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    Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah (OP)


    Causes of Marital Problems

    Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib

    27, Jumaadal Aakhirah 1425 (13, August 2004)



    All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds. Peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger, his household and companions.

    Fellow Muslims! Allaah says,

    “O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Hawwâ (Eve)) and from them both He created many men and women; and fear Allâh through Whom you demand (your mutual rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allâh is Ever an All-Watcher over you.”

    (An-Nisaa 4:1)


    Fear Allaah, dear brethren! Be conscious of Him and obey His commandments in private and in public. Allaah says,

    “And whosoever fears Allâh and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.”

    (At-Talaaq 65:4)

    Dear brethren! Happiness is a necessity of the life of this world. Stability, progress and development cannot be achieved in the absence of happiness. If there is no happiness, man cannot appropriately worship his Lord. Humans have naturally be conditioned on finding solace in one another. That is why Allaah says while He reminds mankind of His favours upon them,

    “And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect.”

    (Ar-Room 30:21)

    Yes! Wives in whom you find repose; this is a proof that marriage is stability and peace of mind. This also implies the importance of marriage in Islaam and the attention that Islaam pays to the family. Islaam encourages marriage and it enjoins that it should be made easy. It forbids all that could impede it. Allaah says,

    “Marry (other) women of your choice, two or three, or four; but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one.”

    (An-Nisaa 4:3)

    Allaah also says,

    “And marry those among you who are single (i.e. a man who has no wife and the woman who has no husband) and (also marry) the Sâlihûn (pious, fit and capable ones) of your (male) slaves and maid-servants (female slaves). If they be poor, Allâh will enrich them out of His Bounty.”

    (An-Noor 24:32)

    Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim reported the Messenger of Allaah said, “O young people! Let those who have the ability to maintain among you marry.” Marriage is therefore the way of the Messengers and part of the guidance of the righteous.

    Fellow Muslims! Islaam is greatly concerned about formation and uprightness of the family. This is because it is the foundation of the society whose different parts enforces and supports one another. It is for this reason that Prophet likened the Muslims to a structure whose different parts strengthen one another.

    Islaam commands that suitable men should be married to. It forbids preventing women from marrying. It explains in the Qur’aan and in the Sunnah rights and responsibilities of the husband and the wife because stability of homes and uprightness of families cannot be attained if both the husband and the wife are not stable and successful in their marital life. As it is known that you cannot give out something you do not own, it is also impossible for parents who failed in their marital life have nothing to offer the society let alone produce righteous children who will be capable of contributing constructively to the society.

    A successful marriage therefore means success of the society as family destruction means the destruction of the society. The Messenger of Allaah said, “Satan places his throne upon the water and he sends his hosts and the greatest of them in causing crises in the land will be the nearest to him in position. One of the hosts will tell Satan, ‘I did this and that’, but Satan will then him, ‘you have done nothing’. Another host will come and he will tell Satan, ‘I did not leave him [one of the human whom Satan wants to mislead] until I caused separation between him and his wife.’ Satan will then bring closer to himself and tell him, ‘yes it is you who [is closest to me in position].’” (Muslim)

    If this is the stand of the accursed Satan, his mischievous followers are keen to destroy this great edifice and ruin the foundations of the society through their causing of disruptions in the families so much so that the rate of divorce and has alarmingly increased and more and more women are remaining unmarried. This is undoubtedly dangerous. For a situation like this breaks up the society, exposes children to negligence, makes the corruption widespread and creates resentment among families.

    It is therefore the obligation of educators, reformers and journalists to look into this matter.

    Brethren in faith! We all know that it is impossible to be perfect and that having differences is naturally human. It is impossible for the two spouses to have the same nature, character, desires and thoughts. It is enough a difference that one is male and the other is female. So it is unnatural to have differences among members of the same family. Even the household of the Prophet had its own share of differences. This is the natural. However, a home that is established upon piety and in which both the husband and the wife know their rights and obligations will never be negatively affected by these differences. The differences rather increase them in steadfastness and awareness, which lead them to correct their mistakes and block the way to further evils.

    Fellow Muslims! When we take a quick look at the causes of marital problems, we will realize that they all emanate from the violation of Allaah’s commandments in many of the issues of marriage. Some marriages have become a curse and a calamity instead of becoming a source of tranquility and mercy. Allaah says,

    “And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.” (Ash-Shooraa 42:30)

    There is no doubt in the fact that destruction of homes is one the greatest misfortunes.

    One of the righteous predecessors said, “Whenever I disobey Allaah I see the impact of that in my mount animal and in the behaviour of my wife.”

    Another said, “The sins of the righteous predecessors were few so they knew them and their causes.”

    Yes! Can anyone who audaciously disobeys Allaah hope for success from Him? Can someone who disobeys Allaah wantonly expect his wife to obey him? Can a woman who is negligent in her obligations to Allaah expect her husband to fulfil her own rights? Though sins that either of the two spouses commits should not be made an excuse for maltreatment of his or her partner.

    Dear brethren! There are general sins like neglecting the prayers and perpetrating forbidden things; and there are specifically related to marriage like transgression or negligence in marital rights and obligations. Differences occur between spouses in proportion to the degree of negligence.

    The man who is negligent in his duties to his wife and the wife who is negligent in her duties to her husband should understand that they are disobeying Allaah. The Prophet said, “If a man invites his wife to his bed and she refuses and the man passes the night in the state of being of angry with her, the angels will continuously curse her till the morning.” (Al-Bukhaaree)

    It is the duty of husband and wife to remember while they are fulfilling their marital obligations that they are performing acts of worship. The Messenger of Allaah has informed us that the Muslim would be rewarded for each morsel he puts in his wife’s mouth, though it is his obligation to spend on her.

    The Messenger of Allaah is also authentically reported to have said that a man will be rewarded when he performs sexual intercourse with his wife, though he is naturally inclined to do so.

    Therefore, the most important solution for those who want to lead a prosperous marital life is to fulfil the rights of Allaah, to carry out His commands and to fulfil all obligations. Let those who want to have an happy life read the saying of Allaah,

    “Whoever works righteousness - whether male or female - while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islâmic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision).”

    (An-Nahl 16:97)

    Fellow Muslims! Selecting a good spouse is the foundation of happy and harmonious life. But negligence and disobeying Allaah regarding this vital matter cause problems. An example of this is to force a woman to marry a man she does not like as way of maintaining an obsolete tradition or because of the fame or the wealth of the suitor. This is definitely wrong and forbidden. Allaah’s Messenger said, “A matron should not be given in marriage except after consulting her; and a virgin should not be given in marriage except after her permission.” (A-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

    However, young girl should seek to understand the opinion of their guardians and her utmost interest should be the criterion for selecting a suitor for her.

    Another contravention of Islaam’s injunction regarding marriage is lie on the part of the husband or wife or their intermediary. This is betrayal the consequences of which the perpetrator will have to face in this world and the Hereafter.

    Dear brethren! Another critical mistake made when selecting a suitor for girls is neglecting the religious aspects of his character and instead asking for his job, wealth and status in the society. The guardian who does this forgets that he who has betrayed Allaah and His Messenger could not be entrusted regarding his daughter. The suitor who neglects the religious aspects of his bride’s life forgets that a woman who is negligent in her duties to Allaah would never carry out her responsibility to her husband. A marital home built on materialism shall always be on the verge of destruction.

    Brethren in faith! Guardians bear a part of this blame because of their indifference to the situation of the suitor and their failure to fulfil their obligations towards their daughters. There are many righteous girls who are afflicted with husbands who do not pray and who take intoxicants and commit forbidden things. This is a result of the negligence and indifference on the part of the girls’ guardians, for they did not bother to ask about the suitors’ religiosity.

    Many are also is a man who insisted that his fiancé should fulfil all conditions available under the sun but gave only an insignificant consideration for her religiosity only to discover later after it was already late that the woman is not suitable to be a wife because of her lack religion and good morals.

    The big question now is: what is the criterion for selecting a spouse?

    This question is adequately answered by the Messenger of Allaah when he said, “When someone with whose religion and conduct you are pleased come for the hand of your daughter in marriage, marry to him. If you do not do so, there will be a great tribulation and widespread corruption on the land.” (At-Tirmidhee and Ibn Maajah)

    The Messenger of Allaah also said, “A woman is married for one of the following four things: her wealth, nobility, beauty or her religiosity. Marry the one with religion, you will succeed.” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

    Fellow Muslims! Can someone who opens his marital life with violation of Islaamic injunctions expect success from Allaah? What I mean by this is a lot of violations of Allaah’s commandments that are witnessed in marriage banquets like immodest dressing, mingling of men and women, taking pictures, playing of music and neglecting prayers. This is in addition to extravagant spending and ostentatious banquets.

    Let all fear Allaah and carry out his responsibilities. We should not leave a chance for the mischievous.

    Fellow Muslims! Understanding the causes of marital problems leads to avoiding them and warning the Muslims not fall into them, thereby giving the relatives of both the husband and the wife an opportunity to intervene into what is outside their concern. The Messenger of Allaah said, “Shunning what is not of one’s concern is an aspect of perfection of one’s religion.” Allaah has also forbidding spying on people.

    It is also an act of ignorance and foolishness that one of the spouses should complain to relatives about his or her spouse. For widening the scope of disagreement and involving outsiders increase the situation in complexity. It is therefore our obligation to preserve our secrets and solve our problems by ourselves. If the situation is allowed to reach a crisis point, the mischief-makers will wade into it and the matter will become the talk of the town, which eventually leads to destruction of homes.

    Dear brethren! One of the reasons of marital problems is a misconception about matrimonial life and lack of understanding the noble goals of marriage like preservation of chastity for both man and woman, living together peacefully, establishing the Muslim home, cooperating in righteousness and piety and bringing up the children upon righteous path. If the spouses keep these concepts in their minds, they will never pay attention to flimsy things. Even if some worldly mistakes happen along the way they deal with them wisely and remember Allaah’s instruction,

    “And do not forget liberality between yourselves.”

    (Al-Baqarah 2:237)

    Also, the imperfections in either of the two spouses should be borne with tolerance. The Messenger of Allaah said, “No believing man should hate a believing woman. If he dislikes a trait in her, he will find in her other traits which he likes.” (Muslim)

    Another shortsightedness is the consideration people give to beauty. The Muslim should make the goals of Sharee‘ah the basic criterion in selecting a spouse. An interesting story in this regard is what is narrated from Ash’Sha’bee that a man asked him, “I have married a woman but I later realized that there is a trace of limping in one her two legs. Can I return the woman [to her family] and reclaim my mahr?” Ash-Sha’bee answered him saying, “If you have married her to use her for racing, you may return her.”

    You can also find a man who scorns his wife simply because other women are taller and more knowledgeable than her. Some men compare their wives to other women thereby causing great dissention.

    Another factor that influences people’s perception of beauty are many films, magazines and periodicals with images of women and satellite channels with which we are afflicted these days. This phenomenon leads some men to dislike their wives because they have seen the pictures of whom they regard as more beautiful women.

    Then is it lawful for a Muslim who believes in Allaah and the Last Day, knows that he would meet Allaah, hopes for His Paradise and is afraid of His Fire to prefer a disbelieving woman whom he saw on TV screen or in a promiscuous magazine to his Muslim and chaste wife?

    There is no gainsaying in the fact that the magazines and satellite channels that show the images of men and women in a most decorative manner have opened the gates of evils. It is here that we realize the importance of Allaah’s injunction,

    “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts). That is purer for them. Verily, Allâh is All-Aware of what they do. And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts).”

    (An-Noor 24:30-31)

    We are also telling a woman who regards what she sees on TV screens as an embodiment of perfect life to fear Allaah and wake up from her delusions.

    Things that are shown on satellite channels do not only stimulate sexual passion, they also destroy people’s morals and homes and cause a lot of mischief on the land. Allaah says,

    “And when it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "We are only peace-makers. Verily! They are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not.”

    (Al-Baqarah 2:11-12)

    Fellow Muslims! One of the major causes of marital problems is the husband’s lack of playing his role as demanded by Islaam, or being negligent in the performance of that role or allowing the wife to challenging his guardianship.

    Being a guardian upon the woman does not mean overpowering and an ability to treat woman unjustly. It rather means taking good care of her and carrying out one’s responsibilities towards her. Allaah explains the rights of both husband and wife in the clearest possible way when He says,

    “And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect) to what is reasonable.”

    (Al-Baqarah 2:228)

    Allaah says, ‘to what is reasonable’ to indicate that demanding one’s right should not be by selfishness, for marriage is not a commercial companionship. It is rather a life companionship.

    Even when the divorce becomes inevitable, Allaah commands that it should be carried out in the kindest manner. He says,

    “Either you retain her on reasonable terms or release her with kindness.”

    (Al-Baqarah 2:229)

    Can you find a better way of reforming homes that these beautiful divine injunctions? Is it not appropriate for the writers and self-appointed reformists to follow the light of the Prophet, rather than waging a vicious war on hijaab and attempting to destroy homes? It is an Islaamic obligation to rein these elements of mischief in order to protect the society.

    Dear brothers and sisters! Nothing can make people achieve happiness and prosperity except adherence to the correct religion, having good morals, overlooking mistakes, performance of duties and responsibilities, hoping to get the reward of all righteous deeds from Allaah and promoting societal harmony and love.

    The wife should help to make her husband lower his gaze by making herself as attractive as possible to him. The husband should also be kind to his wife and satisfy her needs as much as he can.

    Let all understanding that much violations breed hatred and that he who respects others get nothing in return but respect and honour and he who calls upon Allaah, never will Allaah disappoint him.

    Dear brethren! The relationship between man and woman is not worldly or materialist, neither is it bestial. It is rather a spiritual honourable relationship if it is sincerely maintained. It is a relationship that transcends this mundane world to the Hereafter. Allaah says,

    “'Adn (Eden) Paradise (everlasting Gardens), which they shall enter and (also) those who acted righteously from among their fathers, and their wives, and their offspring. And angels shall enter unto them from every gate (saying): "Salâmun 'Alaikum (peace be upon you) for you persevered in patience! Excellent indeed is the final home!”

    (Ar-Ra‘d 13:23-24)
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    The exaltation of Allah in the hearts

    Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib

    September 18, 2009 ~ Ramadan 28, 1430

    First Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah. No praiser can encompass His praise. And the conveyances of praise cannot match up to His power. Glory be to Him, for no worshiper has worshiped Him as He ought to be worshiped, even if he spent his (entire) life devout to Allah, while bowing or prostrating.

    All praise to Allah, Great in His Being, extensive in His rule, the Planner of the universe. In His kingdom, the celestial bodies glorify Him and around His throne, the angels glorify Him. “and there is not a thing but (that it) glorifies His praise” [Israa; Verse 44] For His Countenance is the splendor of Majesty and He is the Beautiful, the One who owns all beauty.

    By Allah, if the oceans were ink and the seven heavens and earths were notebooks, they would not suffice in recording His Virtue and His bestowals and it will not convey the explanation of His Greatness and the Uniqueness of His actions.

    Allah.. Noble of name, Exalted of description. The heavens and earth and whatever is in them praise Him, and the birds (too), folding in (their wings) and spreading (them). I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, he has no partner: the most truthful of words that the lips (can) utter and the best sentence the mouths (can) say. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, the one who recognizes Allah truly, and relies on Him truthfully, worshiping and serving Him with humility. May Allah’s salutations be on him and his pure family and chosen companions and may Allah send much peace on him.

    Thereafter:
    O Muslims: The piety of Allah the Exalted is the best advice and the best dress and the noblest attribute: “O you who believe! Fear Allah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. And die not except in a state of Islam with complete submission to Allah.” [Aal Imraan; Verse 102]. Whoever fears Allah, He will save him, and whoever betrays Him, He tears his covering and tests him. The disgrace of the one who stands at the door of anyone besides Allah is great. And the hopes of the one who hopes in the virtue of anyone besides Allah (will be) futile. And the one who works for other than Allah is wasting his actions.

    (All) means are cut off except His means. He Allah is the One Who is feared and He Allah is the One on Whom hope is laid. And the people of the earth, the whole earth, – do not, by Allah – do not harm, do not benefit, do not disgrace and do not honour: “So know (O Muhammad – peace be upon him) that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah, and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) the believing men and believing women. And Allah knows well your moving about, and your place of rest (in your homes).” [Muhammad; Verse 19]

    O Muslims, O worshipers, O fasters, and standers (in prayer): While you are at the end of the month of Ramadan, surely your bodies have tired, and your nights have prolonged with worship, and the throats of the fasting are thirsty during the day and you are looking forward to the end. Then verily a creation of the creation of Allah, whose hearts are filled with recognition of Him and their souls overflow with exaltation of Him, they exert (in) good actions many times more than what you worship and they consider that they have done nothing.

    And surely the prophet – peace be upon him – informed that there is no space in the seven heavens a foot’s length or a hand span or a palm’s width which does not have an angel standing, bowing or prostrating on it. Then on the Day of Judgement, they will all say: Glory be to You, we have not worshiped You as You ought to be worshiped, except that we have not ascribed any partners with You.

    O Muslims: The exaltation of Allah in the hearts, and venerating Him in the souls, and recognition of His bounties and favours and His Power as it ought to be is – by Allah – the provision of the worshipers, and the strength of the believers and the consolation of the patient ones, and it is the enclosure of the pious.

    Who is it that recognizes Allah, then floats His commands or is negligent with His prohibitions, and who is the one that exaltates Him then prefers over Him his desires, and does not appreciate Him, becoming heedless. Allah – Glorified is He – is worshiped, praised and loved, because He is worthy of that and it is His right. Indeed it is what He – Glorified is He – deserves. The ability of the servants cannot attain Him, and their intellects cannot picture Him, therefore the creation who knows his Lord the most – peace be upon him – said as in the authentic Hadeeth: “I cannot encompass Your praise. You are as You have praised Yourself.” And in the two authentic books (Bukhari and Muslim): “There is no one who loves praise more than Allah” and therefore He praises Himself.

    O Muslims: Your Lord that you worship, and pray to and fast, and strive towards and serve is a Great Lord. He has majestic and complete qualities that are beyond description and imagination: “And say: ‘All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has not begotten a son, and Who has no partner in (His) dominion, nor is He low to have a protector. And magnify Him with all the magnificence.” [Israa; Verse 111]

    There is no god but Allah, the Great. The celestial bodies praise Him and the angels submit to Him: “Whatever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah, and He is the All-Mighty, All-Wise. His is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth, it is He Who gives life and causes death, and He is able to do all things. He is the First (nothing is before Him), and the Last (nothing is after Him), the Most High (nothing is above Him) and the Most Near (nothing is nearer than Him), and He is the All Knower of everything.” [Hadeed; Verse 1-3]

    Glorified is He and praised. How can the hearts not capture His love, while every good descends from Him, and every bounty is (due) to Him. From Him – Glorified is He – is giving and withholding, and trials and comfort, and restraining and extending, and justice and mercy, and pleasantness and kindness, and bounty and goodness, and concealment and pardon, and tolerance and patience, and answering supplication and lifting hardship and aiding anxiety. Indeed the expenses of the entire creation together are by Him.

    And He is the most Generous of the generous. And surely He grants His servant more than he expects, before he (even) asks Him. He thanks for a little bit of actions and increases it, and He forgives a lot of sins and wipes it out. So how can the hearts not love the One Who is the only One Who brings goodness and the only One Who removes evil?

    He answers supplications, and accepts slips, and forgives errors, and conceals faults, and lifts hardships. He is the most deserving of mention, and the most deserving of thanks, and the most deserving of worship and praise, and the most abundantly sought, and the most merciful of kings, and the most generous of those asked, and the most extensive of givers, and the most merciful of those from whom mercy is sought, and the most noble of purposes, and the most dear of those to whom are turned, and the most sufficient of those whom are dependent upon.

    He is more merciful to His servant than a mother to her child, and more intensely happy with the repentance of the repenter than the joy of one who finds his camel after losing it and on it was his food and drink in a deserted land.

    So Glorified is He and praised. He is the King. He has no partner, and He is alone and has no rivals: “And invoke not any other god along with Allah, none has the right to be worshiped but He. Everything will perish except His Face. His is the decision, and to Him you (all) shall be returned.” [Qasas; Verse 88]

    He is not obeyed except by His Permission, and He is not disobeyed except with His Knowledge. He is obeyed, so He thanks, and He is disobeyed, then He pardons and forgives. He is the Closest Witness, and the Most Majestic Protector, and the most loyal with (regard to) promises, and the most Just, establishing with fairness. He comes between the souls, and He takes by the forelocks, and He writes the implications, and He reproduces the generations, so the hearts are conducive to Him, and the secrets are open to Him, and the unknown is exposed to Him, and everyone is compelled to Him. Faces are afflicted by the Light of His Countenance, and the intellects are incapable of comprehending His True Being. Through the light of His Countenance, darkness is brightened, and the earth and heavens are illuminated through Him, and all the creations are reformed by Him.

    All critical matters are in His Hands and its returning is to Him, established on the throne of His Kingdom. No invisible is hidden from Him in the diameters of His Kingdom. The affairs of the servants and their needs and their deeds ascend to Him, so He – Glorified is He – commands what He wishes, then His command is carried out and His force overpowers. “Whosoever is in the heavens and on the earth begs of Him. Every day He has a matter to bring forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some, etc.)!” [Rahmaan; Verse 29]

    He forgives sins, and removes hardship, and lessens suffering, and consoles the afflicted, and helps the weak, and enriches the poor. He gives life after death, and makes happy and unhappy, and leads astray and guides, and He favours a nation and forbids His favours on others, and He honours nations and disgraces others: “He is Allah, than Whom none has the right to be worshipped but He, the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen. He is the Most Beneficent, Most Merciful. He is Allah, than Whom none has the right to be worshipped but He, the King, the Holy, the One free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Supreme.” [Hashr; Verse 22-23]

    For Him is absolute Power and complete Will. He spoke to Moses directly, and He manifested His Glory on the mount, thereby making it dust, crushed. And He is glory be to Him above His heavens, no hidden is concealed from Him. He hears and sees the crawl of the black ant on a solid rock on a dark night. He is not uncertain of the voices with the different languages and various needs, and not an atom moves in this universe except with His Permission. “And with Him are the keys of the hidden (ghaib), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but He knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record.” [An’aam; Verse 59] “Allah! None has the right to be worshiped but He, the Ever-Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber, nor sleep, overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth.” [Baqarah; Verse 255]

    His veil is light. If He uncovers His Face, the splendour of His Face will burn (everything) until where His Sight ends. So if nothing can stand the splendours of His Exalted Face, then what do you think about the Majesty of that Noble Face, and its Beauty and Magnificence and Greatness and Glory. For this (reason) the greatest bounty of the people of paradise is the enjoyment of seeing His Noble Face – Majestic is His Majesty – and it is a great occasion where Allah’s Glory is manifested, and His Greatness and Beauty and Majesty.

    O Muslims: And on another occasion (as) indicated in some verses of the Quraan and Ahadeeth from the Sunnah: Ibn Kathir – may Allah have mercy on him – cites: that “when Israfeel blows into the trumpet a shocking blow, then the people of the heavens and the earth will die. And the angel of death will come and his Lord will ask him – and He knows (best) – Who remains? So he will say: You remain and You are Ever-Living and will not die, and the (angels) carriers of the throne remain, and Jibraeel, Mikaeel and Israfeel remain and I remain, so his Lord will command him to remove their souls. Then He will say – and He knows (best) – Who remains? And the angel of death will say: O Lord, You remain and You are Ever-Living and will not die, and I remain. So Allah – Exalted and Majestic – will say: You are a creation of My creation so die, so he will die.

    So no one will remain except Allah, the One, the Irresistible – He is the Last, as He was the First – He will fold up the heavens and the earth (as) a scroll for writing is folded, then He will unroll them. Then He will say: I am the Mighty, I am the Mighty, I am the Mighty, three times. Then He will call out in His Voice: For Who is the Kingdom? For Who is the Kingdom? For Who is the Kingdom? Then He will answer Himself by Himself: For Allah, the One, the Irresistible.

    Then Allah will change the earth into (something) other than the earth, and the heavens (too), then He will spread them out and flatten them, then He will stretch them, then Allah will restrain the entire creation and they will be in this changed earth, then Allah will grant life to the creation, then the people will stand together, one standing, the period of which is seventy years. He will not look at them and not judge between them until Muhammad – peace be upon him – intercedes for them.

    And Ibn Kathir narrates with his chain: that the messenger of Allah Muhammad – peace be upon him – said: “so I will return and I will stand with the people. While we are standing we will hear a loud sound from the sky, so we will be frightened. Then (a group of) men and jinn like those on the earth will descend from the sky of this world, until they approach the earth and the earth will light up with their light and they will take their positions and we will say to them: Is our Lord with You? They will say: No, but He is coming. Then from the second heaven (a group) will descend as descended before, of angels, jinn and men, until they approach the earth, it will light up with their light and they will take their positions and we will say to them: Is our Lord with you? So they will say: No, but He is coming. Then like this multitudes will descend from every heaven. Until the Almighty – Majestic is His Majesty – will descend, in a shade of clouds and angels. Eight (angels) will carry His throne on that day, their feet being in the edge of the earth, and the earth and heavens at their waists and the throne upon their shoulders. They will be humming in their praise (of Allah) saying: Glory be to the Possessor of the Throne and Might, Glory be to the Possessor of Kingdom and Royalty, Glory be to the One Who causes the creation to die while He does not die, the Praised, the Holy, Lord of the angels and Rooh (Jibraeel).”

    O Muslims: Allah is the greatest in His Being and the Dearest King, but the sins that seize the heart veil the exaltation of the Lord in the souls and weaken His purpose in the hearts. And if the purpose of Allah and His Greatness is firmly seated in the heart of a servant, he will not dare to disobey Him ever, for verily the exaltation of Allah – the Exalted – and His Majesty in the heart necessitates veneration of His sacred limits and submitting to His laws, commands and prohibitions. And this exaltation comes between you and sins.

    And the daring ones who disobey Allah, do not appreciate Allah as He ought to be appreciated. And a sufficient punishment for sins is that this exaltation weakens in the heart until the deserter – the sins – persist, so it becomes easy for Allah, then He removes his awe from the hearts of the creation and they (creation) belittle him as he belittles the command of Allah.

    And surely Allah – the Exalted – has mentioned that He covers the hearts of those persistent on sins and seals them, and that He ignores them as they forgot Him, and He disgraces them and destroys them as they have neglected His commands. In this regard, He – Glorified is He – says in the verse of the creations prostrating to Him: “And whomsoever Allah disgraces, none can honour him.” [Hajj; Verse 18]

    So to the extent of your fear of Allah, the creation is in awe of you, and to the extent of your exaltation of Allah, the creation reveres you, and to the extent of your love for Allah, the creation loves you. And verily trials are driven off by repentance, seeking forgiveness and submitting to the commands of Allah, the One, the Irresistible: “And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.” [Noor; Verse 31]

    May Allah bless me and you in the Great Quraan, and benefit us in what is in it of verses and wise reminders. I say these words of mine and I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Great for me and for you.

    Second Khutbah
    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah with whose name all good actions are begun and with Whose praise (all good actions) are ended. And all praise be to Allah, the Pardoner, the Noble, the Most Generous. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger and the best of His creation and the chosen from amongst the rest of nations. May Allah’s salutations, peace and blessings be upon him, and on his family, companions, those who follow them and those who trace their path and adhere.

    Thereafter:
    O Muslims: The days of your month are like ships setting sail, contained in the horizon, unseen at dusk and what remains is just one boat or two boats. The coast dries them and the waves draw them closer and it is on the verge of being swallowed by the open sea, so whoever rectifies himself in these two boats, then verily the journey would not have been missed, and whoever is late for it, then surely his courage had forbid him and his neglect had made him lose.

    And there is still in your month fasts and numbered rak’aat and prostrations, and a few occasions in which supplications are sought. Then to Allah is the return, and at the doorsteps of His door is the promise, and Allah knows (best) whether we will meet in the next (Ramadan) or not.

    O fasters: Verily from the guidance of the Sunnah and the features of goodness and kindness at the end of this Noble month is that which Allah – the Exalted – has ordained on the tongue of His messenger – peace be upon him – regarding discharging the Fitr charity, for it is a purification for the fasting and a food for the poor and a bright representation of the virtues of this great Islam.. that Eid is for the rich and the poor and the haves and have nots, and as long as it is Eid, everyone should be joyous.

    And the charity of Fitr is unanimously compulsory as Ibn Munthir, Baihaqiyy and others have related. And in the Hadeeth of Ibn Umar – may Allah be pleased with them both – that the prophet – peace be upon him – mandated the charity of Fitr, a Saa’ (type of measurement) of dates or a Saa’ of barley, on everyone, free or slave, male or female, of the Muslims. [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim].

    As for the foetus, it is not compulsory to discharge it for him, but that is preferred according to the action of the rightly-guided khalif, ‘Uthman bin Affaan – may Allah be pleased with him.

    And it is stipulated in the authentic Ahadeeth that it (should be) dates or wheat or barley or dry cottage cheese or raisins or it is acceptable to discharge it from the staple food of the land, like rice and the like.

    And the time of discharging the Fitr charity and the most preferred is on the Day of Eid before the prayer. And it is permissible to give it out 1 or 2 days before Eid. And it is not permissible to delay it until after the Eid prayer. So discharge it – may Allah have mercy on you – as a purification for yourselves, then rejoice with your Eid and thank Allah – the Exalted – for the completion (of Ramadan), and ask Him for acceptance and a good ending (death).

    And surely from the guidance of the Sunnah that Allah – Exalted and Majestic – has legislated and that His messenger – peace be upon him – has followed: The takbeer (declaration of the greatness of Allah) on the night of Eid and the morning of Eid. Allah – the Exalted – said in the verses of fasting: “(He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to magnify Him in that He has guided you, so that you may be grateful to Him.” [Baqarah; Verse 185].

    And the way for a Muslim to say it is: “Allah is Great. Allah is Great. There is no god but Allah. Allah is Great. Allah is Great and for Allah is all praise.” Or like that, like saying: “Allah is Great, with all magnificence and for Allah is many praises.” And it is Sunnah for the men to say it aloud in houses and mosques and roads and markets.

    And from the Sunnah is that a Muslim eats dates before leaving for the Eid prayer – 3 or 5 or 7 or more than that, an odd number as (mentioned) in Saheeh Bukhari.

    And surely the prophet – peace be upon him – commanded everyone to come out for the Eid prayer, even the old women, the menstruating women and the virgins. [Narrated by Muslim].

    So congratulations O Muslims on your fast and rejoice for your Eid, and thank your Lord and be steadfast and have glad tidings. May Allah accept from us and from you, and return Ramadan to us and you in the best condition.

    Then send salutations and peace on the guider, the giver of glad tidings, the lighted and illuminated, the servant of Allah and His messenger Muhammad. O Allah send salutations and peace on Your servant and messenger Muhammad and on his pure, good family and all his companions and on those who follow them and those who follow them until the Day of Judgement.

    O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…

    Source: https://khutaab.wordpress.com/2012/1...in-the-hearts/


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    The “Ghazwah” [1] of Ûhud [2]: Glad Tidings of Victory

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    29 Safar 1434 ~ 11 January 2013

    Part One

    Verily, praise be to Allah! We thank Him, ask Him for assistance and forgiveness, and
    seek refuge with Him from the evils of our inner selves and the mischievous nature of our
    deeds. Whoever is guided by Allah nobody shall lead him astray, but whoever Allah
    dooms to misguidance shall never benefit from any guidance elsewhere. I bear witness
    that there is no deity except Allah, with no partner, and bear witness that Muhammad ()
    is His Servant and Messenger. O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honors, and Mercy)
    and Peace on him, his Companions, and the tab'în (the contemporaries of the
    Companions of the Prophet [] after his death), and on all those who follow them
    righteously till the Day of Judgment.

    To start with: Fear (Taqwa) Allah () as He should be feared and hold fast to the firm
    bond of Islam: O you who believe [in Mûsâ (Moses) (i.e. Jews) and ‘Îsâ
    (Jesus) (i.e. Christians)]! Fear Allâh, and believe in His Messenger
    (Muhammad صلى لله علیھ وسلم ), He will give you a double portion of His
    Mercy, and He will give you a light by which you shall walk (straight).
    And He will forgive you. And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful
    28 [Al-Ĥadeed: 28].

    O Muslims!
    The world is witnessing today major events, a colossal historical metamorphosis, and
    massive backbreaking and depressing hardships. The whole globe is experiencing a wave
    of accelerated ordeals and shifts in regimes and beliefs ‒which renders the forbearing
    person confused. They are ordeals like a pitch-dark night. None can escape Allah’s preordained
    predicament except he who shall receive Allah’s grace. We are a nation (ûmmah) with a (revealed) religion and followers of a (divine) Message; we have at our disposal a Holy Book and the Prophet’s Sunnah.

    The eternal miracle of the Qur’ān is that although it was revealed fourteen centuries
    ago and it engaged this nation in an enormous battle which transformed not only its
    history but also the history of humanity altogether, yet it (the Qur’ān) continues to
    accommodate itself to contemporary life conditions as if it were still in the course of
    being revealed so as to orientate Muslims in their current circumstances and in their
    struggle with the events taking place around them.

    O Muslims!
    Many similar ways (and mishaps of life) were faced by nations
    (believers and disbelievers) that have passed away before you (as you
    have faced in the battle of Uhud), so travel through the earth, and see
    what was the end of those who disbelieved (in the Oneness of Allâh,
    and disobeyed Him and His Messengers. 137 This (the Qur’ân) is a
    plain statement for mankind, a guidance and instruction to those who
    are Al-Muttaqûn (the pious). [Âl-‘Imrân: 137-138]. The Holy Qur’ān does
    establish a link between the present instant of this Ûmmah (nation) and its past, tracing by
    the same token its future perspective.

    O servants of Allah!
    The aforementioned Qur’ānic verses were revealed on the occasion of the Ûȟud
    Ghazwah, which took place during the 10th of Shawwal (3rd Hijri year), when the
    polytheists of Quraish decided to take revenge on Muslims for having defeated them in
    the prior Ghazwah of Badr. So, they mobilized their troops by gathering three thousand
    warriors to be stationed at the outskirts of Madinah. After consulting his Companions, of
    whom many insisted on the military encounter outside Medinah, Prophet Muhammad ()
    ‒who was initially inclined to stay at Madinah and use it as a stronghold‒ eventually left
    Madinah accompanied by seven hundred of his Companions after the leader of the
    hypocrites had already dissuaded people (from enlisting in the Muslim forces) and
    managed to persuade one third of the (Muslim) army to retreat back to Madinah.
    Afterwards, the Prophet camped at the mountain of Ûȟud with the remaining soldiers and
    ordered the archers to be stationed up there, commanding them not to leave their
    positions.

    The fight was sparked off on the battlefield. The Muslims initially won the battle and,
    as a result, the polytheists fled and their banner fell down.[3] Reckoning that the battle war
    over, some archers swiftly left their positions up the mountain. Then, the polytheists
    gathered around the Muslims and attacked them from behind. Consequently, they killed
    seventy among the best Companions, fractured the Prophet’s skull, broke his premolar
    tooth, and spread the rumor that they killed the Prophet (). This grieved the believers
    deeply, caused them great pain, and a strong feeling of a humiliating defeat.

    Later, the polytheists circulated the rumor that they were heading to Madinah. So the
    Prophet () called up the injured and the extremely exhausted among his followers, who
    promptly responded to his call despite their grave wounds. They immediately rushed to
    fight their enemy in all courage, paying no attention to those who let them down.

    Meanwhile, historic statements, eloquent speeches, exceptional attitudes, acts of
    heroism, regressions and rebukes were made. This historic event was recorded in the
    Holy Qur’ān to be recited until the Day of Judgment. Sixty verses in Âl-‘Imrân (chapter 3
    in the Holy Qur’ān) were revealed on this issue. They were not a sheer record of a
    historical event that took place in the remote past. On the contrary, the reader of those
    verses experiences those events and projects them onto the conditions of (today’s)
    Muslims and sees them surrounded by their enemies, who are lying in ambush for them,
    constantly conspiring against them, harboring envious thoughts about them, spreading
    lies and suspicion amongst them, bearing mutual rancor against them, rallying against
    them, meeting them on the battlefield, fleeing them, then they return to sow dissension
    among them. History is repeating itself, indeed.

