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My beloved brothers and sisters in Islam it is extremely important that we become conscious of allah subhanahu wata’ala more so in this beautiful month of ramadan where allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala has prescribed upon us the fasting and one of the reasons in aims of this fasting is for us to achieve consciousness of allah known as tocqueville which is also referred to as piety may allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala make us from those who are conscious of him and may he make us the true achievers of taqwa brothers and sisters every minute counts in fact every second counts and what I mean by this is my brothers and sisters our time in this world is very limited and it is fixed from the day we were born and even before that it was already known exactly when we were going to leave this world so every one of us our time is completely fixed and it will not change in a July long either allow us well when the prescribed time and the pointed time of allah subhanahu wata’ala comes it will not be delayed at all my brothers and sisters from this we learn that we have a mission in this world we need to accomplish every moment that we waste we have wasted our time and we will not be able to achieve what we are meant to be achieving once in this world for the short period of time and this is why do not let a minute pass where you have done nothing let alone doing that which is bad so the first category of people who are the most successful are those who ensure that every minute at hand has been spent in a constructive way benefiting a person himself and benefiting others whilst in the obedience of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala there are others then in the next category who waste their time they have neither done good nor have they done bad in that particular time time wasting is considered a sin in Islam only because we are here on a mission in order to earn as many goals as we can score in the short period of time that this life will last so those who have wasted their time doing nothing they are at loss this is why allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala says one awesome email is an Aleph a HOSA Allah is taking an oath by time then saying indeed all men are at loss besides those who do good besides those who believe those who remind one another of the truth and those who remind one another of bearing support or being patient and forbear antonella make us from amongst those the third category of people are those who have wasted their time sinning against allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala doing that which has resulted in the downfall of others not having reached out to people is one thing but having reached out to them with harm is something extremely dangerous so my brothers and sisters a person who is at a great loss is he or she who has wasted his time doing that which has earned the sin or the disobedience of allah subhanahu wata’ala remember every minute counts just like whilst you are in your short life in this particular university for example every moment you are here would count if you had come to an institution and at the same time wasted your time money effort energy and not make the most of your minutes whilst you were here you have not been a true student of knowledge may Allah Subhanahu Atalla make us true whilst you are here and you have the time make sure you study as best as you can these days will not come back perhaps and they will be gone forever you may not get the same opportunity twice and this is why use the opportunity whilst it is at hand may allah subhanahu wa ta’ala spends on us all brothers and sisters in the same way we have a month and this beautiful month of ramadan that we are in right now every minute counts turn to allah before the minutes go i am sure it is very fresh in your mind where you read your friday prayers last week and now that you are here it seems like in a flash the week has already gone this is definitely one of the proper prophecies of muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wherein he says towards end of time time will become food known as yet the Arab was the man time shall become food in a way that a year feels like a month and the month feels like a week and the week feels like a day and that is what is happening now we’re from Friday to another Friday it seems like it was just a day or slightly more may Allah grant us the use of our time before we know it Ramadan will be gone and just like we have fresh in our minds the previous Ramadan we may believe within our hearts that we will see the next Ramadan very soon not realizing that if Allah has prescribed for us to die between now and that time this might just be the last few moments of Ramadan that we are seeing brothers and sisters do not waste your time we do not have time to play here recently we have the football that is going on people sit and watch it and they sit hilariously watching it laughing and crying really cheering the people on wasting their time doing absolutely nothing may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala grant us a lesson from those who spend their 90 minutes with one aim and one goal and that is to score as much as they can within the 90 minutes we also have about 70 years perhaps which is the time that we have in this world to score as much as we can we only have one goal and that is to earn the pleasure of allah subhanahu wata’ala don’t waste your time allowing the devil to score goals we need to score the goals those goals will be scored by fulfilling your salah by quitting your bad habits every bad habit that you have quit is definitely a goal that you have scored for yourself against – may allah subhanaw taala strengthen us this is a month where we should be contemplating over the bad that we have within us in order to eradicate it and cut it out of our lives and the good that there is to do in order to engage it those who are not regular with Salah become regular with Salah in this beautiful month it might be your last few days it is your match you are not supposed to allow the other or the opposition to score goal in our case it is the devil who is in our opposition so remember if you are not regular with your prayer become regular with your prayer if you are a person who is engaged in bad habits become a person who has eradicated those bad habits and utilized the month of Ramadan in a way that when we exited we will be from amongst those who have exited it completely forgiven as you know the muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said man sama ramadana iman and Watty saba roofie of allah who a tad dhama mean them day whoever has fasted the month of ramadan with full conviction in allah subhanahu wata’ala expecting a reward from allah subhana