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Ramadan Mubarak!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Ramadan Mubarek!

Wishing all a blessed Ramadan – may it be filled with Allah’s blessings. May your fast be easy and may your spirit be uplifted with prayer and with closeness to Allah (swt).


 

Khutbah – 25 Sha’ban 1436AH / June 12, 2015CE – Entering Ramadhan

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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Dear brothers and sisters, insha’allah, this coming Wednesday night Allah will allow us to enter once again into the sacredness and blessedness of Ramadan Kareem. This is one of the times of the year when all Muslims are united in this single quest.

This is a month of tranquility and spiritual development. It is the month for self-examination, conscience reawakening and freedom from selfishness and lustful desires. Allah says

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ002.183

Ya- ayyuha- allath-eena a-manoo kutiba ‘aalaykumu alss-iya-mu kama- kutiba ‘aala- allath-eena min qablikum la’aallakum tattaqoona

O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may learn self-restraint,-

Fellow Muslims! The month of Ramadan is a time for us to look deep into ourselves. A time of self restraint; a time for fasting not only from food and water and sexual intercourse but also from those diseases of the heart which we have begin to look at in the preceeding weeks. Fasting from anger and greed and jealousy. Fasting from arguing and from enmity, hatred, prejudice, stinginess and covetousness.

Rasool allah swt has said that if you do not give up anger Allah does not want your hunger.

This month is also a month for us to read and understand the book whose light will never fade and which is a path that never leads one astray. The Quran Kareem is a light for guidance. Whoever does not read Quran or doesn’t put its guidance into practice has gone far astray even if they are apparently successful in other areas of life.

As Allah SWT tells us:

أَوَمَنْ كَانَ مَيْتًا فَأَحْيَيْنَاهُ وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُ نُورًا يَمْشِي بِهِ فِي النَّاسِ كَمَنْ مَثَلُهُ فِي الظُّلُمَاتِ لَيْسَ بِخَارِجٍ مِنْهَا كَذَلِكَ زُيِّنَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ

Awa man ka-na maytan faah-yayna-hu waja’aalna- lahu nooran yamshee bihi fee alnna-si kaman mathaluhu fee al{thth}uluma-ti laysa bikha-rijin minha- katha-lika zuyyina lilka-fireena ma- ka-noo ya’amaloona

006.122 Can he who was dead, to whom We gave life, and a light whereby he can walk amongst men, be like him who is in the depths of darkness, from which he can never come out? Thus to those without faith their own deeds seem pleasing.

No, brothers and sisters a human being who has accepted this life and light is rightly guided and is truly alive and fulfilling the purpose which Allah swt put them here for.

The endeavors of any human being without this guidance of Quran will end up in darkness and unfulfillment

Fellow Muslims! There is such great guidance and benefit in the recitation and implementation of the Quran in our lives! And we must ponder its meanings and bring its spirituality back into our lives. It is no exaggeration to say that the diseases of past nations have affected the Muslims, and they are unaware of this. Allah says

وَمِنْهُمْ أُمِّيُّونَ لا يَعْلَمُونَ الْكِتَابَ إِلا أَمَانِيَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلا يَظُنُّونَ

Waminhum ommiyyoona la- ya’alamoona alkita-ba illa- ama-niyya wa-in hum illa- ya{th}unnoona

And there are among them unlettered people who do not know not the Scripture except indulging in wishful thinking, but they are only assuming.” Al Baqarah/ 78

Scholars of Tafsir say about this verse: ‘It means: they know nothing about the Book except for its recitation, for it never passed their lungs and throats and went truly into their hearts. This is because of the fact that there was a spiritual absence in their recitation and; therefore, they were unable to ponder over its meanings’.

The Messenger of Allah p.b.u.h. lived for sixty-three years; nowadays we are used to believing that old age and the vicissitudes of life cause hair to turn grey. What then will you think of a man who attributed grey hair to some verses of the glorious Quran that he used to recite? At-Tirmidhi reports that Abu Bakr may Allah be pleased with him asked the Messenger of Allah p.b.u.h. about what caused some of his beard to become grey, he p.b.u.h. replied: ‘It was caused by Soorah Hood, Soorah Al-Waaqi’ah, Soorah An-Naba’ and Soorah At-Takweer.” Surely there is guidance here for one who listens!

It is a sad thing when we see the stance that many in our Ummah have adopted with regard to the Book of their Lord. Repeating it by rote and not by heart. It is as if they wander aimlessly, all the time the light of guidance is there for them; the foreign systems and ideologies that they have embraced have done nothing for them.

Brothers in faith! The blessed month of Ramadan is also a wonderful opportunity for every Muslim to purify their soul in night prayer. Allah says

إِنَّ نَاشِئَةَ اللَّيْلِ هِيَ أَشَدُّ وَطْئًا وَأَقْوَمُ قِيلا

Inna na-shi-ata allayli hiya ashaddu wat–an waaqwamu qeela-n

Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing the soul, and most suitable for framing the Word of Prayer and Praise.

Indeed, the hours of the night are more effective for concurrence of heart and tongue and more suitable for words i.e. for recitation of Quran and for hearing and understanding it.” Al-Muzzammil/ 6.

