AFTER HAJJ WHAT NEXT?

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IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL

BEING THE FOURTH KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF D. HIJJAH, 20/D. HIJJAH/1439AH (7/SEPTEMBER/2018CE)

AFTER HAJJ WHAT NEXT?

All praises are due to Allah Who made hajj experience an opportunity to gain steadfastness and enduring reformation. Allah says: (﴿وَأَذِّنْ فِي النَّاسِ بِالْحَجِّ يَأْتُوكَ رِجَالًا وَعَلَىٰ كُلِّ ضَامِرٍ يَأْتِينَ مِنْ كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍ) “And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass.” (22: 27). I testify there is no god but Allah alone, He has no associate. I testify that Muhammad (pbuh) is the servant of Allah and His messenger, who said: “He who performs the hajj, and did not commit obscenity nor fornication, he shall return (cleansed of sins) like the day his mother gave birth to him. May Allah bestow peace and blessings on him (pbuh), his families, his pious companions.

Thereafter,

O people, I enjoin you and myself to fear Allah, for that is the key to displace sorrow, an access to forgiveness of sins, and an abundance of provision and the ultimate entry into the paradise. For this Allah says:

وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مَخْرَجًا (2) وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ …” ” وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِ يُسْرًا “… وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يُكَفِّرْ عَنْهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِ وَيُعْظِمْ لَهُ أَجْرًا {الطلاق : 2-5}

“And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him of his matter ease. … and whoever fears Allah – He will remove for him his misdeeds and make great for him his reward.  (65:2-5)

Today’s sermon is titled “After hajj, what next?” in order to admonish pilgrims who are at the moment returning from the House of Allah.

Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, the pilgrims have just concluded a very great aspect of worship in Islam. They denied themselves- for the sake of Allah- of sewn cloths, starting from the Miqats, in the spirit of repentance, tears rolled down their cheeks on the mount of Arafah, they expressed shamefulness for their errors and shortcomings. Men of different languages send their requests to Allah, Muzdalifah one of the sacred sites was agog with persons who passed the night there in devotion, thereafter the congregation moved to the Jamaraat– stoning sites, then the Tawaaf– circumambulation around the Ka’bah, followed by the Sa’y (light racing) between Safaa and Marwah. After completion of the processes, pilgrims become joyous of the favour of Allah on them for the accomplishment of the hajj rites and they return home in peace and happiness, having gained favours, goodness and abundant mercies of Allah. Allah says:

{قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُواْ هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ } (يونس 58)

“Say, “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate.” (10: 58)                

We are at this juncture faced with a question of- What comes next after the hajj? What should be the disposition of he who performed the hajj after the exercise?

In the effort to answer these questions, we would affirm that hajj is a rebirth, and the first step in the task of a rebirth is to tread the path of repentance towards The Lord and be resolute on reformation of one’s his affairs completely.

﴿وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ﴾ [النور:31].

And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.

It is a great mistake to construe moments of devotion as time to only flake off sins, and when the moments end, that is seen as license to return to disobedience. However, moments of devotion should be taken as the complete turning point from a life of forgetfulness and disobedience to a life of steadfastness and moving to Allah. Of the plots of the devil and evil tendencies of the soul, is to return most people among mankind back to sinful ways after performing hajj. However, Allah calls to faith and steadfastness, worship and reverence, till the point of death. Allah says:

﴿يَا أيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُواْ لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ ﴾ (الأنفال:8\  24)

 O you who have believed, respond to Allah and to the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life.” (8: 24)

﴿يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلاَّ وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ﴾ [آل عمران:102].

O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah. (3: 102)   

After the hajj, we have the obligation to engage in reflection over the hajj rites and ponder on:

  1. Greatness of Allah’s mercy: It is the mercy of Allah on us to have made the hajj despite our sins and errors, to have the opportunity to present ourselves before Him, seeking His forgiveness and guidance.   (﴿وَمَا بِكُم مّن نّعْمَةٍ فَمِنَ اللَّهِ﴾ [النحل: 53]) “And whatever you have of favor – it is from Allah.” (16: 53)

 

﴿وَإِن تَعُدُّواْ نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ لاَ تُحْصُوهَا إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ﴾ [النحل: 18].

And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (16: 18)

 

  1. Gratitude to Allah for the performance of hajj: Allah says: (هَلْ جَزَاءُ الإِحْسَانِ إِلاَّ الإِحْسَانُ) “Is the reward for good [anything] but good?” (55: 60).  The gratitude should be all-encompassing, not confined to words alone. Rather it should involve the heart, the actions; to move away from what could incur the wrath of Allah to what could deserve His love and pleasure. Allah says: (﴿اعْمَلُوا آلَ دَاوُودَ شُكْرًا وَقَلِيلٌ مِنْ عِبَادِي الشَّكُورُ) “Work, O family of David, in gratitude.” And few of My servants are grateful.” (34: 13)

The Prophet (pbuh) is enough for us as model, he used to observe qiyamul-layl to an extent that his feet got swollen. It was said to him: (Why do you undergo so much hardship despite the fact that) Allah has pardoned for you your earlier and later sins? Thereupon he said: May I not (prove myself) to be a grateful servant (of Allah)?”

