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EP22 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

We need to think before we speak if we would like contentment.  Whatever you want to say, think of the best way of saying it and then say it.

And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy.(17:53)

Shaitan wants to seize any opportunity, to split people, to cause friction, to cause problems. if you are careful of what you say and how you say it you will definitely be able to be much more content than you are.

The supplication from surah kahf

[Mention] when the youths retreated to the cave and said, “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affair right guidance.” (18:10)

so the point to learn here is if we would like contentment from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala make sure you’re in a good environment, have good friends have decent people around you, worship allah in a beautiful way.

And never say of anything, “Indeed, I will do that tomorrow,”

Except [when adding], “If Allah wills.” And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, “Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct.” [18:23 & 24]

Whenever you are planning to do something tomorrow or a little bit later on or sometime in the future, remember it is all only possible if Allah wants it to happen. Therefore you must say insha’Allah. This is why we say when you plan something and it happens your way you say alhamdulillah, all praise is due to Allah when it does not happen your way I usually  say Alhamdulillah twice thank Allah even more because now it’s happening exactly the way He wanted it and He knows what is better for you. There is another term that we need to actually add to the praise of Allah Subhanahu WA  learn to relate it to Allah, you make dua for Baraka and you related to Allah Masha Allah, tabarak Allah or la quwata illa billah. So if if you know that they’re only going to happen if Allah wants it to happen then you will not be depressed, you will not be sad.

And why did you, when you entered your garden, not say, ‘What Allah willed [has occurred]; there is no power except in Allah ‘? Although you see me less than you in wealth and children, (18:39)

At the end of surah al-Kahf there is a beautiful verse number 110 Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks about what to do: you will achieve contentment.

إِذْ أَوَى الْفِتْيَةُ إِلَى الْكَهْفِ فَقَالُوا رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا – 18:10

Ith awa alfityatu ila alkahfi faqaloo rabbana atina min ladunka rahmatan wahayyi/ lana min amrina rashadan

Say, “I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.” (18:110)

So if you want happiness and contentment in this world success in the next you need to make sure you do two things. Don’t associate partners with Allah and any act of worship make sure that it was taught by the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. You will never go wrong. may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala grant us success.

Surat maryam regarding those who left their prayer and Salah Allah

But there came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so they are going to meet evil – (19:59)

The idea is to be encouraged to say that we must fulfil our Salah and don’t just follow your desires whims and fancies in transgression of Allah subhanahu wata’ala.

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

EP20 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala has indeed instructed us to be just. if you are just you will achieve contentment, you will be happy when you are a person who’s unjust and you engage in injustice you can never achieve true contentment.

Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded. (16:90)

So, Allah is telling you be just, be kind, be good and reach out to your family members and to stay away from the immorality, the evil and transgression.

Allah says if you do good, if you believe and do good we will improve the condition of your living, first on earth and thereafter we will grant you paradise.

Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do. (16:97)

When we are calling out towards Allah’s path, you call them with utmost respect not just respect but with wisdom with tact, with the best of words, with the most beautiful of arguments.

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.(16:125)

Allah makes mention of the Night Journey that the prophet (saw) Allah made from his house in Makkah to Bayt al-Maqdis in Surat Al-Isra.

Indeed, this Qur’an guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward. (17:09)

This Quran is a guide. Do you take it as a guide? If you do, good news to you. Do you give it its importance? If you do good news to you. In the month of the Quran how much of the Quran have you learned, how much time do you spend with the Quran on a daily basis? It is the manual that Allah sent you and I, the manuscript through which you will achieve the success of this world and the next.

Allah (swt) Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks about those who want only this world and they have forgotten about the hereafter.