Truly the hours of the night impress the mind most strongly and speak with the clearest voice.

And so I remind myself as I remind you that the blessed month of Ramadan is a great opportunity for the Muslims to wake up for night prayers, seek refuge with Allah and turn to Him for their needs, for none has the power to answer their call except Allah alone. Remember the hadith which says that The Lord descends to the nearest heaven, in a way that befits his majesty, in the last third of the night and asks: “Is there anyone who seeks My forgiveness so that I can forgive him?” Let us not miss this opportunity during this month for dhikr allah at this time in prayer.

Imam Tirmidhi reported that the Prophet of Allah p.b.u.h. said: “There are three persons whose supplications are never rejected: The just leader, the fasting person when he breaks his fast and the oppressed when he supplicates and whose supplication is raised above the clouds and the gates of heaven are opened for it and Allah will say, ‘By My Glory! I shall assist you even if it is after a while.'”

And brothers remember Sabr. There are; those perhaps even me or you who raise their hands in dua and are impatient for a rapid answer; they may even feel despair if their supplications are not speedily answered. The Messenger of Allah p.b.u.h. said: “Allah will answer the supplication of any one of you as long as he is not hasty and says: ‘I called my Lord and He did not answer.’”

Perhaps it may be due to the fact that the prayer emanated only from the tongue and was not rooted in the heart. The Prophet p.b.u.h.: “Allah does not accept the supplications from an inattentive heart.” The heart is not free from turning to the desires of this life and we all know that one who always looks back does not reach his goal in time. Keep your hearts focused on Allah during this sacred month.

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Therefore, I implore myself and you O Muslims, to make plentiful supplications to Allah, for supplication is the essence of worship. Let nobody slight their requirements however great or small they may be.

وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ

Waqa-la rabbukumu od’aoonee astajib lakum

“And your Lord says: ‘Call upon Me; I will respond to you. Ghaafir/ 60

Here is an example for those in sorrow and distress:

Hadith reported from Abu Dawood

The Messenger of Allah p.b.u.h. entered the mosque one day and saw an Ansari a resident of Madinah man there by the name of Abu Umaamah. The Prophet p.b.u.h. asked him: ” O Abu Umaamah, why are you sitting in the mosque at a time that is not a prayer time?” He replied: ‘I was forced to do so by sorrow and debt.’ The Messenger of Allah p.b.u.h. then asked: ‘Shall I teach you a supplication by which Allah will remove your sorrow and pay for you your debts?’ He answered: ‘O yes, Messenger of Allah!’ The Prophet p.b.u.h. then said: ‘Say every morning and evening: Allahumma innee a’oodhu bikka minal-hammi wal hazan, wa a’oodhu bika minal-‘ajzi wal-kasal wa a’oodhu bika minal-jubni wal-bukhul wa a’oodhu bika min ghalabatid-dayn wa qahrir-rijaal.’ Meaning: O Allah, I seek refuge with You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men. Abu Umaamah said: ‘I did that and Allah removed my distress and paid for me my debt.'” Abu Dawood

Fellow Muslims! The month of Ramadan is also a month of generosity and spending in ways that are virtuous. Each of us should take part in the generosity of this month and not hesitate to spend of our compassion, our rahma for those that are destitute. Let each of us keep away from stinginess and covetousness These are two of the bad qualities from which the Messenger of Allah p.b.u.h. sought refuge with his Lord from. The Rasul Allah SAW was the most generous of mankind and his generosity multiplied during the month of Ramadan

For our own sakes as well as the recipient, for when we are generous our heart becomes gladdened and we know Allah SWT is pleased with us and we are pleased with that. And in this we should remember that all we have, Allah SWT has given us as a sacred trust. When we choose to distribute that which we have received we are doing the work that Allah SWT has entrusted us to do. Nothing destroys the tricks and insinuations of Shaytan more than giving sincerely in charity.

Insha’allah, we will enter Ramadhan with the sighting of the hilal on next Friday evening . Let us remember to enter it in a state of ‘abd and may Allah accept our fast this year once again, Ameen.

And Allah knows best.

Khutbah – 18 Sha’ban 1436AH / June 5, 2015CE

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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آنا جعلنا في آعناقهم آغلالا فهي آلي آلاذقان فهم مقمحون.

‘INAA JA’ALNAA FE A’NAAQIHIM AGHLAALAN FA- HIYA ‘ILAA AL- ADHQAANI FAHUM MUQMAHOON

We have put yokes round their necks right up to their chins so that their heads are forced up (and they cannot see) [Qur’an 36:8]

When we do not accept the guidance of Allah (swt) which is given with compassion and mercy what happens to us? We lost and that unguided wandering is like a shackle around our necks ever burdening us and making our necks stiff. What is the image of a stiff necked person. That person is terribly hobbled. Unable to look around and see all the wonderful possibilities. In terms of the spirit, it too is hardened by this, the heart is made harder and harder and further from Allah (swt) And remember these shackles are of our own making when we refuse to believe when we refuse to follow this guidance of Allah (swt)

وجعلنا من بين آيديهم سداومن خلفهم سدافآغشينهم فهم لايبصرون

WA- JA’ALNAA MIN BAYNA AYDEHIM SADDAN WA- MIN KHALFIHIM SADDAN FA- AGHSHAYNAAHUM FAHUM LAA YUBSIROON

And We have put a bar in front of them and a bar behind them and further We have enshrouded them in veils; so that they cannot see [Qur’an 36:9]

And this leads us, our heart and spirit further into a kind of spiritual stagnation. We are unable to go back and unable to go forward. All guidance becomes lost to us and it is as if we are blinded by the veils of dark and light that we have earned by our unbelief.

