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[Transcript] Jewels From The Quran | Part 9

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  • Battle of Tabuk – a battle wherein all the mu’minin were supposed to come out besides those who had valid excuses. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) makes mention of those who are weak, who were excused. Those who had other valid excuses who did not have to attend. But they were some people who did not attend and they did not have an excuse and they thought that the mu’minin might not win at this time. And when the mu’minin returned to al-Madinatul al-Munawarah, Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) had informed Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) about the excuses that these people would come out with. (Surah 9: Verse 94) “When you get to them, they will present excuses to you. Tell them don’t present excuses. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has already informed us about your news. We will not believe in what you will say.”
  • Hypocrisy – There was a man who came to the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) and he said make du’a for my business. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) was hesitant to make it for fear the man would forget Allah(subhanahu wa ta’ala). Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) made a du’a for him. The business grew. Later Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) asked the companions, “Where is this man?” And he was told “You know that this man ever since he became rich he has forgotten Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala)”. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) revealed verses which made zakah compulsory.  So Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) sent some of his companions to share with the man zakah is compulsory. So they went and found him and they shared the message. The man said “No”.(Surah 9:75) “From amongst the people are those who promised Allah that if we get wealth than we would definitely give out charity and we will be from amongst the righteous.” (Surah 9:76) “Then when they got the wealth they became stingy and they turned away.” Allah speaks of this incident here in the Quran and Allah says (Surah 9:77) “As a result, Allah says, We instilled hypocrisy in that man’s heart up to the day of Qiyamah because of the fact that he turned away, he remained and he lied.” The man’s wealth was never accepted.
  • Unaccepted Wealth-  Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Salul was a hypocrite he was not a Muslim but he pretended to be a Muslim. He entered the ranks of the muslimin and he spied and he wanted to split the Muslims. He built a masjid with the money from the man whose wealth was never accepted. Allah used his wealth in an evil course to split and divide the Muslim ummah. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) does this to everyone who becomes arrogant when they become wealthy. When we become wealthy we must learn to come down to earth and we must make du’a to Allah, “Ya Allah use our wealth in the right path.” This masjid was termed Masjid Dirar – the masjid of harm. (Surah 9:107) “Those who took a masjid, who build a masjid in order to harm the Muslims ummah, as a form of disbelieve and disuniting the Muslim ummah” Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) warns Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) that, “Though they will promise oaths by Allah,” that wallahi we only intended goodness (Surah 9:107) “We only intended goodness,” Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) tells Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) (Surah 9:108) “Don’t ever set foot in that masjid, never, don’t bless it.” (Surah 9:108) “That masjid, Masjid Quba which is right near there that was build from day one with taqwa, with unity, with the involvement of the whole community, the whole ummah.”
  • One Ummah – The ummah is one ummah. It is a brotherhood. Any collective activity that is meant to be beneficial for the entire ummah must be done with consensus of the ummah or at least by consulting the senior ulama’ of the ummah or the society or community around us. There is trend across the globe, when I have a problem with something in this masjid, I build my masjid right next door. We are splitting the Muslim ummah. Yes, if there is a need and the fathers of the community see that there is a need and it is not the depletion of the resources of the ummah than. It is permissible, it is allowed because the one masjid is full now we build another one. One is very far off and now we want to build another one quite a distance away because the Muslims need to read salah.
  • Zakah –  It is compulsory according to some of the ulama’ (Surah 9:103) “Take some wealth, take zakah from their wealth that will be a means of cleansing them and purifying them.” Which means when we give wealth, it cleanses us. How does it cleanse us? We go out, we work hard, we earn sustenance but we must know in our minds that Allah has a right in our wealth because it is He who is the owner of sustenance. Had he not intended, we wouldn’t even have had wealth. Some people work for five hours they come back with fifty rand. Some people work for one hour they come back with fifty-thousand rand. It can happen, that is from Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).
  • Tawbah – He says He is the One who accepts tawbah and He is the One who will accept your zakah. We might think we’ve given something out. Do you know it’s my duty and your duty to think very hard where am I giving my wealth. I should not be giving it to where the ummah is being disunited, where it might be stolen and so on. Look for the poor man. It is an ibadah to look for the poor person. Yes, there are certain people who do that for us. If we trust them, Alhamdulillah, we may give them in order to fulfill it for us. Allah says (Surah 9:104) “Do they not see that it is Allah who accepts tawbah, He accepts repentance.” Whenever a person repents to Allah, Allah accepts that repentance. Not only does Allah accepts the repentance, but he puts it in our hearts to repent. So a hard heart is that hard heart where a person does not want to repent.
