Archive for July, 2014

Khutbah – 7/25/2014 – 28 Ramadhan 1435

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

As the month of Ramadhan draws to a close, insha’allah, we have much to be thankful to Allah (SWT) for. We also can take this time to reflect on our Ramadhan. To take stock of how we did. What we felt, how was our intention. We can use this to remember for the whole rest of the year and to remind ourselves how to improve our ‘abd how to increase our Taqwa.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts in the month of Ramadhan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from God, all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 125

We can ask ourselves, did I fast out of sincere faith? Did I sincerely hope for a reward from Allah (SWT) as Rasul Allah (SAW) said? Did we have Yaqin that our rabb would give us that reward? Certainty of this reward shows our faith, our Iman in Allah (SWT).

Did we give up our anger and our greed and our desire for worldly pleasures?

Remember “Whoever does not give up false statements, evil deeds and speaking (harshly) to others, God is not in need of his giving up food and drink.”

Did we remember generosity? Were we generous with our family and our friends and with all people with our kindness and our possessions? If not then were we generous in our heart toward them? Thinking kindly and forgiving others are part of generosity. Rasul Allah (SAW) was the most generous of people and he was most generous during Ramadhan. We can see this in the hadith.

A man once came to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) distraught because he had intentionally broken his Ramadhan fast. The Prophet asked him: “Is it possible for you to feed 60 poor people (to make up for breaking the fast)?” The man said he was too poor. The Prophet then told him to sit, and a basket of dates was brought out. The Prophet said to the man: “Give this in charity.” The man said: “To someone poorer than us? There is no family in this city poorer than mine!” The Prophet laughed until his molars could be seen and said: “Go and feed your family with it.”

Do we not see the generosity that Rasul Allah (SAW) exhibited in this?

Did we exert ourselves more in worship? Did we ask for forgiveness? Stand in Prayer? Give in Charity? Did we take advantage of this time when all our acts of worship are intensified in their benefit?

Are we looking for laylat al Qadr in these last ten days?

Remember that A wife of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) asked him what prayers she should say on Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power) if she knew which night it was. The Prophet told her to say: “O God, Thou art forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me.”

Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee

And Allah (SWT) says in Quran Sharif:


Inna anzalnaa -hu fe laylah mubaarakah Inna kunnaa mundhiren

We revealed this Quran in a blessed night (Laylat al-Qadr); for We wanted to forewarn mankind.

fe -haa yufraq kull ‘amr h.akem

In that night every matter is decided wisely

The Holy Quran, 44:3-4

And

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“Every action is based on the intention (behind it), and everyone shall have what he intended.”

What is our intention for our life? Are we not servants of Allah (SWT)? Do we not have as our deepest intention to worship him and to follow the sunnah of our beloved prophet (SAW)?

Are we taking advantage of this night? What is our intention? Is our intention to gain in our knowledge and our wisdom? What are we doing in our lives it achieve this?

Remember that Ramadhan is so essential to our deen it is one of the most basic parts. One of the pillars that holds up the whole rest of the deen. Without the pillars there is nothing. But without our own intention we cannot benefit from this holy time.

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But remember also that it does not stop there. We have this wonderful mercy. This wonderful opportunity to improve ourselves to understand our nafs. To expose our faults and to improve them. To sympathize with those around us who are not as well off and to help them. But this does not and should not stop when the crescent is sighted for Shawwal.

We can and should continue to strive to obey Allah (SWT) in the things that he has commanded us to do and to avoid the things he (SWT) has told us to avoid. We can continue in our acts of worship as well.

The Prophet has exhorted us to fast during the following days: six days of the month of Shawwal, first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah for those not performing the pilgrimage, month of Muharram.

Abu Ayyub al-Ansari reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said:

“Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadhan and then follows it with six days of Shawwal will be [rewarded] as if he had fasted the entire year.”

Do we truly understand this? This is because every day we fast in Ramadhan is worth ten days of fasting every other time. If we make the intention to extend that fast in Shawwal, as Rasul Allah (SAW) tells us then each of those days is also worth ten. So 36 days times ten is a whole year of days. But more important than that is that we intended in our heart to glorify and obey Allah (SWT). And we reap the benefit of that intention if it is pure and sincere.

And each and every day, even when we are not fasting we can remember Allah (SWT) in our prayers and make the intention to do more and remember more.

The Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) companions once said to him:

“The rich achieve the highest degrees of prestige and permanent pleasures (in this life and the life to come).” The Prophet asked: “How is that?” His companions replied: “The rich pray as we pray, and strive in God’s Cause as we do, and spend from their surplus wealth in charity, while we have no wealth (to spend).” The Prophet then said: “Shall I not tell you a deed, by doing which, you will catch up with those who are ahead of you and supersede those who will come after you…That deed is to recite ‘glory be to God’ ten times, and ‘praise be to God’ ten times, and ‘God is great’ ten times after every prayer.”

Remember Allah (SWT) says in the Quran


wa- qabaa’il li- ta’aarafo ‘inna akram -kum ‘inda ‘allaah atqaa -kum ‘inna ‘allaah ‘alem khaber

Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)

And this means that we should not be worried about our station in life. Allah (SWT) is not concerned with how rich we are, with how much worldly possessions we have or what kind of car we drive. He is concerned with what is in our hearts, what is our niyya, our intention for our life? He is concerned with the state of our souls and what we are doing to guard that state, to guard our purity. He is concerned with our worship of him and our obedience to him. And those of us that follow that and know that, and intend that and obey him are the most righteous in his eyes.

Friends, let us go from here today and make our intention in our hearts to remember what we learn and how we worshiped during Ramadhan, and insha’allah let us make our intention to not give that up at its end, but to continue in all ways that we are able, to find and do those things that will increase our deen, our iman and our benefit throughout the rest of the year.

Wa allahu alim. And God knows best.



 

Khutbah – 7/11/2014 CE – Ramadan and Forgiveness

Friday, July 11th, 2014
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Rasul Allah, (saw) has said:

Ramadan is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (of hell)”

— Bihar al-Anwar, Vol.: 93, Pg.: 342

We have now entered, by the grace of Allah (swt), the middle ten days of Ramadan, 1434. The middle ten days of Ramadan is the time for Maghfirah, forgiveness; the time to wash off our sins. Ramadan is the month to seek forgiveness and repentance. Having witnessed the Mercy of Allah (swt) in the first ten days of Ramadan by thanking Him for all that He has granted us, by being good to everyone and keeping ourselves at peace, we realize our relationship with our Rabb, and our role and duties towards Him. This is the time when Allah’s (swt) Mercy is at its peak, and it is best to utilize this opportunity by imploring Allah to forgive our sins. Rasul Allah (saw) is reported to have said:

“Do repent in this month to Allah for your sins, and supplicate with raised hands at the time of prayer as these are the best times, during which Allah (awj) looks at his servants with mercy. Allah answers if they supplicate, responds if they call, grants if He is asked, and accepts if they entreat. O People! You have made your conscience the slave of your desires. Make it free by invoking Allah for forgiveness. Your back may break from the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate (sajda) yourself before Allah, for long intervals, and make this load lighter.”

We are required to reflect on these elements in these days of Repentance even more than any other days and this is the time we seek forgiveness and make amendments for our mistakes, never intending to do them again. Do Tauba repeatedly, constantly, and sincerely for Allah loves Tauba, and especially during these ten days Allah (swt) loves to forgive and loves those who seeks forgiveness. Forgive your brothers and sisters in Islam, and accept them as friends, and show no ill-treatment or disrespect to others. The Prophet continued and said:

“O’ People! Anyone who during this month cultivates good manners, will walk over the Sirat (bridge to Paradise) on the day when feet will tend to slip. For anyone who during this month eases the workload of his servants, Allah will make easy his accounting, and for anyone who does not hurt others during this month, Allah will safeguard him from His wrath on the Day of Judgment.”

Estaghfir’allah, Estaghfir’allah, Estaghfir’allah, Haqq, Haqq, Haqq, Haqq, Haqq, Haqq, Haqq, Haqq, Haqq. Rabbi ghafir wa rham wa antum khairul rahimeen! (Oh lord forgive me and have mercy for you are the best of those who forgive!)

Wa allahu alim

And Allah knows best!



 

Kutbah 7/4/2014 – Ramadhan and Mercy

Friday, July 4th, 2014

السلام عليكوم

bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Rasool allah (SAW) has said “The first part of Ramadan is a mercy……………”

Are we taking advantage of this mercy? Do we accept the mercy of Allah (SWT) for us and are we merciful towards others?

I am always amazed and pleased when I see the evidence of the upsurge of Islam in this country. I remember I read an article about the call that Islam has to people of Hispanic Origin in this country and elsewhere. I have several contacts in Mexico of people who have converted to Islam and I also want to tell you a story that happened to me a few years ago.

