5 action items during the last ten nights of Ramadan
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The Friday sermon delivered by Sheikh Muiz Bukhary on the 24th of May 2019 in Al-Taqwa Masjid, Blantyre, Malawi.
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recommends commence by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala. We ask him the almighty the Lord of all words the exalted to shower his choices of blessings and salutations upon the final messenger, our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam his family members, his companions, and all those who tread upon his path with utmost sincerity until the day of
my dear respected elders, brothers and sisters in Islam. First and foremost, I remind myself and then all of you all present here to bring in a life of taqwa. And that is to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. To be conscious of our maker, during every single second of our lives, if we wish to attain victory, if we wish to attain success in this world, as well as the hereafter. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all from the people of taqwa and make him make us from the victorious and successful ones. I mean,
if you observe the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala Look around you, you and I, we are all the creation of Allah azza wa jal, it is from the wisdoms of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he has not created all of his creation equal. He has not created all of his creation equal.
If you look at the heavens, Allah subhanho wa Taala he created the heavens, allies the Virgil created the Jenna, the gardens of Paradise, and he has made genda to fulfill those to be the highest and most loftiness of gardens. Allah azza wa jal created the angels so many angels were my Arabic Allah who no one knows the exact number of the forces of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And from these angels, Allah azza wa jal chose certain angels to be superior to be more powerful than the other engines. For example, we have the most powerful of them all, the greatest of them all. jabril Ronnie Serato Sam, the greatest angel of the month, and then you have Mika in Elisa wassalam, the angel in
charge of reins and provision. Then you have Seraphin la salatu salam, the angel who has been given the responsibility of blowing the trumpet to signify the commencement of Doomsday yarmulke. And as you know, in another Hadith the Prophet Allah Allah Islam is reporter said that this particular Angel has already placed the trumpet on his lips, and he is waiting for the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala to blow the trumpet to signify the commencement of Yamanaka my Doomsday.
If you look at human beings, The Omen the nations Allah azza wa jal created so many human beings from the beginning from the time of our father either malissa to Salaam until today, and of all these nations Allah chose the Nation of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to be the greatest and most superior of nations.
Likewise, Allah subhanho wa Taala created a galaxy of prophets and from these prophets, Allah Subhana, Allah chose certain prophets to be higher and greater in virtue than others. We have all allowed them five special prophets. No, Elisa to salam, Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam Moosa alayhi salatu salam, Isa alayhi salatu was salam, Mohammed Salatu was salam, O Allah, five special prophets. And from the five special prophets, Allah chose to prophets to be Holly lane, his friends, who are they? Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, and our Prophet Mohammed sal Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and from the to Holly lane. Allah chose Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam to be
the most beloved of his creation, the greatest of all prophets, the closest unto Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And why am I mentioning all of this?
Because my topic is fine.
action items to be performed during the last 10 nights of Ramadan. So how is it connected? Look at time, Allah created time and Allah has not created equal. There are some days that are better than other days there are some nights that are better than other nights there are some months better than other months. If we talk about days in general, the day that you and I we are in Friday is the best of days during the week. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam is reputed to have said
to me and tala tala Hisham suyama Juma Holika Adam Murphy who the killer jahnavi Oakridge Amina Akuma call at least this route to a salon, that the best of days upon which the sun has risen is Friday. It was on a Friday that our father Melissa Tucson was created. It was on a Friday that he was admitted entry into gender into paradise and it was on a Friday that he was taken out of gender. The best of days is Friday.
If we talk about it in the context of a year, the best of days are the first 10 days of the ledger and Ashu a year Moodle hedger if you talk about months, the best of months or rather the best month is the month that you and I we are in Ramadan.
and if we talk about nights, it is the last 10 nights of Ramadan that are the best nights and during the last 10 nights we have one night that is extremely powerful, extremely special known as Laila to other hieromonk elfi Shahar it is better than 1000 months May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla grant una all of us the opportunity to attain later part of this Ramadan I mean
so we are headed rapidly towards those nights the last 10 nights of Ramadan Subhana Allah look at how this Ramadan has slipped slipped away from us. We are headed rapidly towards the last 10 nights of Ramadan rapidly. It's almost as if Ramadan just began. It's almost as if last year's Ramadan was just a month ago. And here we are now this Ramadan 2019 is coming to an end Time Is Flying another sign from the signs of the day of gamma.
