JUMAH KHUTBA- “Gaza Attack & Ramadhan- What’s your first segment been like?”

By Majed Iqbal- Insha’allah you are all in the best state of health and Imaan. Please take time to send durood (salutations) upon the Prophet ﷺ (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him), especially on the Day of Jum’ah. Abu Hurayrah (ra) may Allah be pleased with him narrated Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “The person who recites eighty times on Friday (the following supplication) immediately after Asr Salah, before standing up from his place, eighty years of his sins will be forgiven by Allah and the reward equivalent to eighty years of worship will be written for him: Allahuma Sallay Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin Nabiyyil Ummiyi wa Ala Aalihi Wa sallim Tasleema” [Al-Jami Al-Saghir; Allamah Sakhaawi RA in Al-Qawl al-Badee’; Imaam Daraqutni RA and Al Muassah al-Rayyan]

And continue to send durood and salaam upon the Holy Prophet ﷺ every day insha’allah.

Gaza Attack

This week in the month of Ramadhan, Israel, the snake, evil and terrorist state has attacked Muslims in Gaza killing indiscriminately and mercilessly. Once again, they play the victim card despite carrying out murderous campaigns historically and killing over a thousand children in the last years alone.

May Allah accept the Shahada of all those who lost their lives in the last days. Ameen

What is even more criminal is the silence of the Muslim Leaders. Where is the Jordanian, Syrian, Saudi Arabian and Iranian Army? They talk so much about combating terrorism, in reference to Muslim groups involved in militancy and bomb blasts. But where is their heroism and valor against the racist, Zionist state of Israel which is an illegal entity that has occupied Islamic Land including Masjid- Al-Aqsa for decades?

Do they not appreciate the value of this holy land? This is the place where

    • The first Qiblah of the Muslims
    • The station of Al-Isra and Al-Miraj (the miraculous journey of the Holy Prophet Muhammad  saw)
    • The second house of Allah built on earth
    • The place where hundreds of Messengers of Allah are buried
    • The place where many companions are buried
    • A place where miracles were shown by Allah’s will
    • A place which Allah Himself calls a ‘blessed place’
    • Referred to directly and indirectly, 70 times in the Holy Quran
    • The place where Angels have descended with Allah’s message
    • The only place on earth where all the Messengers of Allah prayed at the same time led by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)
    • The only Masjid mentioned by name in the Holy Quran a part from the Ka’bah

Zaid Ibn Thabit (ra) reports that the Holy Prophet (saw) said, “How blessed is Al-Sham”! The Companions (ra) asked, “Why is that”? The Messenger (saw) replied, “I see the Angels of Allah spreading their wings over Al-Sham”. Ibn Abbas (ra) added, “And the Prophets lived therein. There is not a single inch in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) where a Prophet has not prayed or an Angel not stood”. (Tirmidhi, Ahmad)

This Ramadhan account these criminal regimes, replace them and work towards establishing Khilafah. A telethon charity will help but will never solve the issue.

May Allah have mercy on the Muslim Ummah

 

Ramadhan Segment 1- Here we go again

Its more than one week into Ramadhan already! So what have we done? How did we embrace the month? What have you been up to? Did you have a Ramdhan Plan?

It is without a shadow of doubt that Ramadhan is one of the most momentous months in the year. It is a month full of blessings, rewards, gaining taqwa and seeking Qurba (closeness) to our Creator.

Many people begin Ramadhan with the fakiest idea of what to do. It’s normally just ‘another month’ and a case of following a repetitive series of actions daily, usually by following the family or the crowd around you. We know of many people who simply sleep out the month or use Ramadhan to catch up with family at Iftaar invites, whilst many youth leave the house at night telling family that they’re attending Taraweeh but instead are lounging around in Shisha bars!

Many people therefore fail to see the link between Ramadhan, this life and a consequence for the hereafter. Actions therefore become ritualistic devoid of any real meaning or sense of achievement attached to them. This leaves a person lost, and more than often the month is a drag’.

 

So why do we fast?

Islam provides us a comprehensive view of our existence. It addresses our intellect which is curious about our role in this life and provides answers for what is to come once we bite the dust.

Allah (swt) addresses this in the Holy Quran in Surah Mulk

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“He who created death and life, that He may try which of you is best in deed” (Surah Mulk- 67:2)

This view of life which connects our existence to a next life is shaped by the Shariah, the commands and prohibitions laid out in the Deen of Islam.

Hence we fast, purely because it is a commandment from Allah (swt), the fruits of which are described in the following ayah

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“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness” (Al-Baqarah, 2:183)

The sole reason we fast is to connect ourselves with the worship of Allah (swt) and to become the true followers of his beloved Messenger, Muhammad al-Mustafa ﷺ.

