20th Jumadal – Ula,1443 AH
THE THIRD SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF JUMADA AL-ULA, ON 20/5/1443 AH – (24/12/2021 CE)
TITLE: APPLYING WISDOM IN ALL MATTERS
All Praises belong to Allah, the Sovereign, the Independent, the Compassionate, the Generous, and the One who discharges of the affairs of His creatures according to His Perfect Wisdom and His Comprehensive Mercy, He is the Wise, the Most Merciful. I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship besides Allah alone. He has no partner or associate. I bear witness also that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. May the enduring Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him and his household and his companions and all those that follow their footsteps till the Day of Judgement.
Servants of Allah!, I enjoin you and myself to fear Allah Ta’alah in secret and in the open, as it is the intended purpose of all acts of worship and all commanded acts and forbidden things. Allah Subhaanau wa-Ta’alah said: (يَاأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ) “People worship your Lord who created you and those before you, that ye may be pious” (Baqarah: 21).
Allah Ta’alah said: (يُؤْتِي الْحِكْمَةَ مَنْ يَشَاءُ وَمَنْ يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلَّا أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ) “He bestows wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever is given wisdom has indeed been given a great deal of good, and they do not remember except the people of Knowledge” (Baqarah: 69).
Brothers of faith, this is the third meeting in the month of Jumaadal-Uula, and the subject of our sermon today focuses on “Applying wisdom in all matters”.
Wisdom is the guided behavior by which matters are put in their appropriate positions, by giving everything or everyone their due right and recognizing the merit of everyone who is deserving of it., And that the most peak of wisdom is the servant’s knowledge of the rights of his Initiator and Creator, Subhaanau wa-Ta’alah, because He, Subhaanau wa-Ta’alah, has the greatest right over His servants and He has great preference over them. So a servant must know and acknowledge this fact for his Lord, and then do what this knowledge necessitates by showing gratitude and obeying Him, for fear of His punishment and in hope for His reward.
It also entails that a person recognizes and acknowledges the rights of the noble Messenger (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) by testifying with his heart and on his tongue that he is Allah’s faithful servant and messenger, so that he follows him (his Sunnah), and prioritizing and giving preference to his Sharia and guidance over every other law and guidance, believing that his Sharia is the only system that can lead to success in the world and the hereafter.
It is also wisdom for a person to be guided in his behavior, so that he prioritizes the most important things and then the more important, and he takes the best, then the next best. If he has two beneficial matters in his front, he proceeds with more beneficial of the two, and if he sees a matter of general interest and another of specific interest, he prioritizes the matter of general interest, because it is more beneficial and more all-encompassing.
And if the matter is between an obligation or obligatory act and a voluntary or supererogatory act and he cannot do both of them, he give precedence to the obligation over the voluntary because it is more important, and if a benefit and an evil or corruption arise and they are of same magnitude (and he has to take the benefit or prevent the evil), he takes the prevention of the evil because warding off evil is more important than bringing the benefit when they are of similar magnitude
It is wise that if two evils contradict and one of them must be done, he will take the lightest harm and the least evil.
It is wise for a person to look at the behavior of others from the perspective of mercy, good counsel and justice, for everyone is bound to make mistakes except for those whom Allah Almighty protects. But it is not wise for a person to look at the side of the mistakes only and leave off the good side. Rather he should look at the two sides and balances between them and then strives to correct the mistake, for one believer to the other believer is like a building whose parts reinforce one other, and the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) pointed to the observation of the two areas with his statement: “A believing man does not separate from a believing woman. If he is displeased with her in one aspect of her character, he will be pleased with her in another aspect” and your friend may be committing a mistake in your view, and when you discuss it with him, it may become clear to you that it is not a mistake. Revisiting a matter and discussing it with good intention and sincerity is one of the best and most successful ways of rectifying matters.
It is wise if a person is informed of his mistake that he does not get in his own head and worship his whims, and then continue in his error and his opinion, for returning to the truth is better than persisting in falsehood, and the truth is a believer’s lost possession, anywhere that he finds it, he takes it. Many people are prevented by their position or their prestige from returning to the truth after it becomes clear to them. This is foolishness. We ask Allah to protect us from that.
It is wise if your brother comes to you to advise you, that you do not frown or show him displeasure, for the right of the one who advises someone is for him to be appreciated with thanks. Thanking the person has advised one is a virtue for the one who is advised and encourages the one who advises. And there is no problem, no objection to explaining to him the reasons that made you to do what he was advising you over.