  1. Acceptable hajj has its signs, so is its acceptability before Allah: Hassan Al-basriy was asked, what is the acceptable hajj? He replied: “to return (from hajj) as on who shun the life of this world, and passionate about the hereafter.” Hajj should be a launch-pad to increase in good deeds, and a barrier from falling into deviations. The pilgrim that benefits from his pilgrimage is he that returns home with the better character, better intelligence, humility, better relation with families and neighbours, purer heart, and treading path of truth, justice and uprightness.

For the pilgrim, every hajj rite acquaints him with Allah, and reminds him of His rights; including worship which none deserves except Him- Allah. It will be a sacrilege for one who have performed hajj to ascribe any worship- including, supplication, seeking help, oath, … to other than Allah. What impact or benefit is there in the hajj of a person who returns from hajj to resume idolatry practices, neglect of solat, refusal to pay zakat, consuming usury, taking bribe, breaking ties of families, wallowing in acts of destructive tendencies? Professing the talbiyah in hajj signifies a covenant to respond to Allah’s call everywhere anytime. The pilgrim that abstained from all the prohibited acts while in the state of ihram should realize that there are those prohibitions that are perpetual, he must comply with them. Allah says: (﴿تِلْكَ حُدُودُ اللَّهِ فَلاَ تَقْرَبُوهَا﴾ [البقرة: 187]) “Those are the boundaries of Allah.” (2: 187)

 

 

  • Commitment to piety and steadfastness after the Hajj: Allah- the Almighty mentions piety in the context of the verses of the pilgrimage, when speaking on the sacrificial animal; referring to piety as the greatest purpose of Hajj and benefit. Allah- the Almighty says: “Their meat will not reach Allah , nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. (22:37).

 

Such lessons of piety learnt during hajj should be adhered to throughout lifetime, likewise the lessons of good conduct and morals. The Prophet said: “A believer is not an assaulter, or a curser, or an obscene person or an indecent one.”

 

Allah also says corroborating sustaining piety and not to destroy all those good effort:

﴿وَلا تَكُونُوا كَالَّتِي نَقَضَتْ غَزْلَهَا مِنْ بَعْدِ قُوَّةٍ أَنْكَاثًا﴾ [النحل:92].

“And do not be like she who untwisted her spun thread after it was strong” (16: 92)

Steadfastness is recommended after piety as demonstrated in the response of the Prophet (pbuh) to Sufyan bn Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him when he said: “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about Islam of which I will not ask anyone after you, he said: (Say: I believe in Allah, then be steadfast) (Narrated by Muslim).  It is inevitable not to fall into mistakes, therefore, Allah recommends seeking forgiveness- (﴿فَاسْتَقِيمُوا إِلَيْهِ وَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ﴾[فصلت:6]) “so be steadfast unto  Him and seek His forgiveness.” (41: 6)

The prophet said: “Be steadfast for you cannot be able to encompass all acts of worship.” Also he said: “Be upright and always strive (to close up)”  

 

 

  • Fear of Rejection of deeds accompanied with Hope in Allah: On fear of rejection of deeds, the Salaf- Our predecessors in faith- were greatly concerned about acceptance of deeds to the extent of being in the state of fear and anxiety. Allah describes their conditions in the following verse: (﴿وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْتُونَ مَا آتَوا وَقُلُوبُهُمْ وَجِلَةٌ أَنَّهُمْ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ رَاجِعُونَ أُوْلَئِكَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ وَهُمْ لَهَا سَابِقُونَ﴾ [المؤمنون:60، 61].)  And they who give what they give while their hearts are fearful because they will be returning to their Lord – It is those who hasten to good deeds, and they outstrip [others] therein.” (23: 60- 61). The prophet explained them as those who fast and pray and give charity and (despite that) became afraid whether it might not  be accepted from them. Ali bn Abi Talib (R.A) said: “Be more concerned about acceptance of deed, than the deed itself, don’t you hear Allah- the Exalted saying- “( ﴿إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ﴾ [المائدة:27].)  “Indeed, Allah only accepts from the righteous [who fear Him].” (5: 27)

 

Regarding hope and much supplication: The fear of Allah is not sufficient without its compliment- Hope. Fear without Hope begets despair, while Hope without the fear of Allah begets complacency to the extent of feeling secured from the plan of Allah. Both are blameworthy as it malign the faith of a person and worship. To be hopeful of acceptance of one’s deed mixed with fear of been turned down, gives one humility and reverence for Allah, and ultimately growth in faith. When hope is actualized in a person, he raises his hands beseeching Allah to accept his deeds, for He alone is capable of that. This was the reality of what Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his Son- Isma’eel (AS) did after completion of the Ka’bah. “And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], “Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.” (2: 127)

