Tag: Ramadan

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.

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)

EP17 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

Lessons From Story Of The Story Yusuf Alayhi Salatu Was-Salam

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Sometimes people are imprisoned wrongly. Sometimes the law is guilty of finding the innocent guilty and jails them but because there was evidence in that regard or whatever it may have been in some places it could have even been corruption, not everyone in prison is guilty of a crime, remember this.

If you were to look at the story of the Prophet Yusuf (a.s) he actually prayed to be imprisoned wrongly rather than be forced to transgress against Allah.

He chose to ask Allah, o Allah I’d love to be jailed rather than to go against you. So Allah decided Subhanahu WA Ta’ala to grant him the prayer. He was jailed, he was falsely accused, he was found guilty of a crime he never committed.

But he was so content. He seized the opportunity of him being in prison doing things that were so constructive.

If you are incarcerated or if you know of someone who is there, remember my brothers and sisters use the time wisely. Praise Allah, get closer to Allah. Perhaps educate yourself speak to the others, talk about something. If you’re alone at least praise Allah gets closer to Allah, do something constructive.

Your time cannot be wasted and as for depression and sadness there is no room for it in that particular circumstance. Rather die with contentment in a happy mode than to die sad and full of stress and full of that anxiety as Allah has a plan for you.

You’re in a difficult position, make the learn from the story of the Prophet yusuf (A.S) most of it.

Similarly when it comes to his father Yaqub,yaqub alehissalaam he lost his son and he lost another son and he was crying and he lost his eyesight  and Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala is addressing him…..

He said, “I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah, and I know from Allah that which you do not know. (12:86) O my sons, go and find out about Joseph and his brother and despair not of relief from Allah. Indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people.” (12:87)

Those who might be separated from your loved ones, be content, yes, you may be sad, you may be upset, you might be searching, you might be working towards being reunited with your child or with your loved one but you need to know Allah has a plan for you.

When Yusuf alayhi Salaam was ultimately faced with his brothers and they were exposed, their plots and plans were exposed. So all the planning of the downfall of a person only resulted in his elevation, be content.

He said, “Do you know what you did with Joseph and his brother when you were ignorant?” (12:89) they said, “Are you indeed Joseph?” He said “I am Joseph, and this is my brother. Allah has certainly

favored us. Indeed, he who fears Allah and is patient, then indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.” (12:90)

For indeed anyone who has taqwa and patience Allah will never waste their deeds. Never waste the deeds of the good doers. If you’ve done good Allah will definitely recompense you. taqwa and kindness Allah will never ever let you down, you want contentment, develop those two, taqwa and kindness,

They said, “By Allah, certainly has Allah preferred you over us, and indeed, we have been sinners.” (12:91) and He said, “No blame will there be upon you today. Allah will forgive you; and He is the most merciful of the merciful.” (12:92)

What a great lesson in contentment!Yyusuf (as) had he not been content he would not have been able to forgive.

 

 

 

EP15 | Contentment from Revelation | Ramadan Series 2019 | Mufti Menk

It is very important for us to develop the right company; we should have the good company. We should be from among those who are good company for others and this is when we will achieve contentment. Did you know that 90% of people are destroyed when they have bad company?

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala has also addressed the matter very powerfully, very simply and he has actually said in surah at-taubah verse number 119

O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true. (9:119)

The verse number 12 of surat yunus where Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala speaks about how man calls out to Allah when he is in need. The minute the need is fulfilled he forgets Allah, he pretends like he never ever called out to Allah.

And when affliction touches man, he calls upon us, whether lying on his side or sitting or standing; but when We remove from him his affliction, he continues [in disobedience] as if he had never called upon Us to [remove] an affliction that touched him. Thus is made pleasing to the transgressors that which they have been doing. (10:12)

So this is something that we need to take heed of may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala make us from those who when we call out to Allah we appreciate what Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala has done. When we ask Allah to cure us we appreciate that by turning to Allah after we’ve been cured.

There is something known as awliya’u Allah, the Friends of Allah those who are close friends of Allah. Allah says regarding them they are the most content, they’ll be happy; they have no reason to fear or to be sad.

Awliya are those who have two qualities in them.

Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. Those who believed and were fearing Allah (10:62 and 63)

Two qualities:  those who believe firmly in Allah and they are conscious of Allah. When you’ve developed these two things Iman and taqwa you will not be sad, you will not have reason to be fearful, you will not be worrying at all because you know that I believe in Allah, I’m convinced. Allah will take care of me.

We have difficulty, we hardship on earth. Allah did not say he will not give us hardship. We will go through a lot of hardship but he will grant us contentment if we know how to process the hardship. look at musa alayhi salam, how long did he struggle for yet he was a prophet of Allah, his people, how long did they suffer for decades on end but they knew they were helped directly by Allah.

[ Allah ] said, “Your supplication has been answered.” So remain on a right course and follow not the way of those who do not know.” (10:89)

 

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