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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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    Advices to the Muslims on the Day of Eid

    Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib

    October 26, 2013 ~ Dhul Hijjah 10, 1433

    First Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah Who is glorified in His Loftiness, and Unified and Unique in His Lordship. For Him is Everlasting Eternity. And for Him alone is Honour. There is no god but Allah, everlasting and Ever-Existing, and He makes miserable and He makes happy. Glorified and Holy is He. The praise on Him cannot be counted, and there is no escape from Him except to Him, and there is no hoping for good except from Him. “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 He is low to have a Wali. And magnify Him with all the magnificence, [Allahu-Akbar (Allah is the Most Great)].” [Surah Israa: 111]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest of the great, and praise be to Allah much, and glory be to Allah morning and evening. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Allah is the greatest the amount of (times) the Ihraam is donned at appointed times of the pilgrims. And Allah is the greatest the amount of pilgrims flowing in the valleys. And Allah is the greatest the weight of the water of the seas, and the amount of gushing of the waves. Allah is the greatest, a takbeer that brightens this king and that kingdom, and Allah is the greatest of the great, the possessor of Honour and Might. And Allah is the greatest, the Ever-Living Who never dies. Allah is the greatest the amount of blood flowed of sacrificial animals. And Allah is the greatest on the plains and in the ravines and in the districts.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    All praise be to Allah, the One, the Unique, the Great, the Almighty. No describer can encompass describing Him. And no knower can perfect His right, even if he counts, and accounts, and investigates and strives. All praise be to Allah without exception, and all praise be to Allah secretly and openly. And thanks be to Him successively. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah. He executes the matters in the world while He is the Lofty. And the creation is in need of Him, while He is Self-Sufficient. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, primarily the best of people, and his name in the Injeel (original bible) is Ahmad. With his prophethood, the light of ignorances was eliminated, and on the Day of Reckoning, he will have a flag held, and a praised position and a watering pond. May Allah send salutations on him as the star in the sky shines and the bright star of Ursa Minor illuminates, and may his Lord send salutations on him and send salutations on his pure family, the selected of the selected, and send salutations on his pious companions. They were worshippers at night, lions during the day. Allah opened up lands through them, and built big cities, and (salutations be) on those who follow them (companions) and those who follow them in goodness, and much peace – O Lord – be on them.

    Thereafter: I advise you and myself with the fear of Allah, for surely Allah has commanded and advised you with it: “And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is piety.” [Surah al Baqarah: 197], and remember the resurrection when looking at this gathering, and prepare for the day of returning, for verily you have a performance by your Lord so fear Him. “And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah. Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.” [Surah al Baqarah: 281]

    Pilgrims to Allah’s sacred house! You have stopped at the paths of the messengers and the prophets, and the place of revelation from the sky. Here is Islam and this is its centre, and here is its conclusion and to it is its unison. In these shadows the Sharee’ah was enacted, and the laws were enacted, and on these grounds the religion of Islam was completed.

    Here our prophet Muhammad ﷺ was born, and here he received revelation. Here his propagation began and he met the first harm in the way of his Lord, then he was patient. Here the conquests of his reign were concluded, and here he bid farewell to his companions and his nation from these hills and those mountain feet. Here the first verses of the noble Quraan were revealed, and here they were recited, so the mountains listened to them, and the valleys and hills bowed with them.

    This is the exalted Ka’bah of Allah, and this is the station of Abraham, and there is Safa and Marwa, and this is Zam zam and the hateem.

    This land with its signs has been the inspiration of the Muslims over the years, and it is the desire of the worshippers and the pious regardless of how remote their houses are, and however old they may be.

    On these hills, sins are washed away, and the pilgrim returns clean like (the day) his mother gave birth to him. And there is no place in this world with the distinction like this place, so appreciate the sacredness of the house, and be aware of the blessedness of the time and place, for your prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever performs pilgrimage to this house and does not commit any obscenity or wrongdoing, he will come out as his mother gave birth to him.” [Agreed upon]

    And in the two authentic (books of Hadeeth: Bukhari and Muslim) also: that the prophet ﷺ said: “An accepted pilgrimage has no reward for it except Paradise.”

    May Allah accept your obediences from you, and forgive your sins, and complete for you your rituals. You have descended at Mina, and you have arrived at the house of Allah, and before (that) you have stood at Arafaat, then drew close (to Allah) at Mash’aril Haraam (Muzdalifah), and gone about in the regions resounding in it with Talbiyyah and Takbeer, and announced the unity of Tawheed in it.

    Lands where the name of Allah was mentioned and revered, and the inspired pilgrim was forgiven and honoured.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Group of pilgrims: Verily this day of yours is a blessed day. Allah has raised its worth, and exalted its remembrance, and called it: “The great day of pilgrimage,” and he made it a festivity for the Muslims, pilgrims and residents, and on this esteemed day, the pilgrims set out to Mina to pelt the big devil (symbol) with seven pebbles, then he sacrifices his sacrificial animal if he was a Mutamatti’ (one doing the Tamattu’ type of pilgrimage) or Qaarin (one doing the Qiraan type of pilgrimage), and he shaves his head, and with this the first permissibility becomes permissible, and whatever was forbidden for him due to the state of Ihraam becomes permissible except sexual relations, then the pilgrim sets off to Makkah to circumambulate the Ifaadah circumambulation, as per the saying of Allah – Majestic in His Being -: “Then let them complete the prescribed duties (rituals of Hajj) for them, and perform their vows, and circumambulate the Ancient House.” [Surah al Hajj: 29]

    Then he walks between Safa and Marwa, and there is no harm in doing any of these actions before the other.

    Guests of the Beneficent, pilgrims of Allah’s sacred house! It is compulsory on you to spend the night in Mina, following the Sunnah of the chosen one ﷺ and tomorrow is the 11th day (of Dhul Hijjah), and it is the first day of Tashreeq, of which Allah – Exalted and Majestic – says with regards to: “And remember Allah during the appointed Days.” [Surah al Baqarah: 203]

    Ibn Abbaas (Radiallahu Anhum) said: “They are the days of Tashreeq.”

    And the messenger of Allah ﷺ said regarding them: “(They are) days of eating, drinking and remembrance of Allah – Exalted and Majestic - ” [Narrated by Muslim]

    So increase – may Allah have mercy on you – in remembrance of Allah and takbeer in these blessed days, exemplifying the command of your Lord, following the Sunnah of your prophet, following in the legacy of your predecessors, for surely the companions used to do takbeer, and Umar (Radiallahu Anhum) used to do takbeer in his camp in Mina, and the people used to do takbeer with his takbeer, and Mina used to resonate with takbeer.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims in the east and west of the world: Congratulations on this Eid. May Allah make your days forever happy, and increase you in delight and joy with Eid. May Allah accept your actions, elevate your ranks, expiate you your sins, and may Allah return it (Eid) to us and to you and to the entire Islamic nation with goodness, success, happiness, honour, victory and stability to Islam and the Muslims.

    Eid – O believers – is accepted actions, joining of family ties, remembrance of Allah and gratitude and joy with the bounties of Allah and permissible entertainment, not distracting from the remembrance of Allah, so congratulations on your Eid, O Muslims.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Pilgrims to Allah’s sacred house: Surely in the pilgrimage of the prophet ﷺ are lessons and advices, and wisdom and rulings. The laws of the religion were fixed by it, and (too) the principles of justice. He delivered a sermon and bade farewell after the establishment of the Sharee’ah and completion of the religion, and completion of the favour. “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [Surah al Ma’idah: 3]

    Then he established Tawheed, and abolished the meaning of castes and racism, and he established the rights of women, and discarded usury, and protected lives, wealth and honour. And he said: “I left for you what if you hold up to, you will never be misguided: the book of Allah.” [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim].

    And it is appropriate for the Muslims to be inspired from the directives of their prophet: the superior principles, and the strongest of paths, and the most successful of methods for justice and the happiness of humanity in this world and the Hereafter.

    Servants of Allah: Islam – and its basis of Tawheed – is the religion of glad tidings and mercy, and the pillars of Islam are an expiation of sins, so whoever meets Allah without associating anything with Him enters Paradise, and in the Great Quraan: “Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases.” [Surah an Nisaa: 48]

    And in prayer: “And perform the prayer, 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).” [Surah Hood: 114]

    And in charity: “Take Sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it.” [Surah at Tawbah: 103]

    And in fasting: “Whoever fasts Ramadhan with faith and expecting reward, his past sins will be forgiven.” [Agreed upon]

    And in pilgrimage: your prophet ﷺ says: “Whoever performs pilgrimage to this house and does not commit any obscenity or wrongdoing, he will come out as his mother gave birth to him.” [Agreed upon]

    And in abstaining from the major sins: Allah the Exalted says: “If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise).” [Surah an Nisaa: 31]

    And in the category of character and manners: the prophet ﷺ says: “Those of you who will be closest to me on the Day of Judgement will be those who have the best character.”

    And the mercy of Islam is general for all of creation: “And We have sent you not but as a mercy for the worlds.” [Surah al Anbiyaa: 107]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: The religion is the religion of Allah, and the law is His Law and it is compulsory on the one who is conveyed the speech of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger ﷺ to follow the truth and discard everything besides it, and not to leave the Quraan and Sunnah for the saying of anyone no matter who, and Allah the Exalted says: “And let those who oppose the Messenger’s commandment beware, lest some Fitnah befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.” [Surah al Noor: 63]

    And surely weakness has infiltrated the Islamic nation just as innovations, modernity and deviation from the true path have infiltrated it, and (so too has) laxity in deriving from the two revelations (Quraan and Sunnah) (infiltrated it).

    And if the Muslims today search for a way to rise, then there is no way except (by) uniting their groups. And there is no way for their unity except by (following) the authentic Islam. And the source of authentic Islam is the Quraan and Sunnah, and that is what the predecessors of this Ummah, the sahaba and tabi’een were upon.

    And the call of the truthful ones is to return to Islam, with its clear meaning, from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger ﷺ so do not let the (different) paths confuse you, and do not let desires misguide you, and do not let the abundance of differences deter you, or the influence of the imposters.

    O you Muslims: Your predecessors are Muhammad ﷺ, his companions and the preferred generations, so in which book do you find them killing the Muslims, or betraying the trustees or calling unto Imams and pious, other than Allah, or invoking blessings from tombs and graves of predecessors, or creating trials between the Muslims?!

    Your predecessors – O Muslims – were ardent on uniting sayings, unification of ranks, and cleansing the religion from the deviation of the extremists, and plagiarism of the liars, and the interpretations of the ignorant.

    Declaring the predecessors as one’s ancestors is not a call claimed by an individual or a group or built by a cult or organization, but it is obedience and following, unity and togetherness, and discarding disunity and innovations.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Servants of Allah: Surely the United Nations have realised the need for unity and harmony, so they united despite their differences, and they allied and reformed despite a crushing war that occurred between them, but today’s interests necessitated unity and togetherness.

    And we are – O Islamic nation – more deserving of togetherness and harmony and abandoning disunity and differences. “And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Quran), and be not divided among yourselves.” [Surah Ale Imraan: 103]

    And surely this Muslim nation owns a historical and civilized heritage in unity and togetherness, and it owns the ingredients of unity more than others. And surely it has experienced distracted pathways and closed tunnels and dark paths, and these did not succeed in doing away with it, and they did not direct it away.

    Verily the struggle between nations today is not just a struggle of power, but it is a struggle of remaining or disappearing: to be existing or not to be existing! In a time of ideological and cultural globalization before economic and political globalization, in a time of domination of force and imposing opinions with force.

    Surely it is upon the Islamic nation to strive with truthfulness and sincerity to hold fast to the means of its remaining as one nation, and to return to the reason for its discovery and to (return to) the Possessor of its message. “So fear Allah and adjust all matters of difference among you.” [Surah al Anfaal: 1]

    And from the great objectives of Islam which manifests in the scene of Hajj in belief, worship and signs: The unification of the word of the Muslims, and the unison of their hearts and joining of their gathering. “And verily! This your religion (of Islamic Monotheism) is one religion, and I am your Lord, so keep your duty to Me.” Surah al [Mu’minoon: 52]

    And from Khaif (Masjid) in Mina, the prophet ﷺ said: “May Allah cause his face to shine, the man who hears what I say and conveys it (to others). There are those who have knowledge but no understanding, and there may be those who convey knowledge to those who have more understanding than they do. There are three things because of which hatred does not enter the heart of a Muslim: sincerity in doing an action for the sake of Allah; advising the rulers of the Muslims; and adhering to the main body of the Muslims, for verily the prayers (of the Muslims) surround those from behind them.” [Narrated by Ibn Majah with an authentic chain].

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Verily every society has characteristics that stop at its limits, and rites obliged by its veneration, even in countries headed by atheism, the nation agrees on matters that unite them and meet their quests, and regulate their lives with its words, and we Muslims do not build our lives except on certainty (of belief) in Allah, the One, and we do not sketch the lines of our society and the horizons of our future except in agreement with the guidances of Allah, the Great, as conveyed to us by His noble messenger.

    And therefore, the spreading of indecency and atheism is never acceptable in the life of a Muslim society, and invalidating the laws of Allah in the rest of affairs is (also) not acceptable, and (also) not to despise the conduct of faith in the areas of general life. And the conciliation of Allah is not optional, the abstainers abstaining from it or the hesitant choosing it. And never should we leave the inheritance of truth which we have been given and then look forward to good in our immediate or future affairs.

    Verily the Islamic beliefs have produced generations (and) have given the ability to change human life and uplift it. And these beliefs produce complete character, and build true manhoods, and overpower mighty crises.

    Verily successful training depends on enduring facts, and truths that do not accept debate, and when the environment becomes evil, and doubts prevail in it, and suspicions are attached to that which is revealed from the sky, then how impossible it is to raise generations steadfast on their manners, their virtues and their justice!!

    It is mandatory not to permit those with (spiritually) sick hearts to be active from time to time, spreading fake doubts and fabricated suspicions between the Muslims. And it is not permissible to go against the general opinion with ideas that influence towards anarchy, and (that) entice to the freedom from every stipulation and absconding through every loophole.

    Verily the young generation and teenage youth, and the general Muslims, their hearts are corrupted with the scorch of these poisons. “O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones.” [Surah at Tahreem 6]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Verily from the ways of Allah the Exalted in His creation (is): The remaining of the struggle between truth and falsehood so that Allah may distinguish the wicked from the good and so that He may, with examination, choose the people of faith and raise, with trials, their ranks.

    And what is occurring to the Ummah of great incidents harbouring matters that the self surely dislikes, and incidents that narrow the hearts, it’s final end will be – by the permission of Allah – victory and honour for the Muslims, and stability for the believing servants of Allah and the disappearance of the reasons of disgrace and humiliation. For this Ummah is not like others, for it is an Ummah that is promised victory and (good) outcomes, and it is an Ummah saved from mass destruction, and it is a superior Ummah, despite the wounds. “So do not become weak, nor be sad, and you will be superio if you are indeed (true) believers.” [Surah Ale Imraan: 139]

    Servants of Allah: Verily with the long length of night and the aggravation of wounds, optimism is beautified. And during pains, hopes are born. And whatever afflicts a believer of wounds or troubles is nothing except a norm that has passed by the sincere friend before; raising ranks; decreasing the sins; examining the hearts; and distinguishing the believing nation, and besides, for verily the calamities of the Ummah in its (various) regions are significant; in Palestine, in Levant (Shaam), in Burma and others.

    Verily the wounds are hollow, and the calamities are great, and the pain is intense. Big cities levelled, a nation torn apart, and absent sentiments. Religion does not deter the despots; neither does (good) character restrain them. But the sentiments that this destruction has caused in the Ummah are immense. And if Shaam is suffering, then surely the rest of the body of the Islamic nation suffers from fever and sleeplessness, and solidarity manifests among the Muslims, and life cheers up in their one body, and deep emotions in the Ummah that were almost wiped out are stirred up. And the truth of the truthful ones has become evident, and the betrayal of the betrayers was manifested, and the confidence of the world in the international organizations has shaken, and it is clear that they do not act except according to their selfish interests and the cries of children and the moans of the injured and oppressed do not affect the hearts of its (organization’s) owners. And our hope in Allah is great, for He – Glorified is He – said: “And We wished to do a favour to those who were weak (and oppressed) in the land, and to make them rulers and to make them the inheritors.” [Surah al Qasas: 5]

    And it is compulsory upon the world to fulfil its ethical and legal responsibilities in the face of the massacres and oppression which are perpetrated every day in the land of Shaam, and the continuous violations in Palestine. It is compulsory to stop war and destruction, and advancing general interests over personal interests, in order to spare the blood of the Muslims, and preserve the unity of their ranks and lands, and rejecting tribal and sectarian differences, and steadfastness on the stands of religion and good character.

    And it is compulsory upon the world to fulfil its responsibilities in the face of this catastrophe, the duration of which is prolonged, and the pain of which is continuous. And the responsibility is greater on the Arabs and the Muslims especially, so they should call for the helping of the oppressed, and warding off of the oppressor, and the solution should be practical and immediate, for the days are not increasing the aggressor except in slogans and nothing is seen from him except fuel and fire. Perhaps Allah will relieve the affliction and remove the distress. “It may be that Allah will restrain the evil might of the disbelievers. And Allah is Stronger in Might and Stronger in punishing.” [Surah an Nisaa: 84]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Allah bless us in the Quraan and Sunnah, and benefit us in what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine and I ask Allah – the Exalted – to forgive me and you.

    Second Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah, praise that does not come to an end and does not decrease. He continues His bounties upon us, consecutively and flowing. No counting can encompass them and no one can count them, and no poetry can give them their full right. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, the Protector, the Guard. How many broken wings does He restore, and (how many) sick and ill does He cure. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant, His messenger, His sincere friend and His friend. Dark affairs became brightened with his coming. May Allah’s salutations be on him, and on his family, his companions and those who follow them, and may much peace be upon them.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Women are the twin halves of men. “And they (women) have rights similar (to those of their husbands) over them to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them.” [Baqarah; Verse 228]. The prophet ﷺ advised regarding them while the pangs of death were overpowering him, and he said: “I advise you to take care of the women.” And he said: “I declare inviolable the rights of the two weak ones: the orphans and women.”

    And the law of Allah is just and wise, not in need of adjudication or exploitation. And the religion does not bear the mistakes of individuals. Just as the prophet ﷺ advised the women of the Ummah and admonished them, commanded them, prohibited them and warned them of the slips of trials.

    O trainers: You are entrusted with the shaping of the nation and leading the future in development and modernization and co-existence with civilization, with authenticity and steadfastness derived from the law of Islam, the goals of which are to make people worship the Lord of the worlds, and loyalty to this religion and rearing a pious, beneficial and conscious citizen, free of extremism of ideas and deviated paths. And training today encompasses every person who has a media platform, or a listened voice.

    So the possessors of pens and media and those of websites and (internet) forums should fear Allah, for everyone will be questioned.

    Servants of Allah: Commanding good and forbidding evil is a sign of the affection of a Muslim for his nation, and his loyalty to it. “The believers, men and women, are Auliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin Al-Ma’ruf, and forbid from Al-Munkar; they perform prayer and give the Zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” [Surah at Tawbah: 71]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Servants of Allah: Verily Islam did not spread in many lands by sword or weapons, but verily the character of the Muslims spread it, and the values of the pious traders. Verily it was our Islamic values that others adopted from us, then they produced by it and were successful. And whoever reads history and ponders over the past battles, he will find that degeneration of character, corruption of manners, deception, betrayal, affluence, relaxation, taking pleasure in bounties, selfishness and egocentricity are the poisons that flow in the substance of the nations until it drops them at the end of the road.

    And verily the zealous one for his religion and nation (and) the advisor for Allah, His messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and their masses, his heart will be cut with grief, and he will burn with fear and apprehension when he sees the values of the Ummah disintegrating on the hands of the falling media, soiling the garment of modesty and decency by the viewing of nudity and indecency, and destroying the palace of striving and determination by the propagation of the culture of entertainment and amusement, and triviality and futility. And the zealous one will be saddened to see, between the individuals of the Muslim society, followed pleasures, and obeyed greed and worldly influence.

    Verily preserving the values of modesty and chastity is the safety valve for the society in the face of the moral disaster which has hit the world in a vulnerable spot.

    Servants of Allah: Verily the way of Allah is not biased to anyone. And neither the individual nor the society has subjective immunity, and when the Ummah is deficient in fending off the reasons of the general calamities, then it is upon it (the Ummah) to accept the results of the deficiency, and the happy one is the one who learns from others. And it is not an Ummah secluded from punishment if it summons its causes, and it is not in safety from punishment if it treads its path and opens its doors to sins.

    Verily a nation on which difficulties are descending in its regions, and the enemy is directing its efforts against it in its religion and its lands is obligated to be the furthest of people away from entertainment and indulgence, and leaning towards this world and its ornaments, and to devote its efforts and strength to draw near to its Creator and Originator, and to make sincere for Him the religion, and to unite to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and to abandon disobediences and desires, and avoiding sins and evils.

    And it is true that a nation standing with a message of distinguished features and a civilization possessing principles will never rise from its fall if it does not return to the contents of its message, and follow the divine ways, and divine rules in establishing nations and their crumbling, and the rising of countries and their falling, and all that is conveyed in the Great Quraan: “Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves.” [Surah ar Ra’d: 11]. “Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me.” [Surah al Noor: 55]

    And how many a nation rose up after being seated, and became active after stagnation, and how many a nation were thankless for its means of livelihood, so punishment surrounded them and they were removed from existence. And how many a town of which Allah bestowed upon them His bounties, then they were ungrateful and did not thank, so they tasted the consequences of ingratitude and rejection.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Surely from amongst the best deeds, and most brilliant acts that bring one closer to Allah in these days: (is) drawing closer to Allah the Exalted by slaughtering the sacrificial animals, and no action of the son of Adam on the Day of Sacrifice is dearer to Allah than sacrificing animals. Indeed it (the animal) will come on the Day of Judgement with its horns, hairs and hooves and indeed the blood (of the sacrificial animals) is surely accepted by Allah before it falls on the ground, so therefore do it wholeheartedly.

    And it was confirmed in the two authentics (Bukhari and Muslim) that the prophet ﷺ slaughtered two white, horned rams. He slaughtered them with his hand and he mentioned Allah’s name and takbeer (saying Allah is great).

    And it is Sunnah for the one who wishes to sacrifice to choose the best from camels or cows or sheep/goats, and to abstain from those which have defects in them, and the prophet ﷺ explained these defects as (mentioned) in Sunan with an authentic chain, and they are: a one-eyed animal which is clearly one-eyed, a sick animal whose sickness is obvious, a lame animal whose lameness is obvious, and an emaciated animal that no one would choose.

    And the days of slaughtering are four: from after the Eid prayer until the sunset of the 13th day, which is the last day of Tahreeq. And slaughtering is permissible at night and day, while the day is preferable, and the day of Eid is preferred over those after it.

    And one sheep is divided among a man and the people of his house. And it is Sunnah for a Muslim to eat from his sacrifice, and gift from it, and donate it. Allah – Exalted and Majestic – said: “Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” [Kawthar; Verse 2], and He – Glorified is He – said: “And for every nation We have appointed religious ceremonies, that they may mention the Name of Allah over the beast of cattle that He has given them for food. And your god is One God, so you must submit to Him Alone (in Islam). And give glad tidings to the those who obey Allah with humility and are humble from among the true believers of Islamic Monotheism, Whose hearts are filled with fear when Allah is mentioned; who patiently bear whatever may befall them (of calamities); and who perform prayer, and who spend out of what We have provided them. And the Budn (cows, oxen, or camels driven to be offered as sacrifices by the pilgrims at the sanctuary of Makkah.) We have made for you as among the Symbols of Allah, therein you have much good. So mention the Name of Allah over them when they are drawn up in lines (for sacrifice). Then, when they are down on their sides (after slaughter), eat thereof, and feed the beggar who does not ask (men), and the beggar who asks (men). Thus have We made them subject to you that you may be grateful. It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you. And give glad tidings to the good-doers.” [Surah al Hajj: 34-37]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Run to Allah, and mandate His obedience and His fearing, for with Allah every difficulty is eased, and every difficult task is made easy, and every far becomes near, and every fear becomes security. Mandate good deeds, and beware of sins. And there is nothing that Allah commands except that He helps towards it, and He does not prohibit anything except that He does not make it beneficial. And what is little and sufficient is better than much which distracts. And whoever is content, his life becomes good and the detained one is the one whose heart is detained from Allah, and the prisoned is the one who is prisoned by his desires. And who prolongs the path, weakens his walking. And perhaps one desire bequeaths long sadness.

    Righteousness does not wear, and a sin is not forgotten, and the Judge does not die. And whoever does not have a preacher regarding his religion, religious lectures will not benefit him. Trust in Allah is the purest of hope, and depending on Him is the most loyal of actions, and in Allah there is a substitute for every loss, and in His anticipated meeting there is a consolation for every lost (item), and whoever reforms his private (affairs), Allah reforms his public (affairs), and whoever reforms that which is between him and Allah, Allah reforms that which is between him and people. And whoever works for his Hereafter, Allah suffices him for the provisions of his worldly (affairs).

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Pilgrims to Allah’s sacred house: Thank Allah the Exalted for what he has prepared for you and made easy regarding the fulfilment of the greatest pillar of pilgrimage by standing at ‘Arafah and Mash’aril Haraam (Muzdalifah) in safety, peace and security, and aspire to fulfil what remains of the rituals of pilgrimage, as the prophet ﷺ legislated, and exemplifying the command of Allah – Glorified is He – in His saying: “And perform properly (i.e. all the ceremonies according to the ways of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him), the Hajj and ‘Umrah for Allah.” [Surah al Baqarah: 196]

    Refrain from crowded places and reasons for differences and arguments. And be friendly with your Muslim brothers, for all of you are hoping for what is by Allah.

    May Allah make your pilgrimage accepted, and your efforts thanked and your sins forgiven.

    O Allah, the Alive the Self-Subsisting, just as you have gathered this Muslim gathering in this blessed place, so (too) unite the Ummah of Islam on Your book and the Sunnah of Your prophet Muhammad ﷺ and take them to the truth and guidance O Lord of the worlds.

    O Allah reform the conditions of the Muslims all over the world, and return them to You, a beautiful returning.

    O Allah send salutations on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad, just as You sent salutations on Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem, verily You are the Praiseworthy, the Glorious. And send blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, just as You sent blessings on Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem in the worlds, verily You are the Praiseworthy, the Glorious.

    O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims, and defeat the evil ones, atheists and corrupters. O Allah help Your religion, Your book, the Sunnah of Your prophet and Your believing servants.

    O Allah establish for this Ummah guidance by which people of Your obedience are honoured, and people of Your disobedience are guided, and good is enjoined and vice is prevented O Lord of the worlds.

    O Allah whoever intends evil for Islam and the Muslims, then preoccupy him with himself, and return his plots on his throat, and make a circle of evil surround him O Lord of the worlds.

    O Allah assist the strivers in Your path all over the world. O Allah assist them in Palestine, and in the land of the Levant (Shaam), and in every place. O Allah break their siege, and reform their conditions and crush their enemy.

    O Allah free Masjidul Aqsa from the oppression of the oppressors, and the anarchy of the occupiers.

    O Allah reform the conditions of the Muslims all over the world. O Allah reform their conditions in Syria. O Allah unite them on truth and guidance. O Allah spare their blood and allay their fears, and remedy their shortcomings, and feed their hungry, and preserve their honours, and unite their hearts, and make steadfast their feet, and aid them against those who oppress them. O Allah break their siege. O Allah (we ask You for) Your near relief.

    O Allah grant ability to the one in charge of our affairs, the custodian of the two holy mosques, to what You like and pleases You, and take from him to righteousness and piety. O Allah grant him the ability and his deputy and their brothers and aids to that wherein there is reformation for the servants and the countries. O Allah reward them with goodness and kindness for their sacrifices in serving the pilgrims, and serving the two holy mosques and their visitors.

    O Allah suffice everyone who served the pilgrims, and reward with good those who took care of Your guests. O Allah make heavy their scales with good, and bless them in their deeds and lives.

    O Allah grant the leaders of the Muslims ability to judge by Your law, and to follow the Sunnah of Your prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him -, and make them a mercy for Your believing servants.

    O Allah spread security and comfort in our lands and the lands of the Muslims, and suffice us the evil of the evil one, and the plots of the evil ones.

    “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!” [Surah 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 Imraan: 147]

    O Allah forgive our sins, cover our faults, ease our affairs and convey our hopes to what pleases You.

    O Allah forgive us, our parents, their parents and their progeny, and our wives and our progeny. Verily You are the Hearer of supplications.

    O Allah we ask You for Your pleasure and Paradise and we seek Your protection from Your anger and Hellfire. O Allah make us of those who are free from the Hellfire. O Alive, O Self-Subsisting, O Possessor of Majesty and Bounty.

    O Allah, You are Allah. There is no god but You. You are the Rich and we are poor. Send down on us rain and do not make us of the despondent ones. O Allah send rain on us, O Allah send rain on us, O Allah send rain on us. Rain that is sufficient, wholesome, flowing, large quantities, covering, widespread, beneficial, not harmful, giving life to the servants and quenching the lands, and make it sufficient for the towns and desert.

    O Allah (we ask You for) a rain of mercy. O Allah (we ask You for) a rain of mercy. O Allah (we ask You for) a rain of mercy. Not a rain of punishment, trials, destruction or drowning.

    O Allah accept from us. Verily You are All-Hearing, All-Knowing. And forgive us. Verily You are All-Forgiving, most Merciful.

    O Allah make our Eid happy, and our actions righteous, accepted and guided. O Allah return this Eid to us and the Muslims in the best condition and best results, and protect the pilgrims and those doing the lesser pilgrimage. O Allah protect the pilgrims and those doing the lesser pilgrimage, and make easy for them the completion of their rituals and accept from us and from them and from all the Muslims.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise. Allah is the greatest of the great, and much praise be to Allah, and glory be to Allah morning and evening.

    And may Allah send salutations on our prophet Muhammad, and on his family and companions, and may much peace be upon them.

    Source: http://khutaab.wordpress.com/2012/10...he-day-of-eid/


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Advices to the Muslims on the Day of Eid

    Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib

    October 26, 2013 ~ Dhul Hijjah 10, 1433

    First Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah Who is glorified in His Loftiness, and Unified and Unique in His Lordship. For Him is Everlasting Eternity. And for Him alone is Honour. There is no god but Allah, everlasting and Ever-Existing, and He makes miserable and He makes happy. Glorified and Holy is He. The praise on Him cannot be counted, and there is no escape from Him except to Him, and there is no hoping for good except from Him. “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 He is low to have a Wali. And magnify Him with all the magnificence, [Allahu-Akbar (Allah is the Most Great)].” [Surah Israa: 111]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest of the great, and praise be to Allah much, and glory be to Allah morning and evening. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Allah is the greatest the amount of (times) the Ihraam is donned at appointed times of the pilgrims. And Allah is the greatest the amount of pilgrims flowing in the valleys. And Allah is the greatest the weight of the water of the seas, and the amount of gushing of the waves. Allah is the greatest, a takbeer that brightens this king and that kingdom, and Allah is the greatest of the great, the possessor of Honour and Might. And Allah is the greatest, the Ever-Living Who never dies. Allah is the greatest the amount of blood flowed of sacrificial animals. And Allah is the greatest on the plains and in the ravines and in the districts.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    All praise be to Allah, the One, the Unique, the Great, the Almighty. No describer can encompass describing Him. And no knower can perfect His right, even if he counts, and accounts, and investigates and strives. All praise be to Allah without exception, and all praise be to Allah secretly and openly. And thanks be to Him successively. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah. He executes the matters in the world while He is the Lofty. And the creation is in need of Him, while He is Self-Sufficient. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, primarily the best of people, and his name in the Injeel (original bible) is Ahmad. With his prophethood, the light of ignorances was eliminated, and on the Day of Reckoning, he will have a flag held, and a praised position and a watering pond. May Allah send salutations on him as the star in the sky shines and the bright star of Ursa Minor illuminates, and may his Lord send salutations on him and send salutations on his pure family, the selected of the selected, and send salutations on his pious companions. They were worshippers at night, lions during the day. Allah opened up lands through them, and built big cities, and (salutations be) on those who follow them (companions) and those who follow them in goodness, and much peace – O Lord – be on them.

    Thereafter: I advise you and myself with the fear of Allah, for surely Allah has commanded and advised you with it: “And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is piety.” [Surah al Baqarah: 197], and remember the resurrection when looking at this gathering, and prepare for the day of returning, for verily you have a performance by your Lord so fear Him. “And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allah. Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.” [Surah al Baqarah: 281]

    Pilgrims to Allah’s sacred house! You have stopped at the paths of the messengers and the prophets, and the place of revelation from the sky. Here is Islam and this is its centre, and here is its conclusion and to it is its unison. In these shadows the Sharee’ah was enacted, and the laws were enacted, and on these grounds the religion of Islam was completed.

    Here our prophet Muhammad ﷺ was born, and here he received revelation. Here his propagation began and he met the first harm in the way of his Lord, then he was patient. Here the conquests of his reign were concluded, and here he bid farewell to his companions and his nation from these hills and those mountain feet. Here the first verses of the noble Quraan were revealed, and here they were recited, so the mountains listened to them, and the valleys and hills bowed with them.

    This is the exalted Ka’bah of Allah, and this is the station of Abraham, and there is Safa and Marwa, and this is Zam zam and the hateem.

    This land with its signs has been the inspiration of the Muslims over the years, and it is the desire of the worshippers and the pious regardless of how remote their houses are, and however old they may be.

    On these hills, sins are washed away, and the pilgrim returns clean like (the day) his mother gave birth to him. And there is no place in this world with the distinction like this place, so appreciate the sacredness of the house, and be aware of the blessedness of the time and place, for your prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever performs pilgrimage to this house and does not commit any obscenity or wrongdoing, he will come out as his mother gave birth to him.” [Agreed upon]

    And in the two authentic (books of Hadeeth: Bukhari and Muslim) also: that the prophet ﷺ said: “An accepted pilgrimage has no reward for it except Paradise.”

    May Allah accept your obediences from you, and forgive your sins, and complete for you your rituals. You have descended at Mina, and you have arrived at the house of Allah, and before (that) you have stood at Arafaat, then drew close (to Allah) at Mash’aril Haraam (Muzdalifah), and gone about in the regions resounding in it with Talbiyyah and Takbeer, and announced the unity of Tawheed in it.

    Lands where the name of Allah was mentioned and revered, and the inspired pilgrim was forgiven and honoured.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Group of pilgrims: Verily this day of yours is a blessed day. Allah has raised its worth, and exalted its remembrance, and called it: “The great day of pilgrimage,” and he made it a festivity for the Muslims, pilgrims and residents, and on this esteemed day, the pilgrims set out to Mina to pelt the big devil (symbol) with seven pebbles, then he sacrifices his sacrificial animal if he was a Mutamatti’ (one doing the Tamattu’ type of pilgrimage) or Qaarin (one doing the Qiraan type of pilgrimage), and he shaves his head, and with this the first permissibility becomes permissible, and whatever was forbidden for him due to the state of Ihraam becomes permissible except sexual relations, then the pilgrim sets off to Makkah to circumambulate the Ifaadah circumambulation, as per the saying of Allah – Majestic in His Being -: “Then let them complete the prescribed duties (rituals of Hajj) for them, and perform their vows, and circumambulate the Ancient House.” [Surah al Hajj: 29]

    Then he walks between Safa and Marwa, and there is no harm in doing any of these actions before the other.

    Guests of the Beneficent, pilgrims of Allah’s sacred house! It is compulsory on you to spend the night in Mina, following the Sunnah of the chosen one ﷺ and tomorrow is the 11th day (of Dhul Hijjah), and it is the first day of Tashreeq, of which Allah – Exalted and Majestic – says with regards to: “And remember Allah during the appointed Days.” [Surah al Baqarah: 203]

    Ibn Abbaas (Radiallahu Anhum) said: “They are the days of Tashreeq.”

    And the messenger of Allah ﷺ said regarding them: “(They are) days of eating, drinking and remembrance of Allah – Exalted and Majestic - ” [Narrated by Muslim]

    So increase – may Allah have mercy on you – in remembrance of Allah and takbeer in these blessed days, exemplifying the command of your Lord, following the Sunnah of your prophet, following in the legacy of your predecessors, for surely the companions used to do takbeer, and Umar (Radiallahu Anhum) used to do takbeer in his camp in Mina, and the people used to do takbeer with his takbeer, and Mina used to resonate with takbeer.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims in the east and west of the world: Congratulations on this Eid. May Allah make your days forever happy, and increase you in delight and joy with Eid. May Allah accept your actions, elevate your ranks, expiate you your sins, and may Allah return it (Eid) to us and to you and to the entire Islamic nation with goodness, success, happiness, honour, victory and stability to Islam and the Muslims.

    Eid – O believers – is accepted actions, joining of family ties, remembrance of Allah and gratitude and joy with the bounties of Allah and permissible entertainment, not distracting from the remembrance of Allah, so congratulations on your Eid, O Muslims.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Pilgrims to Allah’s sacred house: Surely in the pilgrimage of the prophet ﷺ are lessons and advices, and wisdom and rulings. The laws of the religion were fixed by it, and (too) the principles of justice. He delivered a sermon and bade farewell after the establishment of the Sharee’ah and completion of the religion, and completion of the favour. “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [Surah al Ma’idah: 3]

    Then he established Tawheed, and abolished the meaning of castes and racism, and he established the rights of women, and discarded usury, and protected lives, wealth and honour. And he said: “I left for you what if you hold up to, you will never be misguided: the book of Allah.” [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim].

    And it is appropriate for the Muslims to be inspired from the directives of their prophet: the superior principles, and the strongest of paths, and the most successful of methods for justice and the happiness of humanity in this world and the Hereafter.

    Servants of Allah: Islam – and its basis of Tawheed – is the religion of glad tidings and mercy, and the pillars of Islam are an expiation of sins, so whoever meets Allah without associating anything with Him enters Paradise, and in the Great Quraan: “Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases.” [Surah an Nisaa: 48]

    And in prayer: “And perform the prayer, 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).” [Surah Hood: 114]

    And in charity: “Take Sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it.” [Surah at Tawbah: 103]

    And in fasting: “Whoever fasts Ramadhan with faith and expecting reward, his past sins will be forgiven.” [Agreed upon]

    And in pilgrimage: your prophet ﷺ says: “Whoever performs pilgrimage to this house and does not commit any obscenity or wrongdoing, he will come out as his mother gave birth to him.” [Agreed upon]

    And in abstaining from the major sins: Allah the Exalted says: “If you avoid the great sins which you are forbidden to do, We shall remit from you your (small) sins, and admit you to a Noble Entrance (i.e. Paradise).” [Surah an Nisaa: 31]

    And in the category of character and manners: the prophet ﷺ says: “Those of you who will be closest to me on the Day of Judgement will be those who have the best character.”

    And the mercy of Islam is general for all of creation: “And We have sent you not but as a mercy for the worlds.” [Surah al Anbiyaa: 107]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: The religion is the religion of Allah, and the law is His Law and it is compulsory on the one who is conveyed the speech of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger ﷺ to follow the truth and discard everything besides it, and not to leave the Quraan and Sunnah for the saying of anyone no matter who, and Allah the Exalted says: “And let those who oppose the Messenger’s commandment beware, lest some Fitnah befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.” [Surah al Noor: 63]

    And surely weakness has infiltrated the Islamic nation just as innovations, modernity and deviation from the true path have infiltrated it, and (so too has) laxity in deriving from the two revelations (Quraan and Sunnah) (infiltrated it).

    And if the Muslims today search for a way to rise, then there is no way except (by) uniting their groups. And there is no way for their unity except by (following) the authentic Islam. And the source of authentic Islam is the Quraan and Sunnah, and that is what the predecessors of this Ummah, the sahaba and tabi’een were upon.

    And the call of the truthful ones is to return to Islam, with its clear meaning, from the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His messenger ﷺ so do not let the (different) paths confuse you, and do not let desires misguide you, and do not let the abundance of differences deter you, or the influence of the imposters.

    O you Muslims: Your predecessors are Muhammad ﷺ, his companions and the preferred generations, so in which book do you find them killing the Muslims, or betraying the trustees or calling unto Imams and pious, other than Allah, or invoking blessings from tombs and graves of predecessors, or creating trials between the Muslims?!

    Your predecessors – O Muslims – were ardent on uniting sayings, unification of ranks, and cleansing the religion from the deviation of the extremists, and plagiarism of the liars, and the interpretations of the ignorant.

    Declaring the predecessors as one’s ancestors is not a call claimed by an individual or a group or built by a cult or organization, but it is obedience and following, unity and togetherness, and discarding disunity and innovations.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Servants of Allah: Surely the United Nations have realised the need for unity and harmony, so they united despite their differences, and they allied and reformed despite a crushing war that occurred between them, but today’s interests necessitated unity and togetherness.

    And we are – O Islamic nation – more deserving of togetherness and harmony and abandoning disunity and differences. “And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Quran), and be not divided among yourselves.” [Surah Ale Imraan: 103]

    And surely this Muslim nation owns a historical and civilized heritage in unity and togetherness, and it owns the ingredients of unity more than others. And surely it has experienced distracted pathways and closed tunnels and dark paths, and these did not succeed in doing away with it, and they did not direct it away.

    Verily the struggle between nations today is not just a struggle of power, but it is a struggle of remaining or disappearing: to be existing or not to be existing! In a time of ideological and cultural globalization before economic and political globalization, in a time of domination of force and imposing opinions with force.

