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11 Sha’ban 1436AH Khutbah (May 29, 2015CE)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

bismillahboatThinking about and trying to understand meanings of the Glorious Qur’an, which Allah (SWT) has sent down for His slaves to clarify all things and as a Light that He gives to whom He wills among His slaves. Indeed, the Qur’an contains tremendous medicine for all ills of the heart, as Allah said,

 وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلا يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلا خَسَارًا

” And We sent down from the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe”  [Qur’an 17:82]

The Qur’an contains the deen; Allah’s promises, warnings and commandments; stories of previous nations; and codes of the best conduct and behavior.

These various subjects in the Qur’an have different effects on the heart. Some Surahs (chapters) of the Qur’an are more frightening than others.

Rasul Allah (SAW) said,  “Hud and its sisters have brought me white hairs before their due time.” Hud and its sisters brought white hairs to the Messenger of Allah because of what they contain of matters of Iman (faith). These Surahs, and the rest of the Qur’an, showed their effect on the Messenger of Allah and his companions, because they deeply believed in the message of the Qur’an,

فَاسْتَقِمْ كَمَا أُمِرْتَ وَمَنْ تَابَ مَعَكَ وَلا تَطْغَوْا إِنَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ

So stand (ask Allah to make) you (Mohammad) firm and straight as you are commanded and those  who turn in repentance (to Allah) with you. [Qur’an 11:112]

The companions would also be deeply moved with emotions when they recited the Qur’an. Abu Bakr, for example, who was a soft-hearted man, used to cry while reciting the Quran when leading Muslims in prayer.

On another occasion, Umar wept when he was reciting the Ayah,

قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَشْكُو بَثِّي وَحُزْنِي إِلَى اللَّهِ وَأَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللَّهِ مَا لا تَعْلَمُونَ

I (Prophet Jacob) only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah. [Qur’an 12:86],

and his weeping was clearly heard by those who were standing behind him.

Furthermore, Uthman Ibn Affan said, “If our hearts were pure, they will never have enough from reciting Allah’s Speech (the Qur’an).”

As for later generations, Ayyub said, “I heard Sad Ibn Jubayr recite the Ayah,

 وَقَالُوا لَنْ يَدْخُلَ الْجَنَّةَ إِلا مَنْ كَانَ هُودًا أَوْ نَصَارَى تِلْكَ أَمَانِيُّهُمْ قُلْ هَاتُوا بُرْهَانَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ صَادِقِينَ

And be afraid of a Day when you shall be brought back to Allah. [Qur’an 2:281], repeating it more than twenty times.” This is the last Ayah that was revealed to the Messenger of Allah, and it ends with, Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly. [Qur’an 2:281].

Also, Ibrahim Ibn Bashshar said, If you could but see where they will be held over the (Hell) Fire! They will say, ‘Would that we were but sent back (to the world).'” [Qur’an 6:27], was the Ayah that Ali Ibn al-Fudhayl died while reciting. “I was among those who prayed the Janazah (funeral) prayer on him, may Allah grant him His Mercy.” Furthermore, when our Salaf would reach a portion of the Qur’an were Sujud (bowing down) is warranted, they treated this incident different than ordinary people. A man once recited,  And they fall down on their faces weeping and it adds to their humility. [Quran 17:109], and then fell in Sujud. Then, he said to himself, “Here you are, you do the Sujud, so where is the crying?”

…..Ibn Al-Qayyim said with regards to what one should do to cure his weak Iman using the Qur’an, “First you should remove your heart from the life of this world and settle it in the Last Life. Then, pay your full attention to pursuing the meanings of the Qur’an, and try to comprehend and understand them and what they were sent down to accomplish. Then, offer these meanings to the sickness that your heart feels, and when they touch the disease, they will cure the heart, Allah willing.”

Part 2

Today, in remembering ayat 66-70 of Surah Ya Sin we are reminded that if God had not given us the power of sight we would stumble about blindly searching for the path (truth). This is a metaphor for our inner sight. God has given us sight in the form of our intellect and our insight, it is up to us to choose to use it or not.

