Channel: Mufti Menk
Qatar Lecture Tour 2012 – Mufti Ismail Ibn Musa Menk – Sat, 26 May 2012
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala tamani Milani Allah.
We commence by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala sending blessings and salutations upon the masterpiece Mohammed Abdullah Al Hashmi, Akashi. Now Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless him and all his household. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless all his companions,
and may He bless every single one of us and our offspring to come up to the last day. I mean,
my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam,
it is indeed an honor to be seated in one of the houses of the Almighty the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala, which is the most blessed place on earth.
And it is indeed an honor to be speaking on the subjects which is connected to the reason why we attend to these houses are one of the reasons
and at the same time in this beautiful city of Doha, it is very good to see the smiles on the faces of the brothers who are here Mashallah.
It is a smile that breeds the smile. So I noticed as soon as I broke into a smile, many of the brothers in front of me broke into a smile as well. I mean,
we are very fortunate to be Muslim in we take it for granted. Sometimes I have traveled many countries on the globe. And I have seen that sometimes those who were not born Muslim, happen to be stronger than those who were born Muslim.
And I have noticed that many people who have seen the darkness, the day they come to the light, they take it more seriously than those who are born in the light. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grants us goodness.
So Islam is not franchised to me or to you. It is not patented or copyrighted to anybody, any nationality, any color, any race.
Islam is a religion that is definitely for the east and the west, as much as it is for the North and the South.
Whoever would like to take from it will get much goodness
we have in this beautiful religion, certain teachings that are so powerful and so good.
All the teachings are good, but some of them stand out.
If you take a look at the issue of prayer
with firstly to start with the word prayer is an English word. That is not the correct translation of the term Salah because some people say da and they still use the word prayer.
So Salah is a type of a prayer which a Muslim will understand.
If you look at the Arabic language, they say Allah Allah Louis Alma Anna Sheree, Oh Allah manolis Pillai, they have a linguistic meaning of the term Salah, which is a dua which means to call out
to beseech or perhaps to supplicate.
And then you have the deeper meaning of Salah, a set of actions and deeds, or things statements and deeds, commencing in a specific way with the tax deeds and ending in a specific way with that lien or with the solemn and what happens between that is known as Salah. And it happens a few times a day.
If you look at this gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala for us
and you look at it as a gift, then only you will realize its value. Sadly, many people look at Allah as a burden. And sometimes some people look at Salah as though it is something that we just need to we need to get it done with and that's it. So people will come for Salah, but as a routine, only routine, not with the heart plugged in to say when I say a lot.
I am actually saying Allah is the Greatest.
Amazing, Allah is the Greatest who is a lot. My maker is the greatest, the one whom I depend upon is the greatest. The one who owns every aspect of my entire existence is the greatest. Can there be a more beautiful way than commencing your plugin with your maker than that? The answer is no. It's the best because it was decreed by him. So when we see the non Muslims, when they don't know what Salah is all about, they ask us what are you murmuring? What are you uttering? And many of us don't know ourselves what it means. Those who know the Arabic language are fortunate and those who don't. Sometimes they might just think it means God is great. God is the greatest. Fair enough. But do you
think of the deeper meaning of it when you actually raise your hand
in that initial second year of Salah or throughout the summer
And you say Allahu Akbar,
the one who is in absolute control of every aspect of my existence is the greatest. That statement, nobody can deny its correctness. It is the most correct statement you can utter. Because if I were to speak to a person who belongs to a different people together, and to tell him that whoever is in control of your entire existence,
would you say that they are the greatest?
And the person who would have to say, Yes, he is whoever he is, he is. So well, when I pray five times a day, I pray to my maker, I do not pray to a stick or a stone or a human being or a grape or a tree. No, I pray to whomsoever made me
a few days ago, this is just coincidentally, I had a Christian men come to my house on a different issue altogether. And he did not know much about Islam. Only, you know, what they hear on the media that Islam is a very bad religion that preaches a lot of evil and violence, whereas that is wrong. That is incorrect. Islam preaches and promotes peace. In fact, peace is engraved in the name Islam.