    O believers!
    If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound
    (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and
    not so good), We give to men by turns, that Allâh may test those who
    believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you. And Allâh
    likes not the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers). 140 And that
    Allâh may test (or purify) the believers (from sins) and destroy the disbelievers. 141 [Âl-‘Imrân: 140-141]. This alternation of human conditions
    between adversity and delight reveals the real nature of individuals, their true character,
    the extent of their panic and patience, and the extent of their faith or loss of hope in
    Allah.

    It is indeed beneficial to the nation to experience violent shocks in order to purge evil
    from it. Divine wisdom ordained this purification to take place during the Ûȟud
    Ghazwah: Allâh will not leave the believers in the state in which you
    are now, until He distinguishes the wicked from the good. Nor will
    Allâh disclose to you the secrets of the Ghaib (unseen) … [Âl-‘Imrân:
    179].

    The alternation of days and of adversity and delight are an infallible criterion and a
    just balance.

    In the battle of Ûȟud, the flaws of the hypocrites were uncovered. Their effect, as it
    has always been, is to exploit periods of weakness to rock the hearts, break the ranks,
    propagate debility, arouse schisms and suspicions to destroy the structure of the Muslim
    society, starting with its faith and values in order to facilitate its surrender to mighty
    victors.

    The repercussions of the battle contributed to the purification of the souls and the
    distinction between the camps of the believers and the hypocrites whose hidden traits
    were made clear. Those repercussions contributed to the liberation from attenuated
    morals and reluctant feelings.

    Although Îbn Obey (leader of the hypocrites) succeeded in convincing one third of the
    people to return to Madinah and abandon the support of the Prophet (), there was still a
    pure elite (of Companions) who were steadfast, who assumed their responsibilities of
    spreading religion, spending money to support fighters, fighting relentlessly on the
    battlefield, and holding fast to the value of patience and perseverance: Among the
    believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allâh [i.e.
    they have gone out for Jihâd (holy fighting), and showed not their
    backs to the disbelievers]; of them some have fulfilled their obligations
    (i.e. have been martyred); and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed [i.e. they never proved treacherous to their
    covenant which they concluded with Allâh] in the least. [Al-Aȟzeb: 23].

    It was thanks to their perseverance and sacrifice that Allah protected the destiny of
    Islam in the early period of its history. Again, it is with such heroic deeds, persevering
    spirit, and strong patience that Allah will continue to preserve the existence of Islam in
    the remaining human history.

    O Muslims!
    Allah () was indeed able to support His Prophet, His religion, and His servants from
    the first instant, and destroy the enemies of the believers without any hard work or effort
    from the latter. But Allah () wanted to educate the believers and put them to the test so
    that they could qualify for a rational leadership of humanity, despite the vulnerability of
    humans to whims, caprices, and devious conduct. Such leadership requires unshakable
    faith, unswerving attachment to the value of truth, and strong patience in times of
    hardship: …But (He lets you fight) in order to test some of you with
    others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allâh, He will never let
    their deeds be lost.[4] [Muhammad: 4]. This is Allah’s law: trial before granting
    (Muslims) access to power.

    Servants of Allah!
    Before those Qur’ānic verses [5] unfold the scenes and attitudes related to the Ûȟud
    Ghazwah, Allah reminds the believers of the battle in which they were victorious, the
    Great Battle of Badr. This juxtaposition is meant to make each battle act as foil to the
    other, as Muslims are supposed to assume their full responsibility for defeat and victory
    alike: "Yes, if you hold on to patience and piety, and the enemy comes rushing at you; your Lord will help you with five thousand angels
    having marks (of distinction)."  [Âl-‘Imrân: 125].

    Consider these divine words: "Yes, if you hold on to patience and
    piety…”. It is indeed patience and taqwa (fear of Allah), with all meanings and
    nuances, that are the secret of victory.

    O believers!
    In the course of divine directives and hints expressed in the verses of Sûrat Âl-‘Imrân,
    Allah warns against the conspiracies of the People of the Scripture, knowing that there
    were only Jews who used to live with Muslims in Madinah at that time. Allah warns
    Muslims not to incline towards the infidels or obey them. As to the first half of the Sûrat,
    it depicts one of the facets of the conflict between Islamic faith and devious beliefs. Allah
    engages the People of the Scripture in a debate, arguing with them and rebutting the
    unwarranted doubts (they raise about religion).

    It is not an abstract argument; it is rather one realistic facet of the huge battle opposing
    Muslims to their enemies who lie in ambush for them, gather force to assail them, and ‒
    when waging war against them‒ use all sorts of weaponry, conspiracies, and evil means.
    The most prominent of such means is to shake the Muslims’ faith. Indeed, the same battle
    is still going on up to the present moment between Muslims and their enemies.

    Embedded in those Qur’ānic verses is Allah’s warning against usury, as well as His
    command for believers to observe taqwa (fear of Allah), seek paradise, purify their souls,
    strengthen their faith, control their caprices and whims, adhere to charity and forgiveness,
    and spread love, tolerance, and righteousness: Those who spend (in Allâh’s
    Cause) in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who
    pardon men; verily, Allâh loves Al-Muhsinûn (the good-doers). [Âl-
    ‘Imrân: 134].

    The human being can never win in wars unless he/she wins in prior contests: those of
    values and principles. Those who turned back on the day the two hosts met at the battle of
    Uhud, it was Satan who caused them to run away from the battlefield because of some
    sins they had earned. (Cf Âl-‘Imrân, verse 155) [6]. However, those who won the battles of faith behind their prophets had already started the battle by asking Allah for forgiveness
    from their sins, seeking refuge with Him and purifying themselves from wrongdoings.
    Perhaps, the consequence of the archers’ disobedience of the prophet’s orders in the
    Ûȟud Ghazwah may serve as a useful lesson from which Muslims can learn to appreciate
    the value of obedience in every confrontation. A community which is not governed by a
    single source of command, and whose individuals and groups (sects) are dominated by
    personal conflicts, will not win a battle or succeed in a confrontation as long as its
    members do not agree on just a single aspiration and a single destination, and as long as
    they do not suppress all types of dissidence among their ranks.

    When Muslims felt extremely shocked by the disaster which reversed their lives and
    turned everything upside down, Allah said to them, (What is the matter with
    you?) When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your
    enemies) with one twice as great, you say: "From where does this
    come to us?" Say (to them), "It is from yourselves (because of your evil
    deeds)." And Allâh has power over all things. [Âl-‘Imrân: 165]

    O servants of Allah!
    Despite the gravity of the ordeal inflicted on Muslims while struggling in defense of
    Allah’s cause, they never sever their relationship with Allah; nor do they lose confidence
    in the truthfulness of Allah’s promise to grant His soldiers victory sooner or later. They
    never renounce faith in His vow not to let them down; on the contrary, they believe that
    He will lead them to victory, support them, place them in a superior position to that of
    their enemies, and grant them supremacy.

    The Ûȟud Ghazwah left deep scars on the Prophet’s () psychological state, as he
    was physically hurt, for his tooth was broken, his faced was wounded, and his skull was
    fractured. His pure blood kept running on his virtuous face until a piece of a mat was
    burnt and stuck on it (as remedy to stop the bleeding). Thirst exhausted him so much that
    he kept falling on his knees. He also suffered from human casualties among his
    followers; in fact, he lost at the foot of Mount Uhud seventy among his dearest
    Companions and closest to his heart. He said, “I swear by Allah, I wish I were among
    my companions who departed this life at the foot of the mountain.”

    He also suffered from loss of lives among his family members. When he was informed
    that his paternal uncle Ĥamza was killed, he stood by his corpse and saw his abdomen
    ripped open, his nose amputated, and his whole corpse maimed. So, he did not want to look at him in that state and said, “I have never been placed in a position of suffering
    from injustice more than this time.”

    Nevertheless, the total submission to Allah’s will soon wiped off ephemeral sorrows.
    The Prophet () resumed his inspection tour of the site, asking about his Companions,
    relieving their suffering, and inspiring them with his strong faith in order to alleviate their
    pain and incite them to accept their divine trial with a spirit of surrender to Allah’s
    decree.

    Rifa'a Az-Zuraqi () said, "On Uhud day when the polytheists retreated, Allah's
    Messenger () said to his Companions: “Straighten up so that I thank my Lord”, ‘and
    when they queued up behind him, he said’: “O Allah! All Praise is due unto You. O
    Allah! none can seize what You have rescued, neither can anyone rescue what You
    have seized; and none can guide whom You have misguided, neither can anyone
    misguide whom You have guided; and none can deliver what You have deterred,
    neither can anyone deter what You have given; and none can make near that which
    You have made far, neither can anyone distance what You made near; O Allah!
    Rescue us by Your Blessings, and by Your Mercy; and by Your Grace; and by Your
    [ordained] Sustenance; O Allah! I ask You for steady bliss, that neither withers nor
    evades; O Allah! I ask You for bliss on the day of dreadfulness; and for tranquility on
    the day of fear; O Allah! I take refuge with You from the evil of what You sent our way
    [as fate], and the evil of what you didn’t send; O Allah! Endear to us iimaan (faith)
    and adorn our hearts with it; and make us hate kufr (disbelief), and sinfulness, and
    defiance; and make us from the well-guided ones; O Allah! Grant us death as
    Muslims; and keep us alive as Muslims; and join us among the righteous, without [us
    falling into] ill-repute and disenfranchisement [in Your court]; O Allah! Kill the kafirs
    – the people who contravene Your Prophets and avert Your [commanded] path; and
    unleash on them Your punishment and torment; O Allah, the True God! Kill the kafirs
    who were given the book (i.e., people of the book)”. [Reported by Imam Ahmad and
    others]

    O servants of Allah!
    The Holy Qur’ān was gentle in addressing the believers after what befell them at
    Uhud so that their defeat in the battlefield would not turn into despair that might weaken
    their forces and a regret that might paralyze their productivity. Allah () says: So do
    not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be
    superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers. If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has
    touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We
    give to men by turns, that Allâh may test those who believe, and that
    He may take martyrs from among you. And Allâh likes not the
    Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers).  [Al Imran: 139-140]

    In addressing them, Allah () combined encouraging them, strengthening their souls
    and reviving their determination and mettle. He showed the good consolation and
    mentioned the brilliant wisdom that required granting the disbelievers victory over them.
    Allah consoled His Prophet and His Auliyâ’ [7] for those who were killed in His Way with
    the best and kindest consolation and the most conducive to accept what He decreed for
    them. He also told them about what they had got of His reward and esteem in order to
    compete with them about it and not to grieve for their death. He told them that the
    disaster is due to their own selves (because of their evil deeds) so that they should be on
    the lookout. He also told them that it took place according to His decree and destiny so
    that they keep to the Oneness of Allah, put their trust in Him and not to fear anyone other
    than Him. He consoled them with what He had given them that was worthier and more
    serious than the victory and spoils that they had missed.

    The outcome of the Uhud Ghazwah and the Qur’ānic guidance preceding the events
    were greater than the outcome of victory and spoils. The believers learnt that when defeat
    happens, it follows Allah’s law due to slackness and negligence and that it achieves
    outcomes which Allah predestines by His wisdom and knowledege in order to scrutinize
    souls, distinguish camps, clarify facts, adopt values, establish the measures and make the
    laws clear to shrewd people.

    Victory depends on nothing but the support of the Lord of al-'ālamîn (the worlds) for
    whomever Allah () helps, none can overcome him and his betrayal by others shall not
    harm him.

    I seek refuge with Allah from the outcast Shaitân (devil): If Allâh helps you,
    none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after
    Him that can help you? And in Allâh (Alone) let believers put their trust  [Al Imran: 160]. And in all of this there are lessons for Muslims these days in
    every land and under every sky.

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and Sunnah and benefit us with their
    verses and wisdom! Having said this, I ask Allah, be He exalted, to forgive me and you!

    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful and the
    Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of
    Resurrection)! I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, the King,
    and the Manifest Truth. I also bear witness that Muhammad () is His servant and
    Messenger, the honest and the faithful. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and
    Mercy), Peace and Blessing on him, his family and all his Companions!

    O Muslims!
    While early Muslims needed only dozens of men and a few months to regain their
    strength and excel in subsequent battles, Muslims these days drained millions of their
    souls and decades of their ages but their conditions have not changed and the difference
    between them and their predecessors is in learning lessons from others and inspiring
    themselves with preachments.

    While early Muslims used to return to their religion after each defeat, resort to their
    Lord (Allah) and stick around their Prophet (), Muslims these days are being driven
    away from their religion, alienated from their Sharia and kept from all means of victory
    and its supplies.

    You can look around at the situation of many Muslim countries during the last century
    after they had been colonized and lost their power. Even today, they have tried all ways,
    knocked all doors, got their share from the modern sciences, acquired weapons and
    military equipment, and the treasures of the world and the springs of its fuel have flowed
    under their feet. However, these days, the blood that is being shed is theirs; the lands that
    are being invaded are theirs, and the people who are being subdued are theirs. Even in
    their own countries, their fate is controlled by the minorities.

    O Muslims!
    The flame of disasters is driving you back to your religion, the whips of destiny are
    pushing you to resort to your Creator, and the calamities of ad-dahr (time) are calling you: come to that with which your predecessors were powerful and proud and to that
    which gave them strength.

    O Muslims!
    Reassess yourselves, as the space is full of media and channels which do not belong to
    a conservative past nor do they care about a painful reality. Furthermore, people are
    unmindful, and their wounds are bleeding in every valley.

    How come that there is extravagance and lavishness while among Muslims there is
    suffering and people who are hungry? Have you not seen that days are taken by turns and
    that time is fickle?

    O our people in Syria! Allah is on your side and no one but Him! The whole world has
    abandoned you so that you become more attached to Allah. The East has condemned
    your liberation so that your attachment to your religion becomes stronger. They have
    prevented you from getting assistance so that you humbly seek it from Allah. Seek
    help in Allâh and be patient. Verily, the earth is Allâh’s. He gives it as
    a heritage to whom He wills of His slaves; and the (blessed) end is for
    the Muttaqûn. [Al-A‘râf: 128]

    The tyrant of Syria has exceeded all limits in slaughtering his people, and he has
    shown enmity to his own country which no other enemy has ever shown before. His link
    with Allah is cut off but it is attached with the defeated on earth. What he has recently
    shown of arrogance, empowerment (from his supporters), and carelessness for what is
    happening in Syria is but the awakening before death. This is a sign that the glad tidings
    of an imminent victory from Allah will soon manifest itself in Syria. The sun of salvation
    will rise up; the birds whose migration has been long, will return. The believers shall
    rejoice with Allah’s victory. Bravery is but an hour of patience!

    O Allah! You are the Compeller! You are the Avenger! Hasten the demise of the
    oppressive people! O Allah! Hasten the demise of the oppressive people! Have mercy on
    the oppressed among your servants and heal the hearts of the believing people!

    Muslims, before all other people, have to rush to the relief of their brothers in Syria as
    their misery is increasing with cold weather, bitter snow and sweeping floods. May Allah
    help them!

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honors, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your
    Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, and on his good and pure family! O Allah! Be pleased with all of Your Messenger’s Companions and those who followed them in
    righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors! O
    Allah! Grant glory to Your Religion, Your Book and the sunnah of Your Prophet and
    Your believing servants!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of
    rationality (guidance) whereby the people of piety are honored and sinful people are
    guided, and whereby al-ma’roof (good deeds) is promoted and al-munkar (evil deeds) is
    prevented! O Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm Islam and
    Muslims! Turn their plots and their cunning against them and make that the cause of their
    own destruction! O Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in Palestine, in the Levant
    and wherever they may be, O Lord of the worlds! O Allah! Lift the siege around them,
    improve their conditions, and suppress their enemy!

    O Allah! Liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’
    aggression!

    O Allah! Improve the conditions of Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Improve their
    conditions and group them around Your Truth and Guidance! O Allah! Spare their blood,
    safeguard their tranquility, bring them close together, feed their hungry, protect their
    honor, grant them boldness, strength and victory against their oppressors!

    O Allah! Guide our leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to do whatever
    you love and accept. O Allah! Guide him to piety and righteousness! O Allah! Impart to
    him health and well-being! O Allah! Impart to him well-being! O Allah! Bring him full
    recovery and keep him in good health! O Allah! Grant him, his Crown Prince, their
    brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your
    Sharia and follow the sunnah of Your Prophet ()! O Allah! Make them merciful to
    Your true servants!

    O Allah! Make safe and prosperous our country and all Muslim countries around the
    world! Protect us against the evil of wrongdoers and the maliciousness of the lecherous!

    Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the
    Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the
    Fire! [Al Baqarah: 201], Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our
    transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly,
    and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. [Al Omran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and fulfill our
    wishes in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our
    grandparents, our wives and children! You are indeed All-Hearing!

    O Allah! We ask You to be pleased with us and grant us Your Paradise! We seek
    refuge in You against Your wrath and hell fire!

    O Allah! You are Allah, and there is no deity worthy of worship but You! You are the
    Self-Sufficient while we (humans) are destitute! Do send down rain on us and save us
    from despair! O Allah! Send rain down on us! Bestow upon us expedient rain; a blissful,
    flowing, widespread, useful, and harmless rain: one that would rejuvenate the land,
    quench the people’s thirst and reach the rural and the urban lands!

    O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy, not rain of torment, disaster, destruction,
    or flooding!

    O Allah! Answer our prayers, for You are indeed the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing!
    And forgive us! You are indeed Most Forgiving, Most Merciful!

    Glorified be Your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! You are free from what they
    attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! And all praise be to Allah,
    the Lord of the worlds!

    1. Ghazwah is a battle in which Prophet Muhammad () took part. It is mainly a defensive military
    expedition to defend the Islamic creed against the attacks and conspiracies of the infidels and the
    pagans.

    2. Uhud ( أحد ) is a mount near Madinah where this famous Ghazwah took place.

    3. During wars in ancient times, the banner used to be hoisted manually by one of the warriors, and its fall
    meant defeat.

    4. Here is the beginning of the verse that was only partially quoted by the Sheikh:
    So, when you meet (in fight - Jihâd in Allâh’s Cause) those who disbelieve, smite (their) necks till
    when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as
    captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free them without ransom), or ransom
    (according to what benefits Islâm), until the war lays down its burden. Thus [you are ordered by Allâh
    to continue in carrying out Jihâd against the disbelievers till they embrace Islâm and are saved from the
    punishment in the Hell-fire or at least come under your protection], but if it had been Allâh’s Will, He
    Himself could certainly have punished them (without you)… [Muhammad: 4]

    5. The Sheikh is referring here to Sûrat Âl-‘Imrân (repeatedly cited throughout the Khutbah).

    6. This sentence is somewhat a paraphrase of verse number 155 of surat Âl-‘Imrân.

    7. The Auliyâ’ of Allah are those who believe in the Oneness of Allâh and fear Him much (i.e. abstain from
    all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Him much (i.e. perform all kinds of good
    deeds which He has ordained).

    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...owseby=khateeb


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    The protection of Allah for the servant

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib
    Shawwaal 9, 1426 ~ November 11, 2005

    First Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah, a praise that is abundant, good and blessed. There is no deprived if He grants, and there is no granted if He deprives. His bounties cannot be encompassed and His boons cannot be counted, no matter how large or spacious the numbers may be. No one other than Him is praised during difficulties and worries. And there is no helper except Him when the warned against occurs. His knowledge encompasses the creation and His power extends to every difficulty. He saves His friends from the evil of the calamities, and He rescues His servants from hardships and crises. I praise Him – Exalted is He – and I thank Him, praise Him and seek His forgiveness. And I bear witness that there is no god but Him alone. He has no partner. He is Exalted, so He raises, and everything submits to His Greatness and is humbled. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. He conveyed the message, fulfilled the trust, advised the Ummah and truly strove for the sake of Allah. May Allah send salutations on him and on his family, and his companions, the possessors of God-fearingness and piety and may much peace be upon them.

    Thereafter:
    The advice of Allah for the former and later generations is His fearing: “And verily, We have recommended to the people of the Scripture before you, and to you (O Muslims) that you (all) fear Allah, and keep your duty to Him.” [Nisaa; Verse 131]. Taqwah (piety) is fearing the Majestic, acting upon the revealed and preparing for the day of demising. “Verily, for the Pious, there will be a success (Paradise); Gardens and grapeyards; And young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age; And a full cup (of wine). No Laghw (dirty, false, evil talk) shall they hear therein, nor lying; A reward from your Lord, an ample calculated gift (according to the best of their good deeds).” [Naba; Verse 31-36]

    Thereafter: O Muslims:
    Those traveling to Allah, some are foremost and others follow a middle course, varying ambitions, and lofty levels “Certainly, your efforts and deeds are diverse (different in aims and purposes).” [Layl; Verse 4]. And the greatest of them in status, the foremost of them in victory and the most fortunate of them is in the protection of his Protector and is pleased with him, so how happy is the one who is honoured by Allah.

    Protection – O Muslims – is not a claim or pretention, and not humiliation or degradation. Verily it is a reality granted by Allah to whosoever of his servants He wishes if they tread the path of His pleasure. “As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths. And verily, Allah is with the good doers.” [Ankaboot; Verse 69]

    And since the objective for which humans were created is the worship of Allah, and His unification, and His obedience and His glorification, the One Who made this world a place of trials and tests and made the abundance of obstacles and calamities, and enemies from devils and desires from the way of life, then verily Allah – the Exalted – does not surrender His servants nor abandon His friends. In fact He – Glorified is He – promises protection and care for His sincere friends and victory and stability for His friends when they carry out what He commands, and abstain from what He prohibits and prevents, and depend on Him truly, and preserve their religion, then the desires of the world and the evil of the transgressor will not distract them. “No doubt! Verily, the Auliya’ of Allah, no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve, Those who believed, and used to fear Allah much. For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present world, and in the Hereafter.” [Yoonus; Verse 62-64]

    And surely the prophet – peace be upon him – guided in his encompassing words to the path of protection and to what contains protection and saviour in a Hadeeth about which some scholars have said: “I have contemplated over this Hadeeth, so it amazed me, and I continue to be heedless. So how unfortunate are the ignorance of it and the deficiency of understanding of its meanings.” Abdullah bin Abbaas – may Allah be pleased with them both – said: “I was behind the prophet – peace be upon him – and he said: ‘O boy, I will teach you some words. Be careful regarding Allah and He will take care of you. Be careful regarding Allah and you will find Him in front of you. When you ask, ask Allah and when you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that if the whole community were to gather together to help you with something, they would not be able to help you in any way unless Allah had written that for you. And if they were to gather together to harm you in some way, they would not be able to harm you except with something which Allah has written for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages are dry.” [Narrated by Tirmidhi with an authentic chain]. And in the narration of Imam Ahmad: “Recognize Allah in ease and He will recognize you in hardship. Know that whatever misses you could never have hit you and what hits you could never have missed you. Know that victory comes with patience, rescue with hardship, and ease with difficulty.”

    O Muslims: This Hadeeth includes great advices and complete rules from the most important matters of religion, and acting upon it is the realisation of Tawheed; and the exemplification of commands and prohibitions; and sufficient in the matter of this world and the Hereafter.

    And the saying of the prophet – peace be upon him – “Be careful regarding Allah”, i.e.: Be careful of His laws, rights, commands and prohibitions, for whoever does that deserves the protection of Allah, and is amongst those promised Paradise, just like the True – Glorified is He – said: “And Paradise will be brought near to the pious not far off. (It will be said): “This is what you were promised, – (it is) for those oft-returning (to Allah) in sincere repentance, and those who preserve their covenant with Allah. “Who feared the Most Beneficent (Allah) in the Ghaib (unseen), and brought a heart turned in repentance” [Qaaf; Verse 31-33]

    And from the greatest thing that requires preserving and being careful of is sincerity in the worship of Allah the Exalted and preserving the self from falling into Shirk (associating partners with Allah) in all its different forms, for whoever associates partners with Allah – the Exalted – , has wasted his efforts and nullified his actions. The Truth – Glorified is He – said: “And We shall turn to whatever deeds they did, and We shall make such deeds as scattered floating particles of dust.” [Furqaan; Verse 23], and He – Glorified and Majestic – said: “And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad – peace be upon him), as it was to those (Allah’s Messengers) before you: “If you join others in worship with Allah, surely your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers.” [Zumar; Verse 65]. And the intelligent Muslim is the one who accounts for himself and his actions so that he does not fall into something that nullifies his actions.

    And from amongst the greatest (actions) that is incumbent to preserve of the commands of Allah is the prayer which Allah has ordained by His saying: “Guard strictly (five obligatory) prayers especially the middle prayer (i.e. ‘Asr prayer).” [Baqarah; Verse 238], and He made the success for the believers who guard their prayers, and He made the key to prayer cleanliness, which is an expiation of sins, an erasure if errors. And surely it has been established in an authentic Hadeeth that the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “No one preserves ablution except that he is a believer.” [Narrated by Ibn Majah in his sunan and Malik in the muwatta with an authentic chain].

    And from amongst the things that Allah has commanded to be protected are the bodies, especially the mouth and private parts, and they are the (organs) that are foremost in entering people into the Hellfire. And surely the True – Glorified is He – said in praise of the successful believers: “And those who guard their chastity” [Mu’minoon; Verse 5]. And He said: “The men and the women who guard their chastity and the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward.” [Ahzaab; Verse35]. In fact, the prophet – peace be upon him – has surely guaranteed Paradise for the one who guards what is between his jaws and what is between his legs, and that is the mouth which is the path of unlawful eating, and in it is the tongue which is the path of unlawful speaking, and the private parts are the reason for falling into unlawful desires, so most sins are due to these matters.

    Servants of Allah: The reward is the like of the type of action, and surely He – Glorified is He – said: “Therefore remember Me. I will remember you” [Baqarah; Verse 152], and He said: “If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you” [Muhammad; Verse 7], and He said: “And fulfill (your obligations to) My Covenant (with you) so that I fulfill (My Obligations to) your covenant (with Me)” [Baqarah; Verse 40], and likewise whoever preserves the boundaries of Allah and His rights and mandates His commands and abstains from His prohibitions, then verily Allah the Exalted protects him, cares for him and guards him. And the protection is general in matters of this world and the Hereafter, so from it is that Allah the Exalted preserves for him the interests of his world, so He preserves him in his body, children, family and wealth. He – Glorified is He – said: “For each (person), there are Mu’aqqibaat (angels) in succession, before and behind him. They guard him by the Command of Allah.” [Ra’d; Verse 11], i.e. that this guarding is by the command of Allah, and the protecting “Mu’aqqibaat” are the angels as Ibn Abbaas – may Allah be pleased with them both – said. And in Saheeh Muslim that the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “There are certain sayings, the repeaters of which or the performers of which after every prayer will never be caused disappointment: ‘Glory be to Allah’ thirty three times, ‘Praise be to Allah’ thirty three times, and ‘Allah is Great’ thirty four times.” And in Saheeh Muslim also that the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “Whoever prays the morning (Fajr) Prayer is under the protection of Allah. Do not put yourselves in a situation where Allah has to call you to account for your negligence.” In fact the protection continues to the offspring just like Allah preserved the treasure of the two boys so He – Glorified is He – said: “And their father was a righteous man” [Kahf; Verse 82], and Umar bin Abdul Aziz said: “No believer dies except that Allah preserves him in his children and the children of his children.” And Ibn Munkadir said: “Verily Allah preserves for a righteous man his children and the children of his children and the houses around him, so they continue being in the protection of Allah and (His) covering.”

    On the other hand, whoever flouts the commands of Allah, Allah destroys him, so he is ruined among the creation until harm and hurt comes to him from whom he expected benefit from amongst his family and others.

    And just like Allah the Exalted protects His slave from the evil of the day and night and wild animals and humans and jinn, then verily Allah the Exalted also protects him and guards him in his religion and faith, so He protects him from misguided doubts and unlawful desires and He preserves his religion for him so He causes him to die on faith (Imaan). And surely Allah – Exalted and Majestic – said regarding Yoosuf – peace be upon him – : “Thus it was, that We might turn away from him evil and illegal sexual intercourse. Surely, he was one of Our chosen, guided slaves.” [Yoosuf; Verse 24], and that is because he was careful of the commands of Allah in the unseen, and he said: “I seek refuge in Allah!” [Yoosuf; Verse 23] in a situation in which no one saw him except Allah, and he escaped from sin, and he supplicated to Allah to turn away from him the plot of the women. All that is what made him deserve that Allah removed trials from him and turned away evil and indecency from him, then Allah granted him kingdom.

    And surely Allah protects the servant by different types of protection which he does not realise, and (which) he may have disliked. As for the one who disobeys, then verily he is not protected. And Hasan said mentioning the people of sin: “It became easy on them, so they disobeyed Him. And if they made Him dear to them, He would have protected them.”

    And in the saying of the prophet – peace be upon him – “Recognize Allah in ease and He will recognize you in hardship” is an urge to fear Allah and guard His boundaries in the condition of ease, health, comfort and safety until when hardship comes, he finds the kindness of Allah, and His mercy, protection and help very close to him.

    And when the hardship on Yoonus – peace be upon him – became severe in the stomach of the whale, he called out in the darkness saying: ‘there is no god but You, Glory be to You, Verily I am among the wrong-doers’, so Allah answered his supplication and saved him from his hardship and rescued him from his sorrow. Allah – the Exalted – said: “Had he not been of them who glorify Allah, He would have indeed remained inside its belly (the fish) till the Day of Resurrection.” [Saaffaat; Verse 143-144]. And when Allah mentioned in Sura Anbiyaa his answering of Ayyoob when he was afflicted with harm, and Than-Noon and Zakaria, He – Glorified is He – said: “Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us.” [Anbiyaa; Verse 90]. And in Tirmidhi with an authentic chain that the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “Whoever wishes for Allah to answer him at the times of hardship should increase supplication at the times of ease.” And the confirmation of that from the Book of our Lord is His saying – Glorified is He – : “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).” [Talaaq; Verse 2], and His saying: “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.” [Talaaq; Verse 4]

    So O you upon whom mishaps become apparent and hardships have become many, where are you regarding the Knower of the Unseen?! When you ask, ask Allah, and when you seek help, seek help from Allah, for He is the One Who gives and withholds, and humiliates and raises, and harms and benefits. People are nothing but His servants, and the command is His command, so how can you beg from other than Him?! Or how can you have hope in besides Him?! “And if Allah touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favour” [Yoonus; Verse 107]. Who is the One Who saved our prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him – and his companion in the cave?! Who is the One Who saved Ibraheem the friend when he was thrown in the fire?! Who is the One Who parted the sea for Moosa?! Who is the One Who raised Eesa?! Who is the Begged in every hardship?! Who is the Hoped in every calamity?! Verily it is Allah, the All-Powerful.

    O Muslims: In a time when the enemies have become apparent over the Muslims and they call each other and set upon them, just as diners set upon food, we do not fear – by Allah – our enemies, to the extent that we fear our sins, for whoever Allah is with, then who can fear?! And whoever Allah is against, then who can hope?!

    Verily it is incumbent upon us to preserve the (laws of) Allah in ourselves and our religion, and to call to returning to Him, for if we are true with Allah “then know that Allah is your Maula (Patron, Lord, Protector and Supporter, etc.), (what) an Excellent Maula, and (what) an Excellent Helper!” [Anfaal; Verse 40].

    May Allah bless me and you in the Book and the Sunnah, and benefit us with what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine, and I seek forgiveness of Allah the Exalted for me and for you and for the rest of the Muslim males and females, so seek His forgiveness and repent to Him. Verily He is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

    Second Khutbah
    All praise be to Allah, a praise that continues His virtues and hopes for His pardon. I praise Him, while He is the Most Merciful, Glory be to Him. He forgives sins, removes hardships and answers supplicators. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. May Allah’s salutations be upon him and upon his family and companions and may much peace be upon them.

    Thereafter: Verily from among the pillars of faith is believing in pre-destination and pre-ordainment, and that nothing occurs in this world, small or big except by pre-ordainment written by the pen in the preserved tablet by the command of Allah – the Exalted – and (by) His knowledge and His power before the creation of the heavens and the earth, so nothing occurs except in accordance to that, known to the slave or not known, “Should not He Who has created know? And He is the Most Kind and Courteous (to His slaves) All-Aware (of everything).” [Mulk; Verse 14], “And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record.” [An’aam; Verse 59].

    And from here is the completion of the Tawheed of the believers, so their hearts are at peace towards the rules of pre-ordainment, and patience on trials becomes easy on them, and (so too) does gratitude in (times of) ease, and they leave their affair to Allah, and they ask Him for forgiveness, mercy, kindness and help, and for this reason the prophet – peace be upon him – exclusively chose Ibn Abbaas – may Allah be pleased with them both – just as he included the Ummah for this inclusive advice, and it is believing in pre-ordainment, patience on hardships and certainty (of belief) in the Lord of the earth and heavens.

    And when understanding these meanings, the pleased souls are calmed and they live a pleasant life. In fact when death comes to them, they die a good death. And in Saheeh Muslim that the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “Strange is the affair of the believer. Verily all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks (Allah) and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient and it becomes better for him.”

    Then he closes the Hadeeth by his saying: “And know that in being patient on what you dislike is much good, and that victory comes with patience, rescue with hardship and ease with difficulty.” O by Allah! O how great these words are to the one who understands them and holds onto them. And the confirmation of that is in the Book of Allah: “So verily, with the hardship, there is relief, Verily, with the hardship, there is relief.” [Sharh; Verse 5-6], and a single difficulty will never overpower two eases, but where are the believers with certainty (of belief)?! And how many aspects of hardships have pleasantness, and surely people have seen wonders in the pleasantness of Allah and His ease.

    And ponder over the precise meaning in this verse: “No calamity befalls, but with the Leave (i.e. decision and Divine Preordainments) of Allah, and whosoever believes in Allah, He guides his heart” [Taghabun; Verse 11], i.e. at the time of calamity, if the distressed understands that the calamity is from Allah, he will be guided to patience, pleasure and steadfastness on faith, so Allah guides his heart to all good. Qurtubi said: “Ikrimah reads it as: ‘His heart will be calmed’, and Malik bin Dinaar reads it lightening the hamzah: ‘His heart will be guided’”, so have the distressed, patient ones heard of this?! And some of the predecessors have said: “Good life is pleasure and contentment,” and Ibn Zaid said: “Pleasure (regarding the pre-ordainment of Allah) is the greatest door of Allah and the paradise of this world and the relaxation of the worshippers.”

    And from the pleasure of the secrets of coupling rescue with hardship and ease with difficulty is that when hardship becomes severe and great and reaches its end, the servant reaches (a point of) despondency of its (hardship’s) removal by the creation, so he attaches his heart to Allah alone and all hope is cut off except in Him, and this is the reality of trust in Allah, and it is from the greatest reasons by which needs are sought, for verily Allah is sufficient for the one who relies on Him as He – Glorified is He – said: “And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him.” [Talaaq; Verse 3]

    This, and send salutations and peace on the best creation and purest human, Muhammad bin Abdullah, the unlettered prophet.

    O Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his family and companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.

    O Allah guard us with Islam standing, and guard us with Islam sitting, and guard us with Islam lying, and do not make the enemies and envious ambitious for us.

    O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…

    Source: http://khutaab.wordpress.com/2013/03...r-the-servant/


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    The Al-Mu’awwidhatayn (1): Merits and Proprieties
    March 13, 2012 Jumadal Ula 3, 1434
    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib


    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! We express our gratitude to Him, implore His assistance, and seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evils of our own selves and malevolent deeds. Whoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whoever Allah leads astray will never find any source of guidance. I bear witness that there is no deity
    worthy of worship except Allah with no associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad () is His servant and Messenger ‒May Allah send His bounteous Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) and Peace on him, his family, his Companions, and the tabi'în (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [] after his death), and all
    those who have righteously followed them till the Day of Judgement.

