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Taqwa – May 2012
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Qatar Lecture Tour 2012 – Mufti Ismail Ibn Musa Menk – Fri, 25 May 2012
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My beloved brothers and sisters in Islam
we send to Allah subhanho wa Taala and praise Him upon all conditions and we seek His protection from the condition of those who shall be cast into hell fire.
And at the same time we asked him to grant us consciousness of his the term used in the Arabic language is takua.
And we are all aware that this term is repeated in the Quran in many places, as well as the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad May peace be upon him.
It is important that we know the meaning of this term some people translate it as the fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala
and some people have translated it as the consciousness of Allah subhana wa Tada.
If you take a look at what
He says that taqwa is to create a barrier between yourself and the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala
by obeying all his commands and abstaining from all the prohibitions.
This is one of the most beautiful explanations of the terms of law.
Because indeed, it governs every single aspect of our lives. Some people think that taqwa is only connected to fulfilling acts of worship.
And some things that taqwa is only connected to abstaining from prohibition.
taqwa is the marriage of the two where we will abstain from prohibitions as well as engage in that which will, which is the obedience of the Almighty.
It is also extremely important that we realize that the person who has taqwa
is the one who will be granted safety from Hellfire and entry into paradise. And this is why the Prophet peace be upon him was asked by his companions, may the pleasure of Allah be upon all of them and may be upon us as well.
He was asked what are the qualities of the people of paradise? What is it that will have taken the people of Paradise into paradise? What would they have done in order for them to have earned paradise and he replied, cupola, he was
the consciousness of them of Allah subhanho wa Taala
and good character and conduct. So these are the two main aspects of our lives that will result in our entry into paradise by the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
We should try our best to engage in every deed that Allah subhanho wa Taala has instructed us to engage in
and therefore when it comes to Salah early in the morning to get up, it would require a consciousness of your maker the fact that he is watched the fact that he has absolute control over the fact that he is able to punish us, the fact that he is able to reward us, the fact that he is the one who controls the sustenance we have, all the sustenance we shall be getting. The fact that he controls our health, our life, our death, and every single aspect because many people sometimes engage in clandestine dealings because they want to earn an extra dollar or two, an extra Riyal or two, if that is within the displeasure of the maker, then that person is void of taqwa in that
particular aspect. They have lost the consciousness of their maker. And remember one thing we will never be able to earn profitable sustenance, through the displeasure of the owner of sustenance, who is Allah subhanho wa Taala. So it is better for us to have $1 less, but we have a life full of blessing, then to have $10 more, but a life full of difficulty and the displeasure of our own maker.
It is also better for us to lead a life where we do not follow our whims and fancies in the displeasure of Allah subhana wa
Allah, because the pleasure of this world that may last a few moments, if it is within the displeasure of the maker, we will never be able to be pleased in the long term or in the short term. And this is why those who have committed sin, those who commit adultery, those who commit so many differences, those who engage in gambling, those who drink alcohol, drugs and so on, if you ask them, what did you achieve by this, they will ultimately tell you absolutely nothing besides loss, because the Almighty has kept his plan. And the plan is if you want to achieve success, you need to be from amongst those who are conscious of his or her maker, Wallace to
The poet says, I don't see happiness, through the gathering of lots of wealth. But indeed, the one who is conscious of his maker shall be the one who achieved ultimate pleasure.
So remember, never seek the pleasure. never seek your own pleasure through the displeasure of the maker, because he controls every aspect of your life. And we ask the almighty to make us from those who earn the benefits,
who earn the benefits and the fruits of being conscious of the maker.
Even though sometimes it is quite difficult for us to drop whatever we are doing, and to come for Salah to come towards success and prayer. It is quite difficult at times for us to drop whatever we are doing, and opened up on and read this word, and understand them and put them into practice and convey them to others. Sometimes because we are drowning in materialism, that happens to stare at us and glare at us from every angle. We walk the lot the right, the left, the front, the back, we look up, we see technology and we see modernization and at the same time we see materialism, and men very sadly, love that which he sees in front of his eyes, forgetting that which is to come after he
closes those eyes.
