IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL

BEING THE THIRD KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF SHAWWAL, 20/SHAWWAL/1438AH (14/JULY/2017 CE)

THE HISTORY OF HAJJ FROM PROPHET IBRAHIM (AS)

All praises are for Allah, the lord of the worlds Who established the pilgrimage for His servants as one of the pillars of Islam. We praise Him, seek His help and guidance, we seek His forgiveness and repent unto Him. We believe in Him and repose our trust in Him. Whom Allah guides surely is guided and whom He misleads, surely you will find no one to guide or protect him. I bear witness that there is no god except Allah alone, and that Muhammad (pbuh) is His servant and Messenger. I bear witness that our leader, Muhammad is his chosen prophet and Messenger sent to elucidate Islam. He said: “Verily, Allah has (abundance of) gifts in the days of the world, avail yourself that opportunity, perhaps, one of you may gain a gift and (by that) will never be misfortune thereafter forever.”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,

O Servant of Allah, I admonish you to fear Allah- the exalted, for piety is the best prerequisite to achieve all aspirations. Allah says:

“…وتَزَوَّدُوا فإنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُولِي الألْبَابِ” {البقرة :2\197}

And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding.”(2:197)

Brothers and Sisters in faith, being the third sermon in this month- shawwal, as the first month of hajj, we shall today base our discussion onTHE HISTORY OF HAJJ FROM PROPHET IBRAHIM (AS).

Dear Muslims, a careful observer of the hajj rites will find in them a strong relation with Prophet Ibrahim (AS). The holy qur’an enjoins repeatedly treading the path of Ibrahim (AS). Allah says: (﴿قُلْ صَدَقَ اللهُ فَاتَّبِعُوا مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا كَانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ﴾)

Say, “Allah has told the truth. So follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of the polytheists.” (3:95)

This describes the level of importance of the correlation and the need to grasp the inherent meaningandwith a deep lookattheseritesthe following relation could be itemized:

(﴿ربنا إني أسكنت من ذريتي بواد غير ذي زرع عند بيتك المحرم ربنا ليقيموا الصلاة فاجعل أفئدة من الناس تهوي إليهم وارزقهم من  الثمرات لعلهم يشكرون﴾{إبراهيم:14\37}) “Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House, our Lord, that they may establish prayer. So make hearts among the people incline toward them and provide for them from the fruits that they might be grateful.” (14: 37).

(﴿وَإِذْ يَرْفَعُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ الْقَوَاعِدَ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَإِسْمَاعِيلُرَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ{البقرة:2\127}) “ 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).

Of the relics of Ibrahim (AS) at the Ka’bah is the ‘Station of Ibrahim’- the rock spot on which he stood when raising the pillars, Allah made it malleable to have the imprint of his feet as an everlasting relic till today.

(﴿إِنَّ أَوَّلَ بَيْتٍ وُضِعَ لِلنَّاسِ لَلَّذِي بِبَكَّةَ مُبَارَكًا وَهُدًى لِّلْعَالَمِينَ . فِيهِ آيَاتٌ بَيِّنَاتٌ مَّقَامُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمَن دَخَلَهُ كَانَ آمِنًا﴾{آل عمران:3\96}) Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds.” (3:96).

The provision of some dates in a sack bag Ibrahim gave to them never last long and she was tireless searching for water for the baby, and she ran between Safaa and Marwa seven times, a distance of about half a kilometer, this action is now one of the symbols of Islam.

﴿إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِن شَعَآئِرِ اللّهِفمن حج البيت أو اعتمر فلا جناح عليه أن يطوف بهما

Indeed, as-Safa and al-Marwah are among the symbols of Allah. So whoever makes Hajj to the House or performs ‘umrah – there is no blame upon him for walking between them.” (2: 158)

Therefore, hajj is a reminiscence of the days of prophet Ibrahim- the intimate friend of Allah and how he obeyed Allah’s command entire one after the other, in sincerity and sacrificed with his life, wife and son.

