Tag: Ramadan 2019

EP28 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

Many of us don’t thank Allah for what he has bestowed upon us. Suleiman alayhi Salam who was granted so much by Allah, he calls out to Allah saying o Allah give me the ability to be thankful to you, SubhanAllah. Look at the calmness and contentment that brings to the heart when you say o my lord grant me the ability to be thankful.

فَتَبَسَّمَ ضَاحِكًا مِّن قَوْلِهَا وَقَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَدْخِلْنِي بِرَحْمَتِكَ فِي عِبَادِكَ الصَّالِحِينَ – 27:19

Fatabassama dahikan min qawliha waqala rabbi awziAAnee an ashkura niAAmataka allatee anAAamta AAalayya waAAala walidayya waan aAAmala salihan tardahu waadkhilnee birahmatika fee AAibadika alssaliheena

So [Solomon] smiled, amused at her speech, and said, “My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to do righteousness of which You approve. And admit me by Your mercy into [the ranks of] Your righteous servants.” (27:19]

The contentment of the hereafter will be achieved by those who do good deeds and protect those good deeds.

Whoever comes [at Judgement] with a good deed will have better than it, and they, from the terror of that Day, will be safe. (27:89)

To protect yourself you need to make sure that you don’t harm others. You need to make sure that the good deeds don’t make you arrogant. They don’t make you haughty and proud.

In Surat al Qasas mentioned and this name Qasas, the stories named after the story of Musa alayhis salam when he went to Shuaib alehissalaam after he was chased out of the place he was at and he got to Shuaib (as) and you know what? He says to Shuaib (as) what happened to him.

in Islam we believe that the proposal is made by either party meaning to express the willingness or to express the desire to marry can come from any party and it’s either a yes or a No. we shouldn’t be upset if it’s a no and just as much we should be very very concerned if it is a yes to fulfill the rights of the spouse to be and all these new relatives that are suddenly related to you SubhanAllah.

Make marriage simple, keep it simple you will achieve contentment and happiness those around you will be happy with the way you handle things. Allah has taught you never to worry about what people think of you and what you’re doing for as long as it is correct for as long as Allah is pleased with it and Allah allows it. You can do it and you should lead the way others will follow you.

He said, “Indeed, I wish to wed you one of these, my two daughters, on [the condition] that you serve me for eight years; but if you complete ten, it will be [as a favor] from you. And I do not wish to put you in difficulty. You will find me, if Allah wills, from among the righteous.”[28:27]

Nikkah / Marraige is something that is so so simple yet we make it difficult. The more difficult you make it the less contentment you will have. The easier you make it the more you have guaranteed your contentment short term and long term. Your children are happy. You are happy. Everyone is happy and keep it simple. Don’t get complicated when it comes to marriage. Don’t make it too big. – 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

EP14 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

when we joke, yes we’d like people to laugh, make sure that that laughter is within the limits of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala, the jokes should not be blasphemous, they should not be abusive or hurtful to any race, to any religion, to any group of people and more than anything they should not be disrespectful to Allah, to the signs of Allah, to the messengers of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala.

The reason is if we do that we will lose contentment.

This we get from the Quran, Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala warns us in surah At-Tawba where there were people who were claiming to have joked about the Prophet peace be upon him and the messengers and later on they actually were proven guilty.

And if you ask them, they will surely say, “We were only conversing and playing.” Say, “Is it Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking?” (9:65)

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala speaks about how important it is to appreciate things people do, no matter how small they are. Because Allah Himself appreciates what people do, no matter how small things are.

When someone does good don’t forget it. How many people we have done good to they’ve forgotten but don’t realize how many people have done good to us and we have forgotten. Don’t forget the goodness someone has done to you even if it was a very small portion of goodness because Allah doesn’t forget and Allah rewards in a massive way.

Those who criticize the contributors among the believers concerning [their] charities and [criticize] the ones who find nothing [to spend] except their effort, so they ridicule them – Allah will ridicule them, and they will have a painful punishment. (9:79)

If you scoff at someone Allah will scoff at you, you laugh at someone Allah will create the environment for you to be laughed at. Where is your contentment? It’s gone because you hurt someone. you thought bad and evil about someone. Watch out.

