IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICENT THE MOST MERCIFUL
BEING THE FIRST SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF DHUL HIJJAH 1ST/ DHUL HIJJAH 1440 AH (2ND AUGUST, 2019 CE)
THE IMPORTANCE AND OBLIGATION OF BELIEF (EEMAN) IN ALLAH AND ITS IMPACT IN INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETAL LIFE
Praises indeed to Allah (May He be Exalted), who sent Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) with the Guidance and the religion of Peace, as mercy and Proof/evidence on the generality of (His) slaves. He (Allah) made His religion clearly manifest (on other religions) for the entire mankind, and an esay, simple and enabling model for those that (wish to) work in the reality of devotion to Allah, the Lord of the Universe. There is no difficulty, no hardship nor discomfiture (in the religion). I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah. He is One and has no partner. He is the most High and most Capable. I testify also that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) is Allah’s slave and messenger. May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him and his household, his companions in general and those that follow them in goodness till the day of Judgement.
Thereafter… Oh servants of Allah! I enjoin you and myself with the fear of Allah, the most Honourable and Majestic, in truth, as Allah, the Exalted said: “…and make provisions, but indeed the best provision is the fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you people of understanding”. – Al-Baqarah: 197. Today, in-shaa Allah,, our discussion will be about the importance and obligation of belief (eeman) in Allah and its impact in the life of the individual and the society.
It is a knowledge of the religion that must be necessarily known, that belief in Allah is obligatory on every muslim, according to the Quran and the Sunnah (of the Prophet). Allah, the most Exalted said: “Oh you who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book (Qur’an) that has been sent down on His Messenger and the Book that was sent down before…”
So when Jubril (AS) came to the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) and asked him about belief (eeman), he (SAW) said: “It (eeman) is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day. And to believe in predestination – whether good or bad”. Therefore, belief (eeman) is the foundation of all acts of worships and thus, there is no doubt that every muslim needs to have the foundation (of belief) before building (their worship on it).
The correct creed and sound conviction in the heart of a believer is the noblest connection that a servant can have with his Lord, Allah because whoeer has the correct creed (aqeedah) will always have a connection with Allah, the Exalted, and he is subservient to Him (Allah) in all situations, devoting all his work to Allah.
The correct creed can not be attained except in the hearts of those that are conscious of (knowing) Allah and this (consciousness) raises their capacity (to have correct creed). Thsi is because the noblest of all creatures, without exception, is mankind and the noblest of what is in man is his heart, and the noblest of what occupies the heart is the pulse of (living) faith emanating from the creed.
Whosoever is guided to the correct aqeedah attains the complete belief and he attains the greatest favour of Allah, the Exalted and the best of His Endowment – “… but Allah endeared belief to you and beautified it in your hearts…”.
Faith is a favour for the heart and the correctness of creed is rest for the soul. With this, rays of light emanate from the heart to fill up ones existence with good deeds and the most complete (good) conducts.
The power of belief (eeman) is such that it increases ones tenacity with Allah’s revelation (in the Qur’an). It also increases the love between people and it brings the characteristic of freeing oneself from all attachment whence the heart is not attached to anything be it business or wives or children. The intention and the purpose (for everything) becomes for Allah alone.
“…Indeed the believers are those who believe in Allah and His Messenger and then do not entertain any doubt (in their herats), and (they) strive with their wealth and lives in the path of Allah. These are the truthful ones”. – Al-Hujuraat: 15.
This leads to the presence of complete belief in Allah, the Exalted and the absence of doubt or uncertainty, as well as the readiness to exert oneself and (spend ones) wealth willingly innthe cause of Allah, the Exalted.
One of the outcomes of correct creed and complete belief is that the believer fears Allah and fears nobody else beside Him. (Another outcome is) certainty of the closeness of Allah in all conditions so long as the slave is close to Him (Allah). “… and if my slaves ask you concerning me, I am close (to them)” – al-Baqarah: 186.
