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My brothers and sisters it is indeed important for us to remind one another to be conscious of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala so i advise you and myself to be conscious of allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala to be always conscious of the fact that everything we do everything we say we are answerable to allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala we will definitely be returning to allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala just like those before us who wealthier and healthier more powerful more recognized have already returned to allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala in a similar way we too have to return to allah so prepare for that day you and I know that five times a day we are called in a certain direction and the caller reminds us because it is that prescription from allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala for the caller to call out five times a day even we know our duty towards allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala there is no place on earth where by your duty is known what is required of you is known and every single time you have to do it you are reminded again in a loud way it doesn’t happen for anything besides Salah the five daily prayers it is the only action the only work if I can call it although it’s not actually work but it is the only action let’s say or active worship where every single day every single day so many times a day you are cold towards it have you ever thought why why I repeat it so many times it’s enough to tell me once twice in my life that listen you need to pray five times a day and that’s it and I am supposed to be human enough we would get irritated if someone kept telling us every day you’ve got to go to school at seven o’clock you’ve got to go to school at seven o’clock and repeat it not once two three four five times repeat it for example the event twice you hear come to the prayer and twice you hear it again in what is known as the Akama just before the prayer come to the prayer wasn’t it enough for a lot to just put it in the Quran rocky Mosul Ottawa at Osaka wasn’t it enough for Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to just inform us that allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala has prescribed upon you five salah as is in the hadith for example of Mahad imageable when he was sent to Yemen in the catacomb an unlucky tub and the long hadith at the end or somewhere in the middle the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says for a limb whom and Allah have taraborrelli him from Salawat and he could be home in wa lillah let them know that Allah has prescribed upon them five prayers every day and night there are five in that cycle but Allah says no we want you to call out for this prayer every single time in the Arabic language one of the reasons a comet in Hajj for there to be evidence against you on the day of judgment did you hear the call yes I did well if you did why didn’t you read the Salah why didn’t you fulfill that prayer we told you not only did we say come to prayer but we told you what you would achieve through that prayer hi Alice that means come to the prayer but you will hear immediately after that hi Aaron fella come to success every one of us male and female young and old we are looking for success there is no success beyond that which Allah has promised you you can never be truly successful if you have disconnected from your five daily prayers and evidence of it is manifest in the Adhan in the call itself you want success while we are going to show you step one step one and this is why the hadith says the first thing that a person will be reckoned in the hereafter is their Salah if the Salah is in order everything else will be easy if the Salah is not in order the rest of it what do you expect it’s going to be difficult and tough may Allah have mercy on Iran on us on that day may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala make it easy for everyone of us so if you look at the call it is bearing witness for us or against us I called you did you come the answer sometimes is no and this is why when a blind man once asked nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he asked the messenger he said o prophet of allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam I am a blind man and I find it difficult to come to the Masjid should I am i given an excuse etc the end of the hadith the Prophet sallallaahu Salam asked him a test moneda do you hear the call do you hear the Adhan he said yes he says for a G in that case you need to answer it Subhan Allah I know one might argue okay nowadays we don’t have or at that time they didn’t have these loud hailer x’ and microphones while at that time they didn’t have vehicles as well they didn’t have cars and other facilities so if you have heard it and it’s very close to your home then you would definitely fall under the same category the the issue I want to raise today my brothers and sisters many of us many of us do not fulfill our five Salah and we expect success we want happiness we want goodness we want contentment we want everything to flow my brothers and sisters really do you think it’s fair we did a they online recently about how many people read Quran on a daily basis and you won’t believe it the majority of Muslims say we don’t subhanAllah the majority of Muslims say we don’t and someone told me when I forwarded him the results of this he said sometime back he did a little survey of how many people fulfill five Salah a day and those who participated perhaps maybe it’s wrong for me to say the majority but those who the majority of those who participated in the survey they said we don’t fulfill five Salah a day some say for some say three and some say Gemara and Eid Subhan Allah may Allah not make us from among those who are oblivious of this great gift of his wallah he it is an honor it is an honor something we should be proud of to be invited