    Surely it is upon the Islamic nation to strive with truthfulness and sincerity to hold fast to the means of its remaining as one nation, and to return to the reason for its discovery and to (return to) the Possessor of its message. “So fear Allah and adjust all matters of difference among you.” [Surah al Anfaal: 1]

    And from the great objectives of Islam which manifests in the scene of Hajj in belief, worship and signs: The unification of the word of the Muslims, and the unison of their hearts and joining of their gathering. “And verily! This your religion (of Islamic Monotheism) is one religion, and I am your Lord, so keep your duty to Me.” Surah al [Mu’minoon: 52]

    And from Khaif (Masjid) in Mina, the prophet ﷺ said: “May Allah cause his face to shine, the man who hears what I say and conveys it (to others). There are those who have knowledge but no understanding, and there may be those who convey knowledge to those who have more understanding than they do. There are three things because of which hatred does not enter the heart of a Muslim: sincerity in doing an action for the sake of Allah; advising the rulers of the Muslims; and adhering to the main body of the Muslims, for verily the prayers (of the Muslims) surround those from behind them.” [Narrated by Ibn Majah with an authentic chain].

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Verily every society has characteristics that stop at its limits, and rites obliged by its veneration, even in countries headed by atheism, the nation agrees on matters that unite them and meet their quests, and regulate their lives with its words, and we Muslims do not build our lives except on certainty (of belief) in Allah, the One, and we do not sketch the lines of our society and the horizons of our future except in agreement with the guidances of Allah, the Great, as conveyed to us by His noble messenger.

    And therefore, the spreading of indecency and atheism is never acceptable in the life of a Muslim society, and invalidating the laws of Allah in the rest of affairs is (also) not acceptable, and (also) not to despise the conduct of faith in the areas of general life. And the conciliation of Allah is not optional, the abstainers abstaining from it or the hesitant choosing it. And never should we leave the inheritance of truth which we have been given and then look forward to good in our immediate or future affairs.

    Verily the Islamic beliefs have produced generations (and) have given the ability to change human life and uplift it. And these beliefs produce complete character, and build true manhoods, and overpower mighty crises.

    Verily successful training depends on enduring facts, and truths that do not accept debate, and when the environment becomes evil, and doubts prevail in it, and suspicions are attached to that which is revealed from the sky, then how impossible it is to raise generations steadfast on their manners, their virtues and their justice!!

    It is mandatory not to permit those with (spiritually) sick hearts to be active from time to time, spreading fake doubts and fabricated suspicions between the Muslims. And it is not permissible to go against the general opinion with ideas that influence towards anarchy, and (that) entice to the freedom from every stipulation and absconding through every loophole.

    Verily the young generation and teenage youth, and the general Muslims, their hearts are corrupted with the scorch of these poisons. “O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones.” [Surah at Tahreem 6]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Verily from the ways of Allah the Exalted in His creation (is): The remaining of the struggle between truth and falsehood so that Allah may distinguish the wicked from the good and so that He may, with examination, choose the people of faith and raise, with trials, their ranks.

    And what is occurring to the Ummah of great incidents harbouring matters that the self surely dislikes, and incidents that narrow the hearts, it’s final end will be – by the permission of Allah – victory and honour for the Muslims, and stability for the believing servants of Allah and the disappearance of the reasons of disgrace and humiliation. For this Ummah is not like others, for it is an Ummah that is promised victory and (good) outcomes, and it is an Ummah saved from mass destruction, and it is a superior Ummah, despite the wounds. “So do not become weak, nor be sad, and you will be superio if you are indeed (true) believers.” [Surah Ale Imraan: 139]

    Servants of Allah: Verily with the long length of night and the aggravation of wounds, optimism is beautified. And during pains, hopes are born. And whatever afflicts a believer of wounds or troubles is nothing except a norm that has passed by the sincere friend before; raising ranks; decreasing the sins; examining the hearts; and distinguishing the believing nation, and besides, for verily the calamities of the Ummah in its (various) regions are significant; in Palestine, in Levant (Shaam), in Burma and others.

    Verily the wounds are hollow, and the calamities are great, and the pain is intense. Big cities levelled, a nation torn apart, and absent sentiments. Religion does not deter the despots; neither does (good) character restrain them. But the sentiments that this destruction has caused in the Ummah are immense. And if Shaam is suffering, then surely the rest of the body of the Islamic nation suffers from fever and sleeplessness, and solidarity manifests among the Muslims, and life cheers up in their one body, and deep emotions in the Ummah that were almost wiped out are stirred up. And the truth of the truthful ones has become evident, and the betrayal of the betrayers was manifested, and the confidence of the world in the international organizations has shaken, and it is clear that they do not act except according to their selfish interests and the cries of children and the moans of the injured and oppressed do not affect the hearts of its (organization’s) owners. And our hope in Allah is great, for He – Glorified is He – said: “And We wished to do a favour to those who were weak (and oppressed) in the land, and to make them rulers and to make them the inheritors.” [Surah al Qasas: 5]

    And it is compulsory upon the world to fulfil its ethical and legal responsibilities in the face of the massacres and oppression which are perpetrated every day in the land of Shaam, and the continuous violations in Palestine. It is compulsory to stop war and destruction, and advancing general interests over personal interests, in order to spare the blood of the Muslims, and preserve the unity of their ranks and lands, and rejecting tribal and sectarian differences, and steadfastness on the stands of religion and good character.

    And it is compulsory upon the world to fulfil its responsibilities in the face of this catastrophe, the duration of which is prolonged, and the pain of which is continuous. And the responsibility is greater on the Arabs and the Muslims especially, so they should call for the helping of the oppressed, and warding off of the oppressor, and the solution should be practical and immediate, for the days are not increasing the aggressor except in slogans and nothing is seen from him except fuel and fire. Perhaps Allah will relieve the affliction and remove the distress. “It may be that Allah will restrain the evil might of the disbelievers. And Allah is Stronger in Might and Stronger in punishing.” [Surah an Nisaa: 84]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Allah bless us in the Quraan and Sunnah, and benefit us in what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine and I ask Allah – the Exalted – to forgive me and you.

    Second Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah, praise that does not come to an end and does not decrease. He continues His bounties upon us, consecutively and flowing. No counting can encompass them and no one can count them, and no poetry can give them their full right. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, the Protector, the Guard. How many broken wings does He restore, and (how many) sick and ill does He cure. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant, His messenger, His sincere friend and His friend. Dark affairs became brightened with his coming. May Allah’s salutations be on him, and on his family, his companions and those who follow them, and may much peace be upon them.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Women are the twin halves of men. “And they (women) have rights similar (to those of their husbands) over them to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them.” [Baqarah; Verse 228]. The prophet ﷺ advised regarding them while the pangs of death were overpowering him, and he said: “I advise you to take care of the women.” And he said: “I declare inviolable the rights of the two weak ones: the orphans and women.”

    And the law of Allah is just and wise, not in need of adjudication or exploitation. And the religion does not bear the mistakes of individuals. Just as the prophet ﷺ advised the women of the Ummah and admonished them, commanded them, prohibited them and warned them of the slips of trials.

    O trainers: You are entrusted with the shaping of the nation and leading the future in development and modernization and co-existence with civilization, with authenticity and steadfastness derived from the law of Islam, the goals of which are to make people worship the Lord of the worlds, and loyalty to this religion and rearing a pious, beneficial and conscious citizen, free of extremism of ideas and deviated paths. And training today encompasses every person who has a media platform, or a listened voice.

    So the possessors of pens and media and those of websites and (internet) forums should fear Allah, for everyone will be questioned.

    Servants of Allah: Commanding good and forbidding evil is a sign of the affection of a Muslim for his nation, and his loyalty to it. “The believers, men and women, are Auliya’ (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin Al-Ma’ruf, and forbid from Al-Munkar; they perform prayer and give the Zakat, and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” [Surah at Tawbah: 71]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Servants of Allah: Verily Islam did not spread in many lands by sword or weapons, but verily the character of the Muslims spread it, and the values of the pious traders. Verily it was our Islamic values that others adopted from us, then they produced by it and were successful. And whoever reads history and ponders over the past battles, he will find that degeneration of character, corruption of manners, deception, betrayal, affluence, relaxation, taking pleasure in bounties, selfishness and egocentricity are the poisons that flow in the substance of the nations until it drops them at the end of the road.

    And verily the zealous one for his religion and nation (and) the advisor for Allah, His messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and their masses, his heart will be cut with grief, and he will burn with fear and apprehension when he sees the values of the Ummah disintegrating on the hands of the falling media, soiling the garment of modesty and decency by the viewing of nudity and indecency, and destroying the palace of striving and determination by the propagation of the culture of entertainment and amusement, and triviality and futility. And the zealous one will be saddened to see, between the individuals of the Muslim society, followed pleasures, and obeyed greed and worldly influence.

    Verily preserving the values of modesty and chastity is the safety valve for the society in the face of the moral disaster which has hit the world in a vulnerable spot.

    Servants of Allah: Verily the way of Allah is not biased to anyone. And neither the individual nor the society has subjective immunity, and when the Ummah is deficient in fending off the reasons of the general calamities, then it is upon it (the Ummah) to accept the results of the deficiency, and the happy one is the one who learns from others. And it is not an Ummah secluded from punishment if it summons its causes, and it is not in safety from punishment if it treads its path and opens its doors to sins.

    Verily a nation on which difficulties are descending in its regions, and the enemy is directing its efforts against it in its religion and its lands is obligated to be the furthest of people away from entertainment and indulgence, and leaning towards this world and its ornaments, and to devote its efforts and strength to draw near to its Creator and Originator, and to make sincere for Him the religion, and to unite to Allah the Lord of the worlds, and to abandon disobediences and desires, and avoiding sins and evils.

    And it is true that a nation standing with a message of distinguished features and a civilization possessing principles will never rise from its fall if it does not return to the contents of its message, and follow the divine ways, and divine rules in establishing nations and their crumbling, and the rising of countries and their falling, and all that is conveyed in the Great Quraan: “Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves.” [Surah ar Ra’d: 11]. “Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me.” [Surah al Noor: 55]

    And how many a nation rose up after being seated, and became active after stagnation, and how many a nation were thankless for its means of livelihood, so punishment surrounded them and they were removed from existence. And how many a town of which Allah bestowed upon them His bounties, then they were ungrateful and did not thank, so they tasted the consequences of ingratitude and rejection.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Surely from amongst the best deeds, and most brilliant acts that bring one closer to Allah in these days: (is) drawing closer to Allah the Exalted by slaughtering the sacrificial animals, and no action of the son of Adam on the Day of Sacrifice is dearer to Allah than sacrificing animals. Indeed it (the animal) will come on the Day of Judgement with its horns, hairs and hooves and indeed the blood (of the sacrificial animals) is surely accepted by Allah before it falls on the ground, so therefore do it wholeheartedly.

    And it was confirmed in the two authentics (Bukhari and Muslim) that the prophet ﷺ slaughtered two white, horned rams. He slaughtered them with his hand and he mentioned Allah’s name and takbeer (saying Allah is great).

    And it is Sunnah for the one who wishes to sacrifice to choose the best from camels or cows or sheep/goats, and to abstain from those which have defects in them, and the prophet ﷺ explained these defects as (mentioned) in Sunan with an authentic chain, and they are: a one-eyed animal which is clearly one-eyed, a sick animal whose sickness is obvious, a lame animal whose lameness is obvious, and an emaciated animal that no one would choose.

    And the days of slaughtering are four: from after the Eid prayer until the sunset of the 13th day, which is the last day of Tahreeq. And slaughtering is permissible at night and day, while the day is preferable, and the day of Eid is preferred over those after it.

    And one sheep is divided among a man and the people of his house. And it is Sunnah for a Muslim to eat from his sacrifice, and gift from it, and donate it. Allah – Exalted and Majestic – said: “Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” [Kawthar; Verse 2], and He – Glorified is He – said: “And for every nation We have appointed religious ceremonies, that they may mention the Name of Allah over the beast of cattle that He has given them for food. And your god is One God, so you must submit to Him Alone (in Islam). And give glad tidings to the those who obey Allah with humility and are humble from among the true believers of Islamic Monotheism, Whose hearts are filled with fear when Allah is mentioned; who patiently bear whatever may befall them (of calamities); and who perform prayer, and who spend out of what We have provided them. And the Budn (cows, oxen, or camels driven to be offered as sacrifices by the pilgrims at the sanctuary of Makkah.) We have made for you as among the Symbols of Allah, therein you have much good. So mention the Name of Allah over them when they are drawn up in lines (for sacrifice). Then, when they are down on their sides (after slaughter), eat thereof, and feed the beggar who does not ask (men), and the beggar who asks (men). Thus have We made them subject to you that you may be grateful. It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you. And give glad tidings to the good-doers.” [Surah al Hajj: 34-37]

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    O Muslims: Run to Allah, and mandate His obedience and His fearing, for with Allah every difficulty is eased, and every difficult task is made easy, and every far becomes near, and every fear becomes security. Mandate good deeds, and beware of sins. And there is nothing that Allah commands except that He helps towards it, and He does not prohibit anything except that He does not make it beneficial. And what is little and sufficient is better than much which distracts. And whoever is content, his life becomes good and the detained one is the one whose heart is detained from Allah, and the prisoned is the one who is prisoned by his desires. And who prolongs the path, weakens his walking. And perhaps one desire bequeaths long sadness.

    Righteousness does not wear, and a sin is not forgotten, and the Judge does not die. And whoever does not have a preacher regarding his religion, religious lectures will not benefit him. Trust in Allah is the purest of hope, and depending on Him is the most loyal of actions, and in Allah there is a substitute for every loss, and in His anticipated meeting there is a consolation for every lost (item), and whoever reforms his private (affairs), Allah reforms his public (affairs), and whoever reforms that which is between him and Allah, Allah reforms that which is between him and people. And whoever works for his Hereafter, Allah suffices him for the provisions of his worldly (affairs).

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise.

    Pilgrims to Allah’s sacred house: Thank Allah the Exalted for what he has prepared for you and made easy regarding the fulfilment of the greatest pillar of pilgrimage by standing at ‘Arafah and Mash’aril Haraam (Muzdalifah) in safety, peace and security, and aspire to fulfil what remains of the rituals of pilgrimage, as the prophet ﷺ legislated, and exemplifying the command of Allah – Glorified is He – in His saying: “And perform properly (i.e. all the ceremonies according to the ways of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him), the Hajj and ‘Umrah for Allah.” [Surah al Baqarah: 196]

    Refrain from crowded places and reasons for differences and arguments. And be friendly with your Muslim brothers, for all of you are hoping for what is by Allah.

    May Allah make your pilgrimage accepted, and your efforts thanked and your sins forgiven.

    O Allah, the Alive the Self-Subsisting, just as you have gathered this Muslim gathering in this blessed place, so (too) unite the Ummah of Islam on Your book and the Sunnah of Your prophet Muhammad ﷺ and take them to the truth and guidance O Lord of the worlds.

    O Allah reform the conditions of the Muslims all over the world, and return them to You, a beautiful returning.

    O Allah send salutations on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad, just as You sent salutations on Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem, verily You are the Praiseworthy, the Glorious. And send blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, just as You sent blessings on Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem in the worlds, verily You are the Praiseworthy, the Glorious.

    O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims, and defeat the evil ones, atheists and corrupters. O Allah help Your religion, Your book, the Sunnah of Your prophet and Your believing servants.

    O Allah establish for this Ummah guidance by which people of Your obedience are honoured, and people of Your disobedience are guided, and good is enjoined and vice is prevented O Lord of the worlds.

    O Allah whoever intends evil for Islam and the Muslims, then preoccupy him with himself, and return his plots on his throat, and make a circle of evil surround him O Lord of the worlds.

    O Allah assist the strivers in Your path all over the world. O Allah assist them in Palestine, and in the land of the Levant (Shaam), and in every place. O Allah break their siege, and reform their conditions and crush their enemy.

    O Allah free Masjidul Aqsa from the oppression of the oppressors, and the anarchy of the occupiers.

    O Allah reform the conditions of the Muslims all over the world. O Allah reform their conditions in Syria. O Allah unite them on truth and guidance. O Allah spare their blood and allay their fears, and remedy their shortcomings, and feed their hungry, and preserve their honours, and unite their hearts, and make steadfast their feet, and aid them against those who oppress them. O Allah break their siege. O Allah (we ask You for) Your near relief.

    O Allah grant ability to the one in charge of our affairs, the custodian of the two holy mosques, to what You like and pleases You, and take from him to righteousness and piety. O Allah grant him the ability and his deputy and their brothers and aids to that wherein there is reformation for the servants and the countries. O Allah reward them with goodness and kindness for their sacrifices in serving the pilgrims, and serving the two holy mosques and their visitors.

    O Allah suffice everyone who served the pilgrims, and reward with good those who took care of Your guests. O Allah make heavy their scales with good, and bless them in their deeds and lives.

    O Allah grant the leaders of the Muslims ability to judge by Your law, and to follow the Sunnah of Your prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him -, and make them a mercy for Your believing servants.

    O Allah spread security and comfort in our lands and the lands of the Muslims, and suffice us the evil of the evil one, and the plots of the evil ones.

    “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!” [Surah 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 Imraan: 147]

    O Allah forgive our sins, cover our faults, ease our affairs and convey our hopes to what pleases You.

    O Allah forgive us, our parents, their parents and their progeny, and our wives and our progeny. Verily You are the Hearer of supplications.

    O Allah we ask You for Your pleasure and Paradise and we seek Your protection from Your anger and Hellfire. O Allah make us of those who are free from the Hellfire. O Alive, O Self-Subsisting, O Possessor of Majesty and Bounty.

    O Allah, You are Allah. There is no god but You. You are the Rich and we are poor. Send down on us rain and do not make us of the despondent ones. O Allah send rain on us, O Allah send rain on us, O Allah send rain on us. Rain that is sufficient, wholesome, flowing, large quantities, covering, widespread, beneficial, not harmful, giving life to the servants and quenching the lands, and make it sufficient for the towns and desert.

    O Allah (we ask You for) a rain of mercy. O Allah (we ask You for) a rain of mercy. O Allah (we ask You for) a rain of mercy. Not a rain of punishment, trials, destruction or drowning.

    O Allah accept from us. Verily You are All-Hearing, All-Knowing. And forgive us. Verily You are All-Forgiving, most Merciful.

    O Allah make our Eid happy, and our actions righteous, accepted and guided. O Allah return this Eid to us and the Muslims in the best condition and best results, and protect the pilgrims and those doing the lesser pilgrimage. O Allah protect the pilgrims and those doing the lesser pilgrimage, and make easy for them the completion of their rituals and accept from us and from them and from all the Muslims.

    Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest. There is no god but Allah. Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and for Him is all praise. Allah is the greatest of the great, and much praise be to Allah, and glory be to Allah morning and evening.

    And may Allah send salutations on our prophet Muhammad, and on his family and companions, and may much peace be upon them.

    Source: http://khutaab.wordpress.com/2012/10...he-day-of-eid/


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    The Objectives of the Islamic Pilgrimage and its Witnesses

    Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib

    November 2, 2012 ~ Dhul Hijjah 17, 1433

    First Khutbah

    Verily all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His help and seek His forgiveness. And we seek protection in Allah from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our deeds. Whoever Allah guides, there is no misguidance for him. And whoever He misguides, there is no guidance for him. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger. May Allah’s salutations, peace and blessings be upon him, and upon his family, companions, those who succeed them and those who follow them in goodness until the day of Judgement.

    Thereafter: Verily the most truthful of speech is the Book of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad – peace be upon him -, and the worst of affairs are the newly invented ones. And every newly invented affair is a bid’ah, and every bid’ah is a misguidance, and every misguided one is in Hellfire.

    Behold verily the best advice after praise and greetings, is the advice of fearing Allah, the Great. “O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) he has indeed achieved a great achievement.” [Surah al Ahzaab: 70-71]

    Surrender leadership to Allah, and prepare for the day of Returning, and be sincere to Allah in private and public; for how many a person (with) much clothes (is) naked of reward; mentioned on earth; unknown in the heaven.

    O pilgrims on these plains! O you who have traveled from every direction and field, here is the watering place, so enjoy; and here is fresh water, so drink. Allah has honoured you by your accomplishment of a great day of the days of Islam; and a majestic event of the events of the Muslims, so you have completed your pilgrimage and fulfilled your prescribed duties. And surely Adam; Nooh; Ibraheem; Moosa; Eesa; many prophets; Muhammad, the noble prophet; his companions: Abu Bakr; ‘Umar; ‘Uthman; ‘Ali; the great companions; the leaders of the schools of thought and the pious Muslims have preceded you in these steep hills.

    And here you are succeeding them on these lands. The Lord is One; the sacred lands are the same; the goal is united, so why is the condition different to their (the predecessors’), and the men inferior to their men?!

    Your lineage – O Muslims – in beliefs, is continuous to the prophets of Allah and His messengers; so why the deviation?

    And the law of Islam – Quraan and Sunnah – is still alive, and the testimonies of monotheism is still standing from the era of Ibraheem, so why the confusion?

    And your religion is the greatest law that was revealed from the heaven to the earth, so why the humiliation?

    You have discharged the rituals, whose slogans are monotheism, so make it your slogans until you meet your Lord, and surely the Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever meets Allah without having ascribed any partners to Him enters Paradise.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    Revere Allah and respect His messenger. And revere that which has come from them and submit to it make sincere your intentions and deeds to Allah. And follow the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ and his companions whom Allah is pleased with and they are pleased with Him. And base your worship on the Quraan and Sunnah, “And whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it).” [Surah Hashr: 7] And discard that which is not cited in the Sunnah.

    O Muslims: Pilgrims to Allah’s ancient house! Verily the one who does pilgrimage or ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) to the House has surely increased in his closeness to Allah, and has neared much to Him, and the close ones are the most deserving of respect with Allah – Majestic is His Greatness. Their hope spurs them on to increase in obedience, and their shyness prevents them from staining with any sins after Allah has hosted them and made them superior; forgave their sins and completed their rituals.

    O yes, surely Allah has enabled you to please Him, and made the exposure to the breezes of His mercy easy for you, so remain steadfast on His command, “And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has spun after it has become strong.” [Surah an Nahl: 92]

    And the most deserving of advice to the Muslim after (the advice of) piety: is what the Prophet ﷺ advised Sufyaan (Radiallahu Anhu) when he said: “O messenger of Allah! Tell me something about Islam, which I cannot ask anyone besides you.” He replied: “Say I believe in Allah, then remain steadfast.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    Behold and surely the most worthy for a believer to remain steadfast on after monotheism: is the preservation of prayer, for it is a pillar of the religion; and the differentiation of the believers from the disbelievers, and surely Allah (Exalted and Majestic) said: “Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their prayers with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” [Surah Mu’minoon: 1-2]

    Tirmidhi, Nisaai and Haakim narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Ten verses have been revealed to me, whoever acts upon them will enter Paradise, then he read ‘Successful indeed are the believers’ until he completed 10 verses.”

    “Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their prayers with all solemnity and full submissiveness.And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden). And those who pay the Zakat. And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts), Except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then, they are free from blame; But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors; Those who are faithfully true to their Amanat (all the duties which Allah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts etc.) and to their covenants; 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.” [Surah Mu’minoon: 1-11] These are the means of success and the means of entering Paradise: prayer; charity; refraining from non-beneficial sayings and actions; preserving the modesty and (abstaining from the) prohibited; refraining from indecency; and preserving the trust and promise.

    O believers: Islam is submission to Allah, and compliance to Him with obedience; free from polytheism and its people. And the submission to Allah is expressed by the rules of pilgrimage just as the salient features embody it, and the biography of the prophet of Allah Ibraheem and his family exemplify it; that righteous family in which Ibraheem submitted to the command of Allah by leaving his wife and her suckling son in a valley of poverty; because Allah ordered him to do that. And his wife Haajar asked: “Did Allah command you with this?” He said: “Yes.” She said: “If it is so, He will not neglect us.”

    So their Lord did not neglect them, and He split the earth with the water of Zam Zam, and He blessed it, and He populated the valley with humans, and the hearts of people inclined towards them, and Allah granted them pure sustenance, and He made their land safe and peaceful.

    And Ibraheem submitted to the command of Allah of sacrificing his son, and Isma’eel also submitted to this command. And Allah said regarding them: “Then, when they had both submitted themselves (to the Will of Allah), and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead” [Surah Saaffaat: 103], i.e. they both submitted, but Allah, the Most Merciful was kind.

    Verily it is an example to the submitting righteous family, and a lesson to the Ummah in every detail of the event, and the reward in both the situations was that Allah was with them, and He raised their status, and made prophethood in both of them and in their progeny, and He made their heritage rituals for the believers until the day of Judgement.

    Servants of Allah: And from the spirituality of pilgrimage: is training on piety, and among the verses of pilgrimage: “And take a provision for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa.” [Surah Baqarah: 197]. Surely it is a limited act of worship in numbered days. The pilgrim strives to complete it, and he is cautious from being deficient or futile in it, and he requests acceptance from his Lord; hoping for His Mercy; seeking saviour from His fire. And this is the summary of life and its essence.

    And piety is a heart feeling during which a Muslim is spurred on to journey, consistent with the wishes of Allah; driven by the fear of Allah; and hope for what is by Allah, not what is by people. And when a Muslim makes the pleasure of his Lord his objective, he succeeds and is saved.

    O Muslims: Pilgrimage is a special season (where) the reality of holy worship spreads among the Muslims: Obedience and responding to the call of the Beneficent; and submission to His laws and rulings, and no matter how much a person encompasses himself in outward affluence, he is not released from the feeling of reality; the reality that he is an individual among millions of people, and that he is needy to Allah, just like the rest of the travelers to Him; seeking mercy, forgiveness and pleasure from Him.

    Therefore, surely it is an error to seek a luxurious pilgrimage, or complaining of hardships encountered by those who are not used to hardship, for verily Allah (the Exalted) said: “And they carry your loads to a land that you could not reach except with great trouble to yourselves.” [Surah Nahl: 7]. So simplicity and abandoning of luxury is from the objectives of the pilgrimage. In it is training, servitude and humility, and equality while in devotion in front of Allah.

    And in that also: is training for the Muslims that there be mercy on their brethren, humility to them, carrying out their interests, staying away from self-centeredness and selfishness, let alone depriving of their rights, or changing of what has been entrusted of their obligations.

    Servants of Allah: And from the witnesses of pilgrimage: is that Allah the Exalted encompassed it with care and protection, and showered on the pilgrims to His House security and serenity, in times when the world is disturbed like the fire of war burning in various lands, and (while) we are not spared from the envious and hostile, but Allah the Exalted is the One Who is Kind and protects; covers and pardons; showers His apparent and hidden bounties on us, and utilized truthful defenders for this land. May Allah protect the servants and the land through them.

    So for Allah is praise and thanks, and for Him is good praise, and Allah has been truthful: “Have they not seen that We have made (Makkah) a sanctuary secure, and that men are being snatched away from all around them?” [Surah Ankaboot: 67]

    Surely it is a bounty deserving mention, gratitude and caution; speaking about the bounty of Allah the Exalted, and thanks to Him and praise.

    May Allah bless me and you in the Quraan and Sunnah, and benefit us of what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine, and I seek the forgiveness of Allah the Exalted for me and you.

    Second Khutbah

    All praise be to Allah by Whose bounties all righteousness is completed. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, He has no partner: A testimony on which we live and die. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. May Allah’s salutations, peace and blessings be upon him, and upon his family, companions and those who follow them in goodness until the day of Judgement.

    Thereafter: O believers: With seeking forgiveness, big actions are ended, and glad-tidings for the one who finds in his records abundant seeking forgiveness. And verily good deeds are a good tree requiring watering and care until it grows; steadies and produces its fruit.

    And from the signs of the acceptance of good deeds: is following it up with good deeds; for the one who is accepted and drawn close to Allah, He grants him the ability to do good deeds, and He saves him from evil deeds.

    So aspire – may Allah protect you – to protect your deeds, and guard yourself, and be truthful and draw near (to Allah), and be happy and hopeful. And sincerity and reward is the pivot of acceptance.

    May Allah make you successful with Paradise; occupying of the highest stages, and make us and you of those to whom the angels call out with the saying of Allah (Exalted and Majestic is He) : “Those who bear the Throne and those around it glorify the praises of their Lord, and believe in Him, and ask forgiveness for those who believe (saying): “Our Lord! You comprehend all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who repent and follow Your Way, and save them from the torment of the blazing Fire! “Our Lord! And make them enter the ‘Adn Paradise which you have promised them, and too the righteous among their fathers, their wives, and their offspring! Verily, You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. “And save them from (the punishment, because of what they did of) the sins, and whomsoever You save from (the punishment, because of what they did of) the sins (i.e. excuse them) that Day, him verily, You have taken into mercy.” And that is the supreme success.” [Surah Ghafir: 7-9]

    This; and send salutations and peace on the best of humans; purest of mankind and best of messengers: Muhammad bin Abdullah; for whoever sends salutations on him once, Allah sends salutations on him, due to this, ten times.

    O Allah send salutations, peace, and increase, and blessings on your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his good pure family; his companions, the fortunate personalities 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/2012/11...its-witnesses/


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Thankfulness Yields Lasting Graces

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    November 8, 2012 ~ Muharram 5, 1435

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Āl Tālib delivered this Friday’s khutbah entitled “Thankfulness Yields Lasting Graces” in which he talked about the innumerable graces that Allah bountifully bestowed upon His servants. He pointed out that people should constantly thank Allah () in acknowledgement of the blessings He has bestowed on them and the afflictions He has spared them. The Sheikh equally pointed out that the ungrateful person who disavows graces is the one who erroneously deploys such graces in ways that displease Allah ().


    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! O Lord! All praise is due to You, for You created us, bestowed upon us the means of subsistence, guided us, imparted knowledge to us, salvaged us, and lifted afflictions befalling us. Praise is due to You for all Your Graces! Praise be to You for Islam! Praise be to You for the Qur’ān! Praise be to You for the bounties of kinship, property, and sound health! You have restrained our enemy, bestowed abundant resources upon us, reinforced our security, unified our split ranks, granted us stability and steadfastness, and given us whatever we asked for!

    Therefore, we owe You profuse gratitude for all that! Praise is due to You for every single grace You have bestowed on us lately or currently, in private or in public ‒be it general or special‒ benefiting those who are alive or dead, present or absent. Praise be to You until You are pleased! Praise be to You once You are pleased! Praise be to You after You are pleased! Lord, we are not counting our praises to You (for You really deserve more than we can count)!

    O Allah! We beseech You to enable us to thank You for Your graces and to duly worship You! We seek refuge in You from the disappearance of Your graces and the sudden change of Your favour on our health and stability! We seek refuge in You from substituting Your graces for disbelief, from denying them after having enjoyed them, and from forgetting them and not praising You for them!

    I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah alone without associate, and I equally bear witness that Muhammad () is Allah’s Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Grace, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him, his family, his Companions, 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!

    Now, then, O people!

    I recommend you to listen to Allah’s counsel addressed to bygone nations as well as to this present one: ...And verily, We have recommended to the people of the Scripture before you, and to you (O Muslims) that you (all) fear Allâh, and keep your duty to Him... [Al-Nissā’: 131]. He who is alert will be safe, but he who he is not vigilant will regret it: O mankind! Remember the Grace of Allâh upon you! Is there any creator other than Allâh who provides for you from the sky (rain) and the earth? Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). How then are you turning away (from Him)? [Fātir: 3]

    O Muslims!

    Imams Bukhari and Muslim narrated on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with both him and his father) that Prophet Muhammad () once came to Madinah and found the Jews fasting the ͑Āshūrā’ Day, so he asked them, “What is this day that you are fasting?” They answered, “This is a glorious day on which Allah saved Moses and his people and caused Pharaoh and his people to drown. Thus, Moses observed fasting in commemoration of that day. Likewise, we observe fasting on ͑Āshūrā Day.” Prophet Muhammad () said, “We are more entitled to claim closeness to Moses than you are.” Therefore, Prophet Muhammad () observed fasting during Āshūrā’ Day and ordered his followers to do so. Prophet Muhammad () added, “If I remain alive for next year, I will also fast the ninth day (i.e. in addition to the 10th day of Muharram).”

    On the authority of Abu Qatādah, Prophet Muhammad () is reported to have said, “By fasting the Āshūrā Day, I trust Allah to expiate the sins of the previous year.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    O servants of Allah!

    Prophet Muhammad () thanked Allah for a favour bestowed upon another prophet some centuries ago. What is more, he confirmed such attitude as part of his teachings to his Ummah. Thus, he explained to them the great recompense attendant upon thankfulness, as it is half of religion, and Allah loves those who are thankful and has promised them bountiful reward. In fact, Allah () is the Thankful, the All-Knowing, the All-Thanking, and the Clement. ...and Allâh will give reward to those who are grateful... [Āl ͑Imrān: 144]; ... And We shall reward the grateful. [Āl ͑Imrān:145]

    Allah has commanded His servants to be thankful, proscribed the antithesis of thankfulness, commended thankful people for such character, attributed the trait of thankfulness to the closest creatures to Him, promised thankful people the best reward, and made thankfulness a reason for receiving further favours and a safeguard of His graces. Allah has also made of thankfulness the ultimate purpose of creation and ordainment. Thus, Allah () said: And Allâh has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allâh).  [Al-Naḫl: 78], and encapsulated worship in (the precept of) thankfulness when he said:  ... and be grateful to Allâh, if it is indeed He Whom you worship. [Al-Baqarah: 172]

    Allah commended His true servants and select prophets for being thankful. Thus, about Noah, He said: ... he was a grateful slave [Al-Isrā’: 3], and about Ibrahim Al-Khaleel (), He said: Verily, Ibrâhim (Abraham) was an Ummah (a leader having all the good righteous qualities), or a nation, obedient to Allâh, Hanifa (i.e. to worship none but Allâh), and he was not one of those who were Al-Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh, and those who joined partners with Allâh). (120); (He was) thankful for His (Allâh's) Graces. He (Allâh) chose him (as an intimate friend) and guided him to a Straight Path (Islâmic Monotheism, neither Judaism nor Christianity). [Al-Naḫl: 120-121]. Allah also cited His two prophets ‒Dawood and Suleiman‒ as saying: "All the praises and thanks be to Allâh, Who has preferred us above many of His believing slaves!"  [Al-Naml: 15]

    Allah mentioned Suleiman () as saying (in a prayer): "My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves."  [Al-Naml: 19]. Therefore, thankfulness is associated with good deeds when Suleiman realised his objective of having the throne of the Queen of Sheba brought forth and placed in front of him:  ... he said: "This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his ownself, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his ownself). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful."  [Al-Naml: 40]

    Here is what Allah’s prophet, Yusuf (), said when he became the governor of Egypt and benefited from the favour of power as well as reunion with his parents and kinsfolk: “My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The (only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Walî (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous." [Yusuf: 101]. Thus, he thanked his Lord, attributed favours to Him, and asked Allah for good deeds and decent ending to his lifetime.

    As to Prophet Muhammad () ‒the Seal of Prophets and the Imam (Leader) of the thankful‒ he used to perform night prayer until his heels cracked. When Aisha (his wife) asked him about that, he answered, “Should I not be a thankful servant?” [Narrated by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari]

    O Muslims!

    Thankfulness consists in praising the Benefactor for the bestowed reward. In this regard, the Muslim will never be considered as thankful to Allah for His abundant bounties until he shows gratitude to his Lord by his heart, tongue, and limbs. He should believe deep inside himself that the favours he is blessed with are exclusively from Allah as a sign of His munificence and benefaction. This should be echoed in his verbal praise when his tongue eulogises Allah () as is shown by Allah’s verse: And proclaim the Grace of your Lord (i.e. the Prophethood and all other Graces). [Adh-Dhuḫā: 11]

    The essence of being thankful for the bestowed graces is to use such graces to win the Benefactor’s satisfaction, for whoever exploits Allah’s graces to disobey Him will have denied such graces and will have received the due punishment of the Benefactor.

    Thankfulness is, therefore, not just verbal praising. It is also an action which shows gratitude. Allah () did say, "Work you, O family of Dâwud (David), with thanks!" But few of My slaves are grateful.  [Saba’: 13]. Allah () ‒the best of all speakers‒ also said: O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allâh, if it is indeed He Whom you worship. [Al-Baqarah: 172]. He () equally said: Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.  [Al- Baqarah: 152]

    Thus, when Allah bestowed on (the tribe of) Quraish the two graces to which every creature aspires, He said: So let them worship (Allâh) the Lord of this House (the Ka'bah in Makkah). (3) (He) Who has fed them against hunger, and has made them safe from fear. (4) [Quraish: 3-4]. In fact, Allah provided them with enough food and granted them security. In the verse So let them worship (Allâh) the Lord of this House (the Ka'bah in Makkah). [Quraish: 3] there is an invitation to show thankfulness to Allah so that His graces will last.

    O servants of Allah!

    Thankfulness is one of the reasons which guarantee that Allah is pleased with His servant: And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you. [Al-Zumar: 7]. Thankfulness is also a security from torment: Why should Allâh punish you if you have thanked (Him) and have believed in Him [Al-Nisā’: 147].

    Qatādah ‒may Allah have mercy on him‒ said, “Allah ‒may He be greatly praised‒ torments not a thankful person or a believer.” Thankfulness also leads to abundance. Allah () said: And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: "If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allâh), I will give you more (of My Blessings), ... [Ibrāhīm: 7]

    Al-Hassan Al-Basri said, “Allah does bestow His graces upon people for as long as He wishes, but if He is not thanked in return, He transforms them into torment.” This is why thankfulness used to be referred to as the ‘preserver’, for it preserves existing graces, and the ‘attractor’, as it attracts missing graces. The position of thankfulness being what it is, the job of Iblīs (Satan) has always been to deter people and keep them away from being thankful. He said (talking to Allah): "Because You have sent me astray, surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight Path.16 Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones (i.e. they will not be dutiful to You)." 17 [Al-‘A ͑rāf: 16-17]

    In fact, how rare thankful people are! Allah () said: ...Truly, Allâh is full of Bounty to mankind, but most men thank not.  [Al-Baqarah: 243]. This explains why among the prophets’ supplications there is this one: ...“My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, ... [Al-Naml: 19]

    Prophet Muhammad () used to supplicate Allah as follows: “My Lord! Help me praise You for your graces. My Lord, make me constantly thankful to You! I beseech You!” He also advised Mu͑ādh Ibn Jabal () while firmly grasping his hand, “O Mu͑ādh! I swear by Allah I feel affection for you!” Then the Prophet said, “I advise you Mu͑ādh: Never cease to repeat these words immediately after each prayer. You say, ‘O Allah! Help me remember You, thank You, and worship You properly.’” [Narrated by Abu Dawood via an authentic chain of narrators]

    O servants of Allah!

    Allah has generously offered us bounties and bestowed upon us graces and favours munificently: And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allâh, never will you be able to count them.  [Ibrāhīm: 34]. Thus, graces are maintained only when the Benefactor is shown thankfulness, for Allah () gave promises and at the same time made threats when He said: And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: "If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allâh), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe."  [Ibrāhīm: 7]

    Ingratitude and denial of graces ‒in addition to using them as a springboard for disobedience, arrogance, and rebellion against Allah’s commands and proscriptions‒ cause the vanishing of blessings, the retraction of graces, their substitution with afflictions, the infliction of collective predicaments and punishments: And Allâh puts forward the example of a township (Makkah), that dwelt secure and well content; its provision coming to it in abundance from every place, but it (its people) denied the Favours of Allâh (with ungratefulness). So Allâh made it taste the extreme of hunger (famine) and fear, because of that (evil, i.e. denying Prophet Muhammad SAW) which they (its people) used to do. [Al-Naḫl: 112]

    Notice how in the verse above Allah said: denied the Favours of Allâh (with ungratefulness) rather than simply “denied Allah”, for the denial of favours is the cause of hunger, fear, affliction, turmoil, lack of security, and economic instability. Again, among other forms of denying favours include squandering wealth, extravagance, tyranny, and arrogance which cause Allah’s wrath and abhorrence, and lead to His fury and punishment: Nay! Verily, man does transgress all bounds (in disbelief and evil deed, etc.).  (6) Because he considers himself self-sufficient. [Al-͑Alaq: 6-7]

    Therefore, do not be among those who have traded the graces of Allah with infidelity and have thus wrought loss and calamity upon their people. Allah has set an example to this effect; He () said: Indeed there was for Saba' (Sheba) a sign in their dwelling place, - two gardens on the right hand and on the left (and it was said to them) "Eat of the provision of your Lord, and be grateful to Him, a fair land and an Oft-Forgiving Lord (15). But they turned away (from the obedience of Allah), so We sent against them Sail Al-'Arim (flood released from the dam), and We converted their two gardens into gardens producing bitter bad fruit, and tamarisks, and some few lote-trees (16). Like this We requited them because they were ungrateful disbelievers. And never do We requit in such a way except those who are ungrateful, (disbelievers). [Saba’: 15 – 17]. Still on the fate of such people, Allah () has gone as far as saying: so We made them as tales (in the land), and We dispersed them all, totally. Verily, in this are indeed signs for every steadfast grateful (person). [Saba’: 19]

    Look at those who have suddenly been struck by calamities so their grace has turned into scourge, their security into fear and their affluence into destitution and hunger: That is so because Allah will never change a grace which He has bestowed on a people until they change what is in their ownselves. [Al-Anfāl: 53]

    Many a nation were safe and secure and enjoying the diverse pleasures of life with their livelihoods abundantly flowing into their hands from all directions; never had their hearts experienced fear or their souls hunger. In the blink of an eye, their lives were turned around and suddenly found themselves such wretched souls with all the grace and well-being taken away from them and punishment on their doorstep.

    How many a tale time has recounted of states and nations, individuals and communities who have wrought on themselves (divine) retribution and have therefore been uprooted and eradicated from the face of the earth, as no weaponry or power would have been able to reverse the outcome of their ultimate fate.