 

Valuing the month

Ramadhan time really is a valuable month that only the foolish would waste

The Holy Prophet ﷺ said “Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted.” [Narrated by Tabarani]

The latter part of the hadith warns us of not valuing the month and taking the rewards that are available in abundance. Furthermore, Allah (swt) draws our attention to the fast when he said in the Holy Quran

“To fast is best for you, if you only knew” (Al-Baqarah, 2:184)

 

Organising the day

In our lives, we have plans for everything. This can be for education and working towards the course that we wish to study. It could be working hard on that training program which entitles you to a promotion at work resulting in increase in pay. It could mean following a regimented daily diet and exercise plan to stay in shape.

Similarly, we should have a plan for this Beautiful month to ensure that we remain on track and finish the month with outstanding achievements, helping us to stay motivated, guided and firm on all the actions habitualised over the month of Ramadhan. Only then can we feel a sense of increasing in our rank in the eyes of Allah (swt) and feel enthused within ourselves to do more throughout the year.

 

Stuck in a rut

Many of us feel stuck in a cycle of activities that we have been involved in and find it difficult to break out of these shackles to reap the rewards of Ramadhan. These chains can only be broken if we truly knew the value of actions during Ramadhan time and how specific actions bring immense ajar (reward) that simply cannot be missed.

 

PlayStation/Xbox or Salah in the Masjid?

Many youth are glued to games which take much of their time, sometimes hours. In the process, going to the mosque to offer Salah becomes secondary and in many cases completely ignored even at home.

If they realised what they were missing out on, would they still sit and stare at graphics on their widescreen HD LCD TV’s?

Abu Hurayra (Ra) said, “I heard theHoly Prophet ﷺ  say, ‘What do you think would happen if there was a river by someone’s door in which he washed five times every day? Do you think that any dirt would remain on him?’ They said, ‘Not a scrap of dirt would remain on him.’ He said, ‘That is a metaphor of the five prayers by which Allah wipes out wrong actions.’” [Agreed upon]

So wouldn’t we like to be cleansed?

Abu Zar (Ra) narrates that once the Holy Prophet ﷺ said came out of his house. It was autumn and the leaves were falling off the trees. He caught hold of a branch of a tree and its leaves began to drop in large number. At this he remarked, ‘O, Abu Zar! When a Muslim offers his salat to please Allah, his sins are shed away from him just as these leaves are falling off this tree.” (Ahmad)

Don’t we all need that Shake? How many wrong actions have we amassed that can be shook off us by connecting with our five daily prayers?

 

IPod or Dhikr?

It has become trendy to walk around displaying your iPod (or any other Mp3 player device). You aint hip or in with the times if you aint got the right rhymes on your iPod.  Hence, many youth will waste much time downloading musical albums, more than often with themes, lyrics and ideas which conflict with Islam so that they can remain ‘current’ in their social standing. In fact you will notice that earplugs are constantly left playing in the ears as a way making one feel good and ‘positive’ throughout the day.

Allah (swt) gave us a special gift to beautify our tongues with, to nourish our hearts and to make us feel on top of the world. This al-Dhikr (remembrance of Allah). Let us look at how much we could be pleasing Allah (swt) by engaging in it.

Abu Hurairah (Ra) reported the Holy Prophet ﷺ said “He who utters a hundred times in a day these words: `La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli sha’in Qadir (there is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner with Him; His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent),’ he will have a reward equivalent to that for emancipating ten slaves, a hundred good deeds will be recorded to his credit, hundred of his sins will be blotted out from his scroll, and he will be safeguarded against the devil on that day till the evening; and no one will exceed him in doing more excellent good deeds except someone who has recited these words more often than him. And he who utters: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise)’ one hundred times a day, his sins will be obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the ocean.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

So how long exactly does it take to recite this Dhikr? 10 minutes? Don’t we want this massive reward?

Sa`d bin Abu Waqqas (Ra) reported: We were with The Holy Prophet ﷺ when he asked, “Is anyone of you unable to earn a thousand good deeds?” One of those present asked: “How can one earn thousand good deeds in a day?” He ﷺ replied, “By saying: Subhan Allah a  hundred times, then one thousand good deeds will be recorded for him or one thousand sins will be blotted out from his record.”[Muslim].

How can we not be engaged in such beautiful remembrance of Allah which magnifies his attributes of only he being worthy of worshipping when we are reciting ‘Glory be to Allah’?

How many of us would object to gaining a piece of Jannah whilst we are alive?

Abu Musa (Ra) reported: The Holy Prophet ﷺ said to me, “Shall I not guide you to a treasure from the treasures of Jannah?” I said: “Yes, O Messenger of Allah!” Thereupon he ﷺ said “(Recite) `La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah’ (There is no change of a condition nor power except by Allah).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

 

Killing time with Football or Giving Dawah?

