IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL

BEING THE FIFTH KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF RABI’UL-AWWAL 30/R.AWWAL/1438AH (30 /DECEMBER/2016CE)

THE MENACE OF POVERTY: THE ISLAMIC SOLUTION (PEOPLE AND POVERTY)

Praise be to Allah, the lord of the worlds, the sustainer of the heavens and earth, the disposer of the affairs of all creation who honoured man with the best prophet. I praise and thank Him for His grace and honour and beseech Him for more. I testify there is no god but Allah alone, the compassionate, the merciful, the generous, the Perpetual Forgiver. I testify that our leader- Muhammad (pbuh) is his servant and messenger, his beloved and chosen one among his creation, the leader of the children of Adam.  He is the leader of the messengers, the seal of prophets, the mercy offered to the universe, the illuminating lamp. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household, companions and whoever follows them till the day of recompense.

Having said that,

Dear Muslims, I enjoin you and I to fear Allah in accordance with the verse:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ ( آل عمران : 102 )

O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].” (3: 102) .

Today being the fifth sermon in the month of Rabi’ul- Awwal our topic is on THE MENACE OF POVERTY: THE ISLAMIC SOLUTION. It is actually divided into two parts thus: Peoples Opinion of poverty and the Islamic view. Today, we shall treat the first part while we shall take the second next week, Allah’s willing.

Dear honoured Muslims, verily the topic of our sermon is taken from the book by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi titled- The Menace of Poverty and how Islam rendered solution. Sheikh Qaradawi elucidated the menace of poverty and its solution concisely in the following manner:

People’s stand concerning menace of poverty:

ISLAMIC VIEW OF POVERTY

Islam denies the first group’s view on poverty in particular, and to the good life in general, and denies the Sufis position of acceptance of the ideas that came to the Muslims from the Persian Manichaean, Indian Sufi, and monastic Christianity and Indian mysticism, the extremist, and that there is no verse of the Qur’an which praises poverty nor the hadith of the Messenger of Allah.

Islam on the other hand views wealth as a favour from Allah which deserves gratitude, and views poverty as a problem to seek refuge from Allah against and it has place several methods to solve it.

Suffice it to mention here that Allah bestows riches upon His Messenger as He says: “And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient.” (98: 8). He also made giving out money an act worthy of rewards thus: “nd said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers ( 12 )   And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers. (71: 10-12).

The prophet – pbuh- said: “Suffice as mercy is a good wealth granted a righteous man” Narrated by Ahmad, Tabarani
– Poverty is a threat to the faith:

SECOND KHUTBAH

All praises are due to Allah who says:

ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ الَّذِي عَمِلُوا لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ

 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). We praise and thank Him, believe and depend on Him. I testify there is no god but Allah alone and I testify that our leader- Muhammad (pbuh) is his servant and messenger.  May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household, companions and whoever follows them till the day of recompense.

We register our disagreement, dismay and disapproval to the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill being raised by Senator Christine Olujimi From Ekiti State which seeks to eradicate the teachings of Islam even Christianity regarding Inheritance, Islamic Education, and Etiquette as it concerns the two sexes. We call on the President of the Senate back down on the passage of the bill – which have passed the reading- as it will create disagreement in the land.

Oh Allah descend peace; flowing with continuous tranquility and security upon Nigeria and all other Muslim nations. O Allah accept the worship of the pilgrims of hajj and Umrah, and grant us all Your pleasure, And the last of our call will be, “Praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds!”

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