[4th Muharram 1443A.H
THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICENT THE MOST MERCIFUL
BEING THE FIRST SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF MUHARRAM
MUHARRAM 1443 AH (13TH AUGUST, 2021 CE)
Welcoming the new Hijrah year with STRIVE and TRANSFORMATIONAL
All Praises belong to
Allah. the Controller of days and months. He turns the night over the day, and
turn the day into night, and He is Most-Knowing of what is in the hearts. I
bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah alone. He has
no partner.I bear witness also that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, the
intercessor, who will intercede on the day when the graves would be turned up.
May the copius Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him and members of his
household and his companions until the day of Resurrection and Gathering before
of Allah! This week, we welcome a new Hijrah year, and with the entering of th
new Hijrah year, many thoughts are raised in the mind and brings back the
memory of many events that has happened to this ummah. Let us pause for a
moment and reflect, as we bid farewell to a Hijrah year and welcome another
one, so that perhaps, we may actually have faith for an hour and perhaps we may
open a new page and a new year, full of good deeds, based on what Allah, our
Lord, loves and He is pleased with. So in consonance with that,, the topic of
our sermon this week revolves around: Welcoming the new Hijrah year with
work and change.
Servants of Allah! Fear
Allah, and know that we are entering a new year and a whole year has gone from
our lives. So what good deeds have we done in it? And what bad have we left in
our trail? How much of our lives have been cut off? And how much of our life is
left before departing the world? A person would sometimes rejoice at the end of
his day and a year without knowing that he is getting near his appointed end. A
child indeed rejoices over the passing of a year so that he grows a year
bigger, the merchant rejoices over the passing of a year in order to reap the
rent on his investment, the employee rejoices over the coming of a year to
receive the annual bonus, and the student rejoices over the passing of a year
because he completes a level of his
education. Such are the ways people rejoice over the passing of the
years, and they do not sense that they are getting close to their appointed end
and are (gradually) going away from their world. So is our concern and priority
like the concern and priority of these people?
brothers! Look behind you and think: How
many dead people have you left behind in the past year? How many people do you
know who have died in accidents, or by illnesses, or sudden death? Are you the ones who will
remain forever in this life? No – by
Allah! Then, let us take lesson from this time that does not stop and that
every day brings us closer to death.
Do you think whatever has
passed has gone? No, by Allah! – whatever has passed does not die (with the
dead) because it remains to for him to meet it on the Day of Resurrection and
he is then held accountable for it, except whatever was honestly repented from,
as it wipes off whatever has passed: "The Day every soul will find what
it has done of good present [before it] and what it has done of evil, it will wish that between itself and that [evil] was a great distance. And Allah warns you of Himself, and Allah is Kind to [His] servants.". (Aal-Imraan: 30)
Servants of Allah! Dear listeners! The coming close together of time and periods, and the speed by which it goes past with no benefit is a sign of the coming near of the Hour. At-Tirmidhi narrated on the authority of Anas ibn Maalik, who said: "The Messenger of Allah (may the Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Hour will not come until time becomes close together, so the year will be like a month, and the month will be like a Friday (a week), and Friday (a week) will be like a day, and a day will be like an hour, and an hour will be like a flash of fire.” (authenticated by Al-Albani)
And in one narration: “…and the hour will be like the burning of the fronds of the khussa” (i.e. dry leaves). And on the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him), he said: "The Messenger of Allah (may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Time will come close together (short), knowledge will be restricted/constricted, temptation will appear, scarcity will occur, and haraj will abounds…” They said, “What is haraj? He said: murder.” (Agreed).
This sign is one of the signs of the Hour, and one of the most obvious and most evident signs today, because we are witnessing its occurrence today and we see it clearly and obviously. Time passes by people in a stealth form that is astonishing and evokes reflection. There is no more al-barka in time, such that one cannot imagine that a year is like a month, and a month is like a week, and a week is like a day. There is nothing truer than the description of the Prophet (may Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him). Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “This has been found (to be true) in our time, because we find from the speed of the passing of days what we have not found in the era before this our own era."
Servants of Allah Ta’alah! The years that have passed, we will be questioned about them before Allah. Itt was narrated from Muadh ibn Jabal that the Messenger of Allah (may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “A servant’s feet will not move on the Day of Resurrection until he is asked about four things: about his life and how did he spend it? And about his youth and how did he use it? And about his wealth: Where did he acquire it and how did he spend it? And about his knowledge: what did he do with it? (At-Tirmidhi – Al-Albani graded it as Hasan). The Prophet informed us that time is one of the blessing of Allah upon his creation, and the servant must be thankful for the blessing, otherwise it will be taken away and be gone.
Being grateful for the blessing of time is to use it in acts of obedience to Allah and to spend it in doing good deeds. Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “There are two blessings which many people negligent about: good health and free time.” (Bukhaari). And the meaning of his saying (may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him): “Many people” is the people who are successful in this are small. A person may be healthy and not be free as a result of being preoccupied with the earning a wage, and a person may be free (not having to be busy earning a wage) but not be healthy. If both are combined – health and free time – then the person becomes mostly lazy in obeying Allah. So he is foolish, and it is foolish to buy at double the price and sell for less than the same price.
Servants of Allah ! Know that the passing of the year means that part of you is gone, as Al-Hasan Al-Basriy said: “Oh, son of Adam, you are only days. When a day goes,a part of you has gone. And he said: “Oh, son of Adam, your day is (like) your guest, do well to him, for if you do well to him, he travels with your praise, and if you offend him, he travels with your blame and so is your night.” And he said: “The world is three days: yesterday has gone with what is in it, and as for tomorrow, you may not reach it, and today is for you, so work.” Weep, my Muslim brother, for every passing day of your life when your good deeds did not increase, and weep for every day in which your bad deeds increased, and let your speech and your wordword be the words of Abdullah ibn Mas’uud (may Allah be pleased with him) when he said: “I do not regret anything like my regret on a day when the sun sets, and my life was shortened by a day and my work (good deeds) did not increase.”
