Khutba ‘Eid-ul-Adha 1439 (2018)

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In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful

BEING THE EID-UL-ADHA SERMON FOR 1439 (2018)DHUL-HIJJAH 10, 1439AH(21/AUG/2018CE)

Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, Lailahailla Allah, Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, WalillahilHamd!

All praises are due to Allah Who had blessed us with open and secret favours and made the sacrificial animals subservient to us and had created seasons for vying towards goodness. I testify there is no god but Allah alone, He has no associate, and I testify that Muhammad (pbuh) is the servant of Allah sent to all mankind and jinns. May Allah bestow peace and blessings on him (pbuh), his families, his companions whom Allah had granted piety to their souls.

As to what follows,

Dear faithful, we are in one of the days of Allah; day for the festival of sacrifice, the day of the greatest pilgrimage, in which the pilgrims return from Muzdalifa, to throw pebbles, make the sacrifices, shave or clip their hairs and ultimately make the tawaf al-ifaadho which is the second pillar of hajj after staying at Arafat. Allah says: And [it is] an announcement from Allah and His Messenger to the people on the day of the greatest hajj  …” (9: 3).And the day is referred to as the day of greatest pilgrimage because most hajj rites are done on that day.

It is as well referred to as the day of sacrifice due to the slaughter of animals on that day. Allah (swt) enjoins the sacrifice upon Muslims on this day as an extension of kindness to them, their relatives, their neighbours and the indigents in the community.

The recommendation in the sunnah is that the sharing of the meat should be divided into three parts; one-third to the owner and his family, one-third for relatives and neighbours, and the last one-third for the indigents.

Allah ordained the sacrificial animals on the day of feast as an expansion of His generousity on the Muslim nation, such that it would not be an engagement for the well-to-do alone while the indigents languish in agony and grief.

The sacrifice reminds us of an everlasting event in the life of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) who sacrificed all he had for the sake of Allah.

He sacrificed his homeland when he migrated from it. And [then] he said, “Indeed, I will go to [where I am ordered by] my Lord; He will guide me.” (37: 99)

He also sacrificed his life for Allah when he was casted into fire and he had nothing except to say:Sufficient for me is Allah” Allah says: “Allah said, “O fire, be coolness and safety upon Abraham.” (21: 69)

He also sacrificed his only son in his youth age when he could go on errands, he said to him: And when he reached with him [the age of] exertion, he said, “O my son, indeed I have seen in a dream that I [must] sacrifice you, so see what you think.” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.” ( 103 )   And when they had both submitted and he put him down upon his forehead, ( 104 )   We called to him, “O Abraham,( 105 )   You have fulfilled the vision.” Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. ( 106 )   Indeed, this was the clear trial. ( 107 )   And We ransomed him with a great sacrifice, ( 108 )   And We left for him [favorable mention] among later generations: ( 109 )   “Peace upon Abraham.” ( 110 )   Indeed, We thus reward the doers of good. ( 111 )   Indeed, he was of Our believing servants. ( 112 )   And We gave him good tidings of Isaac, a prophet from among the righteous.

Allah (swt) rewarded him for his sacrifice by granting him another son- Ishaaq, who was also a prophet among the righteous.

Why has Ibrahim (AS) attained this everlasting status? What is the secret? The secret is as stated in the qur’an thus:Indeed, he was of Our believing servants.” (37: 11). A believing servant who subdues his soul for Allah, and liberates it from all shackles of polytheism. (swt). A believer regarding what is with Allah, … A believer in the power of Allah, .. A believer in meeting Allah, … A believer in his pledges and covenants, such is the one Allah grants an uncommon strength and ability.

Dear faithful, we obviously need to learn from this lesson, which is made eternal by Allah. It is a reality that stands as reference point for humanity in the entire history of man. Allah supported Ibrahim, and ransomed Ismail with a great sacrifice. Allah perpetuates this event by this day, and the udh-hiyyah, “Make the sacrifice, verily it is the tradition of your father- Ibrahim.” (Ibn Majah)

The necessity of Unity
Dear faithful
Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, one of the greatest trial that has befallen the Muslim nation that have weakened its strength is the trial of differences and divisions, Allah truly 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.” (8: 46)

This division have been systemically aided by the incursion of the western colonialist into Muslim nations after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the Muslim nations were then partition in sizeable countries for the hegemony of the conialist.

Muhammad Abu Zahrah noted in his book, “The Islamic Unity” thus: “The land territories distributed its people and there was no place to contain them, nationality and racism tore them apart despite the statement of the prophet- pbuh-that: “All mankind is from Adam and Adam is from the soil, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab, except by piety (taqwa).”

Obviously, we must be united because no success can be achieved in both religious and worldly affairs except in unity.