So I asked him a question because it's our duty and believe me, any of us who interact with those who are non Muslim, it is our duty to beautifully when you get the opportunity, at least explained to them what is it that we believe it's our duty, we cannot let them go by without having told them. We know that the parent is
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You do not have the capacity to guide whomsoever you wish. You can show them the path, but you do not have the ownership of guidance, we guide whomsoever we wish, Allah tells Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. What this means is guidance is divided into some categories. One category of guidance is Abdullah with a shot to show someone the path I can show someone, the path from here to the city, whether they follow that path or not, it's not my business, they might follow it, they might not follow it. There is now a tofik with Allah gives them the acceptance to walk on that path is a different issue. Many people know the truth, but they don't walk on the path.
And there are people who as soon as they know the truth, they walk on it. So that is in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this man came.
And I told him Do you know as Muslims, we pray to the one who made us. So he tells me, I thought you pray to an idol. I said what we are the furthest away from idol. So he continues to explain to me what he was taught in his church.
And that was very wrong. He was taught that look, Allah, now to be lamella safeguard all of us in our offspring. He was taught that Allah is one idol that remained on the Kaaba the day Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam destroyed all the idols, he left one of them, and he called them Allah.
And this news is going around the globe. Amongst the non Muslims, they are spreading this to say it's actually one idol. This is why Muslims pray to the black box in Mecca. And they see us making such a in that direction. So that is an evidence for them to say, you see, we told you they pray to the black box. Whereas voila, it's our duty to tell them the black box is nothing but to create uniformity. We respect it as the carrabba because the Quran says it is the first house to be built for Allah in Mecca. In
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me mean, Allah has seized the Kaaba and this facility in the verse in the Quran. And for this reason, we say we are facing it only for uniformity. We are not worshipping the Kaaba, anyone who thinks for one moment that we worship the Kaaba, they cannot call themselves submitters to Allah they cannot call themselves Muslim, because a Muslim is he not the one who submits to a carrabba. But the one who submits to the, of the Kaaba, the one who submits to the Lord of the world. We say when we fulfill Salah we are not putting our head down on the ground for the sake of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam No, but for the sake of the of Muhammad Allah
As someone who is my heart and yours, and this is why when I explained to this man saying to him, that, you know, we put our head on the ground five times a day for our maker, whoever gave me this life, so my head is on the ground for him. Whoever gave me my sustenance today, when you talk about business and dealing, everyone wants to listen, because we know the real and the dollar is very, very important. According to us, someone says, brother, there's a deal 20,000 reality in one month, you get it, just like that very easy come come, I show you investment. We are very happy. Yes, talk to me. The lecture hall will be fooled because everyone wants, you know, to make more and more
So, people do not understand that the one who owns that he is the one we put our head on the ground for how can we want blessing in our wealth, when the owner of blessing is disregarded five times a day, we don't even leave Salah? Can I get happiness? whilst I am going against the owner of happiness? I cannot, can I get Baraka or blessing in my sustenance, in my wealth in my money, while I am going against the owner of blessing.
If you are the boss, and I'm sure you will understand my example, if you are a big manager at your company, someone wants leaves and they need to go through you in order to get the leaves.
And then you find that they have
a wife they were walking, you looked at them and they told you look, please can you do this for me? And that's for me, and you did not do it. And you didn't do it at all. In fact, you went against them. The day you came for leave what what is the chance of you getting your leave? When you know that you haven't gone in, you haven't done anything
to even prove that you are a dedicated worker. And now you won't leave he will tell you look, you don't really deserve the leave now. You need to go and work a bit harder, and then come back whenever you have proven yourself.
What happens with us.
We want goodness, we want happiness. We want contentment. We want sustenance. We want our children to be good. We want our lives to be in order. We want goodness in our marriages and goodness in all aspects of our life. But are we prepare to fulfill the instruction of the owner of all that?