  • Companionship – Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) warns us, and He instructs us, and He tells us, and He has told us so many times. And the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) has warned us about company, and here Allah says (Surah 9:119) “O you who believe, be conscious of your Creator at all times and only find yourself with those who are truthful and trustworthy.” Which means, watch your company. Be careful; don’t be in the company of those who are thieves and crooks. And don’t be in the company of those who have a very bad reputation May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) make us from amongst those who are truthful and keep us only in good company that will be beneficial.
  • Diversifying –  when it comes to what qualifications the members of the ummah have. Not all of us should be experts in medicine, not all of us should be experts in the battlefield. Not all of us should be experts in, in, say for example architecture. Not all of us should be plumbers but we should diversify. The verse Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) tells us that Khalid ibn Walid (radiAllahu anhu) spoke about it. He said on his deathbed, he said, “Do you know I was engaged in jihad and that occupied me from learning a lot about this deen but I don’t regret it because I serve Islam in one way. They were others who serve Islam in another way.” We need everyone together we make up the Muslim ummah (Surah 9:122) “It is not for the entire ummah to go out into the battlefield, to go out in one direction.” Let us have Allah says, “From amongst every community, every community should have a certain number of people who will go out and study the deen so that they can come back to their own communities and warn people about what is right and wrong in the shariah.” We should diversify and we should supplement and compliment one another. We shouldn’t be against one another.
  • Respect for Ulama’ – Understanding that when it comes to the Islamic decisions, leave those to the ulama’. When it comes to rulings of this shariah, we should not make them who are layman. Leave those to the scholars of our own community. You know it amazes me how if you have a group of doctors and the head of the group of doctors is a plumber who makes the decision for those doctors does it make sense? We are laughing. You have a group of ulama’ and sometimes you have the person who wants to have the say right at the top is a person who knows absolutely nothing about this religion just like the plumber making decisions for the doctors.
  • Youth – Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says when they come back to their communities let them warn their communities. This means that we need to understand that when our youngsters go out to study from our own communities they are an investment for our community when they come back. We must put them on our heads and we must respect them. Give them the opportunities to spread this deen.
  • Family – All the Messengers of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) they had certain people from amongst them their extended families and sometimes immediate family who rejected the call. And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) did this intentionally because later on when the ulama’ come sometimes you find a great scholar of deen talking to you and you might find his own children, one of them might be a person who goes to the nightclub. So now the people come and say you know that imam who gave us a talk on Friday, he must start with his own house first. He can’t even look after his own kids and he’s coming to tell us. That is a satanic statement. Look at Nuh (alayhi salatu wa salam), the story we read today, the story repeated of Nuh. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is highlighting the incident of Nuh (alayhi salam) child. A huge wave came and Nuh’s child drowned. So Nuh (alayhi salam) thereafter told Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) that, “Ya Allah you promise me that you will save my family.” And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says, “He was not a family member of yours.” He rejected Allah. The bond of the shahadah and the bond of iman is far stronger than blood.
  • Tests – Suratul Tawbah, Allah says He tests, he sends tests every year, once or twice or more than twice to everyone. And still the people don’t turn and they don’t remember. This verse was revealed on a different incident and different location but the lesson if for all of us. Let listen to the verse (Surah 9:126) “Do they not see that we test them, we inflict them with calamity once or twice in the year but still they don’t repent and they don’t take heed.”
  • Judgement –  We have twenty-four hours each day to perfect ourselves, yet we spent time bothered about others and talk about good/bad of each other. Allah has kept the day of Judgement to judge people. Why should we assume the role of the Creator and start becoming judgmental here in the dunya? May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) not make us from amongst those who start judging people and passing comments and saying this one is good and that one is bad..
  • Repentance – At the point of death, when Firaun saw the angel of death, he said I believe in the God of Musa and Harun. And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) tells him (Surah 10:91) “Is it now that you want to accept the message when you have sinned all along in the past and you were from amongst those who were corrupt and who were totally outside the framework of what was acceptable.” May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) not make us from amongst those who wait and wait when it comes to engaging in repentance until the point of death because then it will be to late. That is why the story is here for me and you to be reminded that we need to turn to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) before it is too late.
  • Goodness bestowed on people – Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says (Surah 11:9) “When We have granted man goodness and as a test We take it away from him, in order to test you.” When something has gone away from us, if we want to know whether it’s a punishment or a test, we need to ask ourselves one question; am I happy with the decree of Allah now that He has made me suffer a loss? If I am happy with the decree of Allah, than InSha Allah it’s a test for me and it will elevate my status. But if I’m upset and I become hurt and angry, and I start cursing and I am ungrateful, than it was a punishment for me.

ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim alhamdulillahi wa kafa wa salAllahu wa salam wa mabarakal ala ibadihilladhi nustafa. All praise is due to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). Complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) and all his companions. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) bless us all.

Honored Ulama’, beloved brothers and sisters and dearest listeners; tonight we read the opening verses of the eleventh para or the chapter of the Quran where Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) makes mention of those who presented excuses for not having attended the battle of Tabuk. That was a battle wherein all the mu’minin were supposed to come out besides those who had valid excuses.

Last night we read a verse where Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) makes mention of those who are weak, who were excused. Those who had other valid excuses who did not have to attend. But they were some people who did not attend and they did not have an excuse and they thought that the mu’minin might not win at this time. And when the mu’minin returned to al-Madinatul al-Munawarah, Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) had informed Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) about the excuses that these people would come out with. (Surah 9:94) “When you get to them, they will present excuses to you. Tell them don’t present excuses. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has already informed us about your news. We will not believe in what you will say.” May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) makes us from amongst those who can always be found in His obedience and not from amongst those who are found in the disobedience of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).

There was a man at the time of Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) who came to the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) and he said make du’a for my business. Make du’a that I have barakah in my business. And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) obviously informed Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) much more than anyone else. Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) told him “I fear that if I make a du’a for your business, you might become oblivious of Allah. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has kept you with a little bit less so that you can turn to the Creator.” So he said “No, I promise, I promise and I guarantee if Allah gives me wealth, I’m going to spend it in His path.”

Let’s listen very carefully. So Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) made a du’a for him. “O Allah, grant this man.” He was granted the same day, it is reported like worms, like all worms who happened to multiply that was how his business began to grow the same day. And it was so big that he had to shift out of al-Madinatul Munawarah with all his livestock and so on. And he was a man who used to read five salah a day, after some time he began to read three, after some time he left those three. He used to come only for Jum’ah, after some time, even that he stopped. Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) asked the companions, “Where is this man?” And he was told “You know that this man ever since he became rich he has forgotten Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala)”. And at that time zakah was not compulsory, it was only voluntary. But one day the verses of zakah were revealed. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) revealed verses which made zakah compulsory.

So Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) sent some people, some of his companions, “Go to this man and tell him that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has now made it compulsory for you to give some wealth in His course.” So they went, they left al-Madinatul Munawarah and on the outskirts they found him and they said “Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) has sent us to you and he has told us that we should come and get wealth from you because zakah is compulsory and this is the verse.” They read the verse of the Quran, he scratched his head, he said “No, no, no, no it can’t be. Who else are you going to go to? Is there anyone else you were sent too? They said “Yes, we were sent to two people, yourself and another man.” So he said go to that man and on your way back, let’s see what I can do for you.”

So Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) tells us these people went to the other man, the other man was a sulami, he was also one of the sahaba of Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam). As soon as the verse was read, he came out with the best of his wealth, the best of his camels and he said, “Take this in the path of Allah, take this as zakah.” And they informed him that, “Look, we’re not suppose to take the best of your wealth. The prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, “Stay away from the best of wealth, take that which is mediocre. Not the worse and not the best, the middle.” So he gave and said “No, I want to give this. I want to give it, Allah has given me all that I have and I want to give it.” And on their way back after having collected all this, they passed by that man once again. And he saw it and said, “Listen I decided I’m not giving you. You can go do what you want. This all wealth here is mine.” Allahuakbar.

So Allah makes mention of that. We read the verse last night but its connected to tonight’s verses so let me read the verse we read (Surah 9:75) “From amongst the people are those who promised Allah that if we get wealth than we would definitely give out charity and we will be from amongst the righteous.” (Surah 9:76) “Then when they got the wealth they became stingy and they turned away.” Allahuakbar. Allah speaks of this incident here in the Quran and Allah says (Surah 9:77) “As a result, Allah says, We instilled hypocrisy in that man’s heart up to the day of Qiyamah because of the fact that he turned away, he remained and he lied.” May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) protect us.

