THE MESSENGER (MUHAMMAD)- PEACE BE UPON HIM; OUR MODEL

In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful

BEING THE THIRD SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF R/AWWAL 15/R. AWWAL/1440AH (23/NOV/2015CE)

THE MESSENGER (MUHAMMAD)- PEACE BE UPON HIM; OUR MODEL

Praise be to Allah, the lord of the worlds, Allah says: ({ لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيراً } (الأحزاب:21).) There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often. ” (33: 21) . We praise and thank Him for His grace and honour and beseech Him for more. I testify there is no god but Allah alone, the compassionate, the merciful, the generous, the Perpetual Forgiver. I testify that our leader- Muhammad (pbuh) is his servant and messenger, his beloved and chosen one among his creation, the leader of the children of Adam.  He is the leader of the messengers, the seal of prophets, the mercy offered to the universe, the illuminating lamp. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household, companions and whoever follows them till the day of recompense.

Dear Muslims, I enjoin you and I to fear Allah in accordance with the verse:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ ( آل عمران : 102 )

O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].” (3: 102) .

Today being the third sermon in the month of Rabi’ul- Awwal in which the prophet (pbuh) was born. We consider it appropriate to focus our discourse on the best of mankind, Muhammad, peace be upon him, titled THE MESSENGER: OUR MODEL, in remembrance of our leader and guide.

O honoured Muslims, verily, exemplary model is the foundational pillar of the society, which is imperative in life as it represents the height of example that a person could emulate to acquire positive landmarks, lofty virtues and great characters to live a pleasant life, either in relation with Allah in the worship and obligations, or with self, its purification, drilling it on good character or in relation with family and children in quest to build a compliant family or with relation with the society around him in religious and worldly matters.

The Messenger is our model in character
The messenger- peace be upon him- was a living Qur’an walking on earth, meaning- he acted by the characters of the Qur’an, he manifested the ethics of the Qur’an, because the Qur’an was revealed for pondering and working by it. Therfore, the messenger- the master of creation, is the most appropriate person to act in compliance with its commands.

The messenger- peace be upon him, enjoined towards lofty characters, he was the best in character and ethics. He elucidated he has been sent to perfect character. The period of ignorance had some good characters but the messenger came to perfect, by reformation of corrupted parts, praise of virtuous ones and the enjoinment towards its adoption. He- peace be upon him would say: “I have been raised to perfect good moral.” (Ahmad) in another narration with the word, “Makaarimul akhlaaq’ meaning ‘honorable characters’ (Maalik, classed as sound by Albaaniy).

Honoured Muslims, Allah praised the prophet for perfect character, He says: (وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ) “And indeed, you are of great moral character.” (68:4). And that phenomenon is manifested in the his relation and mingling with people. ‘Aisha was asked about how was the character of the prophet, peace be upon him. She said: “His character was the Qur’an.” (Ahmad, Muslim, & Nasaa).

Of the narration regarding the prophet’s enjoinment towards good character is from Abu huraira, he said: the messenger- peace be upon him- said: “Fear Allah wherever you may be, follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out , and behave well towards the people.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Daarimi).

Abdullah bn ‘Amr reported: The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily the best among you is the best in characters.” (Bukhar & Muslim).

Among these lofty characters are: honesty in speech, honesty in intention, honesty in all deeds. These were characters of the greatest being, which were testified to even by his enemies before his companions. He was named the ‘trustworthy’ in Makkah before Islam. He said: “You must be truthful. Verily truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man continue to be truthful and encourages honesty until he is recorded with Allah as truthful, And beware of falsehood, Verily, falsehood leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to the Hellfire. A man continues to tell lies and encourages falsehood until he is recorded with Allah as a liar.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud)

He also considers telling lie as a sign of hypocrisy, he said: “The signs of hypocrite are three, when he speaks he lies, when he gives a promise he breaks it, and when he is trusted he is treacherous.” (Bukhari & Muslim).

Thus was how the messenger of Allah lived his life truthful in his speech, truthful in his action, truthful in his intention, truthful in his principles, … he did not achieve through falsehood, nor trick, nor plot, rather all his lives was transparent and honest, even with his enemies who persecuted him and wished to kill him and his families.

Thus, let the Muslim be an emulator of his prophet in the character of honesty, and to fear Allah in his words and entire life. Verily honesty is safety, while falsehood is destruction. Allah praised the truthful, He says: (يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ) “O ye that have believed, fear Allah, and always be with the truthful.” (9: 119).

Among the morals of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, is Leniency and Pardon. Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated that Jabir.