The Palestinian crisis is the responsibility of all Muslims. After the event of unjust movement of the Israeli embassy fro Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and oppression against the peaceful protest of the Palestinians while entire world keep mute including the UN. We need to beseech Allah for victory for our brothers in Palestine using the opportunity of this blessed period eid.

The Economic face up between America and Turkey: Turkey and the US are currently experiencing rocky relations after Washington imposed sanctions on two Turkish Cabinet ministers for not releasing US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested and charged with espionage and terrorism in Turkey.

Brunson is charged with spying for the PKK — a designated terrorist group in the US and Turkey — and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey during which 251 people died and thousands were injured.

President Donald Trump last week ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling US tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports.

On Wednesday, in retaliation, Turkey increased tariffs on several US products as well

Events in our country Nigeria:
Dear faithful, one the most important issue at the moment in our beloved country Nigeria is the issue the 2019 general elections. It is therefore not possible to partake in the elections except with possession of a PERMANENT VOTER’S CARD (PVC).  It is therefore imperative for every Muslim who hears me today to ensure he/she gets his/her permanent voter’s card. The window of collection of the PVC have been extended by INEC by two more weeks, from 17th August, 2018, to 31st August, 2018. Please ensure you get yours.

Dear faithful, taking part in an election process is regarded in Islam as:

1- A form testimony or witness: Allah says: (وَأَقِيمُوا الشَّهَادَةَ لِلَّهِ ذَلِكُمْ يُوعَظُ بِهِ مَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ) “And establish the testimony for Allah. That is instructed to whoever believe in Allah and the last day.” (65:2)

2- It is a form of recommendation: It is the recommendation of the voter for the candidate. Recommendation in judicial matters is regulating the witnesses before the judge. The jurists have prescribed that the witnesses of recommendation agree with the witnesses of litigation in some ways which include that both require full intellect and precision, jurisdiction and justice, and sight and speech and that the witness must not have been someone that have undergone a criminal punishment for slander, and without been legally prohibited from standing as witness, including that the testimony should not be turned to a opportunity to make gain or benefit. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever is given an authority over the affairs of the Muslims, and he appoints a person on the basis of favoritism, upon him is the curse of Allah, Allah will not accept from him any excuse till he is place in the hellfire”.

3- The power of attorney and the choice of the most appropriate for a responsibility: Allah says:  (إِنَّ خَيْرَ مَنِ اسْتَأْجَرْتَ الْقَوِيُّ الْأَمِينُ) “Indeed, the best one you can hire is the strong and the trustworthy.” (28: 26)

4- It is a form of trust: Allah says of trust thus: (يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَخُونُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ وَتَخُونُوا أَمَانَاتِكُمْ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ) “O you who believe, do not betray Allah and the Messenger or betray your trusts while you know (the consequence).” (8: 27)

Message to the Youth:
Brothers in faith, Islam confirms and recognises the value of time, and bearing its responsibility before Allah on the Day of Resurrection, stressing the four basic questions that will be asked on the day of reckoning- two of which centres on time. It was narrated by Mu’az bin Jabal that the Prophet peace be upon him said: “The feet of the servant (of Allah) will not move on the Day of Resurrection, until he is asked about four habits: his age as he spent it, and his youth in what has he expended it, and his money from where he acquired it, and in what has he spent it, and about his  knowledge, what has he done with it” (Narrated by al-Bazzar and Tabraaniy).

The youth stage is one of the most dangerous stages in life. It is a stage of life, productivity, intense passion and enthusiasm full of strong determination. A stage of strength and power situated between the two weak stages; infancy and old age as described thus-. Allah says: (الله الذي خلقكم من ضعف ثم جعل من بعد ضعف قوة ثم جعل من بعد قوة ضعفا وشيبة يخلق ما يشاء وهو العليم القدير) “Allah is the one who created you from weakness, then made after weakness strength, then made after strength weakness and white hair. He creates what He wills, and He is the Knowing, the Competent.” (30: 54)

The Amass Firdaus Hijab case victory:
Honoured Muslims, hijab is a religious obligation for every Muslim female of puberty age. Wearing hijab is obedience to Allah, and the messenger- pbuh. It is modesty, purification, protection, faith, and piety. It is with delight and joy that we announce the eventual victory of AmasaFirdaus, the female Muslim lawyer who has now been called to bar after an earlier denial by the law school. Alhamdulillah for this great honour, which has now liberated female law student to use the hijab henceforth.

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)

SECOND KHUTBAH
All praises are due to Allah. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad, his household, companions and believers till the end of time.

Message to the women

Dear believing women, you represent the half of the nation, or even more, therefore fear Allah in all your duties, be good to your children by giving them sound Islamic education, strive with valourto train your children properly for success, because women have most impact on their children than the men. 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: 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.

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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