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What Exactly Happened On The 10th Of Muharram & It’s Some Misconceptions | Mufti Menk

What is Haram and why is this month called Muharram?

As Muslims we are Supposed to be making resolutions every night. We’re supposed to be renewing our vows to with Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala every night. We’re supposed to be seeking forgiveness every night. We’re taught to make sure when we go to bed, We make peace with Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala there is a supplication that you and I are supposed to be reading before going to bed every night and part of it  Is that o Allah if you take my soul away in Sleep then have mercy on it.

And if you send it back then meaning if you allow me to awaken in the morning, then protect me in the same way that you protect the pious friends of yours or the pious slaves of yours.

If you’ve fallen into sin again And again, you need to go back to Allah again And again and again

 

The month of Muharram, Yes as much as it is the first month of The Islamic calendar, we need to realize it has a certain value, the prophet Muhammad  sallallahu alayhi wasallam towards the end of his life used to fast a lot in the month of Muharram and the fasts of Muharram also hold great value with the 10th of Muharram being the peak of these fasts, subhanallah.

What Exactly Happened On The 10th Of Muharram & It’s Some Misconceptions

This depicts the Victory of the oppressed over the oppressor. It also depicts the defeat of the oppressor, no matter how powerful he thinks he is. So we should be pondering for a moment and we should be thanking Allah and we should have hope in Allah if someone has wronged Remember Triumph will come remember, they will be Defeated.

Remember Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala is not oblivious of what is happening. He knows and he is going to deal with the matter decisively.

The Day Of Deleting Bad Habits From The Spirit Of Eid Al-Adha | Very Powerful one

I commenced by congratulating you upon this beautiful day of Eid which is also a Friday. We thank Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala for giving us this great opportunity and I remind yourselves and myself that this eid is all about the sacrifice and the submission to Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala that of Ibrahim alayhi salatu wassalam when Allah instructed him to do something, he did it without questioning that pleased Allah so much that Allah gave us a day where we can remember that sacrifice and also consider it a very happy occasion.

This would mean that every time Allah has instructed us to do something. We should be doing that without questioning Allah.

You will be questioned about your prayers. I want to draw your attention to things that are happening in our midst nowadays that people take for granted and they don’t realize that they need to do better in order to display their obedience to Allah.

“Everything you do;  your actions, whatever you do, your words, your movements all of that. Ask yourself when I meet with Allah, I’m going to be shown this action. Will I be proud of it?

When you meet with Allah, on that day when the book is spread. When the book is placed he’s going to show you everything; The book of Deeds.

The use of social media, the way we’re using social media at times we tend to forget; I have a lord to answer to, I have a day of judgment that I’m going to go to, all these Deeds are going to be shown to me

Desperate Help Of Allah’s Mercy With Powerful Dhikr From Depression | Mufti Menk

We will go through sadness, anxiety and so much more in terms of difficulty hardship. The days will not be the same. We are just human beings….

Allah has Never Promised You material things but He has promised to contentment and happiness.

Some of the happiest people have very little when it comes to material belongings, but they have the ownership of something that is very great. That is the relationship with Allah and Allah is the owner of the heart. Allah will give it calmness.

Many people follow the trends of this world, and these Trends are sometimes leading to anxiety, trends of the world to expose ourselves…..

We need to live up to a standard of someone else and we cannot do that so we become depressed.

Trends of the world to show off what you have, when you show off what you have you will never have as much as others. So you will be led to depression and anxiety and stress and so much more.

Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala says if you want to compete with someone compete with them in good deeds, in helping others in being the best person in your Character your conduct and so on.

Allah liberates you from the clutches from the enslavement of materialistic competition. Allah truly liberates you by saying be excited with what we’ve given you, be happy with the condition we have kept you in.

Don’t compare yourself with those who have more materially, your heart will be absolutely content. subhanallah wa bihamdihi subhanallahil adzim

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) said, that the messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to profusely say:

يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِكَ

yaa mu-qallibal quloob thab-bit qalbee ‘alaa deenik
“O turner of hearts, keep my heart firm upon Your religion.”

We all want Paradise, but when we get there on the Day of Judgment will the prophet peace be upon him recognize us?  That’s a question; I want you to ask yourselves.

