Tag: Mufti Menk Ramadan 2019

EP07 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

Some people reject the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Some people reject the hadith. If we reject the hadith we will not be able to achieve contentment because we won’t be able to practice Islam.

The revelation that came to us is divided into two. One; the verses that were recited that are words of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala, two; the detailed explanations the words of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala has asked us to follow.

From the Quran (Surat An- nisa, verse number 65): “Nay, they’re not considered true believers until they make you and your decision final regarding the disputes between them and later, they don’t feel any narrowness of their hearts regarding that particular decision”.

We must adopt what the messenger has said. if he has said something and declared something it is considered a declaration for me too.

To achieve contentment Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks about how important it is to ponder over the verses of the Quran.

Contentment is definitely achieved by recitation of the Quran without a doubt; greater contentment is achieved by trying to understand what is meant by the Quran, putting it into practice and conveying it to other.

In Surah An-nisa, Allah teaches us how to achieve contentment in another beautiful way; interactions with one another. The first point of interaction is supposed to be a greeting:

Allah says “when you are greeted with a greeting then respond with a better greeting or at least reply it with an equal greeting. For indeed Allah takes account of everything”.

If you’d like contentment don’t ever accuse someone else of a sin they haven’t committed. If you do that you will lose contentment and you may even lose the Hereafter completely.

Allah says “whoever has earned a sin and then accuse is someone who is innocent of the sin, they’ve thrown it on to them. Allah says they have indeed engaged in a huge slander and a grave sin, a grave sin.

Many of us are suffering today because we have soiled our mouths with that which is absolutely dirty and filthy regarding someone else that is not true. Maintain silence, keep quiet, it’s better for you, if you don’t have something good to say, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says “keep quiet”.

If we are to follow this hadith I promise you we will achieve contentment.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala speaks about resolving problems and matters, He speaks about marital discord and he speaks about how important it is to resolve marital discord and then tells us always remember that to resolve a problem is better than to break the marriage.

Divorce is permissible but as a last resort. The breakup of a relationship is permissible but as a last resort. It is still better to resolve if you can. if you really cannot then respectfully respectfully you may terminate a relationship. Respectfully you may go your own ways because in that particular way Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala will protect us and our offspring from that which is toxic.

-Mufti Menk

 

EP04 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

In the episode four of the beautiful series entitled ‘Contentment From Revelation’ (CFR) of #Ramadan2019 #MuftiMenk made mention some issues in order to achieve #contentment from  surah Ali’imran; those are  Spending in the cause of Allah, unity, usury, interest, hellfire and suppressing #anger.

Nobody can achieve contentment until they spend from that which is very very close to their hearts, from that which they love, from that, which is very dear to them, that which material is obviously.

 

From surat [Ali’imran] you will not achieve righteousness until and unless you spend from that   which you love. What do you love? Whether it comes to your wealth, whether it comes to something you’re deeply connected to or even just your time, subhanAllah.

When attachment to something material becomes too much you lose contentment. Because contentment is the ownership of Allah, he will give it to whosoever is close to him. You want to become close to Allah, don’t get too close to that which is besides Allah.

 

The Almighty’s love is first. When it’s time for prayer everything can wait. When it’s halal and Haram we need to make sure, we do the right thing. When it comes to the timings, we need to make sure we prioritize. When it comes to family they come first. We have this rule that we need to follow regarding the connection that we have with material items. It should never be more than our love with Allah subhanahu wata’ala.

 

Importance of unity, unity comes about with a lot of sacrifice; if you’re going to sacrifice you will achieve unity. If you’re not going to sacrifice, you’re not going to achieve unity. There is give-and-take you need to have a big heart, you need to forgive, you need to embrace you need to tolerate. That’s when you will achieve unity. Unity is not uniformity. You don’t have to think the same like the same things, etc. you need to respect one another and tolerate each other. The differences we may have, yes, we allow those differences because at the end of the day it’s Allah who’s going to judge us.

 

When Allah the warning is simply to bring us to the straight path, remember that. The warning of Allah, it’s not that he is merciless. He is merciful, out of His mercy. He warns people. It’s like if we had a little child and we told the child be careful I will reprimand you, the idea is not the reprimanding the idea is the correction of the child and the idea is to ensure the child succeeds. similarly with Allah subhanahu wata’ala He warns us but his mercy encompasses everything to the degree that if we were to take heed we would be saved from what he’s warning us about as simple as that.

From the Quran, follow Allah and follow His messenger in order that you achieve Rahma, the mercy the contentment, the happiness what should you do? follow Allah, follow His rasul subhanallah.