So therefore it is upon us to remind ourselves to constantly keep reminding ourselves think look around you. You might have had friends, you might have had relatives. You might have had people known to you who were with you last Ramadan, but they are now not with you or they're not. They're not with you. They have gone to their poopoo or to their graves. Likewise My dear brothers and sisters in Islam the coming of Ramadan. We don't have any guarantee that you and I we will see that Ramadan. Why for that matter? We can't even guarantee that we will walk out of these mustered the doors. I can't guarantee that I will get up from this pulpit you can't guarantee that you will see
the end of Salatu. Juma. You can't guarantee you can't assure yourself can any one of us raise our hands and say for sure, I know that I will break fast today. No. That is how uncertain this life is. So that is why it is of utmost importance as believers as intelligent believers that we use every single second that we have every single valuable second that we have to please Allah subhanho wa Taala to earn deeds that will give that was secure that will help us secure a good life in this world as well as the hereafter.
So talking about the last 10 nights of Ramadan, I want to swiftly touch on five special action items that we can spend our last 10 nights indulging in
action item number one
focus on your heart. Focus on your heart.
What is the purpose behind Ramadan? Is the purpose behind Ramadan a diet is the purpose behind Ramadan merely staying away from food and drink and and sexual desires is the purpose of Ramadan to try and understand how the poor suffer is that the purpose of Ramadan, those may be secondary objectives. But the primary objective as has been highlighted by Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Quran, the ayah that I read at the inception. Yeah, you have Latina manual, or you have brought in a man or you the people of E Mancusi, la Kumasi I'm Kamakura la Latina mean COVID eco fasting has been written, decreed and prescribed upon you all just as how it was decreed, prescribed and written upon
the nation's before you all, wait for it. Now comes the purpose, the objective law I'll come to the whole so that you bring in Tacoma so that you become a people of taqwa.
Now, what is tafawa Tacoma is to put up a barrier of prevention of protection require to protect you from the anger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. taqwa is something that needs to permeate
in your life, you're constantly thinking of Allah, the commandments of Allah, the prohibitionists of Allah, you strive to do the commandments of Allah, you strive to adhere completely to the to the commandments of Allah and you stay away from all the prohibitions that have been put in place by our maker.
You know, once a man goes to Abu huraira, the last one, you all know Abu huraira, one famous Companion of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and this man asks Abu huraira Yabba Herrera, define define taqwa for me Tell me what taqwa is. Tell me what tough was on about over the long run when he asks the man. Have you ever walked down a thorny path? Have you ever walked down a thorny path? A path a path with brambles? A path with thorny
branches. Have you ever walked down a thorny path? To reach the man he replies in the affirmative? He says, Yes, I have. Why. Then I'm over the one who asks the mental What did you do as you're walking down this path? The man said, Well, I gathered my clothing together. I made sure that I gathered my clothing and I made my way carefully and gingerly down the path to avoid snagging my clothing onto the phones. I made my way carefully down the path.
Then Abu huraira the last one he says that is the definition of taqwa. So scholars explain
this metaphor, this parable, this example. The the pact is the short life that you and I we've been blessed with the short life that Allah has given us. Our destination is Allah this is this is temporary. This worldly life is temporary. It's a short, short life that Allah subhanho wa Taala has given all of us the thorns, the brambles, these thorny branches, or the Mahabharata, the prohibitions of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So as you make your way down the path, you make your way carefully to avoid snagging your clothing onto those stones. Why because the devil shaytan lies in wait to try and make you trip to try and make you stumble and fall with these stones. So this is
taqwa to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala conscious of the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So action item number one is to focus on your hearts.
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, it has spent some time intro spectating
our Deen is not only cosmetic appearances, it is not only wearing a thong or wearing a coat, you know having a long beard and you know all of that. That is one side of it. But you also have spiritual dimensions inside you take Salah it would not only suffice for you to stand in Morocco
and not have spiritual dimensions. For example, let me give you an example. If one of you were to come to the masjid, okay, pray in the first soft right next to them and then and if you did that, not to please Allah let's say you prayed with a lot of Osho Mashallah, you are you know, so much of concentration and all of that. But your intention was to please the people. your intention was to become known in the community as a pious man, as a righteous man. Not for Allah, not to please Allah. Do you think that Salah would be accepted by Allah, it will not be accepted by Allah. Let's say you give out mountains of gold, you have mountains, so much of money in charity, but you did it
to be known as a charitable person, as a philanthropist, will that sadaqa be accepted by Allah. On the other hand, you give a tiny piece of date, sincerely. Just say one date sincerely for the sake of Allah seeking the pleasure of Allah that is more valuable to Allah than the mountains of gold given to please the people.
