Category: Jumuah Khutbahs



Alhamdulillahi wa kafaa, was-Salatu was-salamu `alaa `ibaadihi-lladheena

Stafaa

Wa Ba’d:

Beloved people of Imaan! Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala’s makes things crystal clear when He warns and addresses the despots, the demagogues, the dictators and the rulers who today control the corridors of power throughout the world. He reminds them of the fate awaiting them on the Day of Reckoning in Surah Abasa verses 38 to 42

“The faces of one group of men will be luminous and smiling on the Day when they meet Allah, while the faces of another group will be as if covered with dust; mired in shame, these will be the unbelievers, evil in conduct.

” Ummatal Qur’an! With his own hand, man sows in this life the seed of his life in the Aghirah; he determines himself the fate that will be his in the next world. To express it differently, his eternal life is formed from the materials he himself provides in advance. Selfish men, when they seize power, want worship for themselves or their fantasies, in derogation of the true Creator and Sustainer. Power, which should have been an instrument of good, becomes in their hands an instrument of evil. They and their followers rush into perdition as we learn from verses 28 and 29 of Surah Ibrahim:

“Hast thou not turned thy vision to those who have changed the favour of Allah into blasphemy and caused their people to descent to the house of Perdition? – Into Hell? They will burn therein – an evil place to stay in!

” O you who believe! These verses of the Most Holy Qur’an describe the condition of the leaders of error and misguidance [a’immat al-kufr wa al-dalal], who are surrounded from all sides by the bounties of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala, yet instead of being grateful to Him, through faith in Him, they leave the path of their Exalted Maker and ungratefully reject His guidance, which is the greatest bounty of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala’meen bestowed upon mankind. Such leaders are informed that an evil end awaits them in the Aghirah [Hereafter].

Ayyuhal Muslimoon! What is noteworthy is that the evil consequences of their ingratitude are not limited to themselves; they lead their people also into ruin by leading them astray from Almighty Allah’s Way. Because man was given the freedom of will and thought, it becomes his duty to establish pillars of justice in his society. The verses thus indicate the important role of the leaders, statesmen and religious heads, whose views and policies have a decisive impact on the lives of the people, in this world and the next. The problem of leadership, therefore, is one of the most critical issues of human life.

Ih’watal Imaan! Despite its great significance, we see that the issue is not given the importance it deserves in today’s world. Throughout despotic regimes, leadership is imposed upon the people, while in democracies it is left to the vicissitudes of the electoral process and party politics. But that which is common to both is the absence of a clear-cut conception and well defined criteria of competent leadership of society.

Ya Ibad Allah! In Islam, however, the issue has received the attention that it deserves for competent leadership based upon the following criteria. These are: knowledge (scholarship essential for issuing decrees in accordance with Islamic teachings), justice and piety of a high order, political and social perspicacity, courage, administrative capacity and leadership ability. Muslim nation states continue to undergo a crisis of leadership because most of these states are today dominated, repressed and humiliated by global Kufr.

Ayyatuhal Muslimeen! Alas, they are all unable to put up a vigorous Islamic response to the dangers faced by the Muslim Ummah. All this humiliation and most of these disabilities arise from the character of the leaders who have brought their countries and the Ummah as a whole to such an unenviable state. The sorry state of affairs that exist today is when the leadership of any Muslim nation state assert its Islamic identity and independence by basing all its internal as well as foreign policies of Islamic teachings, guide the people morally, spiritually and socially and develop their political consciousness, it will immediately come under the attack of malicious propaganda by the Western press and mass media.

O Ummatul Muslimoon! We observe that in this world the good and evil deeds of men are not subject to any final accounting. Criminals and oppressive rulers, who with their claim of absolute sovereignty encroach on men’s lives and their freedom, may enjoy opulence and luxury until the end of their lives. They shun no action that their polluted minds inspire in them, but they are not caught in the firm grasp of justice and law, and they do not suffer the natural consequences of their evil deeds.

