KHUTBA 12TH RAMADAN, 1437 (17TH JUNE, 2016) ENGLISH

Khutba01In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful

BEING THE SECOND KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADAN 12/RAMADAN/ 1437AH (17/JUNE/2016CE)

GOOD RELATION WITH OTHERS IN RAMADAN.

Praise be unto Allah who Has made the success of the Muslims in two important matters- sincerity of worship to Allah and goodness to His creatures. Allah says:

وَابْتَغِ فِيمَا آتَاكَ اللَّهُ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ وَلَا تَنْسَ نَصِيبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا وَأَحْسِنْ كَمَا أَحْسَنَ اللَّهُ إِلَيْكَ وَلَا تَبْغِ الْفَسَادَ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِينَ

 But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.” (28: 77).  We praise and thank Him, seek His help and guidance, forgiveness and repentance. We seek refuge in Him from the evil of our souls and deeds. Whoever Allah guides is guided and whoever He misled none will mislead Him. I bear witness there is no god but Allah alone without partner, and that Muhammad (pbuh) is His servant and Messenger who says: “… the best among people is he who is beneficial to people” (Agreed upon). May Allah bless him and his families and all his companions, and those who follow them in righteousness until the day of recompense.

Thereafter,

I admonish you and myself on the fear of Allah, obedience and striving in righteousness … Allah says:

يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ﴾ {آل عمران:3\102}

{O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him]} (2:197).

Dear faithful, we are now in the middle ten of Ramadan which the Prophet- peace be upon him, described as moment of forgiveness. In the last four khutbahs we have been treating topical Ramadan related themes, and today we shall pick another topic which is on GOOD RELATION WITH OTHERS IN RAMADAN.

Dear faithful, the hastening towards goodness has a great yield of faith in the heart of a Muslim. It increases Imaan, establishes it and takes the person to become the beloved of Allah. The messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: (The most beloved of people to Allah are those who are beneficial. And the most beloved deed to Allah is the joy that you put in the heart of a Muslim or the worry you take away from him, or the debt you pay for him or the hunger you remove from him. And for me to walk with my Muslim brother over his need is more beloved to me that to engage in I’tikaf in the mosque for a month. Whoever hold his anger, Allah will cover his defects, and whoever conceal his rage – which if he had wanted to display it he can do it – Allah will fill his heart with pleasure on the day of resurrection. Whoever walks with his Muslim brother to take care of his need till it is fully done, Allah will make his feet firm on the day when feet would be slipping. Bad character destroys deed just like vinegar destroys honey”. Here, O Muslim brother, are some good deeds that we should be eager to carry out in Ramadan so that it can afterwards be part of our habits, just as the saying goes: Get used to doing good because goodness is a habit.

      1- Goodness to the wife and children:

Real goodness to wife and children is by taking their hands towards the path of Allah and creating competition among them in the race towards paradise. Allah demanded this from us when He said: (يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آَمَنُوا قُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارًا وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ) (O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from a fire, the fuel of which is human beings and stones) (Tahrim: 66). We should take the advantage of the season of Ramadan to grow Imaan and conduct with them. Let us sit with them shortly before the start of the blessed month and we lay down for each one of them a programme that he would follow taking into cognizance the strong rope which is sincerity of worship with Allah and kindness to the creatures of Allah.

We should also organise their times, so that they can carry out the obligations, and we should create a place in the house as a mosque.

We should have a meeting with them daily – even if it is short – and we choose a suitable time for everyone, where we would read with them whatever is convenient from the Qur’an with others listening and then engage in reflections.

In addition to the Qur’an, we should study together a good book on Hadith or seerah or we follow up on good deeds that were achieved in the day. We should then encourage those who did well and sharpen the appetite of those who did not do enough. We should end the meeting with prayers for ourselves and the Muslims.

  1. Generosity and Magnanimity

This is one of the great doors of goodness that we should explore in Ramadan. (the prophet (SAW) was most generous during the month Ramadan when Jibril meet with him. He will meet him every night in Ramadan, he would study the Qur’an with him and the messenger of Allah (SAW) was more generous than the transmitted wind). So, let Allah see in us goodness in this blessed month because He loves those who are generous and magnanimous. The messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Allah is generous and He loves those who are generous. He is openhanded and loves openhandedness. He loves the noble deed and hates the lowly-grade”. And among the attributes of the generous and magnanimous is that they spend all that they had without taking account, it is the same whether this is from money, or knowledge or time or effort.