يَا حَيُّ يَا قَـيُّومُ
بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ
أَصْلِحْ لِي شَأْنِي كُلَّهُ
وَلَا تَكِلْنِي إِلَى نَفْسِي طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ

Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoomu
(O Ever Living, O Ever Sustaining)
bi rahmatika astagheeth
(in Your mercy I seek relief)
aslih lee sha’nee kullahu
(rectify for me all of my affairs)
wa laa takilnee ilaa nafsee tarfata ‛ayn
(and do not leave me to myself even for the blink of an eye).
[Al-Haakim No# 2000 and he graded it authentic]

The Blessing Of Staying Away From Haram Income And Relationship~Mufti Menk

In verse number 94 (surah-Al-Ma’idah), Allah loves it when we stay away from things for His sake.

 

Only to test you Allah allows certain things He has prohibited to be accessible to you and He makes it easy for you to do achieve that but you stay away for His sake.

When a person is married for the sake of their spouse. They would sometimes stay away from adultery Etc. But if you were to do it for the sake of Allah, it is far broader and you will achieve the happiness of your spouse too subhanallah….

Even if the person comes to you and really asks you to commit the sin with them, if you were to abstain bearing Allah in mind, aren’t you on a Higher level? You achieve the Comfort.

When adultery is very easy to commit and you still stay away from it. You’ve arrived at a different level in your relationship with Allah.

When things are prohibited, sometimes Allah might test you by making it accessible; it is so tempting to earn money in the wrong way. Allah says, do you prefer me or you prefer the money that is earned in a wrong..

Why? SubhanAllah, it’s up to you to prove yourself to Allah.

So those who stay away they have the correct relationship with Allah.

How To Empower Positively For Feeling No Way Out Besides At Times Considering Suicide | Mufti Menk

every day is an opportunity for you to prove to Allah (Swt) That while you’re waiting for the day, you’re going to return to Allah, you are going to be the best possible person in your short Stay on Earth.

Anything that happens on Earth is also temporary. The only thing that carries with you; your Deeds. The way you did what you did for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala. So let’s do as much good as we can on Earth.

Many people are losing faith, simply because of hardships they’re going through; they see no way out besides at times considering suicide.

Remember one thing Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala has prohibited suicide. He clearly says in the Quran and don’t ever kill yourselves. Indeed Allah is the most merciful upon you.

We all need to know Allah has Mercy over takes any problem or issue that we have. Rely on Allah, trust Allah. It’s a matter of time after Darkness. The light will definitely come.

It’s normal for human beings to feel low at times. It’s normal for human beings to be over thinking at times. It’s normal for someone to have a little bit of anxiety at times.

But remember lay your trust in Allah, number one. Believe in Allah; understand with conviction that Allah will resolve your matter.

We are on earth together for a very short period of time prove, to Allah that you are going to be the best of human beings by reaching out to the rest of the human beings in the most beautiful and productive way ever.

 

A Dangerous Quality Allah Talked About In Surah An-Nisa

If you are a True Believer, it’s not all about yourself. It’s about us.

I don’t want to be harmed. So I definitely will not harm and I’m going to go a step further and help those who I think maybe be harmed by others. I’ll try to protect others as well. So that Allah will protect me.

So, Allah speaks about a certain quality that’s very dangerous and we need to protect ourselves from it and we need to talk about it and we need to be protected from it as well.

In verse number 54 of Surat annisa, Allah speaks about jealousy and what it does, don’t allow yourself to be jealous of others. Thank Allah for bestowing upon others His Favor, the most you could do is to ask Allah to give you a similar favor but never ask Allah to extinguish a favour He’s given someone else just because you want it.

So Allah is telling you don’t be jealous of others.

By you being jealous you automatically become unhappy with what Allah has chosen for someone. And if you’re unhappy with Allah, you have plunged yourself into the biggest possible crisis.

Work hard towards achieving what you want. Try call out to Allah, say to Allah, oh Allah you’ve blessed this person with so much grant them more, give them Baraka and bless me too in a similar way.

How to Forgive Someone When It’s Hard | Mufti Menk

How would you expect the mercy of Allah when you are merciless!

