Friday Khutbah – June 6th 2014 – Masjid Al-Faatir.

Some points to ponder and remember from yesterday’s Khutbah:

  • Is my deen safe in my heart? Or is the temporary extinguishing the permanent. You must work to protect it and not take it for granted. 
  • Sins do have weight and you don’t want to have to carry that.
  • Don’t look at the sin look at who you sinned against.
  • A small sin that you persist in is no longer a small sin.
  • A Muslims constant dua should be: “Do not change my heart once you have guided me.”
  • A Muslim does not feel safe till he passes the gates of Jannah, because shaytaan is constantly trying to misguide us: If he can’t make us commit a big sin he will try making us commit a small sin, if he can’t make us commit a small sin he will try making us do nothing (i.e. be lazy), if he can’t make us do any of these things he will try putting pride in our hearts.
  • A Muslim lives in a state of hope and fear

أُولَٰئِكَالَّذِينَيَدْعُونَيَبْتَغُونَإِلَىٰرَبِّهِمُالْوَسِيلَةَأَيُّهُمْأَقْرَبُوَيَرْجُونَرَحْمَتَهُوَيَخَافُونَعَذَابَهُإِنَّعَذَابَرَبِّكَكَانَمَحْذُورًا

Those whom they call upon, themselves seek the means of access to their Lord– whoever of them is nearest– and they hope for His mercy and fear His chastisement; surely the chastisement of your Lord is a thing to be cautious of. Al-Isra ayah 57.

Some hadiths regarding a believer living in a state of hope and fear:

Abu Rowzbari said:

“Fear & hope are like the two wings of a bird.

If they are well balance, the flight will be well balanced.

But if one is stunted, the flight would also be stunted.

And to be sure, if the two are lost, the bird will soon be in the throes of death.”

Musnad Ahmed & Tirmidhi have a report narrated by ‘A’isha (RA): 

She said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Concerning the verse – “Those who give out of what they have been given, but their hearts are fearful (Al-Mu’minun, 60)” “Is it talking about someone who commits adultery, drinks wine & steals?”

He replied – “No, O daughter of Siddiq. It is speaking of a man who fasts, prays, gives in charity but is fearful that all that might not be accepted.”

Hasan al Busri said: “They acted, by Allah, obediently, striving hard, but feared that their efforts might be thrown back at them. The believer combines extreme piety with fear. On the contrary, the hypocrite combines evil acts with self-satisfaction.”

Tirmidhi: Hadrat Anas (ra) narrates that Allah’s Messenger (saw) once visited a young man who was at death’s door. The Prophet (saw) asked him, “In what state do you find yourself now?” The young man replied, “O Messenger of Allah! My state is that I am hopeful of Divine Mercy, but, at the same time, there is fear of punishment for the sins (I have commited).” The Prophet (saw) remarked, “Believe it, in whose heart the two feelings of hope and fear are present at the time of death, Allah will surely grant him what he confidently expects from His Mercy and keep him safe from the punishment he fears in his heart.”

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Friday Khutbah – 1st November 2013

By Shakyh Dahee @ Islamic Center of Johnson County:

This Friday’s topic was: Good Manners – Akhlaaq: THIS IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF ISLAM… (NOT something you ADD on after finishing the other aspects of the religion).

Allah (SWT) says in
Surah 21. Al-Anbiya, Verse 107:

وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

Translation:
And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the worlds.

Part of the mercy in this life is about teaching us GOOD MANNERS.

Surah 3. Aal-e-Imran, Verse 159:

فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِّنَ اللَّهِ لِنتَ لَهُمْ وَلَوْ كُنتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ

Translation:
Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you; pardon them therefore and ask pardon for them, and take counsel with them in the affair; so when you have decided, then place your trust in Allah; surely Allah loves those who trust.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “I was sent to improve and complete the most noble of good character (manners)”. [Al-Hakim and others (sahih)]
When Imam Malik (RA) was a young boy his mom sent him to Madeenah to gain knowledge, but his mother advised him by saying “O Malik, “Go to Rabee’ah and learn from him manners before you learn knowledge”. http://alminbar.com/khutbaheng/2272.htm

Because no matter how much knowledge you have gained if you don’t have good manners (akhlaaq) your knowledge will be worth nothing.

Who is going to want to listen to and learn from someone who is harsh and rude towards others?
A brilliant student of Imam Malik gained all his knowledge from the Imam in the first year but yet continued to stay and study with the Imam for 20 years. When asked why? He said in the first year he gained his knowledge but for the remaining 19 years he stayed and learned good manners from Imam Malik.

It is important to remember that good manners are more important than good knowledge.

Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him reported: A man asked, “O Messenger of Allah! There is a woman who prays, gives charity and fasts a great deal, but she harms her neighbors with her speech (by insulting them)”
He said: “She will go to hell”
The man said: “O messenger of Allah! There is (another) woman who is well-known for how little she fasts and prays, but she gives charity from the dried yoghurt she makes and she does not harm her neighbors”
He said: “She will go to paradise” 
(Ahmad, vol. 4, p. 166, Ibn Hibban, hadith no. 2054)

You cannot pray and hurt your neighbors.
You cannot fast and speak badly about your neighbors.
If you are praying 5 times a day and you are hurting your neighbors it will not benefit you.

It is essential to remember that you have to be nice to everyone not just with Muslims!!!

Start your knowledge with good manners and gain your knowledge step by step.