Ibn Qayyim said: “Wasting time is worse than death, because wasting time cuts you off from Allah and the abode of the Hereafter, while death cuts you off from this world and its people.”
Al-Fudayl ibn Iyaad said to a man: “How much (years) has come upon you?” He said: Sixty years. He said: "You have been walking towards your Lord for sixty years and you have almost reach Him. The man said: “To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.” Al-Fudayl said: “Do you know its detailed interpretation of saying: "To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return?!! Whoever knows that he is a servant to Allah and that to Him we shall return, let him know that he is restricted, and whoever knows that he is under restriction, let him know that he is going to be questioned, let him worship to provide answer to the questioning.” The man said, "What is the strategy? He said: "Taking it easy". He said: "What is that"? He said: "Be good with what remains, and your past will be forgiven. If you do evil in what is left of your life, you will held what has passed and what remains, and indeed, deeds are judged by the ending".
Dear listeners! Our lives are in stages and people in the world are between getting ready for the ultimate Journey and the Journey proper. And every day, rather, every breath brings the appointed time closer. So the clever one is the one who evaluates himself day by day. People are nothing but a living person whose immediate wishes are realized in the dust. Or a small child who has reached the age of youth, or an old man whose life is extended till he becomes a young child (again). And after all of them there will be talk, and a reckoning. So congratulations to those who were good and were steadfastly upright, and woe to whoever did wrong and committed sins. And Allah forgives whoever repents. "Whoever does righteousness – it is for his [own] soul; and whoever does evil [does so] against it. And your Lord is not ever unjust to [His] servants." (Fussilat:46)
I say all that I’ve said and I ask forgiveness from Allah Ta’alah for me and you and for all Muslims. Ask forgiveness of Him and repent to Him, indeed, He is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
THE SECOND SERMON
Praise be to Allah, Who made the prophet’s migration from Makkah to Madinah a new take-off point for the building of the state of Islam. And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His honourable prophet, his household and his companions.
After this, dear Muslims, we hereby discuss the Prophet’s migration its lessons and exhortations. We shall quickly run through some of its lessons briefly.
(1) Lesson in migration: The migration in the Islamic context is not just moving from one country to another only, rather it is a general migration away from everything that Allah forbade and His Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, until the religion is all for Allah.
(2) Patience and certainty is the way to victory and stability: After years of persecution and trials, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and his companions endured and were patient. Then Allah bestowed them with bounties of Madinah. And He inspired faith to the hearts of the Ansar (helpers in Madinah) to commence the series of victory and stability for the people of patience and certainty. Allah says: (إِنَّا لَنَنْصُرُ رُسُلَنَا وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَيَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْأَشْهَادُ) And verily We shall support our messengers and those who believe in the life of this world and on the Day when witnesses will be established.” (Al-Ghafir: 51).
(3) A lesson in reliance on Allah and holding fast to the rope of Allah: The journey of migration was an adventure fraught with dangers that could cause heads to fly. The swords surrounded him, peace and blessings be upon him, in his house, and there was nothing between him and them but only the door. Also, the pursuers stood in front of him at the entrance to the cave, Suraqah, the armed knight also approached him until he could hear his recitationm and the messenger, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, in these difficult circumstances relied on His Lord and trusted in His victory.
(4) A lesson in the role of the youth in nation building: The role of the youth such as Ali bin Abi Talib, Abdullah bin Abi Bakr, Asma bint Abi Bakr, and ‘Aamer bin Fuhairah, may Allah be pleased with them, in support of this religion and the success of the call to Allah, was manifested by their determination, drive to sacrifice and work diligently and by learning how to be good members of their society, and their nation. By this, our nation advances quickly towards success, victory and empowerment by Allah’s will. The migration succeeded at the hands of these young people with the help and wisdom of the Almighty Allah. This teaches us the necessity of involving the youth in the arrangement of the community issues as the Prophet, may peace be upon him, did, and this is clear evidence of the precedence of Islam in taking care of the affairs of the youth. In this context, the United Nations celebrates every twelfth day of August annually (12th August Yearly) as the International Youth Day. Surely, our youth are in dire need of expanded religious awareness and the need to direct their energies in the interests of the country, religion and humanity.
Secondly: Oh servants of Allah, we started the month of Muharram on Tuesday corresponding to (Tuesday 10th 2021) as the first day of the month, and next Thursday will be the day of Ashura. As narrated by Abu Hurairah may Allah be pleased with him who said; the messenger Allah peace be upon him said; ”And the best of fasting after Ramadan is the month of Allah, Muharram.” (Narrated by Muslim 1982) Al-Qari said: It appears that what is meant is all of the month of Muharram. But it has been proven that the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, never fasted an entire month other than Ramadan, so this hadith is to be interpreted as encouraging a lot of fasting in the month of Muharram, not all of it.
On the virtue of fasting Ashura: Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with both, he said: I never saw the Prophet (ﷺ) seeking to fast on a day that he favored more than another except this day, the day of ‘Ashura’, and this month, meaning the month of Ramadan. (Narrated by Al-Bukhari 1867)
And his saying, may peace be upon him…’’I hope that Allah will expiate for the year before it” (Narrated by Muslim 1976). Regarding the desirability of fasting Tasu’a’ along with Ashura… The Messenger of Allah, may peace be upon him, said: “ … When the next year comes, God willing, we would observe fast on the 9th But the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) died before the advent of the next year. (Narrated by Muslim 1916).