2nd SHAW’WAL 1442
A.H (14th MAY 2011C.E)
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL BEING THE FIRST KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF SHAWWAL 2/SHAWWAL/ 1442AH (14/MAY/2021CE)
WHAT NEXT AFTER RAMADAN?
All praises are due to Allah Who has placed constellations in the sky, as well as a ˹radiant˺ lamp and a luminous moon, and He is the One Who causes the day and the night to alternate, ˹as a sign˺ for whoever desires to be mindful or to be grateful. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone without partner, He made a register for every appointed time, and for every deed, accountability. I bear witness that Muhammad (pbuh) is His servant and Messenger, who was sent as a witness, and a deliverer of good news, and a warner, and a caller to ˹the Way of˺ Allah by His command, and a beacon of light. He accomplished the message, he discharged the trust, he admonished the Ummah, and strove in the path of Allah, in the right manner until the certainty (of death) came to him. May Allah shower His peace and blessings upon him, his companions and those on their path till the day of judgement.
As to what follow,
I admonish you and myself to fear Allah – the Most Exalted and Sublime – for it is the salvation tomorrow, and deliverance forever. (وَيُنَجِّي اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا بِمَفَازَتِهِمْ لا يَمَسُّهُمُ السُّوءُ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ) “And Allah will deliver those who were mindful ˹of Him˺ to their place of ˹ultimate˺ triumph. No evil will touch them, nor will they grieve” (Az-Zumar 61)
The month of Ramadan has ended, and we have bided it farewell as Allah wills with our deeds including, action and sayings, the good and the bad. The days of life are treasuries that saves your deeds, and you will be called out by it on the Day of Resurrection. (يَوْمَ تَجِدُ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَا عَمِلَتْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ مُحْضَرًا) “˹Watch for˺ the Day when every soul will be presented with whatever good it has done …” (Al-Imran: 30)
Your Lord calls: “O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon up for you and then recompense you for, so let him who finds good, praise Allah, and let him who finds other than that, blame no one but himself.” (Muslim)
In the last few days we were in the month of Ramadan; The month of blessings and good deeds, and the multiplication of deeds and good deeds; We fast during the day, get up at night, and draw closer to Allah, (glory be to Him), through obedience, forsaking permissible desires, and forsaking sins and bad deeds. Then those days of deceitfulness passed, and we began to find in our souls a bit of apathy, boredom, and lethargy from obedience to Allah, (the Exalted), and some people – may God guide him – may have returned to their negligence and flaws.
This is a problem that many of us, if not all of us, suffer from, and the case is that those who graduate from Ramadan school must graduate with piety, for which fasting was prescribed, the reality of which is that Allah should not find you where He has forbid you, and not miss you from wherever He commanded you to be, and this requires that those who guarded their limbs in Ramadan from sins, vain talks, foul acts, and excessive speeches should continue to guard these parts of the body from those forbidden acts in the rest of the months through the year. In same way, it requires that those who have become accustomed in Ramadan to fasting and praying the qiyaam (night prayers) to continue with that in other nights and days.
This is because the Lord of months is one, and He is a Watcher and Witness over our deeds. These months and days are the times for deeds, and aportioned times for the destined times, and they all pass and expire quickly. But the One who created them, and laces them with virtues remains, never goes away, permanent and does not transform. He invites us to worship him morning and evening, thus let us be His pious, obedient servants, and not of the wretched disobedient. Verily, obedience to Allah, (the Exalted) and forsaking sins is obligatory always. So that we may meet our Lord in peace; As said by Allah, the Exalted as an account from Issa (Peace be upon him) (وَأَوْصَانِي بِالصَّلاةِ وَالزَّكَاةِ مَا دُمْتُ حَيًّا) “and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakāh as long as I remain alive” (Maryam: 31).