    O people! I recommend to you what Allah had recommended to bygone nations as well as to our present nation: And verily, We have recommended to the people of the Scripture before you, and to you (O Muslims) that you (all) fear Allâh  [Al-Nissâ: 131]. For whoever keeps vigilant will definitely enjoy peace and safety, and whoever remains oblivious (of Allah’s teachings) will surely regret it.

    Resurrection is a truth. On that day, scales will be laid down (to weigh deeds). So, take extra precautions in preparation for that day: And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allâh. [Al-Baǭara: 281]

    O Muslims!

    Paradise was Man’s first abode. It is good devoid of any trace of evil, while Hell is evil devoid of any trace of good. However, life in this world contains both good and evil.

    As humans have been constantly caught unawares by various forms of evil during their lifetime, they ‒especially the ignorant amongst them‒ have cherished certain cults which are falsely believed to exorcise those evils, without reliance on divine revelation or prophetic teachings. Consequently, evil tightened its grip on human beings and corrupted religions, as is confirmed by Allah’s () following words: ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin
    and transgression. [Al-Jînn: 6]

    Then Allah () with His clemency and beneficence made rules (of conduct) to His creatures to acquaint them with who they should seek refuge and how they should seek protection. Oqba Ibn Amer () narrated that Allah’s messenger () said, “Have you heard the unprecedented Qur’ānic verses revealed tonight? They are namely, Say: I seek refuge with (Allâh), the Lord of the daybreak [Al-Falaǭ: 1] and Say: "I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind [An-Nâs: 1] (Narrated by Muslim in his Šaĥîĥ).

    That was the way Prophet Muhammad () described these great sûrahs (Chapters in the Holy Ǭur’ān). When the Prophet () uttered those words, he meant that the two sûrahs contain a big divine secret. They are bestowed by Allah on his servants as a fortress and a weapon to be used by the believers to repel the devils of both the Jinn and the Humans. In addition, believers deploy such a weapon in facing the evil forces, hardships, tribulations of life, conspirators, enviers, magic spells, conjurors, and sins which put them in harm’s way.

    Therefore, the surahs, Al-Falaǭ and An-Nâs, contain clear verses which mention the disease as well as its medication. Prophet Muhammad () used to pay special attention to these Qur’ānic surahs and would use them -under the command of His Lord‒ to seek His protection ().

    Abu Saeed narrated: “Prophet Muhammad () used to seek Allah's protection against the Jinn and human harmful and envious looks until the surahs of Al-Falaǭ and An-Nâs were revealed. Then, he renounced everything else and stood fast to them.” This Hadith was narrated by At-Tirmidhi and Al-Nassaî (At-Tirmidhi said, “it is a good hadith.”)

    O Muslims!

    These two sûrahs constitute a directive from Allah () primarily to His Prophet () and then to all the believers. Both are exhorted to seek refuge in His self-sufficient dominion and seek protection with Him from all sources of panic, whether visible or latent, known or unknown, and general or specific. It seems as though Allah () were making His safe dominion accessible to the believers and offering them His unlimited and unconditional protection. It sounds as if He were lovingly and graciously saying to them, “Come along! Come to your safe haven to find rest. Come on! I am the One Who perfectly knows your weaknesses and all fears surrounding you. I am the One Who has greater power to defeat your enemy. Come along to the divine haven of safety, tranquillity, and peace.

    He who examines both surahs closely finds out that they constitute a fortress against invisible evils which are too subtle to be perceived. These evils target humans, who remain totally unaware of their source. This is why Allah’s command in both surahs (through the word “say”) has accorded focal attention to such evils as distinct from the rest of the perils and plagues afflicting humans. Allah’s () command has equally been clear as regards invoking His assistance, succour, rescue, and Istiâδa (seeking His protection) from all sorts of evil, in general, but specifically from the above-cited ones.

    The objective is to firmly entrench the meaning of tawhid (monotheism) in the souls as these have a vital need for protection from all types of evil and harm, which fosters in them a sense of attachment to their protector who safeguards them against evil. Thus, these two surahs include invocation of divine protection against all such evils, using a style characterised by maximum brevity, conclusiveness, semantic force, as an invocation to seek refuge with Allah.

    In Arabic, the term “Aûuδu” means “I resort to”, “I seek refuge with”, “I hold fast to Allah and ask for His protection.” Istiâδa is a form of worship through which we seek the satisfaction of the One Whose protection we implore, Allah (). This term reflects total confidence in Allah’s exclusive power to repel and lift whatever kind of
    peril.

    In the first Muâwiδah (Al-Falaǭ), Allah () commands His Prophet to address the “Lord of Daybreak” in order to implore His protection, as He is the Lord of daylight which emerges from the night to illuminate its darkness. The very idea of restrictively associating Istiâδa with daylight is an indication that the coming into sight of bright
    daylight epitomises the advent of relief that dispels hardships. There is an analogy between, on the one hand, someone who is awaiting the daybreak and, on the other hand, a panic-stricken person who is eager to enjoy a sense of relief and safety after a period of suffering. This is why Allah () say to His Prophet and to all believers:
    Say: "I seek refuge with (Allâh), the Lord of the daybreak From the evil of what He has created… [Al-Falaǭ: 1-2]. That is to say, I seek refuge from the evils of His creatures in general without any specification, regardless of the type of evil in the Herein and the Hereafter, including the evils of the Jinn as well as those of
    the humans, the evils of wild animals and predators, fire, sins, whims, caprices of the ego, bad deeds, and the evils of all evil-doers.

    The next verse is "And from the evil of the darkening (night) as it comes with its darkness; (or the moon as it sets or goes away [Al-Falaǭ: 3]. The Arabic word “ghasaǭ” means ‘total darkness’, the word “ghasaaǭ” means ‘night’ or ‘the person moving by night’, and the word “waǭaba” means ‘comes/arrives’. Ibn Abbes (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) said, “It means the advent of night with its darkness,” while Mujahid and Al-Zohri said, “It means sunset time.”

    The meaning of Istiâδa is protection from the night, and whatever it is associated with, when it covers the earth with its awe-inspiring obscurity. Night time is therefore a trigger of fear sensations, for wild animals and predators use darkness to camouflage themselves and their motion. By night time, criminals and conspirers become active,
    instincts and desires grow irresistible, and satanic brainwaves, along with hallucinations, worries, and grieves, violently crawl into one’s consciousness, thus generating emotions and longings.

    Satan himself is privileged by darkness; he exploits it to gain freedom and start enticing people (into sinful acts). That is why Allah () ordered His Prophet to resort to Istiâδa from the night and whatever evils it might entail. Allah () says, "And from the evil of those who practise witchcraft when they blow in the knots” [Al-Falaǭ: 4].

    This refers to the witches who contrive to harm others through blowing witchcraft into knots that they secretly tie, using threads or other devices, which they attach to the name of the targeted person. The latter will therefore suffer from their harmful witchcraft: …but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allâh’s Leave… [Al-Baǭara: 281].

    The Prophet () considered witchcraft as one of the major sins which lead to Hellfire, in addition to annihilating individuals and nations, and causing a fatal destiny to its perpetrators in the Herein before total loss in the Hereafter.

    Whoever falls ill or prey to witchcraft is prohibited from resorting to magicians, witches, or conjurors. The Prophet () warned that whoever commits that sin, he is acquitted of such evil deeds (on the Day of Judgement). As an alternative, Allah () prescribed us the use of Istiâδa, resorting to Him and seeking His assistance.

    The last verse of this surah, "And from the evil of the envier when he envies." [Al-Falaǭ: 5] talks about envy. Envy is a bad moral both according to human nature and according to religion. It consists in wishing that the bounties Allah bestowed on the envied person would cease. The real evil and harm of the envier will concretise as soon as he directs his spiteful looks at the victim or proceeds to harm the envied person. This explains why Allah () commanded His creatures to resort to Istiâδa from envious people: —"And from the evil of the envier when he envies." [Al-Falaǭ: 5].

    If people rely on Allah () alone and seek His exclusive assistance to protect themselves with these Qur’ānic verses, they will certainly get protection from envy and safety from the envier’s spiteful looks. The Al-Falaǭ sûrah is among the best remedies for the envied person. It includes sincere reliance on Allah, resorting to His might, seeking His protection against the envier of the bounties exclusively endowed by Allah, the Provider of all favours, for He () is the sole provider of help to whoever requests it and refuge to whoever seeks it.

    O Muslims!

    In the second Muâwiδa (the surah of An-Nâs), Allah ordained that people should approach their Lord to seek His protection, for He is the sole Provider of protection, the only Sovereign Who has the power to command or prohibit them to do anything, and the God Whom they worship. Allah ordered people to seek His protection from the devils who keep trying to prevent them from true worship of Allah. In fact, Satan is the origin of all evil emanating from people and befalling them.

    Allah says "The King of mankind, "The Ilâh (God) of mankind, [An-Nâs: 2-3]. Because people have kings, Allah says that He is their King, and because among people there those who worship other deities, He says that He is their Lord Who is worthy of worship. It is He Who should be sought refuge with and He alone to be resorted to, not to monarchs and renowned worldly figures. He () is their true Lord, the real King, the only God Who is alone worthy of worship. Everybody and everything else is under His divine authority, and are virtually helpless vis-à-vis
    seeking favours, removing harm, determining death, giving life, or setting off resurrection.

    Istiâδa from the evil of Al-Waswaas Al-Khannaas ‒i.e. Satan‒ covers all his satanic evils. In this verse, Satan is assigned the most dangerous, malevolent, influential, and corrupt attributes; it is namely waswasa (surreptitious enticement) which is the initial stage of volition; for at first, the heart experiences a state of vacuity where evil and sin are totally absent. Then, Satan starts his enterprise of surreptitious enticement by embellishing evil to its potential doer. He beautifies the projected act in the eyes of its potential performer. In addition, he activates the hibernating determination of the potential doer. Conversely, he demonises good acts and discourages their potential
    doer from undertaking them.

    Such is always the situation with Satan; alternating his evil deeds of whispering and retreating. He insinuates himself into man and, like blood, finds his way to his heart. This is confirmed in both Sahihs(2) where Ibn Abbas(3) May Allah be pleased with both him and his father) says: “Satan is ever perched on a man’s heart. Whenever he is distracted and slips into oblivion, he starts whispering evil to him. Once he remembers Allah, he withdraws”; that is he ‘runs away’ or ‘retreats.’

    Evil whispering does not come only from Jinn(4), but it may come from humans. In this regard, Allah () said: …Of jinn and men. [An-Nas: 6]. This bears reference to the danger of those human demons, about whom very few of us are alerted, despite the fact that Allah () commanded His Prophet in this sûrah to seek refuge with Him from the evil of both types of such demons: the human and the jinn.

    O servants of Allah!

    Reciting Al-Mu'awwidhatayn is permissible at any time of the day, particularly during those times sanctioned by the Prophet () including what was reported by Uqba Ibn Amir(5) () thus: “Allah’s Messenger () commanded me to recite Al-Mu'awwidhatayn at the end of each salat.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawood and Al Nasai, and was authenticated by Al Hakim and others.]

    Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) also narrated that the Prophet (), “whenever he went to bed every night he would put the palms of his hands together, blow in them and recite Say (O Muhammad صلى لله علیھ وسلم ): ‘He is Allâh, (the) One’.[ Al-Ikhlâs: 1]; Say: "I seek refuge with (Allâh), the Lord of the daybreak [Al Falaq:1] and Say: "I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind [An-Nas:1]. Then, using the palms of his hands, he would wipe three times all he could over the front part of his body, starting with the head and face.” [Narrated by Bukhari].

    It is also part of the sunnah to recite Al-Mu'awwidhatayn three times while uttering morning and evening invocations. The Prophet () told Abdullah Ibn Khubaib(6) (): “ ‘Say’. I said: ‘say what?’ He said: ‘Say He is Allâh, (the) One, in addition to Al-Mu'awwidhatayn three times by morning and evening, for these will suffice to
    ward off all evils.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawood and Tirmidhi, who is quoted to have said: ‘This is a valid and sound Hadith’. The Hadith was authenticated by An Nawawi and others.]

    O servants of Allah!

    The recitation of Al-Mu'awwidhatayn is a self-ruqya(7) (treatment) for the Muslim and one he could use for others as well. Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that “whenever the Prophet () felt pain, he would recite for himself Al-Mu'awwidhatayn and then blow. She said: ‘When he turned too ill to do it I would recite for him, and then use his own hand to wipe over his body with it wishing for its barakah(8).” [The Hadith was agreed upon.]

    Also, Muslim reported, “Whenever one of his household fell ill, the Prophet () would blow on him/her while reciting Al-Mu'awwidhatayn.”

    Furthermore, Al-Mu'awwidhatayn are recited as measure to ward off scourge before it strikes. Abu Saeed(9) () reported that “the Prophet () used to seek refuge with Allah from the evil eyes of humans and jinn alike. When Al-Mu'awwidhatayn were revealed to him he started to make exclusive recourse to them.” [Narrated by Tirmidhi, Al Nasai and Ibn Maja]

    To recap, recitation of Al-Mu'awwidhatayn is confirmed at the end of each one of the five salats (prayers), before going to bed, in the morning and evening as well as for ruqya and protection purposes.

    We beseech Allah to grant all of us refuge from all evils, wrongdoings, fitnas (temptations) and ailments.

    May Allah () make His blessings for you and for me in the Noble Qur'ān and benefit us with the guidance of the Master of all Messengers ()! I say this and I ask Allah () forgiveness, for you and for me.

    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah! We praise Him kindly and abundantly and seek His blessing. He is the One Who answers whoever calls upon Him, shelters whoever seeks refuge with Him and provides safety for those seeking his protection and care. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, Who has no associates! I also bear witness that Muhammad () is His servant and Messenger! May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on him, his family and all of his Companions!

    O Muslims!

    One must not fail to realize the subtlety posed by the Sûrat of Al Falaq where the command, at the beginning of it, was ‘to seek refuge with the Lord of ‘Falaq’. The word ‘falaq’ means ‘Daybreak’, or rather anything that breaks out bringing goodness and good will. Making special reference to Al falaq here points to the ultimate verity that whoever is capable of bringing daybreak and of lifting the night darkness off the face of the earth is certainly be able of removing all types of darkness as well as ridding the oppressed of their sufferings. Hence there is no despair with the Almighty, the All-Capable: Verily! It is Allâh Who causes the seed-grain and the
    fruit-stone (like date-stone) to split and sprout. [Al-An’am: 95]

    Daybreak stands for that hope which is born out of tragedy. It is the morning light that comes to replace the gloomy darkness of the night. It is relief cascading from the peak of distress. It is a cheering voice announcing the advent of ease and relief.

    Indeed, this is all we hope and wish for these days. The people of Syria are suffering from the oppression of their enemy and his allies from among his own denomination overseas, who are rushing for his support. However, such distress, no matter how extreme it may grow, is bound to perish in the face of the endurance of the believers and their exclusive reliance on Allah after they have been failed by those powers that pretend to stand by the weak. Nay, indeed! These powers only seek to secure their own interests.

    It may be a sign –Allah Willing– that relief is drawing near, for certainly, there is relief after distress, triumph with patience and verily, along with every hardship is relief. [Ash-Sharh: 5]

    In this context, what we so desperately need is that genuine feeling of trust in Allah and reliance on Him, in addition to imploring His forgiveness so profusely, for this is one of the most important keys to the establishment of relief and consent, and to the shunning of disputes. After all, ‘bravery is but an hour’s patience’.

    Those Muslims who are capable of offering support to their brothers in faith – particularly the rulers– should realize that the initiative lies in their hands, that people would follow them, and that there is a great deal of goodness in our Umma (Islamic nation). Therefore, spare no effort to stop the aggression and to bring an end to perversity.

    Verily, abandoning one’s brother in faith at times of hardships is only prelude to expedient retribution of the same nature. Likewise, standing by our brothers in Syria is warding off adversity from us in this Life and the Hereafter.

    Now, ask Allah to send His Salat (Graces, Honors and Mercy) and Peace upon the Given Mercy and the Offered Blessing, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah. O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours and Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon
    Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad () and his kind and virtuous family! O Allah! Be pleased with all of Your Messenger’s Companions and those who righteously follow them till the Day of Judgment!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and let down tyrants, infidels and all the corruptors! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah and Your true servants!

    O Allah! Foreordain for the nation of Islam a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honored, the people of sins are guided, Al-Ma‘rûf (good deeds) is enjoined, and Al-Munkar (bad deeds or evil) is forbidden! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Fail those who want to harm Islam and Muslims! Make them preoccupied with their own selves! Turn their plots against them, and make that the cause of their own destruction, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your Cause in Palestine, the Sham (Syria), and everywhere, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Relieve them of the siege around them! Set right their affairs and suppress their enemy!

    O Allah! Liberate Al Aqsa Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    O Allah! Set right the situation of our brothers (in faith) wherever they may be! O Allah! Set right the situation of Muslims everywhere, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Set right their affairs in Egypt and everywhere, rally them around Your Guidance, and protect them against those evil-doers among them! O Allah! Set right their affairs!

    O Allah! Help our Muslim brothers in Syria! O Allah! Gather them around Your Truth and Guidance! O Allah! Spare their blood, safeguard their tranquility, bring them close together, feed their hungry, protect their honor, grant them boldness, strength and victory against their oppressors! O You, the Ever-Living, the Eternal Guardian, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

    O Allah! Guide our leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to do whatever you love and accept! O Allah! Guide him to piety and righteousness! O Allah! Grant him good health! O Allah! Grant him, his deputies, their brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country!

    O Allah! Help the Muslim leaders to govern and abide by Your Holy Book and to follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet, Mohammad ()! Make them a blessing on Your believing servants! O Allah! We implore You to spread security, prosperity in our own country and in those of all Muslims, to protect us against the evil of evil-doers
    and the plotting of the lecherous! Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al Baqarah: 201]. Our Lord! Forgive
    us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. [Al Omran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and fulfill our wishes in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children! You are indeed All-Hearing!

    O Allah! We ask You to be pleased with us and grant us Your Paradise! We seek refuge with You against Your wrath and hell fire!

    It is Allah’s forgiveness we seek! It is Allah’s forgiveness we seek! It is Allah’s forgiveness we seek! O Allah! We turn in repentance to You! You are the Ever-Living, the Eternal Guardian! O Allah! You are Allah, and there is no deity worthy of worship except You! You are the Self-Sufficient and we are the poor! Send down rain upon us and do not make us despondent! O Allah! Send down rain upon us! O Allah! Send down rain upon us! O Allah! Send down rain upon us; a blissful, steady, widespread, useful and harmless rain, one that would rejuvenate the land, quench the people’s thirst and reach the rural and the urban lands! O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy. O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy. O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy, not rain of torment, disaster, destruction, or flooding!

    O Allah! Answer our prayers, for You are indeed the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! O Allah! Forgive us! You are indeed Most Forgiving, Most Merciful! Glorified be Your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! You are free from what
    they attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!




    (1) The Al-Mu'awwidhatayn ( المعوذتین ), sometimes translated as " Verses of Refuge", is an Arabic
    term referring to the last two surahs (chapters) of the Qur’ān viz. Al-Falaq and An-Nas which are two
    consecutive short prayers beginning with "Say: I seek refuge in the Lord...". Although these two Surahs
    are separate entities in the Qur'ān and also are written in the Mushaf under separate names, they are
    so deeply related mutually with their contents closely resembling each other's that they have been
    designated by a common name Mu'awwidhitayn (the two Surahs in which refuge with Allah has been
    sought). Imam Baihaqi in 'Dala'il an-Nubuwwat' has written that these Surahs were revealed together,
    and hence their combined name of Mu'awwidhatayn. There is a Hadith that recommends reading them
    over the sick or before sleeping and they are also considered a healing (adapted from
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Mu'awwidhatayn)

    (2) Sahih Muslim and Sahih al-Bukhari are collections of hadiths. They are considered to be the most
    authentic collections of the Sunnah of the Prophet ().

    (3) Abdullah ibn Abbas was a paternal cousin of the Prophet (). He is revered by Muslims for his
    knowledge and was an expert in Tafsir (exegesis of the Qur'an), as well as an authority on the Islamic
    Sunnah (adapted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%60Abd_Allah_ibn_%60Abbas)

    (4) The jinn or genies are spirits mentioned in the Holy Qur’ān and Islamic theology who inhabit an
    unseen world in dimensions beyond the visible universe of humans. Like human beings, the jinn can
    also be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have freewill like humans and unlike angels. The
    jinn are mentioned frequently in the Qur'ān, and the 72nd surah is titled Surat al-Jinn.

    (5) Uqbah ibn Amir was a Companion of the Prophet () and a well-known member of the early Muslim
    community.

    (6) One of the Companions of the Prophet ()

    (7) What is said for the purpose of seeking protection or healing. It is agreed among Ulama (Muslim
    scholars) that for a ruqya ( رقیة ) to be permissible it has to meet three requirements: (1) It has to include Allah’s words and fairest names and attributes, (2) It has to be in Arabic or any other language the
    ruqya receiver (patient) understands, and (3) Both the raqi (the person performing the ruqya) and the
    ruqya receiver must believe that the ruqya in itself does not produce any effects and that it is Allah ()
    that does. (Adapted from Dr. Khaled Al-Jeraisy’s Self Ruqya Treatment, trans. Dr. Mohammad Atif
    Mogahed Mohammad.)

    (8) The Arabic word ( بركة ) means blessing, benediction, good fortune, abundant good, etc.

    (9) One of the Companions of the Prophet ().


    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...owseby=khateeb


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    The Al-Mu’awwidhatayn (1): Merits and Proprieties
    March 13, 2012 Jumadal Ula 3, 1434
    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib


    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! We express our gratitude to Him, implore His assistance, and seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evils of our own selves and malevolent deeds. Whoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whoever Allah leads astray will never find any source of guidance. I bear witness that there is no deity
    worthy of worship except Allah with no associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad () is His servant and Messenger ‒May Allah send His bounteous Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) and Peace on him, his family, his Companions, and the tabi'în (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [] after his death), and all
    those who have righteously followed them till the Day of Judgement.

    O people! I recommend to you what Allah had recommended to bygone nations as well as to our present nation: And verily, We have recommended to the people of the Scripture before you, and to you (O Muslims) that you (all) fear Allâh  [Al-Nissâ: 131]. For whoever keeps vigilant will definitely enjoy peace and safety, and whoever remains oblivious (of Allah’s teachings) will surely regret it.

    Resurrection is a truth. On that day, scales will be laid down (to weigh deeds). So, take extra precautions in preparation for that day: And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allâh. [Al-Baǭara: 281]

    O Muslims!

    Paradise was Man’s first abode. It is good devoid of any trace of evil, while Hell is evil devoid of any trace of good. However, life in this world contains both good and evil.

    As humans have been constantly caught unawares by various forms of evil during their lifetime, they ‒especially the ignorant amongst them‒ have cherished certain cults which are falsely believed to exorcise those evils, without reliance on divine revelation or prophetic teachings. Consequently, evil tightened its grip on human beings and corrupted religions, as is confirmed by Allah’s () following words: ‘And verily, there were men among mankind who took shelter with the males among the jinn, but they (jinn) increased them (mankind) in sin
    and transgression. [Al-Jînn: 6]

    Then Allah () with His clemency and beneficence made rules (of conduct) to His creatures to acquaint them with who they should seek refuge and how they should seek protection. Oqba Ibn Amer () narrated that Allah’s messenger () said, “Have you heard the unprecedented Qur’ānic verses revealed tonight? They are namely, Say: I seek refuge with (Allâh), the Lord of the daybreak [Al-Falaǭ: 1] and Say: "I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind [An-Nâs: 1] (Narrated by Muslim in his Šaĥîĥ).

    That was the way Prophet Muhammad () described these great sûrahs (Chapters in the Holy Ǭur’ān). When the Prophet () uttered those words, he meant that the two sûrahs contain a big divine secret. They are bestowed by Allah on his servants as a fortress and a weapon to be used by the believers to repel the devils of both the Jinn and the Humans. In addition, believers deploy such a weapon in facing the evil forces, hardships, tribulations of life, conspirators, enviers, magic spells, conjurors, and sins which put them in harm’s way.

    Therefore, the surahs, Al-Falaǭ and An-Nâs, contain clear verses which mention the disease as well as its medication. Prophet Muhammad () used to pay special attention to these Qur’ānic surahs and would use them -under the command of His Lord‒ to seek His protection ().

    Abu Saeed narrated: “Prophet Muhammad () used to seek Allah's protection against the Jinn and human harmful and envious looks until the surahs of Al-Falaǭ and An-Nâs were revealed. Then, he renounced everything else and stood fast to them.” This Hadith was narrated by At-Tirmidhi and Al-Nassaî (At-Tirmidhi said, “it is a good hadith.”)

    O Muslims!

    These two sûrahs constitute a directive from Allah () primarily to His Prophet () and then to all the believers. Both are exhorted to seek refuge in His self-sufficient dominion and seek protection with Him from all sources of panic, whether visible or latent, known or unknown, and general or specific. It seems as though Allah () were making His safe dominion accessible to the believers and offering them His unlimited and unconditional protection. It sounds as if He were lovingly and graciously saying to them, “Come along! Come to your safe haven to find rest. Come on! I am the One Who perfectly knows your weaknesses and all fears surrounding you. I am the One Who has greater power to defeat your enemy. Come along to the divine haven of safety, tranquillity, and peace.

    He who examines both surahs closely finds out that they constitute a fortress against invisible evils which are too subtle to be perceived. These evils target humans, who remain totally unaware of their source. This is why Allah’s command in both surahs (through the word “say”) has accorded focal attention to such evils as distinct from the rest of the perils and plagues afflicting humans. Allah’s () command has equally been clear as regards invoking His assistance, succour, rescue, and Istiâδa (seeking His protection) from all sorts of evil, in general, but specifically from the above-cited ones.

    The objective is to firmly entrench the meaning of tawhid (monotheism) in the souls as these have a vital need for protection from all types of evil and harm, which fosters in them a sense of attachment to their protector who safeguards them against evil. Thus, these two surahs include invocation of divine protection against all such evils, using a style characterised by maximum brevity, conclusiveness, semantic force, as an invocation to seek refuge with Allah.

    In Arabic, the term “Aûuδu” means “I resort to”, “I seek refuge with”, “I hold fast to Allah and ask for His protection.” Istiâδa is a form of worship through which we seek the satisfaction of the One Whose protection we implore, Allah (). This term reflects total confidence in Allah’s exclusive power to repel and lift whatever kind of
    peril.

    In the first Muâwiδah (Al-Falaǭ), Allah () commands His Prophet to address the “Lord of Daybreak” in order to implore His protection, as He is the Lord of daylight which emerges from the night to illuminate its darkness. The very idea of restrictively associating Istiâδa with daylight is an indication that the coming into sight of bright
    daylight epitomises the advent of relief that dispels hardships. There is an analogy between, on the one hand, someone who is awaiting the daybreak and, on the other hand, a panic-stricken person who is eager to enjoy a sense of relief and safety after a period of suffering. This is why Allah () say to His Prophet and to all believers:
    Say: "I seek refuge with (Allâh), the Lord of the daybreak From the evil of what He has created… [Al-Falaǭ: 1-2]. That is to say, I seek refuge from the evils of His creatures in general without any specification, regardless of the type of evil in the Herein and the Hereafter, including the evils of the Jinn as well as those of
    the humans, the evils of wild animals and predators, fire, sins, whims, caprices of the ego, bad deeds, and the evils of all evil-doers.

    The next verse is "And from the evil of the darkening (night) as it comes with its darkness; (or the moon as it sets or goes away [Al-Falaǭ: 3]. The Arabic word “ghasaǭ” means ‘total darkness’, the word “ghasaaǭ” means ‘night’ or ‘the person moving by night’, and the word “waǭaba” means ‘comes/arrives’. Ibn Abbes (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) said, “It means the advent of night with its darkness,” while Mujahid and Al-Zohri said, “It means sunset time.”

    The meaning of Istiâδa is protection from the night, and whatever it is associated with, when it covers the earth with its awe-inspiring obscurity. Night time is therefore a trigger of fear sensations, for wild animals and predators use darkness to camouflage themselves and their motion. By night time, criminals and conspirers become active,
    instincts and desires grow irresistible, and satanic brainwaves, along with hallucinations, worries, and grieves, violently crawl into one’s consciousness, thus generating emotions and longings.

    Satan himself is privileged by darkness; he exploits it to gain freedom and start enticing people (into sinful acts). That is why Allah () ordered His Prophet to resort to Istiâδa from the night and whatever evils it might entail. Allah () says, "And from the evil of those who practise witchcraft when they blow in the knots” [Al-Falaǭ: 4].

    This refers to the witches who contrive to harm others through blowing witchcraft into knots that they secretly tie, using threads or other devices, which they attach to the name of the targeted person. The latter will therefore suffer from their harmful witchcraft: …but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allâh’s Leave… [Al-Baǭara: 281].

    The Prophet () considered witchcraft as one of the major sins which lead to Hellfire, in addition to annihilating individuals and nations, and causing a fatal destiny to its perpetrators in the Herein before total loss in the Hereafter.

    Whoever falls ill or prey to witchcraft is prohibited from resorting to magicians, witches, or conjurors. The Prophet () warned that whoever commits that sin, he is acquitted of such evil deeds (on the Day of Judgement). As an alternative, Allah () prescribed us the use of Istiâδa, resorting to Him and seeking His assistance.

    The last verse of this surah, "And from the evil of the envier when he envies." [Al-Falaǭ: 5] talks about envy. Envy is a bad moral both according to human nature and according to religion. It consists in wishing that the bounties Allah bestowed on the envied person would cease. The real evil and harm of the envier will concretise as soon as he directs his spiteful looks at the victim or proceeds to harm the envied person. This explains why Allah () commanded His creatures to resort to Istiâδa from envious people: —"And from the evil of the envier when he envies." [Al-Falaǭ: 5].

    If people rely on Allah () alone and seek His exclusive assistance to protect themselves with these Qur’ānic verses, they will certainly get protection from envy and safety from the envier’s spiteful looks. The Al-Falaǭ sûrah is among the best remedies for the envied person. It includes sincere reliance on Allah, resorting to His might, seeking His protection against the envier of the bounties exclusively endowed by Allah, the Provider of all favours, for He () is the sole provider of help to whoever requests it and refuge to whoever seeks it.

    O Muslims!

    In the second Muâwiδa (the surah of An-Nâs), Allah ordained that people should approach their Lord to seek His protection, for He is the sole Provider of protection, the only Sovereign Who has the power to command or prohibit them to do anything, and the God Whom they worship. Allah ordered people to seek His protection from the devils who keep trying to prevent them from true worship of Allah. In fact, Satan is the origin of all evil emanating from people and befalling them.

    Allah says "The King of mankind, "The Ilâh (God) of mankind, [An-Nâs: 2-3]. Because people have kings, Allah says that He is their King, and because among people there those who worship other deities, He says that He is their Lord Who is worthy of worship. It is He Who should be sought refuge with and He alone to be resorted to, not to monarchs and renowned worldly figures. He () is their true Lord, the real King, the only God Who is alone worthy of worship. Everybody and everything else is under His divine authority, and are virtually helpless vis-à-vis
    seeking favours, removing harm, determining death, giving life, or setting off resurrection.

    Istiâδa from the evil of Al-Waswaas Al-Khannaas ‒i.e. Satan‒ covers all his satanic evils. In this verse, Satan is assigned the most dangerous, malevolent, influential, and corrupt attributes; it is namely waswasa (surreptitious enticement) which is the initial stage of volition; for at first, the heart experiences a state of vacuity where evil and sin are totally absent. Then, Satan starts his enterprise of surreptitious enticement by embellishing evil to its potential doer. He beautifies the projected act in the eyes of its potential performer. In addition, he activates the hibernating determination of the potential doer. Conversely, he demonises good acts and discourages their potential
    doer from undertaking them.

    Such is always the situation with Satan; alternating his evil deeds of whispering and retreating. He insinuates himself into man and, like blood, finds his way to his heart. This is confirmed in both Sahihs(2) where Ibn Abbas(3) May Allah be pleased with both him and his father) says: “Satan is ever perched on a man’s heart. Whenever he is distracted and slips into oblivion, he starts whispering evil to him. Once he remembers Allah, he withdraws”; that is he ‘runs away’ or ‘retreats.’

    Evil whispering does not come only from Jinn(4), but it may come from humans. In this regard, Allah () said: …Of jinn and men. [An-Nas: 6]. This bears reference to the danger of those human demons, about whom very few of us are alerted, despite the fact that Allah () commanded His Prophet in this sûrah to seek refuge with Him from the evil of both types of such demons: the human and the jinn.

    O servants of Allah!

    Reciting Al-Mu'awwidhatayn is permissible at any time of the day, particularly during those times sanctioned by the Prophet () including what was reported by Uqba Ibn Amir(5) () thus: “Allah’s Messenger () commanded me to recite Al-Mu'awwidhatayn at the end of each salat.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawood and Al Nasai, and was authenticated by Al Hakim and others.]

    Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) also narrated that the Prophet (), “whenever he went to bed every night he would put the palms of his hands together, blow in them and recite Say (O Muhammad صلى لله علیھ وسلم ): ‘He is Allâh, (the) One’.[ Al-Ikhlâs: 1]; Say: "I seek refuge with (Allâh), the Lord of the daybreak [Al Falaq:1] and Say: "I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind [An-Nas:1]. Then, using the palms of his hands, he would wipe three times all he could over the front part of his body, starting with the head and face.” [Narrated by Bukhari].

    It is also part of the sunnah to recite Al-Mu'awwidhatayn three times while uttering morning and evening invocations. The Prophet () told Abdullah Ibn Khubaib(6) (): “ ‘Say’. I said: ‘say what?’ He said: ‘Say He is Allâh, (the) One, in addition to Al-Mu'awwidhatayn three times by morning and evening, for these will suffice to
    ward off all evils.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad, Abu Dawood and Tirmidhi, who is quoted to have said: ‘This is a valid and sound Hadith’. The Hadith was authenticated by An Nawawi and others.]

    O servants of Allah!

    The recitation of Al-Mu'awwidhatayn is a self-ruqya(7) (treatment) for the Muslim and one he could use for others as well. Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that “whenever the Prophet () felt pain, he would recite for himself Al-Mu'awwidhatayn and then blow. She said: ‘When he turned too ill to do it I would recite for him, and then use his own hand to wipe over his body with it wishing for its barakah(8).” [The Hadith was agreed upon.]

    Also, Muslim reported, “Whenever one of his household fell ill, the Prophet () would blow on him/her while reciting Al-Mu'awwidhatayn.”

    Furthermore, Al-Mu'awwidhatayn are recited as measure to ward off scourge before it strikes. Abu Saeed(9) () reported that “the Prophet () used to seek refuge with Allah from the evil eyes of humans and jinn alike. When Al-Mu'awwidhatayn were revealed to him he started to make exclusive recourse to them.” [Narrated by Tirmidhi, Al Nasai and Ibn Maja]

    To recap, recitation of Al-Mu'awwidhatayn is confirmed at the end of each one of the five salats (prayers), before going to bed, in the morning and evening as well as for ruqya and protection purposes.

    We beseech Allah to grant all of us refuge from all evils, wrongdoings, fitnas (temptations) and ailments.

    May Allah () make His blessings for you and for me in the Noble Qur'ān and benefit us with the guidance of the Master of all Messengers ()! I say this and I ask Allah () forgiveness, for you and for me.

    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah! We praise Him kindly and abundantly and seek His blessing. He is the One Who answers whoever calls upon Him, shelters whoever seeks refuge with Him and provides safety for those seeking his protection and care. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, Who has no associates! I also bear witness that Muhammad () is His servant and Messenger! May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on him, his family and all of his Companions!

    O Muslims!