by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala to put our head on the ground for him who made us for he who has absolute control of every aspect of our living and he whom we shall return to put your head on the ground take your time you say o you who created me are ABI you are the highest so behind Arab be Allah you are glorifying praising Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala and saying you are the highest amazing it is an honor take your time in salud look you want to be close to the owner of the solutions of your problems you need to start off by fulfilling your five daily prayers it might be a simple hot bath but I promise you we have a problem the problem is many of us feel lazy to fulfill our Salah and this is not one gender both the males and the females subhanAllah we get lazy and sometimes we read it when it’s convenient for us let me tell you the joy you will achieve the greatest joy you will achieve is when you fulfill that Salah when it is difficult for you then it becomes really an robada that is worthwhile within your heart you know sometimes it’s very easy you are in a group of people everyone is fulfilling Allah you feel bad to leave it out so you are fulfilling it yes mashallah it’s good that you have good company at least you fulfilled Salah with them but a winner is he or she whom when everything is against you and you say no no no my Salah this is my Salah there is no excuse for a movement for a person who believes in Allah and the last day Subhan Allah to quit or to leave that Salah even if it is one recently there was someone discussing the topic of Salah and one of the youngsters said no I’m a Muslim but I don’t pray I’m a Muslim but I don’t pray so the question was posed to the young man well why don’t you pray well I don’t think it’s that important Allah is forgiving I do pray on a Friday and I do pray sometimes when I can my brothers and sisters that is such a dangerous answer it’s like saying I’m a vegetarian but I eat beef you are a vegetarian but you eat beef it means you cannot call yourself a vegetarian may allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala grant us goodness so one is to say I’m a Muslim and I’m trying my best to fulfill all my Salah by the will of Allah you still recognize that your duty is to fulfill the five Salah but you might not be that strong there is hope for you in Charla I’m not saying it’s good what you’re doing but inshallah you can get to what you’re supposed to be doing but what I’m talking about is something worse than that it is when a person says that I’m a Muslim but I don’t have to read Salah that’s what I’m talking about how can you say that one of the pillars of Islam is the five daily prayer you know that booney al-islam or Allah hunts Islam is based on five principles five pillars Shahada the Allah Allah and Allah one near a Salah well if calm is salawa it is zakah was all me remove a no-huddle bait – totally he Sibylla you know the five pillars of Islam in such a beautiful manner that I don’t need to translate what I just said now in the Arabic language so my brothers and sisters if you want success short term long term in this world in the next you want contentment you want Allah to be pleased with you you have to start off the stepping stone is Salah according to one narration Salah is the pillar of the Dean if you are too uplifted you’ll uplift everything else and if you drop it you’ve dropped your whole deal and according to another narration the difference between a believer and he who doesn’t is actually Salah you want to know the difference it is Salah so I want to inform you today and it’s a simple message like I said but wallahi we are struggling as an Ummah we have so many issues so many disputes so much happening across the globe you perhaps know maybe more than I do regarding some of the matters affecting not only us but an entire Ummah subhanAllah Humanity is struggling let’s get closer to Allah don’t you agree he’s the owner of the solution don’t you agree he’s the owner he’s the sustainer you want wealth well you need to first start off with your Salah Allah will provide for you Allah will provide for you he will give you he has said that he will provide for everyone so develop a relationship with him he’ll give you contentment I’d like to really encourage myself and yourselves to fulfill this beautiful pillar of Islam not considering it a chore but an honor do it with a smile people say I read Salah but my child or my children don’t and sometimes when you ask them further you find out that when they are fulfilling their Salah the expression on their face is that of sadness the expression on their face is that of fulfilling a job or a chore that is very difficult so they are looking very sleepy and they get up last minute and they they really get over with it as though they are in a gym engaging in some gymnastics and there after they are completed and they are back into bed or they have disappeared when the children watch this they would not be interested in fulfilling Salah even though you are fulfilling it the reason is your expression the reason is your attitude towards the Salah when you come for Salah when you come on a Friday you are always late you’re always the last person your children they won’t even come but if you come early and you come into the first stuff or you try to sit at the beginning in in the front section etc your children if they were to follow you perhaps if they were a little bit lazier they’d make it to the second section but if you made it to the second all the time they would make it to the and if you made it to the third they might not even be pitching up to that Masjid may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala forgive us so when you get up early for salat al-fajr enthusiastic you are smiling your expression is good you make the booboo you feel so good you’ve dressed in nice clothing you stand in front your children are watching you they see mum and dad and the others the older siblings perhaps are engaging in an act of worship that