27th Dul-Hijjah,1442 A.H
(6th August, 2021C.E)
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICENT THE MOST MERCIFUL
BEING THE FOURTH SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF DHUL-HIJJAH DATED 27TH DHUL-HIJJAH 1442 AH (6TH AUGUST, 2021 CE)
MOMENT OF REFLECTION IN-BETWEEN TWO YEARS
All Praises belong to Allah, the Most-Forbearing, the Most-Forgiving, the All-Knowing, the Omnipotent, Who manages the affairs in the heavens and the earth. He gives life and takes it. He gives and He withholds. He honors and He humiliates. He alternates the night and the day. In these indeed, there is lesson for people that can see. I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah, the One Who is singular and unique in remaining permanent and never ending, in Greatness and rightful Pride, the one Who does whatever He wills and chooses. I bear witness that Muhammad is his chosen servant, and his preferred prophet, may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him and his good family, and his righteous companions.
Thereafter… Fear Allah, oh servants of Allah. With the fear of Allah comes deliverance from troubles and tribulation, deliverance from adversity, and attainment of ease and good sustenance. Allah Ta’alah said: (وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مَخْرَجًا (2) وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَنْ يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَالِغُ أَمْرِهِ قَدْ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ لِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدْرًا) "And whosoever fears Allah, He makes a way out for him and provides for him from where he does not reckon. And whosoever trusts in Allah, He will suffice him. Allah will accomplish of his commamd. Indeed Allah has established a decree for everything" (Ar-Talaaq: 2-3)". (وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِ يُسْرًا ) " And whosoever fears Allah He makes things easy for him." (Ar-Talaaq: 4).
Oh people! It is a movement that does not stop, a race that does not pause nor wait, a race that does not have boredom nor laziness, a den in which there’s no escape, and a passing (time) that does not believe in coming back. That is the nature of time, a sojourn with no permanent stay. Night-time and daytime go by in days and nights, and nights and days go by in months. And those months pass by in years. Years go by, and lifetime ends and life passes away. Based on this, our sermon today focuses on “the moment of evaluation in-between two years.”
Servants of Allah, dear listeners! The days of this world are three: Yesterday is a admonition, and a just witness, for you or against you, its gone away from you and left its judgement on you. Today is a booty, an opportunity, a friend who has come to you and not you go to it. It stays throughout with you, and its sojourn will go fast, quickly upon you. And tomorrow, you do not know who are its people, and it will come to you if it finds you.
These days are nothing but stages, – wherein a caller to death is urging an intent
And most astonishing thing, if you ponder over it, is – the folded houses and the sitting traveler.
Daawud al-Ta’i, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “The night and the day are (like) stages or steps, which people go down to, step by step, until they reach the end of their journey. If you are able to put something forward in preparation or as provision at every stage for what is ahead, then do it! If the journey stops sooner, it may have caught you off guard."
Servants of Allah! Time eats away at our lives day after day, night after night, month after month, and year after year. What has gone away of it has gone away from us. Al-Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “Oh son of Aadam, you are only but a number of days, and if your day passes, part of you is gone.”
"Oh man! the year is over and you think that you have lived it, when you are in fact dead (dying)! Everyday brings us closer and takes us farther away. It brings us closer to the Hereafter, and takes us farther away from the world. Ibn Rajab – may Allah have mercy on him – said: “Oh you who rejoice over the many years that pass by, you are rejoicing in the reduction/shortening in your life.”
We would be rejoiceful with the days we spend – and every day that passes brings the end term closer
Beloved brethren! Here is this year on the verge of death and farewell, after spending twelve months with us, with its joys and its sorrows, with its gains and losses, with increase/continuation in life for the living, and a shortening of it for the dead.
The passing of the year is an admonition and a remembrance of the departure and end of life, just as we were created for the earth after our predecessors, and we are soon to become predecessors, followed by successors. We will leave it just as they left it, and we’ll be dislodged as they were dislodged. We will soon return to the earth what we took from it, our bodies will be returned to it to be eaten up after we were created from its soil, and we will be held inside it after we had walked on its surface, and our blood would sleep in it after we had drunk from its water, and we’ll bring our bodies to it after it was nurtured from its fruits and trees.
Oh servants of Allah! The year passes and becomes past history, but the sensible believer would not go away from it without exploiting and harvesting from the good deeds. He takes advantage of his months and conquers his days and nights. Time passes, and it goes with him, but by making use of his moments with living life of doing great good deeds, and getting himself in admirable situations that benefit him on the day of his need, because he recognizes the worth and value of his time, so he makes it a witness for himself, not a witness against him. And he’s admonished by the passage of days. So, he sees them as passing days and does not see them as eternity. He sees the changing of time and the change of people’s conditions, so he realizes that he would not get here what he wants, so he prepares for another life in which he gets what he wants.
