IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICENT THE MOST MERCIFUL
BEING THE FIFTH SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF JUMAADA-THAANIYAH DATED 30TH JUMAADA-THAANIYAH 1442 AH (12TH FEBRUARY, 2021 CE)
MAKING PEACE AND RECONCILIATION BETWEEN PEOPLE
All Praises belong to Allah, Who expanded the chests (hearts) of believers and so were led to His obedience, and He endeared them to faith and decorated it in their hearts He says in His Glorious Book:”Indeed believers are brothers and so make peace between your brothers and fear Allah that you may be blessed” (Al-Hujuraat:10). We praise Him, Glorified and Exalted He is. We thank Him, we believe in Him and rely on Him. Whoever Allah has guided is the one that is indeed guided and nobody can lead such astray. And whoever is led astray, then for such, there is no helper/protector that can guide him. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone. He has no partner or associate.I testify also that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) is His slave and Messenger. He delivered the Message and discharged the Trust. He admonished the Ummah and through him,Allah cleared all ambiguities. May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be on the seal of prophets, Muhammad, the Honest and Trustworthy, the leader of the Messengers.
Thereafter, servants of Allah! I enjoin you and myself with the fear of Allah, the Almighty.Fera Allah so He may be merciful unto you, in accordance with His Words: “O you who have believed, fear Allah And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah, Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do. And be not like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves. Those are the defiantly disobedient. ” (Al-Hashr:18-19). Brothers in faith, this is the fifth and last meeting in the month of Jumaadal-Thaaniyah, and so what remains before Ramadhan is not more than two months. So the supplications of Muslims from tomorrow, the first of Rajab is: “Oh Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban, and make us reach Ramadhan.” The topic of our sermon today is centred around: Making amends between people.
Sevants of Allah! Reconciliation among people is the role of messengers that is upheld by only those who have obey their Lord, and whose souls are noble and their spirits are pure. They do so because they love good and calmness, and they detest evil happening even to other people, and they abhor disagreement even among others, and they are found voiding the (evil) schemes of plotters.
Oh honorable Muslims! Making amends between people is a subject that is fraught with its dangers and effects. The one who makes reconciliation among people is often exposed to accusations on both sides, because he represents the truth in its clarity and cannot be deviated, and it may so happen that both parties or one of them is not pleased with the truth. So he must be extensively patient on this important matter, and he would have a reward with his Lord, Glorified He is. Indeed, makind amends between ourselves makes our hearts clear, unifies and brings us together, and removes divisions and separation. Reconciliation between people in the religion of Allah is the source of security and stability, the source of familiarity and love, and the source of calm and tranquility. It is a sign of unity and solidarity, an indication of brotherhood and a proof of faith.
Allah Ta’alah says: “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.
” (Al-Hujuraat:10). And reconciliation is a good thing that is granted to hearts that are engrossed by the spirit of humanity and the soul of nobility. Recociliation (is the means) with which minds are tranquil, and with which conflict fades away. Reconciliation is a prescribed Sharia method by which humanity is preserved and societies are protected from conflict and disintegration.
My beloved brethren in Allah! With peace and reconciliation, mutual affection is brough about, and development and security endures both home and abroad, and as a result, people are preoccupiied with good deeds, devoting themselves to building and development instead of wasting months and years in disputes and plotting in conflicts, shedding blood, wasting money and putting families through trouble. Allah Ta’alah has commanded us with making peace between ourselves and made it a category of Eeman. Allah Ta’alah says: “So fear Allah and amend that which is between you and obey Allah and His Messenger, if you should be believers.” (Al-Anfaal:1).
Brothers and sisters in Islaam! Peacemaking between people is of various types:
A. Making peace within the community of believers and their groups: Allah Ta’alah said: “And if two groups of believers fight each other, then reconcile between them.” (Al-Hujuraat: 9).
B. Mking peace and reconciliation within the family and the marital home: Allah Ta’lah said: “And if you fear dissension between the two, send an arbitrator from his people and an arbitrator from her people. If
they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause it between them. Indeed,
Allah is ever Knowing and Acquainted [with all things]. ” (An-Nisaai:35). And the Almighty said: “And if a woman fears from her husband contempt or evasion, there is no sin upon them if they make terms of settlement between them – and settlement is best.” (An-Nisaai:128).