Ma’asheral Muslimeen! There is no power or authority to prevent their oppression, to stop their encroachment on the rights of others, or to restrict the scope of their power to their own private lives. The quality of men’s meeting with Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala depends, then, on the mode of behaviour that has distinguished and characterized them in this world as we learn from verse 6 of Surah Al-Inshiqaq:

“O Man! To the decree that you strive to obey Allah you will in the end meet your Creator.

” Ih’watal Islam! Were the file to be closed in this world on the deeds of the good and the evil so that they were buried for ever in the cemetery of nothingness,what would become of the infinite justice, wisdom, and mercy that Almighty Allah Jallah Wa’ala cherishes for His servants – Allah, the traces of Whose justice and wisdom are manifest throughout His creation?

Fa ya Ayyuhal Muslimoon! If we accept that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala has created an environment in which numerous evildoers and oppressors are able to continue on their chosen path until the last moment of their lives, without recognizing any limit on their behaviour, to stoop to any vile act in order to gain power and gratify their desires – if we accept that this is possible without their being called to account, and that the oppressed continue to writhe beneath the lash of injustice and deprivation until their last gasp – can all this be called anything but oppression and injustice?

Ibad Allah! Men will come to meet their Most Glorious Creator in ways determined by their deeds, characteristics, and their conduct in this world. This is true both of the pure and the fortunate and of the wretched whose hearts are blackened with oppression and injustice. For all creatures must inevitably submit to the irresistible will of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala and the unfailing norms He has established; willingly or not, they return to Him. Once the deeds of men reach their conclusion, the results of their acts are revealed and become apparent.

Fa ya Ayyuhan nas! Many crimes are, then, beyond the scope of worldly retribution. If we wish to analyze matters more logically, we must look further, beyond this world. There is also the consideration that no authority in this world has the power to restore to men all the rights which have been violated. Similarly, the world does not have the capacity to reward virtue in the fitting and complete manner. How and where in this world will one be rewarded who devotes all his or her life to the worship of Almighty Allah Azza Wajjal and the support of His servants, whose services extend in manifold ways to whole societies, and who ultimately gives up his or her life for the sake of divine goals?

Alal Muslimeena Jami’ah! To serve Islam is to serve mankind, mankind today is enslaved in the hands of those who supervise them in tyranny. Nations are today caught in the talons of despotic rulers who consider themselves pious and competent, who talk of rectification. Their catch-phrase “new world order” is in reality nothing more than a euphemism for subjugation of the entire world. The willful pagan distortion has two main objectives. Firstly, to create revulsion against the Religion of Truth in the hearts and minds of non-Muslims. Secondly, to embarrass Muslims themselves about their beliefs, traditions and history, so as to cause them doubt.

Ih’watal Aqida! Indeed, those who claim that life is just a day to day struggle for survival, constantly attempt to destroy the weak with the pressure of deprivation: hoping by doing so to strengthen their power and protect their position. They will commit any crime no matter how inhuman in order to satisfy themselves. But as the days pass, the flames of anger rage in the hearts of the oppressed, who inflict great calamities on the lives of tyrants. The agents of oppression abuse the rights of human societies and rob them of their resources and wealth with every available means, while the statute of justice appears helpless.

Ayyuhal Muhminoon! In short, this life full of injustice, subjugation, confusion, repression, Fithnah and oppression is only a small part of the totality of life. One group will earn as the final result of its deeds permanent abode in the propinquity of Almighty Allah’s Mercy, while another group will find itself condemned to be the neighbours of Shaytaan Lanatullahi Alay in eternal torment. Are these two destinies in any way equal – the misery of Jahannum and the great blessing of Jannah? It is up to man to choose freely between them.

Between Hope & Fear


Anything that is written here should not be altered and person’s who are accompanying this Khutbah should be stated. Jazakallahu Khairan

Assalamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu Al-Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil ‘Aalameen was-Salaatu

was-Salaamu ‘alaa Ashrafil Anbiyaa’e wal Mursaleen.