So it's important for us as much as we would like to live a decent lifestyle. Let's not become greedy because through greed, we become those who have displeased Allah subhanho wa Taala and the one who displeases his maker will be void of consciousness of his maker. And if you open the pages of the Koran, you will find so many verses where the Almighty has made mention of the people of Paradise, and he makes mention of what he has prepared for them. And ultimately he makes mentioned that they are the ones who are
the ones who are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
As we are seated here,
this beautiful gathering in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala it is important that we realize that Joomla is not the only player that is incumbent upon the Muslim. But we have five prayers a day. And just as we give importance to this particular gathering on a weekly basis, it's very important that we give importance to the other prayers as well. Why is it that we find ourselves lacking in slacking when it comes to the other prayers, whereas when it comes to a Friday, we ensure that we are there on time, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who are conscious of every single prayer. And not just one a week, sometimes we become so weak that we arrive late. We arrived
so late that we are in a rush for the one lecture that we would hear on a weekly basis. Over and above that we come late. We get up very late. And what happens as soon as the Salah is over. We are rushing out to food as though we've never seen it again. We've never seen it before. It happens sometimes. And this is a man who tries to overtake us. And those who have understood the plan and plotter shaper. They are the ones who will be able to be conscious of their maker, being conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala requires knowledge. Because without knowledge, we won't know how the devil comes to us and how he tries to entrap us. So this is why I call upon yourself and myself to
do more to learn beneficial knowledge to do more to attend those lessons that are being taught at the various venues. Especially the fact that we are here in a country where Mashallah there are so many, so many people whom we can benefit from. Why is it that we find ourselves giving so much importance to worldly items, whereas we don't equalize it, at least equalize it at least with that which will be beneficial for the year after. And when I say this, what I mean is no matter what we've earned in terms of this worldly life, if we do not balance it with the preparation for
Life After Death. How can we call ourselves believers in the last day? And how can we call ourselves believers in the day of judgment and believers in the resurrection? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us
every single one of us needs to ask himself or herself. What is it that I am going to do from this day on to draw closer to my own maker? For indeed it is only through knowledge that we will be able to draw closer to our maker. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala has praised those who seek knowledge and those who have knowledge in the Koran and they have been praised as well in the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad May peace be upon him. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is full. So in Latina Allah Muna one leadin, Allah Allah moon, say, ask them a question, are they equal, those who know and those who don't know they indeed
they are not equal. So let us become from amongst those who know and protect ourselves from ignorance. A person who is ignorant will never realize and understand the plan of his maker, and the fact that this life is very temporary. People go stronger than us, and people much more wealthy than us have passed already.
their wealth did not help them, their health did not help them. Their good looks did not help them, they had to die ultimately. So a loser is the one who only prepares for the few years that he is going to live without preparing for that which is to come forever and ever. And this is why today's speaking on the topic of taqwa and expanding on it, it is important that we highlight the fact that every aspect of our lives is governed by or should be governed by taqwa. When we are walking on the street, the way our eyes gaze towards the right in the left should be governed by the consciousness of our maker. If I am conscious of the fact that my milk is watchful, and I am answerable to my own
maker, nothing can go wrong or if anything does, immediately, I will repent to him, knowing that he is the one who accepts repentance.
totally La ilaha illa Allah.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says
he is the one who forgives the sins. He is the one who accepts repentance, but at the same time, he is the one whose punishment is so severe. Look at how beautiful the Koran is, on one hand, it gives us hope. And on the other hand, it gives us a warning, whenever you have warnings in the Quran, immediately they are coupled with the good news and how the news of
and seeking forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala and how he always accepts those who turned to him. And whenever there is good news of Paradise, there is always a warning that Hellfire is not very powerful.
