KHUTBA TODAY 21ST RAMADAN, 1438 (16TH JUNE, 2017) ENGLISH

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL

BEING THE THIRD KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADAN, 21/RAMADAN/1438AH (16/JUNE/2017CE)

THE GLOBAL ISLAMIC BROTHERHOOD, COOPERATION ON RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PIETY, AND FORBIDDING COOPERATION IN SIN AND AGGRESSION.

Praise be to Allah the lord of the worlds says: (إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَThe believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy. 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. May Allah bless him and his families and all his companions, and those who follow them in righteousness until the day of recompense.

As to what follows,

O Servant of Allah, I urge you to be conscious of Allah in the secret and the open, in line with the words of Allah thus:

﴿يَاأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا

﴿ يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلًا سَدِيدًا (70) يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا

{  O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer. } (4:1).

 O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice.

( 71 )   He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment. (33: 70- 71)

Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, this is the third sermon in the month of Ramadan, and we are now in last part of the month wherein is the most rewarding days of Ramadan. May Allah bless us therein in. We have discussed a lot on the virtue of this period of the last ten days, the onus is now on us to engage in continuous work, faith, hope of gaining reward and pleasure from Allah- The Merciful, The All- Forgivng.

The topic of our sermon today is THE CONCEPT OF THE GLOBAL ISLAMIC BROTHERHOOD, COOPERATION ON RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PIETY,  AND FORBIDDING COOPERATION IN SIN AND AGGRESSION.

The choice of the topic is based on the concern over the severance of relation championed by Saudi- Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar,- Islamic countries without regard to the Islamic brotherhood that binds them together.

Dear honoured Muslims, of the greatest calamity that have befallen our ummah and weakened its strength and glory, is dispute and disunity. Allah rightly says: (يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا لَقِيتُمْ فِئَةً فَاثْبُتُوا وَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ (45) وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ وَاصْبِرُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ)  “O you who have believed, when you encounter a company [from the enemy forces], stand firm and remember Allah much that you may be successful. 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. “ (8:45-46)

After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the basic project of the Western Christian colonization is the disruption of the unity of the Islamic nation, and divide them into divided states; to weaken their power and disperses their energies, and by that facilitate their control over it.

Imam Muhammad Abu Zahra said in his book: “Islamic Unity”: “The territories of the land were distributed by their owners and there was no binder that brings them together, and they were torn apart by nationalism and racism despite the saying of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “All of you are from Adam and Adam was from the dust. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab exce pt by piety (taqwa). The Jamaa’ah became divided, and every faction rejoicing in what it has.
And Allah says: (وَأَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلاَ تَنَازَعُواْ فَتَفْشَلُواْ وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ وَاصْبِرُواْ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ“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)

(Allah- the Exalted ordered them to obey Allah and His Messenger, and He forbid them from conflict which is to attract opinions and divide it) (Al-bahr Al-muheet 4/411).

Brothers in Islam and faith, let us study together the tafsir of Sheikh Wahbah –Zuhaili on the words of Allah thus: (إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ، فَأَصْلِحُوا بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ، وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ)The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy. (49:10)

Believers are brothers in religion, and faith, which is the guarantor of eternal life. Brotherhood in religion are stronger and lasting than brotherhoods of lineage and friendship. And it is a reason for the command on settlement, for that, He reiterated the reference to brotherhood joining with it- the command to resolve dispute, He says: then make settlement between the two. if they both dispute. And Allah specifically mentioned the two, because they are least number of people that could go into dispute.

The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy. (49:10) – To perfect guidance, Allah mentions that believers are brothers in the religion, bond together from the same source of faith, thus it is imperative to make amend between two disputing brothers. Taqwa is another factor in the concern for actualizing resolution between brothers thus Allah enjoined it. Make settlement between the two, and make it your director in the process of settlement and in all your affairs. Taqwa, consciousness of Allah and the fear of Him is that your stand by the truth and justice, do not incline towards one of the parties, they are your brothers, and Islam balances amongst all, there is no superiority and no separation among them. And “that you may receive mercy”  – that you may receive mercy by the reason of taqwa, which is compliance with the command (of Allah) and moving away from the prohibitions.

It noteworthy that Allah says: And fear Allah when two people go into dispute and did not mention that in the process of settling between two groups, this is because when two people are in dispute, there is fear of escalation, but when two groups are in dispute, the impact of the crisis is more and all-encompassing everyone.

The verse also stress the confinement of true brotherhood among believers, and not between a believer and disbeliever, because Islam is the bond among its followership. It also emphasizes the imperativeness of mahing settlement when there is the bond of brotherhood of faith in Islam and not with the disbelievers.

If an unbeliever is a dhimi or under the protection of the Muslim state, it is mandatory to assist and protect him and ward off all oppression against him. In the same way, it is compulsory to support the Muslim fully where his opponent is an enemy.

Many hadith affirm the Islamic religion’s brotherhood.

1-      Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs;         

2-      An-Nu’man ibn Basheer reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5665, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2586

3-         The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Do not have malice against a Muslim; do not be envious of other Muslims; do not go against a Muslim and forsake him. O the slave of Allah! Be like brothers with each other. It is not allowed for a Muslim to desert his brother for over three days.” [Muslim & Tirmidhi]

Allah Says: Cooperate on righteousness and piety, and do not cooperate on sin and aggression.

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Oh Allah grant us Ramadan, assist us to fast and stand in its night for prayers, in faith and anticipation for Your rewards,  and make us not among those who only gain hunger and thirst from their fasts, or earns no other reward from their tahajud except fatigue and sleeplessness, grant us good words and works, save us from the fire and all in it including the shackles and horrors.

 

THE SECOND SERMON

All praises are due to Allah, Who has perfected the religion and favour on us. We praise and thank Him and seek His forgiveness. I bear witness that there is no god except Allah and that prophet Muhammad is His servant and messenger. May the peace and blessings be showered upon him, his household, and all his companions.

The search for the night of majesty

Allah says:

( 1 )   Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. 
( 2 )   And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? ( 3 )   The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. ( 4 )   The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. ( 5 )   Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.

 

Oh Allah grant us Ramadan, assist us to fast and stand in its night for prayers, in faith and anticipation for Your rewards,  and make us not among those who only gain hunger and thirst from their fasts, or earns no other reward from their tahajud except fatigue and sleeplessness, grant us good words and works, save us from the fire and all in it including the shackles and horrors

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