O people! It is wise for a person not to enter into a matter until he knows the sincerity behind it, Some people are deceived by the outward look of things and their scope, until they get involved in them, and he could not get out of them. It is also wisdom that when one starts a thing, one should stay course and be persistent on it. And whoever is blessed in a particular thing, he should preserve it and stick to it. Some people would start a work and would not complete it, and then time passes on him for a long time without any benefit. For example, he reads a book or practice an art/trade, then leaves it without completing it and moves to another and then to another without completing the first, so his work is lost and his life spent without benefit. This is equally so in other businesses. Every day he has a different job and every day he has an different view, and time is wasted on it without any benefit.
THE SECOND SERMON
All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the best of creatures, our master Muhammad, to whom was revealed the verse: (وأَنَّ هَذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ فَلَا تَتّبِعوا السُّبلَ فتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَنْ سَبِيلِى) “And, , this is My path, which is straight, so follow it; and do not follow [other] ways, for you will be separated from His way. This has He instructed you that you may become righteous..” [Al-An’aam: 153]
Dear servants of Allah, in this section of the sermon, we shall talk about two important issues:
The first issue: the ruling of participating in the festivals of non-Muslims: At the moment it is deserving for us to guide our Muslim brothers and shed light on the ruling regarding Muslims participation in the festivals of non-Muslims. Before you are some of the verdicts of scholars about the participation in the festivals of non-Muslims briefly: It is not permissible to participate in the festivals of the disbelievers for the following:
1- The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood. (this is a serious threat). Abdullah bin al-Aas said: He who built on the land of the mushrikeen and performed in their Persian New Year Day and carnivals and imitates them until he dies, he will be doomed on the day of resurrection.
2- The participation is a kind of affection and love. Allah the Exalted says: (يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَى أَوْلِيَاءَ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ) “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another.” (Suratul Maidah: 51)
(يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا عَدُوِّي وَعَدُوَّكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ تُلْقُونَ إِلَيْهِمْ بِالْمَوَدَّةِ وَقَدْ كَفَرُوا بِمَا جَاءَكُمْ مِنَ الْحَقِّ…)
“O ye who believe! Take not my enemies and yours as friends (or protectors),- offering them (your) love, even though they have rejected the Truth that has come to you. (Suratul Mumtahinah: 1)
3- Eid (festival) is a religious and faith issue, not a worldly cultural matter, as is indicated in the hadeeth: “Every nation has a festival and this is our festival. Their festival indicates their corrupt and polytheistic belief.
4- Allah says: (وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَشْهَدُونَ الزُّورَ) “And those who do not witness falsehood.” (Al-Furqan: 25/72).
The scholars interpreted it (Zuur, i.e falsehood) as the festivals of the mushrikeen, and it is not permissible to give anyone of them festival cards or to sell to them, as well as all their festival paraphernalia and supplies including lights, trees and foods.
The second issue: the negative impacts of social media platforms:
Social media is defined as a group of applications and websites that are used to communicate with others, disseminate information, share content, and others. These means have many positives and negatives. Among the positive effects include: it helps to enhance productivity, contribute to communication with others, and helps to raise awareness on many humanitarian, religious, economic, and other issues. Despite all these stated benefits, there are a good number of negatives to be elucidated:
The negative effects of social media on the society: The following points illustrate the most important negative effects on the society as a result of the misuse of social networking sites:
– It limits direct communication: Social media limits face-to-face communication between community members.
– Difficulty conveying feelings: Social media limits the ability to communicate emotionally between members of the community.
– Causing laziness: It is sometimes a reason for community members to feel lazy, as the comfortable use of these means, in order to communicate with others, is easier than the trouble of going to them and meeting them in person.
– Impact on family relationships: The impact of social media manifests in the disintegration of the family and society, because each of them spends long hours visiting these sites instead of communicating with the rest of his family members and strengthening relationship with them.
– Spreading rumors and fake news: Some persons use social media with the aim of spreading rumors among members of the society and misleading them with fake news, which leads to bitter consequences.
– Negatively affecting the health of the people in the society: Social media has a major role in negatively affecting the health of its users, especially with regard to their lack of adequate sleep.
– Cyber-bullying: Social media is sometimes a tool that is misused against children in the society, as it exposes them to cyber-bullying, and this affects children and their mental health; It can cause depression and anxiety.
– Develop some bad habits: Social media sometimes creates bad habits for its user members of society; Such as neglecting each other while talking, or distraction while driving, as well as the continuous use of these sites may cause individuals to postpone their tasks and responsibilities.
– General addiction: Using a smartphone, social media can be more addictive than even cigarettes and alcohol. It has a strong attraction to many people which leads them to always check on their phones all the time, in a reflexive manner, without even thinking about it.
– May lead to an increase in social phobia: Excessive use of social media leads to increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, and thus social phobia. It is possible for a person to lose confidence in himself, his appearance, and what he has, and thus prevent him from participating in social events, and dealing with people around him directly, which causes him many psychological and health problems when exposed to such situations.