The Qur’an then goes on to say that if God had wanted, we would be beings that could not change and evolve, that if we made a wrong turn in our lives that we could not back up and decide on a better course. This again, of course, is a metaphor for our lives in which we gain knowledge of the path as we go along it, we evolve as we learn and we are able to turn away from those things which, at one time we had found attractive, when we know that they are wrong for us.

These abilities have been given to us, but it is up to us to use them. Many ayah in the Qur’an end with a reminder to use our intellect to discern the right path. But it is up to us to take the responsibility and find out what that right path is. It is said that no one can follow the path without a teacher, we do not do this independently, but rather with a guide.

The great Sufi Saint, Hazrat Inayat Khan reminds us about change with a metaphor that after all else has melted away, what is left is gold. But although gold is precious it is a dead thing, and it can ensnare us rather than be a tool that we use. Are we not after the golden heart rather than the metal gold. And gold in this sense can be a metaphor for whatever shiny thing, attracts us of the path. Then we stand still and our evolution stops until we can turn back from it.

Lastly about two important things to remember in this month Sha’ban, the following Ahadith:

“Yahya related to me from Malik from Abu’n Nadr, the mawla of Umar ibn Ubaydullah, from Abu Salama ibn Abd ar-Rahman that A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to fast for so long that we thought he would never stop fasting, and he would go without fasting for so long that we thought he would never fast again. I never saw the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, fast for a complete month except for Ramadan, and I never saw him do more fasting in any one month than he did in Shaban.'”

And for making up fast for last year’s Ramadan

“Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from Abu Salama ibn Abd ar-Rahman that he heard A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, ‘I used to have to make up days from Ramadan and not be able to do them until Shaban came.'”

Wa allahu alim.

And Allah knows best.

4 Sha’ban 1436AH Kutbah (May 22, 2015CE)

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

My dear brothers and sisters. This week we entered the month of Sha’ban, alhamdul’illah. It is a great gift that Allah (swt) has allowed us to again come to this time of the year. And soon, insha’allah we will enter the most blessed month of Ramadan. Sha’ban is a great opportunity for us to think about the things we need to from the past year and to look forward to and prepare for Ramadhan.

We are aware of the great guidance that Allah (swt) gives us in the Qur’an. Guidance for prayers, guidance for tauba, guidance for taqua. We see that every ayah in the Qur’an sharif is a sign from Allah (swt) about what direction to take in our lives. Indeed our hearts and our intention should always be towards Allah (swt) and that we should act in the way He has enjoined us to act and to avoid all those things which we are told to avoid.

Of course our other great guidance in our deen comes from the sunnah of our beloved prophet Muhammad (saw) who was brought to us as a mercy to the worlds as Allah (swt) says in the Quran:
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“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to all the worlds.” [Qur’an 21:107]

And so there is no separation here, Allah (swt) says “for ALL the worlds” The worlds of men and jinn, of all creatures, of all nations and races and worlds unseen to us and beyond our imagination.

And so we follow in the traditions of our beloved prophet (saw) and a great body of knowledge has been brought to us today through the 1436 years since His (saw) revelation.

It is so important for us to follow his example (saw) that Allah (swt) enjoins this upon us:

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“Thus, have We revealed to you [O Muhammad], a message of spirit by Our command. While you did not know what is The Book and what is the Iman (faith)? We have made it a light whereby We guide those of Our servants whom We please; and surely you are guiding mankind to the Right Way” [Qur’an 42:52]

And in this way Allah (swt) is telling us that if we follow Muhammad (saw) we are following one who has the light of guidance from Allah (swt) bestowed upon him and the he will guide us on the right way – Siraat al mustaqeem.

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Say: ‘If ye do love Allah follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.'” [Qur’an 3:31]

So here again we see that Allah (swt) is telling us through the Quran and through his chosen messenger al Mustafa (saw) that surely we must follow his example (saw) for it is something that Allah (swt) loves.