Dear brothers and sisters, let’s have concern for acceptance of any of our deeds- great or minute by Allah, and do much of istighfaar- seeking forgiveness. Allah says: (ثُمَّ أَفِيضُواْ مِنْ حَيْثُ أَفَاضَ النَّاسُ وَاسْتَغْفِرُواْ اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ) “Then depart from the place from where [all] the people depart and ask forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (2: 199)

 

  1. A lot of good deeds: It is a duty on your dear pilgrims to be devoted to good deeds, beware of return to sins after your return from the pilgrimage. Good deeds are like good trees which needs watering and care to grow and be firmly rooted and bear fruits. Some of the signs of acceptance of good deeds is succeeding good deeds with good deeds. It is of the mercy of Allah that He honors His servant when he performs a good deed with sincerity, He opens a path for him to perform another good deed thereafter in order to gain nearness to Him.

 

SECOND KHUTBAH

All praises are due to Allah- the Lord of the worlds who made for His friends and chosen ones the tradition of trials in His cause. Allah says: ((قُتِلَ أَصْحَابُ الأُخْدُودِ (4) النَّارِ ذَاتِ الْوَقُودِ (5) إِذْهُمْ عَلَيْهَا قُعُودٌ (6) وَهُمْ عَلَى مَا يَفْعَلُونَ بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ قُعُودٌ (7) وَمَا نَقَمُوا مِّنْهُمْ إِلّا أَنْ يُؤْمِنُوا بِاللهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَمِيدِ (8) الَّذِي لَهُ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ واللهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ (9) إنَّ الَّذِينَ فَتَنُوا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤمِنَاتِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَتُوبُوا فَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ جَهَنَّمَ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابُ الْحَرِيقِ (10) [البروج:85/4-10]) Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for

Cursed were the people of the ditch (the story of the Boy and the King). 5. Fire supplied (abundantly) with fuel, 6. When they sat by it (fire), 7. And they witnessed what they were doing against the believers (i.e. burning them). 8. They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise! 9. Who, to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth! And Allah is Witness over everything. 10. Verily, those who put into trial the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them), and then do not turn in repentance, (to Allah), will have the torment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the burning Fire. May His peace and blessings be upon Muhammad (pbuh), his household, companions and all believers in Allah till the day of resurrection.

 

Servants of Allah, one of the worthwhile discourse at the moment is some of the steps taken by the Saudi Arabia government against scholars and callers to the path of Allah through wisdom and beautiful exhortations. The kingdom handed them a grievous torment including arrest, imprisonment, false accusations, and threats of execution. After a complete year of arrest, extermination, then was the announcement of commencement of secret trial of the respectable Sheikh Salman Awdah. It was reported in the news published in the Saudi newspapers that the Public prosecution demanded implementation of death sentence in his case after a 37 count charge allegation against him. We present only 15 of those for those with discerning faculty:  

 

1 – His insistence on moderation in religion matters and in all its affairs,

2 – His excessive tolerance,

3 – His violation of the approach of the sheikhs of the Kingdomof Saudi Arabia, especially some of the fatwas of the council of senior scholars,

 

4 – His insistence on compassion and peaceful approach, although this may be temporary and gradual,

5 – His insistence on what is referred to as the advice to the leaders,

6 – His belief in the principle of enjoining good and forbidding evil, which can be taken as a medium for chaos and strife,

7 – His failure to desist from criticizing evil and demanding reform, despite several warnings regarding the consequences of such action.

 

  1. His permanent smile, which hides evil of his inside.

    9 – His good relationship with his opponents, as with his friends, such that he wrote a book titled (My gratitude O you the enemies), and this approach is dangerous and suspicious,

 

10 – His love and respect for those people and personalities hated by the King.

  1. His support for the Palestinian people and the Hamas movement, against the new official policy of the Kingdom,

12 – To demonstrate hatred and rejection of Israel, knowing that the King has changed his mind on the subject,

13 – He recently learnt the English language, which an indication of his quest for further experience and conspiracy .

14 – Frequent visit to Qatar and delivering of several sermons and lectures in her mosques,

15 – His good relationship with the sheikh of terrorists Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi,

Secondly is the shower of encomium of gratitude on the display of moral rectitude by one of the Nigerian pilgrims from Niger state- Musa Edotsu, who returned a cash sum in foreign currency equivalence of N400,000, which he found in a toilet in Saudi Arabia while performing the Hajj in Makkah. Ameerul Hajj of the Niger State Pilgrims, Abubakar Magaji, who received the returned money said the amount was handed over to the owner after identifying the other items found in a handbag which included a passport and some keys. Magaji was said to have appreciated Edotsu for his honesty at a time most pilgrims had run out of cash, saying the pilgrim would be rewarded with $200 by the pilgrims board. Really, there is no other reward for good than good.

 

Oh Allah descend peace; flowing with continuous tranquility and security upon Nigeria and all other Muslim nations. O Allah accept the worship of the pilgrims of hajj and Umrah, and grant us all Your pleasure, And the last of our call will be, “Praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds!”

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