Walk around in our neighbourhoods this Ramadhan and we see youth just ‘hanging’ around. When asked “What’s happening?” we get the standard replies of “nothing really” or “just killing time bro”.

This sometimes translates into playing sports for hours; football, cricket or just riding around in bikes in groups in and out of streets. Even with our older folks, don’t be surprised if they r at home watching that 3 hour Bollywood movie! Why? It’s no different to the Youths motives, “Just passing time”. After all it is an 18 hour fast!

Ramadhan is the time to naturally connect with our Lord where we feel the need to connect. This can be done through seeking the knowledge of Islam, Attending Islamic Study circles in the locality at someone’s house or the Masjid.

Abud-Darda (Ra) reported the Holy Prophet ﷺ said, “He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him”  [Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].

This is the immense reward for setting ourselves on track to learn about our Deen which we then must be active as Dawah Carriers to convey this Islamic Knowledge to people too.

Ibn Mas`ud (Ra) reported the Holy Prophet ﷺ said “Envy is permitted only in two cases: A man whom Allah gives wealth, and he disposes of it rightfully, and a man to whom Allah gives knowledge which he applies and teaches it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

In the world that we live in today where Islam is heavily undermined and attacked by Western media, Politicians and States, this is the time to stand for Islam, to defend it and to present it to challenge the false propaganda against our Deen. How can we defenders of Islam and stand for it I we don’t know anything about Islam?

How will we respond to ridiculous programs like the Panorama’s, Dispatches or even the recent BBC Biography of the Prophet designed to cast doubt about Islam, the Shariah rules and its viability to be implemented in the modern world?

Sahl bin Sa`d (Ra) reported the Holy Prophet ﷺ said to `Ali (Ra), “By Allah, if a single person is guided by Allah through you, it will be better for you than a whole lot of red camels.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The “Better for you than red camels” refers to how precious these were in in Arabia, and their reference here is to highlight the value of guidance.

So shall we kill time or give Dawah and work for the implementation of Islam for our Muslim Countries?

 

Mad Iftaars or keeping the balance?

Iftaar time is the peak of Allah’s mercy descending upon the believer. The Holy Prophet ﷺ said “He who fasts has two joys: a joy when he breaks his fast and a joy when he meets his Lord” It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim, Malik, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah).

However, for some it’s feasting time and lashing out at lavish foods after a gruelling 18 hour long fast. But even here, we need to show self-restraint or otherwise we won’t be in a position to stand up in prayer for Maghrib, Isha and Taraweeh devotionally. We are warned about this.

The Holy Prophet ﷺ said “The son of Adam (man) has never filled a vessel worse than his stomach” (Narrated by Ahmad)

This is why the Giants of this Ummah, our noble Scholars always balanced their diets such that they can concentrate on their Ibadaat.

Imam Al-Hassan Al-Basri (Rahmatullah alayh) said “The test of Adam, peace be upon him, was food and it is your test until Qiyama. And, it used to be said: Whoever takes control of his stomach gets control of all good deeds. And: Wisdom does not reside in a full stomach

Imam Ash-Shafi’I (Rahmatullah alayh) said: I have not filled myself in sixteen years because filling oneself makes the body heavy, removes clear understanding, induces sleep and makes one weak for worship”

So how can we stuff our faces in Ramadhan time? Or even any other time throughout the year for that sake? Sometimes we will eat and we are still not satisfied!

 

Shisha bar or Taraweeh?

How many times do we see people ‘skipping’ the night vigil prayer, Taraweeh and heading off to socialise at cafes and restaurants? The new trend is to visit Shisha ‘bars’ and smoke your way out at the expense of missing Taraweeh. Smoke is seen as the ‘de-stresser’ rather than Prayer which the Holy prophet described as the coolness of his eyes!

So what do you do, spend the night lazing around and chit chatting about anonymous stuff or standing in devotional Prayer and enjoying Spiritual bliss?

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah (Ra) that the Holy Prophet ﷺ said “Whoever stands in prayer (Salaat) in the nights of Ramadhan in state of Iman and sincerity (Ikhlaas), all his past sins are forgiven. (Bukhari)

 

Am i capable?

This is the question we often ask ourselves. “Can I do all the above?” Yes we can. We can become that change which Islam demands off us. It is our Duty, our responsibility and our salvation for the next life. So we have to ensure that we are on track.

This is why we should have had a Ramadhan plan before Ramadhan started. But it’s still not too late. The month of mercy is still here and Allah’s infinite bounties are still being showered upon us. We can change. We can become those who practice, spread and defend Islam today.

Let us value our time which is now and not have any regrets.

Ibn Abbas narrates that the Holy Prophet ﷺ said “Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death” (Reported by Al Hakim).

May Allah (swt) give us the tawfeeq to value this month and reap its rewards to the best of our abilities. Ameen

 

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