So this is our Deen balanced. So therefore it is important just as how much of importance we give to our outward appearance that we give it to our inward
attire as well as to how we beautify our influence. So we need to work on our hearts. Let's use this Ramadan, like I said, to introspect and work on our hearts to cleanse our hearts of all these toxic qualities. You know, sometimes without us knowing jealousy creeps in where we are jealous of others. We talk bad about others, we gossip about others. We have we harbor these toxic grudges and thoughts about others. We don't want another person to come forward. We don't want another person to rise. We don't want another person to earn more than us. We don't want another person to do good. These are toxic qualities or there is pride in our hearts. This is the quality of shaitaan This is what made
chiffon fall pride. He said Anna hi Roman. He said I am better than Adam Carolla catani Minato, calacatta hoomin teen you have created me out a fire and you created him out of place superiority complex. He had a superiority complex, he thought high and mighty of himself. So these are
All qualities that creep into our hearts. And it is important that we spend some time purifying our hearts we need to work towards purifying our hearts. When we think good about others, where we bring in good conduct, good mannerisms, you see the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a pinnacle of good conduct.
We live in a community where we have people of other faiths, we need to respect them. We need to respect their faith, we need to treat them with good conduct.
That is the teachings of the prophets of Allah Wiley when he was Selim, you may have a neighbor, who may be of your faith who may or may not have your faith, yet you treat that neighbor with respect, with love with care with honor, these are the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the prophet lived amidst Christians, the prophet lived amidst Jews, and he treated them with respect, he treated them with care. So this is how a Muslim needs to be very hard. No one, not even an ENT.
Yes, you might do it unknowingly, unintentionally, and you're not going to be held accountable.
You see, there's a narration of once a prophet,
was bitten by an ant. And because of that, he burned an entire colony of ants and immediately he was instructed by Allah for one and two burnt an entire oma, an entire nation, Allahu Akbar. If this is the case with ants, then what about human beings today? You look around the world. You see, hate, you see anger, you see violence. So we as ambassadors of Islam, ambassadors of this beautiful Deen we need to become ambassadors of peace, ambassadors of love ambassadors of care to embody the teachings of the Koran and the beautiful sooner of our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa ala us and so let's work on our hearts work on purifying our hearts. So that is action item number
one, action item number two, during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, focus on your data. As you can see, I started off with heart and now I'm moving on to your limbs Eva, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam as per Hadith we know as per narrations that during the last 10 nights he would he would exert himself further in in good deeds in worshiping Allah and reading the Quran in da
so do the last night You're supposed to exert yourself in Salah in reading the Quran in making Dora in crying unto Allah subhanho wa Taala exert yourself last night's action item number three sada give out sadaqa give our charity
a sadhaka tu tu tu fuel Bella as per the words of the prophets Allah Allah Allah What does charity do? charity of births, calamities, extinguishes, calamities brings you out of difficulty South Africa. Depending on your level on your income, give outside of be a generous individual Do not be stingy. stinginess. miserliness being a Scrooge. Being stingy is not the hallmark of a believer. It is not the hallmark of a believer, the prophet was an extremely extremely generous individual.
He would give at times like a cyclone like a like a, like a beautiful Gale of wind.
You see when the wind blows, when the wind blows, does the wind select and touch individuals, like if there was a gust of wind to blow now, it would refresh this entire congregation. It would refresh all of us unless we were blocked by a pillar or something like that. Likewise, the Prophet sallallahu, asylums generosity, it would touch every single individual impacting every single individual It was such a generous individual sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
action item number four
doba we need to turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala seeking His forgiveness
Toba? See we have this misconception we think that Toba is something for the sinners only Toba is something that only the sinners must do.
You might be thinking, Well, I'm not a sinner. Why do I have to do Toba? My dear brother and sister Toba needs to become part and parcel of your everyday lives everyday lives. Why are we not perpetual sinners? Are we not constant says we walk on the streets we are sinning. We sit down to talk with someone we are sinning. We go onto the internet, we are sinning. So are we not perpetual sinners? Do we not need the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala and look at what our maker says about Toba in the Quran. Look at who is being addressed in the Quran. Yeah yo Han levena
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look at who is being addressed. Or you people have a man or you who have brought in he might not even yeah you live in a slum or you who have embraced Islam no or you criminals or you wrongdoers or you transgressors or you sinners, no.
Me known or you believe so do we not all consider ourselves people even people of Eman we are being addressed here you have levena Amano to boo Illa la Hito button so her turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala in a sincere Toba with a sincere repentance. So Toba.