Allah, the Almighty said: (وَاعْبُدْ رَبَّكَ حَتَّى يَأْتِيَكَ الْيَقِينُ) (And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty [i.e., death].) (Al-Hijr: 99). The certainty is death, as said by Salim bin Abdullah, (R.A) in the commentary of Al Bukhari, and Abd bin Hamid and Al Faryabi connected it, and Ahmad narrated in (Az-Zuhd) on the authority of Al Hassan Al Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, he said: “Oh people! Persistence, By Allah, a believer is not the one who work for a month or two, or for a year or two, no! by Allah, Allah did not prepare any other end for the deed of a believer other than death.”
One of the greatest things that entrenches a person’s obedience to Allah, the Almighty after Ramadan is to know that the believer would not spend an hour except that Allah has established a function of obedience therein, and he has prescribed acts of obedience in all the days that will keep him connected to his Lord and close to him at all times. So what do you need, may God take care of you! except that you sustain yourself upon what you were doing during Ramadan, including, maintaining the mosques for observance of prayers, attending the Jum’ah prayers and other congregational prayers, so that you will earn what Allah has promised you in the magnificent verses of the Qur’an: (وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَوَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ * أُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ * الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ) “And those who are ˹properly˺ observant of their prayers, These are the ones who will be awarded, Paradise as their own.1 They will be there forever.” (Al-mu’minun: 9 – 11).
Do not be cut off from what you used to do in terms of giving kindness and charity, and remembering Allah, the Almighty at all times. Indeed, Allah, the Exalted has promised those who are sincere and charitable, and those who remember Allah frequently; men and women; Forgiveness, and a great reward.
Be persistent on reading the Qur’an while pondering and acting on it. You know that it will come as an intercessor for his companions on the Day of Resurrection, and lead them to the House of Dignity, ensure you complete the Qur’an at least once in a month. As the prophet (peace be upon him) said to Abdullah bn Amr, may God be pleased with them: “Read the Qur’an in a month” (Bukhari)
Be persistent on qiyamu al-layl, it is the tradition of the righteous, and therein is the pleasure of the Lord of the worlds, and regarding the rewards Allah says: (فَلا تَعْلَمُ نَفْسٌ مَا أُخْفِيَ لَهُمْ مِنْ قُرَّةِ أَعْيُنٍ جَزَاءً بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ) “And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes [i.e., satisfaction] as reward for what they used to do” (As-Sajdah: 17)
Also avoid being deceived by your acts of obedience in Ramadan. Some people really made diligence, they fasted, kept guarded their limbs, they completed the Qur’an, and some more than once, they performed Umrah in Ramadan, and they prayed Taraweeh and the qiyamu al-layl all the nights of Ramadan from the beginning to the end, they never missed a day. They gave charity, they stayed in the mosques from after fajr till sunrise, and after the prayer they read the Qur’an, they waited for the arrival of the prayers, many acts of worship took place. But if the soul is bad, if the nature is rotten, then the large number of worships does not benefit. The devil whispers and says: You have done many things and great acts of obedience, you came out of Ramadan with good deeds as huge like the mountains, and your good deeds are very high. The sheets of your good deeds are full and many, so whatever you do after all these would not affect you, and he will be conceited with vanity and astonishment.
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said in a hadith al-qudsi: “If a man is being dragged on his face from the day he was born to the day he dies as a pyramid in the pleasure of Allah, the Exalted, he would despise it on the Day of Resurrection.”
As such, people will not enter paradise by their deeds, but they would enter it by the mercy of Allah, the Exalted. The deeds are not price for paradise, but they are means to gain entry to paradise. We would not enter paradise except with good deeds. Those who do not perform good deeds would not enter paradise, it is a means but not a price. Without the mercy of Allah, the deeds alone are not enough to gain entry into paradise, infact not enough to pay for any of Allah’s favour.
I say this and I ask forgiveness from Allah for me
THE SECOND SERMON
All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and may His peace and blessings be upon His Noble Messenger, his family and all of his companions.
