As-Siddiq Institute & Mosque (ASIM)
As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illa-Llaah w 'Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa Lillaahi ‘l-Hamd. Alhamdulillahi ‘l-ladhee ‘l-ladhee hadaana li ’l-Islaami wa maa kunna li-nahtadeea law laa an hadaana ’Llaah, wa maa tawfeeqi illa billa `alayhi tawakkaltu wa `alayhi `uneeb.
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illa-Llaah w 'Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa Lillaahi ‘l-Hamd. Wa na ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llaah wahdahu laa shareekahu wa laa nadheeralahu wa laa matheelala...wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan `abduhu wa habeebuhu wa rasooluh. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illa-Llaah wa 'Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa Lillaahi ‘l-Hamd.
Happy `Eid to all of us! This is a blessed day,`Eid, and yesterday was `Arafat, where our Muslim brothers stood up and prayed to Allah (swt). The Prophet (s) said:
“There is no day on which Allah frees more of His slaves from Fire than the Day of `Arafat, and He verily draws near, then boasts of them before the angels, saying: ‘What do they seek?’” (Sahih Muslim)
The Standing at `Arafat Brings Forgiveness for the Entire Ummah
That is the Hadith of the Prophet (s). We are celebrating today because Allah forgave His servants yesterday; however, His mercy is not for only one group of people, it is such that He will also grant His mercy to the brothers of those who were present on `Arafat. He will not deprive other Muslims from His mercy on that day, all we have to do is ask for Allah’s Forgiveness! Alhamdulillah, yesterday many people asked forgiveness from Allah (swt) and of those who did not, there are brothers who asked on their behalf. There are many shufa`ah in Ummat an-Nabi (s), many pious servants of Allah (swt) who are asking not just for themselves, but for all the Ummah. So yesterday, alhamdulillah with their blessing as they prayed to Allah (swt) to forgive all of us, all of our sins were forgiven! It is not only for the hajjis at `Arafat, but for all Ummat an-Nabi (s). With the barakah of the hajjis at `Arafat and the pious servants that are present among us, we all are forgiven! We ask forgiveness from Allah and He forgives as He is al-Ghafoor, The One Who Forgives over and over again. That is why we are celebrating `Eid: we have been forgiven from all of our sins.
The Holy Last Sermon at `Arafat: Don’t Harm Your Muslim Brother
For some reason, and Allah knows best, the Prophet (s) went for Hajj only one time in his life, it was his first and last Hajj. When he completed Hajj, soon afterwards he fell ill and Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r) led the prayers in his holy mosque. On the Day of `Arafat, the Prophet (s) gave a sermon to his Sahaabah (r) and told them to spread it, and we will read from what the Prophet (s) said on that day when Allah (swt) when forgives His servants:
“O People! The properties, lives and blood of Muslims is sacred, just as this day is sacred and this month is sacred and this city is sacred! Don't hurt anyone, as you would not want anyone to hurt you. It is not permissible to harm any Muslim or take the property of a Muslim, except for Haqq. One is not permitted to take from his Muslim brother or sister except what they freely or willingly give, so don't do injustice to yourselves. Allah has given us Hajj and a chance to be forgiven, but I am reminding you that the blood and property of your brothers and sisters is haraam until you meet your Lord. Don't oppress anyone, and Allah will ask about your deeds.”
This is from the Prophet’s holy Last Sermon on `Arafat, on Hajj, reminding his Nation! It is important this day to remember the Prophet's (s) words, “Don't take the property or lives of other Muslims, don't harm any Muslims.” Where are the Muslims today and who is listening to the Prophet (s)? Allah (swt) said:
أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ
Obey Allah, obey the Prophet, and obey those in authority among you. (Surat an-Nisa, 4:59)
Who remembers what the Prophet (s) said on Yawma al-`Arafat? Very few! So let’s remember on this `Eid day what the Prophet (s) said on the Day of `Arafat as his words apply forever, not just on one day. “O people, lend me your ears, listen to me! You know every Muslim is the brother of the Muslim.” You can read this sermon, it is available everywhere. Let us be careful on this day and remind ourselves, “The one praying next to me is my brother, and the one who is not next to me is perhaps in another country, is also my brother.” We may not harm them in their life, in their property or in their family. If we did, we ask for forgiveness, as Allah (swt) said in His Book, “My mercy reaches My servants first, before My anger.”
إن رحمتي سبقت غضبي
My mercy overcame My wrath. (Sahih Bukhari
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
[O Muhammad!] Say, "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, for Allah forgives all sins, for He is The Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
(Surat az-Zumar, 39:53)
وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ
My mercy has encompassed everything. (Surat al-A`raaf, 7:156)
Allah (swt) said, “Don't despair of Allah's mercy as it encompasses everything.” So we ask on this day for Allah's mercy and blessings, and that He forgives all Muslims and all mu’min. We pray that He makes us compliant with Shari`ah and the words of the Prophet (s) and does not make us hurt any of our fellow Muslims.
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