    Every human being should know that there is no escape from our Lord’s indignation except through making recourse to His Path. Verily, He is the Strong, the Subduer, the Honorable, the All-Powerful, the Almighty.

    Allah sets His own days and ways when dealing with His creatures. This becomes evident when we try to reflect on the lot of the bygone peoples of ͑Ād and Thamūd, the Pharaohs ‒notwithstanding their severity‒ those (mighty) people who tilled the earth, sculptured the mountains (to make houses out of them), possessed all forms of power and made provisions against calamities? When these people overlooked Allah, He sent down His affliction on them and wiped them out from existence leaving nothing of them save traits and signs. They were reduced to nothing but tales to be recounted and lessons to be learnt from their history. In this regard, Allah () says: So We punished each (of them) for his sins, of them were some on whom We sent Hasiban (a violent wind with shower of stones) [as the people of Lout (Lot)], and of them were some who were overtaken by As-Saihah [torment - awful cry, etc. (as Thamud or Shu'aib's people)], and of them were some whom We caused the earth to swallow [as Qarun (Korah)], and of them were some whom We drowned [as the people of Nuh (Noah), or Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and his people]. It was not Allah Who wronged them, but they wronged themselves. [Al-͑Ankabūt: 40]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Glorious Qur'ān and benefit us with the Sunnah of the Master of all Messengers! I say this and I seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah for me and for you.


    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah, Who has given in abundance, bestowed from His bounty profusely, and made recovery from His own afflictions! He bestowed His blessings on us; those we can see and those we can’t. Much praise be to Him, just in the same way He bestows on us! I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Him with no associate, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger! May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) and Peace upon him, his family, his Companions and the tabi'īn (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet  after his death).

    Now then, O Muslims!

    Working to safeguard those blessings we experience both in public and private –including homeland security, unity and affluence– calls for some Sharia (religious) considerations that may never be substituted with worldly ones. Rather, such considerations constitute the foundation in this respect.

    Two decades ago, you witnessed a world super power fall apart and collapse; its once national territory was fragmented into small states and its weapons turned into a commodity to be bought and sold. Its vast territories as well as its massive army and military might were no assets that could halt the process of disintegration. The latest and swift developments over the last few years reflect but a similar trend.

    By contrast, there is the Arabian Peninsula which was on the margin of civilization and history altogether. As the light of Islam sprang from it and began to shine on it, it became such a pivotal part of the world with treasures and goods flowing into it. Then, it underwent a setback for a while and lost impact until Allah brought about the Call of Reform (by Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahāb) in it in line with the prophetic approach three centuries ago. Once again, the Arabian Peninsula recovered its glamour and purity. Allah brought out for it and its people the treasures of the earth and bestowed on it from His bounty in ways it would never reckon. It developed into a nation to be revered throughout the world and to be feared by those who would pay no heed to it some decades back.

    This would have never been achieved for this part of the world if it weren’t for the support and benevolence of Allah Almighty and for its own will to make His Holy Book and the Sunnah of His Prophet () the foundation of its state. It shall endure for as long as it remains steadfast on that path. It shall persist so long as it takes good care of the foundation upon which it was erected.

    Endurance requires awareness of such a fact and perseverance on such a principle: And whoever changes Allah's Favour after it had come to him, [e.g. renounces the Religion of Allah (Islam) and accepts Kufr (disbelief),] then surely, Allah is Severe in punishment. [Al-Baqarah: 211]

    Those hostile attempts emanating from without and reverberating within through some of those caught in their spell –those who are trying to shake this country off its path of righteousness– are indeed attempts at severing the country from its sources of power and empowerment with which Allah has endowed it; at cutting off the heavenly bliss of livelihood and security that has been extended to it. It should be noted in this regard that a change in faith inevitably brings about a change in condition.

    We have been repeatedly warned through Allah’s ways and laws of dealing with nations across time and through His righteous words thus: And Allah puts forward the example of a township (Makkah), that dwelt secure and well content; its provision coming to it in abundance from every place, but it (its people) denied the Favours of Allah (with ungratefulness). So Allah made it taste the extreme of hunger (famine) and fear, because of that (evil, i.e. denying Prophet Muhammad) which they (its people) used to do. [An-Naḫl: 112]

    The change in faith whose consequences are to be feared is one that consists in either one of the two extremes: excess and negligence. Radicalism, ‘takfeer’ (charging fellow Muslims with unbelief), disregarding the sanctity of blood and stirring chaos are misdemeanors targeting primarily the integrity and stability of religion rather than people’s security and lives.

    Apostasy, the dissemination of adultery, the irreverence of Allah’s sanctities and the manifest acts of disobedience are geared to bring down religion and push people away from it. Verily, they are forms of ingratitude vis-à-vis Allah’s graces.

    Excessiveness and negligence, on the one hand, and lechery and extravagance, on the other, make up the two repulsive sides of debauchery that neither of which necessitates resistance and prevention more urgently than the other. Both of them are comparable to a pair of scissors that would clamp up on the connection between heaven and earth until it is severed.

    Why would people want to trade the graces of Allah with unbelief and thus bring about loss and calamity to their people? Have they not seen that We have made (Makkah) a secure sanctuary, and that men are being snatched away from all around them? [Al-͑Ankabūt: 67]

    Have they not seen that Allah has blessed us with security, communal life, goodness and virtue? Or are those wicked souls not willing to settle down before they ignite the flame of chaos, disorder, discord and perversity setting the stage for the propagation of vice and consequently the revelation of Allah’s indignation and retribution?

    It is indeed an obligation on the part of the rational people among us to prevent the foolish from wrongdoing, for when calamities strike, everybody is affected. Every Muslim is entitled to defend his right in helping maintain security and virtue.

    As long as counsel is mutually undertaken and prudence is a common practice among people they will remain safe from Allah’s scourge and the vanishing of His blessings. Allah says: And your Lord would never destroy the towns wrongfully, while their people were right-doers. [Hūd: 117]

    Therefore, you are called upon to be appreciative of Allah’s graces and never to take anything as substitute for them; otherwise Allah shall turn your life around. You are equally called upon to stand firm in the face of those preaching blasphemy.

    May Allah protect our homeland and those of all Muslims!

    O Allah! We seek refuge in You against the vanishing of Your graces, the change in the good health you granted us, the suddenness of Your vengeance, and all kinds of Your wrath!

    This being said, I advise you to send your salat and peace on the best and the purest of all mankind, Mohammad Ibn Abdullah, Al Hashimi, Al Qurashi.

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your servant and Messenger, Muhammad, on his good and pure family, on his sincere and audacious Companions, and on those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and victory to Muslims and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honoured 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! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm Islam and Muslims! 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 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-Aqsā Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    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 defenceless! O Allah! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case!

    O You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate! Spare their blood, safeguard their tranquillity, protect their honour, bring them close together, feed their hungry, grant them boldness, strength and victory against 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! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants!

    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 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. [Āl ͑Imrān: 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 implore You not to hold us accountable for our sins or for the deeds of the malevolent among us!

    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! O Allah! Send rain down on us! 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! Accept 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 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!

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


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Thankfulness Yields Lasting Graces

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    November 8, 2012 ~ Muharram 5, 1435

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Āl Tālib delivered this Friday’s khutbah entitled “Thankfulness Yields Lasting Graces” in which he talked about the innumerable graces that Allah bountifully bestowed upon His servants. He pointed out that people should constantly thank Allah () in acknowledgement of the blessings He has bestowed on them and the afflictions He has spared them. The Sheikh equally pointed out that the ungrateful person who disavows graces is the one who erroneously deploys such graces in ways that displease Allah ().


    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! O Lord! All praise is due to You, for You created us, bestowed upon us the means of subsistence, guided us, imparted knowledge to us, salvaged us, and lifted afflictions befalling us. Praise is due to You for all Your Graces! Praise be to You for Islam! Praise be to You for the Qur’ān! Praise be to You for the bounties of kinship, property, and sound health! You have restrained our enemy, bestowed abundant resources upon us, reinforced our security, unified our split ranks, granted us stability and steadfastness, and given us whatever we asked for!

    Therefore, we owe You profuse gratitude for all that! Praise is due to You for every single grace You have bestowed on us lately or currently, in private or in public ‒be it general or special‒ benefiting those who are alive or dead, present or absent. Praise be to You until You are pleased! Praise be to You once You are pleased! Praise be to You after You are pleased! Lord, we are not counting our praises to You (for You really deserve more than we can count)!

    O Allah! We beseech You to enable us to thank You for Your graces and to duly worship You! We seek refuge in You from the disappearance of Your graces and the sudden change of Your favour on our health and stability! We seek refuge in You from substituting Your graces for disbelief, from denying them after having enjoyed them, and from forgetting them and not praising You for them!

    I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah alone without associate, and I equally bear witness that Muhammad () is Allah’s Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Grace, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him, his family, his Companions, 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!

    Now, then, O people!

    I recommend you to listen to Allah’s counsel addressed to bygone nations as well as to this present one: ...And verily, We have recommended to the people of the Scripture before you, and to you (O Muslims) that you (all) fear Allâh, and keep your duty to Him... [Al-Nissā’: 131]. He who is alert will be safe, but he who he is not vigilant will regret it: O mankind! Remember the Grace of Allâh upon you! Is there any creator other than Allâh who provides for you from the sky (rain) and the earth? Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). How then are you turning away (from Him)? [Fātir: 3]

    O Muslims!

    Imams Bukhari and Muslim narrated on the authority of Abdullah Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with both him and his father) that Prophet Muhammad () once came to Madinah and found the Jews fasting the ͑Āshūrā’ Day, so he asked them, “What is this day that you are fasting?” They answered, “This is a glorious day on which Allah saved Moses and his people and caused Pharaoh and his people to drown. Thus, Moses observed fasting in commemoration of that day. Likewise, we observe fasting on ͑Āshūrā Day.” Prophet Muhammad () said, “We are more entitled to claim closeness to Moses than you are.” Therefore, Prophet Muhammad () observed fasting during Āshūrā’ Day and ordered his followers to do so. Prophet Muhammad () added, “If I remain alive for next year, I will also fast the ninth day (i.e. in addition to the 10th day of Muharram).”

    On the authority of Abu Qatādah, Prophet Muhammad () is reported to have said, “By fasting the Āshūrā Day, I trust Allah to expiate the sins of the previous year.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    O servants of Allah!

    Prophet Muhammad () thanked Allah for a favour bestowed upon another prophet some centuries ago. What is more, he confirmed such attitude as part of his teachings to his Ummah. Thus, he explained to them the great recompense attendant upon thankfulness, as it is half of religion, and Allah loves those who are thankful and has promised them bountiful reward. In fact, Allah () is the Thankful, the All-Knowing, the All-Thanking, and the Clement. ...and Allâh will give reward to those who are grateful... [Āl ͑Imrān: 144]; ... And We shall reward the grateful. [Āl ͑Imrān:145]

    Allah has commanded His servants to be thankful, proscribed the antithesis of thankfulness, commended thankful people for such character, attributed the trait of thankfulness to the closest creatures to Him, promised thankful people the best reward, and made thankfulness a reason for receiving further favours and a safeguard of His graces. Allah has also made of thankfulness the ultimate purpose of creation and ordainment. Thus, Allah () said: And Allâh has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allâh).  [Al-Naḫl: 78], and encapsulated worship in (the precept of) thankfulness when he said:  ... and be grateful to Allâh, if it is indeed He Whom you worship. [Al-Baqarah: 172]

    Allah commended His true servants and select prophets for being thankful. Thus, about Noah, He said: ... he was a grateful slave [Al-Isrā’: 3], and about Ibrahim Al-Khaleel (), He said: Verily, Ibrâhim (Abraham) was an Ummah (a leader having all the good righteous qualities), or a nation, obedient to Allâh, Hanifa (i.e. to worship none but Allâh), and he was not one of those who were Al-Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh, and those who joined partners with Allâh). (120); (He was) thankful for His (Allâh's) Graces. He (Allâh) chose him (as an intimate friend) and guided him to a Straight Path (Islâmic Monotheism, neither Judaism nor Christianity). [Al-Naḫl: 120-121]. Allah also cited His two prophets ‒Dawood and Suleiman‒ as saying: "All the praises and thanks be to Allâh, Who has preferred us above many of His believing slaves!"  [Al-Naml: 15]

    Allah mentioned Suleiman () as saying (in a prayer): "My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please You, and admit me by Your Mercy among Your righteous slaves."  [Al-Naml: 19]. Therefore, thankfulness is associated with good deeds when Suleiman realised his objective of having the throne of the Queen of Sheba brought forth and placed in front of him:  ... he said: "This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his ownself, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his ownself). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful."  [Al-Naml: 40]

    Here is what Allah’s prophet, Yusuf (), said when he became the governor of Egypt and benefited from the favour of power as well as reunion with his parents and kinsfolk: “My Lord! You have indeed bestowed on me of the sovereignty, and taught me the interpretation of dreams; The (only) Creator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Walî (Protector, Helper, Supporter, Guardian, etc.) in this world and in the Hereafter, cause me to die as a Muslim (the one submitting to Your Will), and join me with the righteous." [Yusuf: 101]. Thus, he thanked his Lord, attributed favours to Him, and asked Allah for good deeds and decent ending to his lifetime.

    As to Prophet Muhammad () ‒the Seal of Prophets and the Imam (Leader) of the thankful‒ he used to perform night prayer until his heels cracked. When Aisha (his wife) asked him about that, he answered, “Should I not be a thankful servant?” [Narrated by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari]

    O Muslims!

    Thankfulness consists in praising the Benefactor for the bestowed reward. In this regard, the Muslim will never be considered as thankful to Allah for His abundant bounties until he shows gratitude to his Lord by his heart, tongue, and limbs. He should believe deep inside himself that the favours he is blessed with are exclusively from Allah as a sign of His munificence and benefaction. This should be echoed in his verbal praise when his tongue eulogises Allah () as is shown by Allah’s verse: And proclaim the Grace of your Lord (i.e. the Prophethood and all other Graces). [Adh-Dhuḫā: 11]

    The essence of being thankful for the bestowed graces is to use such graces to win the Benefactor’s satisfaction, for whoever exploits Allah’s graces to disobey Him will have denied such graces and will have received the due punishment of the Benefactor.

    Thankfulness is, therefore, not just verbal praising. It is also an action which shows gratitude. Allah () did say, "Work you, O family of Dâwud (David), with thanks!" But few of My slaves are grateful.  [Saba’: 13]. Allah () ‒the best of all speakers‒ also said: O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allâh, if it is indeed He Whom you worship. [Al-Baqarah: 172]. He () equally said: Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me.  [Al- Baqarah: 152]

    Thus, when Allah bestowed on (the tribe of) Quraish the two graces to which every creature aspires, He said: So let them worship (Allâh) the Lord of this House (the Ka'bah in Makkah). (3) (He) Who has fed them against hunger, and has made them safe from fear. (4) [Quraish: 3-4]. In fact, Allah provided them with enough food and granted them security. In the verse So let them worship (Allâh) the Lord of this House (the Ka'bah in Makkah). [Quraish: 3] there is an invitation to show thankfulness to Allah so that His graces will last.

    O servants of Allah!

    Thankfulness is one of the reasons which guarantee that Allah is pleased with His servant: And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you. [Al-Zumar: 7]. Thankfulness is also a security from torment: Why should Allâh punish you if you have thanked (Him) and have believed in Him [Al-Nisā’: 147].

    Qatādah ‒may Allah have mercy on him‒ said, “Allah ‒may He be greatly praised‒ torments not a thankful person or a believer.” Thankfulness also leads to abundance. Allah () said: And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: "If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allâh), I will give you more (of My Blessings), ... [Ibrāhīm: 7]

    Al-Hassan Al-Basri said, “Allah does bestow His graces upon people for as long as He wishes, but if He is not thanked in return, He transforms them into torment.” This is why thankfulness used to be referred to as the ‘preserver’, for it preserves existing graces, and the ‘attractor’, as it attracts missing graces. The position of thankfulness being what it is, the job of Iblīs (Satan) has always been to deter people and keep them away from being thankful. He said (talking to Allah): "Because You have sent me astray, surely I will sit in wait against them (human beings) on Your Straight Path.16 Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left, and You will not find most of them as thankful ones (i.e. they will not be dutiful to You)." 17 [Al-‘A ͑rāf: 16-17]

    In fact, how rare thankful people are! Allah () said: ...Truly, Allâh is full of Bounty to mankind, but most men thank not.  [Al-Baqarah: 243]. This explains why among the prophets’ supplications there is this one: ...“My Lord! Inspire and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for Your Favours which You have bestowed on me and on my parents, ... [Al-Naml: 19]

    Prophet Muhammad () used to supplicate Allah as follows: “My Lord! Help me praise You for your graces. My Lord, make me constantly thankful to You! I beseech You!” He also advised Mu͑ādh Ibn Jabal () while firmly grasping his hand, “O Mu͑ādh! I swear by Allah I feel affection for you!” Then the Prophet said, “I advise you Mu͑ādh: Never cease to repeat these words immediately after each prayer. You say, ‘O Allah! Help me remember You, thank You, and worship You properly.’” [Narrated by Abu Dawood via an authentic chain of narrators]

    O servants of Allah!

    Allah has generously offered us bounties and bestowed upon us graces and favours munificently: And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allâh, never will you be able to count them.  [Ibrāhīm: 34]. Thus, graces are maintained only when the Benefactor is shown thankfulness, for Allah () gave promises and at the same time made threats when He said: And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: "If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allâh), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe."  [Ibrāhīm: 7]

    Ingratitude and denial of graces ‒in addition to using them as a springboard for disobedience, arrogance, and rebellion against Allah’s commands and proscriptions‒ cause the vanishing of blessings, the retraction of graces, their substitution with afflictions, the infliction of collective predicaments and punishments: And Allâh puts forward the example of a township (Makkah), that dwelt secure and well content; its provision coming to it in abundance from every place, but it (its people) denied the Favours of Allâh (with ungratefulness). So Allâh made it taste the extreme of hunger (famine) and fear, because of that (evil, i.e. denying Prophet Muhammad SAW) which they (its people) used to do. [Al-Naḫl: 112]

    Notice how in the verse above Allah said: denied the Favours of Allâh (with ungratefulness) rather than simply “denied Allah”, for the denial of favours is the cause of hunger, fear, affliction, turmoil, lack of security, and economic instability. Again, among other forms of denying favours include squandering wealth, extravagance, tyranny, and arrogance which cause Allah’s wrath and abhorrence, and lead to His fury and punishment: Nay! Verily, man does transgress all bounds (in disbelief and evil deed, etc.).  (6) Because he considers himself self-sufficient. [Al-͑Alaq: 6-7]

    Therefore, do not be among those who have traded the graces of Allah with infidelity and have thus wrought loss and calamity upon their people. Allah has set an example to this effect; He () said: Indeed there was for Saba' (Sheba) a sign in their dwelling place, - two gardens on the right hand and on the left (and it was said to them) "Eat of the provision of your Lord, and be grateful to Him, a fair land and an Oft-Forgiving Lord (15). But they turned away (from the obedience of Allah), so We sent against them Sail Al-'Arim (flood released from the dam), and We converted their two gardens into gardens producing bitter bad fruit, and tamarisks, and some few lote-trees (16). Like this We requited them because they were ungrateful disbelievers. And never do We requit in such a way except those who are ungrateful, (disbelievers). [Saba’: 15 – 17]. Still on the fate of such people, Allah () has gone as far as saying: so We made them as tales (in the land), and We dispersed them all, totally. Verily, in this are indeed signs for every steadfast grateful (person). [Saba’: 19]

    Look at those who have suddenly been struck by calamities so their grace has turned into scourge, their security into fear and their affluence into destitution and hunger: That is so because Allah will never change a grace which He has bestowed on a people until they change what is in their ownselves. [Al-Anfāl: 53]

    Many a nation were safe and secure and enjoying the diverse pleasures of life with their livelihoods abundantly flowing into their hands from all directions; never had their hearts experienced fear or their souls hunger. In the blink of an eye, their lives were turned around and suddenly found themselves such wretched souls with all the grace and well-being taken away from them and punishment on their doorstep.

    How many a tale time has recounted of states and nations, individuals and communities who have wrought on themselves (divine) retribution and have therefore been uprooted and eradicated from the face of the earth, as no weaponry or power would have been able to reverse the outcome of their ultimate fate.

    Every human being should know that there is no escape from our Lord’s indignation except through making recourse to His Path. Verily, He is the Strong, the Subduer, the Honorable, the All-Powerful, the Almighty.

    Allah sets His own days and ways when dealing with His creatures. This becomes evident when we try to reflect on the lot of the bygone peoples of ͑Ād and Thamūd, the Pharaohs ‒notwithstanding their severity‒ those (mighty) people who tilled the earth, sculptured the mountains (to make houses out of them), possessed all forms of power and made provisions against calamities? When these people overlooked Allah, He sent down His affliction on them and wiped them out from existence leaving nothing of them save traits and signs. They were reduced to nothing but tales to be recounted and lessons to be learnt from their history. In this regard, Allah () says: So We punished each (of them) for his sins, of them were some on whom We sent Hasiban (a violent wind with shower of stones) [as the people of Lout (Lot)], and of them were some who were overtaken by As-Saihah [torment - awful cry, etc. (as Thamud or Shu'aib's people)], and of them were some whom We caused the earth to swallow [as Qarun (Korah)], and of them were some whom We drowned [as the people of Nuh (Noah), or Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and his people]. It was not Allah Who wronged them, but they wronged themselves. [Al-͑Ankabūt: 40]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Glorious Qur'ān and benefit us with the Sunnah of the Master of all Messengers! I say this and I seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah for me and for you.


    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah, Who has given in abundance, bestowed from His bounty profusely, and made recovery from His own afflictions! He bestowed His blessings on us; those we can see and those we can’t. Much praise be to Him, just in the same way He bestows on us! I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Him with no associate, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger! May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) and Peace upon him, his family, his Companions and the tabi'īn (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet  after his death).

    Now then, O Muslims!

    Working to safeguard those blessings we experience both in public and private –including homeland security, unity and affluence– calls for some Sharia (religious) considerations that may never be substituted with worldly ones. Rather, such considerations constitute the foundation in this respect.

    Two decades ago, you witnessed a world super power fall apart and collapse; its once national territory was fragmented into small states and its weapons turned into a commodity to be bought and sold. Its vast territories as well as its massive army and military might were no assets that could halt the process of disintegration. The latest and swift developments over the last few years reflect but a similar trend.

    By contrast, there is the Arabian Peninsula which was on the margin of civilization and history altogether. As the light of Islam sprang from it and began to shine on it, it became such a pivotal part of the world with treasures and goods flowing into it. Then, it underwent a setback for a while and lost impact until Allah brought about the Call of Reform (by Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahāb) in it in line with the prophetic approach three centuries ago. Once again, the Arabian Peninsula recovered its glamour and purity. Allah brought out for it and its people the treasures of the earth and bestowed on it from His bounty in ways it would never reckon. It developed into a nation to be revered throughout the world and to be feared by those who would pay no heed to it some decades back.

    This would have never been achieved for this part of the world if it weren’t for the support and benevolence of Allah Almighty and for its own will to make His Holy Book and the Sunnah of His Prophet () the foundation of its state. It shall endure for as long as it remains steadfast on that path. It shall persist so long as it takes good care of the foundation upon which it was erected.

    Endurance requires awareness of such a fact and perseverance on such a principle: And whoever changes Allah's Favour after it had come to him, [e.g. renounces the Religion of Allah (Islam) and accepts Kufr (disbelief),] then surely, Allah is Severe in punishment. [Al-Baqarah: 211]

    Those hostile attempts emanating from without and reverberating within through some of those caught in their spell –those who are trying to shake this country off its path of righteousness– are indeed attempts at severing the country from its sources of power and empowerment with which Allah has endowed it; at cutting off the heavenly bliss of livelihood and security that has been extended to it. It should be noted in this regard that a change in faith inevitably brings about a change in condition.

    We have been repeatedly warned through Allah’s ways and laws of dealing with nations across time and through His righteous words thus: And Allah puts forward the example of a township (Makkah), that dwelt secure and well content; its provision coming to it in abundance from every place, but it (its people) denied the Favours of Allah (with ungratefulness). So Allah made it taste the extreme of hunger (famine) and fear, because of that (evil, i.e. denying Prophet Muhammad) which they (its people) used to do. [An-Naḫl: 112]

    The change in faith whose consequences are to be feared is one that consists in either one of the two extremes: excess and negligence. Radicalism, ‘takfeer’ (charging fellow Muslims with unbelief), disregarding the sanctity of blood and stirring chaos are misdemeanors targeting primarily the integrity and stability of religion rather than people’s security and lives.

    Apostasy, the dissemination of adultery, the irreverence of Allah’s sanctities and the manifest acts of disobedience are geared to bring down religion and push people away from it. Verily, they are forms of ingratitude vis-à-vis Allah’s graces.

    Excessiveness and negligence, on the one hand, and lechery and extravagance, on the other, make up the two repulsive sides of debauchery that neither of which necessitates resistance and prevention more urgently than the other. Both of them are comparable to a pair of scissors that would clamp up on the connection between heaven and earth until it is severed.

    Why would people want to trade the graces of Allah with unbelief and thus bring about loss and calamity to their people? Have they not seen that We have made (Makkah) a secure sanctuary, and that men are being snatched away from all around them? [Al-͑Ankabūt: 67]

    Have they not seen that Allah has blessed us with security, communal life, goodness and virtue? Or are those wicked souls not willing to settle down before they ignite the flame of chaos, disorder, discord and perversity setting the stage for the propagation of vice and consequently the revelation of Allah’s indignation and retribution?

    It is indeed an obligation on the part of the rational people among us to prevent the foolish from wrongdoing, for when calamities strike, everybody is affected. Every Muslim is entitled to defend his right in helping maintain security and virtue.

    As long as counsel is mutually undertaken and prudence is a common practice among people they will remain safe from Allah’s scourge and the vanishing of His blessings. Allah says: And your Lord would never destroy the towns wrongfully, while their people were right-doers. [Hūd: 117]

    Therefore, you are called upon to be appreciative of Allah’s graces and never to take anything as substitute for them; otherwise Allah shall turn your life around. You are equally called upon to stand firm in the face of those preaching blasphemy.

    May Allah protect our homeland and those of all Muslims!

    O Allah! We seek refuge in You against the vanishing of Your graces, the change in the good health you granted us, the suddenness of Your vengeance, and all kinds of Your wrath!

    This being said, I advise you to send your salat and peace on the best and the purest of all mankind, Mohammad Ibn Abdullah, Al Hashimi, Al Qurashi.

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your servant and Messenger, Muhammad, on his good and pure family, on his sincere and audacious Companions, and on those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and victory to Muslims and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honoured 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! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm Islam and Muslims! 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 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-Aqsā Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    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 defenceless! O Allah! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case!

    O You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate! Spare their blood, safeguard their tranquillity, protect their honour, bring them close together, feed their hungry, grant them boldness, strength and victory against 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! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants!

    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 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. [Āl ͑Imrān: 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 implore You not to hold us accountable for our sins or for the deeds of the malevolent among us!

    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! O Allah! Send rain down on us! 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! Accept 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 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!

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


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    The Crime of Accusing Muslims of Unbelief Unjustly

    Safar 10, 1435 ~ December 13, 2013

    Khutbah Topic
    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Mohammad Āl Talib –may Allah protect him– delivered this Friday’s khutbah titled ‘The Crime of Accusing Muslims of Unbelief Unjustly’ in which Sheikh Saleh talked about moderation brought about by our shari’a and our religion. He warned against extremism and exaggeration in religion, and presented some examples of reproach in the Qur’ān and Sunnah to the Prophet and his Companions; then he talked about the suffering of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Syria. Finally he concluded by giving advice to all Muslims and reminding them of the necessity to unite and avoid division and to adopt a unified stance so as to prevail over their lurking enemies who are waiting for the opportunity to do them harm. He urged them to see to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Syria who are going through horrible trials and underscored the necessity of supporting them in this respect.

    Part one

    Praise be to Allah Who made His Religion our shari’a and made the Right Path clear to us. He made divine inspiration evidence and proof for approved actions and made our faith an epitome of moderation that may defeat anyone who tries to pursue a hard line in faith. I praise and thank my Lord (May He be extolled), and I ask for His guidance and forgiveness. He deserves all praise, thanks and glory. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger; he ordered us to follow his path and tenets, and to sacrifice our children, wealth and souls for him and his religion –may Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessings upon him. Allah sent him to clear the darkness (people were living in before Islam) and so the Right Path became clear to us and divine proof unmistakable. May Allah also send His Salat upon his family, Companions and the tabi’in (the contemporaries of the Companions after the death of the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him]) and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement.



    Now then,

    I urge you to observe true taqwā (fear of disobeying Allah) and adhere to Islam’s firm, reliable grip. 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. [Al-Baqarah: 281]. On that Day, only those who observed taqwā shall be saved: Paradise will be brought near to the Muttaqûn (pious - see V.2:2) not far off. (It will be said): "This is what you were promised, - (it is) for those oft-returning (to Allâh) in sincere repentance, and those who preserve their covenant with Allâh (by obeying Him in all what He has ordered, and worship none but Allâh Alone, i.e. follow Allâh's Religion, Islâmic Monotheism). "Who feared the Most Beneficent (Allâh) in the Ghaib (unseen): (i.e. in this worldly life before seeing and meeting Him), 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!" [Qāf: 31-34]

    Servants of Allah!

    Our Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) brought us from his Lord (to Whom belongs Might and Majesty) a complete, flawless and moderate shari’a that encourages neither exaggeration nor negligence. It has been implemented by Allah’s command, and perfected in accordance with His Wisdom. To show perfect loyalty to this shari’a and to show indefatigable preparedness to make it prevail, our Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) took it upon himself to safeguard its tenets and protect its dictates against adversaries as well as friends, i.e. those who would exaggerate in observing it or those who shun it. For any deviance befalling it, regardless of the perpetrators, be they admirers or loathers; proponents or opponents may affect it and result in a serious schism in it.

    Defending Allah’s shari’a dictates that no compromise be made for the sake of anyone, be they relatives, compatriots, or even a generally righteous person because faith is dearer than all, and sunnah is more precious than loved ones. This is a divine law and the Prophet’s teaching. Allah Almighty reproached Jonah when he left his village without permission. He threw him into the sea then into the whale’s belly. Allah also reproached our Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) when he frowned and turned away when a blind man came to him. Then, when he asked Allah to forgive a polytheist, Allah Almighty said, It is not (proper) for the Prophet and those who believe to ask Allâh's Forgiveness for the Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters, pagans, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh) even though they be of kin, ... [Al-Tawbah: 113] In another reproach, we read: May Allâh forgive you (O Muhammad SAW). Why did you grant them leave (for remaining behind, you should have persisted as regards your order to them to proceed on Jihâd), until those who told the truth were seen by you in a clear light, and you had known the liars? [Al-Tawbah: 43] Reproach is well-known in the case of Badr prisoners of war.

    There is also the case of a prophet-to-prophet reproach. Moses blamed his brother Hārūn (Aaron) for earnest concern about his Lord’s Message that he grabbed his brother by the beard and the head.

    Our Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) reproached his best friend Abu Bakr (May Allah be pleased with him) and told him, “You have probably angered them!” He was referring to Salman, Suhaib and Bilal. He also reprimanded Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) and said, “Have you taunted him with his mother?” Again, he blamed Usāmah Ibn Zaid for killing a man after he had uttered the shahādah [1] when he saw the flash of the sword. The Prophet said, “How could you kill him after he had said ‘lā ilāha illa Allāh (There is no deity except Allah)?’ What are you going to do with ‘lā ilāha illa Allāh’ when it comes on Doomsday?” “He said it only to save his life, O Allah’s Messenger!” Usāmah replied. “Have you looked into his heart?” the Prophet asked. “What are you going to do with ‘lā ilāha illa Allāh’ when it comes on Doomsday?” The Prophet repeated the question to him so many times that Usāmah wished he had become a Muslim only that day.

    The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) exonerated himself of the people that Khalid ( May Allah be pleased with him) killed from (the tribe of) Bani Judhaimah as they were unable to say “aslamna” (We have become Muslims) and instead said “ṣaba’nā” [2] (We have renounced our religion). Many other examples could be cited in this respect.

    O Muslims!

    While citing the aforementioned examples, we notice some of those who are considered righteous ‒those who think that they are sacrificing their lives in the cause of Allah‒ commit worse sins than those committed by some dissolute villains. Their sins were much more harmful to Islam than those perpetrated by many sinners. Such sinners have received little advice and no denunciation.

    Some righteous people have tried to justify their reticence in various ways. Some have argued that they did not want the enemy to gloat or the delinquent to rejoice. Others have opined that reticence has priority. They have forgotten that even prophets and the best of the Prophet’s Companions had been reproached.

    O servants of Allah!
    Among the gravest evil acts perpetrated by some are the crime of unjustly accusing a Muslim of unbelief and the crime of shedding his blood. The latter is often the consequence of the former. Both are grave sins in Allah’s sight on account of the great harm they both pose for the faith and the faithful. They prevent the dissemination of the message of Islam and the spread of its Call. In addition, they are sources of the corruption inflicted on the Muslim society.

    Some people might avoid alcohol consumption, adultery, usury, and other major sins. However, Satan may deceive them into far worse sins such as unjustly accusing a Muslim of unbelief. The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said, “He who calls his brother [in Islam] ‘O you Kafir (unbeliever)’ then one of them is a Kafir.” Alternatively, one might unlawfully shed someone else’s blood. The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said, “The Mu’min (believer) will still be within the boundaries of his faith unless he unlawfully commits bloodshed.” [Narrated by Bukhari]

    He also said (as narrated by Al-Nasā’ī and Ibn Mājah), “The destruction of the world is easier in the sight of Allah than the killing of a Muslim.” In line with this, Allah Almighty says, And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allâh are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him [Al-Nisā’: 93]

    Satan has despaired of those who cling to religious tenets and avoid major sins. If Satan tried to tempt one of them into unlawfully accepting a dirham, he would not certainly be tempted. Then, Satan lures him into accusing a Muslim of unbelief and then into killing him. Such a person becomes a burden on the faith, and a disaster to the ummah. His sin register will outweigh that of a life-long delinquent. He is similar to the one who murdered Al-Husain [3] (may Allah be pleased with him) then asked whether killing a mosquito is tolerated, and those who kill Muslims and spare the pagans.

    O Muslims!

    When scholars’ esteem wears thin in the youths’ eyes, and their reverence is undermined by newspapers and columnists or by extremists and hardliners, the younger generation will be brought up on chaotic authority. Novices and dreamers alike will inevitably step in to assume religious authority; consequently, not only will they go astray, but they will also misguide others. The easy recourse to accusing others of unbelief is, more often than not, preceded by scholars being disparaged and attacked by the impudent, be they extremists or antagonists. However, they are on equal footing in sin and effect. In the past four decades, we have seen some of the faith-loving Muslim youths who are earnestly concerned about their ummah repeat their past mistakes and failures. Consequently, the ummah takes one step forward but many backward. Not a single asset is gained without several concurrent liabilities.

    This often happens in times of disasters whose details are witnessed by kind-hearted youths who may succumb to emotion and be overwhelmed by zealotry to the stage that they may accuse scholars of negligence in presenting what is right and of shirking their capital duties. They witness the enemy rushing upon the ummah and the inefficacy of many Arab and Muslim governments. Thus, some of them may rebel; others may mobilise themselves to make jihad. Yet, some may lose confidence in their scholars. Their opinions may vary, and their inclination may be contradictory. All this may drive a wedge in the nation’s entity that may ultimately turn detrimental.

    Some sympathizers may turn a blind eye to this defect under the pretext that these youths are fulfilling a collective obligation [4] ignored by those more responsible for it. However, the danger among them and because of them grows, whereas good diminishes and contracts. Finally, they will realize that they have neither travelled long nor kept their rides. Quite the opposite, they might return home empty-handed leaving their enemy even stronger, and the crops of their endeavour reaped by others. (Not translated) In this case, everybody bears the consequences.

    Today, Syria is a living example. When the enemies of Muslims and Arabs colluded against Syria, most of the Arab and Muslim governments failed to act or desisted from any action that might put an end to the Syrian catastrophe. Therefore, belligerent organizations and parties multiplied and rushed to take part in the war. Many good-intentioned youths were also involved. However, intelligence agencies and the devils had some fingers in the dirty pie. It has been discovered that the on-going struggle is partly fought between some of these organizations which have become a fertile ground for takfīr (accusing Muslims of unbelief) and liquidations. Nay, some of them are bent on hunting for zealous youths trying to recruit them to act against their own countries and even their protectors.

    Some scholars have failed to explain the reality of the role played by those pursuing the takfīr path and legalizing bloodshed in re-enacting past disasters the blood of which is still fresh and tears running.

    We are certain that some of them only had good intentions, which emphasizes that this country and its scholars were right when they warned against going blindly to sites with unknown colours and with partisans harbouring mysterious agendas.

    O you scholars!

    Jihad is the apex of Islam. But the mujahideen are only fallible human beings. Criticizing what is wrong in jihad does not entail criticizing jihad itself, nor is it meant to dampen the spirit of jihad or deny its great effect on the life of the ummah and the glory of the faith. We have to make it absolutely clear; we must not mince matters; we are facing a very serious problem. It is the problem of defacing honest jihad and doing harm to true mujahideen, who are defending their ummah and their homeland.
    As we denounce the aberration of the dissolute and the presumptuousness of Islam haters, we have to denounce counter aberration since it is much worse and more harmful to the nation. This will keep our path clear and straight. Calling to the Way of Allah should be carried out with kindness and compassion, without any resort to classification or calling for hostility. Try to win them over, for this is closer to righteousness.

    We are told that when Ibn Abbas debated with the Kharijites [5] , four thousands of them returned to the fold. This does not normally happen with the depraved. The Caliph accepted their return and did not punish them for defecting to the other side. This is the way to deal with suspects, whose hands are not tarnished with unlawful blood, taking into account that their motives are mainly well-intentioned. One of the most important reasons for victory is rank purification. Allah described a group of people saying, Had they marched out with you, they would have added to you nothing except disorder, and they would have hurried about in your midst (spreading corruption) and sowing sedition among you, and there are some among you who would have listened to them. And Allâh is the All-Knower of the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.). [Al- Tawbah: 47]

    We must distinguish the good from the bad, the mujahid from the saboteur, and the reformist from the corruptor, bearing in mind that he who defends his homeland against the enemy is right and is making jihad. Denunciation and censure are levelled against a group who got involved in that path and not against all.

    O Muslim Youths!

    Good intentions are hardly enough in securing a good end for Islam and Muslims. Yes, a Muslim may be excused and rewarded in certain cases. Allah may grant his servant the honour of jihad or martyrdom that he was looking forward to. However, this does not mean that he who has attained this has achieved victory for, or supported, Islam. Nay, some of them might go to war just to get killed not knowing that living and life in the cause of Allah are sometimes more beneficial for the ummah than a hasty death in the cause of Allah.

    Despite the fact that shahādah (martyrdom) is the greatest goal of the jihadist, the ultimate goal of jihad is sublimating Allah’s word in order to preclude fitnah (trial) for Muslims in their religion, wealth and honour, and that religion (i.e. worship) is (acknowledged to be) for Allah [6].

    This is emphasized by what Imam Ahmad had reported in his Musnad. He reported that Abu Umāmah (may Allah be pleased with him) asked the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) three times on separate occasions to supplicate Allah to grant him shahādah (martyrdom), and in each occasion the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) would answer, “O Allah, keep them safe and grant them the spoils of victory!”

    Shahādah is a personal gain, whereas sacrificing life and wealth in the cause of Allah has long-lasting benefits. He who sincerely prays Allah for Shahādah will attain it even if he dies a normal death in his bed.

    We emphasize this and approve of it at a time when the West and East are all smiles as they watch this war raging and dragging on and on; a war that has already devoured, and is still devouring, tender bodies and souls.

    We see the enemy rejoicing at seeing the best of Muslim youth lining up just to be killed; those enemies are trying their best to make sure that neither party wins in order that the wheel of death continues reaping lives.

    This situation necessitates on Muslim states to do their best to bring this battle to an end since the oppressive party that can put an end to this tragedy does not care about its people's blood or its citizens' souls. The oppressor, in fact, is not one of them; neither is his religion theirs, nor his grief. He is using foreigners and strangers against his own people.

    O Muslim youth who are anxious to secure a bright future for their Ummah!

    When somebody calls in question the integrity of the religious scholars of your Ummah, the leaders of your country and seeks to fuel your anger at them, at your country and people, you should know that he has taken the battle to your country, that its fuel are your countrymen and the loser is your homeland. Be sure that our great religion will not reap any good out of this.

    Never lose hope in your own people and kinsfolk, for either they have got an excuse that you have failed to understand or that they are in a negligence which can be treated but not through causing fighting or hatred. You have to learn a lesson from those who were implicated in such risky paths then felt remorse when it was too late.

    Servants of Allah!

    All the above could be said with respect to treating an injury in a healthy body or cleaning out a stain in a clean shiny cloth; otherwise good is abundant and our youth are generally fine and straight. Most of them are on good right guidance that pleases the hearts of Muslims and displeases the hearts of the hypocrites who never stop mixing good with evil and making unfair generalisations. They have found their luck with few religious individuals to vent their frustration on the religion itself and to market their deviations as being the real moderation. However, what happened and is still happening is predestined by Allah; it is a test from Him and a purification so that the believer will be distinguished from the hypocrite and the good person from the fāsiq (corrupt) one, and so that hearts express their true inner feelings. Eventually, those who perish [through disbelief] will perish upon evidence and those who live on [in faith] will live upon evidence [7].