Among the effects of faith is the belief of the believer in the bottom of his heart and his innermost conscience that Allah is the Provider and that whatever has granted to a slave, nobody can withold it, and whatever Allah has held back (from a slave), obody can give it to him. And (knowing) that a soul (person) will not die except that his provision and his time has been exhausted. “And there is no living creature on earth but that it is upon Allah to Provide for it. And He (Allah) knows its dwelling place and its storehouse”. – Hud: 6.
And a believer must hold the belief in the depth of his conscience that the time for everything is the hands of Allah, and that whatever misses him was not meant to afflict him, and whatever is meant to afflict him is not going to miss him. (He believes that) if the people gather to grant him a something beneficial, they would not be able to benefit him except with whatever Allah has ordained for him. And if they gather to harm him with anything, they would not be able to harm him except what Allah has ordained (written) against him. “Say: Nothing will afflict us except what Allah has written (ordained) for us. He is our Protector. Let all believers put their trust in Allah”.
“…So when their time has come, they will not remain behind an hour nor will they go before it.” – al-A’araaf: 34.
Another manifestation of faith is that the believer holds the belief in his deepest feelings that Allah, the Exalted hears and sees him and knows his secret and private (secret) conversations. He knows the harm (hidden) in the eye and what the chest conceals. “Have you not considered that Allah knows what is in the heavens and what is on the earth? There is in no private conversation three but that He is the fourth of them, nor are there five but that He is the sixth of them – and no less than that and no more except that He is with them [in knowledge] wherever they are. Then He will inform them of what they did, on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed Allah is, of all things, Knowing.
When this Creed is firm in the hearts,it becomes great and it will be in front of every powerful person on Earth without being threatened by any king.The Creed also raises it’s owners from the land to the highest level looking at the Earth from up with humility and greatness,with love without haughtiness and disregarding them.
It is with this Creed that the first generation of the Noble companions lived with their feelings and souls living in the experience of the hereafter despite the fact that their bodies walk on the surface of the earth. They were moving on earth despite the fact that their faces and passion greatly long for paradise and conscious of account. The evidence is the story of Harithah’s encounter with the prophet- peace be upon him. He (pbuh) asked him: “How did you wake up Oh Harithah?He responded: “I woke up as a true believer.” He said: *Look at what you are saying, very for everything is its reality, what is the reality of your faith? He said: “I dissociate my soul from the world, and spend my night to observe tahajud, fast in the day and is as if I am looking at the the throne of my lord clearly, and I am looking at the people of paradise exchanging visit, and like I am looking at the inmates of hell in agony,then the Prophet said: “oh Harithah, you are guided to know, be steadfast then.”
Praise be to Allah, peace and blessings be upon the noblest of prophets,Muhammad son of Abdullah. The Lord of the world’s made an oath with the first ten night of Dhulhijjah in order to emphasize it’s importance in Surat fajr.
In the Hadith related by Tobaraniy,the Prophet said that : Your Lord has some benefits in some days of your period,seek for their benefits perhaps,you can benefit forever.
Hence, first ten days of Dhulhijjah are days of righteous deeds(such as fasting,dhikr,tahajud, reading the Qur’an,etc that Muslims are expected to seek for.
Shaykh Munajid of Saudi Arabia said that first ten days of Dhulhijjah is period of great obedience that Allah favours over other days. Ibn Abbas related from the Prophet that :there is no day that righteous deeds are most beloved to Allah than this ten days,they asked: even jihad,he said even jihad except a man that goes for the jihad with all his wealth and property and comes back with nothing.Bukhari vol 2/457
This and other evidences established that these ten days are the best on the year without exception,even better than the last ten days of Ramadan but,the last ten night of Ramadan is the best nights because it consists the night of magesty.Tafsir in kathir 5/412.
Expected deeds of the last first ten days of Dhulhijjah