    One must not fail to realize the subtlety posed by the Sûrat of Al Falaq where the command, at the beginning of it, was ‘to seek refuge with the Lord of ‘Falaq’. The word ‘falaq’ means ‘Daybreak’, or rather anything that breaks out bringing goodness and good will. Making special reference to Al falaq here points to the ultimate verity that whoever is capable of bringing daybreak and of lifting the night darkness off the face of the earth is certainly be able of removing all types of darkness as well as ridding the oppressed of their sufferings. Hence there is no despair with the Almighty, the All-Capable: Verily! It is Allâh Who causes the seed-grain and the
    fruit-stone (like date-stone) to split and sprout. [Al-An’am: 95]

    Daybreak stands for that hope which is born out of tragedy. It is the morning light that comes to replace the gloomy darkness of the night. It is relief cascading from the peak of distress. It is a cheering voice announcing the advent of ease and relief.

    Indeed, this is all we hope and wish for these days. The people of Syria are suffering from the oppression of their enemy and his allies from among his own denomination overseas, who are rushing for his support. However, such distress, no matter how extreme it may grow, is bound to perish in the face of the endurance of the believers and their exclusive reliance on Allah after they have been failed by those powers that pretend to stand by the weak. Nay, indeed! These powers only seek to secure their own interests.

    It may be a sign –Allah Willing– that relief is drawing near, for certainly, there is relief after distress, triumph with patience and verily, along with every hardship is relief. [Ash-Sharh: 5]

    In this context, what we so desperately need is that genuine feeling of trust in Allah and reliance on Him, in addition to imploring His forgiveness so profusely, for this is one of the most important keys to the establishment of relief and consent, and to the shunning of disputes. After all, ‘bravery is but an hour’s patience’.

    Those Muslims who are capable of offering support to their brothers in faith – particularly the rulers– should realize that the initiative lies in their hands, that people would follow them, and that there is a great deal of goodness in our Umma (Islamic nation). Therefore, spare no effort to stop the aggression and to bring an end to perversity.

    Verily, abandoning one’s brother in faith at times of hardships is only prelude to expedient retribution of the same nature. Likewise, standing by our brothers in Syria is warding off adversity from us in this Life and the Hereafter.

    Now, ask Allah to send His Salat (Graces, Honors and Mercy) and Peace upon the Given Mercy and the Offered Blessing, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah. O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours and Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon
    Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad () and his kind and virtuous family! O Allah! Be pleased with all of Your Messenger’s Companions and those who righteously follow them till the Day of Judgment!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and let down tyrants, infidels and all the corruptors! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah and Your true servants!

    O Allah! Foreordain for the nation of Islam a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honored, the people of sins are guided, Al-Ma‘rûf (good deeds) is enjoined, and Al-Munkar (bad deeds or evil) is forbidden! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Fail those who want to harm Islam and Muslims! Make them preoccupied with their own selves! Turn their plots against them, and make that the cause of their own destruction, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your Cause in Palestine, the Sham (Syria), and everywhere, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Relieve them of the siege around them! Set right their affairs and suppress their enemy!

    O Allah! Liberate Al Aqsa Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    O Allah! Set right the situation of our brothers (in faith) wherever they may be! O Allah! Set right the situation of Muslims everywhere, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Set right their affairs in Egypt and everywhere, rally them around Your Guidance, and protect them against those evil-doers among them! O Allah! Set right their affairs!

    O Allah! Help our Muslim brothers in Syria! O Allah! Gather them around Your Truth and Guidance! O Allah! Spare their blood, safeguard their tranquility, bring them close together, feed their hungry, protect their honor, grant them boldness, strength and victory against their oppressors! O You, the Ever-Living, the Eternal Guardian, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

    O Allah! Guide our leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to do whatever you love and accept! O Allah! Guide him to piety and righteousness! O Allah! Grant him good health! O Allah! Grant him, his deputies, their brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country!

    O Allah! Help the Muslim leaders to govern and abide by Your Holy Book and to follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet, Mohammad ()! Make them a blessing on Your believing servants! O Allah! We implore You to spread security, prosperity in our own country and in those of all Muslims, to protect us against the evil of evil-doers
    and the plotting of the lecherous! Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al Baqarah: 201]. Our Lord! Forgive
    us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. [Al Omran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and fulfill our wishes in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children! You are indeed All-Hearing!

    O Allah! We ask You to be pleased with us and grant us Your Paradise! We seek refuge with You against Your wrath and hell fire!

    It is Allah’s forgiveness we seek! It is Allah’s forgiveness we seek! It is Allah’s forgiveness we seek! O Allah! We turn in repentance to You! You are the Ever-Living, the Eternal Guardian! O Allah! You are Allah, and there is no deity worthy of worship except You! You are the Self-Sufficient and we are the poor! Send down rain upon us and do not make us despondent! O Allah! Send down rain upon us! O Allah! Send down rain upon us! O Allah! Send down rain upon us; a blissful, steady, widespread, useful and harmless rain, one that would rejuvenate the land, quench the people’s thirst and reach the rural and the urban lands! O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy. O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy. O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy, not rain of torment, disaster, destruction, or flooding!

    O Allah! Answer our prayers, for You are indeed the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! O Allah! Forgive us! You are indeed Most Forgiving, Most Merciful! Glorified be Your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! You are free from what
    they attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!




    (1) The Al-Mu'awwidhatayn ( المعوذتین ), sometimes translated as " Verses of Refuge", is an Arabic
    term referring to the last two surahs (chapters) of the Qur’ān viz. Al-Falaq and An-Nas which are two
    consecutive short prayers beginning with "Say: I seek refuge in the Lord...". Although these two Surahs
    are separate entities in the Qur'ān and also are written in the Mushaf under separate names, they are
    so deeply related mutually with their contents closely resembling each other's that they have been
    designated by a common name Mu'awwidhitayn (the two Surahs in which refuge with Allah has been
    sought). Imam Baihaqi in 'Dala'il an-Nubuwwat' has written that these Surahs were revealed together,
    and hence their combined name of Mu'awwidhatayn. There is a Hadith that recommends reading them
    over the sick or before sleeping and they are also considered a healing (adapted from
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Mu'awwidhatayn)

    (2) Sahih Muslim and Sahih al-Bukhari are collections of hadiths. They are considered to be the most
    authentic collections of the Sunnah of the Prophet ().

    (3) Abdullah ibn Abbas was a paternal cousin of the Prophet (). He is revered by Muslims for his
    knowledge and was an expert in Tafsir (exegesis of the Qur'an), as well as an authority on the Islamic
    Sunnah (adapted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%60Abd_Allah_ibn_%60Abbas)

    (4) The jinn or genies are spirits mentioned in the Holy Qur’ān and Islamic theology who inhabit an
    unseen world in dimensions beyond the visible universe of humans. Like human beings, the jinn can
    also be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have freewill like humans and unlike angels. The
    jinn are mentioned frequently in the Qur'ān, and the 72nd surah is titled Surat al-Jinn.

    (5) Uqbah ibn Amir was a Companion of the Prophet () and a well-known member of the early Muslim
    community.

    (6) One of the Companions of the Prophet ()

    (7) What is said for the purpose of seeking protection or healing. It is agreed among Ulama (Muslim
    scholars) that for a ruqya ( رقیة ) to be permissible it has to meet three requirements: (1) It has to include Allah’s words and fairest names and attributes, (2) It has to be in Arabic or any other language the
    ruqya receiver (patient) understands, and (3) Both the raqi (the person performing the ruqya) and the
    ruqya receiver must believe that the ruqya in itself does not produce any effects and that it is Allah ()
    that does. (Adapted from Dr. Khaled Al-Jeraisy’s Self Ruqya Treatment, trans. Dr. Mohammad Atif
    Mogahed Mohammad.)

    (8) The Arabic word ( بركة ) means blessing, benediction, good fortune, abundant good, etc.

    (9) One of the Companions of the Prophet ().


    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...owseby=khateeb


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    In the shade of Surah Qaaf

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    December 5, 2003 ~ Shawwaal 11, 1424

    First Khutbah

    All praise is due to Allah. All praise be to Allah, the One Who sent down the criterion (of right and wrong, i.e. the Quran) to His slave (Muhammad –peace be upon him) that he may be a warner to the worlds. And all praise be to Allah Who revealed the Book (the Quran) as an exposition of everything, a guidance, a mercy, and glad tidings for those who have submitted themselves (to Allah as Muslims). And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. In veneration of Him, in unification of Him and revering Him. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, the best (person) sent by Allah as a guide and giver of glad tidings, and a caller to Allah by His Leave and a light and illumination. May Allah’s salutations be upon him and on his family and companions, and may much peace be upon them.

    Thereafter: Fear Allah as He ought to be feared. And hold fast unto the Islam with the strongest handhold. “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared. (Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always), and die not except in a state of Islam.” [Aal Imraan; Verse 102]. And whoever fears Allah, He saves him, and He suffices for him all his worries. “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.” [Talaaq: Verse 2-3]

    Thereafter: O Muslims: Allah sent every messenger to his people with a miracle and a sign. He sent Prophet Muhammad, blessings and peace be upon him- with the greatest miracle and the most decisive sign, which shall remain everlasting till the Day of Resurrection. The sign is the Noble Quraan, which is the revealed and preserved Word of Allah. The Book explains everything and guides to the most straightforward path. “Alif-Lam-Ra. (This is) a Book, the Verses whereof are perfected (in every sphere of knowledge, etc.), and then explained in detail from One, Who is All-Wise and Well-Acquainted (with all things).” [Hood; Verse 1]

    The Qur’an is the greatest reference for the preachers and the best authority relied on by the just rulers. It is its light that guides the scholars. Allah calls it an admonishment when He says: “O mankind! There has come to you a good advice from your Lord, and a healing for that (disease of ignorance, doubt, hypocrisy and differences) in your breasts, – a guidance and a mercy for the believers.” [Yoonus; Verse 57]

    Allah’s Messenger used to admonish and remind his companions with the Qur’an in response to the call of his Lord: “But warn by the Qur’an; him who fears My Threat.” [Qaaf; Verse 45]

    And in Saheeh Muslim, Umm Hisham bint Harithah said: “We used to share the same oven with the Messenger of Allah for two years or a year and some months. And I did not memorise (Surah) ‘Qaf wal-Qur’anil-majîd’ but from the mouth of Allah’s Messenger. He used to recite it every Jumu‘ah on the pulpit when he preached to people.” Ibn Kathîr said: “The purpose is that the Messenger of Allah used to recite this Surah in big congregations like Eids and Jumuas because the Surah contains information about the beginning of the creation, the Resurrection, the return, the standing (for reckoning), the Reckoning, Paradise and Fire. It also contains information on reward, punishment, encouragement to do good deeds and warning against evil deeds. And Allah knows best.”

    Fellow Muslims! Surely, knowing about admonition is a blessing and strength. It is also a reward and guidance. Allah says,

    “But if they had done what they were told, it would have been better for them, and would have strengthened their (Faith); and indeed We should then have bestowed upon them a great reward from Ourselves. And indeed We should have guided them to a Straight Way.” [Nisaa; Verse 66-68]. Let us now incline towards the shades of this Surah in order to revive the Sunnah, to attain guidance and to admonish our hearts.
    In the Name of Allah the Gracious, the Merciful.

    “Qaf. By the honoured Qur’an.

    Nay, they wonder that there has come to them a warner (Muhammad – peace be upon him) from among themselves. So the disbelievers say: “This is a strange thing!”

    When we are dead and have become dust (shall we be resurrected?) That is a far return.”

    We know that which the earth takes of them (their dead bodies), and with Us is a Book preserved (i.e. the Book of Decrees).

    Nay, but they have denied the truth (this Qur’an) when it has come to them, so they are in a confused state (cannot differentiate between right and wrong).” [Qaaf; Verses 1-5]

    In the last of this group of verses, Allah describes those who rejected the truth as being in a confused state. This is truly the state of anyone who keeps away from the guidance of the Qur’an, denies the truth and seeks guidance from other than Allah. Such a person is always erratic in his thoughts and positions and confused in his life and actions. He always follows his desire; and concepts and values are always contradicting in his view.

    In the following verses, Allah commands His slaves to ponder over His Works through which He created everything in the state of perfection. Can anyone besides Allah create what is similar? Far is Allah above that. Rather, can the creatures stand by themselves? This is indeed, a great proof that Allah is Omnipotent and that He is the True God.

    “Have they not looked at the heaven above them, how We have made it and adorned it, and there are no rifts in it?

    And the earth!We have spread it out, and set thereon mountains standing firm, and have produced therein every kind of lovely growth.

    It is an insight and a Reminder for every slave who turns to Allah in repentance.

    And We send down blessed water (rain) from the sky, then We produce therewith gardens and grain that are reaped.

    And tall date-palms, with ranged clusters.

    A provision for (Allah’s) slaves. And We give life therewith to a dead land. Thus will be the resurrection.

    Denied before them (i.e. these pagans of Makkah) the people of Nu, and the dwellers of Rass, and Thamud;

    And ‘Ad, and Fir’aun (Pharaoh), and the brethren of Lut;

    And the Dwellers of the Wood, and the people of Tubba’.

    Everyone of them denied (their) Messengers, so My Threat took effect. Were We then tired with the first creation?

    Nay, they are in confused doubt about a new creation (i.e. Resurrection)?” [Qaaf; Verse 6-15]

    High and Exalted is Allah. Indeed, the One Who created the creatures from non-existence and never lacked strength while He was creating them is perfectly Capable of repeating their creation.

    After this, Allah explains the second creation that will take place on the Day of Resurrection. He preceded that by reminding His slaves of His creation of man, that nothing is hidden from Him and that He knows what moves about in the hearts, not to talk of what is uttered or done however concealed they are. He explains that all that is watched and recorded. The Muslim should therefore get prepared for that day. For anyone who did an atom weight of good deed will find its reward and anyone who did an atom weight of evil deed will find its reward. You should therefore call yourselves to account before you are called to it.

    “And indeed We have created man, and We know what his own self whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein (by Our Knowledge).

    (Remember!) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions).

    Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).

    And the stupor of death will come in truth: “This is what you have been avoiding!” [Qaaf; Verse 16-19]

    Yes! There is no escape from death. It is the fate of every living thing. No Muslim or disbeliever will escape from this fate. In spite of the severity of death, what comes after it, such as situations of the grave, the Resurrection and Reckoning are far more severe and more horrible.

    “And the Trumpet will be blown – that will be the Day whereof warning. And every person will come forth along with an (angel) to drive (him) and an (angel) to bear witness.” [Qaaf; Verse 20-21]

    The sinner will then be told: “Indeed you were heedless of this. Now We have removed from you your covering, and sharp is your sight this Day!” [Qaaf; Verse 22]

    In this difficult situation, the record of deeds will be distributed and the people will be shown their positions in Paradise or Hell. It is then that the dwellers of Hell will start arguing with one another as Allah explains in different places in His Book. He says:

    “And his companion (angel) will say: “Here is (this Record) ready with me!”

    (Allah will say to the angels): “Both of you throw into Hell every stubborn disbeliever.”

    Hinderer of good, transgressor, doubter, “Who set up another god with Allah.

    Then both of you cast him in the severe torment.”

    His companion (Satan) will say: “Our Lord! I did not push him to transgress, but he was himself in error far astray.”

    Allah will say: “Dispute not in front of Me, I had already in advance sent you the threat.

    The Sentence that comes from Me cannot be changed, and I am not unjust (to the least) to the slaves.”

    On the Day when We will say to Hell: “Are you filled?” It will say: “Are there any more (to come)?” [Qaaf; Verse 23-30]

    As for Paradise, it will be brought closer to the believers as an honour to them. Listen to the description of its will-be dwellers.

    “And Paradise will be brought near to the pious not far off.

    (It will be said): “This is what you were promised – (it is) for those oft-returning (to Allah) in sincere repentance, and those who preserve their covenant with Allah.

    “Who feared the Most Beneficent (Allah) in the Ghaib (Unseen) and brought a heart turned in repentance (to Him and absolutely free from each and every kind of polytheism).

    “Enter you therein in peace and security – this is a Day of eternal life!” There they will have all that they desire – and We have more.” [Qaaf; Verse 31-35]

    In a wonderful explicative apposition, the end of this Surah re-emphasises all the issues that are discussed in it. Allah says,

    “And how many a generation We have destroyed before them who were stronger in power than they.

    And (when Our Torment came) they ran for a refuge in the land!

    Could they find any place of refuge (for them to save themselves from destruction)?

    Verily, therein is indeed a reminder for him who has a heart or gives ear while he is heedful.

    And indeed We created the heavens and the earth and all between them in six Days and nothing of fatigue touched Us.

    So bear with patience all that they say, and glorify the Praises of your Lord, before the rising of the sun and before (its) setting.

    And during a part of the night (also) glorify His praises and (so likewise) after the prayers.” [Qaaf; Verse 36-40]

    Allah also tells us that performance of prayers and remembrance of Allah are means of perseverance and strength. He says:

    “And listen on the Day when the caller will call from a near place.

    The Day when they will hear As-Saihah (shout) in truth: that will be the Day of coming out.

    Verily, We it is Who give life and cause death; and to Us is the final return.

    On the Day when the earth shall be cleft, from off them, (they will come out) hastening forth.

    That will be a gathering, quite easy for Us. We know of best what they say.

    And you (O Muhammad (peace be upon him)) are not the one to force them (to Belief). But warn by the Qur’an; him who fears My Threat.” [Qaaf; Verse 41-45]

    Fellow Muslims! Show gratitude to Allah for giving you rain. Ask Him to make it a rain of blessing and to make it cover all the Muslim lands. For the real drought is not in lack of rain but lack of blessings in the fallen rain. Adhere to the means of achieving blessing. Allah says: “And if the people of the towns had believed and had piety, certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes).” [A’raaf; Verse 96]

    So O Allah for You is all praise for Your abundant bounties and great boons. O Allah for You is praise until You are pleased, and for You is praise until when You are pleased, and for You is praise after You are pleased. O Allah make that which You sent down on us strength to obey You and deliverance to it. O Allah make the plants grow with it, and make the milk flow in abundance with it, and make water abundant for us. O Allah make it a rain of mercy, and increase us in Your blessings, mercy, virtue and sustenance, and make your bounties general for all the houses of Islam, O Alive, O Self-Sustaining, O Possessor of Majesty and Bounty.

    O Allah send salutations on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad just as You have sent salutations on Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem. Verily You are the Praiseworthy, the Mighty. And send Your blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhmmad just as You sent Your blessings on Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem in the worlds. Verily You are the Praiseworthy, the Mighty.

    O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…

    Source: http://khutaab.wordpress.com/2013/03...of-surah-qaaf/


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    High Aspiration
    26 April 2013 ~ 6 Jumadal Akhirah 1434

    by Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah (), the Creator of all living creatures and the All-Knower. He preordained that His devout worshippers should be privileged over all creatures so that they would serve as exemplary models like lofty towers, and their faith would render them distinguished in the entire world. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah, with no associate ‒a testimony free of any scepticism or contention‒ and I bear witness that Muhammad () is His servant and Messenger, the best creature who ever tread on earth. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) and Peace on His Messenger Muhammad (), on his Companions, so brave and heroic, like lions, on his tabi'în (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [] after his death), and on all those who have followed them in righteousness till the Day of Judgment.

    Having said that, I advise you to fear Allah and hold fast to His firmest bond: O you who believe! Fear Allâh (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of Islâm [as Muslims (with complete submission to Allâh)]. [Âl-Îmran: 102]

    O servants of Allah!

    High aspiration is a token of honour that people look forward to. With it, nations can reach the zenith of achievement, realise the best results, and foster moral perfection. After all, acquiring such a prestigious status is a divine favour: Allâh will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge … [Al-Mujadila: 11]

    Allah did commend His prophets and messengers for their strong aspirational potential, and counselled His Prophet Muhammad () to follow their example: Therefore be patient (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) as did the Messengers of strong will... [Al-Aĥqaf: 35]. Allah equally commended His devout worshippers for their high aspiration in situations requiring toughness and patience, exceptional determination and steadfastness, and unshakable religious belief: Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allâh [i.e. they have gone out for Jihâd (holy fighting), and showed not their backs to the disbelievers]; of them some have fulfilled their obligations (i.e. have been martyred); and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed [i.e. they never proved treacherous to their covenant which they concluded with Allâh] in the least. [Al-Aĥzeb: 23]

    In addition, Allah () commanded His creatures to compete for achievements. He said, So hasten towards all that is good … [Al-Baǭara: 148]. The Prophet () also taught his Ûmmah how to promote motivation and develop a sense of high aspiration. He said, “There are one hundred ranks in Paradise which Allah reserved for the mujahedeen for the sake of divine satisfaction; the interval between each two ranks measures the distance between the earth and the heavens. So, when you supplicate Allah, do ask for Firdaws ‒it is Middle Paradise and Higher Paradise. On top of it is located Allah’s Throne, and from it springs out the rivers of Paradise.” [Reported by Imam Bukhari]. On his part, Omar Bin Al-Khaŧŧab () was reported to have said, “Let not your volition and aspiration weaken, for I have never seen something that discourages people from performing good deeds more than that.”

    Likewise, Allah () dispraised feeble-minded people who rush to fulfil their capricious and worldly desires when He said, “And recite (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) to them the story of him to whom We gave Our Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but he threw them away; so Shaitân (Satan) followed him up, and he became of those who went astray; [Al-Âraaf: 175]. And had We willed, We would surely have elevated him therewith but he clung to the earth and followed his own vain desire. So his parable is the parable of a dog: if you drive him away, he lolls his tongue out, or if you leave him alone, he (still) lolls his tongue out. Such is the parable of the people who reject Our Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect. [Al-Âraaf: 176]

    Servants of Allah!

    A religion characterised by such principles never accepts its followers to be lazy, sluggish, powerless, inactive, irresolute, feeble-minded and weak-spirited: So when you have finished (your occupation), devote yourself for Allâh’s worship. [Al-Sharĥ: 7]; And to your Lord (Alone) turn (all your) intentions and hopes. [Al-Sharĥ: 7].

    As the pursuit of relaxation and idleness is not a commendable trait of those with valour and a sense of honour, one of the early commands our Prophet Muhammad () received was: O you wrapped in garments (i.e. Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم)! [Al-Muzzammil: 1]  Stand (to pray) all night, except a little [Al-Muzzammil: 2]. The Prophet (), along with his Companions, made a lot of sacrifices; they migrated from their native towns; they were brought up for the sake of Allah. It is with sacrifice that they achieved victory at (the Battle of) Badr. It is with patience and certitude that they saved themselves from Al-Ahzeb (the Confederates). They departed into (the Battle of) Tabûk while in deplorable conditions. They equally followed their Prophet in time of difficulty; and when they were told: “Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them." [Al-Îmran: 173], they became stronger in faith and steadfastness, and simply replied: "Allâh (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us).” [Al-Îmran: 173-]

    After the Prophet’s death (), his Companions did not spare any effort (to carry on their mission). Thus, their aspirations were so high that they defeated the two greatest of the time civilisations (i.e. the Persians and the Romans), hoisted their flags over the hills of the East and the West, and spread civilisation, knowledge and guidance throughout the entire world. All such achievements have been recorded in the chronicles of history in the form of spell-binding and enthralling biographies and records. Were it not for the existence of concrete historical evidence, some people might consider such accounts as just dreams!

    They were humans, yet their hearts and souls were moulded by the Revelation to the extent that they became fond of the heavens. Allah selected and tested them (by hardships); they succeeded because they were sincere. That was the way the Prophet’s () educated his Companions until they became leaders of the Ûmmah in the areas of knowledge, jihad, and leadership.

    O Muslims!

    Today, our Ûmmah is in need of people who encourage our children to become (exceptional) men and women, for nowadays many people consider themselves as being promised paradise in the hereafter just because they happened to perform petty acts of worship, without ever contemplating the idea of sacrifice, as if Allah would not select amongst us martyrs or witnesses over mankind. For some of them, Islam has become a sheer social conduct which might be shared with other people and in which some others might outperform them. Don’t they realise that Islam means a set of solemn and arduous obligations, continuous work and trial: Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, "When (will come) the Help of Allâh?" Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allâh is near! [Al-Baǭara: 214]

    If someone sleeps oneself to boredom, gets immersed in feasts abundantly set on tables, spends long hours shopping and in nightly entertainment, unrestrainedly spends most of the day browsing electronic media or performing futile entertainment activities and run after worldly gains, like predators in the bush running after their prey, then when should such a person be capable of producing anything positive or repelling any kind of external aggression or working for the advancement of his own nation?

    Great achievements and grand aspirations strictly depend on hard work and arduous effort. If we examine the status of any nation, we will realize that no nation has been able to prosper and accomplish success ‒carving out its renown in the chronicles of history‒ without hard toil, immeasurable sacrifice, and onerous effort in all areas of life. Nations will never achieve such a status if their people do not assume their responsibilities and their youth and youngsters are not ready to serve their communities and offer sacrifices. This leads us to realize the risk of negligence when it comes to raising children or failing to nurture them to be serious and responsible. Imam Ghazali ‒may Allah send mercy on his soul‒ said, “The child is under the guardianship of his parents, and his pure uncorrupted heart is a precious gem. If he is taught to form good habits he will behave accordingly ‒achieving happiness both in the herein and the hereafter‒ and if, on the contrary, he is trained to acquire bad habits and is left to his own animalistic instincts, he will be unhappy and his destiny will be fatal. His deliverance lies in mending his manners, polishing up his taste, and teaching him good ethics.”

    A retrospective look at how the earlier generations of Muslims handled this issue shows that they concentrated on a balanced education of their children. They were keen to instruct them how to face hardships and endure painful experiences without complaining. Indeed, they offered generous services to this religion and glory of this Ûmmah without asking for any favour.

    Servants of Allah!

    The current state of weakness and generalised infirmity from which our Ûmmah is suffering is due to excessive attachment to worldly desires and to the sense of contentment with petty mundane benefits, coupled with cowardice due to fear of losing benefits or missing opportunities. Thawban () narrated the following hadîth of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (): “Nations will be tempted to rush to defeat you in the same way eaters rush to a feast.” ‘One member of the audience then asked,’ ‘Is that because we will be outnumbered (by them) then?’ ‘The Prophet replied,’ “No, you will be numerous then; but you are like scum. Allah will remove any feeling of apprehension from the hearts of your enemy vis-à-vis you, and will alternatively instil a feeling of frailty and defeatism in your hearts.” ‘Someone asked,’ ‘What is frailty and defeatism?’ “It is the longing for worldly desires and the hatred of death”, ‘replied the Prophet ()’. [Narrated by Imam Ahmed and Abu Dawood with an authentic chain of authority]

    Prophet Muhammad () said, “The moment your commercial transactions become based on forms of usury, you stick to the plough behind bovine tails, and feel contented with your crop, Allah will inflict upon you humiliation which only return to (and reconciliation with) your religion can eradicate.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood with a sound chain of authority].

    Excessive indulgence in the pleasures of life, desires, debased amusement, and distracting entertainment is like drugs which obstruct the advancement of the Ûmmah and impede its accession to a prestigious position. Just read history! Just read modern and ancient history to learn lessons. O wise and judicious people! This Ûmmah has been experiencing a sense of loss for a long period now and its tragic conditions have persisted for ages, reaching a dead end of utter darkness.

    During the last century, we have seen the rapid renaissance and full restoration of other nations to prosperity after many falls. They have been steadily recovering despite a series of crises, wars, plagues, predicaments, and ordeals. Of course, this is not a statement of admiration for the West; it is rather a statement of bewilderment by the conditions of the East which is experiencing ordeals monthly or bi-monthly. However, people refuse to repent (from their sins) and awaken from their slumber. Allah did blame communities that had suffered from ordeals inflicted upon them once or twice a year without ever repenting or getting out of their state of stupor.

    All the goods and chattels of life can never be an efficient and wholesome way to realise pride and integrity for the Ûmmah. Arabs can have at their disposal all types of resources everywhere; but if one day they ignore the principles of their religion, they will simply be reduced to incapacity and eternal humiliation, notwithstanding their possession of the weaponry of the East and the West combined.

    Thus, Muslims are left but with a single alternative to achieve glory; it is their return to Islam as both outer physical appearance and inner essence. Muslims are therefore invited to follow the footsteps of the pioneers of Islamic creed in the sincerity of their faith and the rectitude of their moral behaviour. Retracing such path of honour and integrity will depend on Muslims’ knowledge of how, in the past, they became an Ûmmah and how they claimed their existence in history. We primarily need to conduct a self-assessment and a re-examination of our status as a whole.

    As a rule, the Ûmmah will not be subject to outside aggression until it deteriorates from the inside. Thus, if we perpetrate evil deeds, we should not normally expect Allah to bestow favours upon us: That home of the Hereafter (i.e. Paradise), We shall assign to those who rebel not against the truth with pride and oppression in the land nor do mischief by committing crimes. And the good end is for the Muttaqûn (the pious). [Al-Ǭaṧaṧ: 83]; And indeed We have written in Az-Zabûr [i.e. all the revealed Holy Books - the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel), the Psalms, the Qur’ân,] after (We have already written in) Al-Lauh Al-Mahfûz (the Book that is in the heaven with Allâh), that My righteous slaves shall inherit the land (i.e. the land of Paradise). [Al-Anbiya: 105]

    The human being who is fit for edifying civilisation and inheriting Allah’s land is not restrictively the one characterised by intelligence; he should be someone who has a live conscience, a high feeling of taqwa (i.e. constructive and deterrent fear of Allah) which inhibits moral unrestraint and unethical capricious drives. All those qualities are normally nurtured by the enlightenment of monotheism and acts of worship. In fact, the entire world is in need for such a venerated spiritual leadership.

    Making its way through the twenty-first Century, the world has found itself immersed in an atmosphere of injustice, disorder, anxiety and disintegration, where the night darkness is blocking the day light, the advocates of personal desires are flocking from all directions, virtue and morality are defeated, and where man –fueled by greed and vanity– goes on to kill his fellow man. In today’s world, the flames of lust are raging and the torch of guidance is being put out. Objects and substances have turned so precious and man so cheap.



    In today’s world, vibrant cities are being flattened and thousands of people killed in minutes and seconds. A handful of nations have managed to dominate the world and turn it into a house of gambling or a butcher's market. They set out to abuse humanity the way a baby would a piece of paper and to manipulate other nations the way one would juggle a ball. In view of this, the universe cried out for justice, groping about the enlightening guidance of Islam as the steady gleaming light of dawn would traverse the gloomy darkness of the night. So, do you hear the call?!

    O Muslims!

    What you have in hand is the truest of all the heavenly legacies ever bestowed on man, and in your hands the world’s nurture. The Muslim Ummah is blessed with an everlasting religion that is capable of stirring life into dormant souls and bringing about rebirth. This Ummah is still in the process of recovering and trying to recuperate its strength in order to resume its maiden mission. May Allah () grant it the power it needs to accomplish its goal!

    The territory our great Ummah occupies holds the reins of the entire world and the key to prosperity. Our Ummah holds the well-being and honor of humanity; and had it succeeded in employing such assets properly, it would have needed no other nation to help it while the rest of the world would have rushed to it in need of assistance: Verily, he who fears Allâh with obedience to Him (by abstaining from sins and evil deeds, and by performing righteous good deeds), and is patient, then surely, Allâh makes not the reward of the Muhsinûn (good-doers - see V.2:112) to be lost. [Youssef: 90]

    Therefore, aim at success, put on the garments of pure righteousness, take from the ‘lantern’ of Allah’s words thus: Indeed he succeeds who purifies his ownself (i.e. obeys and performs all that Allâh ordered, by following the true Faith of Islâmic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds). [Ashams: 9], then follow (another) way. [Al Kahf: 92]. Recover your dignity and say ‘NO’ to desires and whims, wishes and fear, division and discord. Make the resolve to traverse pathways and pull through hardships, and bear in mind that reaching peaks and pinnacles may not be carried out in one leap and that progression is a necessary measure Allah () has created as part of His sunan (laws) in life.

    Those with a high aspiration are willing to carry their Ummah’s concerns and sacrifce themselves and all that is precious to them towards helping it accomplish its goals and attain greatness. Such people do realize that positive outcomes are contingent upon negative ones and that interests, good things, pleasure and amenities may not be obtained except with a fair share of pain and discomfort. Those seeking greatness for their Ummah must learn to rise above others’ blame and reproach and must proceed to work hard towards that end: And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it, with the necessary effort due for it (i.e. does righteous deeds of Allâh’s Obedience) while he is a believer (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism) - then such are the ones whose striving shall be appreciated, (thanked and rewarded by Allâh). [Al Isra: 19]. In this context, the Prophet () said: "He who is afraid of the pillage of the enemy, sets out in the early part of the night; and he who sets out early, reaches his destination. Be on your guard that the commodity of Allah is precious. Verily the commodity of Allah is Jannah".

    Verily, those possessing a strong determination do not rescind their intentions. In this regard Allah () says: Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allâh. [Al Imran: 159]

    The road to success is not paved with roses and basils. It rather requires much endurance and hard work to make one’s way through it. Once a man gets a taste of success, then trouble does not matter anymore. Ironically, it turns into a delicacy that is sweeter than serenity and tranquility. Indeed, this is the Way of Allah () in this life: As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allâh’s religion - Islâmic Monotheism). And verily, Allâh is with theMuhsinûn (good doers). [Al Ankabout: 69]

    The rearing of the Ummah on such tenets is the responsibility of parents, educators, the media and the officials alike. However, promoting insensibility and debility through the proliferation of distractions may only breed a tamed nation that is fit neither to build during times of prosperity nor to withstand hardships at times of calamity.

    As it experiences the gloomiest of its circumstances ever and the most precarious juncture throughout its history, it is incumbent upon the Muslim Ummah to rise above the low motives of amusement, frivolity, division, discord, negligence and oblivion, and to take upon itself to raise its generation on the values of earnestness, ambition and strong resolve. Allah told His Prophet: O Yahyâ (John)! Hold fast the Scripture [the Taurât (Torah)]. [Mariam: 12]. He also said: Hold unto these with firmness. [Al Aaraf: 145]

    The Laws of Allah in matters of triumph and defeat are no mere accidents as events are meant to evolve to an end in accordance with accurate universal laws, and premises as consistent as the effects that come to validate the causes: Verily! Allâh will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allâh). [Al Raad: 11]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Great Qur'ān and benefit us with the sunnah of the Master of all the messengers! Having said this, I ask Allah () to forgive me and you!

    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah Who would send out restraining exhortations to fend off evil, put forward lessons that would cause tears to flow, and Who would not hesitate to show His creatures their disgrace whenever they deserved it and their true value after they had been deluded. He () is the possessor of superb sagacity. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah alone, and I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on him and all his family and Companions!

    Now, then:

    Right there, in the backyard of the Arab World; on Muslim soil, and precisely in Syria, where the entire world can hear and see, the Syrian people are undergoing massacre after massacre. Blood is being shed continuously. The criminal regime proceeds to take the lives of thousands of Syrians, displace millions of them, terrorize them, bombard the heritage of ancient civilizations, and purposely set ablaze libraries holding treasures of knowledge and manuscripts. By so doing, that regime is deliberately announcing its formal break away from all that is human, ignoring religious values, civilization, and human heritage and turning a deaf ear to the crying of young children.

    Perched on the land of Syria as an intruding cancerous tumor eating away its body, that regime continues to practice all forms of massacres and hideous crimes against the Syrian people, propagating terrorism among them with the help of its brothers in faith and enemies of Arabs and Muslims. These are only a minority in the process of eradicating the majority; a handful of people dominating an entire nation: And whomsoever Allâh disgraces, none can honour him. [Al Haj: 18]

    Five hundred people, mostly young children, are being slain in Artouz Al-Fadhl in the outskirts of Damascus, while the world is watching and still looking for legimate reasons to intervene or supply weapons. Such reasons and excuses are indeed flimsy and fabricated as the the real motives lie in the fear that the neighboring enemy would feel embittered over the falling of weapons in the hands of true believers. Hence Syrian blood continues to be shed and people to be massacred at the hands of two enemies, not just one: an aggressor from inside and an occupier from outside; and hence continue to fall the values of those nations and organization that pretend to be protectors of man and human rights and to stand up for the weak and the defenseless as they watch such heart-rending images and horrifying news from Syria without lifting a finger.

