Tag: Contentment From Revelation’

EP27 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

To engage in magic is totally prohibited, to visit someone who is going to do the magic is actually losing your faith in Allah, is actually coming out of the fold of Islam, is disbelieving in whatever Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has brought. So, it is prohibited to cast a spell or to go to someone to cast a spell but these things do exist according to the Quran.

 

However, we protect ourselves from it by reading ayatul kursi thrice every morning and evening, by reading the last three surahes of the Quran every morning and evening, by seeking the protection in Allah from these evil things three times every morning and evening and perhaps after every prayer.

In surah Ash-Shu’ara where Allah makes mention of the poets towards the end, Allah speaks about the shayateen the devils and these devils who keep coming to people telling them something.

So a person says I have a jinn that comes to me and I know your future. They don’t know the future, they could know the past because with every person there is a Qareen, the Qareen is a devil that tries to deviate the person. He is a little shaitan, the prophet (saw) did not have one because he became a Muslim. That’s the hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. However, it’s very easy for someone to get another jinn to speak to this jinn that is with you and find out every single detail about your life from the beginning right to the point where you are at right now. Because this jinn has a memory that will definitely be stronger than ours.

Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend? They descend upon every sinful liar. (26:221-222)

If you’re close to Allah it won’t affect you except perhaps that which Allah wills. When you read your al-Mu’awwidhat that the last three surahs of the Quran, the last two are called Al-Mu’awwidhatayn. If you read them Allah will protect you, Allah will grant you that protection. Be convinced; Allah is more powerful.

Another very very interesting factor is when you accuse people falsely of engaging in magic you are worse than them.

However, the stronger you are in your relationship with Allah the less it would affect you. in fact it would not affect you at all.

And rely upon the Exalted in Might, the Merciful, (26:217) Who sees you when you arise (26:218) When you lay your trust in Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala he definitely will protect you. He will guide you and he will grant your goodness. – Mufti Menk

EP25 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

Many times people accuse us of things we have not done,. Sometimes people falsely accuse us in various ways, these false accusations that people level either against us or against others. How do we navigate through them with contentment, with happiness? It’s surely very difficult.

surah An Nur in the Quran Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks about this precisely this and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala gives us the ingredient for contentment and achieving of that calmness that were meant to be achieving even through false accusations.

Indeed, those who came with falsehood are a group among you. Do not think it bad for you; rather it is good for you. For every person among them is what [punishment] he has earned from the sin, and he who took upon himself the greater portion thereof – for him is a great punishment.(24:11)

It’s good for you because number one: Allah will elevate your status, be calm, number two: Allah will grant you forgiveness and Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala will increase the good deeds that you have by taking people’s good deeds away, after having depleted your other sins that you’ve committed.

If we falsely accuse others or we have spread that rumour,we’ve been a vehicle of spreading. Didn’t Allah say we will punish those who spread the tale? Well, we’re being purnished. Remember this don’t accuse people, don’t spread rumour, don’t forward messages of accusation to others.

Allah (Swt) warns us even in verse number 21 about the devil, the path of the devil and not following it.

O you who have believed, do not follow the footsteps of Satan. And whoever follows the footsteps of Satan – indeed, he enjoins immorality and wrongdoing. And if not for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy, not one of you would have been pure, ever, but Allah purifies whom He wills, and Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (24:21)

if you are a person who’s engaged in a sin it’s your weakness, the minute you encourage others or promote that sin in any way you are now going to lose long-term contentment. if it was your weakness and you sought the forgiveness of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala, definitely Allah will grant you goodness

Allah says when you accuse the innocent believing females especially you are cursed. Allah says the curse is upon you.

Indeed, those who [falsely] accuse chaste, unaware and believing women are cursed in this world and the Hereafter; and they will have a great punishment (21:23)

Allah (swt) tells the believing males to lower their gazes and cover yourself for the sake of Allah.

Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.

And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants

having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed. (24:30-31)

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EP24 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

When the prophets of Allah went through hardship they called out to Allah and never ever gave up.

So We responded to him, and We gave to him John, and amended for him his wife. Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive. (21:90)

And [mention] Noah, when he called [to Allah ] before [that time], so We responded to him and saved him and his family from the great flood.(21:76)

And [mention] Job, when he called to his Lord, “Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.”(21:83)

So, We responded to him and removed what afflicted him of adversity. And We gave him [back] his family and the like thereof with them as mercy from Us and a reminder for the worshippers [of Allah ].(21:84)

When you make dua to Allah there is a contentment that should overtake your heart. You should be overcome by this beautiful contentment because you know I’ve called out to the most merciful. He knows what’s better for me. If He hasn’t given me, it’s not good for me but I must keep on calling out to Him because if you’ve called out to Him; by virtue of the calling you may be granted paradise.

If you’d like contentment learn to respect those things, those times and those places that Allah has given respect to.

Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah . And fear Me, O you of understanding. (2:197)

That [is so]. And whoever honors the symbols of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.(22:32)

When Allah has given a place virtue, you need to remember if your heart has a little bit of piety in it, a connection with Allah you will grant that place. it’s deserved respect.

Surah al mu’minin masha’Allah, the opening verses of this surah will bring about a lot of contentment if we were to read it and adopt it and teach it to others.

Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive (23:1-2)

Anything that’s a waste of time learn to cut it out you’ll be happy – Mufti Menk

 

EP23 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

May times we are given a task to do and we become worried about how we are going to fulfill the task whether it is at home or at work or elsewhere. Something that is on our shoulders and we wonder how is this going to happen….

If you look at surah Taha Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala talks about a huge burden that he placed on the shoulders of Musa alayhi salaatu wa salaam and Allah (swt) says

  “رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي. وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي. وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي . يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي”

“Rabbish rahli sadri, wa yassirli amri, wah lul uqdatan min lisaani, yaf kahu kauli”

“My Lord, put my heart at peace for me and make my task easy for me and remove the knot from my tongue, that they may understand my speech. [20:25,26,27,28]

We are taught we can repeat the same dua whenever we are tasked to do something.

Another lesson also to learn from surah Taha regarding contentment. When we speak to people we should always use soft words even when speaking to your enemies.

And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or fear [ Allah ].” (20:44)

We learn in verse number 72 of surah Taha a beautiful lesson regarding the magicians who were called by the pharaoh. When they saw the clear signs of Allah they became so close to Allah because they surrendered to Allah, there was a calmness that overtook them. The Pharaoh immediately threatened them by telling them I will kill you then they say:

They said, “Never will we prefer you over what has come to us of clear proofs and [over] He who created us. So decree whatever you are to decree. You can only decree for this worldly life. (20:72)

Indeed, we have believed in our Lord that He may forgive us our sins and what you compelled us [to do] of magic. And Allah is better and more enduring.”(20:73)

Indeed beautiful lessons we learn from reverts those who had just converted to Islam. When the Pharaoh threatened them they said do what you want. Because you can only punish us in this world, you can only make decisions regarding this world, thereafter we’re going to go to Allah and we expect the forgiveness of Allah, the mercy of Allah. They were persecuted but they were content, they were calm, one prostration earned them paradise

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks of how forgiving He is:

But indeed, I am the Perpetual Forgiver of whoever repents and believes and does righteousness and then continues in guidance.(20:82)

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks also at the end of that surah of verse number 132 about the importance of encouraging your family to fulfill the five daily prayers

And enjoin prayer upon your family [and people] and be steadfast therein. We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness.(20:132)

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks about the prophets of Allah, the struggles they went through… in surah Al anbiya:

Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.” (3:173)

Allah said, “O fire, be coolness and safety upon Abraham.” (21:69)

When we are upright and we want to worship our maker alone, be prepared to be persecuted, people might say bad things about you, they might think that you’re a bad person but keep going, keep going for the sake of Allah. Be kind, prove them wrong but don’t lose your faith in your maker, never- Mufti Menk

 

The Wisdom What You Need For Your Entire Life | Ep21 CFR | Ramadan 2019

Allah is giving us one after the other pieces of advice where he calls it wisdom, holistic wisdom that which if you were to follow you will achieve success of this world and the next.  In surat al Al-Isra if you start from verse number 23 and you go on, you will find Allah giving you what is known as hikmah, the wisdom what you need for your entire life.

And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], “uff,” and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word. (17:23)

Be good kind and respectful to our parents. Respecting does not mean obedience; obedience is only when it is not in the transgression of Allah and it is not usurping any of your rights then you obey.

Allah says that you are related to certain people, We want you to look after them as well.

And give the relative his right, and [also] the poor and the traveler, and do not spend wastefully. (17:26)

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala says don’t be wasteful. When you have two of what you need, one of you are wasting remember that.

Indeed, the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful. (17:27)

Shaitan is very ungrateful. So you become ungrateful when you waste and your are extravagant, you become ungrateful regarding the favours of Allah upon you. Then He says and don’t be miserly. Spend in the middle. You need to know how to spend.

And do not make your hand [as] chained to your neck or extend it completely and [thereby] become blamed and insolvent.(17:29)

And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin. (17:31)

Many of us are struggling not because we don’t have what we need but because we don’t have what we want. There is a very big difference. We lose contentment and happiness because we want things it’s not that we need them. Don’t live to show, people you will lose contentment. They will never be happy, you will not be happy. You will fight with your spouse because you can’t afford things

And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way.(17:32)

Don’t go close to adultery, don’t go close to it because you lose contentment it will be very very tough. if you have fallen seek the forgiveness of Allah he will forgive you. But don’t go close to it.

And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden, except by right. And whoever is killed unjustly – We have given his heir authority, but let him not exceed limits in [the matter of] taking life. Indeed, he has been supported [by the law].(17:33)

How can you take away the life that Allah has given in an unjust way? Allah is

reminding you that the giver of the life is Allah who gave you the right to take away life that was given by the same one who gave you your life. Allah is the giver of your life and that life so both lives are equally sacred.

