IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFULBEING THE EID-UL-FITRI KHUTBAH 1437AH (2017CE)
Praise be to Allah in an exceeding degree, praise be to Him for His favours and comfort. Praise be to Allah exceedingly, Allah is the greatest. Glory be to Allah morning and evening. To Allah is due all praises as it is pleasing to Him for all His uncountable blessings. Allah says:

﴿الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا.. ﴾ {المائدة:5\3}

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” (5:3)

I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone; He gives and takes life, He is able of all things. I bear witness that our leader, model, and master- Muhammad bn Abdullah is his chosen prophet and Messenger. May Allah bestow peace and blessings on him, his families, his companions and those who follow them in righteousness till the day of recompense. May Allah grant us the same and all righteousness servants of Allah.

 

Thereafter,

The day of Eid is a day of chanting Allahu Akbar:

The format of the glorification includes saying: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Lailaha illa Allah, Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, walillahil hamdu.” “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, walillahil-hamdu.”

This is intended to instill in believers that Allah is greater and superior to all powers, tyrants, domineering influence through wealth and authority. Islam taught pronouncement of Allah Akbar in every situation; while making the call to prayer, when establishing prayer, at the birth of a newborn, while praying the janazah, while slaughtering the ram, in battles, and on the day of ‘Eid, etc.

 

Joyful mood of the ‘eid:

Why are we joyful? Today is a day of feast of breakfast, the faster has two forms of joy, one when he breaks the fast and the other when he meets his Lord. Allah says: (((قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ)) {يونس:10\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). The joy of breaking the fast daily in Ramadan and that of completing the month including the acts of obedience granted him- solat, fasting etc. Ramadan is gone, either as a proof for us or against us, as well as an intercessor for those sincerely stood in prayer out of faith and hope for reward from Allah. Such would achieve forgiveness of sins past. Unfortunately some will have to face the consequences of their negligence, their portion for fasting is nothing except hunger and thirst, and fatigue from their standing in prayer.

Quite surprising is the case of those who stay among the Muslims but failed to fast or stand in prayers. In the hadith, the Prophet said: “He who breaks a fast in Ramadan without an (acceptable religious) concession or sickness, the fast of the lifetime would not atone that for him.” (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawu, Ibn Majah- A weak hadith). May Allah make the fast an evidence and an intercessor in our favour.

“Fasting and Qur’an would intercede for a servant on the day of judgement; the fast would say: O Lord, I prevent him from food and desires, thus accept my intercession on his behalf. And the Qur’an would say: I prevent him from sleep at night, therefore accept my intercession on his behalf. He said: the both intercessions would then be accepted.” (Ahmad, Tabraaniy).

Some people get excited that Ramadan is ended but they forget it represents flipping of pages of their lives, like the fading leaves of their lives. Al-Hasan said: “O son of Adam, you are a composite of some days, and as every day passes, some part of you goes.”

 

Festival of Unity

The ‘Eid is a period where the message of Islam is projected, the Muslim ummah unites therein. Islam is the banner that covers all members of its household. When the ummah jettison Islam, it goes into disintegration and collapse. The Qur’an and Sunnah of the prophet are the basic standards that could assure and ensure the unity of the ummah. Allah says: (وَأَنَّ هَذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَنْ سَبِيلِهِ ذَلِكُمْ وَصَّاكُمْ بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ) “And, [moreover], this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous.” (6: 153)

 

No excuse to despair

We advocate for hope, and speak against any form of despair and hopelessness. The future is bright, the breakthrough is near, the hope in Allah regarding the youths of Islam who truly know their Creator and recognizes the deen, and stand upright on the path, who congregate in the Masjid day and night, who fill the pilgrimage ground in faith, reciting the Qur’an, learning the hadith, and other Islamic literatures …

 

Those worshippers of Ramadan:

Some people are upright in Ramadan, but immediately Ramadan ends, that ends their relationship with Allah. They desert the mosques, neglect the Qur’an, they discard dhikr. Whoever worship Ramadan should know now that Ramadan is dead, but for he worship Allah, verily Allah is ever-living and never dies. Be a pious and godly person always and not the Ramadanists.

 

Fasting Six days in Shawwal

Islam has established six days of fasting in Shawwal to ensure continuous link with Allah for a Muslim, finishing an act of worship and commencing another. The Prophet said: “He who fast Ramadan and follows it with six in Shawwal, that will be like the fast of a year.”

 

One nation of Islam.

Unity is a veritable tool capable to launch a nation to leadership; our strength is our unity, our unity is our strength. Allah says: (﴿إِنَّ هَذِهِ أُمَّتُكُمْ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً وَأَنَا رَبُّكُمْ فَاعْبُدُونِ﴾ {الأنبياء:21\92}) “Indeed this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.” (21: 92).