Whenever we promise Allah, we must fulfill the promise no matter what. Sometimes we make a promise in our business that, Ya Allah twenty percent I’ll give for Your course. We start of with a hundred Rand so twenty Rand is nothing but when you get to one hundred million then twenty-million means a lot. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) grants us understanding. But when it gets to that the test of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) we don’t want to be like these who failed the test. So that man’s wealth was never accepted. After that one of his relatives was sitting with Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) when this verse was revealed. He rushed to this man and said, “You know what there’s a verse that was revealed in your case and now you’re going to be declared a hypocrite.” So he ran with the best of his wealth to Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam), the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) told him, “You know what you come with the wealth now, Allah has prohibited me from taking it from you. Allah does not need this wealth.” He cried and he begged day after day year after year. The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) left the dunya and he still begged Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (radiAllahu anhu). Abu Bakr (radiAllahu anhu) said, “If the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) did not take it who am I?” The same happened in the time of Umar ibn Khattab, “If he didn’t take it, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (radiAllahu anhu) didn’t take your wealth than who am I?” And the same happened in the time of Uthman (radiAllahu anhu), and this man happened to pass away at the time of Uthman ibn Affan (radiAllahu anhu). May Allah save us.

Now let us see how his wealth was used because we know he had lots of wealth. So now, at the time of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam), there was a man known as Abdullah ibn Ubay ibn Salul. And this man he was a hypocrite he was not a Muslim but he pretended to be a Muslim. He entered the ranks of the muslimin and he spied and he wanted to split and so on the Muslims because they were about to choose him as a leader of Medina before Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) hijrah. And when the hijrah happened he lost out so to speak so he was always against the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) and he decided you know there’s a Masjid Quba, there’s a Masjid Nabawi. I need to try and make an army of people who are weak. I can’t get Abu Bakr, I can’t get Umar, I can’t get those who are solid and strong in iman but those who are accepting Islam now recently meaning newly, let me try and build a masjid just near Masjid Quba and when they come for salah there I will contaminate their minds. So he built a masjid and it was close to the time of the battle of Tabuk and he went to the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam). Where did he get that money from to build that masjid? Where did he get the wealth from to build that masjid? One of the biggest contributors was that man, that man whose wealth was rejected in the good course. Allah used his wealth in an evil course to split and divide the Muslim ummah.

And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) does this to everyone who becomes arrogant when they become wealthy. When we become wealthy we must learn to come down to earth and we must make du’a to Allah, “Ya Allah use our wealth in the right path.” Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) does not need wealth. When we go to a certain course and we say, “Listen I am stopping today.” It might not mean I am stopping today. It might mean Allah does not want your wealth from today. He wants to use somebody else’s wealth. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) not do that to us.

So this man had used his wealth, they build a masjid and they told Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam), “Come and bless this masjid of ours.” They knew that he wouldn’t come to lead/read salah there all the time but he if came once, it was enough. And then all the weak people would come there and it was a point of convenience for them and then they would be contaminated and the ummah would be divided into two. But Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala), during the battle of Tabuk, during their way back, verses were revealed to Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) regarding the reality of this masjid. It was termed Masjid Dirar – the masjid of harm. (Surah 9:107) Allahuakbar. “Those who took a masjid, who build a masjid in order to harm the Muslims ummah, as a form of disbelieve and disuniting the Muslim ummah” Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) warns Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) that, “Though they will promise oaths by Allah,” that wallahi we only intended goodness (Surah 9:107) “We only intended goodness,” Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) tells Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) (Surah 9:108) “Don’t ever set foot in that masjid, never, don’t bless it.” (Surah 9:108) “That masjid, Masjid Quba which is right near there that was build from day one with taqwa, with unity, with the involvement of the whole community, the whole ummah. That masjid is much better for you to stand in than a masjid which was a little show from one particular person. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) save guards us. It was called a masjid and Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) was instructed to order some of his companions to go out and destroy it. They literary burnt it and destroyed it.

So this is mention in the Quran. The question is why is this story here? Do we think it’s here for no reason? Is it a pastime? Is it something, is it something that we just need to read and smile about or say yes those people were fixed? No! It is for us, in our own societies, our own communities. Remember, the ummah is one ummah. It is a brotherhood. Any collective activity that is meant to be beneficial for the entire ummah must be done with consensus of the ummah or at least by consulting the senior ulama’ of the ummah or the society or community around us. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) protect us. There is trend across the globe, when I have a problem with something in this masjid, I build my masjid right next door. Then somebody will have a problem with me, they will build their masjid another door down. Until we have one thousand masajid on the same street. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) save guards us.

