Jumu`ah Khutbah at As-Siddiq Mosque
Today is Friday, and it is a good day, it is a holiday; as Muslims it is our holiday, not Saturday, not Sunday. Since we live in western countries we have to live with their holidays, but still we keep in our heart the Jumu`ah, that is a holiday, and so rejoice in this being Friday, and it is also the second day of Eid al-Fitr. May Allah show us hundreds of Eid al-Fitr.
Let us give an example of naseeha where the Prophet (s) said:
Religion is advice. (Abu Dawood)
Naseeha (advice) is the religion. We look at the chandelier there and depending on the capacity, some mosques might make hundreds of these and hang them to show their love to Allah. Some people don't like to have a clean shaved head, but like to have their hair, as was a sunnah at the time of the Prophet (s), to have long hair. And as mentioned in the hadith of the Prophet that his hair was long, but in Hajjat al-Wada` the Prophet (s) shaved his head, and it is mentioned in Holy Qur'an:
لَتَدْخُلُنَّ الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ إِن شَاء اللَّهُ آمِنِينَ مُحَلِّقِينَ رُؤُوسَكُمْ وَمُقَصِّرِينَ
La-tadkhuloona ‘l-masjid al-haraam inshaa-Allahu aamineena muhalliqeena ruoosakum wa muqassireen.
You will surely enter al-Masjid al-Haram, if Allah wills, in safety, with your heads shaved and (hair) shortened. (Surat al-Fatih, 48:27)
Short or shaved, and we say this chandelier is very nice, but what is the benefit of a chandelier with no electricity? What is the benefit if there is no light? You can have hundreds of chandeliers hanging up, but if there is no source of electricity and light then there is no benefit. Even if we say it is nice, but there is no benefit, it is empty. Religion is nice, it brings people together, but there is something that Allah gave to us to make the chandelier to work, that energy, that light, that Allah put into us from His Bahr al-Qudra, the Ocean of Power, that is the energy that we need to move our body.
You have a dead person, his body cannot move. What makes the body move? That is the secret, you don’t see it. That is the soul. Doctors don’t understand the soul, they understand materials or any materialistic issue we can understand, but for spiritual things, no. (Allah said) “Say! The soul is from the affair of My Lord.”
وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الرُّوحِ قُلِ الرُّوحُ مِنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّي وَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّن الْعِلْمِ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً
Wa yasa'loonaka `ani'r-roohi qul ar-roohu min amri rabbee wa maa ooteetum min al-`ilmi illaa qaleelaa.
Say, "The soul, (O Muhammad), is from the affair of your Lord, but what you have been given of knowledge is very little (O men)." (Surat al-'Israa, 17:44)
وَنَفَخْتُ فِيهِ مِن رُّوحِي
Wa nafakhtu feehi min roohi.
I blew into Adam from My Soul (Spirit or Light). (Surat al-Hijr, 15:29)
That energy coming from the Ocean of Power, and that is carrying secrets that never end. That soul that makes a big change in us, and that soul takes any form Allah wants to give it. Even a tree has a soul, even every leaf has a soul, even every rock and pebble and the mountain has a soul. That is, a soul that makes tasbeeh:
وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدَهِ
Wa in min shay'in illa yusabihu bihamdih.
And there is not a thing but celebrates His praise! (Surat al-'Israa, 17:44)
Everything you see and feel and that is in this Earth and in the universes is making tasbeeh. So in order to get our chandelier to shine we need something to make it standing nicely with its light. The Prophet (s) has mentioned a way, and so to make ourself shining there is a way, there is a way to make it shining. If we leave that way, not everything is shining in us; then everything is in darkness with us because it takes you towards Shaytan. Through the life-giving soul that is always in the Divine Presence remembering Allah (swt) and asking Him through His Beautiful Names and Attributes, Allah will give. That soul is what makes our `amal (deeds) to work. One day that soul will go and the body will stop. I don’t compare it to science, but the soul does not die. Energy according to science never dies; it is conserved, and those who studied that know this. That soul is reciting tasbeeh when in this life, and that is written for you. What it does in Akhirah it is not written for you.
You need a catalyst to initiate it, such as that hadith that everyone knows, without it we are not using the right chemical formula to work. In dunya you might do work, and you will be rewarded, and as soon as you die it will stop. So to keep our `amal running, as the Prophet (s) said from Abu Hurayrah (r), to keep you in dunya remembering Allah (swt), to keep you the same in the grave, as the soul is obliged to make dhikr. That dhikr is not yours, it belongs to Allah (swt).