C. Making peace and reconciliation between individuals: Allah Ta’alah said: “And do not make [your oath by] Allah an excuse against being righteous and
fearing Allah and making peace among people. And Allah is Hearing and
Knowing.” (Al-Baqarah:224). Reconcliation brings justice between two parties, brings together two sides that have moved away from each other, it brings together opponents, who are led to a reconciliation that does not make the forbidden lawful, and does not forbid the permissible.
D. Making peace between the people that are entitled in wills and endowments (inheritance): Allah Ta’alah said: “But if one fears from the bequeather
[some] error or sin and corrects that which is between them [i.e., the concerned parties], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Al-Baqarah:182).
Allah, Glorified and Exalted He is, promised whoever makes peace among people in faith and hope of reward a great reward. He, the Almighty, says: “No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking means to the approval of Allah- then We are going to
give him a great reward.”(An-Nisaai:114).
And the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) himself used to reconcile between disputants. It has beeen related from Sahl ibn Sa’ad (may Allah be pleased with him) that the people of Quba fought until they threw stones at each other. The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) was informed and he said: “come with me to make peace between them.” And it was related from ‘Umrah bint Abdul-Rahmaan that she said: I heard ‘Aishah say: “The Messenger of Allah, (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) heard the voice of some disputants at the door, their voices loud, one of them begging the other to give him some relief in his debt and to make it easy for him. And he (the other) saying: ‘By Allah, I will not’. So the Messenger of Allah, (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) came out to them and said : “Where is the one who swears by Allah and does not do the favor (asked of him)?” He said: I am the one, Oh Messenger of Allah, let him have whatever he wishes.”(Agreed upon).
It is clear that his going out was to make peace between them. So he (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) was keen to make peace and reconcile people and he encouraged it. It is related from Abu Hurrairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said: the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) said: “Every joint of a person must perform a charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is a charity. To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity. And the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.” (Agreed upon). And it is related from Abdullah ibn Amr (may Allah be pleased with both of them) that he said, the Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him) said: “The most excellent sadaqah is making peace and reconciling people” (Saheeh).
All Praise belong to Allah, the Lord of the Universe, the One Who says in His Glorious Book: “Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred.That is the correct religion [i.e., way], so do not wrong yourselves during them” (At-Taubah:36). Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon our leader Muhammad, who said in his noble speech in the Farewell Pilgrimage: “The time has turned like its form the day Allah created the heavens and the earth. The year is twelve months, of which four are scared, three of them sequential – Dhul Qa’adah, Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab the month which is between Jumadal (Thaaniyah) and Shaban”, and his family and his righteous companions, and on all those who follow their path, and tread on their footsteps, and is guided with their guidance till the Day of Judgment. Aaameen.
Thereafter, servants of Allah! Zaida ibn Abi Al-Raqqad narrated on the authority of Ziad Al-Tamimi on the authority of Anas, who said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings be upon him) when Rajab entered, used to say:” Oh Allah! Bless us in Rajab and Shaaban, and make us reach Ramadhan”. It was narrated on the authority of Abu Ismail Al-Ansari that he said: “There is nothing authentic related about the merit of Rajab other than this hadith, and in his opinion there is a view, because this chain of narration is weak, and in this hadith is the evidence of the desirability of supplication to live up to virtuous times in order to do the righteous deeds in it. This is because the believer does not attain increase his life except for good and the most excellent of people is one whose life is long and does good deeds.. The salaf used to prefer to die after doing a righteous act like fasting Ramadan or returning from Hajj. It used to be said: He who dies in this manner will be forgiven.
One of the righteous scholars had fallen ill before the month of Rajab, so he said: I called upon Allah to delay my death until the month of Rajab, and Allah made him reach Rajab and he died in the month of Rajab. The month of Rajab is the opening to the months of goodness and blessing: Abu Bakr Al-Warraq Al-Balkhi said: The month of Rajab is a month for planting. Sha’ban is the month of watering for sowing, and Ramadan is the month of harvesting the crops. And he also said: The month of Rajab is like the wind, the similitude of Shaban is like the clouds, and Ramadan is like the rain. Some of them said: The year is like a tree, the month of Rajab is like the days of its bringing out leaves, Sha’ban are the days of its branching, and Ramadan is the days of its harvest. And the believers harvest it. It is worthy for the one who has blackened his scroll of records with sins to whitewash it with repentance in this month, and for those who have wasted their life in idleness to take advantage and regain the bounty with what is remaining of their lives during the month.