    It is an obligation for all to stand for the oppressed and to help put an end to this flagrant injustice. Anyone capable of supplying funds or weapons or exercising political pressure towards this end but refrains from doing so is judged to be a sinner and should expect divine retribution to be be wrought on him sooner or later. In this context, the Prophet () says: “When the people see the wrongdoer and they do not stop him, then soon Allah shall envelope them all in punishment from him."

    O Allah! Alleviate the suffering of our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Alleviate the suffering of our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Put an end to their affliction! O Allah! Speed up their victory and relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them for they are too weak! Mend their breakage! Be with them! Bless the souls of their dead and heal their wounded! You, the charitable, the benevolent!

    Remember –may Allah have mercy on you– that Allah gave you a command, which He Himself started as He said: Allâh sends His Salât (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and also His angels (ask Allâh to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salât[1] on (ask Allâh to bless) him (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islâmic way of greeting(salutation, i.e. As-Salâmu ‘Alaikum. [Al Ahzab: 56]

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, honours and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, and on his good and pure family! O Allah! Be pleased with all of Your Messenger’s Companions and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors! O Allah! Grant glory to Your Religion, Your Book and the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing servants!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) whereby the people of piety are honored and sinful people are guided, and whereby al-ma’roof (good deeds) is enjoined and al-munkar (evil deeds) is prevented! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm Islam and Muslims! Turn their plots and their cunning against them! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in Palestine, in the Levant and wherever they may be, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Lift the siege around them, improve their conditions, and suppress their enemy!

    O Allah! Liberate Al Aqsa Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression! O Allah! Improve the conditions of our Muslim brothers in Egypt and everywhere! O Allah! Bring them close together on the path of guidance! O Allah! Protect them against the evil doers among them and set right their conditions!

    O Allah! Be on the side of our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Unite them around righteousness and guidance! O Allah! Spare their blood! Safeguard their tranquility, bring them close together, feed their hungry, protect their honor, grant them boldness, strength and victory against their oppressors! O You, the Living, the Everlasting!

    O Allah! Guide our leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to do whatever you love and accept. O Allah! Guide him to piety and righteousness! O Allah! Impart on him health and well-being! O Allah! Grant him, his Crown Prince, his brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet ()! O Allah! Make them a Mercy on Your true servants!

    O Allah! Make safe and prosperous our country and those of all Muslims around the world! Protect us against the evil of wrongdoers, the maliciousness of the lecherous and the evil of those plotting to carry it out by day or night! Our Lord!


    Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al Baqarah: 201], Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folks. [Al Omran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and make come true our wishes in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing! O Allah! We ask You to be pleased with us and grant us Your paradise, and we seek refuge in You against Your wrath and hell fire!

    We ask Allah for forgiveness! We ask Allah for forgiveness! We ask Allah for forgiveness! Allah is the only deity, the Living, the Subsisting, and we repent to Him!

    O Allah! You are Allah, and there is no deity worthy of worship but You! You are the Self-Sufficient while we (humans) are destitute! Do send down rain on us and save us from despair! O Allah! Send rain down on us! Bestow upon us expedient rain; a blissful, flowing, widespread, useful and harmless rain, one that would rejuvenate the land, quench the people’s thirst and reach the rural and the urban lands!

    O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy! O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy! O Allah! Send down upon us rain of mercy, not rain of torment, disaster, destruction, or flooding!

    O Allah! Answer our prayers, for You are indeed the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! Forgive us! You are indeed Most Forgiving, Most Merciful!

    Glorified be Your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! You are free from what they attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the messengers! And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Truth Triumphant, Falsehood Defeated

    14 Rajab 1434; 24 May 2013

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Bin Muhammad Al-Tâleb ‒may Allah protect him‒delivered this week’s Friday Khutbah titled “Truth Triumphant, Falsehood Defeated.” He spoke about the eternal battle between truth and falsehood and asserted that victory will inevitably be on the side of what is right, however long the battle might take. He also exhorted all Muslims to return to the two divine revelations (the Holy Qur’ān and the Noble Sunnah), to follow their teachings, and to adopt them as a way of life.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah Who decreed that final glory, supremacy and victory would be granted to His devout worshippers and loyal servants despite the sufferings and agonies which might be inflicted on them, and the recurrent predicaments which they might suffer. that supremacy would be assigned to His loyal servants, notwithstanding the successive predicaments and agonies to which they might fall victim. Allah () promised to bestow on them double relief to face just a single ordeal and vowed that their gloomy nights would be followed by bright dawn as a token of forgiveness.

    I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, with no associate. He alone may deadlock or open up all affairs. commands the obstruction of whatever state affairs and to Him exclusively belongs resolution to every crisis. He makes days unfold in alternation among His creatures whose destinies fluctuate in a preordained direction. I also bear witness that Muhammad () is Allah’s Servant and Messenger, the most open-handed creature on earth and the noblest in spirit ‒may Allah’s Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) be sent onto him, his family, and his Companions, who took maximum advantage of their Prophet’s teachings and spread the word of truth after his demise in order to propagate his message and open up new horizons for it in remote territories.

    Having said that, my counsel to you is to truly fear Allah and hold fast to the unbreakable bond of Islam: O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allâh, He will grant you Furqân [(a criterion to judge between right and wrong), or (Makhraj, i.e. a way for you to get out from every difficulty)], and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you; and Allâh is the Owner of the Great Bounty. [Al-Anfâl: 29]

    Certainly, Allah is in full command of all matters in the universe. All creatures are due to return unto Him to have their fate determined, and all litigants are bound to convene before Him; so, make your preparations and take all necessary precautions for this encounter: How (will it be) when We gather them together on the Day about which there is no doubt (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). And each person will be paid in full what he has earned? And they will not be dealt with unjustly. [Al-Îmran: 25]

    On resurrection day, people shall be congregated naked, just like their original state when they were first created (born). They would avail themselves of no garment whatsoever, except the garment of taǭwa (if ever they happened to observe taǭwa in the Herein): …And each person will be paid in full what he has earned [Al-Îmran: 25]. As stated in the Holy Qur’ān above, each person shall be judged individually, denuded of titles, privileges, decorations, awards or medals.

    O Muslims!

    In the Book of Allah, there is reassurance and relief to every believer and guidance for everyone with unshakable faith. Allah will never let down His loyal servants, i.e. truthful believers, for subsequent to each predicament Allah proclaims to His devout worshippers: So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers. [139] If a wound (and killing) has touched you, be sure a similar wound (and killing) has touched the others. And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns, that Allâh may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you. And Allâh likes not the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers). [140] And that Allâh may test (or purify) the believers (from sins) and destroy the disbelievers. [141] [Al-Îmran: 139-141]
    In fact, wrong-doing is futureless. Look at how Allah narrated to people the histories of ancient nations that had been devastated and therefore doomed to extinction because they persisted in perpetrating sin. Allah’s () laws governing the universe dictate that His Servants’ faith must be tested in accordance with the wisdom stipulated in the above-stated verse: ...that Allâh may test those who believe, and that He may take martyrs from among you... [Al-Îmran: 140]. Allah’s trials also aim at purging the ranks of the believers. This is indicated in Allah’s () statement: Allâh will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now, until He distinguishes the wicked from the good. Nor will Allâh disclose to you the secrets of the Ghaib (unseen) ... [Al-Îmran: 179]

    Zaid ibn Asslam narrated: “Once Abu Ubaida ibn Al-Jarrah wrote to Omar ibn Khattab (may Allah be pleased with them both) and mentioned to him the huge number of the Roman troops. He expressed his anxiety about their potential threat. Omar replied, “Whatever predicament is inflicted on a devoted believer will be eased, and Allah will soon send relief; for a single predicament will never overcome a double relief [1]. Allah says in His Holy Book: O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allâh, so that you may be successful. [Al-Îmran: 200]

    Therefore, in Allah we trust. We are hoping to see the break of the dawn of salvation whose light will eliminate darkness and whose daylight will herald agreeable hopes!

    May Allah bless you and me by the Holy Qur’ān and the Noble Sunnah; and may we reap the fruit of the signs and wisdom they contain. This being said, I implore Allah () to forgive us all.


    Part Two
    Praise be to Allah, the Omnipotent, the Possessor of all things, and to Whom the entire universe is indebted. I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah Who has no partner. Those who turn to Him among His servants are never disappointed and those who embrace His faith are never disgraced. I also bear witness that Mohammad () is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessings upon him, his family, and all of his Companions!

    Now then,

    Our ‘yaqin’ [2] in Allah () is so great, and our faith in His will to carry out His promises is so unswerving. We turn to Allah, the Almighty, when all paths seem to be cut off and we find refuge in Him when our prospects turn desolate. Verily, full power and control lie in no one else’s hands but His.

    As we speak, it is the obligation of every Muslim to supplicate Allah with utmost sincerity on behalf of our oppressed Muslim brothers who have been alternately victimized with no one to rid them of their distress but Allah.

    Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds! “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah the Incomparably Great, the Ever-Forbearing. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah the Lord of the Mighty Throne. None has the right to be worshipped but Allah the Lord of the heavens, the Lord of the earth, and the Lord of the Honorable Throne. [3] "

    O Allah! You, Whose soldiers are invincible; Whose promises are never broken; and Whose command is ever carried out; glory and praise be to You! Honored he is who seeks Your neighbourliness! Glorified be Your praise, and sanctified be Your names! O Allah! We beseech You by Your Supreme Name to have mercy on our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them for they are defenseless; mend their breakage and take charge of their case! You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate!

    O Allah! You, Who sent down the angels on the Day of Badr [4] and dispersed Al Ahzāb [5] on the Day of Al Khandaq (the Trench); Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in the Levant in general and in Al Qusair [6] in particular!

    O Allah! Lift the siege around them, spare their blood, reassure them, feed the hungry among them, preserve their dignity and honor, strengthen their stamina, and grant them power and victory over their oppressors!

    O Allah! Set right their conditions, unite them around righteousness, and protect them against the evil doers among them! O Allah! Suppress their enemy! O Allah! Suppress their enemy! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them!

    O Allah! The Revealer of The Book (The Holy Qur'ān), the Runner of the clouds, and the Defeater of Al Ahzāb (the Confederates)! Defeat the oppressors, shake the ground from underneath them and grant victory to our brothers in faith over them!

    O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants! O Allah! Save Al-Aqsa Mosque from the evil of the oppressors and the aggression of the occupiers!
    O Allah! Set right the conditions of our brothers in Egypt and everywhere! O Allah! Unite them around righteousness and true guidance. O Allah! Set right their affairs and protect them against the evil doers among them!
    O Allah! Foreordain for this Ummah (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honored and those of sins are guided, and where al-ma’roof (promotion of good deeds) is promoted and al-munkar (promulgation of evil deeds) is prevented! O Lord of the worlds!
    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and fail tyrants, atheists and corruptors!
    O Allah! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm Islam and Muslims! Turn their plots and their cunning against them and make that the cause of their own destruction! O Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the sunnah of Your Prophet ()! O Allah! Make them a mercy on Your believing servants!

    O Allah! Make safe and prosperous all of our country and those of all Muslims around the world! Protect us against the evil of wrongdoers, the maliciousness of the lecherous! Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al Baqarah: 201], Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. [Al Omran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and let our wishes come true in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing! O Allah! We beseech You to be pleased with us and grant us Your paradise, and we seek refuge in You against Your wrath and Hell fire!

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessings on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, and on all of his family and Companions!

    O Lord! Accept from us, You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! Accept our repentance; You are the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful!

    Glorified be Your Lord, the Lord of Honor and Power! You are free from what they wrongly attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!

    ............................................

    1. Reference is being made here to the verse of Ash-Sharh: Verily, along with every hardship is relief, Verily, along with every hardship is relief. [Ash-Sharh: 5-6]

    2. An Arabic word (يقين) meaning certitude, certainty, unswerving religious conviction

    3. The italicized part is from among the supplications of the Prophet ().

    4. The Battle of Badr (غزوة بدر‎), fought 17 Ramadan, 2 AH) was a key battle in the early days of Islam and a turning point in the Prophet’s () struggle with the polytheists of Makkah.

    5. Al-Ahzab (الأحزاب‎ ) (The Confederates, The Clans, The Coalition, The Combined Forces) is the 33rd surah (Chapter) of the Qur’ān with 73 ayats (Verses). Here, Al-Ahzab refers to the people who gathered to fight the Prophet () and his Islamic Da’wah in Madina. But Allah’s Power and Mercy for His devout believers dispersed the various tribes who attacked Medina, on the Day of Al-Khandaq,and made them leave.

    6. A small town in Syria

    Source: www.alharamain.gov.sa


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    The prayer, the prayer

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    January 9, 2004 ~ Dhul Qa’dah 17, 1424

    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah, Abundant in gifts; Excessive in bounties; the Remover of difficulties; the Averter of afflictions; He knows the hidden, and He sees what is in the dark. I praise Him – Exalted is He – and I thank Him. He created us from non-existence and extended to us bounties. He guided us with Islam. So for Allah is all praise from before and after. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. He conveyed the message and discharged the trust, and advised the ummah, and truly strove towards Allah, until the certainty (death) approached him. May Allah send salutations and peace on him, and on his family, companions and those who tread on his upright method.

    Then fear Allah O Muslims! “O you who believe! Fear Allah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah.” [Ale Imraan: Verse 102]. Fear Allah and obey Him. “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.” [Talaaq: Verse 2-3]. Take account of yourselves before you are taken account of, for verily it is easier for you than the reckoning tomorrow. And prepare for the great exhibition by Allah. “That Day shall you be brought to Judgement, not a secret of you will be hidden.” [Haaqqah: Verse 18]. Save your relaxation for your grave, and decrease your amusement and your sleep, for verily before you is a sleep, the morning of which is the Day of Judgement.

    Thereafter: Servants of Allah:

    Before the sending of the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) this ummah was at the rear of the nations in worship, religion, strength, popularity, and taking the means of this world and being in the forefront, until Allah – the Exalted – blessed it with the sending of the leader of mankind, Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam). So it was just a few years until it (this ummah) excelled over the nations of the earth in every single field, and with truth it ruled, then with good it became expert. And its civilization and rule continued in extension and (thereafter) decreased until our present time and our late era, the condition of the ummah is complained to Allah. The enemies rule, and occupy some of its (ummah’s) homes, and depreciate from its lands, and steal their produce and they fight the Muslims in their religion and ideas. (Together) with the disunity of the Muslims, confusion in opinion and differences (thereby) increasing the rule of the enemies over them.

    And verily the enumerating about the weak side and its portrayal humiliates and grieves, but it is necessary to expose the wound in order to cure it. And for many years, those affiliated with the Islamic nation compete in removing the disease and describing the cure, so from ascribing the weakness of the Muslims to material reasons or cultural and ideological reasons or other than that, everyone is looking and striving and every group is rejoicing with what it has. In fact, the condition has reached with some of the Muslims to accusing Islam itself or some of its laws. But the one who ponders over the history of the Islamic nation since its inception and the reflector over its methods and laws knows its illness and medication and its disease and its cure; he knows with certainty the reasons for disgraceful weakness, just as he knows the reasons for victory and stability.

    Verily deriving that knowledge is not from humans, but from the Creator of humans – Glorified is He – Who is wise in His saying: “And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.” [Shoora: Verse 30], and the One Who said (Majestic in His Being): “When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: “From where does this come to us?” Say (to them), “It is from yourselves (because of your evil deeds).”” [Ale Imraan: Verse 165]. Just as the beholder also knows that the breezes of change do not blow from idleness, and that reformation starts with the self, “Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah).” [Ra’d: Verse 11], just as he knows that guidance comes after striving, “As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism). And verily, Allah is with the good doers.” [Ankaboot: Verse 69].

    Therefore, the reason for the current condition of the ummah and its painful situation is the deficiency in adopting the true means of victory, those of which there is no victory without, for we are a nation whom Allah has granted honour through Islam. However, if we seek honour with other than it, Allah will humiliate us. Therefore it is imperative that we take account according to this method. It is compulsory for the Muslims to inspect their conditions with regards to their religion and their relationship with their Lord.

    O Muslims: O those who have intended (visiting) the honoured house of Allah:

    This is a moment of taking account with the greatest subject of connection with Allah, and the most important pillar after testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Behold, it is that of the prayer.

    Prayer – O believers – is a pillar of religion and the ascension of the pious and the compulsion of Allah on the Muslims. There is no religion for the one who has no prayer. And there is no place in Islam for the one who omits the prayer. Whoever omits a compulsory prayer intentionally with no valid excuse, the protection of Allah is cleared off him. The companions of the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) would not regard leaving out any action as disbelief except prayer. And in saheeh Muslim, that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: “There is nothing between a man and disbelief – or polytheism – other than leaving out the prayer.” In fact, Allah made prayer the epitome of Islam, so he said: “Have you (O Muhammad – peace be upon him) seen him (i.e. Abu Jahl) who prevents, A slave (Muhammad -peace be upon him) when he prays?” [Alaq: Verse 9-10]

    Every compulsory act Allah (the Exalted) descended upon His messenger except prayer – for verily He (Glorified is He) made His messenger ascend to it. So He made His prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) ascend to the seventh heaven, then He hosted him until he was happy, then He obligated five prayers on him, so it is the most mentioned compulsion in the Quraan. In fact it was the advice of the messenger (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) when leaving this world, while he was overcome by the pangs of death. His noble soul was coming out while he was kind to his nation, he sacrificed himself and he called out: “The prayer, the prayer, and what your right hands own,” and his concern while he was at the last breath asking: “Have the people prayed? Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in prayer.”

    It is the epitome of success and the path of success. “Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their prayers with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” [Mu’minoon; Verse 1-2], until He says at the end of their characteristics: “And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) prayers (at their fixed stated hours). These are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.” [Mu’minoon: Verse 9-11].

    Prayer is compulsory on the Muslim in every condition. It does not fall away in sickness or fear. In fact even until inability on its conditions and pillars, as long as the intellect is present, and even in the conditions of fear and fighting. “Guard strictly (five obligatory) prayers especially the middle prayer (i.e. the best prayer – ‘Asr). And stand before Allah with obedience. And if you fear (an enemy), pray on foot or riding. And when you are in safety, offer the prayer in the manner He has taught you, which you knew not (before).” [Baqarah: Verse 238-239], and the description of the fear prayer is mentioned in Sura Nisaa. The Muslim should pray on every condition, facing the qibla, then if he cannot he should pray facing any direction; standing, and if he is unable then sitting, and if he is unable then lying down, and if not then on any condition. And if he is unable to be in purity or to cover his body or something else, then he should pray in any condition. Yes, in any condition, because it is the prayer, that which will be the first of which the servant will be asked about on the Day of Judgement, then if it is sound, then the rest of the actions will be sound. And if it is corrupt then the rest of the actions will be corrupt, just as was authentically narrated to us by the innocent one – peace be upon him – so Allah will not accept worship without it.

    O Muslims, five compulsory prayers every day: Fajr Thuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha, are an expiation for what is between them, so the heart is purified from the dirt of sins. In fact it prevents it from the beginning: “Verily, the prayer prevents from Al-Fahsha’ and Al-Munkar” [Ankaboot; Verse 45]. And when your sins narrow upon you a day, and (when) sins burden your back, then race to the prayer and listen to the saying of the God: “And perform prayers, at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night (i.e. the five compulsory prayers). Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins). That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice).” [Hood: Verse 114], and in the two authentic (books of Hadeeth: Bukhari and Muslim): Abu Hurairah (Radiallahu Anhu) reports: I heard the messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) saying: “Do you think that if there was a river at the door of one of you and he bathed in it five times a day, there would remain any dirt upon him?” They said: “No dirt would remain upon him.” He said: “That is how it is with the five daily prayers, through them God washes away the sins.”

    And the prayer is a door of sustenance: “And enjoin the prayer on your family, and be patient in offering them (prayers). We ask not of you a provision (i.e. to give Us something: money, etc.); We provide for you. And the good end (i.e. Paradise) is for the pious.” [Taaha; Verse 132]. It is a sanctuary at the time of anxiety, and to it is the escape at the time of fear. “O you who believe! Seek help in patience and the prayer. Truly! Allah is with the patient ones.” [Baqarah: Verse 153]. Therefore it was the coolness of the eyes of the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) for when a matter became serious he would take refuge in the prayer, and he would call: “Let us relax, O Bilal, with prayer,” and he replied when asked: Which is the best action? by saying: “Prayer at its appointed time” [Agreed upon]

    And after this how can the ummah hope for the help of its Lord when it abandons its link with Him and is unable to fulfil His compulsion?! Verily those who neglect these prayers do not deserve respect and help from the Creator or the creation. Verily prayer is the first condition of victory and stability. “Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give them power in the land, (they) order to perform the five compulsory congregational prayers, to pay the Zakat and they enjoin Al-Ma’ruf, and forbid Al-Munkar. And with Allah rests the end of (all) matters.” [Hajj: Verse 41]. So how can a Muslim be helped or granted ability when he leaves out the prayer while it has been made the reason for entering the fire?! “”What has caused you to enter Hell?” They will say: “We were not of those who used to offer their prayers.” [Muddathir: Verse 42-43], and in the description of the frowning faces: “So he (the disbeliever) neither believed (in this Quran, in the Message of Muhammad – peace be upon him) nor prayed! But on the contrary, he belied and turned away! Then he walked in full pride to his family admiring himself! Woe to you! And then (again) woe to you! Again, woe to you! And then (again) woe to you! Does man think that he will be left neglected without being punished or rewarded for the obligatory duties enjoined by his Lord (Allah) on him?” [Qiyaamah: Verse 31-36] And with all this, you will be disappointed and grieved to know that a group of Muslims leave out the prayer or are lax regarding it.

    So fear Allah O Muslims, and enjoin good, and forbid evil, and advise towards the prayer, and let the example of the trainers and preachers be the command of Allah to His prophet: “And enjoin the prayer on your family, and be patient in offering them (prayers).” [Taaha: Verse 132]. And surely Allah praised Isma’eel – peace be upon him – by His saying: “And he used to enjoin on his family and his people the prayers.” [Maryam: Verse 55]. And in the authentic Hadeeth, according to Muslim, that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: “Command your children to pray when they reach the age of seven and hit them if they leave it off when they reach the age of ten.” And commanding people with it, likewise commanding the family and children is (a means of) preserving it.

    O Muslims: And there is a type of people for whom prayer has become cheap, for it is the last of their business, the end of their actions, and at the end of their concerns, so they combine prayers without an excuse, and they delay it beyond its appointed time, Allah’s saying applies to them: “Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for the prayer, they stand with laziness” [Nisaa: Verse 142] and regarding them the saying of the True – Glorified is He – was revealed: “So woe unto those performers of prayers (hypocrites), Who delay their prayer from their stated fixed times” [Ma’oon; Verse 4-5], that is: leaving it out, delaying it from its appointed time. Have they not heard the saying of Allah (Glorified and Majestic) : “Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.” [Nisaa: Verse 103]?! That is: from time to time, knowing its beginning and ending times. It is not permissible (to pray) before its time just as it is not permissible to pray after its time except with a valid excuse.

    So fear Allah, and preserve the prayers at their appointed times. And the men should know that it is compulsory upon them in the congregation of Muslims in the mosques. And if it were permitted for anyone to omit the (prayer in) congregation, then the merciful prophet to his nation would have permitted that blind old man who between him and the mosque was a valley with many predators and lions and there was no guider to guide him, so he asked the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) permission to pray in his house, but he did not permit him, so what about the one whom Allah has blessed and made easy for him?! And if not, then why were the mosques constructed, minarets raised and congregations established?! Is it only for Jumua (prayers)?! Is it only for Jumua (prayers)?! There is no might and power except with Allah.

    Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radiallahu Anhu) said: “If anyone would like to meet Allah tomorrow as a Muslim, he should persevere in observing these five prayers whenever the call for them is made, for Allah has chosen for your prophet the way of right guidance. And the (five prayers in congregation) are part of this right guidance. If you were to pray them in your houses, as this man who stays behind in his house, you would be leaving a Sunnah of your prophet. If you leave the Sunnah of your prophet, you would go astray. Verily I have seen a time when no one stayed away from them (the congregational prayers) except for the hypocrites who were well known for their hypocrisy. A man would be brought, supported by two people (due to his weakness) until he was placed in a row.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    O Muslim: O servant of Allah:

    Here you have heard the reminder, and surely you know, so hold fast. Hold fast onto the path of guidance.

    May Allah grant me and you the ability to please Him, and may He make our future condition better than its past.

    I seek protection in Allah from satan, the rejected one. “And seek help in patience and the prayer and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khashi’un. (They are those) who are certain that they are going to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are going to return.” [Baqarah: Verse 45-46]

    May Allah bless me and you in the Book and the Sunnah, and benefit us with what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine. And I seek forgiveness from Allah – the Exalted – for me and you and the rest of the Muslims, male and female, from every sin and error. So seek His forgiveness and repent to Him. Verily He is Oft-Forgiving, most Merciful.

    Second Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah, the Forgiver of sins, Undoer of offences. “He it is Who accepts repentance from His slaves, and forgives sins” [Shoora: Verse 25]. I praise Him – Glorified is He – and I thank Him. And I repent to Him, and seek His forgiveness and I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. A witness by which we hope for saviour on the day of death. O Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on Your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his family, companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.

    Thereafter: O Muslims:

    Whosoever wishes for refuge, protection, ability and security should preserve the prayer. Jundub bin Abdullah (Radiallahu Anhu) narrates: The messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation will be under the protection of Allah.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    Likewise, prayer is a shared compulsion among the prophets, for all of them were commanded with it. Allah (Glorified is He) said about Ibraheem, Loot, Ya’qoob and Isma’eel – peace be upon them – : “And We inspired in them the doing of good deeds and performing the prayer.” [Anbiyaa: Verse 73], and it is the supplication of our father Ibraheem when he supplicated to his Lord saying: “O my Lord! Make me one who performs the prayer, and (also) from my offspring” [Ibraheem: Verse 40], and he said: “O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an uncultivable valley by Your Sacred House; in order, O our Lord, that they may perform the prayer” [Ibraheem: Verse 37], and He (Glorified is He) said about ‘Eesa (Alayhi Salaam): “And He has enjoined on me prayer, and Zakat, as long as I live.” [Maryam; Verse 31], and in Allah’s (the Exalted) speech to Moosa (Alayhi Salaam): “Verily! I am Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but I, so worship Me, and perform the prayer for My Remembrance.” [Taaha; Verse 14], and to our prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him -: “And enjoin the prayer on your family, and be patient in offering them (prayers).” [Taaha: Verse 132], “Perform the prayers from mid-day till the darkness of the night, and recite the Quran in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed.” [Israa: Verse 78], and He (Glorified is He) said about His pious, reforming servants: “And as to those who hold fast to the Book and perform the prayers, certainly, We shall never waste the reward of those who do righteous deeds.” [A’raaf: Verse 170]

    So do you find after this – O believers – an act of worship enjoying a rank above the prayer?! Or do the abandoners and neglecters (of prayer) find an excuse after this proclamation?!

    Servants of Allah:

    And connected to the topic on prayer is an important indication of its spirituality and its essence, behold it is that of perfection and devotion in it. From its perfection is abiding by its conditions, its ablution and being calm in it, and not preceding the Imam, and following the Sunnah in its fulfilling as the Chosen One (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) has said in a Hadeeth narrated by Bukhari: “Pray as you see me praying.”

    And devotion, O you praying ones, is the crumbling of the heart in the presence of Allah (the Exalted) and filling it with His awe and respect, and putting off worldly thoughts, and realising the greatness of the Creator (Glorified is He) and being undividedly busy with prayer with respect and peace. At that the body is at peace and the eyes bow down.

    ‘Uthman bin Affaan (Radiallahu Anhu) narrated: The messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: “When the time for a prescribed prayer comes, if any Muslim performs ablution well and offers his prayer with humility and bowing, it will be an expiation for his past sins, so long as he has not committed a major sin, and this applies to for all times.” [Narrated by Muslim], and Allah (the Exalted) said: “O you who believe! Approach not the prayer when you are in a drunken state until you know (the meaning) of what you utter” [Nisaa: Verse 43], and how many a praying person does not drink intoxicants (yet) he does not know what he is uttering in his prayer. The world and its problems have intoxicated him.

    So fear Allah, O Muslims and preserve the covenant of Allah with you, and prepare, for the reckoning is in front of you.

    And know that Allah commands you with a command that He begins Himself, so He said: “Allah sends His Salat on the Prophet and also His angels too. O you who believe! Send your Salat on him, and gree him with the Islamic way of greeting.” [Ahzaab: Verse 56]

    O Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on Your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his family, wives, companions, those who follow them and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.

    O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…

    Source: http://khutaab.wordpress.com/2013/06...er-the-prayer/


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    The prayer, the prayer

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    January 9, 2004 ~ Dhul Qa’dah 17, 1424

    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah, Abundant in gifts; Excessive in bounties; the Remover of difficulties; the Averter of afflictions; He knows the hidden, and He sees what is in the dark. I praise Him – Exalted is He – and I thank Him. He created us from non-existence and extended to us bounties. He guided us with Islam. So for Allah is all praise from before and after. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. He conveyed the message and discharged the trust, and advised the ummah, and truly strove towards Allah, until the certainty (death) approached him. May Allah send salutations and peace on him, and on his family, companions and those who tread on his upright method.

    Then fear Allah O Muslims! “O you who believe! Fear Allah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah.” [Ale Imraan: Verse 102]. Fear Allah and obey Him. “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.” [Talaaq: Verse 2-3]. Take account of yourselves before you are taken account of, for verily it is easier for you than the reckoning tomorrow. And prepare for the great exhibition by Allah. “That Day shall you be brought to Judgement, not a secret of you will be hidden.” [Haaqqah: Verse 18]. Save your relaxation for your grave, and decrease your amusement and your sleep, for verily before you is a sleep, the morning of which is the Day of Judgement.

    Thereafter: Servants of Allah:

    Before the sending of the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) this ummah was at the rear of the nations in worship, religion, strength, popularity, and taking the means of this world and being in the forefront, until Allah – the Exalted – blessed it with the sending of the leader of mankind, Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam). So it was just a few years until it (this ummah) excelled over the nations of the earth in every single field, and with truth it ruled, then with good it became expert. And its civilization and rule continued in extension and (thereafter) decreased until our present time and our late era, the condition of the ummah is complained to Allah. The enemies rule, and occupy some of its (ummah’s) homes, and depreciate from its lands, and steal their produce and they fight the Muslims in their religion and ideas. (Together) with the disunity of the Muslims, confusion in opinion and differences (thereby) increasing the rule of the enemies over them.

    And verily the enumerating about the weak side and its portrayal humiliates and grieves, but it is necessary to expose the wound in order to cure it. And for many years, those affiliated with the Islamic nation compete in removing the disease and describing the cure, so from ascribing the weakness of the Muslims to material reasons or cultural and ideological reasons or other than that, everyone is looking and striving and every group is rejoicing with what it has. In fact, the condition has reached with some of the Muslims to accusing Islam itself or some of its laws. But the one who ponders over the history of the Islamic nation since its inception and the reflector over its methods and laws knows its illness and medication and its disease and its cure; he knows with certainty the reasons for disgraceful weakness, just as he knows the reasons for victory and stability.

    Verily deriving that knowledge is not from humans, but from the Creator of humans – Glorified is He – Who is wise in His saying: “And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.” [Shoora: Verse 30], and the One Who said (Majestic in His Being): “When a single disaster smites you, although you smote (your enemies) with one twice as great, you say: “From where does this come to us?” Say (to them), “It is from yourselves (because of your evil deeds).”” [Ale Imraan: Verse 165]. Just as the beholder also knows that the breezes of change do not blow from idleness, and that reformation starts with the self, “Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah).” [Ra’d: Verse 11], just as he knows that guidance comes after striving, “As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism). And verily, Allah is with the good doers.” [Ankaboot: Verse 69].

    Therefore, the reason for the current condition of the ummah and its painful situation is the deficiency in adopting the true means of victory, those of which there is no victory without, for we are a nation whom Allah has granted honour through Islam. However, if we seek honour with other than it, Allah will humiliate us. Therefore it is imperative that we take account according to this method. It is compulsory for the Muslims to inspect their conditions with regards to their religion and their relationship with their Lord.

    O Muslims: O those who have intended (visiting) the honoured house of Allah:

    This is a moment of taking account with the greatest subject of connection with Allah, and the most important pillar after testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Behold, it is that of the prayer.

    Prayer – O believers – is a pillar of religion and the ascension of the pious and the compulsion of Allah on the Muslims. There is no religion for the one who has no prayer. And there is no place in Islam for the one who omits the prayer. Whoever omits a compulsory prayer intentionally with no valid excuse, the protection of Allah is cleared off him. The companions of the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) would not regard leaving out any action as disbelief except prayer. And in saheeh Muslim, that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: “There is nothing between a man and disbelief – or polytheism – other than leaving out the prayer.” In fact, Allah made prayer the epitome of Islam, so he said: “Have you (O Muhammad – peace be upon him) seen him (i.e. Abu Jahl) who prevents, A slave (Muhammad -peace be upon him) when he prays?” [Alaq: Verse 9-10]

    Every compulsory act Allah (the Exalted) descended upon His messenger except prayer – for verily He (Glorified is He) made His messenger ascend to it. So He made His prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) ascend to the seventh heaven, then He hosted him until he was happy, then He obligated five prayers on him, so it is the most mentioned compulsion in the Quraan. In fact it was the advice of the messenger (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) when leaving this world, while he was overcome by the pangs of death. His noble soul was coming out while he was kind to his nation, he sacrificed himself and he called out: “The prayer, the prayer, and what your right hands own,” and his concern while he was at the last breath asking: “Have the people prayed? Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in prayer.”

    It is the epitome of success and the path of success. “Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their prayers with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” [Mu’minoon; Verse 1-2], until He says at the end of their characteristics: “And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) prayers (at their fixed stated hours). These are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.” [Mu’minoon: Verse 9-11].

    Prayer is compulsory on the Muslim in every condition. It does not fall away in sickness or fear. In fact even until inability on its conditions and pillars, as long as the intellect is present, and even in the conditions of fear and fighting. “Guard strictly (five obligatory) prayers especially the middle prayer (i.e. the best prayer – ‘Asr). And stand before Allah with obedience. And if you fear (an enemy), pray on foot or riding. And when you are in safety, offer the prayer in the manner He has taught you, which you knew not (before).” [Baqarah: Verse 238-239], and the description of the fear prayer is mentioned in Sura Nisaa. The Muslim should pray on every condition, facing the qibla, then if he cannot he should pray facing any direction; standing, and if he is unable then sitting, and if he is unable then lying down, and if not then on any condition. And if he is unable to be in purity or to cover his body or something else, then he should pray in any condition. Yes, in any condition, because it is the prayer, that which will be the first of which the servant will be asked about on the Day of Judgement, then if it is sound, then the rest of the actions will be sound. And if it is corrupt then the rest of the actions will be corrupt, just as was authentically narrated to us by the innocent one – peace be upon him – so Allah will not accept worship without it.

    O Muslims, five compulsory prayers every day: Fajr Thuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha, are an expiation for what is between them, so the heart is purified from the dirt of sins. In fact it prevents it from the beginning: “Verily, the prayer prevents from Al-Fahsha’ and Al-Munkar” [Ankaboot; Verse 45]. And when your sins narrow upon you a day, and (when) sins burden your back, then race to the prayer and listen to the saying of the God: “And perform prayers, at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night (i.e. the five compulsory prayers). Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds (i.e. small sins). That is a reminder (an advice) for the mindful (those who accept advice).” [Hood: Verse 114], and in the two authentic (books of Hadeeth: Bukhari and Muslim): Abu Hurairah (Radiallahu Anhu) reports: I heard the messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) saying: “Do you think that if there was a river at the door of one of you and he bathed in it five times a day, there would remain any dirt upon him?” They said: “No dirt would remain upon him.” He said: “That is how it is with the five daily prayers, through them God washes away the sins.”