And so throughout the generations, people of wisdom and knowledge have collected these traditions, the sunnah. This is no news to you, but I am reminding you as I remind myself today how important it is to learn and know these for every aspect of our lives. For as we have spoken about many times, we can not know how or when we will be called back to Allah (swt). We cannot control these things, but we are given the opportunity in this life to follow Allah’s guidance, to be true muslims.

Part 2

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And so I want to leave you with some hadith to learn about Muhammad’s (saw) own practice during the month of Sha’ban.

The first comes from Aishah

`Aishah said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fast a complete month except for Ramadan, and I have never seen him fast more in a month than he did in Sha`ban.” [Bukhaari, Muslim]

And in another hadith, related by Abu Dawud and others: Usamah ibn Zaid inquired: “O Messenger of Allah, I never find you fasting in any

month like you do during the month of Sha’ban.” The Prophet responded:

“That is a month the people neglect. It comes between Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Lord of the Worlds. I love that my deeds be raised while I am fasting.”

Wa allahu alim (and Allah knows best)

 

Khutba – 19 Rajab 1436/May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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Seeing as how the blessed month of Rajab is now over half through all whose benefits can not be counted, we present this beautiful hadith from Imam Musa al-Kadhim (peace be upon him) on the greatness of Rajab and just fasting one day from this blessed month.

It has been narrated from Rasulullah (saw) that there is no month as great or noble in the sight of Allah as the month of Rajab and even the Arabs of the time of Ignorance held this month in great esteem, and with the coming of the religion of Islam at the hands of the final Messenger of Allah (swt), nothing was added to it except an increase in its greatness.  The Prophet (saw) went on to say that the month of Rajab is the month of Allah (swt); Sha’baan was his (saw) month and the month of Ramadhaan was the month of the Muslim Ummah.

Our Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, if a person were to fast one day in this month for the belief and hope of reward from Allah (swt), then he would have earned the pleasure of Allah (swt) and the fast of that one day would put out the anger of Allah (swt) and would cause the doors of the hellfire to be closed for him.  If the entire land were to be filled with gold and that gold was to be spent in the way of Allah (swt), then even this act would not add up to the bounties of fasting just one day.  There is not a single thing in the world that would perfect that person’s reward except for good (from Allah (swt)) as long as he was sincere to Allah (swt) (in has fasting).  When the evening time comes, ten of that person’s prayers would be granted, and if he were to supplicate for anything of the worldly life, Allah (swt) would give it to him, and if it were not given to him, then Allah (swt) would preserve that which is greater (than what he supplicated for) and that which the friends, lovers and chosen ones of Allah have prayed to him for.


 

Khutbah May 1, 2015

Friday, May 1st, 2015
bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

As salaam alaykum brothers and sisters.

Today we are reminded of our Ummah. How precious this is. A family beyond our own family.

  • Shows our submission to Allah
  • Is a gateway to the afterlife
  • and a way to be tested for Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:

“Thus have We made of you an Ummah justly balanced that ye might be witnesses over the nations and the Apostle a witness over yourselves; and We appointed the Qiblah to which thou wast used only to test those who followed the Apostle from those who would turn on their heels (from the faith). Indeed it was (a change) momentous except to those guided by Allah. And never would Allah make your faith of no effect. For Allah is to all people most surely full of kindness Most Merciful.” [Qur’an 2:143]

And a further description of who is in the Ummah, how we recongnize it in:

 

“(They are) those who if We establish them in the land establish regular prayer and give regular charity enjoin the right and forbid wrong: with Allah rests the end (and decision) of (all) affairs.” [Qur’an 22:41]

The importance is profound. And we are given instructions so as not to break the strength of this Ummah such as in:

 

“Hence be not like her who breaks and completely untwists the yarn which she herself has spun and made strong. Be not like this by using your oaths as a means of deceiving one another, simply because some of you may be more powerful than others. By all this God but puts you to a test, and he does it so that on resurrection day He might make clear unto you all that on which you were wont to differ.” [Qur’an 16:92]

wa allahu alim