wa ta’ala indeed all their previous sins will be completely wiped out wouldn’t you like that I would and I’m sure you would my brothers and sisters the way to achieve the wiping out of sins in the month of Ramadan is by fasting solely for the sake of Allah the pleasure of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala bear this in mind remembering that this is a great act of worship cut out bad habits become a person who’s more conscious of the fact that you are fasting and remember it is the time to develop yourself completely the same applies to fulfilling prayer by night may Allah grant us acceptance of what extra worship we are doing by night where Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says woman Tamarama varna Iman and Watty Sabah who fear Allah whom Adam Amin Dombey whoever stands at night in prayer for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala with full conviction and at the same time expecting a reward from allah subhanho wa taala they will come out of this month of Ramadan having earned complete and total forgiveness every one of us is in desperate need of the forgiveness of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala so do not be lazy when it comes to the night prayer do not be lazy when it comes to listening to the Quran in prayer do not be from amongst those who look for a Masjid or a place of worship where they finished their Salah as soon as possible because if that is the case what Eman and what it is AB would we be engaged in what type of conviction we be having and what type of accountability would we be feeling when we are busy looking for the quickest message we’re the fastest recitation occurs may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala forgive us rather look for a place where the beautiful melodious reading of the Quran is such that we are cleansed by listening to it also my brothers and sisters do not waste a minute spend your time learning the words of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala whilst we are here studying whatever field we have come to study bear in mind that the book of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala is the ultimate source of knowledge and remember if you have wasted your time by not looking into the Book of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala up yet you have studied so many other books indeed you will be at loss so therefore take a moment to pick up the Book of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala learn what it says attend some of the lessons where allah subhanahu wa Talas words are being explained in a beautiful way where we are taught not only how to pronounce these words but what they mean as well that will lead us to what is known as the sunnah of muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or the hadith of muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam brothers and sisters as much as we work in our lives for so many years studying in order for us to get a job whereby we will get a salary so that we can get married and have children and look after them and perhaps buy a house and a car that will last us just a few years remember the ultimate house the ultimate conveyance the ultimate family that you will be having in paradise and in order to qualify for that you need to have a degree you need to have a degree in your link of the last Panama Tala and this will only be achieved if you know what Allah has created you for and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala tells us through the blessed lips of muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam nimittani mullen fema cattleman Anna’s a sheikh a – well Farah there are two gifts of allah subhana wa ta’ala that have deceived many people or many people are deceived by them what are they many people take them for granted these two gifts of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala the first being good health and the second being free time the time that we have that is free is actually our time to earn closeness to allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala do a good deed go out and help people reach out to the orphans and perhaps the homeless and perhaps others learn to benefit mankind at large and Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala will reach out to you as well kind of love we’ll see how he laude McConnell Abdul Sione as he rasool allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam The Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him states that a Las assistance will continue being with a worshiper for as long as that worshiper continues assisting a fellow worshipper may Allah make us from those so my brothers and sisters no time wasting in sha Allah I would like you to undertake today from the spout but I’d like you to undertake by the will of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala that you will do more to learn the word of Allah to learn what Allah subhana WA Ta’ala says to learn why is it that we are born why is it that we were created in the first place many a people do not know what is meant by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala statement warmer villopoto Jin Analia boudoir i have not created mankind of jinkind except that they may worship me many a people do not know why Allah subhana WA Ta’ala says this or what exactly it means something it means that we need to engage in perpetual prayer and perhaps be in the form or in the condition of perpetual fasting that is not what is meant by this what is meant by this is Allah has created you and I in order to lead our entire lives in a way that we do not disobey his command rather we obey his instruction so my brothers and sisters it is quite simple if you look at it but it requires dedication to be fulfilled people can be good Muslims if only they have the dedication and if only they really would like to be the good Muslims then by the help of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala it will come but when a person does not have that intention in their heart how will it be followed through by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala this is why Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala says well let in a jihad afina and en nouns ubu lana those who struggle and strive to get to us or those who struggle and strive in our cause to come to us those who try to get to allah subhanahu wata’ala those are the ones whom the doors of guidance shall be open before so if I want guidance there is no point in me sitting back and saying Allah is not guiding me or guidance is only in the hands of Allah when Allah has put it in my hands to make an effort and I’m making no effort whatsoever so do not be mistaken and do not blame Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala for one’s misguidance no not at all Allah holds