So the winner is the one who can earn ultimately paradise and protect be protected from hellfire. And this is why the Almighty is speaking about success. He says the
woman renea is lamotta Oh, he is the one who has saved himself from Hellfire or who has been ultimately saved from Hellfire and has been granted entry into paradise is the truly successful one. You want to know what is success, success does not lie in driving the latest of motor vehicle unless it is using the pleasure of Allah. Success does not lie in owning the greatest of village unless it is within the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But ultimate success is when we are given that abode in Paradise, and we are told we are protected from hellfire. And this is why we are taught that on that day the people will be given their books, those who have done good will be given their
books on the right hand and those who have done otherwise have none to blame but themselves and they shall be given their books on the left. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from those who fail on that day. The temporary failures in this world sometimes lead us to do that which is in the displeasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala in order to achieve success, and this is why we have so many people, the minute they are affected or inflicted with any negativity, they run to people who claim to know the unseen whereas none knows the unseen but Allah. They run to those who claim to have solutions, whereas none have the solutions besides Allah subhanho wa Taala they run to those who
engage in superstitious activity. Remember, superstition is very far from the religion of Islam. Islam is a very simple religion straightforward with a greatest link and the most powerful link to
could ever develop is the link of your own maker. If you have strengthened that rope, there is no rope that you need besides that, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to strengthen the link with him.
The less we link up with our own maker, the more we will link up with everything besides the makeup. And for this reason, it's important for us to realize that whenever something has befallen us in terms of negativity, whether it is ill health, whether it is the death of a family member or a child, whether it is loss, we should never ever resort to anything superstitious. We should not go to people who promised us things in exchange for a little amount of money. And some might even do that for free. Remember something we cannot sell our faith in our maker for a short token that will not get us anywhere. For a little bit of pleasure that might last a few moments. We don't want to
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remember, the Almighty says turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala in repentance, all of you believe is in order for you to achieve success
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besides Allah subhanho wa Taala and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is His Messenger, the final prophet of Allah subhana wa Tada. And I asked the almighty to grant this benefit from the knowledge that He has given us to benefit us from that which he has granted us to make us from those who go out to seek beneficial knowledge. And at least to grant us the title of students of knowledge or indeed, that is a very, very virtuous title if it is granted by the maker himself. May Allah subhanho wa Taala accept us to be from amongst those whose main aim in life is to please Him, and may he be from amongst those who is pleased with us at the same time.
My beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, it is important that we are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Every sermon that we hear, usually we will find the email commencing with the warning or the encouragement, it's up to law, be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We normally take this for granted, and sometimes we just hear it and we have the idea of what it means but we sometimes forget to put it into practice in our own lives. And this is why it's important for us to think for a moment and to pause. Every single time we hear that reminder. What does it mean? What have I done before I came to the masjid today? And what am i planning to do as soon as I leave? Am I planning to
engage in that which will displease Allah subhanho wa Taala? Do I use my phone in a way that will displease my maker? Am I in touch with those whom I'm not supposed to be in touch with? Am I engaged in a relationship with the opposite sex in a way that I'm not supposed to be? If that's the case, the only way to achieve the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala is by becoming conscious of him, and putting an end to everything of that nature, that will just please Allah subhanho wa Taala. Remember the warnings and reminders that have gone to our ears were never meant to miss our ears. So I will be asked and so will you, we will be asked about the reminders, I will be asked of the reminder. And
whether I put him into practice or not, and whether it was delivered or not. And yourselves, you will also be asked about the reminder, did you hear it or not? And what did you do about it? So this is why we believe in the purest reminders which come from the poor and the
poor indeed, besides that we don't need anything.