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks of the benefit of the zakah and the charity that is taken from the Muslims. what does this zakat actually due to us? it brings about contentment when you have given with a good heart, open heart ,when you are calculating your zakat and your being miserly you will not achieve goodness.

Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [ Allah ‘s blessings] upon them. Indeed, your invocations are reassurance for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (9:103)

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EP13 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

What is very important for us to know is when we develop a relationship with Allah, when we are conscious of Allah subhanahu wata’ala allah will grant us the ability to distinguish between right and wrong through that ability we will achieve contentment.

O you who have believed, if you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion and will remove from you your misdeeds and forgive you. And Allah is the possessor of great bounty. (8:29)

In a month of fasting, the month of Ramadan, we are asked by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala to fast in order to develop that relationship with Allah. Fasting brings about compassion, brings about a closeness to Allah, a softness; it disciplines us, strive to develop your relationship with Allah, strive when it comes to your prayer, when it comes to your charity the giving, when it comes to your character and conduct and Allah subhanahu wata’ala will definitely open your doors.

The importance of seeking forgiveness of Allah is such that even if the punishment were to be coming in your direction it will be diverted because of you seeking the forgiveness of Allah. This is why it’s very important to keep seeking the forgiveness of Allah on a daily basis. People wonder I’m going through problems, is it a punishment or is it actually a test from Allah?

Well if you are seeking the forgiveness of Allah at all times every day it can never be the punishment of Allah, do you know why? Because Allah says

But Allah would not punish them while you, [O Muhammad], are among them, and Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness. (8:33)

While seeking forgiveness, it’s impossible that what’s coming to you in terms of negativity is a punishment from Allah. It is only a test, you must relax, and you must be satisfied and content. Keep on building your relationship with Allah and understand whatever you’re going through is in order to elevate your status.

In Surat Anfal Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala also makes mention of the gifts that he bestows upon man and the fact that He doesn’t take them away until man deserves that they be taken away.

If you haven’t been become a bad person and still you lose something good you might have had that would not be a punishment of Allah, that would actually be a bigger gift in the long term from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala.

That is because Allah would not change a favor which He had bestowed upon a people until they change what is within themselves. And indeed, Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (8:53)

Get acquainted with Allah during your days of ease and Allah will get acquainted with you during your days of hardship.

Allah speaks in surah al-anfal also about a situation where there are two parties that are fighting each other perhaps a war on a larger scale or an argument on a smaller scale Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala says

And if they incline to peace, then incline to it [also] and rely upon Allah . Indeed, it is He who is the Hearing, the Knowing. (8:61)

Two warring factions, one of them desperately wants peace with you, you doubt their intentions. There is nothing glaring to prove that they are being insincere. If there was something glaring to prove that they were insincere you would be foolish to make peace with them in a way that you were bitten again from the same direction. But if there is nothing to say that they were being insincere. Allah says inclined towards it. If they stretch their arm, seeking peace you should do the same.

Allah says lay your trust on Allah because you may not know exactly they may want to cheat you and that’s why in the very next verse when Allah says at the end of this verse that He is all-powerful and He is all-knowing, He’s all wise

But if they intend to deceive you – then sufficient for you is Allah. It is He who supported you with His help and with the believers. (8:62)

Very importantly learn to please Allah in all that you do and learn to follow Allah in all that you would like to do and Allah will grant you that success in the dunya and akhira filled with the greatest contentment – Mufti Menk

EP12 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala has destroyed previous nations for various reasons and then He tells us that He would not just have destroyed certain people, had they turned to Him, had they repented and had they believed and developed their relationship with Him.

And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth; but they denied [the messengers], so We seized them for what they were earning (7:96)

From this, I learn that if I’d like to achieve contentment, I need two things; I need to believe in Allah and develop a relationship with Allah.

If we would like to achieve contentment we also need to look into the stories of the previous prophets, those whom Allah has destroyed in the past why Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala destroyed them? What exactly happened?

The story of the pharaoh, the pharaoh was destroyed for various reasons. He actually told people to worship Him besides Allah. He said he is the god, he is the decider, and he’s the giver of life.

So, Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala speaks of his destruction, he was haughty, he was arrogant. These stories keep repeating themselves in the Quran for us to learn.

If you’d like contentment you need to protect yourself from the qualities of the Pharaoh.