 

Message to the scholars of the Ummah:

Dear scholars, you are heirs of the Prophets, the bearers of the banner of propagation and guidance after the Prophets! Verily your responsibility in the propagation of this religion correctly is great, and your stake in the reformation of our society is enormous, therefore we call on you to occupy the field of propagation and guidance, beware of negligence in the performance of this responsibility or concealment of what you have been given the knowledge or isolating yourself from the community, the risk therein is devastating. Lend your ears to Allah’s instruction:

إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى مِنْ عِبَادِهِ العُلَمَاءُ إنَّ اللهَ عَزِيزٌ غَفُورٌ (فاطر 28)

“Those truly fear Allah, among His Servants, who have knowledge: for Allah is Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.(35:28)

{إنَّ الّذِينَ يَكْتُمُونَ مَا أَنْزَلْنَا مِنَ الْبَيِّنَاتِ والْهُدَى مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا بَيَّنَّاهُ لِلناسِ فى الكتابِ أُولَئك يَلْعَنُهُمُ اللهُ وَيَلْعَنُهُمُ اللاَّعِنُونَ, إِلاَّ الَّذِينَ تَابُواْ وَأَصْلَحُواْ وَبَيَّنُواْ فَأُولئك أتُوبُ عَلَيهِم وَأَنَا التَّواب الرَّحِيمُ }

“Those who conceal the clear (Signs) We have sent down, and the Guidance, after We have made it clear for the people in the Book,-on them shall be Allah’s curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse, Except those who repent and make amends and openly declare (the Truth): To them I turn; for I am Oft-returning, Most Merciful. (2: 159- 160)

 

{ولْتَكُنْ مِنْكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَدْعُونَ إِلى الْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ} (آل عمران 104)

Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity. (3: 104)

 

Guarding rights and duties between leadership and followership:

We call to a careful study of the following two verses: “(58) Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing. ( 59 ) O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result. (Q4: 58-59)

 

It has been narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar that the Holy Prophet (May be upon him) said: “Beware. every one of you is a shepherd and every one is answerable with regard to his flock. The Caliph is a shepherd over the people and shall be questioned about his subjects (as to how he conducted their affairs). A man is a guardian over the members of his family and shal be questioned about them (as to how he looked after their physical and moral well-being). A woman is a guardian over the household of her husband and his children and shall be questioned about them (as to how she managed the household and brought up the children). A slave is a guardian over the property of his master and shall be questioned about it (as to how he safeguarded his trust). Beware, every one of you is a guardian and every one of you shall be questioned with regard to his trust.” (Bukhar & Muslim, Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

 

Our Eid message to the leaders of Muslim nations: Concern for the unity of the Muslim nations: They should remember the verses exemplifying brotherhood and unity in the book of Allah: “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” (Q49:10). Allah also says: “And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.”(Q5:2)

Allah also says: ”And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.” (3:103)

Allah also says: “And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (Q8:46) He also says: “ Indeed this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.” (Q21:92)

 

Plots of the devil and the enemies of Islam: Honoured leaders of the Muslim and Arab nations never allow the devil and the enemies of Islam gain access to cause disunity in your ranks, because is their characteristic from ages. Remember that your unity is your strength, and your strength is your unity. Allah warns against taking Jews and Christians as protectors: “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.” (Q5:51) He also says: “And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper.” (Q2:120) Allah, the exalted says: “O you who have believed, if you obey a party of those who were given the Scripture, they would turn you back, after your belief, [to being] unbelievers.” (Q3:100)

 

Division among the Muslim Arab nations is a threat to the Ummah: Let’s look at the Muslim Arab nations and the evil of disunity and fragmentation caused by the enemies.

The Arab nations are up to 22 nations spread between two continents of Asia and Africa as follow: (Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia). The countries in Africa are twelve: Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Djibouti, Somalia and the Comoros.

Dear brothers in faith, looking at the present state of the Muslim Arab countries, we realize there is no rest, nor stability, nor peace or unity among them. Instead is the existence of crisis, turmoil, disunity, dispute, enmity, and boycott, as a result of the plot of the enemies. Saudi Arabia announced boycott against Qatar, supported on this sin and aggression by U.A.E, Bahrain, Egypt, in addition other African countries like Mauritania, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Niger and Senegal. .. while Turkey and Kuwait stand with Qatar.

 

Workable effective solutions:

1- Return to the Qur’an and Sunnah which are the basic foundations recommended by the Prophet (pbuh). Allah says: “O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result. (Q4: 59) The prophet (pbuh) said: “O mankind! I have left behind over you that which if you hold fast to it, you will never go astray: the book of Allah and the sunnah of His prophet.”