The reminders we have from our own maker are more than enough for the problem was asked is sometimes we tend to become oblivious of it. Because of our day to day dealings. And because of the beautification of this world, we are not at all encouraging people to divorce themselves from this world. For indeed, part of the consciousness of the Almighty is to do dealings that are upright, and to look after your family and to look after your needs. That is also part of the consciousness of your maker. But remember, in the process, we don't want to achieve the displeasure of our maker. And this is why we have and we will continue repeating the fact that it's very important never ever to
try and achieve something for our benefits. While it is in the displeasure of our own making.
I invite you to open the pages
whether it is later on today or at some point and go through the passages
and see how Allah subhanho wa Taala has issued a warning and
At the same time, good news, a warning for those who displease him. Those who don't tend to him, those who continue in the displeasure of the maker. And good news for those who are conscious of him, for Indeed, for the true enjoyment is in the, in the life after death. And this is why the Almighty says, For the cocoon for those who are conscious of Allah, we have prepared paradise and he described a bit of international law and he describes much more of it in many other suitors of the Quran, as well as in the Summa masala he was alone. On many occasions, the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him has also warned us to be conscious of our maker. And he says that indeed you will be
meeting your maker and each one of you shall be communicating and talking to your maker, answerable to your own makeup, no barrier between you and him in terms of speech, you will be talking to him and Allah subhanho wa Taala has confirmed this in the Quran as well. And this is why the moment we know that Allah is closer to us than we are to ourselves as he says we're not even heavily worried that Allah subhanho wa Taala says we are closer to men than he is, or we are closer to men than his own tequila, which means that he is to himself. Imagine someone telling you, Allah is closer to you than you are to yourself. He can take you away at any time and he can do whatever he wants. Maybe
become amongst those who prepare for the day we are meeting our maker. If we'd like to achieve the consciousness of Allah, it is important as the the instruction of the messenger May peace be upon him, he says, increase the remembrance of that which destroys all luck and desires that are unlawful. And what is that?
The moment you think of this and you think that you are going to die, which is very normal, it is normal on a daily basis to think that this is going to be my last day to the degree that the Prophet peace be upon him says when you are fulfilling your daily prayer, you should fulfill it in a way as though this is going to be the last opportunity for you to engage in prayer. every prayer should be like that this would mean that on a daily basis at any moment I should be conscious of death. And if I am conscious of death, it will help me to be conscious of my own makeup. And this is why one of the main points of taqwa is to continue remembering where you are heading and where the others have
already gone. And where we will ultimately be May the almighty be pleased with us.
used to make mention of a statement has evil
was inevitable and you should take account of your deeds before they are taken account of and you should weigh them before they will be weighed. And this is referring to the life after death or referring to the Day of Judgment. And this is part of consciousness of Allah way your deeds before they will be weighed, take account of your deeds before they will be taken account of in this world we have
our own businesses where we take very good stock of what is happening. Why don't we take stock of our own deeds and the beauty of it where you have gone wrong My beloved brothers and sisters, it is so beautiful the Almighty says just turned to me and I will delete whatever you have done in the past. I will delete whatever you have done in the past Don't lose hope in my mercy. Oh my worship is the Almighty says don't lose hope in my mercy love Akbar. He is the one who is most forgiving, Most Merciful. So let us turn a new leaf today. And let us remember these reminders that come they are the words of the Almighty the words of the messenger, it's important we take heed May Allah subhanho
wa Taala grant us all benefit in the dunya and and may He make us from those who have excelled in the dunya and May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the best of this world and the next May he makes us from those who are consciously Allah, we ask you to benefit us all. Allah is that Islam and Muslim in Allahumma Amin.
we ask you to protect us in our lands, we ask you to protect our suffering brothers and sisters across the globe. We ask you to help us all to grant us peace and stability security. We ask you to grant us every form of goodness to protect us and our offspring. We asked you to grant us goodness in our homes, goodness in our businesses, goodness in our health, we ask you to grant us every form of goodness and we ask you to make us from those who are successful in this world in the next and we asked you to grant us paradise. Ultimately when you take us away we ask you to benefit us in every single way.
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