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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Virtues and merits of glorification of Allah

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Whosoever Allaah guides, then there is no one to misguide and whomsoever Allaah leaves to go astray, there is none to guide him. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah alone, without any partner and that Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), is His slave and messenger.

O You who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam. [Surah Aal-Imran (The Family of Imran) 3:102] 
O Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He Created his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], and from them both He created many men and women; and fear Allah through Whom you demand (your mutual rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you. [Surah An- Nisa’ (The Women) 4:1] 
O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. [Surah Al-Ahzab (The Confederates) 33:70]
He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the hell-fire and will be admitted into Paradise). [Surah Al-Ahzab (The Confederates) 33:71]
Indeed, the best of speech is the speech of Allaah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muahammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). The worst of affairs are the newly invented matters and every newly invented matter is an innovation. Every innovation is a misguidance and every misguidance is in the hellfire. 
After all this, we praise Allaah (subhanah wa talaa), the One truly worthy of all praises. We beseech Him to forgive us our sins. May Allaah cleanse off our sins. Him alone we ask for help (for each and everything). When a Muslim is faced with difficulties and has needs, he should commit every affair of his in the hands of Allaah (subhanah wa talaa).
We bear witness that He is alone in His dominion. And alone should be worshipped and him alone it is appropriate to be worshipped. I bear witness that our prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is His Servant and Messenger. O Allaah, send your peace and blessings and favours upon him, and his family, his companions and those who follow them until the Day of Judgment.
The topic of today’s khutbah centres on the “virtues of doing small deed (i.e. good deed) but carries large reward” and you cannot find this generosity anywhere and/or in any religion other than Islaam. Islaam is a noble religion and is of fundamental nature. In fact, the person through whom it has been revealed was the first to be righteous. Allah treasured him and it is under such appreciation that his ummah too was accorded positive reception by Allah.  You perform small deeds and you are rewarded big by Allaah especially if you do it according to or if you follow the sharee’ah (Islamic law), including that you follow the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). However, if you differ with the way of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and also if you belie (contradict) him, you would end up doing a mountain equal of deeds but you would not have any reward for it. 
Thereafter, you can now listen to the following virtues/deeds which seem irrelevant to us but are huge to Allaah.
Allaah Mighty said:  And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it, with the necessary effort due for it (i.e. does righteous deeds of Allah’s obedience) while he is a believer (in the Oneness of Allaah- Islamic monotheism), then such are the ones whose striving shall be appreciated (thanked and rewarded by Allaah) [Surah Al-Isra (The Journey by Night 17:19]
I pronounce that Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is a messenger of mercy and he has a lot of empathy and love for us and this does not stop there but also loves animals. For instance, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ”A man has entered Paradise for giving water to a dog to quench its thirst.” 
Opposed to the above, a woman is in the Hellfire, for locking up a cat, refusing to feed it and not releasing it to fend for itself until it died. Due to this brutality, Allaah was angry with her which is why she is amongst the people of the Hellfire.
Islaam is an ideal religion. Also, it is an easy religion provided one is practising it according to the ways and manners of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).   That’s why they opened a wide door in it (Islaam) for us. And not only that, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) taught us worship; he taught us how to do good deeds and virtues which are easy, easy and simple to do. May Allaah assist us! Deeds that would enable us to enter Paradise. Anyone who fervently believes in the Day of Judgment and desires for Paradise, and s/he works hard, remains constant and committed to such good acts of worship being put forward while persistent in belief , Allaah said their deeds are indeed which He praises …
The Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said I saw a person stretching his back on top of beds in Paradise, rolling and enjoying their incredible pleasures and comfort while nothing gave him this status but for “removing a thorny branch of a tree” on the highway or road. Small deed but immeasurable reward. In another hadith, it was narrated that, the man found a tree obstructing passage along a footpath and he cut it to facilitate convenient traveling.
O congregation! look at the reward attained by the said person, if he could get such a reward from the act of this deed, what would you know of the person, whose entire life is dedicated to serving, benefiting, uniting and promoting the welfare of Muslims and the Ummah…among other positive things? And wherever he is, he is meaning peace for everyone. The latter’s reward would be indescribable since the former only got rid of a tree from the foot or road path so that it would not obstruct people while for him, he gave his complete life on the way of Allaah and for the sake of Allaah in the service of the Muslims.  
May Allaah forgive me and all of you for He is the Most forgiving. 

Second Khutbah
Praise be to Allaah, the lord of the world (mankind, jinn, and all that exist), and we send peace and salutations to the leader of all messengers, and the imaam of the pious, our messenger, Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). 
Here is a small deed (invocation) which can take a person to paradise. It is a small saying, which is simple and easy to recite and can put you into jannah. Therefore listen to this: O people! beware that Islaam is a plain and simple religion.
I call first to myself and then all Muslims to cling on to this religion (Islaam). And let us not worship Allaah in a way different from that of the messenger Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). If not, we shall be afflicted with endless tribulations in this world and the difficulties would be far worse in the next world.  May Allaah save us!
O brothers and sisiters! To follow Islaam the way it should be practised is the only way to attain success. Do not innovate anything in it. Stop saying I found people worshiping Allaah this way and that way, this is why I am also doing it that way. This is not Islaam. Indeed, I strongly swear, this cannot be Islaam. Also, avoid the indoctrinated belief that I saw my father worshipping Allaah this way, so will I. This is also not Islaam. Until we do away with such behaviour, we would not be proper Muslims. I repeat, if we do not abandon this, we won’t be proper Muslims. Whatever we are calling to, as far as religion is concerned, should be: ‘Allah said this, and also the prophet narrated that’. Now, Is there any problem with such? 
Brothers! If you fail to follow this man (Muhammad) the son of Abdullah you will be misguided. However, if you follow his footsteps and practise Islaam as it should be, you will be guided. Look at it. If you follow him, he would give you few acts of worship which would benefit you in this world and the hereafter.     
Shaddad bin ‘Aus (radiallah anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allaah is: ‘Allahumma anta Rabbi laa ilaha illa anta, khalaqtanii wa ana ‘abduka, wa ana ala ‘ahdika wa wa ‘dika mastata ‘tu. A ‘udhu bika min sharri ma sana ‘tu, abu ‘u laka bini ‘matika ‘alaiya, wa abu ‘u laka bini matika ‘alaiya, wa abu ‘u bidhanbii faghfirlii fa innahu laa yaghfiru adh-dhunuba illa anta’
That is: ‘O Allaah, You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise (to You) as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to you all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You’.
Allaah (Tabaarakah wa Ta’ala) said: Your Companion (Muhammad sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has neither gone astray nor erred. [Surah An-Najm (The Star 53:2]
Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. [Surah An-Najm (The Star 53:2] 
He (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also added: If one recites it during the day with firm conviction in it, and dies on the same day before the evening he will be from the people of Paradise; and if a person recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of paradise…  
Therefore, I enjoin all of you to be reciting the said invocation for your benefit. And Allaah willing we will prepare a special sermon on the above invocation. 

May Allaah bless us with good life.
Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Surah al Baqarah 201]

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