Do deeds that will earn the forgiveness of Allah and let you get into Jannah, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala says those who have done wrong, those who have committed sin, those who have committed immorality if they remember Allah and they seek the forgiveness of Allah they’re the ones; if they’ve changed their lives thereafter to become good people. They are the ones who will be earning Jennah and Jannah paradise was prepared for those types of people, amazing.

If you suppress your anger you will achieve more contentment than if you were to vent it.

Allah’s mercy descends upon those who are merciful. You show that mercy and the Almighty will show you the mercy. Allah says those who can extinguish and suppress their anger at that moment. They will definitely definitely achieve goodness, goodness includes the Contentment.

-Mufti Menk

EP02 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

In the episode two of the beautiful series entitled ‘Contentment From Revelation’ (CFR) of #Ramadan2019 #MuftiMenk made mention of how to achieve #contentment from #fasting and the month of# Hajj:

Oh you who believe fasting have been prescribed upon you just like it was prescribed upon those before you in order that you may develop your relationship with the Almighty in order that you achieve consciousness in order that you achieve taqwa. (2:183)

When we fast how would we achieve contentment? Number one we calm down. Number two we realize that it’s not all about filling our own bellies alone, we control, we achieve discipline and that ‘show you get contentment.  We become Compassionate because when I’m hungry and I start thinking about those who don’t have food at all when I think of them and I develop my relationship with the Almighty.  I will automatically reach out to them by giving them a little bit of what the Almighty has blessed me with and this goes back to the point we raised where by reaching out to those who don’t have we would actually be achieving contentment and happiness. So, it’s amazing how the fasting is all connected to achieving contentment.

The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him tell us whoever does not leave false witness and bad words, wrong words, evil words during the fast,  Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala does not need the fact that they have stayed away from food and drink they have actually wasted their time. So if you watch your mouth and you only say good words to your spouse, to your children, to your family members, to those whom you work with, to those whom you interact with, etc. you will definitely achieve a calmness and a contentment. All these training we receive during the month of Ramadhan.

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us how important it is not to react and retaliate to someone who’s abused us in any way, in a way that would create a bigger problem. When you are fasting, you should go out of your way to say I am fasting. You’ve sworn me but I m fasting. I’m not going to swear back and I’m going to train myself to become a better person even while I’m not fasting, Amazing which means even during the days I’m not going to be fasting later on, I will still be of this high level of morality, high values and so on.

We need to know where to draw the line when it comes to the Deen and the dunya, when it comes to the spirituality, the religious side and the worldly side. If you don’t know how to draw the line or where to draw the line you will never achieve contentment.

[2:208] o you who believe enter into submission in totality not just a little bit, you don’t just follow one or two things and expect contentment. You want contentment? Enter into submission in totality and don’t follow the path of the devil for indeed he is an outright clear open enemy. – Mufti Menk

EP01 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

In the episode one of a beautiful series entitled ‘Contentment From Revelation’ (CFR)  of Ramadan 2019 in view to achieving #contentment by going through the Quran MuftiMenk made mention of the verses of Surah Surah Al Fatiha and Surah Al-Baqarah.

we are all searching for happiness for contentment and for success, in order to achieve this the Almighty has revealed so many verses and so many books, so many it’s up to us to go through this and to understand the plan of the Almighty when we understand the plan of the Almighty. We will definitely be able to achieve contentment.

 

Remember one thing; the Almighty when He created us did not promise us that we will be the most wealthy or we will be the most influential etc, but rather He promises us that if you were to follow what I tell you, you will be happy, you will be content. May the Almighty grant us all contentment.

Always understand the mercy of Allah. It will fill us with hope; it will fill us with goodness. We will be content and happy when we’ve understood the mercy of Allah.

He is indeed very merciful. He is indeed so so kind. He has given us so much that we didn’t even ask for that is the mercy of Allah subhanahu wata’ala. When you call out to Allah He will definitely hear. if you don’t call out to Allah you are not going to be able to achieve that contentment, understand He’s in control, understand what He wants from you.

When we’ve called out to Allah subhanahu wata’ala and we believe in Him firmly. It brings us towards the rest of the creatures of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala, the kindness towards them is what comes from us. Because we’ve understood that Allah made me and he made all the other creatures as well.

If you develop your relationship with your maker you will definitely be from among those who achieve contentment because you’ve developed your relationship with your Maker.

Mufti Menk points out the following three points for achieving contentment for the soul / heart from the #Quran:

“1. You must believe in the unseen,

  1. You must establish your prayer to develop your relationship with Allah.
  2. You’ve reached out to others by spending what the Almighty has given you.

No one has achieved contentment by being miserly, by being stingy, by being selfish but rather people have achieved contentment by becoming very very generous”.

-Mufti Menk