Jabir b. Abdullah reported: We went along with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on an expedition towards Najd and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) found us in a valley abounding in thorny trees. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) stayed for rest under a tree and he suspended his sword by one of its branches under which he was taking rest. The persons scattered in the valley and they also began to take rest under the shade of trees, and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: A person came to me while I was asleep and he took hold of the sword. I woke up and found him standing upon my head and I had hardly become alert (and saw) that the sword was in his hand. And he said: Who can protect you from me? I said: Allah. He again said: Who can protect you from me? I said: Allah. He put his sword in the sheath (and you can see) this man sitting here. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) did not in any way touch him. (Narrated by Bukhari, Muslim and Ahmad).

In another narration (of Ahmad): “The sword fell off his hand and the messenger picked it up and said to the Bedouin Arab: “Who can protect you from me? And he said: “Be the best of holder” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Would you testify that there is no god but Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allaah?” He said: No, but I promise you not to kill you, and I will not be with people fighting against you,” And he let him go, and the man came to his people and said to them: “I came from the best of people!
This Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) forgave the man while in a risky position, and that indicates his bravery … so the best of pardon is when one is able.

Moreover, at this critical moment, the Prophet did not neglect the duty of da’wah and to use the situation in favor of his message. He says to the man: ““Would you testify that there is no god but Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah?
And then calls on to his companions to give them a practical lesson on the virtues of morality which they will never forget, they would learn bravery with the forbearance, and pardon accompanied with strength and ability. So where is the position of the claimers of forbearance, and justice, compared to what the prophet, peace be upon him, had.

Narrated Anas ibn Maalik (may Allah be pleased with him) he said: While I was walking with the Prophet who was wearing a Najrani outer garment with a thick hem, a bedouin came upon the Prophet and pulled his garment so violently that I could recognize the impress of the hem of the garment on his shoulder, caused by the violence of his pull. Then the bedouin said, “Order for me something from Allah’s Fortune which you have.” The Prophet turned to him and smiled, and ordered that a gift be given to him. (Bukhari and Ahmad).
It is the character of the Prophet of Islam and the mercy of this religion! The value of the Prophet’s laughter in the face of the Bedouin could be understood by men of good taste.
So thus was the morality of the Prophet peace be upon him. Where are the Muslims today, where are the tyrants of the world where they have wreaked corruption in their pride and oppression, and their oppression to the poor and the desecration of the dignity of mankind everywhere?

SECOND KHUTBAH

All praises are due to Allah, the lord of the worlds. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad, his household, companions and believers till the end of time.

Dear faithful, the 20th of November is regarded by the UN as the UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY. Therefore, we consider it desirable to focus our discourse on raising children in Islam.
Distinguished Muslims, if the Muslim is blessed with a child on the pure instinct of Islam, he should know that it is a gift from Allah that requires gratitude, and a trust which should be safeguarded, and a responsibility that requires work and effort in order to be saved from the misery due to being being neglectful of them in this world, and the severe accountability in the hereafter. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah shall question every shepherd regarding his flock, whether he safeguarded them or neglectful about them, to the extent that He will ask a man about his family.” (Narrated by Ibn ‘Adiy and classed as saheeh by Ibn Hajar (Fath al-Baari, 13/121).

Secondly, we commend the Lagos State government for their dispense of justice to Islam and Muslims at this time, as it has permitted Muslim students to adorn the hijab over their school uniforms in Lagos state schools. We ask Allah to continue to guide the government and all its officials to the truth and the straight path. We recommend that all school principals should implement this law and to view the hijab as the rights of Muslim students that is constitutionally acceptable in our beloved country Nigeria. We equally advise Muslim parents to know the importance of the hijab that it is obedience to Allah and the Prophet peace be upon him, modesty and purity, concealment and bashfulness, and faith and piety … And that display of nudity and ornaments are sins against Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him, which brings curse and expulsion from the mercy of Allah. It is also one of the characteristics of the women of Hellfire, it is blackness and darkness on the Day of Resurrection, it is hypocrisy, hatred, scandal and vulgarity, and of the ways of the Jews, ignorance, offensive, backwardness and deviation, and the entrance to unending evil.

We would like to use this opportunity to comment on the happening at the International School Ibadan (ISI) which is a government school affiliated with the University of Ibadan. There, Muslim girls are being barred from school for adorning the hijab. This is a heinous act of injustice and a great injustice against Islam and Muslims. We therefore call on the stakeholders to correct this ugly situation so that every person will be given his or her due right as stipulated in the constitution of this country.

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