وسوآء ءليهم ءآنذرتهم آم لم تنذرهم فهم لايومنون

WA- SAWAA’ ‘ALAYHIM ANDHARTAHUM ‘AM LAM TUNDHIRHUM LAA YU’MINOON

The same is it to them whether thou admonish them or thou do not admonish them: they will not believe. [Qur’an 36:10]

And when this ultimate state of spiritual impoverishments comes. When the unguided and disconnected cannot advance or retreat and when all light and guidance is seemingly cut off, what then? They are deaf and blind to guidance, where can they go from here? What difference does it make if we advise them or not? They do not listen and seemingly cannot alter their state.

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‘INNAMAA TUNDHIR MAN ITTABA’A ADHDHIKR WA- KHASHIYA AR- RAH.MAAN BI- AL- GHAYB FA- BASHSHIRHU BI- MAGHFIRAH WA- ‘AJR KAREM

You can only admonish: those who follow the reminders and fear the Most Gracious unseen: give them therefore good tidings of Forgiveness and a Reward most generous [Qur’an 36:11]

As for those who are concerned, who have purposely or in ignorance delivered themselves to evil, The preaching of Allah’s(swt) message has no appeal because their own will, their own nafs shuts their hearts out. But there are others who are anxious to hear Allah’s(swt) message and receive Allah’s(swt) grace. They love Allah(swt) and fear to offend against his holy message and their fear is not merely superficial but deep seated for while they do not yet see Allah(swt) nor do other people see them they have the same sense of Allah’s(swt) presence in their life and heart as if they saw him. Their religion is not a mere pose to be seen by men. To such persons the message of Allah(swt) comes as good news because it shows them the way of forgiveness for anything wrong in their past and it gives them the promise of a full reward in the future arising out of Allah’s(swt) unbounded bounty.

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‘INNA NAH.NU, NUHYE AL- MAWTAA WA- NAKTUB MAA QADDAMO WA- ‘AATHAARHUM WA- KULL SHAY’AH.SAYNAAHU FE ‘IMAAM MUBEN

Indeed! It is we who bring the dead t life and We record that which they sent before and that which they leave behind and of all things have We have made a clear accounting

Clearly what we do here in this life is recorded and kept as a record to be read back to us at the time of our resurrection. Allah (swt) knows all in our hearts and in our souls. Is this not a clear message for us? For those who believe and have Taqwa for Allah (swt) it is a message of hope and mercy and kindness because our obedience is rewarded many times while our disobedience is recorded only once.

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bismillahboatNarrated Anas ibn Malik

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Everything has a heart, and the heart of the Qur’an is Ya-Sin. Allah will record anyone who recites Ya-Sin as having recited the Qur’an ten times.”

Narrated AbuHurayrah

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “A thousand years before creating the heavens and the Earth, Allah recited Ta-Ha and Ya-Sin, and when the angels heard the recitation they said, ‘Happy are the people to whom this comes down, happy are the minds which carry this, and happy are the tongues which utter this.”

Narrated Ata’ ibn AbuRabah

Ata’ has been told that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “If anyone recites Ya-Sin at the beginning of the day, his wants will be supplied.”

What do these ahadith point to? How we follow the guidance of allah (swt) affects us just as much in this life right here right now.

In our hearts, if we read Ya Sin it is equal to reading the whole Qur’an ten times. If we look in our own hearts and find love and obedience to Allah (swt) it is like finding and obeying him with our whole bodies ten times. This is the opposite of having a chain around our neck! It is that we are open to Allah (swt) and open to his guidance and compassion and mercy.

And rasul allah (saw) tells us that we and our minds and our tongues will be happy when we utter this just as Allah (swt) recited it to the angels long before we were here on earth.

And our recitation of it causes our wants to be supplied. What else could possibly happen, when our hearts are open to Allah (swt) we know we are receiving clear guidance, our whole body rejoices and our tongues are happy. In this state how could we ever NOT receive what we need from Allah (swt) even to knowing that the record that will be read about us on that final day will show that we had Taqwa for Allah (swt) and that we loved rasul allah (saw) and followed his example.

Oh Allah, Let us rejoice in knowing this clear guidance, this light in our lives, let us not be among those whose necks and hearts are hardened and stiffened up and who know You not and are not in Your grace and mercy. Let us be among those that understand and know and believe, even when You are hidden from us. And let us be among those that worship for Your sake and not for the sake of being seen in our religion.

For all this we pray, ameen.

Wa allahu alim – and God knows best.

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