they are enjoying you you smile when you are completing your Salah and you are so delighted and happy well Ani they will see the contentment that there is in your face and they will want to be like that when they fulfill it they will do it with a smile Subhan Allah this is an amazing piece of advice we’ve seen it working and we need to make ourselves understand that it’s our duty to pass the baton to our children if you don’t have the baton yourself how are you going to pass it to your children may allah subhanahu wata’ala grant us ease may we be from among those who love fulfilling the five daily prayers come what may don’t let the day pass don’t let the day pass without fulfilling your basic obligations unto allah rabbul izzat evil jihad so this is something my brothers and sisters we need to keep talking about we need to keep reminding each other some people say no do you know what I have makeup on I have makeup on and for that reason I read somewhere that I’m allowed to delay my Salah my sister my sister that is not true subhanAllah may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala forgive us you need to consider that Allah will grant you a noon and the beauty way beyond any makeup would be able to offer when you put your head on the ground for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala Subhan Allah may Allah grant us ease man has oh not Saleh to Hooven lane Hassan Awad whoo-hoo Finn now do you know what that means whoever’s Salah is beautified in the night in the darkest hours of the night perhaps their face will be beautified during the day subhanAllah subhanAllah with us the basic duty we’re lazy to fulfill it we feel that you know we wouldn’t oh we can’t we cannot because of my makeup for example that’s just one example the men are even worse sometimes because they they don’t have that makeup but still they haven’t fulfilled the Salah what excuse do you have not to say that the previous one was a valid excuse but it’s saying that’s even worse there’s nothing stopping you if you cannot read standing you read sitting if you cannot read sitting you read on your side that’s the beauty of this deen of islam where allah has made it easy for us my brothers and sisters we can do better when it comes to this prayer remember one thing what is your duty is the father what is your duty is the father if you have done that you have fulfilled your duty but if you were to expand and extend it is to your favor because then you become closer and closer to Allah we sometimes dilly-dally even with our own father and you know what you hear the Adhan the Adam is so powerful that Shaitaan runs away when he hears that call being called he runs away you know what that means if you think for a moment if you have run away as well after hearing the call what does that make you may allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala not make us from among those who may be affected by the whispers of the devil when it comes to add-on as he rushes we rush with him no that shouldn’t be the case we should be the opposite you call the athan Satan moves but a movement a true believer comes in he comes in we should be ashamed you know when your loved one here I’m talking of a Haram relationship for example someone someone you’re in love with Haram relationship when they call you how excited are you you’re excited when they tell you come here you will be there even if they’re just playing a prank you would be there not once twice ten times you would be there wallahi my brothers and sisters consider this if that is the case where we try to impress those whom we love even if the relationship might not be permissible what about the most powerful relationship that can ever exist you and your maker lockable and he is calling you he is calling you and he doesn’t need you and he is saying come come to prayer come to prayer it’s repeated twice in the event and you know you might be thinking well what’s there for me in that prayer before you can even ask that question there is an answer the answer is come to success success twice come to success both in this world as well as in the next subhanAllah come and in the morning prayer because every one of us loves to sleep you hear something you hear something beyond that what do you hear a Salah to hire Amin and now indeed prayer is better than sleeping subhanAllah may Allah grant us success truly we dream of that success but stop dreaming get up and do something about it may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala open our doors so remember my words and obviously this is a reminder for myself there is another very interesting point that I’d like to encourage you regarding remember the best prayer is that prayer that is read at the beginning time of that particular prayer so if a person was to delay the prayer what will happen is they’ll come a time when shape an tells you you know what there’s still 10 minutes remaining and I’m sure it’s happened to all of us it has happened to me too there are a few minutes remaining don’t worry I’m fulfilling it just now not just now delays you to the degree that there is a minute left and sometimes it’s gone astaghfirullah and you’re thinking to yourself you know what I have no excuse what just happened it was actually Shaytan who made you say just now I’m fulfilling it just now that just now actually came straight from Shaitaan you heard the advance fulfil your Salah you know nowadays we have applications on our phones that call out the event or the first few words of the event those applications every Muslim loves to install them just like we love to install the poor arm I’m sure a lot of us if not almost all of us would be having one application of the Quran in your phone or one of these Islamic applications the dangerous part is as sweet as it sounds it is going to bear witness against you when you haven’t taken heed that’s the dangerous part your phone calls subhanAllah there was an add-on that you could hear you you switch it off or you heard the first part of it and that’s how the sitting sometimes is but