By doing this, we are splitting the Muslim ummah. Yes, if there is a need and the fathers of the community see that there is a need and it is not the depletion of the resources of the ummah than Alhamdulillaah. It is permissible, it is allowed because the one masjid is full now we build another one. One is very far off and now we want to build another one quite a distance away because the Muslims need to read salah. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) make it easy for us to understand. It’s very important that we go and read these verses, the English of it and think of how it applies to me and you. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) protect us.

And then Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) speaks about zakah. In fact just prior to that, it is Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) who tells Muhammad (salAllahu alayhi wa salam), and this is a verse wherein zakah became compulsory according to some of the ulama’ (Surah 9:103) “Take some wealth, take zakah from their wealth that will be a means of cleansing them and purifying them.” Which means when we give wealth, it cleanses us. How does it cleanse us? We go out, we work hard, we earn sustenance but we must know in our minds that Allah has a right in our wealth because it is He who is the owner of sustenance. Had he not intended, we wouldn’t even have had wealth. Some people work for five hours they come back with fifty rand. Some people work for one hour they come back with fifty-thousand rand. It can happen, that is from Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) never make us love wealth to the degree that we give it preference over Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). Always the Creator comes first and then everything else. So Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says, “Those who give out their wealth, they will achieve purity and cleanliness.”

And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) after that speaks about tawbah. And He says He is the One who accepts tawbah and He is the One who will accept your zakah. We might think we’ve given something out. Do you know it’s my duty and your duty to think very hard where am I giving my wealth. I should not be giving it to a course similar to that course that we spoke about, where the ummah is being disunited, where it might be stolen and so on. I need to look for the poor man. It is an ibadah to look for the poor person. Yes, there are certain people who do that for us. If we trust them, Alhamdulillah, we may give them in order to fulfill it for us. Allah says (Surah 9:104) “Do they not see that it is Allah who accepts tawbah, He accepts repentance.” Whenever a person repents to Allah, Allah accepts that repentance. Not only does Allah accepts the repentance, but he puts it in our hearts to repent. So a hard heart is that hard heart where a person does not want to repent. May Allah not make our hearts hard. May Allah soften our hearts for repentance.

And Allah says that He is the one who accepts zakah. So we should all make du’a to Allah after fulfilling the zakah like Ibrahim (alayhi salatu wa salam) after building the Kaaba, he says “Rabbanna ta-qabbal minnaa.” “O Allah, I hope that you accept this from me, from us, from myself and my son Ismail.” So the same way when we make an act of worship, when we engage in it, we should not become so happy I’ve engaged in salah. Make du’a to Allah, Ya Allah accept it. If it is accepted on the day of Qiyamah we will be able to be proud. That’s the day we will be allowed to be proud. But in this dunya, who knows it might have been rejected, I might be given wealth but Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) may have rejected it. May Allah not do that to us.

Then Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) speaks about the company that a person keeps. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) warns us, and He instructs us, and He tells us, and He has told us so many times. And the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) has warned us about company, and here Allah says (Surah 9:119) “O you who believe, be conscious of your Creator at all times and only find yourself with those who are truthful and trustworthy.” Which means, watch your company. Be careful; don’t be in the company of those who are thieves and crooks. And don’t be in the company of those who have a very bad reputation. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) save guards us from them. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) make us from amongst those who are truthful and keep us only in good company that will be beneficial. Sometimes when a person is going through a problem especially of a social nature, you find some people who advice that person, like a marital problem, some people might advice them to say, “You know what, break the marriage.” No way. Especially the women folk, some of their friends might come to them and say, “No way how can you stay in this condition, very bad, terrible.” That person is an enemy not a friend. That person is an enemy not a friend. Because a friend tells you things that you might not like but they are true and they are better for you in the long run. This is something we must understand. Hey, do you know what, everyone goes through this problem. Come on, you need to change. Maybe you are wrong. Maybe there is something wrong with you, why don’t you do this. I don’t think you as a friend; I don’t think you should be doing this. This is what a friend is all about. But sometimes we feel that if we’re going to tell someone and be candid with them, we might lose them as a friend. If that’s the case, we are losers and they are losers as well. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) not do that to us.