    Allah's religion shall definitely prevail; it does not need us to give it victory, but we need it to promote it and raise it above everything and everyone.

    O Allah! Show us the Truth as truth and guide us to follow it, and show us evil as evil and guide us to avoid it! O Allah! Guide us by Your will to the truth of which people hold contradictory views for You guide whomever You will to a straight path!

    May Allah bless you and me by the Glorious Qur'ān and benefit us with the Sunnah of the Master of all Messengers! I say this and seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah for me and for you.

    Part Two

    All the praises and thanks are to Allah, to whom belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. He is all the praises and thanks in the Hereafter, and He is the All-wise the All-aware. (1). He knows that which goes into the earth and that which comes forth from it, and that which descends from the heaven and that which ascends to it. And He is the Most Merciful, the Oft-Forgiving. [Saba': 1-2]. I praise my Lord (May He be extolled) and thank Him and ask for His forgiveness! I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger! May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him, his family, his Companions, the tabi'īn (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] after his death), and those who follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgement! (Not translated)

    O Muslims!

    Seeking truth and justice is a natural disposition in man. During the pre-Islamic era and after the advent of Islam people used to hasten to charters, rules, and orders that would protect rights and establish justice. However, some people adopt falsehood as truth till they reach their goals though these go against justice.

    What draws the attention nowadays is the fast pace of events and their turbulence, the speed of transformations and their disparity. These are transformations and changes in thought, principles, and policies and a withdrawal from charters, values, and treaties. You could see the positions (stands) of many states and individuals like the waves of a tumultuous sea, and you could see peoples and principles among them as a bird's nest being jerked around by these positions till it is torn out while nobody cares about it.

    Thus, who was a devil yesterday under the banner of religion has become today a dear friend with no heed paid to religion! Since religion is taken merely as a means to achieve (worldly) goals. There is no consideration either for those peoples whose lives have been torn apart, the bloodshed, the values and covenants for these do not really matter as they are merely means used to achieve certain goals and greed. This is indeed the reality of man when he distances himself from Allah’s way.

    Thanks are due to events, for they have revealed the ugly face of the materialistic civilization and the truth and reality of many organizations, parties, and policies as well. These events have shown that their celebration of human rights, defense of the truth, and advocating rights of the oppressed are only false slogans. Moreover these events showed men of values and principles who take the side of truth, righteousness, and justice even though they might be alone.

    Muslims had joined world associations and international organizations, but what did they reap? Was their blood protected, and their rights kept? Or were these trodden by those who are powerful in such a shameless and disconcerting manner?!

    The Muslim world nowadays is being hit strongly, and the executioners want to suffocate it and achieve their greed mercilessly. There is Palestine and our occupied Aqsa Mosque being sold and bought, its lands (with trees and plants) shovelled away, and its people displaced. Still, there is no just decision!!

    Look at Syria! It is witnessing its plight with millions of homeless people and hundreds of thousands of dead and injured!!

    The world is getting together to secure its selfish greed while turning a blind eye to a crystal clear oppression, and it is never keeping its convents and treaties.

    Against these events and changes, a Muslim needs certain clear landmarks and truths to stick to and a safe haven to sail into lest his boat sinks by tumultuous storms. There is no haven safer than resorting to Allah Almighty, asking for His forgiveness, supplicating Him and relying on Him. He is the best Lord and the best Supporter; therefore, hasten your escape to Allah.

    Islam is a faith, legislation and deeply rooted principles a Muslim lives by and for and stands to defend. Indeed, our future is bound by being faithful and sincere to our religion. However, holding tight to truth and right requires strenuous responsibilities Muslims can withstand. They can exercise patience vis-à-vis the discouragements of those who betray, impede and oppose them: O you who believe! Take care of your ownselves (do righteous deeds and fear Allah much). If you (follow) the right guidance [and enjoin what is right (Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbid what is wrong (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden)] no hurt can come to you from those who are in error. [Al-Māidah: 105]

    O Muslims!

    A true Muslim does not get disheartened or perplexed; he does not get weak nor does he hesitate, for he trusts Allah (May He be extolled) and has complete faith in Him, And indeed We have written in AZ-Zabur [i.e. all the revealed Holy Books – the Taurat (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel), the Psalms, the Qur'an) after (We have already written in) Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz (the Book that is in the heaven with Allah), that My righteous slaves shall inherit the land (i.e. the land of Paradise). [Al-Anbiyā: 105]

    People remained for some time unable to distinguish right from falsehood and attracted to slogans. However, Allah's Sunnah and wisdom remain unabated: Allah will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now, until He distinguishes the wicked from the good. Nor will Allah disclose to you the secrets of the Ghaib (Unseen). [Āl-‘Imrān: 179]

    Calamities perhaps train people to be strong and patient. They can polish the very natures of people who have indulged in luxury and desires: ….and it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you. [Al-Baqarah: 216]

    What we surely believe in is that Allah wants good for this Ummah and that its destiny is going to be better even though it may be affected by evil and harm and may have repeatedly suffered from calamities. How much we are in need to trust Allah, rely on Him and have complete faith in Him, while, at the same time, try our best to achieve victory.

    O Muslims!

    Some of the big signs (of preparing for victory) include: unity and cooperation, and abandoning disunity and disagreement. Unity is an urgent, great Islamic need, for the worst kind of disunity is that in religion.

    Also, you have to beware of false rumours and disquieting news, for they are a destructive axe to unity and agreement. How many a short-sighted word or an uncalculated behaviour became a fuel that could set one’s own home on fire, lead to disorder, corruption, insecurity, instability, attack on persons and possessions in a state of total chaos and blindness.

    O Muslims!

    Muslim countries are targeted and the current situation features many means of destruction and dispersion. A Muslim is supposed to avoid what may promote wrath and enmity. He should beware of the lying media, avoid what fills his heart with wrath on his people and country. Allah Almighty has prohibited keeping company to whimsical, suspicious and corrupt people.

    O servants of Allah!

    In a final gesture about Shām narrated by Ibn Rajab –may Allah bless his soul‒ he said: "Omar Ibn Al-Khattab –may Allah be pleased with him‒ used to write to the people of Shām at the start of winter advising them thus: winter has come and it is an enemy; therefore, be ready for it in terms of wool, shoes, and socks; make wool your clothes and covers, for cold is an enemy that is fast in coming (into the body) late in leaving it. Omar used to write to the people of Shām when it was conquered during his time; he was afraid that the companions (of the Prophet) there and others might be hurt by the cold they were not used to."

    Omar Al-fārūq [8] sensed the enmity of cold to those who were in Shām at that time in spite of the security and welfare they were enjoying there. Today, however, security has departed from these homelands, houses have been destroyed, and homes are being replaced by rags and tents which do not protect against bitter cold or rain.

    Wars, homelessness, cold, hunger, and siege have rushed madly on the people of Shām. Many have let them down and have not tried to save their lives and wipe off their tears. They did not successfully deter their enemy who is oppressing them.

    At least, Muslims who are financially capable must do their duties towards the people of Shām, both refugees and residents, especially now that cold is bitter, rain is constant, and snow has covered them with its fatal quilt. Therefore, the least that Muslims can do in order to expiate their letting down of their brothers is to donate clothes and food to protect them against hunger and cold.

    All Muslims must give whatever they can so their brothers and sisters will be contented and in no need of the help of others, especially that death is roaming among their camps harvesting with its scythe the souls of children, the elderly, and women.

    It is not an aspect of manhood or religion to check our children before they go to bed and find that we have made available for them heat and covers and that they are sleeping safely at home while the souls of the children of our brothers and sisters there are clattering. They are dying before their fathers' eyes. These fathers can do nothing except shed rattling tears to accompany this tragedy and seal up this sad chapter of the child's short life.

    Stand in support of your brothers and sisters ‒may Allah help you and them‒ and give what can ward off calamity from you and them.

    O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters, for You are Most Compassionate and All-Knowing of their conditions! O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters, for You are Most Compassionate and All-Knowing of their conditions!

    O servants of Allah!

    I advise you to send your salat and peace on the best and the purest of all mankind, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, Al Hashimi, Al Qurashi.

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your servant and Messenger, Muhammad, on his good and pure family, on his sincere and audacious Companions, and on those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and victory to Muslims and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honoured 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! 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 it the cause of their own destruction! O Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in Palestine 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-Aqsā Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    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 defenceless! O Allah! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case!

    O You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate! Spare their blood, replace their fear with safety, protect their honour, bring them close together, feed their hungry, grant them boldness, strength and victory against their oppressors!

    O Allah! Set right their conditions, unite them around righteousness, and protect them against the evil-doers amongst them!

    O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants!

    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! Spread security and prosperity over our homeland and all Muslim homelands! Protect us against the evil of evil-doers and the wickedness of the dissolute!

    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. [Āl ͑Imrān: 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!

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

    O Allah! Accept 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 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] The shahādah (الشهادة), in this context, is the uttering of “Ash-hadu an lā ilāha illa Allāh (wa ash-hadu anna Muhammad rasūlu Allāh” (I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah [and that Muhammad is His Messenger]). He who utters it becomes a Muslim.

    [2] Ṣaba’a (صبأ) means to renounce one’s religion. The Arab polytheists of the time of the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) used it to refer to conversion to Islam, because they looked at it from the point of view of renouncing their forefathers’ religion.

    [3] He is one of the two grandsons of the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him), the other being Al-Hasan.

    [4] This is known in Arabic as (فرض كفاية). It is an obligation or a duty on the whole Muslim community. However, if it is undertaken by some members, it would suffice the rest. If none does it, then the whole community will have sinned. Note that farḏ ‘ain (فرض عين), individual duty or obligation, which is opposed to farḏ kifāyah, means a duty that has to be done by every Muslim, such as praying five times a day.

    [5] The Arabic word for kharijites is (الخوارج). They were a fanatic group of Muslims who claimed that the fourth Righteous Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Ṭālib and Mu’āwiyah as well as others were all unbelievers and should be killed. They were responsible for the assassination of Ali (May Allah be pleased with him).

    [6] This expression is borrowed from the Holy Qurā’n, Surat Al-Baqarah, verse 193.

    [7] This expression is borrowed from the Holy Qur’ān, surat Al-Anfāl, verse 42.

    [8] Al-Fārūq (الفاروق) is a title given to Omar Ibn Al-Khaṭāb (May Allah be pleased with him). The word actually means someone who discriminates good from evil or right from wrong.

    Source: Al-Fārūq (الفاروق) is a title given to Omar Ibn Al-Khaṭāb (May Allah be pleased with him). The word actually means someone who discriminates good from evil or right from wrong.


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    [SIZE=12px]The Ummah's malady and its remedy

    Rabi-uth- Thaani 28, 1435 ~ February 28, 2014[/SIZE]



    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Ä€l-Tālib –may Allah protect him− delivered this Friday’s khutbah entitled “The Ummah’s Malady and Its Remedy”. He spoke about the causes of the Ummah’s weakness and the series of calamities befalling it in recent decades. He further explained that this situation is imputable to a major reason: namely, Muslims’ failure to adhere to the Holy Qur’ān and the Noble Sunnah, in addition to the blatant disunity among them. Finally, he insisted on the necessity of remedying that especially at the hands of Muslim scholars (the Ulama) and rulers.

    Part One
    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah Who sent His Prophet with guidance and the final of divine messages. Allah sent him with revelation, supported him with miracles, unified with him the Arab tribes formerly disunited, and rescued them through him from obscurity to radiant light. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone –the Lord of the Earth and the Lord of the Heavens. How profuse His bounties are! How numerous His graceful blessings are despite our interminable sinning! I equally bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s Servant and Messenger. His Lord perfected His creation, blessed his inherently noble self, made his guidance a token of purity for all creatures, and imparted lustre to the whole universe through His religion. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him, his family, his Companions, the tabi’in (the contemporaries of the Companions after the death of the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him]), and all those who follow them righteously till the Day of Judgement!

    Now then,

    The best advice ever provided, after offering due praise and greetings, is to urge you to observe taqwa vis-à -vis Allah, the Supreme Being: O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger (SAW) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and made to enter Paradise). [Al-Aḥzāb: 70-71]

    Each of you shall return to Allah and proceed to the Hereafter. Time flies, days hasten to their destination unfolding our lifespan. Human souls in the Herein are bare and shall soon return to their owner (Allah). Gates leading to Allah are still wide open, and with Allah lies all vow of recompense and threat of chastisement. He is lurking for tyrants but His bounties for obeisant worshippers are endless.

    O Muslims!

    Nowadays, the whole world is engaged in a fierce struggle for realising political, nationalistic, religious, and economic desires. It is witnessing a number of serious crises due to individual whims, regional avidity, and tyranny deriving its very existence from committing atrocities and aggressions. This has led to the emergence of wrongdoing, injustice, warfare, casualties, and devastation of material assets, which threatens the whole world with turmoil and deteriorating conditions.

    Muslims have been largely affected by such calamities. Having fallen prey to the greed of other nations, their share of the disaster has been twice as much as the others’. Some of their territories were colonised, their resources completely exhausted, their sources of livelihood and riches stolen, and their voices lost. They have been experiencing disunity, dislocation, conflicts, and divergence. Meanwhile, many of the other countries are organising themselves into international coalitions and alliances which have ironed out their differences. As a result, they have come closer to one another in order to serve their mutual interests, bearing in mind that the Muslims’ bonds of unity, solidarity, collaboration, and mutual assistance are potentially stronger than those extant among all the other nations of the entire globe.

    The real conditions of Muslims today are quite similar to those they once experienced on the day of Al-Aḥzāb (the Confederates)[1]: When they came upon you from above you and from below you, and when the eyes grew wild and the hearts reached to the throats, and you were harbouring doubts about Allâh. [Al-Aḥzāb: 10].

    Look at the Al-Aqsā Mosque ... the Holy Land and its outskirts ... the Levant (Sham) of glory and its inhabitants ... Burma and Central Africa ... the turmoil in so many Muslim countries, internal fighting (civil strife), and the rush of enemies from east and west to seize them.

    The wound of Palestine is still bleeding; the more Muslims are preoccupied with incidental events, the more the occupier reopens that very wound to cause painful irritation, which becomes all the more provocative for millions of Muslims. In so doing, provokers are simply accelerating the emergence of revolts and confrontations which can easily be triggered but slowly subdued. The Muslim peoples are experiencing today the state of a boiling cauldron. Being aware of such a vulnerable situation, their enemies rushed to block their aspirations and abort their dreams, using as their ally certain wicked souls and all those who want to induce their people to sink into decadence, humiliation and expatriation.

    The one billion Muslims are now experiencing ordeals and cruel predicaments across the world; in fact, it is part of Allah’s universal rule of trial through affliction so that Allah might accomplish a matter which He had already ordained.[2]

    O Muslims!

    Our great Muslim Ummah, which is deeply rooted in history, is a high-ranking pioneer nation; it prevailed over the world throughout ages of human history. Therefore, its welldeserved destiny is to continue to occupy its leading position, since it represents the closure of nationhood, the owner of the most perfect divine laws, the witness to successive generations of mankind, and the inheritor of the revealed divine religions the final True Religion.

    Under its rule, the whole world enjoyed stability and people benefited from its justice. When it called people to Islam through wise counselling, they were guided to the path of their Creator.
    Under its rule, the earth was connected to the avenues of bliss ascending towards heaven. At that moment in history, Muslims were completely aware of the quintessential nature of their own Ummah and its merits thanks to the wise leadership of their rulers, scholars, and judicious people. They offered sacrifice and showed patience and perseverance. Consequently, they enjoyed the blessings of life, and so did their Ummah and the entire world. The fruit of the prevalence of the final religion (Islam) announcing the sealing of divine revelation was so bountiful that it affected even the lives of animals, birds, and plants.

    Now that the equilibrium has been disturbed, the civilisation of the machine has prevailed over that of Man, egotism has been dominant, morality has decayed, many advocates of this religion have grown powerless and have turned easy prey to the maladies affecting previous nations, and now that many Muslim rulers have failed to assume their full responsibility, this Ummah has been split into factions with little control over their destiny. Their force has been scattered to the four winds, their might has lost all momentum, and their position among the nations has deteriorated.

    As a corollary, people today seek guidance from sources other than Islam; they turn to other nations for counsel; they over-rely on the products of materialistic civilisation and the gist of modern thought. The only outcome has been further loss and straying in life. Nevertheless, our only relief here is that the malady whose symptoms are the aforementioned failures does not reside in Islam per se, but it is the fault of many of its followers and advocates. This is why the torch has not been extinguished but rather its carrier has felt exhausted. The sun has not gone down below the horizon but its watcher’s eyes have rather turned blind. Indeed, this religion resists extinction. It resists dilution although some of its followers have melted into soft substance. Even if one generation does not fully assume its responsibility vis-Ã -vis its religion, Allah will create other generations to assume such responsibility.

    All the foregoing elements urge us to stop for a moment of contemplation in order to find a way out. That is to say, to look for a rescue path and an optimal plan for the rebirth of our Ummah so that we can protect it from afflictions, wars, poverty, scarcity, diseases, and ignorance. Today’s conflict between nations is not a mere competition for victory but it is rather a struggle for survival. It is a matter of existence or non-existence: to be or not to be!

    In an era of intellectual and cultural globalisation followed by an economic and political globalisation, and in an era of dominant superpowers where everyone is trying to impose their own opinion by force, solidarity among Muslims remains the ultimate tool of survival, since the world around us is constantly building coalitions and only united powerful groupings command due respect.

    The Muslim peoples categorically reject all types of faith except Islam. They adhere to it as a creed, a system of government, a religion which unites their dispersion, a brotherly bond unifying their ranks, sincere deeds fulfilling their goals, justice reigning over their societies, and equality enjoyed by all social strata so that they could live in peace and worship Allah in serenity.

    O Muslims!

    Solidarity and mutual assistance are a natural predisposition in human nature, an authentic Islamic principle, and a magnificent divine command: ... Help you one another in Al-Birr and AtTaqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression...  [Al-Māedah: 2]. Allah (Glory Be to Him: He is the Venerated of All Speakers) said: And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allâh (i.e. this Qur'ân), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allâh's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islâmic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allâh makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided. [Ä€l ‘Imrān: 103]

    The Messenger of Allah [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] said, “In their solidarity, mutual love and affection, the believers are comparable to the human body: whenever an organ is affected, the rest of the organs will consequently respond via symptoms of insomnia and fever.” [Reported by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari] He [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] also said, “The believer is to the co-believer like building blocks, they mutually support each other.” In the Musnad of Imam Ahmed ‒via a good chain of narration‒ the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] said, “Congregation is mercy whereas disunity is torment.”

    The first thing the Messenger of Allah [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] did when he emigrated from Makkah to Madinah was to enjoin the Muhajireen (Muslim immigrants from Makkah) and the Ansār (Muslim supporters in Madinah) to establish brotherly ties with each other. As a matter of fact, Qur’ānic verse and the Prophet’s hadith have repeatedly exhorted people to adhere to unity and reject disunity. This is not only a religious commandment but also a rational principle, since divergence pertains to irrationality. Allah (To Whom belong Might and Majesty) said: ...You would think they were united, but their hearts are divided, that is because they are a people who understand not. [Al-Ḥashr: 14] Accordingly, Allah once tormented a certain people by inflicting on it Diaspora for forty years during which they went astray everywhere on Earth.

    O servants of Allah!

    This Muslim Ummah has a historical heritage of unity and consensual spirit. More than any other nation, it possesses the potential and the constituent elements of unity. Throughout history, it has tried to follow labyrinthine tracks leading down blind alleys and obscure pathways, but it has neither succeeded nor gained any insight in traversing those paths out and back.

    The Islamic Ummah is expected to sincerely and faithfully try to hold fast to the very motives that represent its raison d’être, return to its spirit of leadership, and adhere to the essence of its message. We are hoping that this expectation will be shared by all Muslim people: including people in power, those concerned with Islamic da’wa, politicians, economists, educationalists, and sociologists in our modern world. We expect them to adopt such a view and defend it sincerely, faithfully, resolutely, and decisively so that our Ummah can regain and occupy its due position among the nations of the world and realise the divine proclamation in Allah’s (Glory and Grandeur Be to Him) statement: You [true believers in Islâmic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden), and you believe in Allâh. [Ä€l ‘Imrān: 110]

    Nowadays, the world is witnessing the bankruptcy of Western values, the disintegration of man-made secular systems, the multiplicity of disasters affecting mankind, the decadence of human dignity. It is also witnessing the support of discriminatory doctrines and sectarian perspectives which advocate and lead to bloodshed in Muslim societies, divide their opinion, twist their religion, ruminating past enmities and our predecessors’ grievances, and allowing animosities and vengeance to take root.

    The Ummah’s disunity is further aggravated by the hysteria of partisan affiliation and the multiplicity of identifying labels to the point that the noble designation originally assigned to the members of this Ummah –that is, Muslims− is about to disappear amidst the vast ocean of partisan and sectarian affiliation which, whether forced or voluntary, further itemises society and fosters disunity in already divided communities. To add insult to injury, categorisation enthusiasts have become so label-sensitive that they classify Muslims on the basis of a single term uttered or even via misclassification.

    This requires from all Muslims to realize the magnitude of the responsibility of preserving the remainder of their territories and communities and to proceed to building solidarity amongst them in order to reduce the gravity of their differences. They also need to work seriously and steadily in order to gradually realise unity as stipulated by the Holy Qur’ān and the Noble Sunnah. While engaged in such a process, they have to be equipped with a proper understanding and realistic knowledge of modern life in order to move on confidently and steadily. All improvisation or reactive response has to be avoided. All events and incidents should be handled according to the modern spirit in conjunction with the Shar’ (Islamic legislation or law): So fear Allâh and adjust all matters of difference among you. [Al-Anfāl: 1]

    Unification attempts have been made on premises other than those of Islam. Such attempts have been founded on nationalistic and racist thoughts which would alienate Islamic faith and overlook its laws or legislations. Each time, the outcome has been but loss, dispersion, bloody wounds and devastating effects which are still at the root of the Ummah’s suffering.

    O Muslims!

    There are signs of glad tidings despite the doom and gloom and the grave dangers afflicting Muslims, despite the ferocity of the offensive launched against them. Verily, the Ummah teems with goodness and benevolence; it is a good enough witness and observant of righteousness and justice among people: And so are the days (good and not so good), We give to men by turns. [Ä€l ‘Imrān: 140]

    If willing to act in good faith, a unified Muslim Ummah would be able to set a model of integrity and a living example of true Islam; that kind of Islam for which all mankind aspire in order to be saved from its stumbles, agitation and bankruptcy with respect to values and morals in a world dominated by the dictates of the ego, materialism and mad passion. It is a world where morals and political initiatives are overpowered by such dictates and where materialism has failed to ensure happiness for people and to put an end to warfare and conflicts.

    The current rupture befalling Muslims today is but a temporary misfortune; it is one that Islam had already experienced and subsequently overcome and survived. Verily, succumbing to defeat is a misdeed, loss of confidence in the future and a sin. Defeat comes from within the self before it is brought by pressure from the enemy, and we are not the first nation to be trialled and forced to live contrary to its will.

    The imperativeness of solidarity is a matter imposed by reality, recommended by experience, and prompted by the critical phase our Ummah is undergoing in a world where people who are so far apart culturally, religiously and ethnically rush to seek solidarity among them in order to safeguard their common interests. If this is the case, then we should be the first to be entitled to such attribute and endeavour, as our Lord ‒the Almighty– said: Truly! This, your Ummah [Sharia or religion (Islamic Monotheism)] is one religion, and I am your Lord, therefore worship Me (Alone). [Tafsir Ibn Kathir ] [Al-Anbiyā’: 92] He (May He be extolled) also said: And verily! This, your religion (of Islamic Monotheism) is one religion, and I am your Lord, so keep your duty to Me. [Al-Mu’minÅ«n: 52]

    O Allah! Bless us by the Qur’ān and the Sunnah and benefit us with the verses and wisdom they contain! I say this and ask Almighty Allah to forgive you and me.


    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 bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, the King, and the Manifest Truth. I also bear witness that Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) 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 noble and chaste family, his magnanimous and auspicious Companions, on the tabi'în (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] after his death), and on all those who have followed them righteously till the Day of Judgment!

    Now, then

    Among the good omens is the hosting in Makkah ‒the Islamic capital, the birthplace of the Revelation, and the Qiblah [3] of all Muslims‒ of the gathering of senior Muslim scholars from around the world under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques –May Allah grant him success. These scholars have come to examine the reality of the Muslim world including its problems and solutions, and seek to carry out the aspirations of the Muslim Ummah.

    Religious scholars (The Ulama) always remain our best hope during times marked with political turmoil and multiplicity of factions and partisanships: They seek to unify the Ummah on the grounds of Tawheed (monotheism); they show people Truth and guide them to it; they reveal the aspersion of falsehood and prevent them from practicing it; they take up tasks that would make of Islamic solidarity a reality and not a dream, a tangible reality and not just something to be wished for.

    The time has come for the leaderships across the Muslim world to help come true the dream of their peoples in achieving solidarity and unity among them on premises that would please their Lord (May He be extolled) and bring happiness to them.

    The obligation of putting an end to the state of dispersion experienced by Muslims falls squarely on the Ummah’s leaders and scholars. All nations have managed to achieve unity, so how come ours is the only one that is still dispersed despite the availability of the means to secure it, the pressing need for it, the warranty of success and the abundance of resources?! We look forward to a type of union and solidarity that would yield much goodness and blessing in all fields of life and help empower our Ummah to lead the other nations and to defend itself, its values and existence.

    Such solidarity will be of no avail to the Ummah unless it is mentored by an unswerving religious authority that would form the foundation for its unity and its launch pad towards reform. Such authority is represented by the Revelation embodied in the Book of Allah (May He be extolled), the Sunnah of His Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) and the righteous path set by the valued Companions of the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him). Allah, the Almighty, said: O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination. [Al-Nisā’: 59]. He - the Almighty – also said: And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers' way. We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell - what an evil destination. [Al-Nisā’: 115]

    Hence, it is incumbent upon the (religious) scholars to help unify the Ummah around righteousness, to speak about the Truth loudly and clearly and to observe the candidness of Allah’s religion regardless of courtesy and civility. The discord in religion currently befalling the Ummah, the rampant ambiguity in the approach of Truth and Falsehood and the employment of religion to achieve political ambitions are indeed the main impediments behind its weakening and dispersion. In fact, today's reality attests to the futility of sectarianism and partisanship. Hence blood is heedlessly shed, countries destroyed, and Muslims displaced in their own lands.

    Such misfortune is only fuelled by evil Sheikhs and leaders who have swept along with them into polytheism a number of Muslims. They have managed to reshape their thoughts and reasoning to make of them foes and warriors against their own Ummah. Driven by their heinous desire to pursue certain cases of historical feud –of which they make no part or parcel – such Sheikhs have attributed to Islam unlikely creeds, legislations, stories, and information. It is such a cheap attempt to use in absentia certain Muslim groups. They got into politics in the name of religion where it was revealed that the latter was none of their concerns. They succeeded in making appeal to their pathos and using their ignorance.

    O Muslims!

    Enough of this state of oblivion and unconsciousness! Enough of these intimidation endeavours being permeated via pressing charges of fanaticism in order to justify inaction against those who do indeed practice sectarianism in word, deed and belief! The time has come to shout out loud for the halting of foreign interventions that are rocking our security and causing division and dispersion among our Ummah. Such interventions are good for nothing; they can neither help preserve our faith nor can they make our living better: Truly, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise. [Al-Baqarah: 220] Therefore, it is imperative for us to join efforts, ‘screen out our rows’, safeguard our religion and achieve consensus on the premises of true faith. May Allah lead this Ummah to the right guidance!

    O Muslims!

    Reaching out for the needy among our fellow Muslims is a form of solidarity and an obligation that falls on all of those who can afford it. The scourge of warring and destruction befalling the Sham (Levant) region is no secret to anyone. People, young and old, have been killed, crops and cattle decimated and millions of people have been displaced out in the cold. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques –May Allah grant him success– has renewed the call for reaching out to them and donating what would help attenuate their suffering. May Allah Almighty be on their side!

    Therefore, you are called upon to let your spirit of munificence take over. May Allah Almighty bestow on you from His bounty! Be kind (towards them) in return for Allah’s kindness towards you. Give them a portion of the money Allah has bestowed on you and you shall have established credit in your Hereafter, ensured blessings in your Herein and provided your fellow Muslims with assistance.

    I advise you to send your salat and peace on the best and the purest of all mankind, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, Al-Hashimi, Al-Qurashi. O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your servant and Messenger, Muhammad, on his good and pure family, on his sincere and audacious Companions, and on those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and victory to Muslims, and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honoured and those of sinning are guided, and where al-ma’rÅ«f (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!
    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 it the cause of their own destruction!
    O Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in Palestine and wherever they may be, O Lord of the worlds! O Allah! Make preoccupied with their own evil those who wish to harm Al-Aqsā Mosque! Turn their plots and their cunning against them and make that the cause of their own destruction! O Lord of the worlds! O Allah! Lift the siege around the defenceless Muslims in Palestine! O Allah! Improve their conditions, and suppress their enemy! O Allah! Liberate Al-Aqsā Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria, Burma, Central Africa and wherever they may be! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are defenceless! O Allah! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case!
    O Allah! Spare their blood, safeguard their tranquillity, protect their honour, bring them close together, feed their hungry, grant them boldness, strength and victory against 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! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants!

    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 (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him)! O Allah! Make them a Mercy on Your true servants!

    O Allah! Entrust the Muslims’ affairs to the best among them and protect them against the evil of wrongdoers! 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!

    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. [Āl ͑Imrān: 147]

    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, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing!

    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 to Him we repent!
    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! O Allah! Send rain down on us! 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! Accept 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 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] The Battle of the Trench (Arabic: Ghazwat al-Khandaq), also known as the Battle of the
    Confederates (Arabic: Ghazwat al-Aḥzāb), was a fortnight-long siege of Yathrib (now Medinah)
    by Arab and Jewish tribes.

    [2] This is expression which the Sheikh borrowed from the Holy Qur’ān, Surat Al-Anfāl, verse 42: that Allâh
    might accomplish a matter already ordained (in His Knowledge).

    [3] The Qiblah ( قبلة , "direction") is the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays. It is fixed as
    the direction of the Kaabah in Makkah.

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


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    Standing firm by what is right and caution against relapsing

    Jumadal Akhirah 4, 1435 ~ April 4, 2014



    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Āl Ṭālib –may Allah protect him– delivered this Friday’s Khutbah titled “Standing Firm by what is Right and Caution against Relapsing” in which he discussed holding on to what is right and explained that none may achieve success in this regard except those who cling to Allah’s rope, follow the right path and are equipped with obedience to and taqwa of Allah. Their behaviour should be accompanied by devout worship, observance of obedience and renunciation of suspicious acts and desires. He cautioned against following the path of those who relapse, so that the servant of Allah may fear for himself and avoid arrogance and pride.

    Part one

    Praise be to Allah! We praise Him, seek His assistance, and repent to Him. We seek refuge in Allah from our wrong doings and our sins. He whom Allah guides may never go astray and he who is deprived of Allah’s guidance may never be guided. I bear witness that there is no deity worth worshipping except Allah alone with no associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send his Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him, his family and all his Companions.

    Now then,

    I urge you and myself to observe taqwa (fear) of Allah in private and in public. It is the provision of the journey, the essence of virtues, the birthplace of traits, the source of power, the ascendance of sublimity, and the composure of the heart in times of trials. [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.] [Al-Baqarah: 281]


    O Muslims!

    Coming forth to Allah and feeling the happiness of obeying Him, accustoming oneself to worshipping and resenting sinful acts indeed constitute a treasure at hand. It is a triumph both present and future, a gain and success for mankind. Though the Muslim seeks pleasing the All Merciful, he must realize that his faith-laden heart is a targeted bastion, and that his senses, humbled by and for obedience, are misfortune prone. Therefore, they deserve to be protected, and revered.

    Man’s march towards his Lord is full of trials and plights. There are slippery and highly dangerous roads. This is Allah’s decree [Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving;] [Al-Mulk: 2], [… and We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good.] [Al-Anbiyā’: 35]

    As long as the believer’s body and soul are not severed by death, he is in a continual jihad (strife against evil.

    It is said that when Imam Ahmad –may Allah have mercy on him– was in his deathbed, an apparition of Satan biting his fingers came to him and said: “You escaped me, Ahmad! You escaped me, Ahmad!” “Not yet, not yet,” Ahmad answered, remembering the Prophet’s hadith, “Man spends a long time doing the work of the people of paradise, then he ends doing the work of the people of hell-fire.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    Anas Ibn Mālik [May Allah be pleased with him] narrated that the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] very often said, ‘“O Over-turner of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your Religion.” “O, Messenger of Allah!” a man said, “How come that you are afraid for us and we have believed in you and in what you have brought?” “Hearts are between two fingers of Arrahman’s (Allah, the Compassionate),” the Prophet answered, “He turns them the way He wishes.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad, Al-Termidhi, and Ibn Mājah]

    In Al-Termidhi’s version, the prophet often said, “You Who make the hearts firm, make my heart firm upon Your religion!”

    O servants of Allah!

    These and similar hadiths warn against the danger of relapse that keeps threatening man. It is a potential flaw to which all mankind, except the infallible prophets, are susceptible. It is a situation feared by the pious and the righteous, and avoided by the truthful purists.

    Many a righteous has gone astray; many a failure has been defeated, and many a regressing individual has fallen by the wayside. None but the feeble will fall. In times of trials, relapses abound. We seek refuge in Allah against scarcity after profusion.

    A believer’s supplication is mentioned in the Qur’ān, [(They say): "Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower."] [Āl-Imrān: 8]

    O servants of Allah!

    A careful observant of the present situation of the Muslim society will not fail to see signs of debility on some of its members in a reality made so trivial by the media that it started to distract people away from Allah and deepen non-observance. These signs are manifested in shallowness of devoutness, negligence of religious duties, permissiveness and in condoning (sometimes accepting) imperfections.

    These faults may be perpetrated by someone who has spent the better part of his life in righteousness and piety, but might double back and fall by the wayside. Despite the fact that this may often happen in times of long-persistent evil, it is not a valid excuse for man to neglect his duties towards his Lord. Each human being will individually be held to account. [And everyone of them will come to Him alone on the Day of Resurrection (without any helper, or protector or defender).] [Maryam: 95]

    Certainly, every worker is entitled to a break, and every walker may stumble. However, this downside should not tempt the servant of Allah to neglect his duties or indulge in forbidden acts. It is only a condition that may affect the servant of Allah on his way towards Allah; a weakness dictated by the human disposition that may be overcome by remembering the hereafter. The servant of Allah may then rush to safety.

    Putting one’s hope in Satan and promising oneself firmness in Allah’s religion are signs of vanity and pride. Firmness in Allah’s religion is a gift that is only bequeathed by Allah on whomever He wishes. Allah says, [Allâh will keep firm those who believe, with the word that stands firm in this world (i.e. they will keep on worshipping Allâh Alone and none else), and in the Hereafter. And Allâh will cause to go astray those who are Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.), and Allâh does what He wills.] [Ibrahim: 27]

    Al-Nawās Ibn Sam’ān [May Allah be pleased with him] quoted the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] as saying, “Every heart is between two fingers of Arrahman’s; if he wishes He may guide it to righteousness, or to misguidance.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Ibn Mājah] Addressing His Prophet, Almighty Allah says, [And had We not made you stand firm, you would nearly have inclined to them a little.] [Al-Isrā’: 74], Prophet Ibrahim [Peace be upon him] said these prayers: [... and keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols.] [Ibrahim: 35] Also, prophet Yūsef supplicated Allah to save him from women’s cunning.

    O servants of Allah!

    In our Lord’s Book, the symptoms and the remedy are defined. There is also a description of the weak losers. These have only themselves to blame. Almighty Allah says, [(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.] [Āl Imrān: 165]

    When man turns away from Allah, Allah will cause his heart to turn away: [So when they turned away (from the Path of Allâh), Allâh turned their hearts away (from the Right Path).] [Al Saff: 5] Turning away from good deeds causes the heart to turn away as well: [Then they turn away. Allâh has turned their hearts (from the light) because they are a people that understand not.] [Al-Tawbah: 127] Pride and rejection entail that [I shall turn away from My Ayât (verses of the Qur'ân) those who behave arrogantly on the earth, without a right, and (even) if they see all the Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they will not believe in them. And if they see the way of righteousness (monotheism, piety, and good deeds), they will not adopt it as the Way, but if they see the way of error (polytheism, crimes and evil deeds), they will adopt that way.] [Al-A’rāf: 146]

    He whose heart grows callous is only because of his sinful deeds: [Nay! But on their hearts is the Rân (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.] [Al-Muá¹-affifeen: 14] Following one’s whims and clinging to the herein (al-dunya) are conducive to misguidance and deprivation of the bliss of knowledge: [And recite (O Muhammad SAW) to them the story of him to whom We gave Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but he threw them away, so Shaitân (Satan) followed him up, and he became of those who went astray. 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 description is the description 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 description of the people who reject Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). So relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect. Evil is the likeness of the people who reject Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses and signs, etc.), and used to wrong their own selves. Whomsoever Allâh guides, he is the guided one, and whomsoever He sends astray, those! They are the losers.] [Al-A’rāf: 175-178]

    Here is a man upon whom Allah has bestowed His signs, whom He granted from His favours, clad with His knowledge, allowed full opportunity for guidance and sublimation, yet he rejects all these favours. He dissociates himself from Allah’s signs, discards the protective shield, and deviates from guidance to follow his whims and descends from the shining horizon to wallow in the murky mud.

    With this he becomes an easy target for Satan, vulnerable and unprotected. He follows and accompanies him and becomes totally enslaved by him. In this he is just like a dog; it pants if it is chased and if it is left alone, it still keeps panting.

    O servants of Allah!

    The pious and the upright were very keen on inspecting and mending their hearts. Righteousness, taqwa, tranquility and pleasure in invocating Allah Almighty, belief and certainty and all types of good may not exist but in pure and consecrated hearts. They may not dwell in hearts polluted by darkness and sin. Hence, the supplication of Ibrahim Al-Khaleel (Allah’s intimate friend), peace be upon him: [And disgrace me not on the Day when (all the creatures) will be resurrected; The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail, Except him who brings to Allâh a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifâq (hypocrisy)].] [Al-Shu’arā’: 87-89]

    The fact that Allah does not misguide the one who comes to Him and follows His guidance is a feature of His absolute justice. If the servant of Allah relapses, it is only because of him and his negligence. [And Allâh will never lead a people astray after He has guided them until He makes clear to them as to what they should avoid. Verily, Allâh is the All-Knower of everything.] [Al-Tawbah: 115]

    Taking sins and disobedience lightly is one of the main reasons for relapsing and damnation: [When you were propagating it with your tongues, and uttering with your mouths that whereof you had no knowledge, you counted it a little thing, while with Allâh it was very great.] [Al-Noor: 15]

    It is narrated in the hadith, “Beware of underestimated sins; they accumulate in the record of the individual until they destroy him.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Al-Tabarāni]

    Of the most dangerous perils conducive to delinquency and relapse are the sins of having a solitary meeting with the opposite sex, which may facilitate committing forbidden acts. At present the ways and means are readily available to the public, and nothing can preclude their temptation except taqwa and fear of Allah.

    Opportunities for solitary meetings may be facilitated by way of testing one’s faith: [O you who believe! Allâh will certainly make a trial of you with something in (the matter of) the game that is well within reach of your hands and your lances, that Allâh may test who fears Him unseen.] [Al-Māidah: 94]

    Kindled by a treacherous look or a delinquent thought, proscriptive desires may take roots in the heart, weakening the faith, tearing down the edifice of knowledge, sweeping away piety, precluding the mention of and the love of Allah and the solace one finds in Him, and generating dislike of the righteous and renunciation of worship.

    How bitter a relapse is! [(The hypocrites) will call the believers: "Were we not with you?" The believers will reply: "Yes! But you led yourselves into temptations, you looked forward for our destruction; you doubted (in Faith); and you were deceived by false desires, till the Command of Allâh came to pass. And the chief deceiver (Satan) deceived you in respect of Allâh."] [Al-Hadeed: 14]

    What could be most sorrowful and affliction laden for the servant of Allah is when he sees the path of salvation laid open for him and thinks that he is saved and starts to experience the situation of the joyous; then, all of a sudden, he gets separated from them and cast into damnation.

    It is incumbent upon the Muslim to try to mend fences with himself, look after his heart and beware of the Satan-induced steps. Allah is watching and observing, and He will hold him to account and reward or punish him accordingly. Man has to watch his thoughts as corruption germinates in the thought. The thought holds the seeds of Satan in the heart and he takes care of his seeds by watering them time after time until they mutate into fruit of actions.

    Undoubtedly, repelling thoughts is easier than repelling willed decisions. The servant of Allah will be unable to fend off these thoughts once they have developed into willed decisions. He has only himself to blame if he fails to nib them in the bud. He is then compared to someone who refused initially to put off the spark that fell on a heap of wood, and was therefore unable to extinguish the ensuing blaze afterwards.

    O Muslims!

    It is also advisable to avoid suspicious and ill-reputed places, to keep away from bad company and to realize that illnesses of the heart are more contagious than those of the body. [And when you (Muhammad SAW) see those who engage in a false conversation about Our Verses (of the Qur'ân) by mocking at them, stay away from them till they turn to another topic. And if Shaitân (Satan) causes you to forget, then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrongÂ-doers, etc.).] [Al-An’ām]

    He who candidly seeks the purity of his heart will follow the right path; he will sterilize his heart with the right decontaminants and save it from all depressants. The best remedy of all is for one to heed the commandments of Allah [May He be extolled], observe taqwa, and fill one’s heart with the love of Allah.