I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. And if they see the way of consciousness, they will not adopt it as a way; but if they see the way of error, they will adopt it as a way. That is because they have denied Our signs and they were heedless of them. (7:146)

If you want guidance one of the qualities you need is to drop and to cut out the arrogance and the haughtiness. Don’t think you are a know-it-all, keep searching for guidance look at revelation again and again, keep looking at it and asking yourself am I following what Allah and His Messenger wanted me to follow?

Allah you need to study his names, his qualities in order to recognize him.

And to Allah belong the best names, so invoke Him by them. And leave [the company of] those who practice deviation concerning His names. They will be recompensed for what they have been doing. (7:180)

the prophet (saw) says indeed whoever is to study 99 names of Allah, Subhanahu WA Ta’ala memorize them, protect them, learn them, use them to call out to Allah, they will be granted paradise.

Do you know when you are listening to the words of Allah subhanahu wata’ala you’re meant to be concentrating, you’re meant to be listening, you meant to be thinking, you’re meant to be paying attention?

So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy. (7:204)

One very important factor that I wish to mention the Quran is so powerful that when you listen to its explanation it will seem as though someone is addressing you and your problems, your issues as though they knew your life and your problems, you will wonder; how this person did know what exactly to address? The reality is it is from the maker he knew, he knows, he will know and he created everyone. So the verses that are recited and explained coming to you will definitely impact upon you in a very very positive way regarding issues that you are facing in your life. that’s why Allah says listen attentively.

It will make sense and it will definitely impact upon you as though someone knew your your life and your problems, yes Allah does know your life and he does know your problems.

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala in the opening verses of Al-Anfal makes mention of the successful ones those who are the true believers…

The ones who establish prayer, and from what We have provided them, they spend. (8:03)

Two qualities; number one: develop your relationship with Allah, number two: look after those who don’t have much, the rest of the creatures of Allah and you will definitely achieve contentment and success. – Mufti Menk

EP11 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

Allah (swt) reminds us to think of the reaction of actions we actually do. When you do something Allah saying hang on before you do it think of what’s going to happen as a result of what you are going to do. When you do this you will achieve contentment, remember.

And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah, lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do. (6:108)

I hope that this verse can inspire us to achieve contentment through being concerned about the reactions of our words and our actions before we say anything and before we act, amazing.

 

Allah subhanahu wata’ala always tells us to follow what is right whether the whole world is saying something else.

And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying. (6:116)

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala speaks about consumption and making sure that you eat that which is halal.

And do not eat of that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed, it is grave disobedience. (6:121)

You want contentment? You must make sure that you consume that which the name of Allah has been mentioned upon.

Remember Shaitaan is an outright enemy. Iblis has always sworn that he will lead us astray because he was jealous. Never become jealous of another.

Be happy for others and Allah will grant you contentment. Yes, you may pray that Allah give you something similar but don’t ever pray that Allah take it away from them to give it to you because that will not happen.

When you make a mistake turn to Allah. You’ll achieve contentment. But if you make a mistake and you don’t recollect and you don’t turn to Allah how do you expect to gain that contentment? you know sin brings about temporary pleasure but it shows the seed of discontent for a long time.

Allah says the following words were so beloved unto Allah.

قَالَا رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ – 7:23

Qaalaa Rabbanaa zalamnaaa anfusanaa wa illam taghfir lanaa wa tarhamnaa lanakoonanna minal khaasireen

They said, “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.” (7:23)

Remember when you seek the forgiveness of Allah, when you call out to him asking him to have mercy on you, you will achieve his mercy and part of that mercy is contentment.

You want contentment? When you are standing in front of Allah look at how you’re dressed.

O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess. (7:31)

When you’ve adorned yourself as you’re about to pray it means you’ve understood whom you are standing in front of. You are standing in front of the Lord of the Worlds and another point of achieving contentment; don’t be wasteful. – Mufti Menk

 

 

Ramadan is not divided into ten ten ten ! Mufti menk

⚡️Is Ramadan Divided into Three – Mufti Menk
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🛑The first Tenth are the days of mercy, the second 10 days of forgiveness and the third 10 are the days of freedom from fire‼️‼️‼️‼️

Now, just a very important piece of information in the whole of Ramadan is a month of mercy not just the ten days, the whole of Ramadan is a month of forgiveness not just ten days, the whole of Ramadan is a month of freedom from the fire not just ten days, from Mufti Menk