The messenger of Allah (SAW) exhorted Asma bint Abubakr on this when he said to her: “do not count, so that it would not be counted against you”. The meaning of this as explained by Ibn Hajar in Fathul Bari: it prohibition of prevention or withholding from Sadaqah out of the fear that the wealth would be exhausted, for it is one of the reasons for cutting off of blessings (Barakah). This is because Allah reward the giver without taking account, and the one that does not take account when giving reward should not be the one we will take account for when giving. Whoever knows that Allah will sustain him from where he does not expect, has a duty to give it out without taking account.

Let us make Ramadan a means to get accustomed to generosity, magnanimity and openhandedness. We should not be miserly towards Allah in our wealth, our time and our effort. And let sacrifice it for others without account.

In the book Sha’bul Imaan by Al-Baihaqi, it was narrated that Yazeed bn Marwaan had some money come to him and he waited and sent to his brothers and he said to them: I am shy before Allah that I will ask for paradise for one of my brothers and then be miserly towards him in my Dinar and Dirham.

  1. Joining family ties:

Before discussing our duties in Ramadan towards our family relations, I want to invite the reader to ponder over this prophetic hadith so that we can know how much we are failing in the rights of our souls and running away from the good of the world and the hereafter.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “there is no sin that is more deserving that Allah hasten the punishment for the one who commits it in this world in addition to what is in stock for him in the hereafter than cutting family ties, betrayal and lies. And the act of obedience that is quickly rewarded is joining family ties till the members of a household would be broken and they will desire their wealth. But their number will increase if they join ties”.

Let us take the occasion of the coming of Ramadan to visit our relations, and those who condition cannot allow us to visit them, we should be comfortable with linking with them through phones and letters.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Link with you relations even if it is through saying Taslim”. We should not give excuse of the existence of a severe relationship or old enmity between us and our relations. A man went to the messenger of Allah (SAW) and he said: O messenger of Allah (SAW), I have relations that I try to have ties with but the cut away from me, I do good to them but they return evil to me and they relate with me with ignorance despite the fact that I relate compassionately with them. The messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “if the situation is as you said, then it is like they are expressing boredom but Allah will continue to be your support against them as long as you continue what you do”.

  1. Giving food:

This is one of the great doors of goodness that is forgotten by many people. The messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “there is a room in paradise where you can see the outside from the inside, and the inside from the outside”. They said: For who is this room O messenger of Allah (SAW)? He said: “For those who give food to others, who say kind words and who pray at night when people are sleeping”. Shuayb (RA) usually feed people a lot and Umar said: O Shuayb, you feed people a lot and that is a huge chunk of wealth. Shuayb replied: the messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “the best of you is the one that gives food to others and return the greetings of salam. This is what makes me give out food”.

Ali (RA) said: for me to gather people from my companions over a cup of food is more beloved to me that to go to the market to buy a slave and then free her.

Let us show eagerness to feed our brothers so that it will increase the bond of love and affection between us.

We should also feed the needy for there is a great good in it. The messenger of Allah (SAW) said to a man that complained about the hardness of his heart: “if you love to soften your heart, then feed the poor and wipe over the head of the orphan”.

Let us prepare food pack for the poor and the needy, and we sit with them over the food and we show them our brotherhood with them. While we remember these people, we should not forget our brothers in many countries of the world who are facing oppression and persecutions, hunger and deprivation. We should remember the tidings given by the messenger of Allah (SAW) that: “whoever feed one who is fasting has the reward like that of others, without reducing the reward of the one who is fasting”.

  1. Reconciling between people:

If we look at things that cause wrangling between people, we would find it to be very trivial but Shaytan had blown into it and make it cause a severed relationship between the father and the son, among the neighbours and among friends. This is the poisoned atmosphere that increases suspicion, severe relationship with relations and breed enmity. Therefore, striving to reconcile between people is a great virtue. Allah said: (لَا خَيْرَ فِي كَثِيرٍ مِنْ نَجْوَاهُمْ إِلَّا مَنْ أَمَرَ بِصَدَقَةٍ أَوْ مَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ إِصْلَاحٍ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ) (There is no good in most of their secret talks save (in) him who orders Sadaqah (charity in Allâh’s Cause), or Ma’rûf (Islâmic Monotheism and all the good and righteous deeds which Allâh has ordained), or conciliation between mankind) (NIsai: 114)

The messenger of Allah (SAW) promised those who engage in this noble deed with a higher status than those who fast, those who pray and those who give charity because of the spread of the atmosphere of mercy and affection among the individuals in the society. The messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Should I not inform you of the best level better than that of fasting, praying and Sadaqah? They said: Yes. He said: Reconcile between yourselves because the worsening of relationship between yourselves is a destroyer”. So, let us take the opportunity of the coming of Ramadan to strive to reconcile between feuding people and we should remember the words of Allah: (وَالصُّلْحُ خَيْرٌ) (and making peace is better) (Nisa: 128).