“Oo see kum Ibad’allah Bi Taqwa’llah” Wa Ba’d:

Beloved Ummatul Muslimeen! It is said that “there is no believer who does not have two lights in his or her heart: the light of fear and the light of hope”. Were one of these to be measured, it would not exceed the other, and were the other one to be measured, it would not exceed this one. This means that the fear of Almighty Allah Most Exalted and hope in Him should be at the highest degree. Despairing of Divine Mercy and considering oneself secure from Almighty Allah’s devising [makr] is totally prohibited as explicitly stated in the Most Noble and Glorious Qur’an. When the Imaan of a Muh’min is strengthened, he or she sees the Exalted and magnanimous Creator Whose bequests are purely due to His care and compassion, the Exalted Lord of all Kings Who bestows without asking and prior to the receiver’s capacity. Almighty Allah Jallah Wa’ala informs us in verse 79 of Surah An-Nisaa:

Whatever good visits thee is from Allah:

whatever evil visits thee is of thyself.”

And it is regarding the first station that Almighty Allah declares in the very same verse above: Say [O Muhammad]:

“Everything is from Allah.”

People of Imaan! Hence, should it be that when tomorrow when we enter the majestic court of our Most Exalted Creator and Maker and stand in in the presence of His Compassion and Mercy, we should be able to say: “O Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala’meen, Who clothed us with the robes of existence and provided us all the means of our life and comfort, over and above the perception of perceivers, Who showed to us all the paths of guidance leading to the Path of Seerathal Mustaqeem – all these of Your Bounty were for our own good and in order to benefit us further from the vast store of Your Muhabbat and Favours”.

“O Almighty Allah! Now that we stand in Your Glorious and magnanimous presence, we have come with the sins of the two worlds. Yet the sins of the sinners have not created any defect in the order of Your Dominion, nor diminished the infinitude of Your Mercy. What will You have for this handful of dust, that has no significance in the presence of Your Greatness and Glory, except pity and compassion? Can anything except, pity, compassion and forgiveness be hoped from You – Ya Allah?

Ya Ibad Allah! As true Muslims’ we should and we must always be moving back and forth between these two views: we must never close our eyes to our defects and shortcomings in fulfilling our duties as true Muh’mins’, nor should we ever take our eyes off the expansive and all-encompassing Mercy, Muhabbat, and Compassion of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala. What can we, blindfolded sinners that we are, have to say about Your Majesty Ya Allah – except declaring with the inconsequent oscillations of our tongues: “Our hope lies with Your Mercy and our reliance in Your Forgiveness, and our trust in the generosity and magnanimity of Your Holy Essence.

Ummatal Qur’an! Our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam reported that Almighty Allah, the Sublime and Blessed said: “The workers (of deeds) for My sake should not, for My reward, trust the works they have done; for verily, should they labour and toil for all their lives in My Service and worship, they would fall short in their worship and will not attain to the reality of My service in what they seek with Me of My magnanimity and bounty, My paradise and the high stations in My proximity. They should rather rely upon My Mercy and put hope in My favour and be contented of their good opinion of Me. Verily, therein My mercy will reach them, My good pleasure will go forth to them; and My forgiveness shall envelope them. For, indeed, I am Allah, the Beneficent and the Merciful, and I have been named so on that account.

” Ayyuhal Muslimeen! The opening of the gates of Ibadah and service is one of the greatest of bounties, for which the creatures owe their deepest gratitude, although it is a favour for which we can never ever offer our adequate thanks, for each expression of gratitude is itself the key that opens a further door to sublimity. When we attain the knowledge {Ma’rifah] of this fountainhead and our hearts become familiar with it, we confess to our own shortcomings, and even if we are able to enter into the Majestic Court of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala’meen with a record of service and Ibadah equal to that of the Ibadah and service of all mankind, Jinn, and the Mala’eeka near to Almighty Allah, we would still be fearful and conscious of inadequacy.