ينقطع عمل ابن ادم الا من ثلاث: صدقه جاريه; علم ينتفع به; ولد صالح يدعوا له
Yanqati` `amal ibn ’Adam illa min thalath: sadaqatun jaariya wa `ilmun yantafi`u bih wa waladun saalihun yada`u lah.
Abu Hurayrah (r) narrated that the Prophet (s) said:
The deeds of the Children of Sayyidina Adam are cut except three: a flowing donation in Allah’s Way and some knowledge that you leave behind (that benefits people) and a child who prays for you. (Muslim)
The Prophet (s) said, “When the Sons of Sayyidina Adam (a) die, then his `amal is cut off except three things: sadaqatun jaariyya,” so he related it to your sadaqa, then it works for you in Akhirah. Then what is written for you is written in the grave for you, but you need the key, as you need the key to run your car and to ignite the fuel so you must remember in dunya to give charity. Always running like a river... To where? To the Ocean of Power. That means Heavens, go back to where you came from, Bahr al-Qudra, that which Allah says to a thing, "Be!" and it will be.
It is said:
و امره بين الكاف و النون
wa amruhu bayna ‘l-kaaf wa ‘n-noon,
His Affair and Order is between the letter Kaf and the letter Nun.
So it is a flowing donation. If you put a brick in a masjid, as long as that brick is there making tasbeeh that will written as part of your `amal in the grave. That is running up to the Day of Resurrection, and even they take that brick away and the people say we have to put a new masjid, that brick's benefit will stay. Sadaqa jaariyya, flowing continuously, that sadaqa is alive and has rooh in it that is going to witness on Judgment Day; that sadaqa has light in it from the Ocean of Power to make it run, and when we give sadaqa it is running from then to Judgment Day, and that is for people who don't even speak the same language.
That Islamic knowledge, that is remembrance, or knowledge that people can benefit in a book, even if they don’t read it, what is in the book on the shelf, what is written there about Islam, imaan, ihsan, these letters will talk by themselves. They are not dumb or deaf. That is knowledge from which they benefit after you. The second is to raise a good child, like these children coming covering their heads, and their children whom they leave behind. Allah knows how much reward you will get when these children are raised on Islam and they are not going outside saying, “I am free.” They have to be dependent. Not that when they reach 18 years of age they are “independent”, that teaching you give children in the first years, up to 15 or so is written for you, than that child asking Allah for forgiveness for his parents.
قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم):"إِذا قال المعلِّم للصبيّ: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، فقال الصبي: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم كتب الله براءَة للصبي، وبراءَة لأبويه، وبراءَة للمعلم".
Qaala rasoolullahi sall-Allahu `alayhi wa sallama: idhaa qaal al-mu`allima li’s-sabiyy Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem, faqaal as-sabiyy Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem katab-
allahu baraa’tan li’s-sabiyy wa baaa’tan li-abawayhi wa baraa’tran li’l-mu`allim.
The Prophet (s) said, When the teacher says to the child “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem” and the child says Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem then Allah writes absolution for the child (from Hellfire), absolution for the parents and absolution for the teacher.
When a teacher teaches a child to recite “Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem,” the child, his parents and the teacher are all guaranteed freedom from Hellfire. That is a great hadith, giving us the opportunity to raise our children on Islam even in western countries, because the Prophet (s) said in the Last Days whoever follows Islam, and the sunnah, it will be like holding a burning coal.
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : يأتي على الناس زمان القابض على دينه كالقابض على الجمر
Qaala rasoolullah yaatee `ala an-naasi zamaan al-qaabidu `ala deenihi ka’l-qaabidu `alaa al-jamr.
The one holding his religion firmly in his hand is like someone holding a burning coal. (Tirmidhi)
That is like to cover; they emphasize to women to cover, but why they don't mention for boys and men? That is sunnah mu’akkadah, confirmed tradition of the Prophet (s), for men to cover their heads, and they are only picking on ladies to cover their hair, but the Prophet (s) never left his head uncovered, I challenge you to show that he did. If you want to be Muslim, you must keep Muslim ways; when you don’t cover it is easy to go anywhere. When you are covered, it takes you to places of goodness, to the masjid, a restaurant is no problem, and when the son sees his father and mother, he will imitate them.
قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Qul in kuntum tuhibboona 'Llaaha fattabi`oonee yuhbibkumullaahu wa yaghfir lakum dhunoobakum w 'Allaahu Ghafooru 'r-Raheem.
Say (O Muhammad), "If you (really) love Allah, then follow me! Allah will love you and forgive your sins, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:31)
If you love Muhammad then follow him! So if Muslims, you follow your parents, and when they see you covered so they follow you. It is more dangerous for girls as Allah gave them beauty through their hair, and they can only show to their father, brothers, uncles, nephews, but not their cousins. Hair gives beauty for ladies, and make sure you have decent dresses in order that you show your Islamic representation when others look at you, they see you wearing nicely, covering to your feet, covering your hair and say, ‘What kind of nice girls, covered nicely.” Shaytan tells them, “What is this awkward girl, that is all covered?” and Allah and His angels say: “Who is this beautiful girl who is covered?” Do you want Allah or Shaytan? May Allah (swt) grant us the benefit of Islam. All this that we mentioned are sadaqa.
تَبَسُّمُكَ فِي وَجْهِ أَخِيكَ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ وَأَمْرُكَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَنَهْيُكَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ صَدَقَةٌ وَإِرْشَادُكَ الرَّجُلَ فِي أَرْضِ الضَّلاَلِ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ وَبَصَرُكَ لِلرَّجُلِ الرَّدِيءِ الْبَصَرِ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ وَإِمَاطَتُكَ الْحَجَرَ وَالشَّوْكَةَ وَالْعَظْمَ عَنِ الطَّرِيقِ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ وَإِفْرَاغُكَ مِنْ دَلْوِكَ فِي دَلْوِ أَخِيكَ لَكَ صَدَقَةٌ
Abu Dharr (r) narrated that the Prophet (s) said: Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you. (Tirmidhi)
Your smile in the face of your brother is sadaqa, but that is not sadaqatun jaariyya as it will stop. You are granted the barakah of that sadaqa, but it is not a flowing sadaqa, but we say, “O Allah! Make it jaariyya.” Allah is The Generous One.
And third, you ordering the good and forbidding wrong is also sadaqa. To say to your brother, “Salaam `alaykum,” is sadaqa. How to say to him “salaam `alaykum” if he is not Muslim? Say to him, “Hello,” and even that hello is on every tongue now, Shaytan made it on every tongue. Now everyone carrying a phone, even a child says, “Hello.” I am not backwards, but you must say, “Salaam `alaykum,” if calling a Muslim say, “Salaam `alaykum;” if you get call from someone whose name appeared on the phone as Muslim say, “Salaam `alaykum,” don’t say, “Hello.” If you find someone in a land of deviation that does not respect Islam and you guide that person to where there are Muslims, that is sadaqa. So even if you make in every corner of the street a masjid, that is sadaqa, then you guide people to where they can go in a land of deviation. Your vision, to assist someone who cannot see is sadaqa and to remove a thorn or stone or bushes that might harm someone, take it away, and if you see a bone or a dead animal on the road, move it away. You might make an accident with that stone, someone might hit the rock and it hits you, or hit the bicycle behind you and harms your car or his.
If you are very thirsty and you go to a well and pull up a bucket of water and a thirsty person comes and you give him that water, that is sadaqa. Look how much opportunity the Prophet (s) gave to do sadaqa. I end with this hadith from Abu Hudhayfah (r).
لاَ يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ نَمَّامٌ
Laa yadkhul al-jannata nammaam.
The Prophet (s) said: The tale-bearer shall not enter Paradise. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Whether he is pious, someone who spreads false rumors will not enter Paradise. or someone spreads behind his brother and goes from one country to another and does backbiting or nameemah or gheeba, spreading rumor and confusion, that person , even if he is a wali he will not enter Paradise, and claiming: it is from the Prophet (s). Just like Musaylima al-Kadhdhaab, he was claiming to be a Prophet (s), and claiming that something was coming from the Prophet (s). Don’t say, “I have the signature of the Prophet (s),” that is wrong, it is against the Prophet (s). That is very sensitive, and for everyone who might fall into this sickness and disease, “They are showing me”, “I have vision,” what vision do I have with nameemah? Don’t you see the Prophet (s) is preventing fitna and nameemah and you are spreading fitna from one side and saying the Prophet (s) is directing this and that. What kind of vision is that?
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