And then Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) speaks about diversifying when it comes to what qualifications the members of the ummah have. Not all of us should be experts in medicine, not all of us should be experts in the battlefield. Not all of us should be experts in, in, say for example architecture. Not all of us should be plumbers but we should diversify. The verse Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) tells us that Khalid ibn Walid (radiAllahu anhu) spoke about it. He said on his deathbed, he said, “Do you know I was engaged in jihad and that occupied me from learning a lot about this deen but I don’t regret it because I serve Islam in one way. They were others who serve Islam in another way.” So we need to understand, we need you the Muslim accountant, the Muslim doctor, the Muslim lawyer, the Muslim architect, the Muslim plumber and so on. We need everyone together we make up the Muslim ummah (Surah 9:122) “It is not for the entire ummah to go out into the battlefield, to go out in one direction.” No. Let us have Allah says, “From amongst every community, every community should have a certain number of people who will go out and study the deen so that they can come back to their own communities and warn people about what is right and wrong in the shariah.” But not everyone has to do that. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) grant us the understanding. There are many lessons to be learned by this verse; one is as we have said, we should diversify and we should supplement and compliment one another. We shouldn’t be against one another. Understanding that when it comes to the Islamic decisions, leave those to the ulama’. When it comes to rulings of this shariah, we should not make them who are layman. Leave those to the scholars of our own community. You know it amazes me how if you have a group of doctors and the head of the group of doctors is a plumber who makes the decision for those doctors does it make sense? We are laughing. We are laughing here but that is what happens on the Islamic field. You have a group of ulama’ and sometimes you have the person who wants to have the say right at the top is a person who knows absolutely nothing about this religion just like the plumber making decisions for the doctors. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) grant us all true understanding of this deen, and may He grant us the ability to respect those who have knowledge.

So Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says when they come back to their communities let them warn their communities. This means that we need to understand that when our youngsters go out to study from our own communities they are an investment for our community when they come back. We must put them on our heads and we must respect them. Give them the opportunities to spread this deen. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) use us to do that. What is the point of respecting an alim who is coming from far away when we are harassing our own ulama’ who are in our midst? What is the point of that? Yes we should be respecting the other ulama’ but not at the expense of the local ulama’ because Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) knows who he puts in our community as ulama’. So that is why Allah is going to ask me and you how I treated the alim who lived down the road? How I treated the alim from my masjid? Meaning the masjid in my area. How I treated the ulama’ in my locality? How I respected them? How I look after them? Or did I make their lives difficult?

Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) never ever sent a prophet from one nation to another. No way. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) sent the prophets from their own people to warn them and this is why Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says in the beginning of surah Yunus which we read tonight (Surah 10:2) “Are the people surprised that We gave a message to one of them, from amongst them to go back to them to warn them and to give good news to the believers. Are they amazed, are they rejecting it because it is one of them? From their own communities?” May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) grant us the acceptance really to respect the ulama’, to make their lives easy.

And remember the difference between the ulama and the Anbiya’. The ulama’ are not ma’sumin. They are not sinless and spotless. You will find sins from amongst them. You might notice a few things that might not be correct but rather than going around and spreading tales, we rather respect the knowledge they have and try and mend ways and habit. Probably and possibly speak to them silently or one on one raise the issue and solve it rather than disrespecting them because in that case we might just be earning the curse of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). In fact all the Messengers of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) they had certain people from amongst them their extended families and sometimes immediate family who rejected the call. And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) did this intentionally because later on when the ulama’ come sometimes you find a great scholar of deen talking to you and you might find his own children, one of them might be a person who goes to the nightclub. So now the people come and say you know that imam who gave us a talk on Friday, he must start with his own house first. He can’t even look after his own kids and he’s coming to tell us. That is a satanic statement. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) protect us. That is exactly what the people told the Messengers.

