PECULIARITIES OF A’HLU SUNNAH WAL- JAMAA’H:::-FOURTH KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF SHAWWAL 1437

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL
BEING THE FOURTH KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF SHAWWAL, 24/SHAWWAL/1437AH (29/JULY/2016CE)

PECULIARITIES OF A’HLU SUNNAH WAL- JAMAA’H
Praise be to Allah the Lord of the world that says: (﴿﴿ثُمَّ أَوْرَثْنَا الْكِتَابَ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَيْنَا مِنْ عِبَادِنَا فَمِنْهُمْ ظَالِمٌ لِنَفْسِهِ وَمِنْهُمْ مُقْتَصِدٌ وَمِنْهُمْ سَابِقٌ بِالْخَيْرَاتِ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ﴾ [فاطر:35\ 32 ])  “Then we caused to inherit the Book those We have chosen of Our servants; and among them is he who wrongs himself, and among them is he who is moderate, and among them is he who is foremost in good deeds by permission of Allah. That [inheritance] is what is the great bounty.” (35: 32). Praise be to Him for His favours and comfort. Praise be to Allah exceedingly, Allah is the greatest. Glory be to Allah morning and evening. To Allah is due all praises as it is pleasing to Him for all His uncountable blessings. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone; He gives and takes life, He is able of all things. I bear witness that our leader, model, and master- Muhammad bn Abdullah is his chosen prophet and Messenger. May Allah bestow peace and blessings on him, his families, his companions and those who follow them in righteousness till the day of recompense. May Allah grant us the same and all righteousness servants of Allah.

Thereafter,
O Servant of Allah, I urge you to fear Allah for that is the goal of worship. Allah says: (يَاأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ) “O mankind, worship your Lord, who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous.  (2: 21). The extent of this taqwa determines the closeness of a servant to his Lord as Allah says: () “Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” (49: 13)
Today’s sermon shall be focused on PECULIARITIES OF A’HLU SUNNAH WAL- JAMAA’AH.
PECULIARITIES OF A’HLU SUNNAH: The Islamic Ummah inherited the Qur’an and was chosen. It is the best nation evolved for mankind. It is the witness over mankind on the day of judgement as the Prophet- pbuh bears witness over the Ummah. Allah (swt) has chosen a strand within the Ummah among all other groups called the A’hlus- Sunnah Wal- Jamaa’h; which is peculiar in its methodology and characteristic. As Islam defines the end to all other religions and ideologies, so does the preferred group- A’hlus- Sunnah Wal- Jamaa’h to all groups and fragments affiliating itself to the Islam.  
Some the Peculiarities include:
Holding onto the Qur’an and Sunnah: This is their greatest peculiarity, they hold firmly to the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet- pbuh, in speech, in action, in belief, openly and secretly. They never source their religious matters and ideology from other than the Qur’an and Sunnah. They would never situate themselves before Allah and the messenger, nor raise their voices above that of the Prophet- pbuh, by saying anything that contravenes the saying of the Prophet- pbuh in the matters of the religion.
Knowledge: The methodology of the A’hlus-Sunnah Wal- Jamaa’h is based on knowledge in all matters seeking proofs from the Qur’an and Sunnah. Thus we find that scholars of A’hlu Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’h are most concerned about preservation of knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah by memorization and writing. In situation where others different from them show concern for documentation of the knowledge of the Sunnah, it is for self-desire or interpolation of truth and falsehood. A’hlus- Sunnah scholars are concerned about the Qur’an- by memorization and recititation, and concerned about the Sunnah by memorization, comprehension, and by classification as sound and weak- not to talk of the fabricated hadiths. They do not accept the weak hadith, not to even talk of the acclaimed visions, opinions, imaginations, dreams, that some others depend upon. A’hlus-Sunnah scholars are thus distinguished by clarity, and sound methodology of knowledge acquired from the messenger of Allah- peace be upon him- through the trustful personalities of the companions; those whom no nation in human race have ever witnessed their likeness in memorization, exactness, details, comprehension and deductions of rules.
Al-wasatiyyah (Justly- balanced): Another distinguishing quality of the A’hlus- Sunnah Wal- Jamaa’h is that they are a justly- balanced people. Allah says: (﴿وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطاً لِتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيداً ﴾ [البقرة:2\ 143 ]). This balance is manifested in matters of faith, and creed altogether. In addition to Muslims generally being justly- balanced, the A’hlus- Sunnah are situated at the centre of the Muslim Ummah and the best, and with the best manhaj. For example in the matter of aqeedah regarding the attributes of Allah (swt), some sects were misguided, they affirm some attributes for Allah and made exaggeration to the extent that they compare Allah (swt) with His creatures.
The Saved Sect: One of the peculiarities of A’hlus- Sunnah Wal- Jamaa’h which is not shared by any other group is that they are the saved sect from the torment of fire on the day of judgement because are are rightly guided on the straight path in this life, while others have been promised destruction and chastisement in the hereafter. That does not mean that every member of A’hlus- Sunnah will first gain paradise, likewise it does not mean that others than them will not enter paradise at the beginning or eventually end up in paradise. Rather, generally speaking, Ahlus-Sunnah were promised salvation while people of bid’ah were promised destruction. However, among the people of bid’ah those who strayed away from the path of Islam, the situation is like that of the polytheist and hypocrites who are to perpetuate in the fire. May Allah save us from such. Others outside these people, Allah shall place their good and bad deeds on the scale, and shall be rewarded accordingly- either to be among those who committed major sins in life but could gain intercession of the Prophet, or to be emancipated from fire thereafter, for Allah will never be unjust to anyone. But for members of A’hlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’h, whoever is completely guided in life, will be completely saved in the hereafter. Allah says: (﴿الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَلَمْ يَلْبِسُوا إِيمَانَهُمْ بِظُلْمٍ أُولَئِكَ لَهُمُ الْأَمْنُ وَهُمْ مُهْتَدُونَ﴾ [الأنعام:6\82  ]) Thus they shunned all forms of associating partners with Allah, which is the major injustice, to the minor ones including sins, therefore they shall earn paradise. But whoever among them was involved in sins such as fornication, stealing, alcohol consumption etc shall earn the wrath promised however, he shall not end up in the fire, he will eventually gain the benefit of the intercession.
Total entry into Islam wholeheartedly:
Affiliation to the messenger of Allah-peace be upon him

Having said this, I seek forgive from Allah for me and you and all Muslims, do seek His forgiveness He is Oft-forgiving.

THE SECOND SERMON
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds, the lord of the foremost and later generations, and may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his companions and those who follow them in righteousness.
Dear faithful, Allah says: Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness]. (30: 41)
Dear faithful, the greatest problem of our nation is corruption in all forms particularly for discussion is the budget padding in the house of representatives involving the head- senator Yakubu Dogara ….
In addition, students are on holidays now, parents should ensure they are engaged appropriately …
In addition to that is the victory of the hijab at the Appeal court yesterday in lagos for the MSSN Lagos Area Unit which is been contested and protested against by CAN, …

Oh Allah accept our fast, prayers, bowing and prostration. O Allah ease for us Your remembrance, gratitude to You and sound worship. O Allah make the Qur’an the succor to our hearts, light to our faces, remover of our grief and sorrow. O Allah show us the truth and grant us the wherewithal to follow it, show us falsehood and grant us the wherewithal to desist. O Allah forgive the believers; men and women, and the Muslim men and women, both the living and the deceased, You are All- hearing, most near, answerer of prayers. O Allah make this nation- Nigeria peaceful, safe, generous, with abundant welfare, and all other Muslim nations.

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