Let us start with ourselves, let us pardon those who have do injustice to us, let us do good to those who do evil to us and let us be models for other on clemency, and large heartedness.

  1. Taking care of the needs of people:

One of the examples of goodness and kindness is to strive to take care of the needs of people. This is the good man is a man who strove to serve others out of love for Allah and compassion over His creatures and his reward will be just like what he had done. The messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “the most beloved of people to Allah are those who are beneficial. And the most beloved deed to Allah is the joy that you put in the heart of a Muslim or the worry you take away from him, or the debt you pay for him or the hunger you remove from him. And for me to walk with my Muslim brother over his need is more beloved to me that to engage in I’tikaf in the mosque for a month. Whoever hold his anger, Allah will cover his defects, and whoever conceal his rage – which if he had wanted to display it he can do it – Allah will fill his heart with pleasure on the day of resurrection. Whoever walks with his Muslim brother to take care of his need till it is fully done, Allah will make his feet firm on the day when feet would be slipping. Bad character destroys deed just like vinegar destroys honey”. As for the one who takes up the needs of the widow and the poor, he has a special reward. The messenger of Allah said: “the one who strive over the needs of the widow and the needy is like a Mujahid on the path of Allah or like the one who spend the night in prayers and the day in fasting”.

These sets of hadith do not need any commentary except that we should strive to feel the needs of people and hasten to take care of them. Hakim bn Hizaam would be sad over a day that he does not find anyone in need that he can help take care of his needs. He will say: “I never woke up and finding no one at my door in need of something except that I know it is a calamity that I pray that Allah reward me for”.

  1. Save others:

Iblis was successful in deceiving a lot of people and distraction them away from the worship of their Lord and kept them busy with the glittering of this world. He was able to take them on the path that leads to hellfire. Shall we then leave them to their affairs or we try to save them?

Allah said: (وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ قَوْلًا مِمَّنْ دَعَا إِلَى اللَّهِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا وَقَالَ إِنَّنِي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ) (And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allâh (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands firm (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allâh’s (Islâmic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.”) (Fusilat: 33). There is no way to save this poor people except through inviting them to Allah. Allah desires that His believing servants will take up this task and stand in the position of the prophets and messengers. And the reward for this is limitless.

Are we, O brother, supposed to take the honour of this task and work to save those around us from hellfire?

Are we supposed to benefit from the atmosphere of Ramadan when the souls are submission and Shaytan is chained down?

The messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “If Allah should guide through you a man, it is better for you than all that the sun rises over”. Therefore, let us go and strive to be a cause of guidance and salvation for others.

Let us go and awaken the heedless, lead the clueless and guide those who are astray.

Let us go and start with those close to us and work to make them see the reality of the world and attract them to go with us to the mosque. Let us go and select some of those who come to the mosque in Ramadan and correct their understanding and show them the right way to Allah. Let us go and repeat the supplication of the messenger of Allah (SAW): ((Allahumo ij’alnaa huddaat muhtadeen)) (O Lord, may us the guide and the guided).

THE SECOND SERMON

All praises are due to Allah, the lord of the worlds. We praise and thank Him. We seek refuge in Him from the evil of our souls and deeds. I bear witness there is no god but Allah alone without partner, and that Muhammad (pbuh) is His servant and Messenger. May Allah bless him and his families and all his companions, and those who follow them in righteousness until the day of recompense.

Allah says: 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. 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. (4: 88- 59)

The Prophet- peace 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.

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, we would like to use this opportunity to guide and advice the newly appointed LCDA, LGA’S sole administrators in Lagos State to view their appointments as trust, humiliation and regret on the day of judgement except those who discharge the responsibility rightl. They should not forget the four basic fundamentals of good governance: TRUST, JUSTICE, CONSULTATION, RESPONSIBILITY.

We equally advice the Akinwunmi Ambode led government of Lagos State to prioritize the Local Government Election as fast as possible without further delay, in order to elect substansive local government chairmen as expediently required.

Secondly is the INTERNATIONAL FATHER’S DAY which is commemorated annually on 19th June by the UNO. We therefore advise fathers to prioritize the training of their children appropriately, and to sermonize them using the verse of the Holy Qur’an repeatedly: O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.” (66: 6)

“And enjoin prayer upon your family [and people] and be steadfast therein.” (20: 136)

“Allah instructs you concerning your children” (4: 11).

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