    Quoting Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Al-’Ās [May Allah be pleased with both him and his father], Al-Tabarāni and Al-Hākim, in his Al-Mustadrak, narrated that the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] said, “Faith deteriorates in your hearts in the same way your garment wears out. Ask Allah to revive faith in your hearts.”

    In his Sahih, Muslim narrates that the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] used to say (the following prayers): “O Allah! Bestow on my soul piety and purify it as You are the Best to do so. You are its Guardian and its Protector.”

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur’ān and Sunnah and benefit us with the wisdom and verses therein! I say this and seek Almighty Allah’s forgiveness for me and for you.


    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and King of Judgement Day! I bear witness that there is no deity worth worshipping except Allah alone with no associate, The King, the Supreme and Ultimate Truth. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger, the honest

    and the truthful. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him, his family and all of his Companions.

    O Muslims!

    Our society, thanks be to Allah, enjoys abundant wealth, and it is our duty to take care of, develop and protect such wealth against misfortunes. Therefore, it is incumbent on us to teach ourselves and our children to fear Allah and observe taqwa, and to know about Him, His hudood [1] and shari’a. It is the kind of knowledge that induces action and intelligence and remains as sustenance and a protecting cover through thick and thin. He who possesses provisions in terms of taqwa and good deeds deserves salvation. It is Almighty Allah’s decree never to disappoint any servant of His who comes forth to Him.

    Avoiding pitfalls is effected by seeking refuge in the Almighty Allah [May He be extolled] Who says, [So flee to Allâh (from His Torment to His Mercy Islâmic Monotheism) ...] [Al-Thāriyāt: 50] He [May he be extolled] also says, [Is not Allâh Sufficient for His slave?] [Al-Zumar: 36]

    Ibn Al-Qayyim –may Allah have mercy on him– said, “Sufficiency is proportionate to obedience. The more obedient you are to Almighty Allah, the more sufficiency you will receive from Him.”

    That is why the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] directed Muslims towards worship in times of trials. He said, “Worship in times of trouble is like emigrating to me.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    Blessed is the believer who resorts to prayers and worship when others are busy with trifling. Blessed is he who finds solace in Allah when other souls are worried and hearts are disturbed.

    We must bring up our own selves and children to observe perseverance and determination and to avoid laziness, lethargy and whimsical desires. Honour is not obtained through vanity.

    The Qur’ān says, [(It was said to his son): "O Yahya (John)! Hold fast to the Scripture [the Taurât (Torah)]."] [Maryam: 12]

    About Mūsā (Moses) [Peace be upon him], the Qur’ān says, [And We wrote for him on the Tablets the lesson to be drawn from all things and the explanation of all things (and said): Hold unto these with firmness.] [Al-A’rāf: 145]

    It is through perseverance and hard work that the Prophet’s Companions [May Allah be pleased with them] obtained the best of the herein and the hereafter. They joined knowledge and worship, as well as calling to Islam and making jihad. They did not succumb to rest and comfort. The Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] said that paradise is surrounded by discomforts, which means that no one can reach paradise unless he surmounts these discomforts and overcomes these difficulties with reliance on Almighty Allah.

    Protecting the self includes avoiding suppressants and bad company. [O you who believe! Take care of your own selves, [do righteous deeds, fear Allâh much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allâh much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. 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.] [Al-Mā’idah: 105]

    Those who observe prayers most are the ablest to control their desires. Desires take over when prayers are neglected. [But there came after them successors [i.e. later generations] who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so they are going to meet evil."] [Maryam: 59]

    Almighty Allah grants wisdom and firmness to whomever is wont to perform well with respect to worshiping Him, whomever is able to control himself and his behaviour, whomever is willing to watch his steps and follow the straight path, not defeated by evil whispers or undeterred by Satan’s beckoning. He who observes worship in solitude will be helped by the Almighty to stand firm in times of trials and misfortunes.

    Our Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] says, “He who is scared will embark on his journey at nightfall so that he may reach home quickly. Allah’s reward is costly; Allah’s reward is paradise.” [Narrated by Al-Tirmidhy with an authentic chain of narrators]

    In times of fluctuations and relapses, it is necessary that we resort to Almighty Allah in supplication to invoke His Mercy: [... and know that Allâh comes in between a person and his heart (i.e. He prevents an evil person to decide

    anything) ...] [Al-Anfāl: 24] So pray Almighty Allah to help you stand firm.

    During the time of the apostates, Caliph Abu Bakr [May Allah be pleased with him] used to show humbleness in his prayers and read, [(They say): "Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower."] [Āl Imrān: 8]

    O Over-Turner of the hearts, make my heart take root in Your Religion! O Over-Turner of the hearts, make my heart take root in Your Religion!

    Then send your salat and peace upon the best of mankind and the most honoured of humanity, Muhammad Ibn Abdillah, the Hashimite, the Qurashi.

    O Allah, send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his virtuous and pure family, his righteous and brave Companions and upon those who follow in righteousness till the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims, and fail the tyrants, the atheists, and the 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’roof (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! O Allah! Turn their plotting and their cunning against them and make them the cause of their own destruction! O Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to those who fight in Your cause in Palestine and everywhere, O Lord of the Worlds. O Allah! Lift the siege around them! Set right their conditions, and defeat their enemies!

    O Allah! Free Al-Aqsa Mosque from the oppression of the oppressors and the aggression of the aggressors!

    O Allah! Ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Syria, Burma, and Central Africa. O Allah! End their plight, and hasten the end of their suffering. O Allah! Have mercy on their weakness, help them overcome their helplessness, mend their breakage and take charge of their

    affairs, O You are the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate! O Allah! Spare their lives, attenuate their fear, protect their honour, provide for them, grant them courage, help them stand firm and make them prevail on their aggressor! O Allah! Set right their conditions, let them unite on guidance, save them from the evil among them and defeat their enemy!

    O Allah! We implore you to rid us of the oppressive tyrants and their collaborators!

    O Allah! Set right the conditions of our brothers and sisters in Egypt and everywhere! O Allah! Let them unite on righteousness and guidance! Grant leadership to the best amongst them, and save them from the evil people amongst them!

    O Allah! Grant victory to Your religion, Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] and to Your faithful servants!

    O Allah! Support our leader the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and guide him to do what pleases you, and to observe righteousness and taqwa! O Allah! Grant success to his Crown Prince and his Deputy Crown Prince, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Bless their reign and make it good augur for Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Set right every Muslim ruler, and fill his heart with fear and heed of You in private and in public!

    O Allah! Grant Muslim rulers success to implement Your Shar’ (Islamic law), and to follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet Muhammad [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] and make them mercy-like for Your faithful servants!

    O Allah! Make widespread security and prosperity throughout our country and all Muslim countries, and save us from the evils of the malicious and the machinations of the wicked. [... "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] [And they said nothing but: "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."] [Āl Imrān: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive us our sins, conceal our blemishes, facilitate our affairs, and help us fulfil our hopes in accordance with what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive our sins and those of our parents, their parents, our spouses and offspring; You are the All-Hearing!

    O Lord! Accept our supplication; You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! Grant us forgiveness; You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing, and forgive us our sins; You are the All Forgiving, the Most Merciful!

    Glorified be our Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from all that is wrongly attributed to You! And may peace be upon the Messengers, and praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!



    [1] Hudood in Arabic (Ø-دود) are the bounds or restrictions that Allah has placed on man’s freedom of action.

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




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    Responsibility for one's own words

    Jumadal Akhirah 25, 1435 ~ April 25, 2014


    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ᾱl Ṭālib –may Allah protect him− delivered this Friday’s khutbah entitled “Responsibility for One’s Own Words”. He dealt with the negative impact of the word on Muslim society and demonstrated its colossal significance and value. The Sheikh directed advisory remarks towards the Muslim community as a whole, stressing the need for being alert to one’s utterances, reminding them of those who once claimed that they were telling jokes using simple words but Allah virtually considered them as infidels after they had embraced Islam. The Sheikh cited ample evidence from the Qur’ān and the Prophet’s hadith cautioning against such behaviour.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah, the Inspirer of Awe, the Magnificent, and the All-Perfect! Praise be to Allah, the Supreme, the Great, and the Sublime! I thank Him (May He be extolled) and I repeatedly extend my truthful and blessed gratitude to Him day and night. I bear witness that there is no other deity save Allah, alone and with no associate. His leniency is unparalleled, His ordainment is perfectly executed, and His all-encompassing knowledge leaves no single entity unattended:

    [...yet they (disbelievers) dispute about Allâh. And He is Mighty in strength and Severe in punishment.] [Al-Raad: 13]

    I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger –bearer of the most dignified traits and the noblest qualities. May Allah send His Salat, Peace and Blessing upon him, his family, and his Companions –the best Companions and family ever!

    Having said that, I enjoin both you and myself to adhere to taqwa (fear of disobeying Allah) vis-Ã*-vis Allah, the Supreme (May He be extolled):

    [O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger (SAW) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and made to enter Paradise).] [Al-Aḥzāb: 70-71]
    O Muslims!

    People may adopt different views and concepts, and their sources of thought and desires may equally differ. In fact, this is inherent in the very disposition of human nature. However, this should by no means lead to the toleration of chaos in speech and in thought. Nor should anybody indulge into dealing with any kind of topic, because nobody can treat patients except the physician; otherwise, a charlatan might make the patient’s condition worse. Besides, nobody can lead people through the right path except a knowledgeable guide; a bad guide would lead them astray.

    By the same token, nobody can claim authority in the area of divine religion except a scholar of Islam. But as self-expression is now within reach for all and language interaction is today effortlessly undertaken today by everybody, people have literally abused this possibility after being totally submerged in its distractive impact. Thus, certain people have engaged in all sorts of talk, defaming whoever reachable, and posting all such data in public in an era when the word can reach the remotest audience on the planet in seconds.

    Their predecessor was someone whose speech triggered the revelation of divine verse which could have devastated a whole chain of mountains. During the Ghazwah of Tabook (i.e. the battle between Muslims and Roman polytheists during the Prophet’s lifetime, in 9th year AH), some of those who followed the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) to serve as recruits in the ‘Usra Army (Hardship-time Army) said, “We have never seen more greedy, insatiable, twist-tongued liars, and cowardly people on battlefield than our Qur’ān readers [1] here.”

    When they knew that the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) learnt what they had said, they came to him and said apologetically, “We were just kidding; it was a sort of entertainment to subdue the length of the journey through chatting.” Then, Allah’s words (Glory Be to Him) were revealed as follows:

    [...Say: "Was it at Allâh and His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger (SAW) that you were mocking?" Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after you had believed. If We pardon some of you, We will punish others amongst you because they were Mujrimûn (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, criminals, etc.).] [Al-Tawbah: 65-66]

    Narrated Abdullah Ibn Omar –may Allah be pleased with both him and his father: “I did see the man clutching onto the ropes fitted over the back of the Prophet’s she-camel (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him), and being hurt by stones on the ground, he kept saying, “O Messenger of Allah! We were just kidding and entertaining ourselves.” The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) repeatedly replied (quoting the beginning of the above verses): "Was it at Allâh, His Ayât and His Messenger that you were mocking? ... Was it at Allâh, His Ayât and His Messenger that you were mocking?”

    O Muslims!

    These verses from the Holy Qur’ān fill the heart with fear and send shivers down one’s spine. Any Muslim would simply feel shaken up by the horrifying effect of their menacing tone. It was Allah who addressed the defamers by saying:

    [... you have disbelieved after you had believed...] [Al-Tawbah: 66]

    In fact, while recognising their initial state of faith evidenced by their mobilisation for jihad, Allah equally affirmed their unbelief (retreat from faith) through a simple utterance which, as they claimed, was meant to be a harmless pastime for sheer amusement.

    On the surface, their utterance does not seem to be an outright mockery of the Divine Being, Allah, and His Messenger; it was rather addressed to those advocating the propagation of the signs of Allah and His Messenger, seeking to sublimate His religion and pursue the goal of spreading Allah’s revealed messages. From this perspective, the real target of the utterance becomes the mission they are set to fulfil and the merits associated with it. This is why the Qur’ānic verse above confirmed that what represented the object of such mockery was essentially Allah, His Signs, and His Messenger rather than just certain Muslims.

    Nowadays, you can easily notice how people indulge in writing articles, exchanging expressions, posting commentaries, and composing words notwithstanding the horrible data they might contain. Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said, “A single word that a man utters unaware of its implications, may tumble him in a ditch of hellfire as deep as the distance separating East and West.” [Reported by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari in their Sahîh Books] An alternative wording reads “Many a man utters a single word, heedless of its real content...” [Reported by Imam Bukhari]

    How strange it is indeed to notice that some people have resorted to impudent audacity to mock sharî’a (religion) or its advocates in pursuit of amusement, malicious whims, or personal settlement of accounts:

    [Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).] [Qāf: 18]

    If this is the case with individual behaviour, how much is that tolerable when such impudent audacity is shown by printed media enjoying large-scale circulation or audiovisual media mobilising the masses?

    Words should be used responsibly. Otherwise, unrestrained speech and thought do have forebodings effects about virtual torment manifesting itself at least in conflicts, schisms, mutual hatred, frustration, disunity, disintegration of national solidarity, dismantlement of society, and other consequences you had better not know.

    O Servants of Allah!

    The person who really deserves disparagement and is potential target of divine chastisement is the one who arrogantly and obstinately tries to exonerate himself of his whimsical sins, opposes Allah’s laws and shari’a relying on his own reason and personal judgement, dedicates himself to annihilating the very fundaments of Islam, wages war against any virtue that runs contrary to his caprices, advocates whatever appeals to his own pleasures and desires –emulating what classic philosophers used to do when they relied on reason to determine good and evil –until he strays too far away in the labyrinthine desert of his whims and the dark pathways of misguidance, and eventually becomes so imbued with his own desires and whims (just like an encumbered receptacle) that he can no longer appreciate acceptable deeds and abhor impermissible acts.

    This is what Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) meant in the hadith narrated by Hudaifah –may Allah be pleased with him− and reported by both Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari in their Sahîh Books: “There are advocates at the gates of hell; whoever responds to them will be thrown into it (hell).” I said, “O Messenger of Allah! Describe them to us.” He said, “They are from among our own folk, and they speak our own tongue.” In another hadith, Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said, “Out of my ummah will emerge certain categories of people whose whims have full control over them, just like rabies controls the rabid, sparing none of his veins or joints.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood]

    As a rule, if the ego got accustomed to feeding on whimsical desires, weaning would be practically unattainable. Consequently, it is imperative that religious matters be arbitrated by Allah and His Messenger, along with well-versed scholars who can deduce Allah’s laws from His revealed verses. The Sheikh of Islam, Ibn Taimiyyah –may Allah bless his soul− said, “Conflict between litigants can only be arbitrated through recourse to a revealed book from a celestial provenance, for if they were left to their own reason, each one of them would have his own mind.”

    Thus, ignorance-based intrusion in matters of knowledge is disparaged:

    [And among men is he who disputes about Allâh, without knowledge or guidance, or a Book giving light (from Allâh] [Al-Hajj: 8]

    Also, whoever encroaches upon other people’s area of specialism will definitely produce bizarre outcomes. May Allah have mercy on the author of this dictum: “If only the ignorant remained silent, conflicts would certainly become less frequent.”

    O Servants of Allah!

    As the crux of the matter has proved to be revolving around the tongue and speech output, as well as expressions written or spoken, divine instructions and the Prophet’s teachings have constantly iterated that no one could be excused from abiding by them. This is because speech faithfully reflects the levels of conscience and betrays hidden intentions. Its verbal initiative is hardly retrievable and its unrestrained messages can hardly be controlled.

    Accordingly, it stands to reason that one should be cautious as to how to be in control of one’s tongue through restraining it or curbing its verbal output. In reality, harmless reticence should be the rule rather than the exception, for timely silence is the merit of great men. Conversely, relevant and timely speech is one of the best virtues. In the Prophet’s Hadîth, “For a man to be considered as liar, suffice it for him to recount whatever he has heard.” [Reported by Imam Muslim]

    In the same vein, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab –may Allah be pleased with him− once said, “He whose speech abounds will have the chance of facing more pitfalls; he whose pitfalls become numerous is likely to commit many more sins, and he whose sins multiply would rather reside in hell.” Likewise, whoever commits himself to either speech or silence in accordance with Allah’s command (Glory be to Him), inhibiting his own desire, does deserve divine beneficence. Allah will therefore grant him felicity both in speech and silence. Besides, whoever considers his speech an integral part of his deeds will definitely speak less about topics which are irrelevant or useless to him.

    Anas –may Allah be pleased with him− said, “Nobody could claim real piety and taqwa vis-Ã*-vis Allah until he restrains his tongue.” Keeping the tongue under restraint and observing integrity in speech attest to perfect faith, sincere religiosity, safety from snares, forthright manners, high moral standards, and purity of heart. These traits also yield Allah’s love for the individual, followed by people’s friendship as well as reverence for him. Imagine how straight and virtuous society would become if its members were committed to such ideals!

    It isn’t too much to guarantee reward with paradise for those who seek to control their tongues. In Sahih Al-Bukhari, Prophet Muhammad [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] is reported to have said: “Whosoever gives me a guarantee to safeguard what is between his jaws and what is between his legs, I shall guarantee him Jannah (Paradise).”
    Whether they are uttered, heard, read, or aired through websites and forums, words may bear grave consequences and lead to serious reckoning. Indeed, many a word has said to its speaker: “Let go of me!”

    In a Hadith reported by Mo’āth Ibn Jabal –May Allah be pleased with him– the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) once said: “What else would lead to dump people on their faces in Hell fire except what their tongues have reaped?!” In this regard, Allah the Almighty says:

    [But verily, over you (are appointed angels in charge of mankind) to watch you, Kiraman (honourable) Katibin writing down (your deeds)] [Al-Infitār: 10-11]

    Oqbah Ibn ‘Ᾱmer –May Allah be pleased with him– is reported to have asked the Prophet: “O, Messenger of Allah! How can salvation be achieved?” He replied: “Control your tongue, keep to your house, and weep over your sins." [Narrated by At-Tirmidhi with an authentic chain of narration]

    If every Muslim sought to carry out his duties and endeavored to do what would benefit him in the herein and the hereafter with the view to reaching righteousness, then the outcome would be highly significant for himself and the community at large.

    O servants of Allah!

    Talking about others, tracking down their falls and spreading them around are some of the ugliest sins and most hideous forms of wrongdoings. Those in the habit of practicing such deeds in life shall not pass away until they are first given a taste of their own medicine. The Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] said: “Every Muslim’s blood, property and honour are interdicts to another Muslim.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    Certainly, the issue would be even more serious if it involved aberrant matters of dispute, whimsical frivolities, love of predominance and superimposition and the desire to put others down!

    The issue would be even more serious if it involved backbiting those doing good in life, carrying out discrete or manifest acts of sowing dissension among the Ulama (religious scholars), students of religious studies and the righteous, and seeking to stigmatize them without proof or evidence, carping, slandering, scorning and incriminating beliefs and intentions.

    There is no way out of such vanities except through a strong resolve within the believer that is bolstered by his fear of Allah and by his good deeds; this would soften his heart, render him more fearful of his Lord and set for him those limits he is not to overstep.

    It is only rational to rise above frivolities; this would, with the help of Allah Almighty, enlighten one’s heart and vision, bequeath peace of mind, remission of self, and clarity of conscience. This, indeed, constitutes the ultimate purity of the soul and sanity of the heart.

    However, preoccupying the self with trivialities and gossip would lead to lack of success, poor judgment, injustice, corruption of the heart, waste of time, lack of knowledge, intolerance, inclemency, long-term grief and distress, eclipse of the mind, and annihilation of bliss from one’s livelihood and life.

    Abu Hurayrah –may Allah be pleased with him– narrated that Prophet Muhammad [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] once said: "It is from the excellence of (a believer's) Islam that he should turn away from that which is of no concern to him." [Narrated by Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Malik in Al-Muwatta’, and Ahmad in Al-Musnad]

    It is reported in both Sahihs (Al-Bukhari’s and Muslim’s) that the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] had said: “He who believes in Allah and the Last Day let him speak good or remain silent."

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and Sunnah and benefit us with their verses and wisdom! I say this and I ask Allah the Almighty to forgive you and me!



    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah, Who is cognizant of the heart’s secrets! He knows the soul’s contemplations; those that are manifest and those that are discrete. To him, nil may be concealed and all is clear and apparent. Allah Almighty says:

    [It is the same (to Him) whether any of you conceal his speech or declare it openly...] [Al-Ra’d: 10]

    I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah alone, with no associate, Allah, the Almighty, the Subduer. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger; May Allah’s Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy) and Peace ever be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgement!

    Now, then, O Muslims!

    The Islamic Faith is one of clarity and integrity wherein nothing may stand on conjecture, suspicion and delusion. This is made evident through the noble directives of the Holy Qur'ān thus:

    [And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge (e.g. one's saying: "I have seen," while in fact he has not seen, or "I have heard," while he has not heard). Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).] [Al-Isrā’: 36]

    O Muslims!

    These few but immaculate words from the Holy Qur'ān offer an integrated approach to matters of the heart and reason that is superior to its modern and scientific counterpart. In fact it adds to science two significant features: rectitude of the heart and fear of Allah Almighty. Such two features are what make Islam excel over those dry rationalistic doctrines. Indeed, verifying the validity of any claim or rumour before judging it is a call advocated by the Holy Qur'ān and a thorough approach set by the Islamic religion. Once the heart and the mind have settled for this approach there will no longer be room for illusion and myth in the world of faith. There will no longer be room for doubt or suspicion in the world of justice and reason. Rather, there will no longer be room for superficiality and fictitious assumptions in the world of research, experimentation and science.

    Scientific integrity, the object of much praise today, is but part of that emotional and yet rationalistic trust whose great amenability the Holy Qur'ān comes to proclaim, highlighting man’s accountability as to his own hearing, seeing and feeling before his Lord, the Almighty, the One Who granted him such abilities.
    It is the trust of the senses on which the servant will be brought to account on the Day of Judgement. It is a trust that would cause the truly feeling human being to shake under the impact of its magnitude and subtlety whenever he uttered a word, related a story, wrote a letter, or passed a verdict on someone, on some issue, or some incident. Allah so truthfully says:

    [Verily, this Qur'an guides to that which is most just and right.] [Al- Isrā’: 9]

    This being said, I advise you to send your salat and peace on the best and the purest of all mankind, Mohammad Ibn Abdullah, Al Hashimi, Al Qurashi.

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, on his good and pure family, on his sincere and audacious Companions, and on 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! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honoured and those of sins are guided, and where al-ma’roof (good deed) is promoted and al-munkar (evil deed) 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 and wherever they may be, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Lift the siege laid to them, improve their conditions, and suppress their enemy!

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

    O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria, Burma, and Central Africa! O Allah! Alleviate their suffering! O Allah! Speed up their relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are too weak! Mend their breakage and take up their case, 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! 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! Set right the conditions of our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Iraq and everywhere! O Allah! Unite them around the truth and righteousness and set right their conditions. O Allah! Entrust their affairs to the best of them and protect them against the evil doers among them!

    O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing servants!

    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 and his Deputy Crown Prince success! O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Set right all the leaders of Muslims and fill their hearts with fear of You in public and in private! O Allah! Set right their retinue!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him]! 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.] [Ᾱl Imrān: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and fulfil 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 our supplications, You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing! Accept our repentance! 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] Qurrā’ (قرّاء) means HuffāD (خفّاظ), those who know the Qur’ān by heart, according to the rules of tajweed (reciting).

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

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    The ways of Prophetic reformation in the Hadeeth: "“Do not be jealous…”..."


    August 1, 2003 ~ Jumadal Akhirah 3, 1434

    First Khutbah


    All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah; the Originator of creatures; Abundant in gifts. To Him belongs abundant praise and generous greetings. He created His creation and made their souls bare containers, and He sent to them His messenger with beautiful qualities and good character. He guided towards that which is upright, and he called to that which is most submitting in the most wise (way), and he warned of the Greater Standing, in which the hidden aspects of the bosoms and the contents of the interior will be made apparent. 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, the best of humans whose footsteps have walked the earth and whose mouth has spoken the truth, and whose blood has flown in his veins. May Allah send salutations on him and on all his family and companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Resurrection.

    Thereafter:

    O Muslims, fear Allah the Exalted as He ought to be feared, and hold onto Islam with the firm hold. “O you who have believed, fear Allah and believe in His Messenger; He will [then] give you a double portion of His mercy and make for you a light by which you will walk and forgive you; and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” [Surah Hadeed: 28]
    And know that the best speech is the Book of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad ï·º, and the worst of actions are the innovated ones, and every innovation is a bid’ah, and every bid’ah is a misguidance, and every misguided one is in Hell, may Allah save us and you from it.

    Thereafter:

    Nation of Islam. There has never come a law or order, ancient or recent, more encompassing and more perfect than the law of Islam which cures material and spiritual matters, and which came with the reformation of religious and worldly affairs, in profound moderation and precise character. That is because the Legislator – Glorified is He – is the Creator of humans and the Knower of their affairs and what reforms them. And this recent civilization despite accomplishing that which it has accomplished regarding the material side, it has neglected the spiritual angle of humans, and has been unable to build an exemplary society and a noble individual. In fact, recent times have established that the most learned of people in material civilization are the most low and despicable of people in the civilization of character, in fact of humanity, and that is only due to their lacking faith.

    O Muslims: This civilization has also surely forgotten that humans are not objects, nor whips in tools no matter how abundant the material means and its excess, or (how much) the skills and services develop surely humans will remain humans. They have ambitions, desires, disputes and aspirations. They love and hate, befriend and act hostile, become jealous and compete. The souls have been created with a love of good for itself, and to gain benefit for itself, just as they have been created with a love for owning, dominating and seizing what they desire.

    But surely Islam, with its inclusiveness, perfection, majesty and beauty, refined these natures and elevated these souls with rules and laws making them on the level of perfection. And the divine directives and prophetic guidances came with everything that refined the souls and character, and guided towards that which is the most upright, most beautiful, most perfect and the best. And Allah the Exalted commanded us to join family ties; be kind to parents; be sympathetic towards the destitute; assist the needy; repel oppression; defend against harm and remove it; be generous; remove harm; enjoin good; spread peace and promote love between the Muslims, just as He prohibited us from deception; betrayal; jealousy; backbiting; slandering; evil character and anarchy against other persons and their wealth, honour, religion or ideology.

    And in one sentence, surely Islam came with everything that protects the unity of the society and cares for the rights of its individuals. Surely Islam calls for the establishment of a united society; pure of selfishness and love of the self, so that they may be a virtuous nation; with sound hearts and souls, refined emotions, purity of hearts just like the first generation; soundness of methodology and biography; purity in heart and privacy. And for you – may Allah protect you – are a few words, from the concise words of the prophet ï·º which is suitable to be the methodology of the Ummah, even though it may be limited letters.

    Muslim and others narrated that Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) said: The messenger of Allah ï·º said: “Don’t nurse jealousy and don’t bid him out for raising the price and don’t nurse aversion or enmity and don’t enter into a transaction when others have entered into that transaction and be as fellow-brothers and servants of Allah. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down upon him. The piety is here, (and while saying so) he pointed towards his chest thrice. It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour.

    Glory be to Allah! How many great meanings and huge directives these few words unite, and the first of them is the prohibition of jealousy which is wishing for the bounty to be removed from others, and it is prohibited and despised in the Book and Sunnah, and it is the first sin by which Allah was disobeyed when the devil (Iblees) was jealous against Adam, and he continued with it until he removed him from Paradise, so with jealousy Iblees was cursed and made an accursed satan. Jealousy is the quality of the jews and polytheists, when they were hostile to the messenger of Allah ï·º and disbelieved in his message while they knew it was the truth, (due to) jealousy from themselves. “Many of the People of the Scripture wish they could turn you back to disbelief after you have believed, out of envy from themselves [even] after the truth has become clear to them.” [Surah Baqarah: 109]

    The jealous person objects to the pre-destination of Allah and His Decree when he is not pleased with what Allah has apportioned for him and for others, and this is the proof of the ugliness of the soul and its evil nature. “Or have they a share of dominion? Then [if that were so], they would not give the people [even as much as] the speck on a date seed. Or do they envy people for what Allah has given them of His bounty? But we had already given the family of Abraham the Scripture and wisdom and conferred upon them a great kingdom.” [Surah Nisaa: 53-54]

    The jealous person in his jealousy is in unending worry; in an unrewarded calamity and unpraised dispraise. His Lord is angry with him and closes all doors of ability on him.

    O Muslims, verily jealousy is contained in the nature of humans, and no doubt that the one who sees good wishes that for himself, but surely the blame is in oppression with jealousy i.e. hating the bounty to reach the envied one or desiring its removal. And the sin is magnified when that is coupled with backbiting, slandering, defamation and striving to remove this bounty.

    O Muslims, jealousy eats the good deeds just like fire eats wood, just as it eats the heart as well, and in the wise prose: the punishment of the jealous one is from his self.

    And of people are those who when he sees a bounty, he thanks Allah – the Exalted – with his heart; remembers Him with his tongue & follows the Sunnah; and supplicates for blessings; and asks Allah the Generous from His Bounty, so he refines his self with this; reforms his heart and nature and relaxes his mind, so Allah – the Exalted – rewards him and grants him.

    And of people are those who satan betrays until they are described with his quality, so he burns his self and dies of his anger. No reward is attained and no majesty is strengthened.

    To the afflicted with the disease of jealousy: why all this? Have you forgotten that you are a Muslim, believing that Allah – the Exalted – apportions sustenance among His creation. And some of them possess abundance, and others whose sustenance is narrowed on them; He raised some of them above others in degrees (of rank) that they may make use of one another for service. But the mercy of your Lord is better than whatever they accumulate.

    This is the way of Allah regarding His creation. And whoever wishes for safety in his religion; serenity in his heart and pleasure of his Lord should watch his self; purify his heart and be content with what Allah apportioned and should ask Allah – the Exalted – from His bounty, for He – Glorified is He – grants and withholds; lowers and raises. He honours who He wills and disgraces who He wills. His treasures are filled and His gifts are abundant.

    Brothers in Islam, just as the prophet ï·º forbade jealousy, he also forbade all that arouses bitter feelings in the hearts and harms others, so he forbade ‘najash’ by his saying: “And do not do ‘najash’” and ‘najash’ is increasing the goods intentionally and raising its price not for the purpose of selling, because in this there is deception and betrayal of the purchasers, but the meaning of ‘najash’ is more comprehensive than that, for its basis is pursuing something with plotting, trickery and cheating, so its meaning is: Do not cheat and do not violate one another with plotting and trickery, because there is harm and deception to the Muslims in this, and in the Hadeeth (narrated) by Ibn Mas’ood (Radiallahu Anhu) that the prophet ï·º said: “Whoever cheats is not of us, and the deceitful and fraudulent are in Hellfire.” [Narrated by Tabarani with an authentic chain]

    Then the prophet ï·º forbade mutual hatred and hostility, especially regarding the desires of the self; for verily Allah – the Exalted – made the Muslims loving brothers, and made love the proof of faith, for in Saheeh Muslim (it is narrated) that the prophet ï·º said: “By Him in Whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another; should I not indicate to you an act which if done will make you love one another? Spread (the greeting of) peace amongst yourselves.
    Therefore, Islam prohibited everything that causes conflict and causes enmity and hatred, so it prohibited intoxicants, gambling, backbiting, slandering, entering into a transaction against another’s transaction and sending a marriage proposal against another’s marriage proposal, just as it prohibited oppression, lying and humiliating others, and Allah – the Exalted – favoured His servants by His saying: “And remember the favour of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favour, brothers.” [Surah Ale Imraan: 103] As He – Glorified is He – encouraged towards reformation between (one another) and said: “So fear Allah and amend that which is between you” [Surah Anfaal: 1], and He – Glorified is He – said: “No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking means to the approval of Allah – then We are going to give him a great reward.” [Surah Nisaa: 114]

    O Muslims: Hatred, disdain, jealousy and malice is a lethal disease in the heart and a fatal ailment which if spreads in the Ummah, will corrupt it, and will change the dealings of the society to hardness and stubbornness, severing that which Allah ordered to be joined and spreading corruption on earth, and surely detested politics flares it up or dictatorship and oppression or ambition and greed or jealousy grown in the shade of the absence of faith, and it is contrary to the brotherhood that the religion brought; and it is in conformity to the desires of the accursed satan.
    Jaabir bin ‘Abdullah (Radiallahu Anhum) narrated that the messenger of Allah ï·º said: “Shaytan has despaired of being worshiped by those who engage in prayer in the Arabian Peninsula, but (has not lost) hope in creating dissension among them.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    Servants of Allah: Soundness of the hearts is calmness for the souls; ease in life and relaxation of the mind; and a path to Paradise, and surely the prophet ï·º bore witness three times for a man from the Ansaar that he was from the people of Paradise. Then when Abdullah bin Amr asked him, he said: It is nothing other than what you have seen except that I have no place in myself for ill-intentions or jealousy towards any Muslim and what Allah has given them. Abdullah said: This is what has made you deserving of the praise.

    And therefore this was one of the qualities of the pious believers, those who succeeded the Muhajireen and Ansaar as comes in the Book of our Lord: “And [there is a share for] those who came after them, saying, “Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in faith and put not in our hearts [any] resentment toward those who have believed. Our Lord, indeed You are Kind and Merciful.” [Surah Hashr: 10]. So how can he be a believer; he who carries enmity and hatred in his heart for his Muslim brothers?! Let alone their scholars, pious, preachers and reformers. Or how can he be a believer; he who worships with the hatred of the selected (individuals) of the Ummah, and hatred of the companions of the messenger ï·º or the noble predecessors?!

    Servants of Allah, then the noble prophet ï·º said: “And be as fellow-brothers and servants of Allah.” Yes, the Ummah will not be an honorable, strong Ummah until it holds onto the links of religion and realizes the meaning of the Islamic brotherhood which will not be realized by the slogans of ignorance, nor factional friendships or transitory interests. Rather, the lofty principles of Islam will realize it; Islam which made the Muslims brothers despite the difference in their nations, tribes and statuses, and united their hearts, and they were honored with that, and their souls soared above the universal principles, and their courage rose over the earth’s divisions, so the scales became heavenly and lofty and loyalty was for religion and love and victory for those who submitted to the Lord of the worlds. Stinginess left and affection overpowered, and every Muslim loved for his brother what he loved for himself and treated him according to that. With Islamic brotherhood, a Muslim participates with his Muslim brothers throughout the earth in their joys and luxuries, and shares their pains and hopes. With brotherhood, the word is unified, the ranks are united and cohesion is strengthened, so the strength and honor of the Ummah is portrayed.

    And the command of the prophet ï·º to brotherhood is a command with its means and requirements from fulfilling all the rights of the Muslims and preventing harm to them. And from the beauty of Islam is replying the greeting of peace; praying for the one who sneezes; visiting the sick; responding to the invitation; equality; protecting the unseen; gifts; assisting the needy; and your smiling in the face of your brother is charity; and prevention of the forbidden, like back-biting, slandering and bad thoughts.

    I seek protection in Allah from the accursed satan. “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.” [Surah Hujuraat: 10]

    May Allah bless me and you in the Book and Sunnah, and benefit me and you in 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 you and for the rest of the Muslims 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, Lord of the worlds; The Beneficent; the most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgement. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, He has no partner. For Him is the Kingdom. The Clear Truth. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, the guide, the trustworthy. May Allah send salutations on him and on all his family and companions.

    Thereafter:

    And this noble prophetic directive continues in this great comprehensive hadeeth forbidding evil character, which causes disunity between the Muslims and refutes the meaning of brotherhood, so the prophet ï·º forbade oppression, lying and humiliating others, for oppression is darkness on the day of Judgement. Allah – the Exalted – prohibited oppression on Himself and made it prohibited between his servants. He promised response to the supplication of the oppressed and threatened the oppressor with punishment. And how much of amazement people see in the death of the oppressors! And in the consequence of their affairs, a lesson! And whether the oppression is from countries, governments, leaders or between the masses, let every one who Allah has made responsible for an affair of the weak fear Allah, whether of a servant, worker, orphan or he has a ruling, for verily the Mighty – Glorified is He – grants respite to the oppressor until when He seizes him; he cannot escape Him.

    Verily injustice, oppression, stealing rights and ruining honors is a cause of misery and a stimulant of seditions, and when oppressing and mutual oppression spreads in the society, it is the beginning of falling and disappearing, or that the tyrants of the nations rule over them, making them taste the bitterness of servitude and humiliation which is more severe than the bitterness of extinction and disappearance.
    Servants of Allah, and in the great hadeeth of the prophet, there is a prohibition of lying, by which whoever is described with is vile, and to Allah and people he is low and small; a quality hated by the Beneficent and rejected by faith. “They only invent falsehood who do not believe in the verses of Allah” [Surah Nahl: 105]

    As for the true believer, he is noble of nature, protected in being, noted for love and respect. “O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true.” [Surah Tawbah: 119], and honesty guides to righteousness and Paradise, and raises its companion to the status of the truthful with the prophets and pious.

    As for humiliating the Muslims, it is inferiority of the self and pride in the heart, and in Saheeh Muslim: “Pride means rejecting the truth and looking down on other people” i.e humiliating them, and it is a quality of shaytan and a prevention of guidance. “I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it.” [Surah A’raaf: 146], and there is no dispraised trait except that pride advances it.

    So fear Allah, servants of Allah, and be humble to the creation of Allah, for Allah knows best who fears Him, and perhaps a weak; oppressed; dishevelled; dusty (person); with rags; pushed away from doors, if he were to supplicate to Allah, Allah would accept (his supplication), so do not belittle a Muslim even if he is deficient (in fulfilling Islamic laws). And in Saheeh Muslim: “It is a serious evil for a Muslim that he should look down upon his brother Muslim.” “O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them.” [Surah Hujuraat: 11], so the measurement is by Allah, and honor is with piety and religiousness. “Indeed, the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is the most pious of you.” [Surah Hujuraat: 13], and piety is not a claim or a production and boasting.

    And the prophet ï·º pointed to his chest three times, saying: “Piety is here,” and when piety is found in the heart, its effect is apparent in deeds and limbs.

    Then the hadeeth is concluded with a great law of the laws of Islam: “All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour.” And this expression is sufficient conveyance. Verily the honour of a Muslim by Allah is great, and the punishment for violation against it is dangerous, so no matter whether he errs or is deficient intentionally or openly, his blood, honour and wealth is not permissible (to violate), for all that is innocent except according to the Book of Allah, and neglect in that or individual judgement in it with no knowledge is a door of evil, sedition, hardship and calamity. May Allah save us and you.

    Servants of Allah, Verily the best of your days is the day of Friday, so send abundant salutations and peace in it on the best of creation and purest of humans, Muhammad bin Abdullah. O Allah send salutations, peace, blessings and increase on Your servant and messenger Muhammad and on all his family and companions and be pleased, O Allah, with all the four successors: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali and with all the rest of the companions of Your prophet and with those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.

    O Allah grant us good in this world and good in the Hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Hellfire…



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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Building a family in Islam

    June 6, 2014 ~ Sha'baan 8, 1435

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Ᾱl-Ṭālib –may Allah protect him− delivered this Friday Khutbah titled “Building a Family in Islam” in which he talked about the Muslim family and how it is formed in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Qur’ān and the Noble Sunnah. The Sheikh offered advice to the young people intending to get married and cautioned them against the violation of religious teachings through committing sinful acts associated with the early days of marriage.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! We praise Him, seek His assistance, and ask for His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our own selves and the malevolence of our own deeds. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to go astray, none can ever guide. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone, with no associate. Above, be He, any peer, counterpart, analogue, or parallel. There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer. [Ash-Shura: 11] I equally bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him, his family, his Companions, the tabi’în (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] after his death), along with all those who righteously follow in their footsteps till Judgement Day!

    Now then!

    O people! Observe taqwa (fear of divine chastisement for disobedience), have a sense of Allah’s presence in surveillance of your deeds, obey His commands, and do not disobey Him.

    O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife [Hawwa (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. [Al-Nissā: 1]

    O Muslims!

    The concept of family in Islam is different from other concepts. Indeed, a family is an extended social unit which constitutes the building blocks of the Muslim society. As evidenced by verses from the Holy Qur’ān and the Prophet’s teachings, a family is like a nucleus founded on the basis of benevolence, faith, commitment, and loyalty. It is an integrated whole to which Islam accords a lot of interest through focusing on the way its foundations are laid. Such a concern becomes noticeable from the very moment Islam exhorts its followers to get married and thereby involved in matrimonial bonds. It encourages the marrying couple to make the right choice of the partner beforehand, observe moral standards during the betrothal and wedding period, treat each other well, proper use of the male’s right to guardianship, perform marital duties, mutually observe the rules of intimate companionship, provide advice in case of disagreement, in addition to sensitising partners to the Islamic rulings pertaining to the couple’s separation and divorce.

    All this testifies to the fact that Islam focuses on how to build a family on a solid ground and how to protect it so that it can attain its preset goal, including chastity for both partners, instinctual mutual attraction, love, and affection, formation of the Muslim household, mutual assistance to perform pious acts, good education to raise dutiful children who will worship and obey Allah.

    The family encompasses a chain of interlaced units which include relatives and matrimonial kith and kin. Additionally, it has a self-supervisory role through monitoring the behaviour of its members and checking their commitment to Islamic moral principles and values. In so doing, the family contributes to bequeathing its members the precepts of good conduct so that they could in turn transmit them to their offspring, just like a good seedling germinating into a leafy tree.