you did not fulfill the Salah in that case why did you insult Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala by installing something you were never going to listen to never is it just an alarm to remind you a time of the day it is no it is supposed to be something that boosts you to be able to fulfill your obligation unto Allah we watch people passing away nowadays with technology we’ve seen it happen a lot people pass away in the condition of Salah while their Institute or just in the Masjid before the Salah after the Salah there have been many video clips of people from the CCTV of various masajid that we’ve seen lately what are the chances of you and I going in such a beautiful condition well if you want to increase the chances you need to fulfill Salah what’s the point of saying I’d like to die in soon but you don’t fulfill sujood you don’t leave the Salah then how are you going to die in soon so we ask Allah to make it easy for us do not delay the Salah as soon as the time sets in try your best to make haste or at least start doing things that will be leading towards the Salah like you start finding a place to make wudu you find a good place to read your Salah and thereafter you fulfill it and then you are set and this is why one of the seven of the categories of people who shall be granted a special shade on the day of judgement is a person whose heart is hanging or stuck in the Masjid the Masjid refers to a place of worship or the place of sujood is also known as a Masjid if you are concerned about the next prayer immediately after fulfilling the current one then you are heading in the right direction there is something amazing that’s a very high level soon as I finished a lot of lore for example I’m concerned about salat on acid and I’m already planning way am I going to read the Salah I’ve met many people sometimes I’m impressed by people in the poorest countries in the poorest countries but then masajid are so full they have masajid are so full I’ve visited West Africa and trust me salat al-fajr as I was entering trying to enter the Masjid it was packed packed full completely and I’m thinking to myself salat al-fajr is there something happening there was no talk or lecture nothing no one even knew that I was going to be there or anyone else was going to be there for that matter but the brother with me told me no my brother if you want to come into the Masjid for salat al-fajr you will have to come here 20 minutes before the event and I looked at myself and I said our countries where our life is slightly easier in salat al-fajr there three guys four guys and our life is so easy we don’t want it that we lose the akhira and those who didn’t have the dunya actually get it don’t let that happen don’t be from among those who you had that luxurious life here everything was very good you know you had the beautiful houses beautiful cars beautiful jobs beautiful food beautiful everything but you lost in the hereafter and we don’t want to be replaced by those who had nothing in this world they had to walk five kilometres to get a bucket of dirty water to heat it up in order to be able to drink from it and yet they earn the athira they will be the VIPs on the day of judgment and we lose out we all want to be the VIPs we should and that’s why I decided to talk about this I’m so inspired by people that I’ve seen who gives Salah so much of preference they don’t mind one day we visited a country very poor country in the southern part of Africa in Malawi and I recall we walked through some fields and there was motor vehicles could not go there that particular place and as we walk through we see Samir Allahu Liman Hamidah it was the time of salat Allah saw and there was a large group of people who had actually up from liqueur and ready to go for sujood who were they they were the friends of allah subhanahu wata’ala a place and the time where no one would have known that there are muslims and these people are praying for allah they don’t even have proper water my brother’s my sister’s with us do you know you don’t have to turn the tap on anymore for water to come out you just have to put your hand there and it detects the hand and it drops down that’s the water and we still don’t do and we still don’t fulfill Salah and the other men and women back in the poorest countries have walked five kilometres to get the bucket in order to share it between two hundred people to fulfill will do and the Salah and we are still not ashamed of ourselves they’ve done it you follow what I’m saying surely we should be embarrassed give it importance this is your Salah don’t miss it and I promise you your life will change and if you may still have obstacles in your life but I swear to you Allah Allah then I promise you by Allah your hereafter will be guaranteed in sharla by the mercy of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala here if you are close to Allah with your sana it will help you in your character your conduct you meet brothers you meet so many brothers and sisters every day subhanAllah and you become close your heart is softened this is what we need to achieve my brothers and sisters may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala bless us all may Allah make us from those who can learn a lesson I fear and I always fear the verse where Allah says why Tata lowest Abady lumen eorum Somalia Coon I’m telecom if you are going to turn away from obeying Allah instruction he will replace you with others who will not be like that they will not be like you I don’t want to be replaced I don’t want to be replaced I refuse to be replaced I will worship Allah willingly willing obedience and I’m sure the same feeling you have so let’s do something about it may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala make this day a day of change in our lives may Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala make this day a day of turning a day of taking the salah more seriously from today
|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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