us responsible for the effort every one of us needs to make the effort we need to try just like all of us who are here today alhamdulillah we thank Allah we have made the effort to be here so Allah chose us to be from amongst those who are here but if a person did not make an effort to come and kept on sleeping in his couch or his bed and saying if Allah wants me to be there for Salah I be there for the Gemara or the Friday player such a person can be penalized and will be penalized by allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala because they have insulted allah allah gave you the energy allah gave you the power allah gave you the ability and allah told you i want you to be at a certain place at a certain time where were you you were busy insulting a lot to say all live you want you take me there and Allah says but I gave you the capacity to do that and I left it up to you to go or not to go yes Allah knows what would happen definitely but he holds us responsible for the way we use our energies and utilize our time my brothers and sisters utilize your time in the best possible way do not waste you a few minutes that you have left in this world believe me before you know it you will be in your grave and this is why some of the Companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to keep their enshrouding in their own homes the shout that they would be in child and was known as the kafon in the arabic language they would keep it with them constantly so that they would be reminded that this life is very short my brothers and sisters we do not mean to spell doom and gloom but it is important for us to remind one another of death a time will come when we would be from amongst those who have gone long gone nobody would even know we existed I ask you a question how many of you can name five people who lived here in this beautiful city 200 years back I don’t think we can name those five the bulk of us why as important as they were as wealthy as they were as powerful as they were they are gone and their duty unto allah was between them and allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala but i know i am living now and i have a duty unto allah you could be famous today believe me two hundred years time perhaps nobody will know you ever existed but where will you be you need to worry about that today may allah subhanahu wa ta’ala grant us ease make us from those who prepare to meet with him and this was the challenge that the Sahaba of the Allah alone the Companions may peace be upon them of muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had this was the challenge this was what they were worried about constantly and they are our heroes they are the ones we learn from they are the ones we take from so my brothers and sisters not a moment to be missed not a moment to be wasted by the will of allah subhanahu wata’ala bear in mind that if we engage in repentance Allah will forgive us so ask Allah subhana WA Ta’ala forgiveness start a new leaf believe me so many people across the globe have quit their bad habits why is it that we are still sitting with our bad habits so many who have planned to sin have cut their sin because they they are conscious of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala in some cases allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has overtaken people with calamity and disaster and that is when they turned to allah believe me a calamity and the disaster that comes in the direction of a person who was not close to allah but as a result became close to allah those are actually the gifts of allah upon a person sometimes we say the sickness is a punishment but believe me if that sickness has drawn you closer to allah it is no ways a punishment it is a means of you drawing closeness to your maker it is the tapping of allah subhanahu wata’ala on your shoulder to say oh my worshipper i love you enough to turn you towards me I try to turn you in so many different ways but when you were going smooth and easy you never remembered me now that I have kept you with sickness and calamity you have turned to me at least in salah brothers and sisters do not let that day come before we pray why is it that i need to wait for sickness before i turn to allah i need to wait for poverty before I tend to Allah I need to wait for something really ridiculously bad to happen to me before I turn to Allah your days are numbered your moments are numbered the seconds of your life are already counted believe me they are drawing to an end do not wait for something bad to happen in your life before you turn to allah subhanahu wata’ala here we have the blessed gift of the month of ramadan and it is such an important opportunity that allah has blessed us with to turn to him brothers and sisters i ask allah to help me to turn to him firstly and then every single one of us that are here and all those who may be listening may allah grant us may Allah truly grant us the changing point in our lives the turning point where we can turn a new leaf and we can very happily one day say that by the help of allah subhanahu wata’ala we were encouraged to do something that is good this is the meaning of tarsal will happen this is the meaning of toois so we saw those who remind one another regarding the truth and those who remind one another and assist one another regarding being forbearance and practicing what is known as supper in the face of what Allah has chosen for us my brothers and sisters to do a good deed a lot of energy is required it won’t just come you need to make an effort without making the effort to get up you will not be able to get up and this is why we say laziness if it overtakes you you are at a loss believe me this is the month of Ramadan it is not the month of sleeping and it is not the month of having fun and it is not the month of eating throughout the night in compensation for what we have missed during the day no that is not what Ramadan is all about Ramadan is all about sacrificing for the sake of Allah fighting our laziness fighting our bad habits and we’ve just spoken about that Mela make it easy for us and may he make us from amongst those who take heed brothers and sisters we love one another for his sake and we ask him to love us.
|About the Speaker(s)/Author(s):|
Dr. Mufti Ismail Menk is a Zimbabwean scholar from Harare, Zimbabwe. He has been named one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world in 2019 by The Muslim 500 Book. He currently has a combined online following of more than 8 million. As of 2019, he is the Grand Mufti of Zimbabwe.
He obtained a degree in Shariah Law from the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Following this, he studied at Darul Uloom Kantharia in Gujarat, India. He holds a Doctorate of Social Guidance from Aldersgate University.
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