Look at Nuh (alayhi salatu wa salam), the story we read today, the story repeated of Nuh. Why is it repeated? Here Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) is highlighting the incident of Nuh (alayhi salam) child. (Surah 11:42) “Nuh (alayhi salam) called his own son, when they were in the ark, and the rain started coming, the water gushed from beneath and the top. And Nuh (alayhi salam) said, “O my son, don’t be from amongst the kuffar, join us come on join us. And he says, “O my father, (Surah 11:43) “O my father, you don’t know me. I’m a man, I’m going to climb the mountain and I will be saved from the water.” And Nuh (alayhi salatu wa salam) responds (Surah 11:43) “Nobody can save you today save the mercy of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).” And as the speech was happening, a huge wave came and that child drowned. So Nuh (alayhi salam) thereafter told Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) that, “Ya Allah you promise me that you will save my family.” And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says, “He was not a family member of yours.” He rejected Allah. The bond of the shahadah and the bond of iman is far stronger than blood. So Nuh (alayhi salatu wa salam) sought for forgiveness. And from this we learn a lesson as I said, the ulama’ will speak to us sometimes they may also be facing members of their own extended family but if we find some of the members of their own extended family astray, that does not create a blemish on them. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) grant us the respect of the ulama’.

So Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) thereafter speaks about the fact that He tests us. At the end of Suratul Tawbah, Allah says He tests, he sends tests every year, once or twice or more than twice to everyone. And still the people don’t turn and they don’t remember. This verse was revealed on a different incident and different location but the lesson if for all of us. Let listen to the verse (Surah 9:126) “Do they not see that we test them, we inflict them with calamity once or twice in the year but still they don’t repent and they don’t take heed.” Allahuakbar. How many of us have suffered problems, sickness, robbery, death in our family once or twice or more of that in a year but still we remain bent on our mischief and our bad ways? May Allah not do that to us. May we be from amongst those who can take heed at all times.

Then Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) speaks about the message of Rasulullah (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) and He tells the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) that after you have delivered the message and after you told the people and they still reject then you need to make a statement to them. (Surah 10:41) “If they still deny and reject the message after you have delivered the message. Tell them, I’ve got my deeds, you’ve got your deeds. I am answerable for my deeds to my Creator, you are answerable for your deeds to your Creator. And I will not be questioned about your deeds and you will not be questioned about my deeds. Leave them. Allah will deal with them. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) make us from amongst those who can be concerned about ourselves more than anything else.

The difficulty is today, each one of us is meant to be involved in his or her own life, perfecting it, mending the bad ways, trying to become better, perfecting our salah, getting our tongues in order, getting our acts of charity in order and so on. We are meant to be spending twenty-four hours of the day in this regard. So that would not leave us with time to bother about others but sometimes we talk about how good and bad this one and that one this. Allah has kept aside a whole day which is greater and longer than fifty-thousand years that we know of in this dunya. Allah has kept the day of Judgement to judge people. Why should we assume the role of the Creator and start becoming judgmental here in the dunya? May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) not make us from amongst those who start judging people and passing comments and saying this one is good and that one is bad. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) protect us all and may he grant us all upliftment Insha Allah.

And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) after that speaks about Firaun. And I’m sure we’ve heard the verse. We’ve mentioned it before. Let me repeat it here. He did not agree with the message of Musa (alayhi salatu wa salam). Until the point of death, when he saw the angel of death, he said I believe in the God of Musa and Harun. And Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) tells him (Surah 10:91) “Is it now that you want to accept the message when you have sinned all along in the past and you were from amongst those who were corrupt and who were totally outside the framework of what was acceptable.” May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) not make us from amongst those who wait and wait when it comes to engaging in repentance until the point of death because then it will be to late. That is why the story is here for me and you to be reminded that we need to turn to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) before it is too late. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) grant us understanding.

I end with one point; and that is what Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) makes mention of in terms of the goodness that he bestows on people. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says (Surah 11:9) “When We have granted man goodness and as a test We take it away from him, in order to test you.” Because we should know that Allah has promised us that He will test us with all forms of tests. “Then man becomes hopeless, he loses hope and he becomes ungrateful.” That should not be the case. When something has gone away from us, if we want to know whether it’s a punishment or a test, we need to ask ourselves one question; am I happy with the decree of Allah now that He has made me suffer a loss? If I am happy with the decree of Allah, than InSha Allah it’s a test for me and it will elevate my status. But if I’m upset and I become hurt and angry, and I start cursing and I am ungrateful, than it was a punishment for me. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) not do that to us. Then Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says immediately after that, “That when We give a person after he was tested with nothing then sometimes people become oblivious of Us.” We should also not be from amongst those whenever we’ve got, we know we need to turn closer and closer to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) give us all good health. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) gives us good barakah in our sustenance and blessings.

Transcribed by Nurliza 
Edited and Drafted by Tahira Amatullah ♦ To Read more about the Editor and Drafter CLICK HERE

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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