I was traveling to the west coast and had a long time in the Chicago airport between flights. It was Friday and it was just before noon so I decided to see if I could find the airport chapel and do Duhur prayers. I must have been rushing a little because from the side I heard “Brother! Brother” I was dressed in Salwar. There was a man, emptying trash cans into a bin. He said (in a very thick Pakistani accent) “Are you looking for Jummah?” I was surprised and said yes insha’allah!” He left his cart and took me to the end of the terminal and pointed out the rest of the way. He couldn’t go but asked me to pray for him.

When I found the chapel they were setting up for Jummah, moving chairs and setting up a mimbar toward Qibla. I watched the people come in and greet each other. I began to notice that most of the people had Spanish surnames. Rodriguez, Ortiz, and so on. I was surprised. I had no idea at the time that there were Muslims in this country who were also Spanish. Soon the Imam came in, he was from Afghanistan. Then Jummah started.

I keep thinking about this and am amazed that, now after over 600 years when the Spanish started the inquisition against Jews and Muslims their own people are returning. The message that Allah (SWT) gave to us in the Quran through Rasool Allah (SAW) cannot be held back from those who are truly seeking. And how, here in this country, an Afghani Imam preaching to a congregation of Spanish, Chinese, American and middle eastern brothers and sisters could happen! What a blessing this Jummah was for me alhamdul’illah!

Surely we can take a lesson from this during this blessed Ramadan! What a mercy having this clear guidance is! We know we are cared for and under the watch of mercy and compassion, ar-Rahman wa ar-Raheem.

Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

shahru ramad.aan ‘alladhe unzila fe -hi al- qur’aan huda(n) li- an- naas

Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an as a guide to mankind

So here, the most merciful act of Allah (SWT) occurred in this holy month – the giving of noble guidance to mankind, and surely this is a sign that we must see, what other mercies do we receive everyday during this month?

wa- bayyinaat min al- hudaa wa- al- furqaan

also clear (Indications) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong).

We need only to read the Quran to find these guideposts, these instructions. They provide us the guidance we need to live the moral life, to increase our Taqua and how to live as believers as Muslims in this life, there is no ambiguity there is only Yaqin, certainty in this.

fa- man shahida min -kum ash- shahr fa- li- yas.um -hu wa- man kaana mared.(an) ‘aw ‘alaa safar fa- ‘iddah min ayyaam ‘ukhar yured

So everyone of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting but if anyone is ill or on a journey the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later.

‘allaah bi- -kum al- yusr wa- laa yured bi- -kum al- ‘usr wa- li- tukmilo al- ‘iddah wa- li- tukabbiro ‘allaah ‘alaa maa hadaa -kum wa- la3alla -kum tashkuron

Allah intends ease for you He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

This applies not only during this month but the Quran is filled with the mercy of Allah. We are not only guided but we are told that Allah makes it easy for us. All he asks is that we follow the guidance we have received, without deviating and that we glorify him and be grateful. If we do that we are assured that we will receive a great reward. And we should know that these rewards come in this life as well as the next.

The first time I fasted for Ramadhan I spent a lot of time before reading about it and trying to learn all that was expected of me in order, insha’allah, to do it right. One thing that I could not understand was something that I read about breaking the fast “accidentally.” I thought now how could someone do that? I really perplexed me. Then after two days of my first fast I was working in the kitchen of where I lived, helping prepare something and totally without thinking I took something into my mouth, purely out of habit, and of course I immediately knew how one could forget and break one’s fast accidentally. But Allah (SWT) is merciful, in my arrogance I had thought, ha! Not me! But I was shown otherwise and learned a great lesson. This was a wonderful reward.

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wa- ‘an istaghfiro rabb -kum thumma tobo

And ask forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him repentant.

‘ilay -hi yumatti’ -kum mataa'(an) h.asan(an) ‘ilaa ‘ajal musamma(n) wa- yu’ti kull dhe fad.l fad.l -hu wa- ‘in tawallaw fa- ‘inni -y akhaaf ‘alay -kum ‘adhaab yawm kaber

He may grant you good enjoyment (and true) until a time appointed. He gives His bounty unto every bountiful one. But if you turn away, then I fear for you the retribution of a great Day.

So with this guidance we know to have Taqwa and to ask astaghfir’allah and to have tauba, repentance for when we have not followed guidance. His mercy is that if we do these things we can enjoy our appointed time here. But be sure, we do not know when that time will end. I remind you and myself fellow muslims of this. Allah (swt) has mercifully allowed all of us here to see Ramadan once again, to act in the way we are commanded to act in his (SWT) glorious Quran we must take full advantage of this, it is a mercy from Allah to each and every one of us.

And Allah knows best, Amin.