The final action item that I would like to touch on and then conclude.
is having good thoughts about Allah subhanho wa Taala. Having positive and optimistic thoughts in regards to allies to think good about Allah subhanho wa Taala. You see, some of us we have negative and bad thoughts about Allah. Some of us think you know what, Allah is never going to forgive me. Or Allah is not just Allah is not fair. Why is the Lord testing me like this? Why am I the only one going through this? Why is life so unfair? We have bad thoughts about Eliza Virgil, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he teaches us that Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in the one near Abitibi, I am as per how my slave thinks of me. If you think good about Allah, that is how Allah
will behave with you. That is how Allah will be with you, if you think bad about a lot, and that is how Allah will be.
And my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, Allah subhanho wa Taala
is more forgiving, is more caring, is more loving, than our own mothers, our own mothers. Do we all not have firm conviction firm belief in the love of our mothers? Even if the entire world were to look at an individual as a criminal, that individual knows that if he or she runs to his or her mother,
that mother would forgive that mother would embrace that individually? Yes or no. The entire world can look at the individual as a criminal, but the mother still loves that individual. This is how much of faith we have in the love of our mothers. Let me let me give you all a mind blowing narration, Tear Tear jerking narration
and this is in Buhari
once and the incident goes along the lines of these words once the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the Sahaba they were seated.
And suddenly, they see a mother, a mother
frantically looking for her child. They want a journey and they're all camped. And suddenly they see a mother frantically looking for a child she had perhaps lost her child temporarily. And she was looking for her child. You see when a mother loses a child, for that matter, any parent, you would see the panic, you would see fear. Fear was etched on her face. She was frantically looking for her child. The Sahaba were immediately about to help her. When suddenly she spots she spots her child. She runs to the child, she hugs the child. She brings the child close to her bosom, and she's cradling the child and you can now see relief washing down her face happiness washing down her face
and perhaps tears of joy running down her cheeks because she has found her child.
The sort of law he said he loved while he was seldom looks at this spectacle. And then he looks at the Sahaba and he says oh my Sahaba all my companions. Do you think that this lady, this mother would throw her child into a blazing fire
Abubakar the last one we're very soft hearted individual he was moved, all of them were moved. They said no. Never this mother would never throw her child into a blazing fire than the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went on to say,
Allah, Allah Allah
is many, many more times more forgiving and more caring, more loving unto his slaves them this mother is to hurt a child.
So do you think my dear brothers, I'm asking you do you think Allah is going to throw you into the fire if you turn to Him? Do you think Allah is
Not going to forgive you, Allah will forgive anything anything. All you have to do is turn to Allah, turn to him.
Turn to him. Forgiveness is in his hands. Yes, maybe if you have wronged the rights of human beings, then yes, you have to seek their forgiveness as well. But if it is only the rights of Allah, Allah will forgive you even Schick. As long as you don't die upon schilke, Allah will forgive you if you turn to Him, if you turn to him.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, as I conclude, I leave you all with the statement of a scholar of the past. He is reported to have one self
righteous scholar, that if I were to be given the choice between choosing my mother, or Allah, to judge me on the day of tiama. Now I want you all to put yourself in his shoes, just imagine you're given the choice. You have Allah to judge you or your mother, we would all run to our mothers because we know all we have to do is hug our mothers and you know, everything is over. This scholar says, I will choose Allah over my mother. Because if I have that much of faith and conviction in the mercy of my mother, then I should have much more faith and conviction in the mercy of Allah. His mercy is many, many, many, many more times multiplied over the mercy of my mother, Allah.
With that, I conclude, I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to forgive all of our sins. May Allah azza wa jal help us all to make the most out of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. May Allah azza wa jal help us all to attain Laila to Qatar this Ramadan May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us and bless us to attain many more Ramadan in the future. May Allah azza wa jal help us to cleanse our hearts of all toxic emotions and feelings. May Allah azzawajal help us to purge all negative elements from our hearts? May Allah subhanho wa Taala fill our hearts with goodness with love with peace with care towards one another. May Allah azzawajal protect the Muslims around the globe. May Allah azza wa jal
protect Islam. May Allah subhana wa Jalla let peace prevail in our country and other countries as well. May Allah azza wa jal bless us with good health. May Allah subhanho wa Taala ease our sufferings with allies the virtual relief of relieve us of our sufferings like debt, financial issues, health problems, medical problems, and likewise just as how he Unitas here in this message, Mr. To taqwa here in Blantyre. May Allah azzawajal unite all of us in the beautiful gardens of Jenna, and may He bless us to drink from the house from the fountain through the blessed hands of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam. I mean, I mean Vasco Da da Hiro behind I mean
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