Dear servants of Allah, follow the fasting of Ramadan by fasting six days in Shawwal, this is the same as the fasting of all the days of the year, without any doubt. Narrated Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, (may Allah be pleased with him): The Messenger of Allah- peace and blessing be upon him, said: “Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal will be (rewarded) as if he had fasted the entire year." (Muslim)
Imam Ahmad in his Musnad and Imam Nasaai in his Sunan al-kubra related from the authority of Thaoban, may Allah be pleased with him, from the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, who said: “Fasting Ramaḍān is equal (in reward) to ten months. And fasting six days, that is equal (in reward) to two months. That is a fast for the whole year.”
Be aware that fasting these six days is among the composition of gratitude to Allah for the success in completing the month of fasting. That is why when some of the righteous predecessors were granted success in doing a righteous deed of performing the qiyam al-layl he would fast during the day as a form of gratitude to Allah, the Fashioner. It is a sign of the acceptance of the Ramadan fast. Because if Allah, the Exalted accepts the deeds of his servant, He grant him coincidence to come up with a good deed after it. For this reason, some of the righteous predecessors would say: “Verily, of the rewards of a good deed is (performing) a good deed afterwards, and of the rewards of a bad deed is (performing) a bad deed after it.”
So what is more best like the good deed after the good deed that follows it, and what is uglier than the bad deed coming after the good deed which destroys it. Also, fasting these days after Ramadan is like the voluntary sunnah after the obligatory prayers which is used to compliment or supplement the deficiency that occurred in it, and most people are not free of deficiency or gaps in their fasting, thus they need of good deeds to cover it up.
Thus, the deeds of the believer is continuing after Ramadan, because he is commanded to obey his Lord at all times with what was prescribed for him by the Most Merciful of the qualities of righteousness and kindness, and by what he forbade him and warned him against that could bring shame and deprivation. So fear Allah, O servants of Allah! Keep on doing your work until the end. Let your tongue be as the righteous man of your predecessor who said: "Fast the world, and make death your break of the fast.” This is because the world is the month of fasting for the pious. They fast in it by abstaining from desires and forbidden desires, and desist their limbs from sins and evil, and when death comes to them, then the month of their fasting has passed, and they have begun their Eid al-Fitr.
Al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the belief of Muslims:
Oh servants of Allah! It is of great regret at the present time the occupation and attacks on worshipers in Al-Aqsa on the last Friday of Ramadan 25-9-1442 AH (7-5-2021CE). Death toll in Gaza rises to 119, as threat of a ground assault looms after Israel amasses tanks and troops near enclave.
Al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the belief of Muslims: Oh honorable Muslims! Al-Quds in the Islamic belief has a prominent religious status. Muslims of all sects, groups and orientations agreed on this because it is the consensus of the whole Ummah, and it is not surprising that all Muslims agree to the obligation to defend Al-Quds and to protect it jealously, and to defend its sanctity, honour and holiness. They are ready to expend their soul and precious wealth in order to protect it, and to repel its aggressors. It represents, in the Muslim consciousness and in the awareness of Islaam as: the first qiblah, the land of Al-Israa wal-Mi’iraaj, the third of the greatest cities (mosques), and, the land of prophethood and blessings, as well as being the land of battles and Jihaad.
Narrated Maymunah ibn Sa’d: I said: Messenger of Allah, tell us the legal injunction about (visiting) Bayt al-Muqaddas (the dome of the Rock at Jerusalem). The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “It is the land of resurrection, and the land of spreading, go there and pray there, verily a prayer in it is like a thousand solat. We said: “O Messenger of Allah, what about those who could not endure to reach there (All the cities at that time were effected by war)? He said: “He who could not go there, should then send some oil to be used in the lamps. He who sent oil there is like he who visited it.” (Musnad Abi Ya’la- Husain Saleem described the chain as sound)
Thus, we have a huge role to play in the area of sharing their plights far and wide, remembering them in our prayers, and support their cause with our wealth and provision as encapsulated in the hadith above.