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If Allah is encouraging you to forgive others, you need to know that it will help you health-wise as well. It will be holistically beneficial when you release things.

The more difficult it is to forgive, the greater the reward of forgiving and the more likelihood of you achieving the Forgiveness of Allah.

When we say Ramadan is a month of Mercy, a month of forgiveness. We start off with ourselves being merciful and that is a point many people miss. People think when we say Ramadan is a month of mercy and forgiveness. It is only to achieve the mercy and forgiveness of Allah not realizing that to get that mercy and that forgiveness, you have to be merciful yourself, and you have to forgive yourself meaning you have to learn to forgive others.

The Prophet Muhammed (saw) says Allah does not have mercy upon the one who doesn’t have mercy on the rest of mankind, on the people.

Don’t make a mistake, be merciful and Allah will be even more merciful.

Feel Like Buying Whenever You Desire | Don’t Waste All Of Your Good In This Life | Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Umar (Ra) was being a teacher, a mentor to Jabir Ibn Abdullah [r] and was basically saying to him look just because you have unlimited access to limited resources that others don’t doesn’t mean that you should Grant yourself that unlimited access to those things doesn’t mean that you should purchase whenever you feel like purchasing because you have the means to do so, right?

We have limited resources. We have an inherent scarcity and just because we have access easy access to those things or we might be amongst those that have easy access to those things doesn’t mean we should always use that access to make things as easy as possible for us and treat ourselves as much as we want to these blessings that have been made available to us.

We’re meant to be restricted. We’re meant to be limited. And if Allah has blessed us to this point to where we never had to think that way then let’s think that way now in sha Allah tala and take advantage of these moments to discipline ourselves spiritually With the blessings that were so readily available to us before. – Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Heaven Was Made For Sinners | Move Forward Turning To Allah Genuinely | Mufti Menk

Allah says I will treat each one of My servants according to the perception he or she has of me. So have a good perception of Allah, have a beautiful perception of Allah.

when you sin, it’s not the end of everything just be, humble and just turn back to Allah, turn to Allah genuinely, become and just turn back to Allah, turn to Allah genuinely, become a better person.

A Believer Never Loses | Stop Worrying & Being Depressed | Shaykh Hasan Ali

Hey, are you scared that the Coronavirus might hit you you might die from it? Well, if you’re scared that maybe you got something to think about, what are you scared of? what are you scared of? the fact that you might have to leave this world. that probably means that your attachment to this world, was a little bit too much seriously.

if death scares you then it means your heart was attached too much to this world. a little bit too much or maybe the love of your family. Was above the love of Allah azza wajal and his messenger (saw). Yes, you never made the prophet salallahu alayhi Salam more of a family member that you look forward to seeing and hugging on the day of judgment than your own family. And that’s why you scared. We Muslims will avoid anything to do with the Coronavirus will avoid going to the places of Coronavirus, will try and self isolate, it’s all in the Hadith, that’s fine. But we Muslims if something like that was to come about and if it hit us, our prophet (saw) told us that when a person dies from the plague, they are Shaheed, they are Martyr. and if a person dies from the coronavirus, hopefully they are also shahada. They’re also Martyrs, so a believer never loses, if I live alhumdillah I live, if I die I’m a shaheed. if I die from the coronavirus right now, I’m a shaheed, my tawbah and My repentance should be updated. That’s definite. I should have made Allah and his messenger (saw) my focal point at all times of my life. Number one Allah, Number two, the messenger salallahu alayhe wassallam, then my family and anyone else who ever my parents, so on, that’s fine. But number one Allah, Number two, the messenger salallahu alayhe wassallam,

If I’ve kept doing that. I’ll avoid getting in contact with the Coronavirus. But if it hits me and if it kills me that guess what? I’ve got better things to look forward to in the next side. That’s how believer should feel. Seriously. Why are you depressed for? why you sitting there? oh my God jummah is cancelled. Look look. Let me tell you this the hadees is clear in sahih Muslim if you’ve been going for Jummah, all these weeks of your life and one week, you couldn’t go, because of an excuse today in jummah… tomorrow when you get to jummah, you’re going to find the full reward of juma’a in your Deeds, book of deeds in the day of judgement. for not going Jummah. You know why? the prophet (saw) said when a person becomes ill or when a person is traveling and they can’t do the things they used to do before, Allah give them the same reward. So the fact that you couldn’t go to jummah. You can’t go tomorrow to Jummah So what? you would gain the reward but if you weren’t going to jummah you’re not going to get that reward, now think about it all the things you used to do all the good things you should do salah with jamaah, not you again, different some reasons…. you can’t go to the Masjid for Salah because they shut the Masjid.