And do not approach the property of an orphan, except in the way that is best, until he reaches maturity. And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.(17:34)

Be an honest person, don’t eat wealth of people the widow’s, the orphan’s, the weak, the downtrodden, the beggars whoever they may be. Don’t steal, don’t deceive you will not achieve contentment when you’ve earned through deception.

And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.(17:35)

When you’re doing business, don’t short-change people. Don’t deceive in business it will never ever bring about any goodness.

And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned. (17:36)

When you follow, don’t follow blindly. You need to have knowledge, improve your knowledge, and increase it. Follow that which you have knowledge regarding, Allah says your hearing, your sight, your heart, your thoughts, all of that you will be questioned about, so try and purify yourself as best as you can.

And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height. (17:37)

You are just like everyone else, be humble, be filled with humility, you will be content.  the minute your humility is gone, your ego creeps in, your pride comes in you will lose that happiness and contentment. – Mufti Menk

EP19 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

When you don’t know something, you need to ask those who know. If you ask those who don’t know you will be increased in ignorance and you will lose your happiness, your contentment and even your success.

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala says in surah An-Nahl verse number 43

And we sent not before you except men to whom We revealed [Our message]. So ask the people of the message if you do not know. (16:43)

To ask questions don’t be shy when it comes to something you’d like to know. If you’re shy you’re never going to learn and your contentment will never be there because there will be something in your heart you desperately want to know but because of your shyness you have not even been able to ask. So build the courage to ask. It’s an instruction from Allah for you and I to ask when we don’t know

Every time you seek or make an effort to seek knowledge Allah will open your doors to paradise and make it easy for you to get to jannah (paradise), listen to the hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says;

Whoever treads a path where he wants to seek knowledge because of that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala will make his path towards paradise easy.

In verse number 58 of the same surah Allah warns us about those who are not satisfied when Allah blesses them with the female offspring. You’ve had two three girls and you brought them up because you brought them up in order for them to be given to other men. Allah says We will give you Jannah in return. So, don’t ever be upset when you have a girl child.

And when one of them is informed of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief. (16:58)

Allah knows best why He gave you ,what He gave you, be excited about it, be happy about it even if Allah decided not to give you children be convinced that that is Allah’s plan. Your ultimate success is when you get Jannah.

Then Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks about how we should never become jealous of one another, He says He is the one who bestows virtue and wealth. He has definitely created us different ranks when it comes to wealth. Listen to this beautiful verse of surat nahl verse number 71

And Allah has favored some of you over others in provision. But those who were favored would not hand over their provision to those whom their right hands possess so they would be equal to them therein. Then is it the favor of Allah they reject? (16:71)

So, remember this when you’re jealous of someone it is to a certain degree a form of ingratitude and disbelief in Allah. Because it is like you are saying oh Allah I’m not happy with what you have given that man. You shouldn’t have given him. That’s wrong and bad.

We say our test is how much we’re going to give, not about how much we’re going to receive. subhanAllah, – Mufti Menk

 

EP18 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

It is important to realize that the remembrance of Allah itself brings about contentment within the heart and the heart of a believer is that heart which will be content by the remembrance of Allah

Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” (13:28)

So, remember to engage in what is known as Dhikrullah, Dhikrullah primarily yes, it Dhikrullah primarily yes, it is the repetition of names and qualities of Allah, praises of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala in the Arabic language in a beautiful way although we are allowed to praise Allah in any language.

In Surat Ibrahim where Allah speaks about how He will give you increase if you are thankful and if you are ungrateful He snatches away and He even punishes.

And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ (14:7)

Then Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala tells us something very powerful regarding

Their messengers said to them, “We are only men like you, but Allah confers favor upon whom He wills of His servants. It has never been for us to bring you evidence except by permission of Allah . And upon Allah let the believers rely. (14:11)

You need to know the same Allah that brought about daybreak after the darkest time of the night shall bring about solution to your problems after the darkest hours in your life, remember that.

Thereafter verse number 24 of surat ibrahim ALlah tells us to count His favours upon us…

And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favor of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful (14:34)

Allah blesses every single person differently. What blessing you have the one whom you’re looking at doesn’t have and what blessing they have you would not have what blessing they don’t have you have perhaps.

It’s up to us to strengthen our faith in Allah to be able to appreciate what that gift is and to show gratitude to Allah in that regard.

Then Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala tells us something very important, many of us sometimes people do wrong to us and we wonder when is Allah going to stop this wrong?

And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror]. (14:42)

Allah (swt) addresses the issue of the hurting or the narrowing of the heart of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him in surah Hijr . It happens to us when people say bad things about us or to us or when people lie about us false accusation they say whatever suits them against us to tarnish our image. The most powerful advice Allah from Allah:

And we already know that your breast is constrained by what they say. So exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord and be of those who prostrate [to Him]. (15:97 to 98)