    And the prayer is a door of sustenance: “And enjoin the prayer on your family, and be patient in offering them (prayers). We ask not of you a provision (i.e. to give Us something: money, etc.); We provide for you. And the good end (i.e. Paradise) is for the pious.” [Taaha; Verse 132]. It is a sanctuary at the time of anxiety, and to it is the escape at the time of fear. “O you who believe! Seek help in patience and the prayer. Truly! Allah is with the patient ones.” [Baqarah: Verse 153]. Therefore it was the coolness of the eyes of the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) for when a matter became serious he would take refuge in the prayer, and he would call: “Let us relax, O Bilal, with prayer,” and he replied when asked: Which is the best action? by saying: “Prayer at its appointed time” [Agreed upon]

    And after this how can the ummah hope for the help of its Lord when it abandons its link with Him and is unable to fulfil His compulsion?! Verily those who neglect these prayers do not deserve respect and help from the Creator or the creation. Verily prayer is the first condition of victory and stability. “Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give them power in the land, (they) order to perform the five compulsory congregational prayers, to pay the Zakat and they enjoin Al-Ma’ruf, and forbid Al-Munkar. And with Allah rests the end of (all) matters.” [Hajj: Verse 41]. So how can a Muslim be helped or granted ability when he leaves out the prayer while it has been made the reason for entering the fire?! “”What has caused you to enter Hell?” They will say: “We were not of those who used to offer their prayers.” [Muddathir: Verse 42-43], and in the description of the frowning faces: “So he (the disbeliever) neither believed (in this Quran, in the Message of Muhammad – peace be upon him) nor prayed! But on the contrary, he belied and turned away! Then he walked in full pride to his family admiring himself! Woe to you! And then (again) woe to you! Again, woe to you! And then (again) woe to you! Does man think that he will be left neglected without being punished or rewarded for the obligatory duties enjoined by his Lord (Allah) on him?” [Qiyaamah: Verse 31-36] And with all this, you will be disappointed and grieved to know that a group of Muslims leave out the prayer or are lax regarding it.

    So fear Allah O Muslims, and enjoin good, and forbid evil, and advise towards the prayer, and let the example of the trainers and preachers be the command of Allah to His prophet: “And enjoin the prayer on your family, and be patient in offering them (prayers).” [Taaha: Verse 132]. And surely Allah praised Isma’eel – peace be upon him – by His saying: “And he used to enjoin on his family and his people the prayers.” [Maryam: Verse 55]. And in the authentic Hadeeth, according to Muslim, that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: “Command your children to pray when they reach the age of seven and hit them if they leave it off when they reach the age of ten.” And commanding people with it, likewise commanding the family and children is (a means of) preserving it.

    O Muslims: And there is a type of people for whom prayer has become cheap, for it is the last of their business, the end of their actions, and at the end of their concerns, so they combine prayers without an excuse, and they delay it beyond its appointed time, Allah’s saying applies to them: “Verily, the hypocrites seek to deceive Allah, but it is He Who deceives them. And when they stand up for the prayer, they stand with laziness” [Nisaa: Verse 142] and regarding them the saying of the True – Glorified is He – was revealed: “So woe unto those performers of prayers (hypocrites), Who delay their prayer from their stated fixed times” [Ma’oon; Verse 4-5], that is: leaving it out, delaying it from its appointed time. Have they not heard the saying of Allah (Glorified and Majestic) : “Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.” [Nisaa: Verse 103]?! That is: from time to time, knowing its beginning and ending times. It is not permissible (to pray) before its time just as it is not permissible to pray after its time except with a valid excuse.

    So fear Allah, and preserve the prayers at their appointed times. And the men should know that it is compulsory upon them in the congregation of Muslims in the mosques. And if it were permitted for anyone to omit the (prayer in) congregation, then the merciful prophet to his nation would have permitted that blind old man who between him and the mosque was a valley with many predators and lions and there was no guider to guide him, so he asked the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) permission to pray in his house, but he did not permit him, so what about the one whom Allah has blessed and made easy for him?! And if not, then why were the mosques constructed, minarets raised and congregations established?! Is it only for Jumua (prayers)?! Is it only for Jumua (prayers)?! There is no might and power except with Allah.

    Abdullah bin Mas’ood (Radiallahu Anhu) said: “If anyone would like to meet Allah tomorrow as a Muslim, he should persevere in observing these five prayers whenever the call for them is made, for Allah has chosen for your prophet the way of right guidance. And the (five prayers in congregation) are part of this right guidance. If you were to pray them in your houses, as this man who stays behind in his house, you would be leaving a Sunnah of your prophet. If you leave the Sunnah of your prophet, you would go astray. Verily I have seen a time when no one stayed away from them (the congregational prayers) except for the hypocrites who were well known for their hypocrisy. A man would be brought, supported by two people (due to his weakness) until he was placed in a row.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    O Muslim: O servant of Allah:

    Here you have heard the reminder, and surely you know, so hold fast. Hold fast onto the path of guidance.

    May Allah grant me and you the ability to please Him, and may He make our future condition better than its past.

    I seek protection in Allah from satan, the rejected one. “And seek help in patience and the prayer and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khashi’un. (They are those) who are certain that they are going to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are going to return.” [Baqarah: Verse 45-46]

    May Allah bless me and you in the Book and the Sunnah, and benefit us with what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine. And I seek forgiveness from Allah – the Exalted – for me and you and the rest of the Muslims, male and female, from every sin and error. So seek His forgiveness and repent to Him. Verily He is Oft-Forgiving, most Merciful.

    Second Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah, the Forgiver of sins, Undoer of offences. “He it is Who accepts repentance from His slaves, and forgives sins” [Shoora: Verse 25]. I praise Him – Glorified is He – and I thank Him. And I repent to Him, and seek His forgiveness and I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. A witness by which we hope for saviour on the day of death. O Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on Your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his family, companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.

    Thereafter: O Muslims:

    Whosoever wishes for refuge, protection, ability and security should preserve the prayer. Jundub bin Abdullah (Radiallahu Anhu) narrates: The messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation will be under the protection of Allah.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    Likewise, prayer is a shared compulsion among the prophets, for all of them were commanded with it. Allah (Glorified is He) said about Ibraheem, Loot, Ya’qoob and Isma’eel – peace be upon them – : “And We inspired in them the doing of good deeds and performing the prayer.” [Anbiyaa: Verse 73], and it is the supplication of our father Ibraheem when he supplicated to his Lord saying: “O my Lord! Make me one who performs the prayer, and (also) from my offspring” [Ibraheem: Verse 40], and he said: “O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an uncultivable valley by Your Sacred House; in order, O our Lord, that they may perform the prayer” [Ibraheem: Verse 37], and He (Glorified is He) said about ‘Eesa (Alayhi Salaam): “And He has enjoined on me prayer, and Zakat, as long as I live.” [Maryam; Verse 31], and in Allah’s (the Exalted) speech to Moosa (Alayhi Salaam): “Verily! I am Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but I, so worship Me, and perform the prayer for My Remembrance.” [Taaha; Verse 14], and to our prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him -: “And enjoin the prayer on your family, and be patient in offering them (prayers).” [Taaha: Verse 132], “Perform the prayers from mid-day till the darkness of the night, and recite the Quran in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Quran in the early dawn is ever witnessed.” [Israa: Verse 78], and He (Glorified is He) said about His pious, reforming servants: “And as to those who hold fast to the Book and perform the prayers, certainly, We shall never waste the reward of those who do righteous deeds.” [A’raaf: Verse 170]

    So do you find after this – O believers – an act of worship enjoying a rank above the prayer?! Or do the abandoners and neglecters (of prayer) find an excuse after this proclamation?!

    Servants of Allah:

    And connected to the topic on prayer is an important indication of its spirituality and its essence, behold it is that of perfection and devotion in it. From its perfection is abiding by its conditions, its ablution and being calm in it, and not preceding the Imam, and following the Sunnah in its fulfilling as the Chosen One (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) has said in a Hadeeth narrated by Bukhari: “Pray as you see me praying.”

    And devotion, O you praying ones, is the crumbling of the heart in the presence of Allah (the Exalted) and filling it with His awe and respect, and putting off worldly thoughts, and realising the greatness of the Creator (Glorified is He) and being undividedly busy with prayer with respect and peace. At that the body is at peace and the eyes bow down.

    ‘Uthman bin Affaan (Radiallahu Anhu) narrated: The messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam) said: “When the time for a prescribed prayer comes, if any Muslim performs ablution well and offers his prayer with humility and bowing, it will be an expiation for his past sins, so long as he has not committed a major sin, and this applies to for all times.” [Narrated by Muslim], and Allah (the Exalted) said: “O you who believe! Approach not the prayer when you are in a drunken state until you know (the meaning) of what you utter” [Nisaa: Verse 43], and how many a praying person does not drink intoxicants (yet) he does not know what he is uttering in his prayer. The world and its problems have intoxicated him.

    So fear Allah, O Muslims and preserve the covenant of Allah with you, and prepare, for the reckoning is in front of you.

    And know that Allah commands you with a command that He begins Himself, so He said: “Allah sends His Salat on the Prophet and also His angels too. O you who believe! Send your Salat on him, and gree him with the Islamic way of greeting.” [Ahzaab: Verse 56]

    O Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on Your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his family, wives, companions, those who follow them and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.

    O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…

    Source: http://khutaab.wordpress.com/2013/06...er-the-prayer/


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    Ramadhaan has come

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    July 20, 2013 ~ Ramadaan 1, 1433

    First Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah. He returns to His servants the seasons of goodness. And He prepares for them that which cleanses the souls and raises the ranks. And He eases for them that which nears them to the Lord of mankind. So from them are those who draw near to their Lord and are therefore elevated. And from them are those who are disgraced and deviated, and others whose desires degrade them to the lowest of positions. I praise my lord – Exalted is He – and I thank Him, and I praise Him and seek His forgiveness. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. He recompenses greatly for a little and He forgives great sins. He removes grief from believers, and He covers the ugly (sins) and He portrays the beautiful (deeds). He is Far above a similarity, partner and an equal. “There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” [Surah Shoora; Verse 11]. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave, messenger, friend and chosen one. Successful is the one who is guided with his guidance and misguided is the one whose desires cause him to dislike him. May Allah send salutations on him (Muhammad) and on the family, companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement and may much peace be upon them.

    Thereafter: So fear Allah – the Exalted – as He ought to be feared, and hold onto Islam with the firm tie. “And fear Allah, and know that you are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give good tidings to the believers.” [Surah Baqarah; Verse 223]

    O Muslims: The days pass by us in haste while we are out of breath in them, and our lives are shortening while we are heedless, and our tasks busy us from what is required of us, and surely a violent year has passed in which thrones were overturned and countries were alternated and conditions were troubled and a page of history was changed, a whirlpool of quick incidents of which no human could capture its depth, of them were those of lesson and those of kindness.

    And from the mercy of Allah and His Kindness is that we awaken today to the morning of a day of Ramadhaan, by His Grace, Blessings, Glad-tidings and Victory. Ramadhaan is a shore on which the ships of hearts are raised after the violence of events and heedlessness of days. A year passed with the changes of its conditions, and our business and our neglect.

    And surely the day has come for us to devote our souls (to Allah) after dryness, and to soften our hearts after hardening, and may his nose be rubbed in dust: the one who experiences Ramadhaan and is not forgiven.

    O Allah, start it (Ramadhaan) for us with safety, faith, security and submission.

    O believers: Verily the seasons of goodness are auspicious opportunities. Although the coming season (requires) activeness (but) verily the gains in it and from it are patience for an hour, then the Muslim will be, after the acceptance of his deeds, from the successful, and to his creator from the close ones.

    O, by Allah! How much of rewards are deposited in this season, and how many apparent sins are decreased in it. So make us, O Allah, exposed to Your fragrances (of mercy), and hasteners towards Your forgiveness, and possessors of Your pleasure, and grant us the ability to (perform) good deeds, and accept us, O Allah, among the accepted , and complete for us with goodness when the appointed time (death) arrives.

    O Muslims: Fasting is an old law: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you” [Surah Baqarah; Verse 183], and Ramadhaan is a month of mercy and goodness, the doors of Paradise are opened in it, and the doors of Hell are closed. In it is the Night of Power which is better than a thousand months. And for Allah – the Exalted – are those He frees from Hellfire and it is authenticated from the two authentics (Bukhari and Muslim) that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadhaan with faith and expecting reward, his past sins will be forgiven”, and “whoever stands (in prayer) in Ramadhaan with faith and expecting reward, his past sins will be forgiven”, and “whoever stands the night of power with faith and expecting reward, his past sins will be forgiven.”

    The smell of the mouth of the fasting person is sweeter to Allah than the scent of musk. And for the fasting person, there are two joys: when he breaks his fast, he is happy with his fast-breaking, and when he meets his Lord, he is happy with his fasting.

    And in Saheeh Muslim, that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “And one Ramadhaan to the next is an expiation for what is between them if the major sins are abstained from.”

    “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).” [Surah Baqarah; Verse 185]. Jibra’eel (Alayhi Salaam) used to teach the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) the Quraan in it. And the predecessors – may Allah have mercy on them – when Ramadhaan came, they would leave out Hadeeth and busy (themselves) with the recitation of the Quraan. And fasting and the Quraan will intercede for their companion on the Day of Judgement.

    It is the month of taraweeh prayers and standing, and lining up in the niches of tahajjud while people are asleep; a month of shedding tears and abrogation of sins. For the fasting person is a supplication that is not rejected. “And when My slaves ask you concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [Baqarah; Verse 186].

    In Ramadhaan the souls are purified, and character is refined. And in fasting, there is training on breaking desires, and cutting off the means of servitude to whims and desires. In Ramadhaan the poor and suffering are supported, for it is a month of charity and equality.

    O Muslims: Make sincere your religion for Allah, and dispose the dirt of sins and disobedience, and wash them away with repentance and forgiveness, for verily sins are a restraint to obedience (of Allah) and an obstacle to good deeds.

    Then preserve your fasting from that which depreciates it or nullifies it. Make sincerity and continuity a reality in all your acts of worship. And beware of polytheism for it is the severest prevention to the acceptance of deeds. In fact, it is a nullifier of them. And distance yourself from every innovation in religion, for Allah does not accept deeds that are not legislated by Islam.

    Protect your fast from that which injures it. Abu Hurairah (Radiallahu Anhu) narrated that the messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Whoever does not give up false statements, and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink.” [Narrated by Bukhari]

    And in the two authentics (Bukhari and Muslim) that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarrelling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say ‘I am fasting.”

    O you fasting ones: Verily the objective of fasting: is the training of the self towards the obedience of Allah and purifying it with patience, and elevating it of base desires. Just as the body is prevented from permissible things during the condition of fasting, so it is more deserving that the body is prevented from the impermissible. Verily the time of Ramadhaan is too valuable to be wasted in front of lowly viewing (of television programs), even if the only thing (about viewing them) was wasting valuable time, it would be enough to shun it. How then when its channels are in a frantic race with the devil in promoting corruption and sedition, and a prevention to the remembrance of Allah and to prayer. So, will you not then abstain?!

    Ramadhaan is a reminder to the ummah to review its accounts and its relationship with its religion, and to inspect the defective positions. “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious.” [Surah Baqarah; Verse 183], for it is a month of purifying the souls and training them.

    O Muslim, O servant of Allah! Take the call of the Irresistible to you towards repentance, and answer the call: “And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.” [Surah Noor; Verse 31]. Hurry to repentance, may Allah forgive me and you, and beware of placing in your book of deeds today that which you will be ashamed of being mentioned tomorrow, and verily the greatest relaxation is for those who work hard.

    O you fasting ones: And at pre-dawn, there are secrets, breezes and mercy with the divine descent, and perhaps a supplication may cause everlasting success to be written for you, and at the time of breaking the fast there is a supplication that is not rejected.

    So be happy with your month, O Muslims, and deposit as much good deeds in it as you can, and draw near in it to your Protector, for surely Paradise is calling you: “Allah calls to the home of peace (i.e. Paradise) and guides whom He wills to a Straight Path.” [Surah Yoonus; Verse 25].

    May Allah bless me and you in the Book and the Sunnah, and benefit us with what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine, and I seek forgiveness from Allah – the Exalted – for me and you and the rest of the Muslims, so seek Allah’s forgiveness. Verily He is Oft-Forgiving.

    Second Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah, Who has made fasting a shield, and a means of attaining Paradise. I praise Him – Glorified is He – and I thank Him. He guides and eases (as a) grace from Him and a bounty. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. He guided us to the clear path and upright method. May Allah’s salutations, peace and blessings be on him, and on his family, companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.

    O believers; those who are fasting: Ramadhaan is a month of reminders, conquests and victories, so to the extent of our joy with its coming, we put together our hopes that Allah will change the condition of the ummah to (that of) honour, victory and stability, and that He will return it, a beautiful returning, otherwise Ramadhaan will dawn on us while the ummah is inflicted with wounds; burdened with pains.

    Ramadhaan dawns while the place of the night journey of the messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is occupied (and) lamenting under the pressure of the oppressors.

    Ramadhaan dawns, while the believers’ stationed troops under the shade of the holy house (Baitul Muqaddas) are being killed and captured, and their houses are being destroyed, and their lands are being shovelled away, and their unity is perishing.

    Ramadhaan dawns while our brothers in Syria are being slaughtered and destroyed, and the evil people of the earth are oppressing them, and verily we see relief for them closer than one may think; victory that builds towards the tributaries of the patient ones, provided by the supplication of the humble fasters, and it is not difficult for Allah that at Eid there will be two eids in Shaam (Levant): the Eid of Fitr (breaking the fast) and the Eid of victory.

    So O my Lord! Your servants, Your servants, You know of them better, and surely continuous calamities have come to them, so O my Lord! Grant them victory from You, victory (where) they thank no one besides You, and (victory) that suffices them on their enemies and Your enemies.

    Then send salutations O my Lord and peace on the best of mankind. O Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on Your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his good pure family, and his companions, the noble personalities. O Allah be happy with the guided leaders and rightly-guided successors: Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali, and with all the rest of the companions of Your prophet, and those who tread their path and follow their method, O Lord of the worlds.

    O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…

    Source: http://khutaab.wordpress.com/2013/06...haan-has-come/


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    Ramadan and the Conditions of the Muslim Ummah

    Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib

    July 5, 2013 ~ Shabaan 26, 1434

    First Khutbah

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah, Who has privileged certain days and months over others and made Ramada the month of the greatest forms of worship and the source of the most generous rewards. I praise my Lord and thank Him. I repent to Him and ask for His forgiveness. He is the Merciful, the Pardoner, the Forgiver, the Generous, the Munificent, and the Grateful. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah alone without associate; a testimony whereby I seek salvation on Resurrection Day. I equally bear witness that Muhammad ﷺ is Allah’s Servant and Messenger and the best creature ever. May Allah send His Salat and Peace onto him, his family, his Companions, and his Ummah as long as crescents are born in the sky and mid-month full moons come into view by night time.

    Now then, fear Allah and hold fast to the non-severable bond of Islam. Hold yourselves accountable before the Day of Accountability and make your own šaĥîfa (Deed Record) clear of sins before it is tagged around your neck (on Doomsday), and also before your body organs and locations you once frequented in the herein serve as witnesses for what you perpetrated. There are certainly angel-scribes taking record of all your deeds, and Allah is the promptest in exacting His creatures’ accountability: “And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allâh. Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.“ [Surah al-Baqara: 281]

    O Muslims! Year in, year out; days and nights alternate. Sunset gives way to sunrise. Victories, defeats, advantages, and inconveniences rotate. The passage of time burdens the self with responsibilities, pitfalls, fatigue, and regression which incite worshippers to recoil from the journey to Allah and make them feel bored with the length of the path leading to Allah’s promised recompense. Sometimes, one may even feel alienated from the very road taken and estranged from one’s travel mates. One will therefore struggle under the heavy burden of life’s habits which exert extra pressure on one’s psychological state torn between pain of despair and a ray of hope. Under such circumstances, one is inclined to search for a safe haven of shade from the scorching heat of sunshine and a secure harbour from tempestuous sea waves. One is in need of some respite, as the journey is long, food is scarce, and the obstacle is insurmountable.

    This is why Allah, the Most-Munificent, bestowed upon His servants a graceful month and a magnificent season so that Muslim worshipers could strengthen their faith to confront the journey of belief ahead and enhance the degree of their taqwa. This graceful month is similar to a river for quenching one’s thirst, healing one’s wounds, and imbibing souls with its bounteous graces ‒which eventually leads to their felicitous destiny. It is a month during which one defeats one’s capricious desires and satanic drives. It is a month of bounteous divine favours and forgiveness. Notice how swiftly time passes and the twelve months of the calendar rush in succession until the month of Sha`aban has departed and the holy month of Ramadan is close to supplant it. Signs of its advent herald its remarkably glamorous features. It will soon be our most welcome and venerated guest. So, make yourselves ready to stand in awe of its revered arrival with determination to obey Allah by performing acts of worship.

    How much longing worshipers have for it! How much pious people adore it! How impatiently they have been aching for its arrival! How much spiritual elevation their egos have experienced during its nights and early dawns! How mysterious they have found its early daybreak! How close they have felt to Allah, the One and the Omnipotent! How frequently they have tasted the flavour of faith and kept company of the Holy Quran both in listening and in reciting!

    It is indeed one of Allah’s bounties to benefit from such a seasonal occasion in order to be cleansed of our sins and to purify our souls so as to achieve moral rectitude and ethical refinement: “O you who believe! Observing the fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious …).“ [Surah al-Baqara: 183]. Taqwa is a multi-faceted innermost feeling of fear that the performer of fasting experiences; it is positively reflected on his/her soul in the form of internal radiance, moral purity, and unblemished conduct.

    Ramadan is the springtime of believers’ hearts, the beacon for moral people, the intimate company of the pious, and a good omen for worshippers. It is indeed a month whose perfection is crystal clear and whose splendour is manifest: “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’ân, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion. So whoever of you sights the month, he must observe fasts that month, …“ [Surah al-Baqara: 185]

    Its daytime is reserved for fasting; its night time is devoted to Qiyām (night worship rituals); its motto is the Quran and its outer fitting is charity and benevolence. During the month of Ramadan, prayers are met with acquiescent divine response, and good deeds are raised to Heaven. Each night, there are people who are salvaged from Hellfire. So, are there people determined to repent?

    As to the reward reserved for Muslims performing fasting, it pertains to Allah’s benevolence. Abu Huraira (Radiallahu Anhu) reported that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “Allah said: “Every good human deed belongs to its performer except fasting: it belongs to me and thus I offer the reward thereof. Fasting is an ideal shelter. Whoever performs fasting is interdicted from approaching his wife and from clamouring. If ever he is insulted or assaulted, he should say, ‘I am a fasting person.’ I swear by Allah, who is in control of my soul, the typical odour of the fasting person’s mouth smells better than musk. The fasting person experiences joy twice: the first time when he breaks his fast and the second time when he meets his Lord glad with his own fasting.” [Reported by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim] In a different version by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, “the fasting person refrains from eating and drinking for my own sake.”

    In the Sahih by Imam Muslim, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is reported to have said, “The current month of Ramadan succeeded by the following month of Ramadan offers remission of sins for the time span between both months on condition that grave sins be avoided.” In the same Sahih Book, there is the Hadith, “Remiss and failed will be everyone who reaches the month of Ramadan but his sins have not been expiated.” This is because Ramadan is known for its whiff of spiritual splendour and divine compassion of which only a totally remiss person would be deprived.

    In the two Sahih Books of Hadith by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is reported to have said, “With the advent of Ramadan, the gates of paradise are opened and those of hell are firmly locked, while Shaytan and his agents are chained in manacles.” In the two Sahih Books of Hadith by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is reported to have said, “Whoever performs fasting during the month of Ramadan ‒solely prompted by faith and sacrificing comfort in anticipation of Allah’s reward‒ will have his sins expiated in retrospect” and that “Whoever performs nightly prayers during the month of Ramadan ‒solely prompted by faith and sacrificing comfort in anticipation of Allah’s reward‒ will have his sins expiated in retrospect.” By the same token, “Whoever performs nightly prayers during Laylat Al-Qadr [the Night of Decree] ‒solely prompted by faith and sacrificing comfort in anticipation of Allah’s reward‒ will have his sins expiated in retrospect.”

    It is worth noting that the best form of welcome for the month of Ramadan is repentance, for a soul delivered from sins and alleviated of burdens would be more readily motivated to perform the acts of worship associated with Ramadan and is likely to please Allah with good deeds and intentions.

    Another germane point worth mentioning here is related to diverging astrological opinions with regard to confirming the beginning of the lunar month, including individual attempts to use observatories for that purpose. The very publication of such controversial observations in the media (both printed and audio-visual) has no other consequences than spreading scepticism among Muslims concerning their acts of worship and to underestimating the logistic and technical capacity of governmental institutions and committees to provide reliable information. Some people who get involved in such a debate are quite well-intentioned; others find in it an opportunity to show off and rise to fame.

    To both camps we would like to say: Save your energy! You have been spared such effort in this country where special committees have been set up in different locations on the territory in order to duly observe this ritual and to take precautions against any error affecting the performance of this religious duty. Allah’s guidance and those special committees’ advice are quite sufficient for such a task, and whoever has a different opinion let them contact the authorities directly and stop disturbing Muslims’ spiritual life.

    Servants of Allah! The meaning of fasting is not restricted to the sheer act of refraining from consuming food, then filling one’s stomach when breaking the fast. The wisdom behind fasting is to coerce the self to restrain its whims, to break the routine of its habitual actions, to cleanse it of all sorts of impurity, and to train it to remember the existence of starving and homeless families. Who will take care of populations struck by ordeals and weakened by wars that actually subjugate and grind down humanity? The victims are your brothers in faith who have no refuge except in Allah’s providential protection and in you. It is Allah Who grants and retains favours; it is Allah Who lowers and elevates His creatures’ status; and it is He Who ordained you to be His trustee in the property He bestowed on you in order to see how you would act. On Resurrection Day, the believer will take shelter from Hellfire in his charitable acts in the herein: “…and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allâh’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.” [Surah Saba’: 39]

    Of course, it is not impossible for a wealthy person to come across a needy person from among his own acquaintances or through authorised agencies and institutions. May Allah recompense every doer of meritorious deeds with due reward and accept good services from benefactors. I seek refuge with Allah from the cursed Satan: “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’ân, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion. So whoever of you sights the month, he must observe fasts that month, …“ [Surah al-Baǭara: 185]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Holy and Magnificent Qur’ān. May Allah help us benefit from the teachings of the Sunnah of the Master of Messengers, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Having said this, I ask Allah to forgive you and me.

    Second Khutbah

    May Allah be praised abundantly and kindheartedly, a blessed praise that pleases our Lord and is to His liking! I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, Who has no associate. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on him and all his family and Companions!

    Now then, O Muslims! There are certain events that are so conclusive in the history of the Muslim Ummah. When Muslims managed to overcome their own passions and desires Allah helped them triumph over their aggressors. Such events served as a precursor of the days that followed. The month of Ramadan witnessed the great Battle of Badr (fought 17 of Ramadan, 2 AH), the conquest of Makkah (fought 18 of Ramadan, 8 AH) and many others including those of the Sindh, Antioch, Sicily, the Battle of Ain Jalut (the Spring of Goliath) and finally the battle for the recovery of Sinai by the Egyptians. It was indeed in Ramadan that all of these battles and conquests took place.

    There is a lesson to be learnt from these events particularly these days in which the forces of evil and hypocrisy have gone on the rampage against large numbers of Muslims across the world. The hostility deeply entrenched in the hearts of many against this religion has suddenly surfaced.

    Presently, Muslims are being afflicted with much sturdiness at the hands of platoons of people who share no language, values, faith or homeland but bitter sentiments of hostility and enmity towards Islam. However, Muslims are still oblivious of their own cause, or say it is meant for them to remain unaware of the fact that hostility is nothing but religious. In Arakan and Burma, waves after waves of extermination are being launched against Muslims. In Syria, criminals are carrying out their evil practices in alternation. Elsewhere in the Muslim world, people are being abused, wickedness is prevailing and assistance and support have gone hard to find.

    For decades we have not witnessed such masters of hypocrisy nor have we heard such loud voices speaking up against Islamic Sharia. Today, international laws and conventions are violated; political, human, children’s and women’s rights are abused. Advocates of such rights are not acting the way they should had the aggressor been Arab or Muslim and the victim from a different nationality or faith.

    What has been going on is a disgrace for the entire world with its international organizations, conventions and covenants. The opponents of religion have been called into alliance from all directions and have grown increasingly powerful. Their determination and enthusiasm in this regard are so strong that they would stop at nothing (even if it comes to kneeling down) in order to stand by the aggressor and support injustice, to suppress truth and subjugate the oppressed.

    In light of this, it is the obligation of every Muslim –without exception– to stay alert and vigilant, to hold as fast as ever to the Rope of Allah and not to take this religion (Islam) with weakness. Should Muslims venture to relinquish their faith they would lose power in this Life and reap disappointment in the Hereafter. On the other hand, if they take it with laxity they will run the risk of being overpowered by the enemy with no entitlement to the support they have otherwise been promised. However, if they take it with resolve, they will prevail in this Life and succeed in the Hereafter: “O Yahyâ! Hold fast the Scripture.“ [Surah Mariam: 12]

    We are hopeful that Allah shall help our oppressed brothers in Syria prevail and that our fellow Muslims throughout the world shall realize the complexity of their cause in such a way that urges them to hasten to their support towards lifting the siege around them and defeating their enemy, particularly that the enemies of Arabs and Muslims have now rushed to strengthen their grip on the city of Homs.

    All Muslims should also realize that one of the very first instructions given to ensure victory during the Battle of Badr was: “and do not dispute lest you lose courage and your strength departs, and be patient. Surely, Allâh is with those who are patient.” [Surah al Anfal: 46]

    We place our hope first in Allah and then in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its support of our fellow Muslims in Syria and for its efforts in taking their cause to international forums and organizations and in urging major world powers to intervene in order to put an end to this prolonged and bloody tragedy. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques himself has so repeatedly and generously insisted on halting this bloody violence in Syria and bringing peace back to it.

    May Allah help carry out their endeavors and bless their efforts! Remember that Allah gave you a command, which He Himself started as He said: “Allâh sends His Salât on the Prophet, and also His angels. O you who believe! Send your Salât on him, and greet him with the Islâmic way of greeting“ [Surah al Ahzab: 56]

    O Allah! Send Your Salat, Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, and on his good and pure family! O Allah! Be pleased with all of Your Messenger’s Companions and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and fail the tyrants, infidels and corruptors! O Allah! Grant glory to Your Religion, Your Book and the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing servants!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this ummah a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) whereby the pious are honored and the sinful are guided, and whereby al-ma’roof (good deeds) is enjoined and al-munkar (evil deeds) is prevented! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm Islam and Muslims! Turn their plots and their cunning against them! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen! O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in Palestine, in the Levant and wherever they may be, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Lift the siege around them, improve their conditions, and suppress their enemy!

    O Allah! We beseech You by Your Supreme Name to have mercy on our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them for they are defenseless! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case, You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate!

    O Allah! You, Whose soldiers are invincible, Whose promises are never broken and Whose command is ever carried out, glory and praise be to You! Honored he is who seeks Your neighbourliness! Glorified be Your praise, and sanctified be Your Names! O Allah! We beseech You by Your Supreme Name to have mercy on our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them for they are defenseless! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case, You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate!

    O Allah! You, Who sent down the angels on the Day of Badr and dispersed Al Ahzāb on the Day of Al Khandaq (the Trench)! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in the Sham in general and in Homs in particular! O Allah! Lift the siege around them, spare their blood, reassure them, preserve their dignity and honour, bring them closer together, feed the hungry among them, strengthen their stamina, and grant them power and victory over their oppressors!

    O Allah! Set right their conditions, unite them around righteousness, and protect them against the evil doers among them! O Allah! Suppress their enemy! O Allah! Suppress their enemy! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them!

    O Allah! The Revealer of The Book (The Holy Qur’ān), the Runner of the clouds, and the Defeater of Al Ahzāb (the Confederates)! Defeat the oppressors, shake the ground from underneath them and grant victory to our brothers in faith over them!

    O Allah! Liberate Al Aqsa Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression! O Allah! Improve the conditions of our Muslim brothers in Egypt and everywhere! O Allah! Improve the conditions of our Muslim brothers in Egypt and everywhere! O Allah! Bring them close together on the path of righteousness and guidance! O Allah! Set right their conditions, and protect them against the evil doers among them! O You the Ever-Living, the Eternal Guardian, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

    O Allah! Guide our leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to do whatever you love and accept! O Allah! Guide him to piety and righteousness! O Allah! Impart on him health and well-being! O Allah! Impart to him well-being! O Allah! Keep him in good health! O Allah! Grant him, his Crown Prince, their brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the sunnah of Your Prophet ﷺ! O Allah! Make them merciful to Your true servants!

    O Allah! Make safe and prosperous our country and all Muslim countries around the world! O Allah! Protect us against the evil of wrongdoers and the maliciousness of the lecherous and the evil of those plotting to carry it out by day or night!

    “… Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!] [Al-Baqarah: 201]! [Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk." [Surah Ale 'Imran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and make come true our wishes in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing! O Allah! We ask You to be pleased with us and to grant us Your paradise, and we seek refuge in You against Your wrath and hell fire!

    O Allah! Help us reach Ramadan! O Allah! Help us reach Ramadan and guide us to do good throughout it and do accept our good deeds, You the most Generous!

    O our Lord! Accept from us, You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! Accept our repentance; You are the Relenting, the Merciful!

    Glorified be our Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! He is free from what they attribute unto Him! Peace be on the Messengers! And all the praises and thanks be to Allâh, Lord of the ‘Al`alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists

    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...owseby=khateeb & http://khutaab.wordpress.com/2013/07...-muslim-ummah/


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Do Not Miss the Fragrance of Ramadan

    Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib

    August 2, 2013 ~ Ramadhaan 24, 1434

    Khutbah Topic

    His eminence Sheikh Salih Al-Talib –may Allah protect him– delivered this Friday Khutbah titled “Do Not Miss the Fragrance of Ramadan.” He spoke about the month of Ramadan and its final days and nights. He pointed out that although Ramadan is coming to an end, there is still time for presenting offerings and pious deeds during its blessed last days and nights. He added that in Ramadan worshippers compete for gaining divine bounties and blessings and take advantage of the Night of Al-Qadr (Night of Decree) and its high merit to please Allah and be saved from hellfire. He equally explained that Zakāt al-Fitr [1] is both important and mandatory.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah: Owner of creation, command, glory, and subdual. We praise and thank Him for this blessed month and for keeping us alive until we have reached its last ten days. We therefore praise Almighty Allah and thank Him. We also ask Him to forgive us and protect us from all sorts of evil. We pray Him to grant us more bounties and favours. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah alone without associate. May His name be glorified and His pardon magnificent! I equally bear witness that our Master and Prophet Muhammad () is Allah’s Servant and Messenger, the one who was best in fast and i’tikāf [2] and who was closest to his Lord. May Allah send His bountiful Salāt (Mercy, Honour, and Grace), Peace upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who have followed their footsteps till the Day of Judgement!

    Now then, O people! Observe taǭwa, for it is the best garment to be worn and is our only hope when we depart this life: O you who believe! Fear Allâh (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of Islâm [as Muslims (with complete submission to Allâh)]. [Al ‘Imran: 102]

    Let it be known to you that you are doomed to appear before Allah on Doomsday. Then, you will be exposed to close scrutiny for all your deeds. You will be rewarded or penalised, depending on your own deeds. Whoever shows laxity or proclivity for mundane affairs will surely regret it on the Day of Judgement. Let it also be known to you that tombs are the site of utter desolation which only good deeds can dissipate and substitute by delightful company. The darkness of the grave can only be eliminated by taking advantage of propitious worship seasons (like Ramadan). Thus, beware the temptations of the herein and let not this life distract your attention from the hereafter. Surely, he who competes for pursuing worldly desires will never move up the ladder of pious deeds.