O People of Imaan! The servants of Almighty Allah on whom the sacred doors of providence have been opened and whose hearts have been illuminated by the light of Ma’rifah – their hearts are so full of dread and trembling that even if all the excellences were accessible to them, and were all the keys to the treasures of Divine Knowledge be given them, and should their hearts be filled with Divine irradiation, that would not reduce their fear by an atom’s weight nor diminish the trembling of their quaking hearts. Hence, one of them says: “All are afraid of the End, and I am dreadful of the beginning”. “Subhanallahi wala hawla wala quwatta illa billahi”. Glory be to Almighty Allah. There is no power or might which is not by Allah! I seek refuge in Almighty Allah! Allah knows these words tear a person’s heart to pieces. They make our hearts melt, and take away our wits. But Alas! How negligent are we!

O Beloved slaves of Allah! All our obedience and worship are for the sake of selfish aims motivated by self-love. In reality, it is abstinence from the world for the sake of the rewards of the Aghirah [Hereafter] – which, nevertheless, for free men, is abstinence from the world for worldly rewards. Hence, were we to come to our Most Exalted Creator and Sustainer with the Ibadah of the two worlds, we would not deserve anything except expulsion from the Divine Proximity. That is because Almighty Allah Jallah Wa’ala has invited us into His Sacred Proximity and Muhabbat by declaring: “I have created thee for Myself”. This means that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala has made the knowledge of Him the end of creation and shown us the paths of knowledge and servitude. Despite it, all that we are occupied with is catering to our belly, our carnal lusts, amassing worldly wealth, chasing after name and fame, with no purpose in view except self-seeking and self-love. What a great pity!

 

O Ummatul Muslimeen! What have we to rely upon? Why shouldn’t the fear of Almighty Allah’s Might unsettle us and make our hearts bleed? Do we have anything else to rely upon? Do we rely upon our works and trust our deeds? If that be so, woe to us and to our estimation of ourselves! And woe to us for our estimation of the Master of all Masters! However, should our reliance and trust be upon the Bounty of Almighty Allah Most Exalted and Merciful, His expansive compassion and the all-inclusive love of the Sacred Essence, then we say Alhumdoelillah, for then our reliance is indeed well placed and we will have relied upon and sought a firm refuge.

O Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala’meen! You Who are Gafooroor Raheem! Conveyor of hearts. Creator and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth! Our hands are empty, and we know that we are imperfect and insignificant. We have nothing that is worthy of Thy Sacred Court. We are sinners from head to foot, and we are full of defects. Our inward and outward being is soaked in self-love. We pursue earthly wealth for we are lovers of the glitter and glamour that this world of delirium has to offer. How can I thank Thee with this dumb tongue of mine? Ya Allah! You have mentioned in verse 53 of Surah Al Zumar of Your Mercy and Forgiveness:

Say:”O My servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

” Ya Ibad Allah! Verily, Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala shall forgive all sins and immense all in the ocean of His Mercy and Beneficence. It is impossible that Almighty Allah should break His promise, although it is possible that He may withdraw His threats, and how often He does that. So gladden your hearts with the hope of His Mercy and Forgiveness, for Almighty Allah declares in verse 156 of Surah Al-A’raf:

“………My Mercy extends to all things.

” Alhumdoelillah! And all Praise belongs to Almighty Allah Jallah Wa’ala, for His Majesty, His Beauty, His Glory, His Greatness, His Muhabbat and His Beneficence. May His benedictions be upon our beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam, his family, the illustrious Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta’ala Alayhim Ajma’een, the Ambiya Alayhim Salaam and the Mala’eeka. Ameen – Thuma Ameen Ya Rabbal Ala’meen.

And Almighty Allah knows best.

Baarak Allaahu Feekum wa-sal Allaahu wa-Sallam ‘alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. May Almighty Allah’s peace and blessings be upon all of you and upon your loved one’s.

Was Salamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

Abdul Hamid

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