    This objective is attainable through guiding the family members to visit one’s relatives and treat each other properly, the indispensability of bringing up one’s children in a physically sound atmosphere, providing them with proper medication and nutrition along with decent accommodation, an atmosphere of love, affection, compassion, and psychological balance for all members regardless of their status in the family. Besides, the parents should commit themselves to providing all children under their guardianship with the necessary and sufficient knowledge about to their religion and its teachings and about whatever might help them behave as good citizens and ideal servants of Allah, the Lord of the Universe, in order to help them lead a decent life in this world.

    The more close-knit families are, the more firmly cemented society will be by a spirit of mutual solidarity. Notwithstanding the nature of marriage and the act of building a family as common life requirements, the marital bond extends beyond the herein to reach the hereafter. Based on the natural disposition of human beings, this represents a conclusive definition of the family bond in Islam:

    '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. [Al-Ra’d: 23]

    O Muslims!

    Talking about marriage and building families in this time of the year, when engagement and wedding ceremonies are so frequent, is actually endless and may sometimes cause heartache. What is most disappointing about that is the high rate of failure, the preoccupying increase in the number of conjugal disputes, and the increasing ratio of divorce which has reached over one third of the total number of marriages. This is likely to spoil people’s rejoicing at seeing so many weddings take place. This matter needs careful consideration from scholars and intellectuals, and requires more vigilance on the part of experts and decision-makers.

    Likewise, educationalists, curriculum designers and education policy-makers are equally invited to cater for such a concern affecting boys and girls alike. In addition, the mass media are to a large extent held morally responsible vis-à-vis the entire society by virtue of the nature of their broadcast programmes, be they positive or negative. It goes without saying that none is infallible or perfect; therefore, self-criticism is a sign of nobility.

    In fact, serious revisions are actually needed to assess the degree to which education and the media have monitored the process of building families and contributed to protecting them, fostering in them the spirit of commendable moral values and principles, encouraging them to observe the rules of humane companionship, considerate treatment, and dutifulness towards others, plus training them to perform their duties properly.

    These virtues must be reinforced so as to become deeply rooted in people’s consciousness and totally internalised until they turn into tangible behaviour which manifests itself in reality rather than simply remain a set of theoretical routines quite divorced from reality. For instance, the parents do assume a primordial responsibility when responding to a fiancé pledged in marriage to their daughter, for they will be accountable before Allah for the duty with which they have been entrusted.

    O Muslims!

    Marriage is a divine command, an exhortation by the Prophet, and a tradition observed by the Messengers of Allah throughout history:

    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... [Al-Nūr: 32]

     ...then 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 or (the captives and the slaves) that your right hands possess... [Al-Nissā’: 3]

    In his command to youth, Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said, “O young men! Whoever amongst you can afford it, let him get married ... (cf. the rest of the hadîth).” In this respect, the criterion of marital happiness and success in choosing one’s partner is explicitly stated in the following directive by the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him): “A woman can be married for these four criteria: her wealth, high social status, beauty, and religiosity. Beware! Choose the one whose religious faith is sound, lest you should be losers forever!” [Narrated by Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim]. In another hadith, Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) offers this advice to women and their parents: “Whenever someone whose religious faith and moral behaviour pleases you proposes to your female folks, do accept his proposal. Otherwise, there will be fitnah (i.e. afflictions befalling you) and grave corruption.” [Narrated by Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Mājah]

    It is often the case that failing to positively respond to such a noble teaching offered by Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) will virtually lead to numerous problems. In fact, so many people fail to perceive the extremely important significance of what Allah has called “strong covenant.” Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said, “The most significant terms and conditions you are expected to comply with are those connected to the marriage covenant whereby you have gained utmost intimacy with your spouses.” [An agreed upon hadith among scholars of hadith]

    For this reason, it is incumbent upon both partners to be disciplined and to take special care of such a covenant. Thus, one of the signs of a successful marriage is to cultivate an ambience of security and affection within the newly built family, especially if we know that Satan did make pledges to induce Adam’s offspring into error through temptation and separation between husband and wife. Therefore, in order for both partners to experience love, compassion and affection, and for marriage to fulfil the functions for which it was originally designed, a set of directives for enjoying a successful marital life have to be reiterated, Allah willing.

    So, I now address both partners. Maintain the bond between you and Allah so that Allah keeps you closely attached to each other. Many a misdeed has led to the disruption of happy families and many a sinful act has turned conjugal life into a bitter nightmare!

    And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much. [Al-Shūrā: 30]

    Whoever desires to enjoy blissful life in tranquillity should read Allah’s verses (Glory Be to Him):

    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)... [Al-Naḥl: 97]

    Emotional harmony between hearts ‒I swear by Allah‒ cannot be gained by buying furniture, clothes, or exchanging sweet words, although all these are needed to achieve such a goal. Emotional harmony and concord is a gift from Allah, and love is among His bounties, as ‒May He be extolled‒ said:

    And He has united their (i.e. believers') hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allâh has united them. Certainly He is All-Mighty, All-Wise. [Al-Anfāl: 63]

    Exchanging presents is a key to hearts. It fosters love, reinforces affection, and chases out hatred. Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) did advise us to exchange gifts when he said, “Exchange gifts; show mutual affection.” [Reported by Imam Bukhari in his manuscript entitled Al-Adab Al-Mufrad]

    You partners! Both of you should avoid futile argument and useless dispute. Say and do only what you deem appropriate. Talk gently to each other and never engage in a row, as disagreement breeds deep resentment and frequent disputes kill love and happiness. The old saying goes: “Permanent companionship is the fruit of frequent and harmonious agreement.”

    Conjugal life is not a series of emotional scenes or rosy daydreaming. In fact, perfection is beyond everybody’s reach. Parents may have their differences, and this is but a fact of life and human nature. However, a righteous household that is based on taqwa and where both parents realize their rights and obligations would not be negatively affected by such differences, as these would only bolster its integrity and sense of cognizance and awareness. Errors would then be set right and the doors of evil shut.

    O servants of Allah!

    Mutual respect is one of the most prominent signs of family stability and one of the strongest pillars that ensure its establishment and continuity. The wife must realize the importance of her husband and appreciate his merits and special status at home. By the same token, the husband must treat his wife with sympathy on the grounds of marital rather than business partnership.

    Whatever good deed either of the parents would undertake vis-à-vis the other would indeed bring happiness to himself/herself first before the other partner. A mother once said to her daughter advising her in this regard: “Be a bondmaid to him and he shall be a slave to you.”

    In order to ensure household stability, it is mandatory that both parents overlook or ignore from time to time each other’s mistakes and lapses. In fact, family life is based on spontaneity and not on affectation and pretence. There are enough troubles and worries in life to make it rather inevitable for one to act spontaneously and candidly at home. At this point, understanding the facts of life and admitting them would be indispensable.

    The various types and forms of oddities propagated via TV movies and series as well as media communication channels, and which enter into the sphere of satanic machination, have left behind a massive legacy of misconceptions on married life and of moral corruption, in addition to inculcating false principles in the minds of their recipients. Thus, the ensuing distortion of verities has started to yield pathways of great evil, in addition to those areas where comparisons and preoccupation with the other are most operative.

    As for life and its material concerns, how many a family has been torn apart because of money!! How many a relationship of love and kindness has been destroyed because of money!!

    O you husband! It is your duty to spend on your family and ensure for them proper housing so that they don’t fall prey to loss and perdition. You must not forget what the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said in this respect: "A dinar you spend in Allah's way, or to free a slave, or as a charity you give to a needy person, or to support your family, the one yielding the greatest reward is that which you spend on your family." [Narrated by Muslim]

    The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) also said: “When a Muslim spends on his family seeking reward for it from Allah, it counts for him as sadaqah (charity).”

    It is also your duty to observe sensible management in your spending so that Allah (Almighty) would bestow His grace and blessing on your livelihood. Allah (Almighty) said:

    But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift. [Al-Isrā: 26] And let not your hand be tied (like a miser) to your neither neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach (like a spendthrift), so that you become blameworthy and in severe poverty. [Al-Isrā’: 29]

    O you wife! Do observe leniency and forbearance and never ask or wish for too many things; for this would bring about much discord and many disputes. Never compare yourself to those who are above you financially, lest life would then seem dull and not good enough to you, and thus you would not be as grateful to your husband and to your Lord. The Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: “Look at those who are lower than you (financially) but do not look at those who are higher than you, lest you belittle the favours Allah conferred upon you.” [Narrated by Muslim] Nothing has ever done more harm to man than imitation and flaunt!

    All is in dire need of education before and after marriage, as to our commitment vis-à-vis the limits set by Allah (Almighty) in this regard, as to His worship by observing sound companionship and courtesy, good manners, cooperation on the grounds of righteousness and piety, by avoiding egoism and neglect, understanding the legal concept of trusteeship. Verily, the latter embodies the senses of protection, honouring, control, good family upbringing and management and is, in itself, a trust to be accounted for on the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) also said: "All of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects. A man is a guardian of his family; a woman is a guardian in her husband’s house and is responsible for her subjects." [An agreed upon hadith]

    When obligations are carried out in good faith happiness is bound to reign and success to prevail. He who undertakes supplication of Allah (Almighty) with persistence and observes true reliance on Him shall never be disappointed and his endeavours shall never go to waste.

    O Allah! We implore You to bless us by the Noble Qur'ān and the Sunnah and to make them beneficial to us and to raise our status through the verses and wisdom they contain! This being said, I ask Allah, the Almighty, to forgive you and me and all Muslims of all sins; so ask Him for forgiveness and turn in repentance to Him, for my Lord is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful!















    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah (Almighty) Who has created (everything), and then proportioned it; and Who has measured (preordainments for each and everything even to be blessed or wretched); then guided (i.e. showed mankind the right as well as wrong paths, and guided the animals to pasture)]. He [(Allah) creates the pairs, male and female (45) from Nutfah (drops of semen male and female discharges) when it is emitted. [Al-Najm: 45-46]. I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah Alone, 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,

    Some marriage ceremonies have been marred with outrageous spending, exaggerations, and various forms of evil and infractions. On such occasions, the financial spending incurred by excessive flaunting has reached exponential levels beyond the ordinary dowry costs. The organization and management of such parties have been entrusted to women and to the foolish. What blessing is expected from a marriage that is inaugurated with sinful deeds against the Lord of the Earth and the Heavens, Who is the only One with the power to grant success?!

    The free mixing between men and women other than the mahārim [1] , the hiring of male and female singers, along with their forbidden musical instruments, the missing of prayer, the indulgence of women in wearing wedding apparels exposing parts of their bodies, and the taking of photographs, both openly and secretly, are all considered acts of infidelity, disobedience, and rejection vis-à-vis Allah’s graces and blessings, not to mention the extravagance and flaunt in the preparation of such ceremonies.

    Why all of this?! Can’t joyful occasions be celebrated without disobedience of Allah (Almighty)?! There is no doubt then that in the event of future failure those concerned will pertinently realize the cause of their plight. Indulgence in disobedience and sinning is enough to cause states to perish and kingdoms to shake, let alone small homes?!

    Therefore, observe taqwa and advise each other to do ma'rūf (good deeds). Commit yourselves to righteousness and do not be deceived by the great number of violators; for “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your subjects.” [2] The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: “Part of the blessing bestowed on a woman is facilitating her engagement and her marriage.” [Reported by Imam Ahmad, Ibn habbān and Al-Ḥākim] Elsewhere, in Imam Ahmad’s words: “The most blessed among women are the least requiring in terms of expenditure.”

    O Allah! Grant success to those married and those seeking to get married! O Allah! Grant success to those married and those seeking to get married! O Allah! Grant them happiness, bless their marriages and their lives, gather them on the grounds of goodness, and bestow on them righteous offspring!

    O Allah! Grant success to young Muslim men and women, protect them against lewdness and fitnas, and make them immune to such evils through faith and chastity!

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, on his good and pure family, on his sincere and audacious Companions, and on those who follow 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! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honoured 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 in Palestine 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-Aqsā Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!

    O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria, Burma, Central Africa, and everywhere! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are defenceless! O Allah! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case! You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate!

    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! Suppress their enemies! O Allah! Defeat the oppressors and those who side with them!

    O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet and to Your believing servants!

    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 Deputy Crown Prince, his brothers and assistants success to do what is good for Islam and Muslims!

    O Allah! Set right anyone entrusted with Muslim’s affairs, and fill his heart with fear of you, privately and publicly!

    O Allah! Grant success to all the leaders of Muslims in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him)! 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, 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. [Ᾱl Imrān: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our flaws, make easy our affairs and fulfil 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! Help us reach Ramadan! O Allah! Help us reach Ramadan and guide us to do good throughout it and do accept our good deeds! O You, the Ever-Living, the Eternal Guardian, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

    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] In Islamic sharia legal terminology, a maḥram (plural: maḥārim) is an unmarriageable kin with whom sexual intercourse would be considered incestuous, a punishable taboo. Being maḥram is a symmetric condition. If A is maḥram to B, B is definitely maḥram to A. A maḥram is anyone a Muslim is not allowed to marry.

    [2] This statement is borrowed from a hadith.


    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...audio#kh_audio


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    The story of Jonah - peace be upon him

    August 8, 2014 ~ Shawwaal 12, 1435


    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Ᾱl Ṭālib –may Allah protect him− delivered this Friday’s khutbah titled “The Story of Yūnus (Jonah) ‒Peace Be upon Him.” He dealt with the story of Allah’s Prophet Yūnus –peace be upon him− and the morals to be learnt from it. The Sheikh outlined the most important moral lessons to be drawn from his story, such as holding fast to, rather than renouncing, the path of da’wa (preaching Allah’s religion) despite the hardships and difficulties associated with it, and resorting to Allah Almighty through thick and thin to dispel grief and drive away sorrow.


    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah, the Sovereign enjoying power and dominion. He has pervasive volition in dealing with His creatures. He is the Living, Eternal and Immortal. He (Glory Be to Him) has unrivalled supremacy over His creatures in terms of Rank, Potency, and Omnipotence. He salvaged His close companion (Ibrahim) from fire and saved Yūnus from the whale’s belly. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah; No minute detail can escape His knowledge or surpass His will. I also bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s Servant and Messenger. His Lord has embellished his character with the best traits and the noblest qualities. May Allah send His bountiful Salāt (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) and Peace upon him, his family, and his Companions till the Day of Judgement!

    Now then!

    The best speech is Allah’s Book and the best guidance is that of Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him). The most vicious of all things are novelties (muḥdathāt, in religion); every novelty (muḥdathah) is an innovation (bid’ah), and every innovation is misguidance.

    Then the best advice is indeed observing taqwa (fear of disobeying Allah). So, do adhere to taqwa vis-à-vis Allah and perform good deeds:

    ... then whosoever becomes pious and righteous, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. [Al-A’rāf: 35]

    Whoever observes fear of Allah will be under His guardianship, and whoever fears humans will find no shelter from divine chastisement.

    O Muslims!

    The conduct of prophets (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon them all) is full of lessons and moral points. It is a radiant light procession upon a radiant light procession:

    Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson for men of understanding. It (the Qur'an) is not a forged statement but a confirmation of the Allâh's existing Books [the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel) and other Scriptures of Allâh] and a detailed explanation of everything and a guide and a Mercy for the people who believe. [Yūsuf: 111]

    The stories of the Holy Qur’ān were revealed to the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) while he was still in Makkah and while the few believers who followed him were under siege in the mountain paths of Makkah. Their way was hard and long, and they could hardly see any end to it. The Qur’ānic stories would reveal for them the end of the way ahead, show them its contours, guide their steps, and provide them with the needed help. The Qur’ānic stories were also meant to keep the Prophet (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) steadfast:

    And all that We relate to you (O Muhammad SAW) of the news of the Messengers is in order that We may make strong and firm your heart thereby. And in this (chapter of the Qur'an) has come to you the truth, as well as an admonition and a reminder for the believers. [Hūd: 120]

    and say to him “You are not alone in this path.”

    Therefore be patient (O Muhammad SAW) as did the Messengers of strong will ... [Al-Aḥqāf: 35]

    O Muslims!

    Today, we are going to deal with the story of one of Allah’s prophets. It is a story that said to our Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him): “Beware! Never renounce the mission of da’wah (calling to Islam) and the burdens of (conveying) the Message.” It said:

    So wait with patience for the Decision of your Lord, and be not like the Companion of the Fish, when he cried out (to Us) while he was in deep sorrow. [Al-Qalam: 48]

    That was the story of Yūnus (peace be upon him). Allah sent him to the people of Nineveh in the district of Mosul (in modern Iraq). He called them to tawheed, i.e. to profess belief in the unity of Allah (be He glorified) and to worship Him alone, but they disbelieved him and obstinately persisted in their atheism. With the passage of time, he grew impatient with their disbelief, became furious and quitted them. He threatened them that divine chastisement was due in three days.

    He therefore quitted, showing his extreme anger thinking that Allah would not constrict the land in front of him. He thought that the earth was quite vast, the cities were numerous, and human communities were also countless. He also thought that since those people were too difficult to call to Allah, then Allah would certainly redirect him to other people. This is the meaning of the verse: ... and imagined that We shall not punish him (i.e. the calamites which had befallen him)!...  [Al-Anbiyā’: 87], that is to say, “He imagined we shall not constrict the land in front of him.”

    As to the people of Yūnus, when they noticed that he quitted them and that Allah’s punishment would certainly befall them, Allah threw into their hearts repentance, so they regretted their negative response to their prophet. They, then, submitted themselves to Allah, showing their humility to Him. It was really a great moment! Allah lifted off, with His Might, Strength, Compassion, and Mercy, the punishment that was otherwise to befall them due to their deeds. That divine favour was granted only to the people of Yūnus.

    Indeed, no nation in history, which disbelieved its messenger and was about to be punished, but then declared belief and was saved from the due divine punishment (except the people of Yūnus). Allah the Almighty says in the surah of Yūnus:

    Was there any town (community) that believed (after seeing the punishment), and its Faith (at that moment) saved it (from the punishment)? (The answer is none,) - except the people of Yûnus (Jonah); when they believed, We removed from them the torment of disgrace in the life of the (present) world, and permitted them to enjoy for a while. [Yūnus: 98]

    O servants of Allah!

    The fury of Yūnus (peace be upon him) led him to the sea shore where he boarded a ship laden with passengers and merchandise. In the middle of sea, the ship badly struggled against high winds and rising waves. In common creed, that symptom was ominous of wrath against one of the passengers who must have committed a sin and should accordingly be thrown into the sea so that the ship could be saved from sinking. They may have alternatively wanted to alleviate the cargo of the ship in order to avoid sinking. After they drew lots to decide on who should be thrown into the sea to save the ship, Yūnus’ name emerged, but they pitied him and could not throw him into the sea. However, on drawing lots, Yūnus’ name emerged repeatedly:

    And, verily, Yûnus (Jonah) was one of the Messengers. When he ran to the laden ship [Al-Ṣāffāt: 139-140]

    To describe Yūnus’ departure, Allah used the Arabic verb “abaqa”, to run away in the same a slave does from his master, because he departed without Allah’s permission: He (agreed to) cast lots, and he was among the losers. [Al-Ṣāffāt: 141]. He was then thrown into the sea. Then a (big) fish swallowed him and he had done an act worthy of blame. [Al-Ṣāffāt: 142]. He indeed deserved blaming because he disengaged himself from the mission Allah entrusted him with. Furious with his people, he left them before taking permission from Allah. Then, the big fish (whale) swallowed him without eating his flesh or smashing his bones. He remained inside the whale’s belly for a while (preordained by Allah). It was a triple obscurity: the obscurity of the whale’s belly, the obscurity of the sea, and the obscurity of the night. He (peace be upon him) called up his Lord in supplication:

    ... Lâ ilâha illa Anta [none has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allâh)], Glorified (and Exalted) are You [above all that (evil) they associate with You]. Truly, I have been of the wrong-doers." [Al-Anbiyā’: 87]

    It was reported that when the angels heard his voice, they said, “O Lord! A feeble familiar voice coming from an alien country.” So, Allah answered his supplication and salvaged him from grief:

    And thus We do deliver the believers (who believe in the Oneness of Allâh, abstain from evil and work righteousness). [Al-Anbiyā’: 88]

    Had he not been of them who glorify Allâh He would have indeed remained inside its belly (the fish) till the Day of Resurrection. [Al-Ṣāffāt: 143-144]

    Had he not shown obedience to Allah through performing prayers and evoking divine attributes in the time of well-being before being swallowed by the whale, he would have remained in the fish’s belly till Resurrection Day. This point is implicit in the Prophet’s hadith, “Be mindful of Allah’s commandments, He will protect you; Be mindful of Allah’s commandments, you will find Him in front of you.” Yūnus (peace be upon him) was one of those who glorify Allah and supplicate Him even inside the whale’s belly because he was before accustomed to doing so.

    Then, the big fish threw up Yūnus (peace be upon him) on the sea shore in a place where there was neither vegetation nor shade. His body was very weak:

    But We cast him forth on the naked shore while he was sick. And We caused a plant of gourd to grow over him. [Al-Ṣāffāt: 145-146]

    The gourd plant cast its shade over Yūnus with its large leaves and protected him from flies which are said to be repelled by such a plant. In the Arab culture, every plant having no stem is categorised as gourd. It is reported that the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) was fond of al-dubbā’ (a dish made of gourd) to the point that he would eat up every bit of it even in the edges of his bowl.

    Then, Allah ordered him to return to his people, who believed him and embraced his faith. Their number reached no less than one hundred thousand people, which means that Allah honoured and favoured His prophet. That is why our Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) has the highest number of followers. He said, “Every prophet, without exception, was given what humans were supposed to embrace as creed; and what I was given was divine revelation inspired to me by Allah; thus, I hope I will have the highest number of followers on Resurrection Day.”

    O servants of Allah!

    That was (the story of) Yūnus (peace be upon him), a noble prophet. In the two Sahih Books by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari, it is confirmed that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “None should say: ‘I am better than Yūnus Ibn Mattā (Matthew) was’.” He was one among many other noble prophets. Allah mentioned them in the surahs of Al-Nissā’ and Al-An’ām when He said, They are those whom Allâh had guided. So follow their guidance. [Al-An’ām: 90]

    The great guidance in this story is the right guidance that Allah commended His Prophet to follow when He said:

    So wait with patience for the Decision of your Lord, and be not like the Companion of the Fish, .... [Al-Qalam: 48]

    So, all the people entrusted with a particular da’wah must, by all means, endure its painful burden and keep their patience in the face of disbelief and harm, for its sake. Disbelieving sincere and confident people is indeed very bitter for the soul to cope with, but these are the dear costs to be paid (for being entrusted with a da’wah).

    Followers of the messengers must observe patience and endurance; they must stay the course and maintain perseverance. They must re-engage the da’wah and keep calling people time and again. They must not, however, give up faith in the goodness of souls and the responsiveness of hearts no matter how much denial, refutation, arrogance and ingratitude they may face.

    It is easy for reformers to feel frustrated and give up on the people they are calling on because they do not find them responsive enough, but this does not help the truth to come out victorious. A believer must suppress his anger and carry on. It is better for him to be patient as all shall end well for the righteous:

    Indeed, We know that your breast is straitened at what they say. (98). So glorify the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him). [Al-Ḥijr: 97-99]

    O servants of Allah!

    O you, who are feeling distressed, burdened and afflicted! You shall find a set example in those supplications by the prophets. Imam Ahmad and Al-Tirmidhi narrated with an authentic chain of narration on the authority of Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqāṣ (May Allah be pleased with him) who reported the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) to have said: “The supplication of Dhi Al-Nūn (Prophet Yūnus) when he supplicated, while inside the whale’s belly was: ‘There is deity (worthy of worship) except You, Glory be to You! I have been of the transgressors.’ No Muslim man has ever asked Allah for anything using this supplication without being answered.”

    Therefore, think about this great supplication, for it includes tawheed (monotheism) of Allah Almighty, His tanzeeh (elimination of anthropomorphic elements wrongly attributed to Him) as well as gratitude (towards Him):

    La ilaha illa Anta [none has the right to be worshipped but You (O Allah)], Glorified (and Exalted) are You [above all that (evil) they associate with You]. Truly, I have been of the wrong-doers." [Al-Anbiyā’: 87]

    Imam Ahmad narrated that Abdullah Ibn Mas’ūd (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: ‘No servant (of Allah) suffering from distress and worry has ever said (supplicating Allah Almighty): Oh Allah, I am Your servant, the son of Your servant, and the son of your maid! My forelock is in Your hand; I am subject to Your supreme power and I confess to the wisdom in Your justice. I call on You with every attribute You possess, have sent down in Your book, taught anyone of Your creatures, or have solely reserved for Yourself, I call on You to make the Holy Koran the spring and light of my heart, the vanishing of my sorrow and sadness’ - No servant (of Allah) has ever supplicated Allah Almighty in these words without having his concerns blown away, and replaced with joy’, (or ‒as reported elsewhere with the word‒ relief.”

    They said: “O Messenger of Allah! Should we learn these words?” He said: “Those who have heard them should learn them.” Of course, ‘learning them’ includes memorizing them, understanding them, and supplicating Allah using them.

    In the two Sahihs (the two hadith books by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari), the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) used to supplicate Allah using the following words whenever he felt anguished: “There is no deity but Allah, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. There is no deity but Allah, the Lord of the Great Throne. There is no deity but Allah, the Lord of the heavens, the Lord of the earth, and the Lord of the Noble Throne.”

    These supplications are Prophetic remedies against all sorts of grief and sadness. He who uses them in good faith, Allah would ease up his grief and make go away his sadness.

    Whenever you are graciously guided to voluntarily perform two rak’ahs [1], do supplicate Allah Almighty in humility. (In this context, the Sheikh quotes a few lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):

    Ask your Lord to grant you success through them (rak’ahs).
    Ask Him in good faith whenever you implore Him;
    Whenever you prostrate yourself before Him in gratitude, supplicate Him
    In the same words uttered by ‘Thu Al-Nūn’
    Observe perseverance when knocking at His door,
    So that He may open it for you when you do so.
    Do remember Him continuously for as long as you are on Earth,
    So that you will be mentioned in the Heavens whenever you do so.

    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 Alone, Who granted victory to His Servant [2] and might to His soldiers, and Who defeated the confederates alone. Praise be to Allah, the One and only One, the Single, the Ṣamad [3], Who begets not, nor was He begotten; and there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him. [4] I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah Alone with no associate and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat and Peace upon him, his family, Companions, the tābi’ῑn, and those who followed them with righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    Now then, O Muslims!

    “Palestine: the Usurped Territory”, “Jerusalem: the Captive City”, and “The Palestinians: an Oppressed People while among their kin and brothers and sisters in faith.” All the above are epitomes as to the current incapacitation within the Arab world, an arena for political auctioneering and state-sponsored terrorism which is perpetrated by the occupying entity (Israel) no matter how hard those governments that installed and sponsored it try to justify its crimes and cover up its massacres. One day, the cover will certainly be lifted and the media blackout will eventually come to an end.

    While dismayed on account of the victims (of Israeli bombing), and aggrieved over the displacement of many families and the terrorizing of scores of citizens, and despite the differences among people over the circumstances involved, there is still shining hope through the gloomy night of aggression which is embodied in a number of aspects including the sympathizing from the part of many nations on earth as they realize the criminality of the occupier and usurper, the aggressor and bloody criminal, the appalling and insidious killer.

    The blackout over those crimes committed against the Palestinians and Palestine is the quilt which has long covered up the enemy’s hideous acts. This evil face, however, has been unveiled and along with it many other evil faces. Those who have always concealed and justified such crimes and occupation have now been exposed:

    And Allah drove back those who disbelieved in their rage, they gained no advantage (booty, etc.) [Al Aḥzāb: 25]

    They have achieved nothing but the killing of children and civilians, the destruction of mosques and homes, collective massacres excluding no one, war crimes against humanity, with no moral scruples or human consideration. All has been carried out under the gaze of the international community and its silent and languid institutions and organizations.

    The recent confrontation on the land of Gaza, despite the similar assaults that were previously launched against its territory, features a new outcome where the balance of power has slightly shifted as never before in favour of the oppressed. This bears evidence of change towards a new type of rivalry; one that is carried out on the grounds of more equity in terms of the balance of power in the face of the unjust occupier, especially with the changes taking place in the region, despite their negative and blurry aspects. The sparks in the face-off are bound to strike a long-oppressing aggressor and an enemy who has continued killing and displacing people.

    May Allah Almighty have mercy on the souls of the martyrs of Palestine, heal its wounded, make up for its losses in money and homes, and grant it success in setting up a righteous and truthful leadership.

    We thank those nations who, despite the fact that they share neither language nor faith with the Palestinians, have taken commendable positions vis-à-vis the recent offensive. However, we have no consolation to offer for those who are still too weak in this regard!

    And Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not. [Yūsuf: 21]

    O Allah! Send your Salat and Peace upon Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, 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, and his magnanimous and auspicious Companions! O Allah! We implore your satisfaction with the rightly-guided Imams and Caliphs, Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman, and Ali, with all the Companions of Your Prophet and those who followed them in righteousness and taken up their sunnah, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims, and fail polytheism and polytheists (who associate partners with You). O Allah! Destroy the enemies of Your Religion. O Allah! Grant safety and security to this homeland and to the rest of Muslim homelands!

    O Allah! Fail those who want to harm or divide our country, turn their plots against them, and make that the cause of their own destruction, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant us safety in our homelands! O Allah! Grant us safety in our homelands, set right our leaders and those responsible for our affairs, and support with the Truth our Imam and leader! O Allah! Help him follow Your guidance, make his deeds the source of Your Satisfaction, and provide him with a righteous and truthful retinue! O Allah! Grant him and his deputies success in their endeavours to achieve good and welfare for the people and the country! O Allah! Lead them to the path of guidance and righteousness!

    O Allah! Shove away from us expensiveness, epidemics, usury, earthquakes, trials, and the worst ordeals whether implicit or explicit!

    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, and protect their religion, honour, homelands and property!

    O Allah! We implore You to be on the side of the oppressed and the afflicted, to grant victory to the defenceless Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Grant them victory in Palestine! O Allah! Unite them around Your Truth, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants! O Allah! We leave to you the enemies of religion, for they are no match to You! O Allah! We leave to you the enemies of religion, for they are no match to You! O Allah! We leave to you the enemies of religion, for they are no match to You!

    …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! We ask You for pardon, well-being and long-lasting soundness in religion in the Herein and the Hereafter!

    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, their progeny, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing!

    O Allah! Lead us to the path of righteousness and expiate our shortcomings! Do accept from us our salat, fasting, supplications, and good deeds as You are All-Hearing, All-Knowing! O Allah! Forgive us, for You are All-Forgiving, All-Merciful!

    Glorified be Your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from what they attribute unto You! May peace be upon the Messengers! The last of our supplications is all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!




    [1] A rak’ah is an individual unit of salat (prayer). For instance, Ṣubḥ (or Fajr) prayer is made up of two rak’ahs.

    [2] Used in reference to Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) during the Battle of the Trench.

    [3] It is one of Allah’s attributes mentioned in the Holy Qur’ān, meaning the Eternal, the Ever-Lasting, the Self-Sufficient.

    [4] The expression in bold borrowed from sūrat Al-Ikhlāṣ, verses number 3-4.


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    The Fragrances of Hajj

    September 12, 2014 ~ Dhul-Qa'dah 17, 1435

    [17/11/1435 – A – Ᾱl Ṭālib] 17-11-1435- أ- آل طالب

    The Fragrances of Hajj


    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Ᾱl Ṭālib –may Allah protect him– delivered this Friday’s Khutbah titled “The Fragrances of Hajj” in which he talked about Hajj and its merits, providing proof from the Qur’ān and the Sunnah.


    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! He created hearts and knows the secrets within their inner parts; He excited in the souls of his sincere servants the ardent desire to perform Hajj to his Sacred House. He made accepted Hajj a means to expiate all past sins, big and small. With accepted Hajj, Allah protects every soul from its own evil deeds and impieties. I praise my Lord –may He be extolled– and thank Him as He sanctified these sites and raised their status among the worlds. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah alone with no associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah; It is a testimony reiterated in the mosques’ mihrabs and on top of its minarets.

    Now then,

    I exhort you, as well as myself, to observe taqwa (fear of disobeying Allah Almighty); it is the provision and preparation, and the treasure for the day of account.

    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 Muslims!

    These days, the Holy Mosque is welcoming the early arrivals of Al-Rahman’s (The Compassionate) delegates. Makkah and Al-Madinah have put on their best appearance as the gentle breeze of Hajj is blowing and its blessed days are getting nigh. Spurred by their yearning, the pilgrims are pursuing their dreams to embrace the Ancient House. It is an emotion that prompts the heart to come to the holy land, filling the soul with sentiments that sublimate the soul and captivate the heart. It is an emotion where hope mingles with fear, apprehension with aspiration, and love with longing and nostalgia. The soul is overwhelmed with emotions and charged with sentiments the moment it takes it upon itself to set out to the Holy Mosque and start to visualize the holy sites in Makkah and the lights of Taiba. Such feelings take the soul so deep into the past that it begins to remember (the tribe of) Quraish and its influence, the early Call and its secrets, and the places the mention of which stirs the serenity of the soul and its latent fondness. The mere fact of mentioning them brings back all the feelings and memories associated with them: The Ka’bah, the Holy Mosque, Ghār (the Cave of) Hirā’, (the well of) Zamzam, Maqām Ibrahim, Ghār Thawr, Kheif (mosque in) Mina, Wādi ‘Arafah, Masjid (the mosque of) Namirah, Al-Safā, Dār (house of) Al-Arqam, Al-Mash’ar Al-Ḥarām, Shāmah and Ṭafeel, Muzdalifah and (Mount) Thabeer, Harrat (the stony area of) Wāqim, Bani Sālim Ibn ‘Awf, Masjid (mosque of) Qubā, Bi’r (the well of) Arees (in Madinah), Mount Uḥud, Al-Baqee’, Al-Rawdhah between the Prophet’s House and his Minbar (pulpit), the ruins of Al-Khandaq (The Trench), etc. All these names (of sacred sites) in Makkah and Al-Madinah take the better of you when you mention them and wish to see them for the great events they represent. Overwhelmed by rhapsody and dazzled by the history of Islam brought back to life, you break into silent tears. Great and triumphant times are raised high above humanity and levitate above history itself to challenge the earth and all that is on it. Times of weakness stir sentiments and bring tears to your eyes.

    The gentle breeze of Hajj is blowing and its blessed days are fast approaching. You remember when the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) called for Hajj and people started to flock to Makkah from the four corners of the world: from the city and the countryside, from plains and mountains, and from valleys and deserts. They came mounted and on foot motivated by true desire to perform Hajj to Allah’s Holy House. Having performed Dhuhr prayer in Madinah on Saturday, the 25th of Dhul Qi’dah, the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) led the people towards Makkah with over a hundred thousand pilgrims around him. Describing that solemn scene, Jābir (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated, “The Prophet –May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him– performed prayer in the mosque and mounted his she-camel, Al-Qaswā [1] . When it was up and ready to move, I saw people as far as my eyes could see in front of him, on his right, on his left and behind him. The Prophet ‒May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him‒ was right in our midst.” [See the rest of this hadith; narrated by Imam Muslim]

    This great scene seemed to incarnate the Qur’ānic verse:

    He it is Who has supported you with His Help and with the believers. [Al-Anfāl: 62]

    You remember how the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) used to tour the Arab tribes before Hijrah (migration to Madinah) asking them for shelter and protection telling them, “Who would give me shelter so that I convey my Lord’s Message and he would be rewarded with paradise?” Nobody would answer his appeal or offer him support. Today, they have all answered his call and come to him from everywhere. When he left Makkah on his migration journey pursued by the misbelievers, he was alone with nobody except Al-Ṣiddῑq (May Allah be pleased with him) walking in front of him, behind him, on his right and on his left to protect him.

    Today, he has thousands of men around him stretching as far as the eye could see.

    …and (as for) the believers it was incumbent upon Us to help (them). [Al-Rūm: 47]

    These are Allah’s laws (in His Universe), land marks guiding the followers of messengers every time they are faced with problems or met with malevolence. What makes the heart yearn for the land of divine inspiration and Qur’ān revelation is first the hope to purify of the soul and expiate sins and misdeeds so that the soul can be worthy of the aid and support of Allah the Almighty. Second, the heart yearns to take an oath at the venues of the first Call to foster the connection with the early Muslim generations to follow in their footsteps and adhere to the Sunnah of the Great Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him). Nothing can set right the present generations of this Ummah except what had set right its earlier generations.

    O Muslim believers!

    The gentle breeze of Hajj is blowing and its blessed days are drawing near. We seem to hear the Prophet’s eternal Khutbah at the Farewell Hajj. Set in truthful words and divine inspiration, his address to his Ummah will continue echoing in Muslim ears till Doomsday:

    “O people! Your lives and your property are, amongst you, haram (sanctified). Do not turn back misbelievers killing each other after I am gone. The usury of Jāhiliyyah is waived, and Allah decreed that there shall be no usury. Make women your concern; you owe rights to your women and they owe rights to you. Your Lord is One; your God is One. You all belong to Adam, and Adam was created from earth.

    In the Holy Qur’ān, we read:

    Verily, the most honourable of you with Allâh is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqûn (pious)]. [Al-Ḥujurāt: 13]

    These are the words of Allah’s Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him), the initiator of justice and righteousness in which he settled many issues, such as creed, unity, (the sanctity of) blood, property, women, and humanity. These are issues related by the history of mankind and asserted by contemporary reality, but they are always abused by the Earth’s tyrants and despots. They would corrupt prophets’ creeds so as to dominate the human being later; they would revel in killing and murder and humiliate women in order to obtain wealth and fulfil their carnal desires. At the same time, they would legalize usury and propagate drugs. In addition to financial and economic crises, the results would be community annihilation, family disintegration, ethics degradation, and health and psychological deterioration. In his universal address, the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) outranked all other systems vis-à-vis creed, unity, protection of life, property, honour and prohibition of usury and protection of women as he said, “The most honoured amongst you in the eyes of Allah are the most pious.”

    O believers!

    The gentle breeze of Hajj is blowing and its blessed days are drawing near. We learn how the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) declared that all his rules were diametrically opposed to the misbelievers’. Misbelievers used to leave Muzdalifah after sunrise, chanting, “Ashriq Thabeer kaymā nugheer” (Let the sun rise over Thabeer so that we may leave). The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) did the opposite; he left before sunrise. He said, “Our guidance is different from the misbelievers’.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad]

    What the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) wanted was for his Ummah to be distinguished with all its guidance, neither emulating the East nor following the West; neither sharing their rites, nor giving their guidance priority over the Muslims’. He alerted people to the fact that this Ummah is the heir to prophets; its heritage is always connected with the heavens. Passing by the valley of ‘Usfān, the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) asked, “O Abu Bakr! What valley is this?” “This is ‘Usfān,” Abu Bakr answered. “Hūd and Saleh had crossed this valley riding two young red camels with tuft nosebands, woollen wraps, and woollen garments chanting talbiyah [2] on their way to Hajj to the Ancient House.” [Narrated by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad]

    Mūsā Ibn ‘Imrān and Yūnis (Jonah) Ibn Mattā (Matthew) (May Allah’s Peace be upon them) performed Hajj, whereas ‘Īssā (Jesus, may Allah’s Peace be upon him) will perform Hajj at the end of life on earth. The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said, “I swear by Him in Whose hand is my soul that Ibn Mariam will cross Al-Rawhā’ valley [3] to perform Hajj or Umrah or both.” [Narrated by Muslim]

    The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) wanted to remind Muslims going to Hajj of the procession of the honoured prophets to whom they belong and of their roots. He wanted to remind Muslims that in their performing Hajj they are following the example of the prophets, the righteous, and the martyrs.

    They are those whom Allâh had guided. So follow their guidance. Say: "No reward I ask of you for this (the Qur'ân). It is only a reminder for the 'Alamîn (mankind and jinns).” [Al-An’ām: 90]

    The Holy Qur’ān draws attention to this fact in the following words of Allah (May he be extolled):

    And take you (people) the Maqâm (place) of Ibrâhim (Abraham) [or the stone on which Ibrâhim (Abraham) stood while he was building the Ka'bah] as a place of prayer (for some of your prayers, e.g. two Rak'at after the Tawâf of the Ka'bah at Makkah). [Al-Baqarah: 125]

    This is in concordance with the Imam of the Ḥunafā’ [4] and the father of all prophets: Ibrahim (May Allah’s Peace be upon him) and to what Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) has called. When you see these situations, think of Allah Almighty’s following Words:

    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. O Lord, and send among them a messenger from themselves who will recite to them Your verses and teach them the Book and wisdom and purify them. Indeed, You are the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [Al-Baqarah: 127-129]

    In the Farewell Hajj, The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) told Muslims, “Stand on your Mashā’ir (holy sites). You are on a heritage of your father Ibrahim.” [Narrated by the compilers of the Sunan (books on Hadith)]

    This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion. [Al-Mā’idah: 3]

    This verse of the Holy Qur’ān seals the Message, and the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) alerts the Muslims to this fact, saying, “Take your manāsik (rites) from me. I might not see you next year.” Thus he accomplished his mission, said farewell to his Ummah, entrusted it to Allah Almighty and made his Ummah feel that truth never dies with the death of its advocates.

    ‘Ᾱṣim Ibn Humaid said that when the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) sent Mu’ādh Ibn Jabal to Yemen, the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) went out with him giving him advice; Mu’ādh was riding his camel and the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) was walking next to the camel; when he finished his advice he said to Mu’ādh: "O Mu’ādh! Perhaps you will not meet me after this year; perhaps you will pass by my mosque and grave." Mu’ādh wept for fear he won't meet the Prophet again. The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: "Do not cry O Mu’ādh…” (See the rest of the hadith, which was narrated by Imam Ahmad and others). Indeed, what the Prophet said happened.

