?
If they don't continue in their bad ways and habits, and they try their best to be upright, Allah says Allah
are the ones who will achieve the mercy of Allah. That's what Allah says.
And they are the ones who will get paradise Jenna Subhana Allah, look at how merciful Allah is. He is saying, if you want Jenna it does not mean you are a person who never committed a sin. No, you are a person who committed sins but you sought the forgiveness of Allah. That is when you are in the mercy of Allah. That is when you will get Jenna amazing, thank Allah, we have hope. We have hope. We will not lose the hope in the mercy of Allah, we will have hope.
So this is the beauty of Allah. I want you my brothers and sisters to remember these words. And I want you to understand, always turn back to Allah always turn back to Allah never lose hope write your book. Well, when we get into the era, we must all be from among those who get our books on the right, get our books on the right and we keep walking into gentlemen into gentlemen into the companionship of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and we meet there and we will be in the best place ever. And we will never regret the little suffering that we had on this earth Subhan Allah.
I want to tell you a very good message. I know I have already taken up a little bit of time, but it's not like I come to Banjul every day. So let me spend a few more minutes something very, very interesting.
If I were to ask you, who is the most loved unto Allah? The answer is Muhammad peace be upon him. If I were to ask you, who is the highest of creation, the most noble of all prophets of Allah? The answer is Muhammad peace be upon him. Have you ever thought Allah loves him more than you and I but he never sat in an aircraft. I loved him more than you and I but he has never had a watch. Allah loved him more than you and I but he never had a tap which he could turn on and the water would come out from Allah loved him more than you and I he did not have a fan all electricity, I loved him more than you and I he never had a car. Forget about Mercedes. He never even had a Toyota Corolla loved
him more than you and I he did not have a bicycle. Allah loved him more than you and I he did not have the type of clothing that we have that goes to show that everything we have is irrelevant in the eyes of Allah. It's got to do with who is closer to Allah who gets genital for those.
Remember that? When you have things it's not a sign of the happiness of Allah. Sometimes maybe when you don't have it, it's a sign of the happiness of Allah. You follow what I'm saying?
But if Allah has blessed you, there's no harm. Let your blessings bring you closer to Allah and make you humble. Some people when they have the blessings, they turn away from Allah. Some people when they have blessings, they become arrogant. Remember my brothers and sisters, two things will take you to paradise, the Kabbalah he was known for Loki,
be conscious of Allah and treat the other people with a lot of respect. I call on you to do those two things. This is the purpose of Juma. This is a sacred pulpit. It is a pulpit from which people are hoping to listen to a message of mercy, a message of goodness, a message of closeness to Allah a message that will move us I hope and I pray, today's message has moved myself and every one of us. We might be struggling in our countries, we might be suffering in a way or to those who are better than us have struggled more and they said Oh Allah, if you are happy with me, I don't mind the struggles that I'm going through. If you are happy with me, it's okay. Everything else is
irrelevant. May Allah grant us a little bit of strength. May Allah help us to improve ourselves, to reach out to one another to respect one another to reach out to both Muslim and non Muslim in a way that we will fulfill what Allah wants us to fulfill. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us. barakallahu li walakum Fillmore and he was soon when I find any way he can be MFI Hema, middle, it will hikma akuto Kony hada Whitestone Villa de la cama de salud muslimeen Festival.