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Life of the Grave

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

29 July 2016 Burton, Michigan

Jumu`ah Khutbah at As-Siddiq Institute & Mosque (ASIM)

O Believers, Muslims! Every week there is a Friday and alhamdulillah Allah honored us to be Muslims and to observe Friday, because it is the best day of the week. He granted it to Sayyidina Muhammad afdalus ‘s-salaatu wa salaam. Prophet (s) said, “There is one hour in Friday in which the du`a is accepted.”

فِي الْجُمُعَةِ سَاعَةٌ لَا يُوَافِقُهَا عَبْدٌ مُسْلِمٌ قَائِمٌ يُصَلِّي فَسَأَلَ اللَّهَ خَيْرًا إِلَّا أَعْطَاهُ

On Friday there is an hour in which no servant stands praying and asking Allah for goodness except that He gives it to him. (Bukhari, Muslim)

Let us make du`a that Allah (swt) takes away all our difficulties, blesses us with His endless mercy, keeps us Muslim and guides people towards the reality of Islam. Today people are trading: one says he supports Islam, the other is against Islam. This reminded me of the Hadith of Prophet (s) about the trade between two people. One says he is with and the other says he is against, they are playing with Muslims and the word ‘Islam.’ No, we have dignity and honor as Muslims. We are proud to follow the religion of Allah (swt) and our Prophet (s), just as other nations follow their prophets: Sayyidina `Isa, Sayyidina Musa, Sayyidina Nuh, Sayyidina Adam (a) and so on. It struck me this last two weeks to see the word ‘Islam’ debated as if it is a trade. No, it is an honor to be Muslim, that Allah (swt) guided us, and because we are peaceful people we hope He will guide everyone.

Prophet (s) mentioned:

يوشك أن يأتي على الناس زمان لا يبقى من الإسلام إلا اسمه ولا يبقى من القرآن إلا رسمه ، مساجدهم عامرة وهي خراب من الهدى ، علماؤهم شر من تحت أديم السماء ، من عندهم تخرج الفتنة ، وفيهم تعود

There will come a time upon a people when nothing remains from Islam except its name, nothing from the Qur’an except the form of its letters, mosques will be built but are empty of guidance, their scholars will be the worst people beneath the sky, and chaos will emerge from them and return to them. (Bayhaqi)

No one is going deeper (into the religion) except only taking names and trying to justify that Islam is good, Islam is this. No, of course Islam is perfect, it is a full moon. Every one of us wants Allah (swt) to be happy with us or else why are we coming here and to every masjid around the world on the day of Jumu`ah? We come to be loyal to what Allah has given us and that Allah will be happy from Muslims and mu’mins, as mentioned in a Hadith from Anas ibn Malik (r):

مَنْ فَارَقَ الدُّنْيَا عَلَى الإِخْلاصِ لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فِي عِبَادَتِهِ لا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، وَإِقَامِ الصَّلاةِ ، وَإِيتَاءِ الزَّكَاةِ ، فَارَقَهَا وَاللَّهُ عَنْهُ رَاضٍ

Whoever leaves dunya with sincerity to Allah (swt) in his worship, associating no partner with Him, establishing the prayer and giving Zakaat, then he leaves the dunya and Allah is pleased with him.

(Ibn Majah)

Prophet (s) said when someone leaves dunya, he will go to the temporary portion in the cycle of life known as Barzakh, life of the grave. When Allah sends the soul, either it is rawdah min Riyaadh l-Jannah, a piece of Paradise, or hifrun min an-Niraan, or a piece of Hellfire.” We hope Allah gives us rawdatan min Riyaadh al-Jannah!

وَمَن كَانَ فِي هَـذِهِ أَعْمَى فَهُوَ فِي الآخِرَةِ أَعْمَى وَأَضَلُّ سَبِيلاً

But those who were blind in this world will be blind in the Hereafter, and most stray from the Path.

(Surat al-Isra, 17:72)

Whoever is blind in this life will be blind in the Next. Yes, of course we are blind, we cannot see, and for us to be able to see Allah (swt) said:

عن ‏ ‏أبي هريرة ‏ ‏قال ‏‏قال رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏إن الله قال ‏ ‏من عادى لي وليا فقد ‏ ‏آذنته ‏ ‏بالحرب وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه وما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره الذي يبصر به ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها وإن سألني لأعطينه ولئن استعاذني لأعيذنه وما ترددت عن شيء أنا فاعله ترددي عن نفس المؤمن يكره الموت وأنا أكره مساءته ‏

ولا يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه، فإذا أحببته كنت سمعه الذي يسمع به وبصره

الذي يبصر به، ويده التي يبطش بها ورجله التي يمشي بها،

My servant does not cease to approach Me through voluntary worship until I will love him. When I love him, I will become the ears with which he hears, the eyes with which he sees, the hand with which he acts, and the legs with which he walks (and other versions include, “and the tongue with which he speaks.”). (Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari)

“I am his hearing. I will give power to his ears to hear something he never heard before. I will be his eyes with which he sees visions.” We are blind and deaf, not seeing nor hearing anything, so in order to make ourselves see and hear, Prophet (s) said in this Hadith, man faaraqa d-dunya `ala ‘l-ikhlaas lillahi wahdahu fi ibadatee la shareeka lah, who leaves dunya knowing there is no Creator but Allah alone, to live and die on Shahaadah, will receive these abilities. He must have sincerity to worship Allah (swt) alone and say, “There is no Creator except Allah (swt),” to live and die on Shahaadah.