Well if You’ve been going for as many Salah, you gone before you gain the full reward of that, right now sitting home or doing. I mean you shouldn’t be just sitting home. You should be doing jammah at home. right, do the jammah with your family because you’re a person who’s been doing by with jammah (congregation) and all those people who went to Jummah, all these weeks you gain the reward for that.. you went to jammah, You can reward for that. How does the believer lose that, you don’t do that? And if the person sitting there and thinking oh my God, I might die from this. Well, maybe it’s a good time for you to think about death. Maybe it’s a good time for you to think about death because it’s going to hit you one day anyway, and whatever is written for us is going to be coming our way anyway. Well, you know, we avoid going towards coronavirus or any area that has hit just like just like in the Hadith He (saw) says if … the plague in a place you’re not supposed to go into that country where the plague is and you know, those people there who have been struck by the plague. They’re not supposed to come out and and you know come out of that place and give the plague to others, right? So that’s that we as Muslims we’re going to take that precaution. We’re gonna have self isolate. what are… we going to take the precaution, fine? But in terms of the Coronavirus, I don’t see why people are being so moody, and so on look there’s a lot of good that’s going to come out of this. I’m telling you.

This is the time when we should sit down and reflect, right about all the good things that we’ve had. You can’t travel that was blessing of Allah that you’ve had right? We’ve got food. We… it’s not like we’re not you know, it’s not like we’ve got a famine or something. We haven’t got food, subhanallah, I don’t understand why people have been so depressed. Honestly, I don’t understand, Allah Azzawajal has given you everything everything you’ve got. Alright, you got your fridge, you got your food and … you got supermarkets… That are full of food. All right, and they’re going to carry on being supplied subhanallah all you have to do stay home. That’s all you have to that. You gain depressed? Oh my God.. food.. My reward… Well, if food runs out, let’s just talk about right if food Runs Out So what it? runs out… if we starve a little bit. So what? honestly so on, be prepared for it, be upright human being, be prepared for it. If you’re prepared for the worst.

If you prepared for death, the nothing can make you go down, my friend. Nothing can make you feel dumb. This is this what? if the pandemic goes into a worldwide crisis guess what? You know in some ways there’s gonna be a lot of good coming. I don’t I don’t hear you… know, a lot of people talking about war and this in that not everyone’s thinking about themselves right now. You understand. They’re not thinking about war out there, you know, a lot of good probably going to come out of this, a lot of people going to be thinking differently from what they were thinking beforehand and you as a Believer sit down get on with your life, cheer up and stop thinking that this is the end of the world. We know from the Hadith the end of the world will not happen until the dazzal comes and other . …you know, there’s going to be other Signs of the last hour, which I haven’t come yet. We know that so so it’s not the end of the world. Second thing is all these crises and so on is going to shape human beings to be better. So the time right now is to get on with you what we’re supposed to be doing all this time. Anyway, which is ibadah, get on with your prayers, get close to Allah, don’t do it just for the sake that the pandemic is here. We’re supposed to be doing that before … Anyway update towbah, be ready anytime death comes.. Boom.. gone to the next life. You shall have your martyrdom and you’ll have a better life over there. So stop worrying, stop being depressed. Sit down enjoy life, you know meet your family to whatever else you want to do. Yeah, you know don’t feel that. This is the last day you’re going to be going from them… from the earth…. My God, you got a bigger family on the other side waiting for you, my friend. If you make it your alien to the best place in the next world where all the good souls are your, you know, forefathers your aunties, uncles Whoever has passed away before the waiting for you, right? you’ll be over there. You’ll be with a better family over there. So sit down, right enjoy your life and either way you win because you’re a believer, alhamdulillah