Whoever should desire the immediate – We hasten for him from it what We will to whom We intend. Then We have made for him Hell, which he will [enter to] burn, censured and banished. (17:18) But whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer – it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allah ]. (17:19)

Remember when Allah has given you it’s not a sign that he’s happy with you. When I lost taken away from you it’s not a sign that he’s upset with you. It is all to do with the heart your connection with Allah and your contentment either way. – 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)

EP16 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

When our loved ones are catching a flight we get worried, worried about what?  Sometimes we’re hoping and praying to Allah subhanahu wata’ala that they are safe, we say loving words as we leave them. We pray for them and subhanAllah we have to lay our trust in Allah.

If anything does happen it was always from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala but Allah will protect you generally from the hardship of the journey, the difficulty of the journey. The dua from surah Hud regarding travelling is in the following:

وَقَالَ ارْكَبُوا فِيهَا بِسْمِ اللَّهِ مَجْرَاهَا وَمُرْسَاهَا ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّي لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ – 11:41

And [Noah] said, “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.” (11:41)

Wa qaalar kaboo feehaa bismil laahi majraihaa wa mursaahaa; inna Rabbee la Ghafoorur Raheem

Remember whenever you are travelling, no matter what conveyance you’re on even if it is an animal that you’re riding, remember to say the name of Allah and then lay your trust in Allah be confident.

But don’t break the road rules thinking I’ve made my duaa nothing’s going to happen. I can drive at 250 kilometres an hour, no, you’re being foolish. You need to take the necessary precautions as a human being and what you were taught.

Allah (swt) speaks of another very very powerful method of achieving contentment and that is to protect your prayer and to establish prayer,

And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember. And be patient, for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good. (11:114&115)

Do you know there are signs we commit that we are not even conscious of because of the environment, because of so many other factors but Allah says you do good deeds we will wipe out those bad deeds by virtue of your good deeds.

While you are establishing your prayer, there is one very important fact that you need to be conscious of what is it? It is that your character and conduct should improve because that is a reflection of the acceptance of your prayer.

When you pray and you’re in your prayer is not accepted in the holistic way it would never reflect in your character and conduct, your character, your manner of speech and all of that would become worse or it would stay as abusive as it is. But if you were truly a pious person and you pray your character your conduct will definitely become much much better.

In surat Hud, Allah (swt) says that the stories of the prophets that we’ve mentioned to you O Muhammad peace be upon him, We are mentioning them in order to strengthen you, in order to strengthen your heart.

And each [story] we relate to you from the news of the messengers is that by which we make firm your heart. And there has come to you, in this, the truth and an instruction and a reminder for the believers. (11:120)

It’s important to go through these stories and to understand that in order to achieve contentment, it’s not

About smiling at how great the story sounded but rather it’s to look into those stories for lessons.

One of the best stories in the Quran, the best in fact the story of Yusuf alayhi salatu was-salam

He said, “O my son, do not relate your vision to your brothers or they will contrive against you a plan. Indeed Satan, to man, is a manifest enemy. (12:5)

Wow! When good things happen to you you don’t need to tell the whole world, some people may not be happy, subhanAllah. – Mufti Menk

 

Regrets On The Day Of Judgement – Mufti Menk

Complaint about YOU! – 7th Ramadan Boost – Mufti Menk

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Lessons from the surat Al-Furqan. Allah tells us us about what will be happening on the Day of Judgment and he tells us what will be the issues that people will regret?

Allah says while you are thinking about all of what you want on earth; remember there will be certain things you will regret when you come on the Day of Judgment. One of the things Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala

One of the things Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala talks about very loud and clear is the distance between us and the revelation. When there is a distance between us and the Quran we will regret it.

one of the biggest regrets that man would have on the day of judgment is Allah sent you a message regrets that man would have on the day of judgment is Allah sent you a message and you didn’t bother looking at what that message was.

 

The second matter the issue of company, the issue of your friends the issue of those around you is raised very powerfully in this surah Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala speaks about those who will regret on the day of judgment, they will regret their company the people they had around them.

You need to ask yourself two questions what type of friends do I have? What type of people do I interact with? That is question number one; question number two is what type of a friend am I to those whom I interact with? – Mufti Menk