Behaviour with People vs. Behaviour with Allah

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  • When people are sitting in front of their teachers, they are quiet, humble and respectful. We should be like that even more with Allah ta’ala.

  • To please Allah, sometimes you may have to displease people.

(Mufti Menk)

The Vastness of Knowledge

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  • al ‘Ilmu bahrun laa saahila lah – Knowledge is an ocean which has no shore (limit).

(Mufti Menk)

Our Relationship with Allah

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  • Sometimes we love the creation more than we love Allah.

  • Allah won’t let you down; everyone else will.

(Mufti Menk)

Seeking Forgiveness

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  • It’s better to say ‘Astaghfirullah‘ just one time with true humility, sincerity, regret and understanding, than it is to say it 100 times ritualistically without thinking about what we’re saying.

  • Allah ta’ala is looking for an excuse to forgive us.

(Mufti Menk)

Creation, Transformation and Commands

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  • Only Allah ta’ala is the creator. “Alaa lahul khalqu wal amr – Unquestionably, His is the creation and the command.” (7: 54) If we “create” something, for example a cupboard, we are not really creating anything. We’re just changing it from one form to another i.e. from wood to a cupboard. So our creation is in effect merely transformation.

  • Since Allah ta’ala is the Creator, Cherisher, Sustainer and Nourisher of everything, He has the right to give commands and instructions, and these should be obeyed by us, the creation.

  • There’s no risk in Islam. We call out to Allah, “O you who created me”. Other people might call out, “O Jesus”, for example. There’s a risk involved here, since Jesus ‘alaihis salaam may or may not be able to help him. But if he calls out to the Creator, there’s no risk in it.

(Mufti Menk)

Deeds

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  • There are two conditions for our good deeds to be accepted. They must be done:
    1. with ikhlaas (sincerity)
    2. in conformity with the dictates of the Shari’ah and the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam.

(Mufti Menk)

The Middle Way… Not the Easy Way

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  • Our needs are acts of worship: if done with the right intention. We all need to eat, sleep, go to work etc. If we do these things with the correct intention of pleasing Allah ta’ala, then we are rewarded for doing all of these things. In this way, it is Allah ta’ala Himself who has struck the balance for us. We live lives in between that of extravagance and hermitude.

  • It is an act of ‘ibadah to give da’wah to non-Muslims. It thus unIslamic to sporadically kill them, since we would then be reducing the pool of people that are potential Muslims and we would not be able to carry out our task of da’wah.

  • The words of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam are amazing and apt for all times. One of the three things he,sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, said that gives a person happiness is a pleasant means of conveyance. He did not say a camel, although that was the means of transport at that time. Nowadays we mostly travel using cars, but the wording of the hadith means that it is still applicable to our times.

  •  Closeness to Allah is like a ladder. We climb this ladder by increasing  the good and decreasing the bad.

  • We should be firm but polite when disciplining our children. The child should feel love, but have an element of fear.

(Mufti Menk)