    O Muslims! The gentle breeze of Hajj is blowing and its blessed days are here. During such days, people are eager to win the great blessing and perform Hajj to the House of Allah, the Generous, answering the call of the Compassionate:

    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) [Ᾱl ‘Imrān: 97]

    The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: "O people! Allah has prescribed Hajj upon you; therefore, perform Hajj." [Narrated by Muslim] Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said that he had heard the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) say: "He who performs Hajj and abstains from rafath (sexual intercourse with one’s wife) and committing sins will return from Hajj as pure and free from sins as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him." [An agreed-upon hadith] Abu Hurairah also said that the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: "Sins committed between one Umrah and another are expiated, and the reward for Hajj Mabrur (pilgrimage accepted by Allah) is nothing but Paradise." [An agreed-upon hadith] Abdullah Ibn Mas’ūd (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: "Follow your Hajj with Umrah, for they eradicate poverty and sins as the bellows dismisses the refuse of iron, gold, and silver, and there is no reward for an accepted Hajj (Mabrur) except Paradise." [Narrated by Al-Tirmidhy and Al-Nasā'i]

    The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) was once asked: "Which deed is best?" He said: "Faith in Allah and His Messenger." It was said: "Then what?" He said: "Jihad in the cause of Allah." It was said: "Then what?" He said: "An accepted Hajj." [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]

    In Hajj, there is forgiveness of sins, expiation of bad deeds, doubling of the reward and answering of supplications. As for the day of Arafat, it is indeed a remarkable day. Allah has sworn by it in the following verse:

    By the heaven, holding the big stars (1) And by the Promised Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection); (2) And by the witnessing day (i.e. Friday), and by the witnessed day [i.e. the day of 'Arafât (Hajj) the ninth of Dhul-Hîjjah];(3) [Al-Burūj: 1-3]

    Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) said that the Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: "There is no day on which Allah sets free more servants from Hell than He does on the Day of `Arafah. Allah comes closer and feels proud of them in front of the angels and says to them: ‘What do these want?’" [Narrated by Muslim] He (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) also said: "I trust Allah that fasting the Day of Arafat results in forgiving the sins committed during the year after it and the year before it." [Narrated by Muslim]

    Hajj is good in its totality, and has benefits in this worldly life and the Hereafter as well:

    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) (27) 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.), and mention the Name of Allâh on appointed days (i.e. 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th day of Dhul-Hijjâh), over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice) (at the time of their slaughtering by saying: Bismillah, Wallâhu-Akbar, Allâhumma Minka wa Ilaik)(28) [Al-Hajj: 27-28]

    So make haste, O Muslims, to perform Hajj, for one does not know what may happen to him (i.e. before performing it).

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and the Sunnah and grant us the benefit and wisdom contained therein! I say this and ask Allah Almighty to forgive you and me.









    Part Two

    All praise be to Allah! He made the House (Ka’bah) a resort and safety for people, and granted us generously from His Blessings and Graces. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah alone with no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy) and Peace upon Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad and upon all his family and Companions!

    Now then, O Muslims!

    Allah glorified His Holy House and swore by it in His Book (the Qur’ān) saying: I swear by this city (Makkah) [Al-Balad: 1] and He (May He be extolled) said: By this city of security (Makkah) [Al-Tῑn: 3]. He showed its merit by saying:

    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) (96) In it are manifest signs (for example), the Maqâm (place) of Ibrâhim (Abraham); whosoever enters it, he attains security. 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); and whoever disbelieves [i.e. denies Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah), then he is a disbeliever of Allâh], then Allâh stands not in need of any of the 'Alamîn (mankind and jinns) [Ᾱl ‘Imrān: 96-97]

    One of the blessings of the Holy Mosque in Makkah is the multiplication of reward therein. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: "One salat (prayer) in my mosque (the holy mosque in Madinah) is better than a thousand prayers in any other mosque except in the Holy Mosque in Makkah." [Narrated by Muslim]

    Makkah is the most beloved city to Allah and His Messenger. Al-Tirmidhy narrates that the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: "I swear by Allah, you are the best land of Allah and the most beloved land to Him. Had I not been banished from you I would not have left you."

    Among the merits of Makkah ‒may Allah safeguard it‒ is the inclusion of security for all and everything: humans, animals, and plants. The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said: "Makkah has been made a sanctuary by Allah and not by the people, so it is not lawful for a person who believes in Allah and the Last Day to shed blood therein or to cut its trees." [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim] In another version by them: "This city has been made a sanctuary by Allah when He created the heavens and earth. It is a sanctuary till the Day of Judgment, for He said so. It is not lawful to cut its thorns, to scare its games, to pick up lost property except after due public announcement, or to cut its grass."

    Glorifying this holy city is an indication of taqwā (piety) and a means to it. Allah Almighty said:

    And whosoever honours the Symbols of Allâh, then it is truly from the piety of the heart. [Al-Hajj: 32] and He (May He be extolled) said: That (Manâsik prescribed duties of Hajj is the obligation that mankind owes to Allâh), and whoever honours the sacred things of Allâh, then that is better for him with his Lord. [Al-Hajj: 30]

    Among the first things that honour and dignify this Sanctuary is the avoidance of taking partners with Allah or anything that might lead to it, such as making innovations and introducing new things to religion. Allah Almighty said:

    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], and sanctify My House for those who circumambulate it, and those who stand up for prayer, and those who bow (submit themselves with humility and obedience to Allâh), and make prostration (in prayer, etc.) [Al-Hajj: 26]

    It is, then, a House based on monotheism. We must also seek to honour and purify this Sacred House (Sanctuary) and this good and unsullied place from manifest abominations and sins. This can be done by enjoining good and prohibiting evil, and by advising one another to give charity and be pious, for enjoining good and prohibiting evil is one of Allah's rituals that must be honoured and dignified.

    Rather, some of the Salaf (earlier pious Muslim generations) maintain that sins are multiplied in this city (Makkah). Mujāhid ‒may Allah, the Almighty, bless his soul‒ said: "Sins, like good deeds, are multiplied in Makkah." Muslims must be conscious of this sacredness while glorifying Allah's rituals and abstaining from his prohibitions. Let their deeds be in accordance with the commandments of Allah and His Sharia (Law). Let them do good and be busy seeking Allah's contentment which they have come to secure. Let them also avoid what may defeat the purposes of Hajj. Allah Almighty said:

    The Hajj (pilgrimage) is (in) the well-known (lunar year) months (i.e. the 10th month, the 11th month and the first ten days of the 12th month of the Islâmic calendar, i.e. two months and ten days). So whosoever intends to perform Hajj therein by assuming Ihrâm), then he should not have sexual relations (with his wife), nor commit sin, nor dispute unjustly during the Hajj. And whatever good you do, (be sure) Allâh knows it. 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]

    The people of this country must be hospitable and generous toward their brothers. They should help and support them to alleviate their hardships; they should teach them what they need of the matters of Islamic Sharia. They should be cooperative and forgiving with the guests of Allah the Almighty. They should smile to them, feel compassion towards them and never hurt them or deny their rights.

    May Allah protect the pilgrims and performers of Umrah, help them complete their rituals, and accept the good deeds from us and them!

    Now, send your salat and blessing upon the best of creatures and the purest of humans, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah. O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, upon his pure and good family and his brave righteous Companions! O Allah! Be pleased with his four Caliphs, Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali, all the Companions of Your Prophet Muhammad, and the tabi'în (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him] after his death) and those who righteously followed them, O You, the Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Rout polytheism and polytheists; destroy the enemies of religion (Islam); make this country and all Muslim countries secure and tranquil! O Allah! Whoever intends to cause us or our country evil or to spread disunity amongst us, O Allah, turn his plotting back against him and let his plotting bring about his own destruction!

    O Allah! Grant us security in our homelands, and set right our Imams and leaders! O Allah! Support with the truth our Imam and leader and provide him with a righteous retinue, guide him to whatever You please and accept! O Allah! Guide our leader, his deputies and brothers to do what is good for Islam and Muslims and what would lead to the right path!

    O Allah! Protect our security men and all those who work in the service of the two holy mosques (in Makkah and Madinah) and their visitors! O Allah! Guide them, help them, protect them, bless their deeds and lives, and reward them with good and happiness!

    O Allah! Keep away from us expensiveness, epidemics, interest, fornication, earthquakes, trials, and the worst calamities, whether manifest or hidden!

    O Allah! Set right the conditions of Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Join them around the truth and good guidance! O Allah! Stop their bloodshed and relieve their fears, protect their religion, honour, homelands and properties! O Allah! Be on the side of the oppressed, the persecuted, and the afflicted! O Allah! Grant victory to the oppressed of Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Grant them victory in Palestine! O Allah! Unite them around the Truth, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to Your religion, Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet, and to Your believing servants! O Allah! Destroy the enemies of religion (Islam) for You are a match for them! ... “Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” [Al-Baqarah: 201]

    O Allah! Grant our selves their piety and purify them, for You are their best Purifier; You are their Benefactor and Lord!

    O Allah! We ask You to grant us forgiveness, good health, and constant recovery in religion, in this life, and in the hereafter!

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our shortcomings, make easy our matters, and help us accomplish our goals in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive us, our parents, our grandparents, their progeny, our spouses and progeny! You are the Hearer of supplications!

    Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! (He is free) from what they attribute unto Him!(180) And peace be on the Messengers!(181) And all the praise and thanks be to Allâh, Lord of the 'Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that exists)(182) [Al-Ṣāffāt: 180-182]



    [1] Al-Qaswā’ is an epithet of a she-camel or a sheep whose ears have been cut short.

    [2] Saying “labbayk Allahumma Labbayk…”

    [3] Al-Rawhā’ is a valley between Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah.

    [4] This Arabic word (حنفاء) is the plural of Ḥanῑf (حنيف), meaning ‘upright’, follower of Ḥanῑfiyyah (الحنيفية), the religion of prophet Ibrahim (May Allah’s Peace be upon him) founded on monotheism and embraced by many in pre-Islamic Arabia.


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    A Pause for Meditation after Hajj

    October 10, 2014 ~ Dhul-Hijjah 16, 1435

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Ᾱl Tālib ‒may Allah protect him‒ delivered this Friday Khutbah titled “A Pause for Meditation after Hajj.” He dealt with the code of conduct pilgrims will have to observe after performing hajj rituals. He equally exhorted his congregation to train themselves to regularly perform acts of worship proving obedience to Allah and to keep on doing pious deeds.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah for the completion of religious observances with ease. Expressions of gratitude are due to Him for perfecting religion and allocating favours. When He called His servants to perform hajj (pilgrimage) to His sanctified House, they massively responded to His call and came from the four corners of the world appealing for His forgiveness and seeking His benevolence. Unrelenting praise is therefore due to Him till it matches the number of pilgrims’ steps trodden on these sanctuaries, and gratitude is extended to Him until it pairs up with the overflow of tears shed by worshippers in awe of Him!

    I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah, alone with no associate. He consented to make this Sanctified House a lighthouse for tawheed (monotheism) and a testimony that all creatures are His servants and therefore utterly dependent on Him for their subsistence. I also bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant, Messenger, and Select Creature of Allah. These Holy Sites were the cradle of his divine Message, these sanctified relics represent the inauguration of his call to Islam, and these locations witnessed the dawn of his prophethood. May Allah send His profuse Salāt (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon his family and his Companions!

    Now then, O Muslims, whether you are performing hajj or residing elsewhere in the rest of the world!

    Do hold fast to taqwa vis-à-vis Allah (piety and fear of disobeying Him) and adhere to whatever pleases Him. Observance of taqwa is indeed the best advice ever provided, the noblest of provisions to be made (for the hereafter), and the unsurpassed deed to be performed cumulatively for one’s future. It is through adhering to taqwa that further blessings can be made accessible, adversities can be neutralised, deeds and souls can be mended, and sins and misdeeds can be forgiven:

    O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him, speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allâh and His messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم), he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hellfire and will be admitted to Paradise. [Al-Aḥzāb: 70-71]

    O pilgrims to the Holy Mosque of Allah! O guests of the Al-Rahmān (the Compassionate)!

    How lucky you really are! What great days you have been experiencing! What a blessed occasion you are celebrating these days! What resplendent landmarks have urged you to relent and then stand for meditation; so, you did stand in contemplation (on Mount Arafah)! How frequently such hallmarks have aroused your nostalgic attraction to the early exemplary generations of Muslims and moved you to tears!

    You have, thank Allah, performed the fifth pillar of religion (i.e. hajj). Earlier, on this very holy site, Allah had once perfected religion:

    …This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion… [Al-Mā’edah: 3]

    It is in this location that Allah has bestowed upon you two blessings: the blessing of perfecting religion and that of perfecting your own religiosity. So, do acknowledge Allah’s favours and appreciate the merits of such blessings.

    These singular days have elapsed and delightful nights have passed, during which an influx of pilgrims swarmed into the Holy Sites, tears flooded, and the whole area reverberated with supplications, following those observing Iḥrām (wearing the hajj special attire), those making Talbiyah [1], the humbleness of the pious (before Allah), the tears shed by those standing on Mount Arafah (during the 9th day of Thu-Al-Hijja), and the hadi’y (animal sacrifice) of those offering it to Allah (on the 10th day of Thu-l-Hijjah). All these rituals were covered by the forgiveness of the Most Compassionate.
    You stood up on Mount Arafah, the Arafah of Allah; you visited Muzdalifah, performed circumambulation around the Ancient Sanctuary of Allah, and made sa’y (i.e. to and fro march) between (the small Mounts) Safā and Marwah. You moved from one holy site to another, tracing your itinerary between rituals and holy sanctuaries in quest for the awe-inspiring graces of the Lord. How many tears have been shed! How many supplications have been met with positive divine response! How many requests have been answered! How many faults have been forgiven! Indeed, you deserve congratulations for the completion of the hajj rituals! Rejoice at the divine promise of accepting your deeds, for Allah never breaches His promises.

    O believers! Pilgrims to the Ancient House of Allah!

    The accomplishment of hajj rituals is in itself a great blessing and its provider, Allah Almighty, deserves gratitude. So, profuse thanks are due to Allah for the visible and invisible blessings He bestowed upon us. Besides, let it be known to you –may Allah forgive my sins and yours‒ that the essence of thankfulness to Allah resides in obeying His commands, avoiding His prohibitions, showing Him constant gratitude, being on guard against whatever may cause afflictions to befall us or blessings to be retracted, and feeling bashful and humble vis-à-vis Allah whenever we remember His benevolence. Thus, gratitude manifests itself in words through gratefulness and praise, morally through showing adoration and submission, and physiologically through total compliance and obedience:

    So eat of the lawful and good food which Allâh has provided
    for you. And be grateful for the favour of Allah, if it is He Whom you worship. [Al-Naḥl: 114]

    Remember that the most substantial of Allah’s commands is (untainted) tawheed and the most crucial of Allah’s prohibitions is shirk (polytheism). Knowing that Allah has benevolently bestowed upon us the blessing of creation and livelihood, how can gratitude be shown to others and who can be worshipped except Him? In His glorious Holy Book, a verse reads:

    O Mankind! Remember the Grace of Allâh upon you! Is the any creator other than Allâh who provides for you from the sky (rain) and the earth? LâilâhaillâHuwa (none has the right to be worshipped but he). How then are you turning away (from Him)? [Fāṭir: 3]

    O honourable pilgrim!

    The performance of hajj rituals has definitely enhanced your knowledge of Allah, reminded you of your accountability to Him, and revived in you the traits of His uncontested divinity (Glory Be to His Supreme Existence!). You have equally remembered that none is worth worshipping except Allah, for He is the One and the Unique to whom the soul delivers itself subserviently and to Whom the believer orientates his/her inner self:

    Verily, I have turned my face towards Him Who has created the heavens and the earth Hanîfa(Islâmic Monotheism, i.e. worshipping none but Allâh alone), and I am not of Al-Mushrikûn. [Al-An’ām: 79]

    Having established that, how can you accept the idea of diverting the duties incumbent upon you vis-à-vis Allah from Him to someone else, such as supplication, seeking assistance, searching the straight path, and consecrations (to Allah)? So, where is the positive impact of hajj on someone who, upon returning from pilgrimage, reverts to missing prayers (on time), refusing to pay zakāt, dealing in usury and bribery, in total defiance of any divine command or proscription?

    O Muslims! O scrupulous and pious worshippers!

    Now that Allah Almighty has guided you towards winning His satisfaction and bestowed upon you the ease of exposure to His divine inspiration, do observe His commands and behave righteously. Each Muslim should beware of tainting his record after it has been cleansed of sins:

    And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has spun, after it has become strong, by taking your oaths as a means of deception among yourselves… [Al-Naḥl: 92]

    The best advice after observing taqwa is the one offered by Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) to Sufiyān ‒may Allah be pleased with him‒ when the latter said, “O Messenger of Allah! Tell me something concerning Islam about which I will never ask anybody else.” The Prophet said, “Say ‘I have faith in Allah’, then adhere to the straight path.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) also said, “The most appreciated deeds by Allah are those which persist in time however scanty they might be.” [This hadith is agreed upon by hadith scholars]. In fact, he whose heart is in permanent contact with his Creator will receive from Him strength and constancy:

    …And whosoever puts his trust in Allâh, then He will suffice him… [Al-Ṭalāq: 3]

    Notwithstanding his adherence to the Straight Path, the Muslim is still vulnerable to error and neglectful behaviour. This is why Allah (Glory and Might be to Him) said:

    …Therefore take Straight Path to Him (with true faith ‒ Islâmic monotheism) and obedience to Him, and seek forgiveness of Him… [Fuṣṣilat: 6]

    This meaning is equally referred to in the authentic hadith reported by Imam Ahmed and Ibn Majah, in which Thawbān narrated that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “Hold fast to the Straight Path, though you can hardly attain it perfectly; and let it be known to you that the best of your deeds is prayer. Indeed, only a believer insists on preserving his wudhū (ablutions).” In another version of this hadith reported by Imam Ahmed, “Do your best to hit or approximate your target! Indeed, only a believer insists on preserving his wudhū (ablutions).”In the two Sahih books (by Imam Muslim and Imam Bukhari), Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “Do your best to hit or approximate your target.” Therefore, each person is supposed to hit the target, which is moral rectitude through following the Straight Path. But in case he fails to either hit or approximate the target, he will be considered as neglectful of his duties.

    O honourable pilgrim!

    How beautiful it would be if you returned home to join your family and homeland after hajj equipped with flawless morals, virtuous character, and commendable habits. You will adopt gallant behaviour with your spouse, children, and other family members. Your heart will be clean of any impure thoughts and you will be constantly in pursuit of truth, justice, and wise conduct. So, do stick to the Straight Path, carry on performing good deeds as the world where you reside is not eternal, and beware of hypocrisy. Many a great deed is minimised by the intention of its performer; and many a tiny deed is maximised by the intention of its performer. Let your hajj be the inauguration of a new age, a promising dawn, a rising sun, and rebirth for you:

    And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (i.e. death). [Al-Ḥijr: 99]

    Commit yourself to taqwa, for it is the ultimate treasure and hope: It is neither their [2] meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is taqwa from you that reaches Him.  [Al-Ḥajj: 37]

    O servants of Allah! O Muslims wherever you are!

    These blessed days have passed; nonetheless, a believer’s life ever teems with virtue and benevolence. It is fertile soil for good deeds and obedience (to Allah Almighty). The longer a believer lives, the more credit he accumulates down the path of benevolence. Worshipping Allah is confined by neither time nor space, and the criterion for acceptance in this regard is the extent of integrity vis-à-vis Allah and pursuance of the guidance of His Messenger (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him). Allah’s bounty is immense. You must realize that following a good deed with another is indeed a sign of acceptance (by Allah Almighty) and that changing for the better is a sign of acceptance of your hajj. Those whose records of deeds have been cleansed (by Almighty Allah) with forgiveness must never return to sinning, for a relapse is far worse than the initial ailment. Likewise, they must seek to increase their good deeds as this is a sign of acceptance as well.

    May Allah Almighty accept your hajj and good endeavours, help you and us all re-live these blessed days for many years to come and maintain for our Muslim Ummah its pride, dignity, righteousness and integrity!

    May Allah bless you and me by the Great Qur'ān and the sunnah of the Master of all the messengers! May the Almighty benefit us with the verses and guidance they contain, and spare us the shame of tumbling from His Grace! I say this and I ask Almighty Allah to forgive me, you, and all Muslims for every sin and wrong-doing we have committed. Do ask Him for forgiveness and repent to Him, for our Lord is All-Forgiving and All-Merciful!


























    Part Two

    All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the 'Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists); the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful; 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 alone, with no associate, the King, and the Manifest Truth. I also bear witness that Muhammad (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him, his family and all his Companions!

    Now then,

    It is indeed worth-mentioning and praising that Almighty Allah has bestowed His care, protection, security and peace on the pilgrims to His Sacred House while the rest of the world is experiencing unrest in addition to the wars breaking out in various regions. Certainly, we are not immune to the envious and aggressors. However, Allah Almighty has bestowed on us His kindness, security, protection, well-being, and graces, inward and outward. He has made for this country a truthful guardianship capable of protecting it and its people.

    Have they not seen that We have made (Makkah) a secure sanctuary, and that men are being snatched away from all around them? [Al-Ankabūt: 67]

    Therefore, all praise and all thanks are due to Allah (for the bounties and blessings He has bestowed on this holy land)!

    O servants of Allah!
    Your Lord (May He be Extolled) says:

    So when you have accomplished your Manasik[(i.e. Ihrâm, Tawâfof the Ka'bah and As-Safâand Al-Marwah), stay at 'Arafât, Muzdalifah and Mina, Ramyof Jamarât, (stoning of the specified pillars in Mina) slaughtering of Hady(animal, etc.)]. Remember Allâh 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. And of them there are some who say: "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!" For them there will be alloted a share for what they have earned. And Allâh is Swift at reckoning. [Al-Baqarah: 200-202]

    Therefore, you are called upon to observe the remembrance, praise, and supplication of Allah (May He be extolled). Prior to returning home every pilgrim must carry out the farewell ṭawāf (circumambulation of the Ka’bah) with no obligation to perform sa’y or shave one’s head. It is worth-mentioning here that menstruating female pilgrims may not perform such ṭawāf. May Allah accept our hajj and yours!

    This being said, do ask Allah Almighty to send His pure Salats and everlasting Peace on the most honourable of His creatures, Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of all His Prophets, on his good and pure family, and his magnanimous and auspicious Companions. O Allah! Be content with his rightly guided caliphs: 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! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims, fail atheism and atheists, destroy the enemies of (Your) religion and 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! Grant him and his Crown Prince success to accomplish what is in the best interest of the country and the people and lead them to the path of guidance and wisdom! O Allah! Reward them with blessings and merits for serving the Two Holy Mosques and taking care of the pilgrims and performers of Umrah! O Allah! Give from Your bounty all those who have assisted in serving the pilgrims!

    O Allah! Do accept from the pilgrims their hajj and answer their supplications! O Allah! Make it a Mabroor (accepted) hajj, a rewarded effort, and a forgiven sin, and help the pilgrims return to their homelands safe and successful! O Allah! Do accept our hajj and theirs, help us persevere on the path of truth and guidance, and give us a good ending, O You, the Most Merciful!

    O Allah! Shove away from us expensiveness, epidemics, usury, adultery, earthquakes, trials, and the worst ordeals whether implicit or explicit!

    O Allah! Set right the conditions of Muslims! O Allah! Set right the conditions of Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Gather them around truth and guidance! O Allah! Stop their bloodshed, safeguard their security and well-being, set right their conditions and suppress their enemy! O Allah! Grant victory to the defenceless among Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Grant them victory in Palestine! O Allah! Gather them around truth, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing servants! O Allah! We leave the enemies of religion to You, for You are more than a match to them! O Allah! We leave the enemies of religion to You, 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, pardon our shortcomings, make easy our affairs, and fulfill our hopes in accordance with Your pleasure! O Lord! Forgive us, our parents, our grandparents, their children and their wives, our children, those who have loved us and those we have loved for Your sake, and all those who have done good towards us, O You, Who hears our prayers! Our Lord, do accept our prayers, and forgive us! You are indeed Most Forgiving, Most Merciful!

    Glorified be our Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from what they wrongly attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! And “praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!”





    [1] Those saying again and again: “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbayk. Labbayka Lā Sharīka Laka Labbayk. Inna l-Ḥamda, Wa n-Niʻmata, Laka walMulk, Lā Sharīka Lak.” ("I respond to Your Call, O Allah! I respond to Your Call. I respond to Your Call; there is no partner to You, I respond to Your Call. All praise and grace belong to You, and so does supreme authority. There is no partner to You.")

    [2] In reference to the animals slaughtered as sacrifices on Eid day

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    Warning against Fitnahs [1]

    Muharram 21, 1436 ~ November 14, 2014

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Mohammed Aal Taalib –May Allah protect him–
    delivered this Friday’s Khutbah titled “Warning against Fitnahs” in which he addressed the
    fitnahs that have befallen Muslim countries in general. He touched upon those which the
    enemies of Islam foment in the country of the Two Holy Mosques and Vicinity: the cradle of
    the Revelation and the Divine Message. Sheikh Aal Taalib re-iterated the position of this
    country and highlighted the unrelenting efforts that have been made by its rulers across time
    to maintain security and protect the interests of the people without any discrimination
    between the various Islamic sects and the like.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah Almighty! Praise be to Allah the Most Supreme, the Most Revered!
    He spread the Earth then He directed Himself to heaven and made them seven heavens [2]. He
    has granted us unity on His Religion after disunity and dispersion. He has given us shelter
    with His Divine Law after all cities and open spacewere proven too narrow to accommodate
    us. His graces are infinite, and we cannot thank Him enough. He showed us lessons to learn
    from those around us, and sent us restrictions and deterrents. I bear witness that there is no
    deity except Allah with no associate; there is neither ‘Uzzah nor Laat. [3] I also bear witness that
    Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger who was sent by His Lord to deliver the most
    perfect law and the last of all divine messages. May Allah Almighty send His Salat, Peace
    and Blessingupon him, his noble family, his Companions, and all those who followed in their
    footsteps until Doomsday!

    Nowthen,

    I exhort you to observe taqwa of Almighty Allah, to heed His commandments, avoid
    His proscriptions, and never show disobedience. You should know that everyone is
    responsible for his own acts, and in his grave, on the Day of Account,he will be tested and
    held accountable for everything he did.

    There, people will be overwhelmed by feelings of remorse and regret:

    [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.] [Al-Baqarah: 281]

    O Muslims!

    History illiterates may not be present-cognizant. Since the divine message was
    revealed to the Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him), Islam has been gathering
    momentum and Muslims homogeneously united. That was the case during the reign of the
    Caliphs who conquered new territory both east and west and built their civilization and glory.

    Naturally, this displeased Muslims’ enemies who, having been defeated in the
    battlefield, tried to destroy Islam from within. Early Muslim history abounds with events that
    raised seditions, disunited the ummah, brought conquests to a halt, and inflicted serious,noncoalescent
    wounds upon Islam.

    History still remembers the intrigue of Al-Ashtar and IbnSaba’ [4].Having seen that
    Muslims had made peace and united their ranks,Ibn Al-Sawda [5] - disgraced may he be - said,
    “You haveto infiltrate into peopleand mix with them. When they come together, ignite war and
    fighting among them; do not let them get together.” So he ignited the fire, started the war, and
    initiated fighting in a pitch-dark night.

    O Muslims!

    Not withstanding the difference in time and situation, a similar picture still persists in
    times of fitnah. Spies sow the seed of trouble among different Muslim factions staging an
    incident here and an incident there, and they insinuate to the common people of each party
    that the other party is to be blamed for what is happening to them. By misleading each party
    to believe that the other has perpetrated a crime against them, hostilities grow, rancour
    intensifies, war breaks out and destruction ensues. If you want to know the perpetrator of an
    incident, look for the beneficiary.

    O servants of Allah!

    In the last few decades, Muslim countries have been afflicted with painful situations
    whose fire is still raging. It is not surprising for the enemy to adopt every dirty means to
    foment sedition among Muslims. However, it is indeed regrettable when Muslims descend
    into the quagmire of intrigues and exchange accusations and incriminations until
    inextinguishable fire is started to destroy them all. They do not benefit from experience and
    cannot foresee the consequences.


    O Muslims!
    The greatest fitnah in such cases is the feeble andself-defeating claim by the common
    people as well astheelite blaming their values and principles for the prevalent seditions and
    casting unfounded suspicion and accusations thereon. They allege that the methods of
    religious scholars, with which they sublimated for years, are behind the fitnah:
    [Surely, they have fallen into trial.] [Al-Tawbah: 49]

    They criticize the system on which their state was built and which is its raison d’être:
    [so that they destroyed their own dwellings with their own hands and the hands of
    the believers.] [Al-Hashr: 2] and turn a blind eye to the real causes of events.

    Indeed, it is all too odd for anyone to have to prove the existence of sunshine or
    moonlight.

    O servants of Allah!

    Since its three-phase inception, the policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always
    been based on respecting the rights of minority sectsand non-persecution offollowers of other
    religious schools. Since the establishment of this country, there have always been citizens
    adopting religious schools other than that of the majority. The government has always been
    keen on protecting their privacy and, unlike secular governments of other Muslim countries,
    or countries where Sunni Muslims are in the minority, neither has it tried to force them into a
    certain belief, nor to drive them out of their land.

    Having discovered this concordance, and having falsely believed the mixture to be
    explosive and ready for use as happened in the neighbouring countries, the enemies tried to
    experiment with this problem in the Eastern Province. They tried, but miserably failed, to
    sow the seeds offitnah among the people. Allah has thwarted their efforts and spared Muslims
    the consequences of their sinistermachinations. They ended up with innocent blood on their
    hands, and with a heinous murder around their necks. Allah did not grant them success, but
    set an example out of them to those who would follow in their footsteps.

    This country has a long history of tolerance and justice, and of scorning bigotry and
    exclusiveness. It is a principle that grew with it and could be denied by no one but those
    denying their own principles themselves.

    During the half-century-reign of the founding king, King Abdul Aziz (May Allah
    bless his soul) or the reign of his sons who succeeded him to the throne, the Kingdom of
    Saudi Arabia, while at the peak of its might, has never forced anyone into a religion, or taken
    a bigoted stand against anyone on account of religious belief or sect. The system makes no
    racial or sectarian distinctions.

    Since the establishment of the State until the present day, thousands, or say, millions
    of people from different religions and sects have entered the country.Some lived in it for
    years, but none of them was persecuted for his religion or sect.

    Now that we live in the age of communication, over seven million people come to the
    Kingdom (every year) to perform Hajj or Omrah exclusive of tourists, workers or
    businessmen. Yet, no one has ever noticed the slightest difference in worship between the
    Kingdom and other countries.

    On the contrary, one of the greatest achievements of this country is the termination of
    religious jurisprudence bigotry. In the past, Muslims used to perform prayers behind four
    imams scattered all over the Holy Mosque divided against themselves according to their
    religious school. Now they all pray behind one Imam who tries to follow the example of the
    Prophet (May Allah's Salat and Peace be upon him) regardless of any specific religious
    school.

    Visitors of the Two Holy Mosques see and hear their teachers who,when giving their
    lessons, mention all the four Muslim Imams with equal respect and non-discrimination. They
    also choose what suits the student or the subject from any of the books of these known
    religious schools and their revered scholars.

    Muftis do not restrict themselves to a specific Sunni school, but select the opinion
    supported by the strongest evidence. Judges also do not have to abide by a certain school. If
    the judge gives a sentence supported by evidence from one school, his sentence may not be
    overruled because of his choice of that particular school.

    When the Council of Senior Muslim Scholars was first formed in this country, it
    comprised scholars from all four schools of Islam and it has been so for forty years now.
    At the Kingdom’s universities, theses and dissertations in jurisprudence deal with
    problems and issues that derive from all four schools with no discrimination as far as
    religious scholars are concerned. The researcher gives precedence to opinions that are
    supported by the strongest evidence (from the Holy Qur’aan or the Sunnah of the Prophet).

    The Kingdom’s universities have contributed immensely to validating the heritage of the
    Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali schools and served in an unprecedented way the books of
    these schools by way of studying, authentication, and verification.

    It is the concern of the thinkers and reformers of this country to resist any reactionary
    movement aimed at reviving religious bigotry. If you asked a commoner on the street about
    his school, chances are he would not seea meaning inyour question!

    Since its inception in this country, the scholarly movement has succeeded in
    connecting people with evidence, following the divine inspiration and shunning bigotry.

    When visitors arrive in the Kingdom, they do not find a fifth school, a religion unknown to
    them, or an unusual interpretation of Islam. Rituals, prayers and Friday Khutbahs are
    broadcast via multimedia to all corners of the world. Yet, nobody sees a different religious
    practice, or hears a statement or sees an act that is religiously different from the way it is
    practiced by Ahl Al-Sunnah(the followers of the Prophet’s Sunnah) throughout history!

    What is different in this country, however, is that it seeks to rise above superstitious
    beliefs and bida’ (false innovations in religion) and to apply the true religion as revealed to
    Prophet Muhammad (May Allah's Salat and Peace be upon him). If one or,for this matter, a
    group chose to be out of step, it is unfair to hold the whole ummah accountable.

    After all this?¯O servants of Allah?¯shouldn’t the languid feel ashamed to accuse their
    own society, universities, religion, and state of fanaticism and extremism? Or accuse their
    own religious school of being the cause of sectarianism and exclusion?

    Indeed, such unjust allegations are the ones to be blamed for producing fanaticism and
    extremism as they tend to fill hearts with hatred and incite enemies. When some of our fellow
    citizens set out to challenge our educational curricula, and blame their own religion and
    government, they are then casting a faulty vision, a limitation in thought, and defeatism in
    spirit.

    As a result, human blood and rights are no longer protected the way they used to at a
    time when such allegations and blame were rather at their peak. However, killing and death
    were stepped up when the sceptic managed to voice their accusations loudly and the defamers
    dart their arrows intensely. Our country was most secure and prosperous at a time when some
    of those languid people levelled their criticism against it.

    Indeed, people in general and foreigners before kinsmenhave come to realize that all
    members of the fighting groups are nationals of those countries where secular governments
    maintain control over the curricula being taught at schools.

    It is indeed a shame on those who exaggerate and exploit their country's plight to pick
    up their pens and start criticizing quite harshly their own rulers, scholars, systems and
    curricula. They have forgotten the role of Sharia (Islamic Law and Jurisprudence) in
    reforming life and religion; thus they set out to defame the country's venerated and trusted
    scholars, those who are still living as well as those who are dead, denying their merits, in vile
    criticism and malicious suggestions.

    Slandering Muslim scholars was but a proxy to the slandering of Sharia in its totality.
    Distinction between what is certain and what is suspicious disappeared; therefore, calling to
    besiege the Sharia and contain it became part and parcel of their objective.

    Allah blamed harshly previous peoples and exposed their venoms, and made of
    similar incidents the most suitable occasions to expose their rancour, but Allah does
    distinguish the evil from the good [6].

    The learning of Islamic Sharia and Fiqh cannot be measured by learning worldly
    sciences, nor is it dependent on them, for learning Sharia is a worship of Allah first and
    foremost. Whenever Allah intended good for His servant, He would make of him a learned
    scholar in religion; such knowledge would accompany him during his lifetime and in his
    grave, and Allah would raise his status in Paradise by this knowledge if achieved in good
    faith (i.e. he learnt it for the sake of Allah). Thus, the attainment of goodness in a particular
    society is commensurate with the increase in religious learning therein.

    This Sharia has led this Ummah to pinnacle standards for centuries and ages.Under its
    umbrella, kingdoms and civilizations have been built, and under its banner thoughts and
    cultures have been formed. This Ummah has not been defeated until its grip on religion caved
    in, and the flame of Sharia subsided in the hearts of many. This took place only over the last
    century.

    However, those defeated seem to have forgotten history, and Allah's promise to give
    the upper hand to whoever seeks to glorify His religion and raise His Word:
    [And Allâh has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of
    them know not.][Yusuf: 21]

    May Allah bless us with the Qur'an and the Sunnah, and benefit us with the verses and
    wisdom they contain! I say this and ask Allah Almighty to forgive you and me.


    Part Two

    All praise and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the 'Alamîn (mankind, jinns and all that
    exists), the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, 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 except Allah alone with no partner. He is The Sovereign, The
    (unmistakable) Truth. I also bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger.May
    Allah send His Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy) Peace and Blessingupon him, his Family and
    all his Companions!

    Now then,

    Everybody must understand that the security of the country of the Two Holy Mosques
    is indeed the security of every Muslim on earth, and that there is no compromise on the
    security of the Kingdom under any circumstances or on any plea.

    The citizens of this country, thank Allah, are fully conscious of the conspiracies that
    target its unity and security, and that the enemies are using terrorism and causing disorder in
    order to achieve their goals. In addition, they would seek to deceive the impertinent in order
    to accomplish their plans. These matters are clearer than ever before.

    We have to put emphasis on the prohibition of Muslim blood, let alone the blood of
    those who are granted security and protected. Allah Almighty said:
    [And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to
    abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allâh are upon him,
    and a great punishment is prepared for him.][Al-Nis?E': 93]

    The Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) said:"Whoever kills a
    person of the covenant (a Dhimmy, i.e. a non-Muslim given the promise of safety) will be
    prohibited to smell the fragrance of Paradise."[Narrated by Bukhari]

    Therefore, it would be much more serious if the killing targets the starting of fitnah,
    or those men through whom Allah protects the security of the country and its people. Each
    one of us carries the obligation to avoid any stand or speech that might cause hostility or
    disagreement, for the security of the country is not subject for bargaining or outbidding.
    All men of integrity in this Ummah should seek to set matters appropriately, name
    things properly and attribute incidents to their causes fairly and soberly. Indeed, with
    sincerity and truthfulness matters may only get better, and evil discarded.
    May Allah protect our country and Muslim countries from every evil and adversity!

    This is said, ask Allah (O you Muslims) to send His Salat (Graces, Honours, and
    Mercy) upon the best of Allah's creatures, the most honest human being, Muhammad Ibn
    Abdullah the Hashemite, the Qurashi.

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours and Mercy) Peace and Blessing upon
    Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad! O Allah! Be pleased with all his good pure
    family, his wives, the mothers of the believers, his brave Companions, the tabi'in (the
    contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon
    him] after his death) and those who follow them righteously until the Day of Resurrection!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and
    Muslims! Destroy all despots, atheists and corrupters!

    O Allah! Grant this Ummah a matter of guidance in which the people of Your
    obedience are honoured and those of Your disobedience are rightly guided, and in which
    good is enjoined and bad is prohibited, O You, the Hearer of all supplications!

    O Allah! Whoever wants evil to befall us, our country, the Muslim countries, Islam,
    and Muslims, then keep him busy with himself, turn his evil doings against himself, and let
    evil befall him, O Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen (fighters) in Your Cause in Palestine and
    everywhere, O Lord of the Worlds! O Allah! Break their siege, make better their conditions,
    and defeat their enemy!

    O Allah! Liberate the Aqsa Mosque from the oppression of the oppressors and the
    aggression of the occupiers!

    O Allah! Be with our brothers and sisters in Palestine, Syria, Burma, Central Africa,
    and everywhere! O Allah! Alleviate their calamity, hasten their relief. O Allah! Have mercy
    on them for they are defenseless, mend their breakage, and take care of them. O Allah! Stop
    their bloodshed, reassure them, protect their honour, grant them their needs, feed their
    hungry, instill courage into their hearts, help them stand firm in the battlefield, and grant
    them victory over their oppressors, O You, the Ever-Living, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

    O Allah! Set right their conditions, unite them around the truth and true guidance,
    spare them the evil ones among them, and defeat their enemy! O Allah! Destroy the,
    oppressors and their assistants! O Allah! Destroy the oppressors and their assistants! O Allah!
    Grant victory to Your religion, Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet and Your believing
    servants!

    O Allah! Guide our leader to what You like and accept! O Allah! Lead him to piety
    and righteousness! O Allah! Guide him, his two Crown Princes, their brothers and assistants
    to what is good for the people and the country! O Allah! Guide the leaders of the Muslims to
    rule according to Your Sharia and follow the Sunnah of Your prophet Muhammad (May
    Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him) and make them a mercy on Your believing servants! O
    Allah! Spread security and prosperity in our country and Muslim countries, and protect us
    against the evil of the evildoers and the wickedness of the wicked!

    [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.][?l ‘Imr?n: 147]

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, cover our defects, make easy our tasks, grant us our hopes
    in what pleases You! O Allah! Forgive us, our parents, grandparents, our spouses and
    progeny! You are the Hearer of supplications!

    We ask Allah for forgiveness! We ask Allah for forgiveness! We ask forgiveness
    from Allah, the only One to be worshiped, the Ever-Living, and we repent to Him!

    O Allah! You are Allah with no other deity worthy of worship but You! You are the
    Self-Sufficient and we are the poor! Send down rain on us and do not make us despondent! O
    Allah! Relieve us (with rain)! O Allah! Relieve us! O Allah! Relieve us with rain that is
    smooth, healthy, widespread, heavy, wholesome, beneficial,harmless, and with which You
    will give life to the land and water to Your creatures, and let itreach both the urban and rural
    areas! O Allah! Make it a rain of mercy, not one of torture, trial, destruction or drowning!
    O Allah! We ask You to forgive us as You are the Forgiver! Send heavy rain on us! O
    Allah! Relieve us with rain! O Allah! Relieve us with rain!

    O Lord! Accept from us (our supplications)! You are the All-Hearing! And grant us
    repentance! You are Forgiving and Merciful!

    Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! He is free from what they
    attribute unto Him! Peace be upon the Messengers, and praise be to Allah, Lord of the
    Worlds!