    Nonetheless, never lose hope because of the multitude of people doomed to perdition and the supremacy of the godless: O you who believe! Take care of your own selves. If you follow the (right) guidance [and enjoin what is right (Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do) and forbid what is wrong (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden)] no hurt can come to you from those who are in error. The return of you all is to Allâh, ...  [Al-Maîda:105]

    O Lord! Give us remedy for our pitfalls, forgive our slips, and grant Your pardon for the ignorance of those who sought help with anyone but You. Your pardon is so encompassing that no sinner is able to escape from the sphere of his own sin except through returning to You.

    O Muslims!

    Although most of the month of Ramadan has elapsed, what remains of it is the best. Despite the passage of its days, what remains of it secures salvation. Even though its nights have passed by so quickly, there are still some (nights) during which a worshipper can fulfil his hope. It is a graceful month whose hours and seconds are imbibed with good; it is a great religious season whose moments are all blessed by Allah. It offers a track for every competitor to hasten his paces; its race course is still wide open for anyone (hindered by certain excuses) to join in the race again.

    O Allah’s servant! You do not know the exact moment when you will be shaded by its graces and perfumed with its fragrance; nor will you be able to know which night you will be delivered from hellfire in order to join the righteous. Indeed, Allah has imparted His blessing to the entirety of the month of Ramadan. Therefore, the gates of heaven are still wide open to allow prayers to ascend thereto, and the angels are still holding their pens to record all good and pious deeds. Thus, no fortunate person will ever give up doing good deeds until he actually enters Paradise.

    Worshippers and righteous people have never regretted departing this life except when it has to do with missing such religious occasions. In fact, they have never shed tears on departing this life except when they feel certain they will no longer perform night prayers, fast during extremely hot days, and make jihad (holy war) for the cause of Allah.

    Now, you still have time. Have you made up your mind about how to proceed? Keep in mind that you are still in the herein where there is room for further action. So, what are you going to do? Remember that the same occasions had been presented to previous communities, but they kept postponing action for some indefinite future time until the agony of death took them unawares. Thus, they just became part of history after having enjoyed capacitation and self-confidence during their lifetime. Allah commented on such people by saying:
    Lest a person should say: "Alas, my grief that I was undutiful to Allâh (i.e. I have not done what Allâh has ordered me to do), and I was indeed among those who mocked [at the truth! i.e. Lâ ilâha illallâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), the Qur’ân, and Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and at the faithful believers]. (56) Or (lest) he should say: "If only Allâh had guided me, I should indeed have been among the Muttaqûn (the pious)" (57) Or (lest) he should say when he sees the torment: "If only I had another chance (to return to the world), then I should indeed be among the Muhsinûn (good-doers)” (58) Yes! Verily, there came to you My Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and you denied them, and were proud and were among the disbelievers. [Az-Zumar: 56-59]

    Quite certainly, one of the greatest effects of the month of Ramadan on the rightly guided and successful servants of Allah is their return to their Lord and their repentance (for sins). In an authentic hadith, Prophet Muhammad () said “Amen” in response to Archangel Gabriel’s prayer, “Whoever witnesses Ramadan without being forgiven his sins, let him be expelled by Allah! O Muhammad, say ‘Amen’.” “Amen”, Muhammad said acquiescently. Thus, there is no choice but to resort to repentance. In this regard, Allah says: And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zâlimûn (wrong-doers, etc.).  [Al-Ĥujurât: 11]

    O Muslims!

    There remain a few nights of Ramadan which are likely to coincide with the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree); so, do your best and try hard to worship Allah and do good deeds. It is a little effort during a short period of night time, but its result will be a bounteous reward and eternal bliss. Beware the erroneous beliefs about the possibility of recognizing the Night of Al-Qadr through visions and dreams, for if Allah had ordained the disclosure of the Night of Al-Qadr to His creatures, He would not have kept it unidentified; so, just work harder. Do not merely depend on Allah without doing anything, but rather take the initiative. Each single night of the last ten days of Ramadan is expected to coincide with the Night of Al-Qadr, but odd numbers are more likely to coincide with it, especially the twenty-seventh night. In addition, every night Allah salvages a number of people from hellfire.

    Prophet Muhammad’s () teachings about how to experience the last ten nights of Ramadan represent the most accurate and perfect guidance. Such last ten nights are sanctified by Allah Who eulogised them and promised abundant reward for worship associated with them. As reported by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, “With the advent of the last ten nights, Prophet Muhammad () would tighten his mi’zar [3] (wrapper)[i.e. keep awake at night ready for prayer], bring his night to life (through prayer), and wake up his family (to do so).”

    Prophet Muhammad () used to lead Muslims in prayer until they started worrying about missing their saĥūr (last meal before fajr prayer during the month of Ramadan). In addition, during the last ten nights of Ramadan the Prophet would make I’tikāf. He would perform acts of worship day and night and, together with his honourable Companions, try to identify the Night of Al Qadr. Prophet Muhammad () said, “Whoever performs the night prayer on the Night of Al-Qadr with firm faith and while seeking reward, his past sins will be forgiven.” [Narrated by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim]

    It is called ‘the Night of Al-Qadr’ because of its high “qadr” (great importance and high status) and because of what Allah had ordained for all creatures, including the (size of) means of living and the instants of death.

    Allah revealed the Holy Qur’ān on the Night of Al-Qadr and endowed it with His blessing. Allah () said: Hâ.-Mîm. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’ân and none but Allâh (Alone) knows their meanings] (1)  By the manifest Book (this Qur’ân) that makes things clear (2) We sent it (this Qur’ân) down on a blessed night [(i.e. night of Al-Qadr, Sûrah No. 97) in the month of Ramadân - the 9th month of the Islâmic calendar]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship] (3) Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments  (4) [Ad-Dukhân: 1-4]

    Allah revealed about it (i.e. the night of Al-Qadr) an entire chapter (sūrat) in the Holy Qur’ān: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful: Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’ân) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) (1) And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? (2) The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allâh in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months) (3) Therein descend the angels and the Rûh [Jibrîl (Gabrîl)] by Allâh’s Permission with all Decrees, (4) (All that night), there is Peace (and Goodness from Allâh to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn. (5) [Al-Qadr: 1-5]

    The successful believer is the one who does his best and sincerely searches for it by performing night prayer during all nights, for Allah never dissipates the reward of the performers of good deeds. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Messenger () said, “Search for the Night of Al-Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

    Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) also reported that: “Allah’s Messenger () used to seclude himself in the mosque for worship during the last ten days and said: ‘Search for the Night of Al Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan.’” [Bukhari and Muslim]

    Ubada Ibn Essamit () is reported to have said: “When the Prophet () went out to inform us about the Night of Al Qadr, two men came into sight. So, he said, ‘I went out to inform you about the Night of Al Qadr but so-and-so as well as so-and-so came into sight; therefore, it was blurred and lifted. This might be good for you. So, search for it in the 25th, 27th, and 29th night.’” [Imam Bukhari]

    This is evidence of the misfortune brought about by disagreement, conflict and division, and all that stands in the way of benevolence.

    O fasting believers!

    Make your supplications for Allah with utmost insistence for He appreciates those who do so. Beseech, invoke and ask Him goodness in this life and the Hereafter for your relatives, homelands, and for those to whom Allah has entrusted your affairs as well as all Muslims. Make a portion of your supplications for the sake of those who are distressed among your fellow Muslims, particularly in Syria, Palestine, and Burma and for the healing of every bleeding wound of theirs. Verily, it is no surprise that Allah lifts their distress in response to a supplication by a true believer to whom others would pay no heed but who would be highly regarded by Allah.

    Make your supplications for Allah with utmost insistence for He appreciates those who do so. See how many misfortunes have unexpectedly been set right and how many oppressors have been struck by the fatal arrow of response (from Allah to the supplications) before they could live to witness the next morning! See how many deadlocks have so miraculously been broken!

    Verily, Allah appreciates the devoutness of those invoking Him: And your Lord said: "Invoke Me, [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islâmic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, (Islâmic Monotheism)] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation! [Ghafir: 60]. In the context of highlighting the merits of fasting Allah says: And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. [Al Baqarah: 186]

    Make your supplications for Allah with utmost insistence for He appreciates those who do so, and maintain your submissiveness to Him: Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors (55) and do not do mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order, and invoke Him with fear and hope. Surely, Allâh’s Mercy is (ever) near unto the good-doers. [Al Aaraf: 55-56]

    Aisha –may Allah be pleased with her– reported that she once asked the Prophet (): “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night (of Ramadan) is the Night of Qadr, what should I say?” He replied: “Say OAllah! You are Most Forgiving and You love forgiveness; so forgive me.” [Hadith sahih on the authority of Imam Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and Sunnah and benefit us with their verses and wisdom! Having said this, I ask Allah () to forgive me and you!

    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah, the Possessor of heavenly glory, and thanks are ever due to Him! I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger, the best among those who have ever fasted, undertaken night prayers, given zakat and worshipped Allah. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessings upon him, his family and his Companions, those men of merit and honour, and upon those who follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgment!

    O Muslims!

    Allah, may He be exalted, has legislated for you at the end of your month (Ramadan) the undertaking of zakat al-fitr, which is unanimously decreed (by Muslim scholars) as an obligation incumbent on every Muslim. Indeed, Zakat al-Fitr constitutes one of the bright facets of this great religion where Eid [4] is for all, the poor and the rich, the haves and the have-nots.

    For Eid to be a genuine festivity and celebration it must bring joy and happiness to all. Abu Dawood and Ibn Majah reported that the Prophet () “made zakat Al fitr an obligation in order to cleanse the fasting Muslim from previously committed acts of falsity and obscenity and to feed the needy.”

    Therefore, make certain –may Allah have mercy on you– that your zakat reaches those who are duly entitled to it. With respect to the value thereof it is estimated at one saa’ (equivalent to 2.5 kilograms) of dates, barley or whatever the staple food such as wheat or rice. Zakat al-Fitr is to be delivered locally. However, it is permissible to deliver it outside the country of the fasting Muslim where there is more need for it. With respect to zakat delivery time, it should be one or two days prior to Eid day up until before the Eid Prayer time.

    Then, make certain to perform Eid prayer in congregation with the rest of the Muslims and to bring along your children and wives as it is one of those manifest rituals of Muslims. It is also part of the Prophet’s sunnah to make takbir [5] during the night of Eid up until the morning of that day and before the arrival of the Imam. Takbir is to be carried out loudly and in public (in the markets and streets). In this context Allah () says: (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allâh [i.e. to say Takbîr(Allâhu Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him. [Al Baqara: 185]

    Muslims’festivities are different from those of Jahiliya [6] in that they are meant to be a means of establishing closer rapport with Allah and to worship Him. Such festivities feature the exaltation and mentioning of Allah through takbir in both Eids [7] , performing congregational prayer, delivering zakat al-Fitr, showing joy and happiness for being blessed with Islam and the ability to fast successfully.

    Let us rejoice then, thank Allah for enabling us to carry out our fasting, and ask Him to accept our worship in this regard and grant us a happy ending.

    Remember that Allah gave you a command, which He Himself started as He said: Allâh sends His Salât (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and also His angels (ask Allâh to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salât[1] on (ask Allâh to bless) him (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islâmic way of greeting(salutation, i.e. As-Salâmu ‘Alaikum. [Al Ahzab: 56]

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, honours and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, and on his good and pure family! O Allah! Be pleased with all of Your Messenger’s Companions and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors! O Allah! Grant glory to Your Religion, Your Book and the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing servants!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) whereby the people of piety are honoured and sinful people are guided, and whereby al-ma’roof (good deeds) is enjoined and al-munkar (evil deeds) is prevented! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in Palestine and everywhere! O Allah! Lift the siege around them, improve their conditions, and suppress their enemy!

    O Allah! We beseech You by Your Supreme Name to have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria! O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are defenseless! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case, You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate!

    O Allah! Lift the siege around them, spare their blood, reassure them, feed the hungry among them, preserve their dignity and honour, strengthen their stamina, and grant them power and victory over their oppressors!

    O Allah! Set right their conditions, unite them around righteousness, and protect them against the evil doers among them! O Allah! Suppress their enemy! O Allah! Suppress their enemy! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them!

    O Allah! Liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    O Allah! Improve the conditions of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Egypt and everywhere! O Allah! Bring them close together on the paths of righteousness and guidance! O Allah! Set right their conditions and protect them against the evil doers among them!

    O Allah! Guide our leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to do whatever you love and accept! O Allah! Guide him to piety and righteousness! O Allah! Grant him, his Crown Prince, his brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country and reward them with blessings for the efforts they are investing in the service of the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors!

    O Allah! Grant success to our security forces and to those working in the service of the visitors of the Two Holy Mosques and those coming to perform Umrah, and bestow on them profuse rewards!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet ()! O Allah! Make them a Mercy on Your true servants!

    O Allah! Make safe and prosperous our country and those of all Muslims around the world! Protect us against the evil of wrongdoers, the maliciousness of the lecherous and the evil of those plotting to carry it out by day or night! Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al Baqarah: 201]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and make come true our wishes in what pleases You!

    Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folks. [Al Omran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing!

    O Allah! We ask You to be pleased with us and grant us Your paradise, and we seek refuge in You against Your wrath and hellfire!

    O Allah! Grant us, our loved ones, those who urged us to make supplication for them, and all those to whom we are indebted the most of whatever good we have implored you to bestow on us throughout this holy month!

    O Allah! Grant us success to observe prayer during the Night of Al-Qadr! O Allah! We implore you to accept our good deeds and spare us the torment of hellfire!

    O Allah! We beseech you to accept our fasting, night prayers, supplications and good deeds as You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! O Allah! Do accept our repentance as You are Most Forgiving, Most Merciful!

    Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from what they attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the messengers! And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!

    ......................................

    [1] Zakat Al-Fitr is a required charity given to the needy at the end of fasting in Ramadan by every Muslim, whether male and female, minor or adult. The head of the household may pay the required amount for the other members.

    [2] Iʿtikāf (اعتكاف‎) in Islam consists of a period of retreat in a mosque (to pray Allah) for a certain number of days in accordance with the believer's own wish. It is most common during the month of Ramadan, especially the last ten days.

    [3] Note that some scholars explained this Arabic metaphor as meaning ‘he would refrain from sexual intercourse.’

    [4] Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan.

    [5] To say Allahu Akbar _الله أكبر_ (Allah is Great).

    [6] It is the Arabic label given to the pre-Islamic era.

    [7] They are Eid al-Fitr (see footnote 4) and Eid al-Adhā. Eid al-Adhā (عيد الأضحى‎ ʻĪd al-’Aḍḥá, i.e. Feast of the Sacrifice, the Greater Eid) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honour the willingness of prophet Ibrāhīm __ (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismā’īl __ (Ishmael) as an act of submission to Allah’s command and his son's acceptance to being sacrificed, before Allah intervened to provide Ibrāhīm with a lamb to sacrifice instead. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adhā falls on the 10th day of Dhul al-Hijjah (12th month) and lasts for four days. Note that in the Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.




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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Do Not Miss the Fragrance of Ramadan

    Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib

    August 2, 2013 ~ Ramadhaan 24, 1434

    Khutbah Topic

    His eminence Sheikh Salih Al-Talib –may Allah protect him– delivered this Friday Khutbah titled “Do Not Miss the Fragrance of Ramadan.” He spoke about the month of Ramadan and its final days and nights. He pointed out that although Ramadan is coming to an end, there is still time for presenting offerings and pious deeds during its blessed last days and nights. He added that in Ramadan worshippers compete for gaining divine bounties and blessings and take advantage of the Night of Al-Qadr (Night of Decree) and its high merit to please Allah and be saved from hellfire. He equally explained that Zakāt al-Fitr [1] is both important and mandatory.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah: Owner of creation, command, glory, and subdual. We praise and thank Him for this blessed month and for keeping us alive until we have reached its last ten days. We therefore praise Almighty Allah and thank Him. We also ask Him to forgive us and protect us from all sorts of evil. We pray Him to grant us more bounties and favours. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah alone without associate. May His name be glorified and His pardon magnificent! I equally bear witness that our Master and Prophet Muhammad () is Allah’s Servant and Messenger, the one who was best in fast and i’tikāf [2] and who was closest to his Lord. May Allah send His bountiful Salāt (Mercy, Honour, and Grace), Peace upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who have followed their footsteps till the Day of Judgement!

    Now then, O people! Observe taǭwa, for it is the best garment to be worn and is our only hope when we depart this life: O you who believe! Fear Allâh (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of Islâm [as Muslims (with complete submission to Allâh)]. [Al ‘Imran: 102]

    Let it be known to you that you are doomed to appear before Allah on Doomsday. Then, you will be exposed to close scrutiny for all your deeds. You will be rewarded or penalised, depending on your own deeds. Whoever shows laxity or proclivity for mundane affairs will surely regret it on the Day of Judgement. Let it also be known to you that tombs are the site of utter desolation which only good deeds can dissipate and substitute by delightful company. The darkness of the grave can only be eliminated by taking advantage of propitious worship seasons (like Ramadan). Thus, beware the temptations of the herein and let not this life distract your attention from the hereafter. Surely, he who competes for pursuing worldly desires will never move up the ladder of pious deeds.

    Nonetheless, never lose hope because of the multitude of people doomed to perdition and the supremacy of the godless: O you who believe! Take care of your own selves. If you follow the (right) guidance [and enjoin what is right (Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do) and forbid what is wrong (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden)] no hurt can come to you from those who are in error. The return of you all is to Allâh, ...  [Al-Maîda:105]

    O Lord! Give us remedy for our pitfalls, forgive our slips, and grant Your pardon for the ignorance of those who sought help with anyone but You. Your pardon is so encompassing that no sinner is able to escape from the sphere of his own sin except through returning to You.

    O Muslims!

    Although most of the month of Ramadan has elapsed, what remains of it is the best. Despite the passage of its days, what remains of it secures salvation. Even though its nights have passed by so quickly, there are still some (nights) during which a worshipper can fulfil his hope. It is a graceful month whose hours and seconds are imbibed with good; it is a great religious season whose moments are all blessed by Allah. It offers a track for every competitor to hasten his paces; its race course is still wide open for anyone (hindered by certain excuses) to join in the race again.

    O Allah’s servant! You do not know the exact moment when you will be shaded by its graces and perfumed with its fragrance; nor will you be able to know which night you will be delivered from hellfire in order to join the righteous. Indeed, Allah has imparted His blessing to the entirety of the month of Ramadan. Therefore, the gates of heaven are still wide open to allow prayers to ascend thereto, and the angels are still holding their pens to record all good and pious deeds. Thus, no fortunate person will ever give up doing good deeds until he actually enters Paradise.

    Worshippers and righteous people have never regretted departing this life except when it has to do with missing such religious occasions. In fact, they have never shed tears on departing this life except when they feel certain they will no longer perform night prayers, fast during extremely hot days, and make jihad (holy war) for the cause of Allah.

    Now, you still have time. Have you made up your mind about how to proceed? Keep in mind that you are still in the herein where there is room for further action. So, what are you going to do? Remember that the same occasions had been presented to previous communities, but they kept postponing action for some indefinite future time until the agony of death took them unawares. Thus, they just became part of history after having enjoyed capacitation and self-confidence during their lifetime. Allah commented on such people by saying:
    Lest a person should say: "Alas, my grief that I was undutiful to Allâh (i.e. I have not done what Allâh has ordered me to do), and I was indeed among those who mocked [at the truth! i.e. Lâ ilâha illallâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), the Qur’ân, and Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and at the faithful believers]. (56) Or (lest) he should say: "If only Allâh had guided me, I should indeed have been among the Muttaqûn (the pious)" (57) Or (lest) he should say when he sees the torment: "If only I had another chance (to return to the world), then I should indeed be among the Muhsinûn (good-doers)” (58) Yes! Verily, there came to you My Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and you denied them, and were proud and were among the disbelievers. [Az-Zumar: 56-59]

    Quite certainly, one of the greatest effects of the month of Ramadan on the rightly guided and successful servants of Allah is their return to their Lord and their repentance (for sins). In an authentic hadith, Prophet Muhammad () said “Amen” in response to Archangel Gabriel’s prayer, “Whoever witnesses Ramadan without being forgiven his sins, let him be expelled by Allah! O Muhammad, say ‘Amen’.” “Amen”, Muhammad said acquiescently. Thus, there is no choice but to resort to repentance. In this regard, Allah says: And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Zâlimûn (wrong-doers, etc.).  [Al-Ĥujurât: 11]

    O Muslims!

    There remain a few nights of Ramadan which are likely to coincide with the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree); so, do your best and try hard to worship Allah and do good deeds. It is a little effort during a short period of night time, but its result will be a bounteous reward and eternal bliss. Beware the erroneous beliefs about the possibility of recognizing the Night of Al-Qadr through visions and dreams, for if Allah had ordained the disclosure of the Night of Al-Qadr to His creatures, He would not have kept it unidentified; so, just work harder. Do not merely depend on Allah without doing anything, but rather take the initiative. Each single night of the last ten days of Ramadan is expected to coincide with the Night of Al-Qadr, but odd numbers are more likely to coincide with it, especially the twenty-seventh night. In addition, every night Allah salvages a number of people from hellfire.

    Prophet Muhammad’s () teachings about how to experience the last ten nights of Ramadan represent the most accurate and perfect guidance. Such last ten nights are sanctified by Allah Who eulogised them and promised abundant reward for worship associated with them. As reported by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim, “With the advent of the last ten nights, Prophet Muhammad () would tighten his mi’zar [3] (wrapper)[i.e. keep awake at night ready for prayer], bring his night to life (through prayer), and wake up his family (to do so).”

    Prophet Muhammad () used to lead Muslims in prayer until they started worrying about missing their saĥūr (last meal before fajr prayer during the month of Ramadan). In addition, during the last ten nights of Ramadan the Prophet would make I’tikāf. He would perform acts of worship day and night and, together with his honourable Companions, try to identify the Night of Al Qadr. Prophet Muhammad () said, “Whoever performs the night prayer on the Night of Al-Qadr with firm faith and while seeking reward, his past sins will be forgiven.” [Narrated by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim]

    It is called ‘the Night of Al-Qadr’ because of its high “qadr” (great importance and high status) and because of what Allah had ordained for all creatures, including the (size of) means of living and the instants of death.

    Allah revealed the Holy Qur’ān on the Night of Al-Qadr and endowed it with His blessing. Allah () said: Hâ.-Mîm. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’ân and none but Allâh (Alone) knows their meanings] (1)  By the manifest Book (this Qur’ân) that makes things clear (2) We sent it (this Qur’ân) down on a blessed night [(i.e. night of Al-Qadr, Sûrah No. 97) in the month of Ramadân - the 9th month of the Islâmic calendar]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship] (3) Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments  (4) [Ad-Dukhân: 1-4]

    Allah revealed about it (i.e. the night of Al-Qadr) an entire chapter (sūrat) in the Holy Qur’ān: In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful: Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’ân) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) (1) And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? (2) The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allâh in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months) (3) Therein descend the angels and the Rûh [Jibrîl (Gabrîl)] by Allâh’s Permission with all Decrees, (4) (All that night), there is Peace (and Goodness from Allâh to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn. (5) [Al-Qadr: 1-5]

    The successful believer is the one who does his best and sincerely searches for it by performing night prayer during all nights, for Allah never dissipates the reward of the performers of good deeds. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Messenger () said, “Search for the Night of Al-Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

    Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) also reported that: “Allah’s Messenger () used to seclude himself in the mosque for worship during the last ten days and said: ‘Search for the Night of Al Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan.’” [Bukhari and Muslim]

    Ubada Ibn Essamit () is reported to have said: “When the Prophet () went out to inform us about the Night of Al Qadr, two men came into sight. So, he said, ‘I went out to inform you about the Night of Al Qadr but so-and-so as well as so-and-so came into sight; therefore, it was blurred and lifted. This might be good for you. So, search for it in the 25th, 27th, and 29th night.’” [Imam Bukhari]

    This is evidence of the misfortune brought about by disagreement, conflict and division, and all that stands in the way of benevolence.

    O fasting believers!

    Make your supplications for Allah with utmost insistence for He appreciates those who do so. Beseech, invoke and ask Him goodness in this life and the Hereafter for your relatives, homelands, and for those to whom Allah has entrusted your affairs as well as all Muslims. Make a portion of your supplications for the sake of those who are distressed among your fellow Muslims, particularly in Syria, Palestine, and Burma and for the healing of every bleeding wound of theirs. Verily, it is no surprise that Allah lifts their distress in response to a supplication by a true believer to whom others would pay no heed but who would be highly regarded by Allah.

    Make your supplications for Allah with utmost insistence for He appreciates those who do so. See how many misfortunes have unexpectedly been set right and how many oppressors have been struck by the fatal arrow of response (from Allah to the supplications) before they could live to witness the next morning! See how many deadlocks have so miraculously been broken!

    Verily, Allah appreciates the devoutness of those invoking Him: And your Lord said: "Invoke Me, [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islâmic Monotheism) and ask Me for anything] I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, (Islâmic Monotheism)] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation! [Ghafir: 60]. In the context of highlighting the merits of fasting Allah says: And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright. [Al Baqarah: 186]

    Make your supplications for Allah with utmost insistence for He appreciates those who do so, and maintain your submissiveness to Him: Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors (55) and do not do mischief on the earth, after it has been set in order, and invoke Him with fear and hope. Surely, Allâh’s Mercy is (ever) near unto the good-doers. [Al Aaraf: 55-56]

    Aisha –may Allah be pleased with her– reported that she once asked the Prophet (): “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night (of Ramadan) is the Night of Qadr, what should I say?” He replied: “Say OAllah! You are Most Forgiving and You love forgiveness; so forgive me.” [Hadith sahih on the authority of Imam Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and Sunnah and benefit us with their verses and wisdom! Having said this, I ask Allah () to forgive me and you!

    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah, the Possessor of heavenly glory, and thanks are ever due to Him! I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger, the best among those who have ever fasted, undertaken night prayers, given zakat and worshipped Allah. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessings upon him, his family and his Companions, those men of merit and honour, and upon those who follow them in righteousness until the Day of Judgment!

    O Muslims!

    Allah, may He be exalted, has legislated for you at the end of your month (Ramadan) the undertaking of zakat al-fitr, which is unanimously decreed (by Muslim scholars) as an obligation incumbent on every Muslim. Indeed, Zakat al-Fitr constitutes one of the bright facets of this great religion where Eid [4] is for all, the poor and the rich, the haves and the have-nots.

    For Eid to be a genuine festivity and celebration it must bring joy and happiness to all. Abu Dawood and Ibn Majah reported that the Prophet () “made zakat Al fitr an obligation in order to cleanse the fasting Muslim from previously committed acts of falsity and obscenity and to feed the needy.”

    Therefore, make certain –may Allah have mercy on you– that your zakat reaches those who are duly entitled to it. With respect to the value thereof it is estimated at one saa’ (equivalent to 2.5 kilograms) of dates, barley or whatever the staple food such as wheat or rice. Zakat al-Fitr is to be delivered locally. However, it is permissible to deliver it outside the country of the fasting Muslim where there is more need for it. With respect to zakat delivery time, it should be one or two days prior to Eid day up until before the Eid Prayer time.

    Then, make certain to perform Eid prayer in congregation with the rest of the Muslims and to bring along your children and wives as it is one of those manifest rituals of Muslims. It is also part of the Prophet’s sunnah to make takbir [5] during the night of Eid up until the morning of that day and before the arrival of the Imam. Takbir is to be carried out loudly and in public (in the markets and streets). In this context Allah () says: (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allâh [i.e. to say Takbîr(Allâhu Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him. [Al Baqara: 185]

    Muslims’festivities are different from those of Jahiliya [6] in that they are meant to be a means of establishing closer rapport with Allah and to worship Him. Such festivities feature the exaltation and mentioning of Allah through takbir in both Eids [7] , performing congregational prayer, delivering zakat al-Fitr, showing joy and happiness for being blessed with Islam and the ability to fast successfully.

    Let us rejoice then, thank Allah for enabling us to carry out our fasting, and ask Him to accept our worship in this regard and grant us a happy ending.

    Remember that Allah gave you a command, which He Himself started as He said: Allâh sends His Salât (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy) on the Prophet (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and also His angels (ask Allâh to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salât[1] on (ask Allâh to bless) him (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islâmic way of greeting(salutation, i.e. As-Salâmu ‘Alaikum. [Al Ahzab: 56]

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, honours and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, and on his good and pure family! O Allah! Be pleased with all of Your Messenger’s Companions and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors! O Allah! Grant glory to Your Religion, Your Book and the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing servants!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) whereby the people of piety are honoured and sinful people are guided, and whereby al-ma’roof (good deeds) is enjoined and al-munkar (evil deeds) is prevented! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in Palestine and everywhere! O Allah! Lift the siege around them, improve their conditions, and suppress their enemy!

    O Allah! We beseech You by Your Supreme Name to have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria! O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are defenseless! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case, You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate!

    O Allah! Lift the siege around them, spare their blood, reassure them, feed the hungry among them, preserve their dignity and honour, strengthen their stamina, and grant them power and victory over their oppressors!

    O Allah! Set right their conditions, unite them around righteousness, and protect them against the evil doers among them! O Allah! Suppress their enemy! O Allah! Suppress their enemy! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them!

    O Allah! Liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    O Allah! Improve the conditions of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Egypt and everywhere! O Allah! Bring them close together on the paths of righteousness and guidance! O Allah! Set right their conditions and protect them against the evil doers among them!

    O Allah! Guide our leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to do whatever you love and accept! O Allah! Guide him to piety and righteousness! O Allah! Grant him, his Crown Prince, his brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country and reward them with blessings for the efforts they are investing in the service of the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors!

    O Allah! Grant success to our security forces and to those working in the service of the visitors of the Two Holy Mosques and those coming to perform Umrah, and bestow on them profuse rewards!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet ()! O Allah! Make them a Mercy on Your true servants!

    O Allah! Make safe and prosperous our country and those of all Muslims around the world! Protect us against the evil of wrongdoers, the maliciousness of the lecherous and the evil of those plotting to carry it out by day or night! Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al Baqarah: 201]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and make come true our wishes in what pleases You!

    Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folks. [Al Omran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing!

    O Allah! We ask You to be pleased with us and grant us Your paradise, and we seek refuge in You against Your wrath and hellfire!

    O Allah! Grant us, our loved ones, those who urged us to make supplication for them, and all those to whom we are indebted the most of whatever good we have implored you to bestow on us throughout this holy month!

    O Allah! Grant us success to observe prayer during the Night of Al-Qadr! O Allah! We implore you to accept our good deeds and spare us the torment of hellfire!

    O Allah! We beseech you to accept our fasting, night prayers, supplications and good deeds as You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! O Allah! Do accept our repentance as You are Most Forgiving, Most Merciful!

    Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from what they attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the messengers! And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!

    ......................................

    [1] Zakat Al-Fitr is a required charity given to the needy at the end of fasting in Ramadan by every Muslim, whether male and female, minor or adult. The head of the household may pay the required amount for the other members.

    [2] Iʿtikāf (اعتكاف‎) in Islam consists of a period of retreat in a mosque (to pray Allah) for a certain number of days in accordance with the believer's own wish. It is most common during the month of Ramadan, especially the last ten days.

    [3] Note that some scholars explained this Arabic metaphor as meaning ‘he would refrain from sexual intercourse.’

    [4] Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan.

    [5] To say Allahu Akbar _الله أكبر_ (Allah is Great).

    [6] It is the Arabic label given to the pre-Islamic era.

    [7] They are Eid al-Fitr (see footnote 4) and Eid al-Adhā. Eid al-Adhā (عيد الأضحى‎ ʻĪd al-’Aḍḥá, i.e. Feast of the Sacrifice, the Greater Eid) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to honour the willingness of prophet Ibrāhīm __ (Abraham) to sacrifice his young first-born son Ismā’īl __ (Ishmael) as an act of submission to Allah’s command and his son's acceptance to being sacrificed, before Allah intervened to provide Ibrāhīm with a lamb to sacrifice instead. In the lunar Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adhā falls on the 10th day of Dhul al-Hijjah (12th month) and lasts for four days. Note that in the Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.




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    Landmarks for Muslims in Times of Fitnahs [1]

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    September 6, 2013 ~ Shawwaal 30, 1434



    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Ᾱl-Tālib ‒may Allah protect him‒ delivered last Friday’s khutbah titled “Landmarks for Muslims in Times of Fitnahs.” In the khutbah, he spoke about fitnahs and how the Muslim is expected to behave in order to sidestep them. Using evidence from the Holy Qur'ān and the Sunnah, the Sheikh demonstrated the magnitude of fitnahs and the perils of being ensnared therein. He also said that once wrapped in obscurity, the Muslim should resort to the Holy Qur'ān and the Sunnah as well as to experienced scholars.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah, praise that is followed by pure salutations! He is the source of assistance, for there is none but Him whose support is hoped for in times of distress and disasters. On Him we rely, and sufficient unto us and unto all creatures is Allah! I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah alone with no associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad () is Allah’s Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing onto him, his family, his offspring ‒the most honourable of all offspring‒ his Companions () who were endowed with pure inner souls, and all those who follow their footsteps righteously till the Day of Judgement.

    Now then,

    Do observe taqwa (fear of Allah) sincerely and hold fast to the non-severable bond of Islam:  O you who believe! Fear Allâh (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of Islâm [as Muslims (with complete submission to Allâh). [Ᾱl-Imrān: 102]. In fact, Allah will protect, suffice, gratify, and shelter anyone who observes taqwa.
    (The Sheikh cites a line of poetry celebrating taqwa):

    Observing taqwa means optimal provisions stored for days ahead,
    And Allah has further provisions for him who best observes taqwa.

    Servants of Allah!

    Abdurrahman Ibn Abd Rab Al-Kaaba narrated: “When I got into the Mosque, I found Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al-Âass sitting in the shade of the Kâaba and people gathered around him. I joined them and sat near him. So, he said, “We were once on a trip with the Messenger of Allah (); so we stopped by (some place) on our way. There were those of us who were fixing their tents; others were competing in throwing arrows; and still others were taking their camels and horses out to pasture. Then, the herald of Allah's Messenger () suddenly cried: "gather for prayer." So, we gathered in front of the Messenger of Allah () who said, “There was no prophet preceding me who was not bound to guide his Ummah (community) to what is best for them, and warn them against what is the worst evil for them. Your present Ummah was destined to experience wellness and stability during its first generations but its later generations will witness afflictions and incidents that you would abhor. Fitnahs will follow in succession; some will seem milder compared to others. Whenever a fitnah befalls a believer, he says, ‘This time, it is going to be fatal.’ But it soon drives away. Then, a further fitnah follows, and again the believer says, ‘This fitnah (will finish me) … this fitnah (will finish me), and so on and so forth.’ Whoever wishes to be removed away from Hellfire and admitted into Paradise should ascertain that when he faces death he shall persist in remaining a believer in Allah and in the Last Day, and that he treats people the way he likes himself to be treated … (until the end of the Hadith).” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    O believers!

    Whenever the dormant tribulations of fitnahs are resuscitated and the sable nights of ordeals grow unrecognisably obscure, whenever the Ummah experiences phases during which many people are induced into error and fitnahs grow ferociously blind to the extent that a lot of people become dubious to truth, in such case the Muslim becomes in dire need for landmarks to guide him, for lighthouses to regain orientation and for stars to show him the way. This is mainly because, for any Muslim, the dearest possession is the soundness of his faith. The Prophet () said: "A time will come when the best property for a Muslim will be a flock of sheep which he drives to mountain tops and places of rainfall so as to flee with his religion from fitnahs." [Narrated by Al-Bukhari]

    Fleeing from fitnahs takes place when resorting to Allah, the Almighty. This is in conformity with Allah’s () words: So flee to Allâh (from His Torment to His Mercy - Islâmic Monotheism). [Ath-Thāriyāt: 50]. He () also says:  Is not Allâh Sufficient for His slave?  [Az-Zumar: 36]

    Ibn Al-Qayyim ‒may Allah have mercy on his soul‒ said, “Divine sufficiency is dependent upon the nature of the individual's servitude through worship; the more obedient you are to Allah, the more you will be endowed with divine sufficiency.” This is why the Prophet () instructed people to worship Allah in times of fitnahs. He said, “Worship in times of turmoil equals hijra (migration) to join me.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]. Therefore, congratulations for the believer who resorts to prayers and worship while others remain busy with forms of tumultuous agitation and eager to hunt for news and track rumours. Congratulations for those who feel secure and tranquil by the remembrance of Allah when souls are anxious and hearts are disturbed.