O Muslims: surely the people who prepare for their journey succeed, they would be remain gainfully successful until they arrive safely at their promised destination. The sun rises on them in the morning and then disappears in the evening, they understand that as the sun rises it is bound to disappear by setting and for every setting of the sun there is return by sunrise, thus there is no permanence. The moon crescent begins small and then grows until it is full, and as it reaches its fullness, it begins to decrease and wither away. They thus know that life has an end and the world has a termination point.
As for the arrogant or negligent person, he remains in his condition and does not prepare for his transition. So, he thinks that in his state of health he will not fall sick, in his youth he will not grow old, in his affluence he will not be poor, in his strength he will not become weak, and in his joy he will not grieve, and that in his life he will not die. The Messenger of Allah – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – said: “By Allaah! The world (i.e., its pleasures and duration) is nothing as compared to the hereafter except as one of you puts his finger – and the narrator pointed with his index finger – in the sea, so let him see what he draws from it." (Muslim).
Dear Servants of Allah, here we are about to bid farewell to a year in our lives that will go away from us and will not return to us except on the Day of Resurrection with the deeds we have deposited in it. O servant of Allah, think, as you bid farewell to a stage of the opportunity of your life in which your deeds, small and large, good and bad, are recorded, and that you will find them in your record for which you will be held accountable before your Lord. Allah says: (مَا يَلْفِظُ مِنْ قَوْلٍ إِلا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ) “He [i.e., man] utters no word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record]. “ (Surat Qaf: 18) (وَوُضِعَ الْكِتَابُ فَتَرَى الْمُجْرِمِينَ مُشْفِقِينَ مِمَّا فِيهِ وَيَقُولُونَ يَا وَيْلَتَنَا مَالِ هَذَا الْكِتَابِ لَا يُغَادِرُ صَغِيرَةً وَلا كَبِيرَةً إِلا أَحْصَاهَا وَوَجَدُوا مَا عَمِلُوا حَاضِرًا وَلا يَظْلِمُ رَبُّكَ أَحَدًا) “And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, "Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?" And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one.” (Suratul Kahf: 49)
O Muslims: The wise believer is always subjecting himself to accountability. What did I do? How did I do? Whom did I do it for? And why did I do such? He holds himself accountable at all times, and he may pass through periods that have their own peculiarity, such as this period at the end of the year, so he stands at the end of the year and he examines the actions that came from him while he was in the state of ability and strength. If the action is praiseworthy, he then continue on that, and follows it with likely actions, and if the action is blamable, he take account of it if possible and refrain from the likeness of that in the future, and seek forgiveness and pardon. The goodness of the future is premised on continuous accountability and gaining mastery of actions with a lot of supervision.
Oh Allah, make us among those who listen and follow the best of it.
All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. Peace and blessings be upon His faithful Messenger and all his family.
Honorable servants of Allah, know that today there is for work and tomorrow is for account. So whoever holds himself accountable today, the account will be light for him tomorrow, and the work will be easy for him. But whoever fails to hold himself accountable today, the account will be heavy for him tomorrow, and it will be difficult for him to do acts of obedience in his life.
Al-Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “The people with the easiest account on the Day of Resurrection will be those who hold themselves accountable to Allah – the Mighty – in this world. And they had a momentary stop on their thoughts and actions. If their thought is for Allah, they go ahead with the action, but if it is against them, they abstain from it. For the account will be difficult for those who took risks in all matters and engage in them without consideration for accountability, they will come to realize that Allah had taken against them the account of weights (as little as) the atom weight, so they would say: (يَا وَيْلَتَنَا مَالِ هَذَا الْكِتَابِ لَا يُغَادِرُ صَغِيرَةً وَلا كَبِيرَةً إِلا أَحْصَاهَا وَوَجَدُوا مَا عَمِلُوا حَاضِرًا وَلا يَظْلِمُ رَبُّكَ أَحَدًا) “Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?" And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one.” (Suratul Kahf: 49)
Whoever holds himself accountable knows Allah’s right over him and the greatness of His grace, and he compares that with his shortcomings in the sight of Allah, so he masters the work and avoids error. Whoever holds himself accountable, his slips are less, and his correctness multiplies, so that the fruit of that results in the righteousness of his deeds before his end time comes. He who holds himself accountable is not deceived by his safety, youth, wealth and good condition. Rather, he hastens to do good deeds and do not delay it, and he put procrastination aside.
O servant of Allah, here you are being called to account today, so what will you do? Will you not consider your past in order to use it to rectify the rest of your life? (يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَلْتَنْظُرْ نَفْسٌ مَا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ ) “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 Aware of what you do.” )Al-Hashr: 18)
May Allah have mercy on a servant who repairs what has passed, and perfects what is left, and prepares his supplies from this world of deception, with what will save him on the Day of Resurrection, and gathers from the world what is light for him to bear, and easy for accountability.
May Allah bless you and me with the Great Qur’an, and benefit me and you with from its verses and wise remembrance.