IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICENT THE MOST MERCIFUL
BEING THE SECOND SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF SAFAR DATED 12TH SAFAR 1441 AH (11TH OCTOBER, 2019 CE)
SECURITY IN THE LAND; A HUMAN NECESSITY
All praises belong to Allah who said in His Most Honourable Book: “Is he that is cast into the Fire that is better or the one who comes in security on the Day of Resurrection?” He (Allah) is the One by whose Favour all goodness is complete and Blessings come down. (We seek) Benedictions and Peace, both full and complete on absolutely the best of Allah’s Creation, Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) and his excellent household, his sincere companions and whoever follows their paths until Allah Ta’ala allays/pacify the fears of the believers and says to them “Peace”, a word from a Merciful Lord.
Fear Allah oh you servants of Allah. Indeed, the fear of Allah will not be close to the heart of a man except that it links it. Allah the Exalted has indeed said: “Oh you who believe, fear Allah the way He ought to be feared and do not die except as Muslims”. He, the Exalted also said: “And the (best) outcome is for the pious”.
The prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) said: “ Fear Allah wherever you may be, and follow a bad deed with good (so) it removes it, and relate with people with the best character.”
This is the second Jumuah in the month of Safar and our sermon will be centred and revolve around security in the land (nations) – a human necessity/need.
Security is considered one of the most sought after things in life. Rather the reality of its importance will not be felt until it is cast aside when it is seen to be necessary for all human endeavour, be it individual or collective, for the realization of the (various) interests of individuals and the people (generally). Human history shows that indeed, the reality of security of the individual and human society has been a goal that is far-fetched (difficult to attain) for long periods in history, and that indeed (attaining) security has not been easy for people globally except for a short period.
So security is the safety and peace of mind, as well as the absence of fear on the life of people or the things with which he supports his life, whether they be his interests, his targets/goals, means and purposes, and this includes the individual and the society. Allah, the Blessed and Most High, said: “Is he that is cast into the Fire that is better or the one who comes in security on the Day of Ressurection?” (Al-Fussilat:40). He, the Exalted also said: “In it are clear signs (such as) the standing place of Ibraheem. And whoever enters it (the Haram) shall be safe…” (Al-Imraan:97). And He, the most Exalted said: “And when Ibraheen said, “My Lord, make this city secure…” (Ibraheem:35). He, the most Exalted also said: “And Allah presents an example of a city (Makkah) which was safe and secure, its provision coming to it in abundance from every location, but it denied the Favours of Allah, so Allah made it taste the envelopment of hunger and fear for what they had been doing.” (An-Nahl:112).
In emphasizing the need for security for the individual and the society, it has been narrated by Bukhari, Tirmidhy, Ibn Maajah and Tabaraaniy (May Allah’s Mercy be on them) that the prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) said: “Whosoever among you begins the days (i.e wakes up) feeling secure with his family, feeling healthy in his body, and has capacity (provision) for his day, then he is as though he possessed the whole world.”
The messenger of Allah explains to us in this honourable Hadith that security of peoples’ lives and his safety from injury as well as security of property is the complete, comprehensive security that he established for his surrounding and made the realization of this security by a man as possessing the whole world.
Everything that a man possesses in his life cannot be enjoyed or be of benefit except with the security of his life and wealth. The messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) has indeed called to every action that will entrench security and peace of mind for Muslims, and he prohibited every action that can lead to fear and terror in the muslim community, even if it only a little and slight, considering that security is one of the most fleeting favours for mankind, and so the messenger (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) prohibited a Muslim frightening a Muslim brother. He said: “It is not permissible for a Muslim to frighten his brother” (Ahmad and Abu Daawud).
Similarly, he prohibited pointing his weapon (sword) against him even if it is jokingly. So he said: “None of you should point at his brother with a weapon because he does not know that satan may make it lose from his hand and as a result, he may fall into a pit of Hell-Fire (by accidentally killing him)” (Agreed upon).
He also prohibited that a man conceals his brother’s property (eg money) even if he does not intend to appropriate it for himself, but only means to play a practical joke on him (to make him panic) or just for the sake of joke. So, he (Peace and Blessings of Allah be on him) said: “None of you should seize the belonging of his brother (whether) playfully or seriously” (Ahmad and Abu Daawud)
It is worthy of mention that absolute security or security in its absolute sense is not realizable in this wordly life except in the hereafter. Allah, the Blessed and Most High and Exalted said: “Enter it (Al-Jannah) in Peace, safe and secure” (Al-Hijr:46)
That is so because no matter the extent of grace in the safety of the soul and the body and abundance of provision, one cannot experience absolute security, which is devoid of all forms of fear, whatever the causes. Absolute security exists only in the Abode of Bliss, which Allah the exalted has promised the righteous slaves in Paradise; there would be no fear, nor panic, nor perishing.
In life, absolute security is un-achievable, because security might be tainted by the fear of the interruption of security and fear of the end of life itself.
Security in human life has a comprehensive meaning, it is not present by the existence of security to his life only, but man needs security for his faith he believes in, also for its intellectual and cultural identity, and protection for the material resources of life.
The integration of the elements of security in a particular society is the real beginning of a better future and the availability of protection for religious elements, including social and cultural security, and its existence in the society is an assurance for restoration of its external security even if it temporarily or accidentally lost.
The commitment of Islam to security, in faith, law, values and social frameworks is regarded as the most important elements of security in the Muslim societies.
Components that strengthen security for the individual and society:
Allah has established the elements of security for both the individual and the society in Surat Al-Isra from verses 21- 23 as follow:
1- Sound creed of monotheism
2- Worshiping Allah alone
3- The establishment of human rights (ie giving everyone his right)
4. Mutual Compassion and respect between people
5- Good manners
6. Peaceful coexistence
7- Supplication to Allah, the lord of the worlds.
It was one of the prayer of the Prophet, peace be upon him to seek for security and peace from his lord, he would say: ( اللهم استر عوراتى وآمن روعاتى ) (O Allah cover my nakedness, and grant me security over my fear) Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah and Hakim.
The second sermon
Praise be to Allaah and that suffices.
We would like to use this golden opportunity to call on the government in Nigeria; federal, state, and local governments. They should be concerned about the well being of the citizenry especially as it concerns their health, well being and seeking medical treatment. This is in the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day held on 10th of October annually. They should see to the conditions of our general hospitals especially the NEURO-PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS. They should provide competent medical personnel, state of the art facility and equipment. This would not be complete without the investigating the issue of Drugs and intoxicants and every materials that causes brain relapse. Policies to ban these materials in order to prevent a large scale crisis. May Allah grant us peace, and well being in life and the hereafter.