We don't want our tongue to be frozen at the time of death: now it's easy to say, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah,” but to say it the when Malak al-Mawt (a) comes to take our soul is not easy. For those who did not say it in dunya, it will not be easy to say it in Akhirah. Let us say every day, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah.” We must be sincere to Allah (swt) and worship without associating anyone with Him. That is why He said, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah,” that He is the Creator, that Sayyidina Muhammad is His Servant.

Sayyidina Muhammad, alayhi afdalu ‘s-salaatu ‘s-salaam is happy when you mention he is Allah’s servant, not God or the son of God. Yes, the person who believes Allah has shareek (partners) is like those who believe in statues. When you put eight or ten together--one for love, one for rain, one for sex, one for this, one for that--Allah does not like that. We say:

Laa ilaaha illa-Llah wahdahu laa shareeka lah lahu ‘l-mulku wa lahu ‘l-hamdu yuhyi wa yumeet wa huwa `alaa kulli shayin qadeer.

There is nothing worthy of worship but Allah. He is Alone, without partner. To Him belongs the Dominion and the Praise. He causes life and death and He is The Living One and will never die. In His Hand is all good, and His Will is over all things.

He (s) said, “If you want Allah to be happy with you then iqaamu ‘s-salaat, you must pray the Five Prayers.”

إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ كَانَتْ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ كِتَابًا مَّوْقُوتًا

Truly prayer has been enjoined upon the Believers in prescribed times. (Surat al-Nisaa, 4:103)

Prayers for Muslims, for believers, has been set for specified times. Allah (swt) made it clear through His Messenger. It is not acceptable to only pray Jumu'ah, as some people do in different countries; they pray Jumu’ah, then wait for the second Jumu’ah and don’t pray anything between the two. Allah will Judge you, if you are sick you are excused, if you are traveling you may shorten; pray on time or one hour late, but preferably on it’s time. Wa a’tu ‘z-zakat, and give charity. These are three things: first to say, “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha illa-Llah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah,” second is to establish prayers and third is to give charity, donation of what Allah gave you. Give fee sabeelillah, to institutions, mosques, to the homeless, to the sick and to those in need. May Allah (swt) guide us towards that. He did not say “as-sawm,” to fast; he said it in another Hadith.

الصوم لي وانا اُجزي به

Fasting is for Me and I will reward it. (Bukhari, Muslim)

Fasting is for Allah and He rewards it. Prayers, ikhlaas and Shahadah are for you, for your benefit. Allah decides fasting, don’t approach it, He will reward. So if you want Allah to be happy and leave dunya peacefully, then do that, if not we are in a problem. Abu Hurayrah (r) said that Prophet (s) said the first to be judged on Judgment Day are the Shuhaadah:

إن أول الناس يقضى فيه يوم القيامة ثلاثة : رجل استشهد فأتي به فعرفه نعمه فعرفها ، فقال : ما عملت فيها ؟ قال : قاتلت في سبيلك حتى استشهدت ، قال : كذبت ، إنما أردت أن يقال فلان جريء ، فقد قيل ، فيؤمر به فيسحب على وجهه حتى ألقي في النار

The first to be judged on the Day of Resurrection is the man who sought martyrdom. He will be brought forth and shown the rewards. Allah will say, “What did you do for them?” He will say, “I fought for Your Sake and was martyred.” He (swt) will say, “You lie. You only wanted for people to call you a martyr, and it has been said.” The He will give His Command and he will be dragged on his face until he is thrown in the fire. (Muslim, Tirmidhi)

It means there is something here about which we have to be very careful. What we said at the beginning for Allah to be happy with you say Shahadah, then pray, and then pay Zakat for Allah’s Sake. If we don’t do this, let us see what will happen.

The first person He will judge is a martyr who died in the way of Allah (swt), to whom Allah will show the reward he deserves, saying, “If you died for Me, here is the reward for martyrs. What did you do for it?”

The man will say, “Yaa Rabbee, I fought for You.”

Allah will say, “You lied, you did not fight for Me,” then order that he be pulled on his face to Hellfire, because he did not say, “I fought for You, yaa Rabb, only to raise up Your Name.” No! He fought only for the glory to be called ‘shaheed,’ to be famous after his death. He ran after a title, for something people promised him, like today, some go on TV before exploding themselves in order for people to say, “This is a very good person.” No, this is wrong! You lied tabout it being for Allah, you did it to become famous, for your own pride and for your family to be proud of you, not for Allah to be happy with you!

“You lied and I order My angels to throw you in Hellfire.” Here it shows that sincerity is what is needed. In order for Allah to be happy with you, you must show your happiness through what you achieve: your prayers, Zakaat and your sincerity to Allah (swt), and by saying, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadu ‘r-Rasoolullah `alayha nahya wa `alayha namoot wa `alayha nalqallah.

[Closing du`a of Khutbah.]

Wa qoolu qawli hadha w‘astagfirullah.


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