    One night, Prophet Muhammad () suddenly woke up frightened and said, “Glory to Allah! What has Allah revealed from His hidden coffers? What afflictions have befallen His creatures? Who could wake up the occupants of the chambers (he means his wives so that they could perform night prayer). Many a veiled (i.e. enjoying Allah's blessings) woman in the herein will be reduced to nudity (punished for not obeying Allah and being thankful to Him) in the hereafter." [Narrated by Imam Bukhari]. In this Hadith, there is evidence that performing night prayer is one of the major ways of escaping fitnahs. In fact, before revealing the verses dealing with trial, Allah () says: O you who believe! Seek help in patience and As-Salât (the prayer). Truly! Allâh is with As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.). [Al-Baqarah: 153]

    Worship is full of secrets, among which are the following: it represents the provisions for the wayfarer, the spiritual supplies for the soul, and the light for the heart. Prophet Muhammad () used to hurry to perform prayer whenever he happened to face some serious matter. He () urged believers to perform pious deeds since they protect them from fitnahs before they take place and save them from them when they do take place. Thus, Prophet Muhammad () said, “Proceed to good deeds. There will be fitnahs as dark as stratified nocturnal obscurity; a believer in the morning swiftly becomes an unbeliever in the evening and a believer in the evening swiftly becomes an unbeliever in the morning. He would sell out his religion in exchange for trivial mundane gains.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    Thus, he who is equipped with sufficient taqwa and good deeds will deserve salvation, bearing in mind that according to Allah’s laws governing the universe, Allah never disappoints a servant who seeks refuge with Him. It is said: “Prevent fitnahs by observing taqwa.” This is confirmed by Allah’s () verse: O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allâh, He will grant you Furqân [(a criterion to judge between right and wrong), or (Makhraj, i.e. making a way for you to get out from every difficulty)]... [Al-Anfāl: 29]

    O Muslims!

    Among the forms of resorting to Allah is supplicating and imploring Him. Allah () says: And indeed We seized them with punishment, but they humbled not themselves to their Lord, nor did they invoke (Allâh) with submission to Him. [Al-Mū’minūn: 76]. He also says: When Our Torment reached them, why then did they not believe with humility? Al-An’ām: 43]

    Among the supplications is seeking refuge from fitnahs; this is affirmed in the Hadîth narrated by Zaid Ibn Thabet () that Prophet Muhammad () said, “Seek refuge from fitnahs, both overt and covert.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    Servants of Allah!

    Among the landmarks guiding the Muslim and providing him with relief is to follow Allah's firm signs as well as His constant sunan (laws governing the affairs of the whole universe). Instances of such firm signs and constant sunan include: verification prior to action, sanctity of human blood, keeping to the Revealed Book and to the Sunnah, anticipating the adverse repercussions of certain human actions, as well as identifying advantageous and disadvantageous courses of action along with classifying them in accordance with the principles of religion rather than personal desires and mundane worldly incentives. Allah () says: O you who believe! Obey Allâh and obey the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allâh and His Messenger (SAW), if you believe in Allâh and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination. [An-Nissā': 59]

    From the above, we realise that the truth consists in whatever coincides with Allah’s instructions and His Messenger’s teachings whereas fitnah means whatever runs contrary to both of them. Prophet Muhammad () says, “There will be a fitnah.” “So, what are we supposed to do”, they asked. He answered, “You then return to your initial state of affairs.” [Reported by Tabarani]

    In the Hadîth narrated by Al-Irbādh Ibn Sāriyah (), Prophet Muhammad () is reported to have said, “I advise you to observe taqwa (fear of Allah) and to show deference and obedience even if your ruler is an Ethiopian slave. Indeed, whoever outlives me will definitely notice much divergence. So, hold fast to my Sunnah and the tradition of the rightly guided caliphs after me. Stick to that and never relinquish your grip/bite on it. Be cautious and make sure not to follow inventions (in religion), for every invented belief or rite is sheer fabrication, and sheer fabrication means misguidance.” [Sound Hadith reported by the authors of Sunan Books].

    Allah enjoins probity and forbids corruption. In this regard, one’s judgment may sometimes be right and sometimes wrong. Among Allah's firm signs, there is the sanctity of human blood. Prophet Muhammad () says, “Whoever is capable of eliminating any hindrance to his admission into Paradise virtually occasioned by smearing his hands with bloodshed he may have perpetrated should proceed to do so.”

    O servants of Allah!

    In times of fitnahs, the Muslim is faced with a multiplicity of news and rumours, and thus truth gets confounded with falsehood. This is essentially because of the increased impact of printed and audiovisual media, the spread of electronic websites and data networks, along with the ease of communication, the rapidity of news transmission, the fast dissemination of lies, and people’s audacity to tell lies with no feeling of embarrassment or fear of Allah. Abu Hurairah () narrated that Prophet Muhammad () had said, “It is enough evidence to say that somebody is telling lies if he talks about all he hears.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    Omar Ibn Al-Khattāb () said, “Beware of fitnahs! The work of the tongue in times of fitnah is similar to that of the sword.” Another version goes like this: “There will be a fitnah in which the work of the tongue is more severe and cruel than that of the sword.” [Reported by Imam Ahmed, Abu Dawood, and Ibn Majah]

    In reality, proper conduct requires verification and patience, lenience and forgiveness in times of fitnahs and sudden changes in life conditions, consulting experienced and wise scholars, and avoiding taking decisions alone. A safe person is the one who is spared all such ordeals. Thus, it is not necessary for you to have your own say in every problem or your opinion on every incident. Allah () says: When there comes to them some matter touching (public) safety or fear, they make it known (among the people), if only they had referred it to the Messenger or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have understood it from them (directly)... [An-Nissā': 83]


    Justice and equity must also be observed. Allah () says: And whenever you give your word (i.e. judge between men or give evidence), say the truth. [Al Anam: 152]. Allah () also says: And let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety. [Al Māedah: 8]

    Contrarily to this, there are people who, in times of fitnahs, would not hesitate to harm the believers in their honour and dignity. They would hone their tongues and sharpen their pencils in order to humiliate the righteous, stir confusion among common Muslims, forge facts and incite fitnah and disunion, bearing in mind that the most dangerous of all is fitnah in religion. In this context, Allah () says: Verily, those who put into trial the believing men qnd believing women (by torturing and burning them ) and then do not turn in repentance (to Allah0, then they will have the torment of Hell and they will have the punishment of the burning fire. [Al-Burūj: 10]

    A Muslim must avoid being one of those whom Allah has vilified in the following words: They follow but a guess and that which they themselves desire, whereas there has surely come to them Guidance from their Lord. [An Najm: 23] and But they have no Knowledge thereof. They follow but a guess, and verily, guess is no substitute for the truth (28). Therefore, withdraw (O Mohammad  from himwho turns away from Our Reminder(this Qur’an)and desires nothing but the life of this world (29). That is what they could reach of knowledge. Verily, your Lord it is he Who knows best him who goes astray from His Path, and He knows best him whjo receives guidance. [An Najm: 28-30]

    When in doubt or ambiguity, a believer must seek to avoid confusion. However, once matters are clear, he must side with what is fair and right; rather he must put in the effort towards unveiling the truth. Therefore, he must not thwart the oppressed who are entitled to a certain right under the pretext of avoiding fitnah. To this effect Allah () says: And if two parties or groups among the believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both. But if one of them outrages against the other, then fight you (all) against the one that which outrages till it complies with the command of Allah. Then if it complies, then make reconciliation between them justly, and be equitable. Verily! Allah loves those who are equitable. [Al Hujurāt: 9]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and Sunnah and benefit us with their verses and wisdom! Having said this, I ask Allah, be He exalted, to forgive me and you!

    Part Two
    Praise be to Allah, Guardian of the believers! No aggression must be carried out save against oppressors. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah alone with no associate, Allah, the Ultimate Truth. I also bear witness that Mohammad () is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessings upon him, his family, and all of his Companions!

    Now then,
    Amidst the political conflicts taking place in the Muslim world and given the ambiguity that is infesting the social communications networks where nobody knows who is writing what and for what purpose, justice may run scarce and people may be carried away along the path of confusion undeterred by legality or values. Therefore, it is necessary to observe self-control and restraint first before taking any action, in accordance with Allah's () following words: O you who believe! If a fasiq (a liar; evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done. [Al Hujurāt: 6]

    The Prophet () warned against fitnahs when he said: "There will be fitnahs, at which time the sitting person will be better than the standing one, and the standing one will be better than the walking one, and the walking one will be better than the running one. And whoever will look towards those fitnahs, he will be overtaken by them. Therefore whoever finds a refuge or a shelter, he should take refuge therein." [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]

    Some of the salaf [2] said: “When fitnahs take place, minds are taken away and hearts are defeated.” At first a fitnah would seem suspicious, but when it’s over it becomes all too evident.
    Ibn Taymiya ‒may Allah bless his soul– said: “When fitnah strikes, the rightful would be unable to ward off the impudent and no one would be saved from it (fitnah) except those that Allah chooses to make invulnerable to it.”

    O Muslims!
    Patience is the believer’s means to avert fitnahs. The Messenger of Allah () said: “Ahead of you are days which will require endurance, in which showing endurance will be like grasping live coals. The one who acts rightly during that period will have the reward of fifty men who act as he does. He (one of those present) said: 'Messenger of Allah, the reward of fifty of them?' He replied: 'The reward of fifty of you.'” [Narrated by Abu Dawood and Ibn Majah]

    Abu Al-Sha'thā was reported to have said: “We went out with Abi Mass'ūd Al Ansari () and said to him: ‘Give us a tip.’ He replied: ‘You must observe taqwa (fear) of Allah and hold on to Muhammad’s congregation, for Allah ‒be He exalted‒ would not unite such congregation on perversion. Allah’s religion is but one, so beware of making it multi-faceted. You must observe taqwa of Allah and have patience until a righteous man is at ease and a dissolute man is gotten rid of.'" [Narrated by Al-Hākim in his ‘Al-Mustadrak’ (a book of Hadith); he (Al-Hākim) said: ‘This is a sound Hadith in accordance with Imam Muslim'.]

    O servants of Allah!

    There are still trials and fitnahs in this life, so arm yourselves with patience to defeat such calamities. Patience does not mean the willingness to settle for less and surrender to alienation, but the resolve to devote oneself to faith and to doing what is required by Sharia law, and this is laudable indeed.

    In this age, it is important for Muslims to remain optimistic and hopeful, to avoid despair and firmly believe that those who observe taqwa shall have the upper hand in the end, for we read in the Holy Qur'ān: …and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you. [Al-Baqarah: 216]. In this context, it is equally important to remember Allah’s wisdom in bringing about trials.

    There must be blazing events that would steer the believers back towards their faith just as much as they have pulled away from it, retributions that would make them seek refuge with their Creator just as much as they have alienated themselves from Him, and earthly disasters that would call upon them to revert to that which brought glory and might to your salaf and predecessors. After all, hardship is always followed by relief.

    Signs of victory are looming in the horizon while the causes thereof keep coming and going. Our hope in Allah is so immense and boundless.

    It must be known that those hadiths of fitnahs and epic encounters are mentioned by way of prompting consideration (on the part of the believers) and setting warning. Such hadiths include those of Al-Dajjāl [3], Al khasf [4], and wars. There should be no assertion as to the applicability of certain news on a given incident, for this is part of Ilm Al-Ghaib (knowledge of the unseen and unknown), and it is not allowed to speak instead of Allah while having no knowledge.

    O Allah! We seek Your protection against misleading fitnahs! O Allah! We seek Your protection against misleading fitnahs! O Allah! Keep away from us all forms of disgrace and fitnahs, apparent or concealed!

    This being said, send (O you Muslims) your salat (Graces, Honours and Mercy) and peace upon Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (), al-Hāshimi al-Qurashi, the best and most honest of Allah’s creatures.

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, honours and Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, his good and pure family, his magnanimous and auspicious Companions and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and fail tyrants, atheists and corruptors!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this Ummah (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honored and those of sins are guided, and where al-ma’rūf (promotion of good deeds) is promoted and al-munkar (promulgation of evil deeds) is prevented, O Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm Islam and Muslims! Turn their plots and their cunning against them and make that the cause of their own destruction, O Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your Cause! O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your Cause in Palestine and wherever they may be! O Allah! Lift their siege, set right their conditions and suppress their enemy!

    O Allah! Alleviate the suffering of our brothers in Syria! O Allah! Put an end to their affliction! O Allah! Speed up their relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are too weak! Mend their breakage, O You, the charitable, the benevolent! O Allah! Spare their blood, reassure them, preserve their dignity and honour, feed the hungry among them, strengthen their stamina, bring them closer together, and grant them power and victory over their oppressors!

    O Allah! Set right their conditions, unite them around righteousness and protect them against the evil doers among them! O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing servants!

    O Allah! Liberate Al Aqsa Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    O Allah! Set right the conditions of our brothers in Egypt and everywhere! O Allah! Unite them around truth and righteousness, set right their conditions, and protect them against the evil doers among them!

    O Allah! Guide our leader to do whatever you love and accept! O Allah! Guide him to piety and righteousness! O Allah! Grant him, his Crown Prince, his brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet ()! O Allah! Make them a blessing on Your true servants!

    O Allah! Make safe and prosperous our country and all Muslim countries around the world! Protect us against the evil of wrongdoers and the maliciousness of the lecherous!
    Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al Baqarah: 201], Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. [Al-Imran: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and fulfill our wishes in what pleases You!

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children! You are indeed All-Hearing!

    O Lord! Accept from us, You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! Accept our repentance; You are the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful!

    Glorified be Your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from what they attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!

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    [1] The Arabic word فتنة (fitnah, pl. فتن fitan) carries many meanings: affliction, civil strife, discord, dissension, enticement, infatuation, intrigue, ordeal, riot, sedition, temptation, trial.

    [2] The Salaf are the first generations of Muslims, who included the Companions and followers of Mohammad () at the time.

    [3] Al-Masīh ad-Dajjāl (Arabic for "the false Messiah"), is an evil figure against whom the Prophet () warned the Muslims. He is to appear pretending to be Al-Masīh (i.e. the Messiah) at a time in the future, before Yawm al-Qiyamah (the Day of Resurrection).

    [4] The swallowing of the earth and all that is on it

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    Directives for the Pilgrims of the Ancient House [1]

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    October 11, 2013 ~ Dhul Hijjah 06, 1434

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh ibn Mohammad Āl Tālib –may Allah protect him– delivered last Friday’s khutbah titled “Directives for the Pilgrims of the Ancient House” in which he discussed Hajj to the Holy Mosque and the spiritual acts of body and soul. He gave important advice and cautioned Muslims in general, and pilgrims in particular, to learn their manasik (rites) well and to observe adequacy of practice in this respect by fulfilling the enjoined duties and shunning prohibited acts and by seeking to experience the spiritual meanings of Hajj in both words and deeds.

    Part one

    Praise be to Allah! To Him we offer our true thanks and purest salutations. We offer Him abundant praise that can fill the earth and heavens. Verily He is worthy of praise and glory. He honored Makkah, Mina, Muzdalifa and Arafat, and made the hospitable and cheerful reception therein of His pilgrim guests a source of clemency, forgiveness and answering prayers. I praise my Lord (), thank Him, pay sincere tribute to Him and seek His forgiveness. He granted His creation propitious occasions, and bestowed upon them His never-ending graces. He who does business with his Lord achieves success. This is –I swear by Allah– the fruitful trade.

    I bear witness that there is no deity worth worshipping except Allah alone with no associate. To Him pilgrims turn reciting talbiyah [2] and tawheed [3]. He made the holy sites and the Holy Mosque witnesses that there is no associate and no rival to Him, that He is the Greatest, and that all creatures are His slaves. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Prophet, and that he is the last and the most honourable of His messengers. His Lord has granted him Al-Hawdh and Al-Kawthar, ordered him to perform prayers to Him, to slaughter sacrifices, to go on Hajj to His Holy Mosque, and to mention His Lord at the Mash’ar [4]. May Allah’s salat and profuse peace be upon him, his family and his Companions () until Judgment Day.

    Having said that,
    I enjoin you –people‒ to observe taqwa, for taqwa (fear of Allah) is the best sustenance and the best attire. It is Allah’s () recurrent advice to the pilgrims of His Ancient House And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.). So fear Me, O men of understanding! [Al-Baqarah: 197]

    O believers!
    Today, our Ummah is witnessing a great day of Allah’s and observing a great pillar of Islam. It is an occasion when sins and evil deeds are pardoned, errors rectified, and prayers answered.

    Hajj to Allah’s Ancient House is a symbol of unity and tawheed. It is an occasion to proclaim covenants and pledges, honour rights and dignities, cease bloodshed, and protect souls and property. It is a spiritual season; such are the days of Allah.

    Imagine the pilgrims piously plodding the roads to the mash’ar in their unified form; imagine the whiteness of their ihram, and the palpitation of their hearts as they recite talbiyah: “labayka allahumma labayk, lā sharīka laka labayk; inna al-hamda wa-n ni’mata laka wa-l-mulk; lā sharīka lak.”

    I wonder how they can see their way with their tearful eyes. I wonder how their feet can support them as their hearts are severed from everything except from Allah’s mercy, and their souls free except from yearning to Him.

    They have put their life’s cares behind their back –its embellishments, clamours and differences– just to be Allah’s guests. They have come to seek benefits, mention Allah’s name and thank Him for the favours He bestowed upon them.

    Every pilgrim must have left behind a family and relatives whose yearnings that surpass his own. They are following the pilgrims’ news with infinite faster-than-tears longings. Having been prevented from joining the fold by certain impediments, they reiterate the cameleer’s lines:

    You who are travelling to the Ancient House
    You have become bodies and we souls.
    We stayed behind because of insurmountable impediments
    But he who has an excuse is as good as those who have gone.

    When Um Ayman Bint Ali left Egypt and saw the pilgrims and camels passing by her, she started to weep and said, “This is the sorrow of one who was prevented from reaching the House, but how sorrowful would be the one who severed his relationship with the House’s Lord?”

    (The Sheikh recites the following poetic lines):

    Every horizon in Hijaz has angels
    Heralding Allah’s graces and blessings.
    Religion is yours, Lord of Pilgrims! You have assembled them
    On a journey to a House of pure expansions and lands.
    I see that people of different races and from everywhere
    Have come to You from foreign lands and dispersion.
    They have become equal, as You recognize
    Neither difference of birth nor of destiny
    You are the Most Forgiving, so we beseech You to strike out
    With you forgiveness the sins we have committed in our lives.

    Servants of Allah! O Muslims everywhere!
    How happy we are to see the pilgrims enjoying the Holy Mosque, well organized moving around Al-Haram’s (the Holy Mosque) immaculate spaces in a dignified show of faith, seeking Allah’s satisfaction and favour.

    They have stopped by Allah’s Ancient House Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance for Al-'Alamîn (the mankind and jinns). In it are manifest signs (for example), the Maqâm (place) of Ibrâhim (Abraham); whosoever enters it, he attains security [Āl Imrān: 96-97]

    They are responding to the eternal and renewed command And proclaim to mankind the Hajj (pilgrimage). They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep and distant (wide) mountain highway (to perform Hajj). That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e. reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.) [al-Hajj: 27-28]

    They are performing the fifth pillar of Islam And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka'bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allâh, those who can afford the expenses (for one's conveyance, provision and residence) [Āl Imrān: 97] reciting talbiyah, praying the Lord (), asking Him acceptance, hoping for His clemency and fearing His torture.

    O pilgrims! Welcome to Hajj. Welcome to this Holy Valley and to the Ancient House which was the first to be built for people. Prophets performed Hajj to it; it was the locus of the early divine inspiration. Gabriel roamed about it, the Qur’ān was revealed in its high mountains, and it was the birthplace of the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (). It is the place where our Prophet () brought up the most truthful and righteous of his men.

    It is a House built by Al-Khalil (Prophet Ibrāhīm ), to which prophets had performed Hajj over the ages and the years. Zamzam, Al-Maqām, Al-Hijr, Al-Safā, Al-Marwā, the mountains, the valleys and gorges all bear witness to the conflict between right and wrong; between guidance and deviation until light shone and spread from horizon to horizon.

    On these hills, sins are expiated, and the pilgrim returns like the day he was born. There is no other place in the whole world that enjoys such an advantage. Therefore, you should feel the sanctity of the House, and seek the blessing of the time and place. The Prophet () says, “He who performs Hajj without committing sins will return as if he were born anew. [5]” [An agreed-upon hadith]

    In the two Sahihs (Hadith Books by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim), it is reported that the Prophet () said, “An Umrah expiates the sins committed in the interval between it and the next one. An accepted Hajj has no other reward but paradise.” [An agreed-upon hadith]

    May Allah accept your acts of obedience, forgive your sins and complete your nusuk (rituals)!

    O Muslims in the East and West!

    Pilgrims of the Holy House of Allah! The days you are witnessing now are glorified by your Lord. In His glorified Book, He () swore by them as He said, By the dawn. By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hîjjah) [al-Fajr: 1-2]. Speaking of these days, the Prophet () said, “There are no other days on which good deeds are rewarded by Allah than these days.” “Not even jihad in the cause of Allah?” they asked. “Not even jihad in Allah’s cause,” the Prophet answered, “except for a man who went out with his body and wealth and returned with neither,” the Prophet concluded.” [Narrated by Bukhari].
    According to Imam Ahmad’s version: “So Observe a lot of tahlil, takbir, and tahmeed.” [6]
    Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la Ilaha Illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillah al-Hamd.

    O Muslims! This Ancient House was established for no other purpose than to observe tawheed of Allah () and to worship no other deity than Him alone. And (remember) when We showed Ibrâhim (Abraham) the site of the (Sacred) House (the Ka'bah at Makkah) (saying): "Associate not anything (in worship) with Me, [Lâ ilâha ill-Allâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh Islâmic Monotheism] [al-Hajj: 26]. Al-Khalil () raised the building supplicating Allah, And (remember) when Ibrâhim (Abraham) and (his son) Ismâ'il (Ishmael) were raising the foundations of the House (the Ka'bah at Makkah), (saying), "Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. "Our Lord! And make us submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show us our Manâsik (all the ceremonies of pilgrimage - Hajj and 'Umrah, etc.), and accept our repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful. [Al-Baqarah: 127-128].
    Our Lord! And make us submissive unto You. Islam is absolute surrender, obedience to Allah and repudiation of shirk and mushrikeen (polytheism and polytheists respectively). and show us our Manâsik is to uphold righteousness, shari’a and sunnah.

    In between the Hajj verses, Allah says, So shun the abomination (worshipping) of idol, and shun lying speech (false statements) Hunafâ' Lillâh (i.e. to worship none but Allâh), not associating partners (in worship, etc.) unto Him and whoever assigns partners to Allâh, it is as if he had fallen from the sky, and the birds had snatched him, or the wind had thrown him to a far off place. [Al-Hajj: 30-31]

    Jābir () narrated that the Prophet () then recited, “labayka allahumma labayk, lā sharīka laka labayk; inna al-hamda wa-n ni’mata laka wa-l-mulk; lā sharīka lak.” [Narrated by Abu Dawud]. So be sincere in your faith, and examine your deeds and aims.

    Servants of Allah!

    The manasik train the pilgrim to turn to no one else but Allah alone in supplication and prayers with complete reliance on Him, to seek refuge with Him, and renounce reliance on people. And the mosques are for Allâh (Alone), so invoke not anyone along with Allâh [Al-Jinn: 18]. This means one should not invoke a prophet, a righteous man, a place or an image. A pilgrim must not alter the purpose of Hajj. No invocation should be addressed to anyone except Allah alone; no motto should be raised except that of tawheed and sunnah. It is Allah’s religion and shar’. He who has received the word of Allah and the Prophet should adhere to righteousness and renounce everything else. Under no circumstances should he ignore the Qur’ān or the sunnah, regardless of who the instigator might be. Allah says, And let those who oppose the Messenger's (Muhammad SAW) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials, afflictions, earthquakes, killing, overpowered by a tyrant, etc.) befall them or a painful punishment. [Al- Nur: 63]

    Weakness has found its way into the (Muslim) Ummah as much as Bida' [7], innovations and deviations from the right path. Moreover, if Muslims are seeking nowadays a way to progress, they have no other way except through their unity; and there is no way to achieve their unity except by practicing true Islam. In its turn, true Islam has its origin in the Holy Qur'ān and the Sunnah as implemented by the salaf of the Ummah , i.e. the (Prophet's) Companions and the tabi’in (the contemporaries of the Companions () after the death of the Prophet []).



    O Muslims!

    Hajj is a unique form of worship that gathers millions of people who are eager to perform the ritual and are willing to leave behind (the pleasures of) their worldly lives. Is there anything more beautiful to see than this great gathering of faith? In it is shown the gathering and harmony of the Ummah as well as its ethics and values: So whosoever intends to perform Hajj (therein by assuming Ihram), then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the Hajj. [Al Baqarah: 197]. These values include the values of tolerance, brotherhood, and the shunning away from differences and disputes, the values of equality and justice, the values of contentment and simplicity as reflected in the pilgrim's abandonment of the pleasures of this worldly life in his hajj clothes (Ihram), residence, and sleep.

    O Muslims!

    Since the commencement of Hajj in Islam, its gathering season has been used to deliver valuable instructions to the Muslim Ummah. It is the gathering of Muslims and their great meeting place. During the Farewell Hajj of Prophet (), the great speech (oration) he gave then addressing the most honourable gathering was an oration containing the greatest principles and the most honourable goals. Indeed, it is the ultimate record for human rights and the freedoms of nations.

    During the Hajj of the ninth year of Hijrah (since the emigration of the Prophet to Madinah) all treaties previously concluded with the Mushrikeen (who take associates with Allah) were announced invalid; these treaties were respected and adhered to only by Muslims. The Mushrikeen, on the other hand, often abused these treaties and violated them as long as they were able to do so. Such violation of treaties keeps repeating itself nowadays and all the time.

    Now then, O pilgrims of Allah's Sacred House!

    Do learn the rulings of your rituals and make sure to know them properly before doing them; get yourself busy with worship and good deeds, for Allah’s reward cannot be gained with negligence.

    Make abundant your Dua’a and supplication, and continue remembering Allah in all circumstances (good or bad), for your Prophet () says: "Verily the Tawaf (circumambulation) around the House (Ka'ba) and Sa’iy (going and coming in haste) between Safā and Marwā and Ramy of Jimar (stoning of the specified pillars in Mina epitomizing Satan) have only been ordained to establish the remembrance of Allah." [Narrated by Abu Dawood and Al-Tirmithi]

    Allah () says: Then when you leave 'Arafat, remember Allah (by glorifying His Praises, i.e. prayers and invocations, etc.) at the Mash'ar-il-Haram. And remember Him (by invoking Allah for all good, etc.) as He has guided you, and verily, you were, before, of those who were astray. [198] Then depart from the place whence all the people depart and ask Allah for His Forgiveness. Truly, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful. [199] So when you have accomplished your Manasik [(i.e. Ihram, Tawaf of the Ka'bah and As-afa and Al-Marwah), stay at 'Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina, Ramy of Jamarat, (stoning of the specified pillars in Mina) slaughtering of Hady (animal, etc.)]. Remember Allah as you remember your forefathers or with a far more remembrance. But of mankind there are some who say: "Our Lord! Give us (Your Bounties) in this world!" and for such there will be no portion in the Hereafter. [Al-Baqarah: 198-200]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and Sunnah and grant us benefit from their verses and wisdom! Having said this, I ask Allah, be He exalted, to forgive me and you!

    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Owner of the Day of Judgment. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah alone with no associate, Allah, the True Incontestable Sovereign. I also bear witness that Muhammad () is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessings upon him, his family, and all of his Companions!

    Now then, O servants of Allah!

    O pilgrims of the Sacred House (the Ka'bah) of Allah! The day after tomorrow will be the eighth of Thul-Hijjah (12th month in the lunar calendar), and before noon on that day anyone intending to perform Hajj should wear Ihram and go to Mina. There, he performs all the prayers, the dhuhr (noon), the ‘assr (afternoon), the maghreb (sunset) and the ‘isha (night) prayers on time but in a shortened form. Then, he spends the night there.

    Upon performing the fajr (dawn) prayer on the ninth day and after sunrise, he moves to ‘Arafāt [8]. There, he performs both the dhuhr and ‘assr prayers in a joined and shortened form. He then stays in the highland of ‘Arafāt praising and remembering Allah () abundantly. The pilgrim should ask Allah with submissiveness to grant him some of the blessings of the Herein (this life) and the Hereafter. While in that great holy place (Arafāt), the pilgrim should supplicate Allah with insistence, for “Hajj is ‘Arafah” as the Prophet () said. He also said: "the best dua' (supplication) is the supplication on the Day of ‘Arafah, and the best of what I and the Prophets before me have said is: There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate, to Him belongs sovereignty and praise and He has absolute capacity over all things." [Narrated by Al-Tirmithi]

    O servants of Allah!

    For those who are not performing Hajj, it is recommended that they fast the Day of ‘Arafah hoping that Allah will forgive them (the sins of) the preceding year and the coming one, as the Prophet () said in a Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim.

    Aishah (wife of the Prophet), may Allah be pleased with her, reported that the Prophet () said: "There is no day when Allah sets free more servants from Hell than the Day of 'Arafah. He draws near, then praises them to the angels, saying: What do these want?" [Narrated by Muslim]

    When the sun sets, the pilgrims set for Muzdalifah with serenity and veneration. There they perform the sunset and night prayers joined, while shortening the night prayer. They spend the night in Muzdalifah where they perform the dawn prayer. They praise Allah and supplicate Him abundantly until dawn is very clear. They then proceed to Mina before the sun rises. It is, however, permissible for the weak, including women, children and the like to leave Muzdalifah after midnight, which is signaled by the setting of the moon.

    When the pilgrims reach Mina they throw (the pebbles at) Jamratu al-Aqabah (the biggest of the three pillars at the entrance of Mina from the direction of Makkah) with seven successive pebbles making Takbir (saying Allah is Great) with each thrown pebble. Then they slaughter the Hadiy (sacrificial animal) in case they have to sacrifice one, then they shave their heads or cut their hair, bearing in mind that shaving is better. Afterwards, they go to the Sacred House during the Eid Day (Sacrifice Day) if possible; otherwise, they go the following day and make the Ifādhah Tawāf then the Sa’iy between Safā and Marwā. If they have already intended to perform Hajj Al-Qirān [9] or Hajj Al-Ifrād [10] and have already made Sa’iy before Hajj after the Arrival Tawāf, then this Sa’iy will suffice. There is no harm in not performing the rituals of the Sacrifice Day according to their due order.

    The pilgrims then return to Mina and stay there during the nights of the days of Tashreeq (11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) and throws (pebbles at) the three Jimār on each day after the sun declines from the meridian. If they wish to, they can do that in two days; otherwise, they should stay until the day of the 13th which is better. Now, what remains for them to perform is only the Farewell Tawāf once they decide to leave Makkah.

    The Prophet () had certain times during which he used to increase his supplication. It is therefore appropriate for a Muslim to seek these times. They include (a) the Day of Arafah, especially the last part of it, (b) immediately after the dawn prayer in Muzdalifah until dawn grows very clear, (c) after the throwing of the pebbles at the first Jamrah (i.e. Jamratu al-‘Aqabah or the biggest Jamrah), (d) after the throwing of the pebbles at the second Jamrah (or the middle Jamarah) during the Tashreeq Days, and (e) at the Safā and Marwā.

    Therefore, try hard to perfect your Hajj and fear Allah in what you do and do not do; be sincere with Allah in your deeds and intention; follow the Huda (the Qur’ān) and the Sunnah. Avoid what may jeopardise or blemish your Hajj. Be gentle, calm, and tranquil. Have compassion and mercy towards your Muslim brothers and sisters especially in crowded places: during circumambulation, the throwing of pebbles at Jimār and in front of the entrances of the Holy Mosque. Do feel the greatness of this worship and the grandeur of the situation.

    You should know that the government represented by its authorities, various systems, and institutions is doing the best it could to serve you and facilitate your Hajj. Order is set for your interest and all efforts are made for your service.

    Therefore, adhere to the instructions and follow them, and be conscious of what you are doing. Let your conduct and ethics be the best. Stick to serenity and veneration. Be hardworking and never take extreme stances. Try to be as perfect as possible and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded (by Allah). Be optimistic, for you are coming to a Generous Lord.

    May Allah accept your pilgrimage, appreciate your endeavours, and forgive your sins!

    This being said, do send (O you Muslims) your salat and peace upon Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (), al-Hāshimi al-Qurashi, the best and most honest of all mankind.
    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, his good and pure family, his magnanimous and auspicious Companions: Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman, and Ali and on all the Companions of Your Prophet and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims and fail tyrants, atheists and corruptors! Make this homeland secure and peaceful and all homelands of Muslims!

    O Allah! Grant us security in our homeland, set right our Imams and leaders, support with the Truth our Imam and leader; O Allah! lead him to Your guidance and make his deeds gain Your contentment! O Allah! Grant him a righteous retinue! O Allah! Reward him with blessings and merits for serving the Two Holy Mosques and taking care of the pilgrims and performers of Umrah! O Allah! Grant him, his two Crown Princes, their brothers and assistants success!

    O Allah! Set right the conditions of Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Unite them on the Truth and right guidance! O Allah! Stop their bloodshed, alleviate their fear, satisfy their needs, and feed their hungry!

    O Allah! Grant victory to oppressed Muslims everywhere and unite them on the Truth, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to Your religion, Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing servants!

    O Allah! Destroy the enemies of the religion, for You are more than a match to them!

    Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al-Baqarah: 201]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and make our wishes come true in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, and their progeny, You are All-Hearing!

    O Allah! Protect the performers of Hajj and Umrah! Facilitate their hajj rituals and help them to perform them in security, and accept (the good deeds) from them and from us!

    O Allah! Guide and help the security forces and those who serve the pilgrims and reward them with blessings and increase their good deeds, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Lord! Accept from us, You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! Accept our repentance; You are the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful!

    Glorified be Your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from what they attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!

    _____________________________________

    [1] Ancient House is one of the names of the ka’bah in Makkah.

    [2] Saying labayk Allahumma labbayk. (We have come, O Allah, in response to your command)

    [3] Saying lā Ilāha Illa Allah (There is no deity except Allah alone)

    [4] Muzdalifa valley

    [5] He means without sins

    [6] Saying lā Ilaha Illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, lā Ilaha Illa Allah, wa lillah Hamdu respectively

    [7] In Arabic, bida’ (بدع) is the plural of bid’ah (بدعة) which is anything invented, innovated, or added to the religion of Islam after it was completed on Prophet Mohammad (). It especially concerns the rites and rituals of worship or any deed which was not performed or endorsed by the Messenger of Allah, but was added as a part of the religion after his death

    [8] Note that, in Arabic, this holy place of Hajj is called ‘Arafāt (عرفات) or ‘Arafah (عرفة)

    [9] Qirān (قران) is the combination of both umrah and hajj in the same state of ihrām. In this kind of hajj, the pilgrim is not allowed to end his state of ihrām after performing umrah but continue with it until he finishes hajj. He does not need to make ifādhah tawāf on 10th Dhul Hijjah since he has already made it when he arrived in Makkah and performed umrah. Such type of pilgrim is called ‘qārin’ (قارن)

    [10] Ifrād (إفراد) in hajj is the intention to perform hajj only without umrah. Such type of pilgrim is called ‘mufrid’(مفرد) and should not perform umrah during the hajj season. The ‘mufrid’, unlike the ‘qārin’ is not obliged to make hadiy (animal sacrifice). Those who can perform Hajj al-Ifrād are those living within the limits of the Haram or within Meeqāts, including those living in Jeddah

    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...owseby=khateeb



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