2- Revive the spirit of brotherhood

3- Discard taking enemies as protectors

4- Unity and Unity and Unity!

5- Adequate preparation to challenge plots of the enemies

6- Prayers and supplications to Allah

 

Nigeria, our beloved country

The Government of our President, Muhammed Buhari, has made some achievements which need be mentioned, and they include:

1- Security: This government met the problem of insecurity to a great extent. Among his achievements in this area are:

a- Securing the release of more than 82 of the Chibok girls.

b- Decimated the predominance of the Boko Haram to a great extent.

c – Securing the capture of some professional robbers and skilled kidnappers such as a man called EVANS.

d- The arrest of corrupt ones in general.

We also commend the security men and the Nigerian army in general for diligence in the fight against corruption in its many kinds.

On the Economy angle:

e – Saving for foreign reserve which has now reached $7 billion.

f- Focusing on agriculture and locally made products

g- Our economy is gradually improving. etc

After analysing the effort, we wish to say the government deserves our Encouragement, advice and prayer:

Encouragement, advice and prayer: We equally urge the Government to actively work to bridge the imbalance in its administration. And listen to some of the sayings of the critics, and manage them, because there could be truth in their position. Not every matter labeled bad is bad and not all matter regarded as good is good, but in every bad thing is some good and in every good is some bad. We ask Allah to support the government and guide it to the truth and grant our President Muhammadu Buhari wellness.
Tribalism and sectarianism, a destructive matter in the world and the Hereafter: Dear faithful, it is disheartening the trending tribalistic tendencies in the country between the Igbos and the Hausas. First was the call by the Kanu- led Biafra agitators that no Hausa should come out in the south-east on 30th May, 2017, an order which was implemented in five south-east states- Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers. And now is the Hausa version of it with the three months ultimatum (to end by 1st Oct, 2017) to all Igbos to leave the 19 northern states as issued by the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum. The Kaduna State Governor has ordered the arrest of the leader of the AYCF saying it is an effrontery on the constitution, every Nigeria is at liberty to live wherever he likes in any state of Nigeria.

Islamic view on Tribalism: Allah says: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another” (49: 13)

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “He is not part of us who calls to tribalism, He is not part of us who fight for tribalism, and He is not part of us who dies in the cause of tribalism.” (Abu Dawud)

 

Our message on tribalism: We call on the federal government of Nigeria and the state governors to take effective step to stop such trending incident in Nigeria. We also recommend that both the stakeholders among the hausas and igbos to reform their children so that they do not become a mess in the society. Because strength is in unity, and weakness, failure, and aggression is present in racism and tribalism. In the West they are united, we have the United States of America, the United Kingdom, but the West does not want any other nation to unite rather they call to disunity and segregation.

 

Caution regarding debts and loan: We advise that the Government to work with available resources and fund and not go take loan, because that is the reason for economic backwardness. In the same way, we advise the state governors to be conscious of Allah, Ali bn Abi Talib (R.A) have described Taqwa- Piety as follows: Taqwa is the “Fear of Allah- the Magnificent, working by the revelation, satisfaction with the little, and preparing for the day of departure (death)”

 

Having said this, I seek forgive from Allah for me and you and all Muslims, do seek His forgiveness He is Oft-forgiving.

THE SECOND SERMON

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, the lord of the foremost and later generations, and may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his companions and those who follow them in righteousness. Allah says:

Advices for women:

       Dear women of the believers, Allah says:

(وَالْمُؤمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ يأْمَرُونَ بِالْمَعروفِ ويَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصّلاَةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَيُطِيعُونَ اللهَ وَرَسُولَهُ أُولَئِكَ سَيَرْحَمُهُم اللهُ إنّ اللهَ عزيزٌ حكيمٌ) “التوبة 71″

(The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practise regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.” 9:71

 

” O Muslim women, you represent half of the Muslim nation’s population, or even more, therefore fear Allah in all your duties, be good to your children by giving them sound Islamic education, struggle with valour to train your children properly for success, because women have most impact on their children than the father. Be good to your husbands, guard your honour and theirs, spend provisions judiciously, and care for the rights of their relatives, guests and their neighbours. Allah says: (فَالصّالِحَاتُ قَانِتَاتٌ حَافِظَاتٌ لِلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللهُ ) النساء 34) “So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard.” (4: 34)

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “If a woman observes her five daily prayers, fasts the month (of Ramadan) and makes the pilgrimage to the house of her Lord, and preserves her privacy and obeys her husband, it will be said to her: Enter Paradise from any of the doors you wish” narrated by Ahmad and Tabarani

 

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