One of his instructions is
come to success. When we hear that, do we come? Christian Alhamdulillah I'm speaking this evening, in the masjid in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So those who are seated here may say Yes we do. Well for us, we need to always go one step higher. Don't be satisfied with your condition of spirituality. Try your best to become higher and higher. Now if you have come to the masjid concentrate better. How do you concentrate better? I think today it would be important for us to speak on the mobile phone for one minute to see
how can we allow ourselves to come in the house of Allah we've made the effort we made will do. We managed to drive all the way here or to walk all the way here we braved the heat or the weather conditions as we walk in it is nice and cool. And then we are sitting with our mobile phones and busy plugging in with everyone else on the globe. And whilst everyone is in Salah, the Imam is about to say Samia Allahu Allah Mohammed. And you hear this man's phone ring and the other man's phone ring and one of the sisters phone rings and if the phone ring is one thing, but the tone itself is a disaster, it is really desecration of the murky because those who are immoral. Those who have
engaged in the worst immorality in the world, and they have done so that are full of nudity, the same song we bring it as a ringtone into the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala without shame, if that's the case, where is our Salah, where is our Salah, let us inshallah achieve improvement on that. I make an effort by the will of Allah and I hope and I pray that I can benefit from what I have just said. Now Allah make me conscious of my telephone. When I walk in, I switch it off. I saw a sign as we were reading Salah to say the phone must be switched off.
Those should not just be
implemented. Today when you see a camera, and I saw so many in Doha. Every traffic light there is a camera.
I want to say a point you can take it how you want I am a foreigner here, but I learned something.
Do you know how people fear the camera no matter what they will break so hard that
The man behind the mic hit them they don't mind but let's 6000 hours not get the fine Am I right? It's true because we are worried, we have a fine, we're going to be penalized, something's going to go from our pocket. If we curse and there is a camera flash, I want to say something you can take home. If we fear Allah, half of what we fear a camera, we will solve our problem.
That's what I have said. You can take it how you want you can disagree or agree but I have seen people who will stop at the instruction of a camera, but they will not stop at the limit of Allah subhanho wa Taala so this is what happens to us. If there is a policeman and we are not supposed to be talking on our mobile phone, we make sure the hands free is working. You tell me is it more important to make sure your mobile is in the right place in your car? Or in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala which has greater sensitivity, which has more importance, how can we turn it upside down
and then we want happiness we want goodness
I'm happy Mashallah improve your Salah, thank Allah He has given you the ability to read five Salah a day, but improve it. Take your time about it a little bit earlier. When we are in a rush, our concentration goes. So now I want to ask a question.
Who needs the Salah? does Allah needed from us or do we need a law he we need it.
And this is why the Quran is full of verses which show that Allah is independent. We are dependent.
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the people you are the ones who are totally dependent on Allah. You are the ones who are totally in Allah, absolute dependence on Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant as goodness he is the owner he owns us completely. So Allah is saying oh people you are absolutely dependent on Allah. And Allah is totally independent from you. He does not need anything from you. Your eba does not help Allah it helps you. Your Salah does not help Allah it helps you so when you walk in the masjid, don't just think I am paying lip service to this act of worship, so that Allah will be off my back or older Billa No, I am coming as an honor and the privilege Allah put it in my heart and gave me the
strength and the ability and the love of the masjid to come to the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala here I am. When I say Allahu Akbar, I don't want to waste it. I don't want to waste it. Some example came to my head right now. If someone were to invite you to the best eating place that you think
is for food. And so you, this is on the house, which means eat for free. Everything here is free. What will you do? When it's free and it's the best. You make sure you don't miss the opportunity. Because even if you're not so hungry, you see that nice food that you like us to take a little bit and you need to send you might want to take some home say that is free. When am I going to get an opportunity like this one law when we into the masjid, we should treat the masjid in a much higher way than that. When we come into the house of Allah. This is an opportunity to read the beautiful Salah read some extra Salah come with your time, even if you feel I have fulfilled my Salah there is
space for sooner and nothing. nephila is the first is what is compulsory, but above that, why don't we spend some time at least sometimes read a little bit more.
Is it wrong? If it is within the Summa and within what is taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam as voluntary prayer we cannot say it's wrong.
And when we are fulfilling, take your turn. Sometimes you find people
they read the law as though they are competing with the chickens. The chickens taking the grain from the floor.
Man is down before you can say so behind that he's already up and he's lifting is gone. And the man says Sammy Allah has given me the and he's still standing and some people are halfway down already halfway down. They want to go get done with how can we do this? We are insulting Allah subhana wa jal, we are inserting ourselves. Allah says I don't need this. There are other people who will be praying
Salah visited me and view let's compete with one another when it comes to Salah, which means we need to think to ourselves, let me read the best prayer possible
as what was taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and I will take my time and I will try to concentrate. When we have too much on our head, we lose concentration. So when we come to the masjid, try not to have much on your head.