One day a man came to the Prophet (SAW) and said to him “Ya Muhammad, give me the money fro the Muslims house it not yours and it not your father’s money. The Prophet asked the man to follow him and gave him some money, he then asked him if it was enough for him, the man said ‘No’ so the Prophet (SAW) gave him more money and asked if it was enough, the man said ‘No’. The Prophet (SAW) again gave him more money , he gave him money 3 times with a smile on his face. The man then said ‘Yes Rasool Allah (Prophet of Allah) and asked for forgiveness.
With this hadith it is important to remember that the best way to get close to people is with good manners. (Sorry I do not have reference for this hadith.)

`Abd Allah ibn Hārith (may Allah be pleased with him) said about him, “I have never seen anyone smile more than the Prophet (SAW).”
When you smile in your brother’s face it is considered sadaqah (charity). [Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98]
http://www.suhaibwebb.com/islam-studies/prophet-muhammad/gems-from-the-messenger-of-allah-ﷺ/

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, asked, “Do you know who the bankrupt are?” They said, “The one without money or goods is bankrupt.” So the Prophet said, “The bankrupt are those from my nation who come on the Day of Resurrection with prayer, fasting, and charity, but comes also insulting, slandering, consuming wealth, shedding blood, and beating others. They will each be given from his good deeds; if his good deeds run out before the score is settled, their bad deeds will be cast upon him, then he will be thrown into the Hellfire.”
Source: Sahih Muslim 4678 http://www.dailyhadithonline.com/2011/05/08/do-you-know-who-the-bankrupt-are/

Similar khutbah: http://www.firstpost.com/topic/place/qatar-good-manners-akhlaaq-kamal-el-mekki-video-IH2_0_IWUN0-3449-1.html

Additional hadiths:

Book 71 – The Book of Al-Adab (Good Manners), Chapter 12. The sin of that person whose neighbor does not feel safe from his evil.

2021. Narrated ‘Aisha (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said, “Jibrael (Gabriel) continue to recommend me about treating the neighbors kindly and politely, so much so that I thought he would order me to make them as my heirs”. [8:43- O.B].

2022. Narrated by Abu Shuraih (RA): The Prophet (SAW) said, “By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe!” It was said, “Who is that, O Allah’s Messenger?” He said, “That person whose neighbor does not feel safe from evil.” [8:45- O.B].

BEFORE YOU SPEAK BADLY OFF SOMEONE REMEMBER YOU ARE GIVING AWAY A GOOD DEED OF YOURS!

Friday Khutbah: 25th October 2013.

By Shakyh Mohammad Elhuwaizy @ Islamic Center of Johnson County:

So this Friday’s Khutbah was a little harder for me to summarize…. But here are a few points I was able to make…

The topic discussed was: How Prophet Ibrahim (AS)’s family is a good example for us on how to be with our family.

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); knowledge which is beneficial; or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (the deceased).” [Sahih Muslim]

The third source of reward is having virtuous descendants. Training of children on the right lines and then making dua for them to be among the righteous is essential, so that after a person’s death they continue to pray for him or her. The prayer of righteous children in favor of parents is very useful.
http://dailyhadith.adaptivesolutionsinc.com/hadith/Three-Lasting-Good-Deeds.htm

Lessons from Prophet Ibrahim (AS):

1. Steadfastness in obedience to Allah (SWT) together as a family unit.
Prophet Ibrahim (AS) when he had to leave his wife Hagar in Makkah. She did not argue with her husband even though she was being deserted with a newborn baby where there was no vegetation. Hence, the wife and son reaped the rewards of patience such that God flowed pure zamzam water beneath the feet of baby Ismaeel and made the trekking of Safa and Marwah a lifelong ritual for Muslims until the Day of Judgment. Such are the dividends from the Creator when the family, as a unit, is in sync with its Master and His Commandments upon this earth.
http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/living-islam/islam-day-to-day/family/455413-save-family-save-society.html

2. Important communication lesson between kids and parents:
It is very important to have good communication between you and your kids.
When Ibrahim (AS) saw in his dream that he was commanded by Allah (SWT) to sacrifice his son, Ibrahim (AS) went and spoke to his son about the dream and Prophet Ismaeel (AS) agreed and asked him to carry out Allah (SWT)’s will.

فَلَمَّا بَلَغَ مَعَهُ السَّعْيَ قَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ إِنِّي أَرَىٰ فِي الْمَنَامِ أَنِّي أَذْبَحُكَ فَانظُرْ مَاذَا تَرَىٰ قَالَ يَا أَبَتِ افْعَلْ مَا تُؤْمَرُ سَتَجِدُنِي إِن شَاءَ اللَّهُ مِنَ الصَّابِرِينَ
{And, when he (his son) was old enough to walk with him, he said: “O my son! I have seen in a dream that I am slaughtering you (offering you in sacrifice to Allah). So look what you think!” He said: “O my father! Do that which you are commanded, Insha’ Allah (if Allah wills), you shall find me of the patients} (As-Saffat 37: 102)
Even though Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was not obligated to ask his son as it was a commandment from Allah (SWT) he spoke to Ismaeel (AS) and showed us an example how important it is to have that bond of communication with kids.
Similarly when Prophet Yusuf (AS) had a dream he went and spoke to his father Prophet Ya’qub (AS) without hesitation.
Children should be able to talk to their parents without any hesitation and similarly parents should be able to talk to their children to develop that bond and trust between them.

Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was tested in every aspect of family but he never wavered in his loyalty & dedication to Allah (SWT)’s path.

‘We can be patient with hunger in this duniya but we cannot bear the hell-fire’ ~ Shakyh Mohammad.

If I have written anything right it is from Allah (SWT) anything wrong is from me. Allahualam.