Belief in Allah and sacrifice for Him with all we have is a special character of Prophet Ibrahim:

Thus the Qur’an has great importance attached to the religion of Ibrahim (AS) thus:

It is mandatory for us to grasp the meaning of resoluteness for Allah and that of disbelief and denouncement for the Taghut, that is the essence of religion. It is that ‘There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah’ we need to understand it perfectly and live by it. We should neglect the ways of deviation- both old and modern, even when there is playing around with names as in the modern days, we should not be deceived by such nomenclatural disguise. We must eschew disbelief in all its forms even where it comes from our kinsmen as Ibrahim (AS) did.

Having said this, I seek forgive from Allahfor 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 blessingsbe upon our Prophet Muhammad, his companions and those who follow them in righteousness. Allah says:

﴿إِنَّمَا جَزَاءُ الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَسَادًا أَنْ يُقَتَّلُوا أَوْ يُصَلَّبُوا أَوْ تُقَطَّعَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُمْ مِنْ خِلَافٍ أَوْ يُنْفَوْا مِنَ الْأَرْضِ ذَلِكَ لَهُمْ خِزْيٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَلَهُمْ فِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ (33) إِلَّا الَّذِينَ تَابُوا مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ تَقْدِرُوا عَلَيْهِمْ فَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ﴾ {المائِدَة:5\33-34}

“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment, ( 34 )   Except for those who return [repenting] before you apprehend them. And know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (5: 3334)

Dear servants of Allah, worthy of note at the moment is the worrisome state of insecurity in the country. There is a demonic group called “Badoo” threatening the security of lives and properties in some parts of lagos state including, Ikorodu, Imota, Agbowa, Ijede, Ofin, Ikosi and some other areas in Ogun state such as Ogijo and Ipetero.The devilish cult group would lay siege on a household killing every living person within it; male, female, young and old, for no sin committed. Their target is the blood of their victims using handkerchief to soak their blood, and would thereafter sell each handkerchief for five hundred thousand naira to their patrons! (أَلَا يَظُنُّ أُولَئِكَ أَنَّهُمْ مَبْعُوثُونَ (4) لِيَوْمٍ عَظِيمٍ (5) يَوْمَ يَقُومُ النَّاسُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ )Do they not think that they will be resurrected” For a tremendous Day -( 6 )   The Day when mankind will stand before the Lord of the worlds?

Allah says: (ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُمْ بَعْضَ الَّذِي عَمِلُوا لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ) Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness].”Allah also says: (وَاتَّقُوا فِتْنَةً لَا تُصِيبَنَّ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْكُمْ خَاصَّةً وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ )“And fear a trial which will not strike those who have wronged among you exclusively, and know that Allah is severe in penalty.”

The solution to this situation is to do a sincere repentance as a people, then for the government to come up with an apparatus to contain and usurp this destructive group. They should also detail the security men to guard these areas. The public should cooperate and support the security men with useful information and to be vigilant in order to identify strange persons and do proper investigation about them. May Allah protect us all.

Secondly, is the strange bill of Amnesty for the looters of the nation’s wealth.The proposed bill, which is being promoted by Hon. Linus Okorie (PDP, Ebonyi) of the house of Representatives canvasses full and complete amnesty for suspected looters of public treasury and further seeks to shield them from any probe, inquiry or prosecution; and “shall not be compelled to disclose the source of their looted funds’ as long as they invest their wealth in Nigeria.”

We unequivocally express our dismay to this proposal, it is forbidden in Islam and without doubt a prefacing step to legalize financial corruption for leaders in the country. Allah says: (إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَنْ تُؤَدُّوا الْأَمَانَاتِ إِلَى أَهْلِهَا وَإِذَا حَكَمْتُمْ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ أَنْ تَحْكُمُوا بِالْعَدْلِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ نِعِمَّا يَعِظُكُمْ بِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا ) 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.” (4: 58).

Oh Allah accept our fast, prayers, bowing and prostration. O Allah ease for us Your remembrance, gratitude to You and sound worship. O Allah make the Qur’an the succor to our hearts, light to our faces, remover of our grief and sorrow. O Allah show us the truth and grant us the wherewithal to follow it, show us falsehood and grant us the wherewithal to desist. O Allah forgive the believers; men and women, and the Muslim men and women, both the living and the deceased, You are All- hearing, most near, answerer of prayers. O Allah make this nation- Nigeria peaceful, safe, generous, with abundant welfare, and all other Muslim nations.

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