Lay whatever you have to do Allah Subhana Allah Allah, come to the house of Allah and Allah, He will achieve success. You see the words of events, we know them, we will know them off by heart, but do we think about them? I said
moments ago, for a reason. Because many people don't understand it is the call to success. I want to succeed, and you want to succeed, we all want to succeed. But the problem we are facing is, we think success is only when your workplace is in order. Your family is in order, and your money is in order and your health is in order, and everything looks smart and beautiful and lovely, when you are successful.
That is what we think. But what is success is beyond that family.
The one who is saved from the fire of john, the fire of hell, and is granted entry into paradise shall be the one
who has succeeded, so that his success, ultimate success is the success in the life after death. How many people have been so wealthy, but they still die?
How many have been much more powerful than us, they still died.
So one of the biggest means of success is to surrender to the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala and one of the means of surrendering or one of the points that we should be surrendering regarding is the Salah, Salah five times a day. Remember, never compromise it a Muslim does not read Salah, a Muslim does not miss Salah, and as the levena or binomo salah and narration says the differing points the defining point between us and those who disbelieve What is it it is Salah. Another narration sysmon taraka salata, Mohammedan
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now let's save goddess wherever leaves and forsake Salah purposely intentionally,
intentionally they cannot call themselves those within the fold of Islam.
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person how can we leave Salah intentionally drop everything please your makeup, traffic, please your makeup, make sure that your Salah is in order. That is what will grant you the ultimate success. The dunya is full of trials. If you have health today, tomorrow it has to go. If you have wealth today, tomorrow it has to go.
If you have free time today, one day you will be occupied.
If you have life today, tomorrow it will go.
Now lots of hands on with Allah grant of steadfastness, my beloved brothers and sisters,
I am here from afar of land.
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intention, the aim and objective is solely one for the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala we want to remind one another of our duties, whatever I have said today, you know it and I know we're just repeating it, I cannot come with something new to you. Because Islam is already there. The rules and regulations are there. But I can give you a word of encouragement that will serve as an encouragement for myself to start with. So it's important for us to give greater importance to salah and when we come for Salah we should be dressed appropriately with good clothing. As the Quran says. Yeah, Benny danmaku Xena De
Lima, Jaden. Oh Children of Adam.
Ensure that you have adorn yourself correctly.
Take your adornment when you get to the places of worship where you are going to put your head down for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. What this means is sometimes people might come to the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala dressed
in their nice clothing, which they only wear when they wake up from their sleep, the Salah might be done, your private area or part is covered. So I cannot tell you your Salah is not valid. It is valid because you have covered but you want
to plug in greater to achieve more of the spiritual benefit, you need to take pride and going to plug in with Allah. If I had a meeting with someone in the dunya I would probably wear some good clothing at least and smell good and at least give importance to be meeting I want to meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala at least I need to wear clothing that is decent. So if we look forward to Salah, we will be able to achieve a greater benefit than to just fulfill salah and this is why I want to end by saying
there is a very big difference between reading Salah because you have to read it
and reading Salah because you want to read it.
There is a difference between the two.
Many people read it because they have to read
but let us be from amongst those who read it because we want to read
I want to do is not I have to I have to use a stage but move above that. We would like to read Salah because we want to that is when we will be able to plug in with Allah. I see there are some children here as well Allah your success in mind lies in fulfilling Salah Don't be lazy, you want happiness in the dunya and the fella in this world and the next it lies primarily we know in the obedience of Allah. And one of the prime points beautiful point of Salah May Allah subhanahu Allah make us from those who understand that Salah is actually a gift May he make us from those who can fulfill it correctly and may He make us from those who progress every day and who do not go back on their
achievements. And may He make us from those who can encourage our family members as well to fulfill salah and may He make us from those who can be a beacon of light and may we make that inshallah a means of our entry into paradise through His mercy. May Allah bless us all sallallahu wasallam ah Baba Karolina Vina Mohammed Subhana Allah BMD he's kind of a lot of them will be handed to Allah Allah Allah and
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