    -----------------------------------------

    [1] In Arabic, fitan is the plural of fitnah: sedition, trial, civil strife, temptation, discord, dissention, etc.

    [2] This is borrowed from the Holy Qur’aan, suratAl-Baqarah, verse 29.

    [3] Al-Lat and Al-‘Uzzah were two idols worshipped by the Arabs before Islam. They were believed to
    be placed inside the Ka’bah but destroyed after the Conquest of Makkah by Prophet Muhammad [May Allah's
    Salat and Peace be upon him].

    [4] Al-Ashtar and Ibn Saba’ were two figures in Islamic history who were believed to have spread sedition among
    Muslims, particularly during the Caliphate of Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (May Allah be pleased with him).

    [5] This is another name of Ibn Saba’.

    [6] This expression is borrowed from the Holy Qur’aan (Sura Aal Imraan: 179 and surat Al-Anfaal: 37).

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    The Call to Allah’s Path: the Mission of Messengers

    December 19, 2014 ~ Safar 27, 1436

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Ᾱl Ṭālib –May Allah protect him– delivered this Friday Khutbah titled “The Call to Allah’s Path: the Mission of Messengers”. He talked about the Call (dacwah) to the Path of Allah, highlighting its merits and the magnitude of the reward of those making it. He says these people are heirs to such a great responsibility, namely the legacy of prophethood. He also showed that it is the duty of every Muslim to make dacwah.

    Part One

    Praise is due to Allah! He sent His Prophets and Messengers in succession, and decreed that the closest of His creatures to Him are those who show obedience to His Messengers and prove to be their most loyal followers. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah, alone with no associate. He sent to every single community a guide to be obeyed and a source of enlightenment to chase out obscurity. I equally bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant, Messenger, Select Creature, and Close Companion of Allah. His Lord sent him as a Witness, a Herald of good tidings, a Warner, a Caller to (the path of) Allah, with His leave, and a Lustrous Lamp. May Allah send His Salāt (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him and all his Companions and Family!

    Now then,

    O people! Observe taqwa (fear of disobeying Allah) vis-à-vis Allah, for taqwa is the best of provisions and the most suitable apparel to be adorned with:
    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. [Al-Baqarah: 281]

    In fact, earthly life is mortal whereas the hereafter is eternal. Beware of being distracted by ephemeral worldly life! Let it not divert your attention from everlasting life! Worldly life is perishable and the ultimate destination is towards Allah.

    O Muslims!

    Allah Almighty sent His Messengers to guide people to His straight path and to illuminate their way to Him. Whenever the teachings of a precursor divine messenger faded and the inspirational impact of prophethood on the hearts of its followers withered away, Allah would send a messenger to revive the faint traces of religious precepts and renew people’s faith which either slid into oblivion or became prone to confusion. The Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “Israelites used to be ruled by prophets; whenever a prophet passed away, he was succeeded by another. But there will be no prophet after me.” [Agreed-upon hadith]

    When Allah sealed prophethood by (the Message of) the Master of Mankind, Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him), He made him the best of Messengers and made his Ummah (i.e. his followers till Doomsday) the best of all ummahs. Among the honours with which Allah has blessed this Ummah is conferring upon it the role of messengers to continue calling (mankind) to His Path and guiding them towards Him:
    You [true believers in Islâmic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden), and you believe in Allâh... [Ᾱl Imrān: 110]

    Then, He said, ordering His Prophet (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) to convey the following message to people:
    Say (O Muhammad SAW): "This is my way; I invite unto Allâh (i.e. to the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Allâh i.e to the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism) with sure knowledge... [Yūsuf: 108]

    Therefore, the Call (dacwah) to the Path of Allah is a continuous religious obligation upon this Ummah:
    Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islâm), enjoining Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden)... [Ᾱl Imrān: 104]

    It is the duty of the Ummah to transmit the Message revealed to the Prophet (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) and forewarn of divine chastisement as its Prophet did earlier. Allah ‒to Whom belong Might and Majesty‒ says:
    Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in (Islâmic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil)...  [Al-Tawbah: 122]

    Allah, the Most Glorious of speakers, also says:
    Invite (mankind, O Muhammad SAW) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islâm) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Qur'ân) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better... [Al-Naḥl: 125]

    Allah ‒Exalted be He‒ also says:
    ...but invite them to your Lord. Verily! You (O Muhammad SAW) indeed are on the (true) straight guidance. (i.e. the true religion of Islâmic Monotheism). [Al-Hajj: 67]

    Allah ‒Great and Almighty‒ also says:
    …and invite (men) to (believe in) your Lord [i.e: in the Oneness (Tauhîd) of Allâh (1) Oneness of the Lordship of Allâh; (2) Oneness of the worship of Allâh; (3) Oneness of the Names and Qualities of Allâh], and be not of Al-Mushrikûn (those who associate partners with Allâh, e.g. polytheists, pagans, idolaters, those who disbelieve in the Oneness of Allâh and deny the Prophethood of Messenger Muhammad SAW). [Al-Qaṣaṣ: 87]

    Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said in this respect, “Transmit even one verse from what had been revealed to me.” So, the incumbency of dacwah upon every individual is in accordance with the capacity of every individual, even if it is farḍ kifāyah (community obligation) [1]. However, what kifāyah (are we talking about) while the Ummah is mostly submerged in ignorance, lack of religious discipline, (moral) deviations,
    undesirable innovations (in religion), in addition to the great numbers of those who are in crucial need for dacwah and education –let alone the existence of entire nations lost in misguidance and disbelief.

    The start of every dacwah and every divine message is the call to monotheism: the Oneness of Allah, the Almighty, and singling Him out with ‘ulūhiyyah (Divinity) and rubūbiyyah (Lordship, Sovereignty). This is the foundation of the dacwah of all Messengers, and all details in those successive divine messages have been based on this great foundation.

    And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship Allâh (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Tâghût (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Tâghût besides Allâh)." ... [Al-Naḥl: 36]

    And We did not send any Messenger before you (O Muhammad SAW) but We inspired him (saying): Lâ ilâha illa Ana [none has the right to be worshipped but I (Allâh)], so worship Me (Alone and none else)." [Al-Anbiyā’: 25]

    O Muslims!

    Suffice it for the Muslim to be among those honoured by calling to what Allah Himself has called to:
    Allâh calls to the home of peace (i.e. Paradise, by accepting Allâh's religion of Islâmic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds and abstaining from polytheism and evil deeds)... [Yūnus: 25]

    It is He (May He be exalted) Who also says:
     ...but Allâh invites (you) to Paradise and Forgiveness by His Leave, and makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) clear to mankind that they may remember. [Al-Baqarah: 221]

    Servants of Allah!

    The religious scholar is the inheritor of the status of prophethood. He assumes its major responsibilities, namely, calling and guiding Allah’s creatures to His path, purifying them, teaching them (religious precepts), coaching them on truth so that they understand it, accept it, and work with it and for it. There is no speech better than that of the Muslim scholar’s. (Here is what Allah says about his speech):
    And who is better in speech than he who [says: "My Lord is Allâh (believes in His Oneness)," and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allâh's (Islâmic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: "I am one of the Muslims." [Fuṣṣilat: 33]

    Also, there is no work better than his. Ibn Al-Qayyim –May Allah have mercy on his soul– said: “Conveying the Prophets’ sunnah (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) to the Muslim Ummah is better than shooting the enemies’ necks with arrows because shooting arrows is being done by many people, whereas conveying the prophet’s sunnah is exclusively done by the inheritors of prophets.” In the same vein, Abu Al-Dardā’ –May Allah be pleased with him– said, “There is no better form of charity than exhorting one’s Muslim brothers, so that, after they disperse, they realise that Allah has benefited them from that religious exhortation.”

    In the two Sahῑh Books (those of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim) ‒and the wording is to Imam Bukhari‒ Sahl Ibn Saad is reported to have narrated that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “I swear by Allah that contributing to guiding just one person to the Path of Allah is by far better for you than owning the best species of camels.” Thus, dacwah brings about Allah’ love. In this respect, Al-Tabarāni reported that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “The dearest of mankind to Allah Almighty are those who are most beneficial to people.”

    Quite certainly, the greatest benefit to people is helping them rectify their fallacious religious beliefs, boost their faith, purify their moral behaviour, combat their wrong beliefs and impermissible pleasures. It is enough reverence and success for the ducāt (pl. of dāci, those making dacwah) that they are fortunate and happy both in the Herein and the Hereafter. The Absolute Truth (an attribute of Allah) says:
    Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islâm), enjoining Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful. [Al-Imrān: 104]

    They are also promised divine mercy:
    The believers, men and women, are Auliyâ' (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islâm has forbidden); they perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât) and give the Zakât, and obey Allâh and His Messenger. Allâh will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise. [Al-Tawbah: 71]

    Imam Muslim, along with the collectors of the Sunan Books, reported that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said. “Whoever invites people to guidance will gain the same reward of whom he guided, without them losing their own share of it.”

    The Call to the Path of Allah benefits him who makes it, guarantees him constancy in faith, blessing in family and offspring, repudiates his misdeeds, refutes and repels the erroneous assumptions of those advocating misguidance, improves the conditions of society at large, spreads Islam and champions its glory. It is enough honour for dacwah that is the way leading to the establishment of religion which is approved by the Lord of the Worlds to people.

    Moreover, dacwah leads to an increase in good deeds and an elevation in the status of the ducāt. If reward for human beings ceases after their death, the reward of the ducāt continues for as long as their dacwah continues to be beneficial to others. Abu Mascūd Al-Ansāri –May Allah be pleased with him– reported that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “Whoever guides others to do good will gain the same reward as that obtained by the doers themselves.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    Therefore, it is the duty of the ducāt and reformers to implement the mission entrusted to them as regards spreading religion and good morals, in addition to combating evil and vice and stopping the overt plea for corruption which has devastated the entire world:
    (And remember) when Allâh took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) to make it (the news of the coming of Prophet Muhammad SAW and the religious knowledge) known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it, ... [Ᾱl Imrān: 187]

    Whenever the drive of dacwah withers away or disappears altogether, the shariah will weaken, faith will be shaken, acts of worship will vanish, the Prophet’s tradition (Sunnah) will become extinct, security will be compromised, and misguided thought will spread.

    Servants of Allah! O Muslims!

    Nations before us were penalised because they had forsaken their religion. Allah (May He be exalted) says:
    Then We gave the Book the Qur'ân) for inheritance to such of Our slaves whom We chose (the followers of Muhammad SAW)... [Fāṭir: 32]

    This Ummah has indeed been selected to assume its responsibility for this gigantic legacy, which it has inherited. It is, therefore, accountable before Allah for the consequences of such a huge legacy. It is equally held responsible vis-à-vis the Holy Book (Qur’ān) with which Allah sealed His Revelation, after entrusting this Ummah with the duty of studying and spreading it, in addition to living with and for it.

    The Ummah of Islam has inherited this Book and this divine Message; so, its duty as well as the main rationale behind its very existence is to salvage mankind from utter darkness to enlightenment and to guide the world to the straight path, piety, chastity, and sufficiency.

    People may indeed be shut off from Truth by various types of darkness wherein they might live until death. We, Muslims, are required to illuminate their way until those at a loss are guided. If the Earth’s mountains are stationary in order to save it from shaking, then active religious scholars the society’s stationary mountains. Scholars are the remedy for all social illnesses. They are the last hope for the survival of good on earth despite successive disasters and darkening horizons. Allah (May He be exalted) says:
    And of those whom We have created, there is a community who guides (others) with the truth, and establishes justice therewith. [Al-Acrāf: 181]

    Championing the truth entails heavy burdens, for whenever someone’s advocacy clashes with people’s whims and personal desires, they hold him as their enemy. That was the case with prophets earlier in history. Therefore, one needs to persevere in confronting the thwarting efforts of saboteurs and the demoralising conspiracies of opponents, and to constantly behave leniently with all people.

    Our Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) was most enthusiastic about guiding people to the path of Allah. He (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) promptly proceeded to invite people to Islam as soon as the following verses were revealed to him:
    O you (Muhammad SAW) enveloped (in garments)! Arise and warn! [Al-Muddaththir: 1-2]

    Thereafter, he rose and never renounced his enterprise.

    We testify that he conveyed the message, performed his duty, advised the Ummah, and made true jihad in the cause of Allah until the end of his lifetime. He sacrificed his life and comfort to call mankind to Islam, teaching them its precepts, and guiding them to the right path even though he had put himself harm’s way. He used to take advantage of all types of situations to offer advice to people and to remind them of Allah everywhere, in all circumstances and at all times, to the extent that Allah revealed to him these verses as consolation and comfort:
    ...Verily, Allâh sends astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So destroy not yourself (O Muhammad SAW) in sorrow for them. ... [Fāṭir: 8]

    Perhaps, you, would kill yourself (O Muhammad SAW) in grief, over their footsteps (for their turning away from you), because they believe not in this narration (the Qur'ân). [Al-Kahf: 6]

    When some of the Jinn converted to Islam, they rushed to their community to forewarn their peers to do the same, and when Abu Bakr Al-Siddῑq –May Allah be pleased with him– converted to Islam, he kept calling people to convert to his faith until half of the ten Companions promised entry to Paradise declared their conversion to Islam. Thus, he guaranteed that whatever good deeds they were to perform in Islam, he would gain with them an equal reward.

    Besides, when Al-Ṭufail converted to Islam, he soon returned to Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) accompanied by eighty or ninety people from the tribe of Daws who had already converted to Islam.

    Our Al-Salaf Al-Ṣāliḥ [2] sailed the seas, travelled through wildernesses and worked day and night in order to pursue dacwah for Allah and convey His Message. How could some of the successors of such righteous people laze around when it comes to engaging dacwah for the sake of their relatives, neighbours, servants, as well as others around them, particularly when such task has become much easier and the ways to carry it out multifarious!?

    Indeed, had people known of the favours and rewards accrued from such a deed as the call to Allah Almighty, they would have never opted for lounging around. Doing good and seeking to promote it engender some of the Ummah’s manifest peculiarities, intrinsic endowments, and enduring tasks. The Ummah’s mission is not just engaging dacwah; for the act rather stands as a set example to follow and an integrated entity of benevolence experienced by the dāci before engaging his dacwah. Allah Almighty says:
    O you who believe! Bow down, and prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord and do good that you may be successful. And strive hard in Allah's Cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior). [Al-Ḥajj: 77-78]

    Every (religious) scholar should realize that he is entrusted with the Book of Allah, with implementing the Sunnah of His Messenger and with carrying it out as it is. Indeed, he is entrusted with their guardianship against attempts of falsification by the immoderate, distortion by the extremists, or abuse by the (heretic) innovators.

    It is the obligation of every Muslim to beware not to cause any abuse to Islam, to promptly respond to the call of truth and to the rescue of his religion whenever it is alarmed or offended. It is also the obligation of every Muslim to actively seek to uphold the spirit of truth and guidance whenever that of delusion and aberration is stimulated, to rush to the support of truth against falsehood, to fight off heretic novelty, evil and corruption before they thrive out of control, before people get accustomed to them, and before their roots run so deep within their hearts and souls that it will be too difficult to extirpate them.

    Almighty Allah will certainly bless the efforts of people of integrity, though they seem to stumble at times:
    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 Muhsinun (good doers). [cAl-Ankabūt: 69]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and the 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! I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger. May Allah send His Salat, Peace, and Blessing on him, his Companions and followers!

    The dacwah to Allah is limited neither by time nor by place. For instance, Prophet Nūḥ (Noah) –May Allah’s Peace be upon him– said:
    O my Lord! Verily, I have called my people night and day (i.e. secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism). [Nūḥ: 5] and …Then verily, I proclaimed to them in public, and I have appealed to them in private.  [Nūḥ: 9]

    Also, Prophet Yūsuf (Joseph) –May Allah’s Peace be upon him– said, calling on his fellow inmates while in prison:
    O two companions of the prison! Are many different lords (gods) better or Allah, the One, the Irresistible? [Yūsuf: 39]

    He who finds it difficult to work things out a certain way will surely find an alternative way, and he who has one door shut to his face will certainly find several open before him. Indeed, the dacwah to Allah is an advisory undertaking that is accessible for all.

    A dāci must observe perseverance and endurance while carrying out his task, conveying Allah’s Message, and issuing commands and warnings in accordance with the provisions of Islamic shariah and within the bounds of what is possible. He must then train himself to withstand the ensuing harm and tribulations and never lose faith in the benevolence-laden hearts of many.

    There are many among Muslims whom Almighty Allah has endowed with much knowledge in the areas of jurisprudence, Islamic law and teaching. Some have been gifted with effectiveness in permeating admonition and inspiring leniency, while others have been granted the aptitude for exhortation, guidance, the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice. Some Muslims have been preoccupied with the publication of books and some others with striving against evil and wrongdoing. Operating within their respective fields of competence, each and every one of these (experts) must observe a sense of commitment towards Islam.

    Such a potentially wholesome diversity should by no means turn into a factor of dissent and dispute, for all are entrusted to carry out that for which they have been created. To this effect, Allah Almighty says: Each (group of) people knew its own place for water. [Al-Baqarah: 60] And it is not (proper) for the believers to go out to fight (Jihad) all together. Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in (Islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil). [Al-Tawbah: 122]

    In the event an offense is committed regarding dacwah by any Muslim or any group of Muslims from among the advocates of benevolence and reform, who have been known for their true faith, good intent and ethical conduct, it behoves their fellow Muslims to be considerate enough to gently enlighten and admonish them, to observe perseverance in teaching and exhorting them at any time, no matter how alienated they may seem. Indeed, they are more worthy of patience than the infidels during the times of the prophets.

    Discord is by and large the greatest impediment down the path of dacwah. May Almighty Allah bless those who seek to offer support for religion by contributing even a fraction of an utterance! Verily, true perdition resides in relinquishing one’s chance to carry out dacwah for the sake of this religion.

    O Muslims!

    Prominent among those factors that would be detrimental to Islam by hampering the dacwah process and limiting the Religion’s propagation scope are the actions of certain Muslims, particularly those who wrongly consider themselves to be its defenders. Allah Almighty says:
    Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the disbelievers. [Al-Mumtaḥinah: 5]

    In recent years we have witnessed criminal actions from the part of such people that have been far more effective in denigrating Islam and the dacwah to it than its own foes. The scene was not a war zone, nor were the casualties warriors. Rather, the targets have been Muslim schools, homes and markets. The latest of such actions was the one carried out in a Pakistani school where more than one hundred and thirty people, mostly young children, were killed.

    There will be no excuse for those assassins before Almighty Allah. No logic or common sense would stand a chance seeking to justify such heinous deeds. By all standards, moral or otherwise, their actions are utterly unacceptable. Those murderers are doomed as their action of bloodshed has been judged ‘ḥarām’ (forbidden); they have taken the lives of many, mostly children. What did those do to deserve that?!

    What did they do to deserve such fate, those young children in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the world who are being massacred day and night, ousted from their homes and left to suffer from starvation, terror and the freezing winter?! Criminals are criminals, and Islam has nothing to do with them.

    One of the fundamental and most obvious precepts of our religion involves the immaculacy and sanctity of human blood. Yet, we see that many would not hesitate to commit bloodshed. Indeed, it is such a daring evil act driven by the wicked power of perversion and falsity. Islam has always maintained to spare the blood of young fighting boys among the infidels, let alone that of peaceful Muslim children.

    We seek protection from Allah against the evil of relapse in religion and the risk of slipping into the aberrant path of Khawarij/Kharijites [3]. We beseech Almighty Allah to protect Muslims against their evil, to defeat them, to bless the souls of those who are dead among Muslims and to cure their wounded!

    On behalf of all Muslims, our condolences go to the families of the victims, thus: May Allah bless their souls, and compensate those of them who left children behind! May Almighty Allah make those children intercessors for them (on the Day of Judgment) and reward them with the guardianship of their forefather, Ibrahim (Peace be upon him)!

    I advise you to send your salat and peace on the best and the purest of all mankind, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, Al Hashimi, Al Qurashi.

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, on his good and pure family, on his wives, the mothers of believers, and on his sincere and audacious Companions, and on those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Be pleased with the four Caliphs and true Imams, Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali, on all the Companions of Your Prophet, and on us along with them, O You, the Most Merciful!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and victory to Muslims, and fail tyrants, polytheists and corruptors!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this Ummah (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the pious are honoured and the sinful are guided, and where al-macrūf (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 us, our country, 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 and everywhere! 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! Have mercy on our fellow Muslims in Syria, Burma, Central Africa, and everywhere! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are defenceless! O Allah! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case! O Allah! Spare their blood, turn their fear into safety, protect their honour, bring them close together, feed their hungry, grant them boldness, strength and victory against their oppressors! O Allah! Grant them victory against their oppressors! O Allah! Set right their conditions, gather them around (Your) Guidance, and protect them against the evil of the wrongdoers among them!

    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! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants!

    O Allah! Guide our leader to do what you love and accept and to follow the path of righteousness and taqwa! O Allah! Guide him, his crown princes, his brothers, and their aids to do what is good for the people and the country!
    O Allah! Guide all Muslim leaders to rule by the provisions of Your Book (shariah) and to follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him)! O Allah! Make them a mercy on Your believing 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. [Āl cImrān: 147]

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

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing!
    O Allah! Forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet, and grant us victory over the disbelieving people. [4]

    O Allah! Forgive us! O Allah! Forgive us! O Allah! Forgive us! O Allah! It is Your forgiveness we seek, for You are All-Forgiving! O Allah! Do send down pouring rain on us!
    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 rain down on us and save us from despair! O Allah! Send rain down on us! O Allah! Send rain down on us! O Allah! Send rain down on us; 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 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] Farḍ kifāyah (فرض كفاية ) is something that the whole community is responsible for. If some members do it, then that would suffice. If none does it, then the whole community is at fault and has sinned. An example is funeral prayer.

    [2] This Arabic term means ‘the righteous predecessors’, i.e. the earliest Muslims, including the Prophet’s Companions, as model examples of Islamic practice.

    [3] A separatist group of Muslims

    [4] The expression in bold face is borrowed from the Holy Qur’ān, surat Ᾱl cImrān, verse number 147.

    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...audio#kh_audio


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    The Call to Allah’s Path: the Mission of Messengers

    December 19, 2014 ~ Safar 27, 1436

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Ᾱl Ṭālib –May Allah protect him– delivered this Friday Khutbah titled “The Call to Allah’s Path: the Mission of Messengers”. He talked about the Call (dacwah) to the Path of Allah, highlighting its merits and the magnitude of the reward of those making it. He says these people are heirs to such a great responsibility, namely the legacy of prophethood. He also showed that it is the duty of every Muslim to make dacwah.

    Part One

    Praise is due to Allah! He sent His Prophets and Messengers in succession, and decreed that the closest of His creatures to Him are those who show obedience to His Messengers and prove to be their most loyal followers. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah, alone with no associate. He sent to every single community a guide to be obeyed and a source of enlightenment to chase out obscurity. I equally bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant, Messenger, Select Creature, and Close Companion of Allah. His Lord sent him as a Witness, a Herald of good tidings, a Warner, a Caller to (the path of) Allah, with His leave, and a Lustrous Lamp. May Allah send His Salāt (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon him and all his Companions and Family!

    Now then,

    O people! Observe taqwa (fear of disobeying Allah) vis-à-vis Allah, for taqwa is the best of provisions and the most suitable apparel to be adorned with:
    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. [Al-Baqarah: 281]

    In fact, earthly life is mortal whereas the hereafter is eternal. Beware of being distracted by ephemeral worldly life! Let it not divert your attention from everlasting life! Worldly life is perishable and the ultimate destination is towards Allah.

    O Muslims!

    Allah Almighty sent His Messengers to guide people to His straight path and to illuminate their way to Him. Whenever the teachings of a precursor divine messenger faded and the inspirational impact of prophethood on the hearts of its followers withered away, Allah would send a messenger to revive the faint traces of religious precepts and renew people’s faith which either slid into oblivion or became prone to confusion. The Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “Israelites used to be ruled by prophets; whenever a prophet passed away, he was succeeded by another. But there will be no prophet after me.” [Agreed-upon hadith]

    When Allah sealed prophethood by (the Message of) the Master of Mankind, Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him), He made him the best of Messengers and made his Ummah (i.e. his followers till Doomsday) the best of all ummahs. Among the honours with which Allah has blessed this Ummah is conferring upon it the role of messengers to continue calling (mankind) to His Path and guiding them towards Him:
    You [true believers in Islâmic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden), and you believe in Allâh... [Ᾱl Imrān: 110]

    Then, He said, ordering His Prophet (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) to convey the following message to people:
    Say (O Muhammad SAW): "This is my way; I invite unto Allâh (i.e. to the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Allâh i.e to the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism) with sure knowledge... [Yūsuf: 108]

    Therefore, the Call (dacwah) to the Path of Allah is a continuous religious obligation upon this Ummah:
    Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islâm), enjoining Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden)... [Ᾱl Imrān: 104]

    It is the duty of the Ummah to transmit the Message revealed to the Prophet (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) and forewarn of divine chastisement as its Prophet did earlier. Allah ‒to Whom belong Might and Majesty‒ says:
    Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in (Islâmic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil)...  [Al-Tawbah: 122]

    Allah, the Most Glorious of speakers, also says:
    Invite (mankind, O Muhammad SAW) to the Way of your Lord (i.e. Islâm) with wisdom (i.e. with the Divine Inspiration and the Qur'ân) and fair preaching, and argue with them in a way that is better... [Al-Naḥl: 125]

    Allah ‒Exalted be He‒ also says:
    ...but invite them to your Lord. Verily! You (O Muhammad SAW) indeed are on the (true) straight guidance. (i.e. the true religion of Islâmic Monotheism). [Al-Hajj: 67]

    Allah ‒Great and Almighty‒ also says:
    …and invite (men) to (believe in) your Lord [i.e: in the Oneness (Tauhîd) of Allâh (1) Oneness of the Lordship of Allâh; (2) Oneness of the worship of Allâh; (3) Oneness of the Names and Qualities of Allâh], and be not of Al-Mushrikûn (those who associate partners with Allâh, e.g. polytheists, pagans, idolaters, those who disbelieve in the Oneness of Allâh and deny the Prophethood of Messenger Muhammad SAW). [Al-Qaṣaṣ: 87]

    Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said in this respect, “Transmit even one verse from what had been revealed to me.” So, the incumbency of dacwah upon every individual is in accordance with the capacity of every individual, even if it is farḍ kifāyah (community obligation) [1]. However, what kifāyah (are we talking about) while the Ummah is mostly submerged in ignorance, lack of religious discipline, (moral) deviations,
    undesirable innovations (in religion), in addition to the great numbers of those who are in crucial need for dacwah and education –let alone the existence of entire nations lost in misguidance and disbelief.

    The start of every dacwah and every divine message is the call to monotheism: the Oneness of Allah, the Almighty, and singling Him out with ‘ulūhiyyah (Divinity) and rubūbiyyah (Lordship, Sovereignty). This is the foundation of the dacwah of all Messengers, and all details in those successive divine messages have been based on this great foundation.

    And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship Allâh (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Tâghût (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Tâghût besides Allâh)." ... [Al-Naḥl: 36]

    And We did not send any Messenger before you (O Muhammad SAW) but We inspired him (saying): Lâ ilâha illa Ana [none has the right to be worshipped but I (Allâh)], so worship Me (Alone and none else)." [Al-Anbiyā’: 25]

    O Muslims!

    Suffice it for the Muslim to be among those honoured by calling to what Allah Himself has called to:
    Allâh calls to the home of peace (i.e. Paradise, by accepting Allâh's religion of Islâmic Monotheism and by doing righteous good deeds and abstaining from polytheism and evil deeds)... [Yūnus: 25]

    It is He (May He be exalted) Who also says:
     ...but Allâh invites (you) to Paradise and Forgiveness by His Leave, and makes His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) clear to mankind that they may remember. [Al-Baqarah: 221]

    Servants of Allah!

    The religious scholar is the inheritor of the status of prophethood. He assumes its major responsibilities, namely, calling and guiding Allah’s creatures to His path, purifying them, teaching them (religious precepts), coaching them on truth so that they understand it, accept it, and work with it and for it. There is no speech better than that of the Muslim scholar’s. (Here is what Allah says about his speech):
    And who is better in speech than he who [says: "My Lord is Allâh (believes in His Oneness)," and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allâh's (Islâmic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: "I am one of the Muslims." [Fuṣṣilat: 33]

    Also, there is no work better than his. Ibn Al-Qayyim –May Allah have mercy on his soul– said: “Conveying the Prophets’ sunnah (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) to the Muslim Ummah is better than shooting the enemies’ necks with arrows because shooting arrows is being done by many people, whereas conveying the prophet’s sunnah is exclusively done by the inheritors of prophets.” In the same vein, Abu Al-Dardā’ –May Allah be pleased with him– said, “There is no better form of charity than exhorting one’s Muslim brothers, so that, after they disperse, they realise that Allah has benefited them from that religious exhortation.”

    In the two Sahῑh Books (those of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim) ‒and the wording is to Imam Bukhari‒ Sahl Ibn Saad is reported to have narrated that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “I swear by Allah that contributing to guiding just one person to the Path of Allah is by far better for you than owning the best species of camels.” Thus, dacwah brings about Allah’ love. In this respect, Al-Tabarāni reported that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “The dearest of mankind to Allah Almighty are those who are most beneficial to people.”

    Quite certainly, the greatest benefit to people is helping them rectify their fallacious religious beliefs, boost their faith, purify their moral behaviour, combat their wrong beliefs and impermissible pleasures. It is enough reverence and success for the ducāt (pl. of dāci, those making dacwah) that they are fortunate and happy both in the Herein and the Hereafter. The Absolute Truth (an attribute of Allah) says:
    Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islâm), enjoining Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islâm has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful. [Al-Imrān: 104]

    They are also promised divine mercy:
    The believers, men and women, are Auliyâ' (helpers, supporters, friends, protectors) of one another, they enjoin (on the people) Al-Ma'rûf (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism and all that Islâm orders one to do), and forbid (people) from Al-Munkar (i.e. polytheism and disbelief of all kinds, and all that Islâm has forbidden); they perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât) and give the Zakât, and obey Allâh and His Messenger. Allâh will have His Mercy on them. Surely Allâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise. [Al-Tawbah: 71]

    Imam Muslim, along with the collectors of the Sunan Books, reported that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said. “Whoever invites people to guidance will gain the same reward of whom he guided, without them losing their own share of it.”

    The Call to the Path of Allah benefits him who makes it, guarantees him constancy in faith, blessing in family and offspring, repudiates his misdeeds, refutes and repels the erroneous assumptions of those advocating misguidance, improves the conditions of society at large, spreads Islam and champions its glory. It is enough honour for dacwah that is the way leading to the establishment of religion which is approved by the Lord of the Worlds to people.

    Moreover, dacwah leads to an increase in good deeds and an elevation in the status of the ducāt. If reward for human beings ceases after their death, the reward of the ducāt continues for as long as their dacwah continues to be beneficial to others. Abu Mascūd Al-Ansāri –May Allah be pleased with him– reported that Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, “Whoever guides others to do good will gain the same reward as that obtained by the doers themselves.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]

    Therefore, it is the duty of the ducāt and reformers to implement the mission entrusted to them as regards spreading religion and good morals, in addition to combating evil and vice and stopping the overt plea for corruption which has devastated the entire world:
    (And remember) when Allâh took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) to make it (the news of the coming of Prophet Muhammad SAW and the religious knowledge) known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it, ... [Ᾱl Imrān: 187]

    Whenever the drive of dacwah withers away or disappears altogether, the shariah will weaken, faith will be shaken, acts of worship will vanish, the Prophet’s tradition (Sunnah) will become extinct, security will be compromised, and misguided thought will spread.

    Servants of Allah! O Muslims!

    Nations before us were penalised because they had forsaken their religion. Allah (May He be exalted) says:
    Then We gave the Book the Qur'ân) for inheritance to such of Our slaves whom We chose (the followers of Muhammad SAW)... [Fāṭir: 32]

    This Ummah has indeed been selected to assume its responsibility for this gigantic legacy, which it has inherited. It is, therefore, accountable before Allah for the consequences of such a huge legacy. It is equally held responsible vis-à-vis the Holy Book (Qur’ān) with which Allah sealed His Revelation, after entrusting this Ummah with the duty of studying and spreading it, in addition to living with and for it.

    The Ummah of Islam has inherited this Book and this divine Message; so, its duty as well as the main rationale behind its very existence is to salvage mankind from utter darkness to enlightenment and to guide the world to the straight path, piety, chastity, and sufficiency.

    People may indeed be shut off from Truth by various types of darkness wherein they might live until death. We, Muslims, are required to illuminate their way until those at a loss are guided. If the Earth’s mountains are stationary in order to save it from shaking, then active religious scholars the society’s stationary mountains. Scholars are the remedy for all social illnesses. They are the last hope for the survival of good on earth despite successive disasters and darkening horizons. Allah (May He be exalted) says:
    And of those whom We have created, there is a community who guides (others) with the truth, and establishes justice therewith. [Al-Acrāf: 181]

    Championing the truth entails heavy burdens, for whenever someone’s advocacy clashes with people’s whims and personal desires, they hold him as their enemy. That was the case with prophets earlier in history. Therefore, one needs to persevere in confronting the thwarting efforts of saboteurs and the demoralising conspiracies of opponents, and to constantly behave leniently with all people.

    Our Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) was most enthusiastic about guiding people to the path of Allah. He (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) promptly proceeded to invite people to Islam as soon as the following verses were revealed to him:
    O you (Muhammad SAW) enveloped (in garments)! Arise and warn! [Al-Muddaththir: 1-2]

    Thereafter, he rose and never renounced his enterprise.

    We testify that he conveyed the message, performed his duty, advised the Ummah, and made true jihad in the cause of Allah until the end of his lifetime. He sacrificed his life and comfort to call mankind to Islam, teaching them its precepts, and guiding them to the right path even though he had put himself harm’s way. He used to take advantage of all types of situations to offer advice to people and to remind them of Allah everywhere, in all circumstances and at all times, to the extent that Allah revealed to him these verses as consolation and comfort:
    ...Verily, Allâh sends astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. So destroy not yourself (O Muhammad SAW) in sorrow for them. ... [Fāṭir: 8]

    Perhaps, you, would kill yourself (O Muhammad SAW) in grief, over their footsteps (for their turning away from you), because they believe not in this narration (the Qur'ân). [Al-Kahf: 6]

    When some of the Jinn converted to Islam, they rushed to their community to forewarn their peers to do the same, and when Abu Bakr Al-Siddῑq –May Allah be pleased with him– converted to Islam, he kept calling people to convert to his faith until half of the ten Companions promised entry to Paradise declared their conversion to Islam. Thus, he guaranteed that whatever good deeds they were to perform in Islam, he would gain with them an equal reward.

    Besides, when Al-Ṭufail converted to Islam, he soon returned to Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him) accompanied by eighty or ninety people from the tribe of Daws who had already converted to Islam.

    Our Al-Salaf Al-Ṣāliḥ [2] sailed the seas, travelled through wildernesses and worked day and night in order to pursue dacwah for Allah and convey His Message. How could some of the successors of such righteous people laze around when it comes to engaging dacwah for the sake of their relatives, neighbours, servants, as well as others around them, particularly when such task has become much easier and the ways to carry it out multifarious!?

    Indeed, had people known of the favours and rewards accrued from such a deed as the call to Allah Almighty, they would have never opted for lounging around. Doing good and seeking to promote it engender some of the Ummah’s manifest peculiarities, intrinsic endowments, and enduring tasks. The Ummah’s mission is not just engaging dacwah; for the act rather stands as a set example to follow and an integrated entity of benevolence experienced by the dāci before engaging his dacwah. Allah Almighty says:
    O you who believe! Bow down, and prostrate yourselves, and worship your Lord and do good that you may be successful. And strive hard in Allah's Cause as you ought to strive (with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior). [Al-Ḥajj: 77-78]

    Every (religious) scholar should realize that he is entrusted with the Book of Allah, with implementing the Sunnah of His Messenger and with carrying it out as it is. Indeed, he is entrusted with their guardianship against attempts of falsification by the immoderate, distortion by the extremists, or abuse by the (heretic) innovators.

    It is the obligation of every Muslim to beware not to cause any abuse to Islam, to promptly respond to the call of truth and to the rescue of his religion whenever it is alarmed or offended. It is also the obligation of every Muslim to actively seek to uphold the spirit of truth and guidance whenever that of delusion and aberration is stimulated, to rush to the support of truth against falsehood, to fight off heretic novelty, evil and corruption before they thrive out of control, before people get accustomed to them, and before their roots run so deep within their hearts and souls that it will be too difficult to extirpate them.

    Almighty Allah will certainly bless the efforts of people of integrity, though they seem to stumble at times:
    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 Muhsinun (good doers). [cAl-Ankabūt: 69]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and the 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! I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger. May Allah send His Salat, Peace, and Blessing on him, his Companions and followers!

    The dacwah to Allah is limited neither by time nor by place. For instance, Prophet Nūḥ (Noah) –May Allah’s Peace be upon him– said:
    O my Lord! Verily, I have called my people night and day (i.e. secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism). [Nūḥ: 5] and …Then verily, I proclaimed to them in public, and I have appealed to them in private.  [Nūḥ: 9]

    Also, Prophet Yūsuf (Joseph) –May Allah’s Peace be upon him– said, calling on his fellow inmates while in prison:
    O two companions of the prison! Are many different lords (gods) better or Allah, the One, the Irresistible? [Yūsuf: 39]

    He who finds it difficult to work things out a certain way will surely find an alternative way, and he who has one door shut to his face will certainly find several open before him. Indeed, the dacwah to Allah is an advisory undertaking that is accessible for all.

    A dāci must observe perseverance and endurance while carrying out his task, conveying Allah’s Message, and issuing commands and warnings in accordance with the provisions of Islamic shariah and within the bounds of what is possible. He must then train himself to withstand the ensuing harm and tribulations and never lose faith in the benevolence-laden hearts of many.

    There are many among Muslims whom Almighty Allah has endowed with much knowledge in the areas of jurisprudence, Islamic law and teaching. Some have been gifted with effectiveness in permeating admonition and inspiring leniency, while others have been granted the aptitude for exhortation, guidance, the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice. Some Muslims have been preoccupied with the publication of books and some others with striving against evil and wrongdoing. Operating within their respective fields of competence, each and every one of these (experts) must observe a sense of commitment towards Islam.

    Such a potentially wholesome diversity should by no means turn into a factor of dissent and dispute, for all are entrusted to carry out that for which they have been created. To this effect, Allah Almighty says: Each (group of) people knew its own place for water. [Al-Baqarah: 60] And it is not (proper) for the believers to go out to fight (Jihad) all together. Of every troop of them, a party only should go forth, that they (who are left behind) may get instructions in (Islamic) religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them, so that they may beware (of evil). [Al-Tawbah: 122]

    In the event an offense is committed regarding dacwah by any Muslim or any group of Muslims from among the advocates of benevolence and reform, who have been known for their true faith, good intent and ethical conduct, it behoves their fellow Muslims to be considerate enough to gently enlighten and admonish them, to observe perseverance in teaching and exhorting them at any time, no matter how alienated they may seem. Indeed, they are more worthy of patience than the infidels during the times of the prophets.

    Discord is by and large the greatest impediment down the path of dacwah. May Almighty Allah bless those who seek to offer support for religion by contributing even a fraction of an utterance! Verily, true perdition resides in relinquishing one’s chance to carry out dacwah for the sake of this religion.

    O Muslims!

    Prominent among those factors that would be detrimental to Islam by hampering the dacwah process and limiting the Religion’s propagation scope are the actions of certain Muslims, particularly those who wrongly consider themselves to be its defenders. Allah Almighty says:
    Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the disbelievers. [Al-Mumtaḥinah: 5]

    In recent years we have witnessed criminal actions from the part of such people that have been far more effective in denigrating Islam and the dacwah to it than its own foes. The scene was not a war zone, nor were the casualties warriors. Rather, the targets have been Muslim schools, homes and markets. The latest of such actions was the one carried out in a Pakistani school where more than one hundred and thirty people, mostly young children, were killed.

    There will be no excuse for those assassins before Almighty Allah. No logic or common sense would stand a chance seeking to justify such heinous deeds. By all standards, moral or otherwise, their actions are utterly unacceptable. Those murderers are doomed as their action of bloodshed has been judged ‘ḥarām’ (forbidden); they have taken the lives of many, mostly children. What did those do to deserve that?!

    What did they do to deserve such fate, those young children in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the world who are being massacred day and night, ousted from their homes and left to suffer from starvation, terror and the freezing winter?! Criminals are criminals, and Islam has nothing to do with them.

    One of the fundamental and most obvious precepts of our religion involves the immaculacy and sanctity of human blood. Yet, we see that many would not hesitate to commit bloodshed. Indeed, it is such a daring evil act driven by the wicked power of perversion and falsity. Islam has always maintained to spare the blood of young fighting boys among the infidels, let alone that of peaceful Muslim children.

    We seek protection from Allah against the evil of relapse in religion and the risk of slipping into the aberrant path of Khawarij/Kharijites [3]. We beseech Almighty Allah to protect Muslims against their evil, to defeat them, to bless the souls of those who are dead among Muslims and to cure their wounded!

    On behalf of all Muslims, our condolences go to the families of the victims, thus: May Allah bless their souls, and compensate those of them who left children behind! May Almighty Allah make those children intercessors for them (on the Day of Judgment) and reward them with the guardianship of their forefather, Ibrahim (Peace be upon him)!

    I advise you to send your salat and peace on the best and the purest of all mankind, Muhammad Ibn Abdullah, Al Hashimi, Al Qurashi.

    O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, on his good and pure family, on his wives, the mothers of believers, and on his sincere and audacious Companions, and on those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah! Be pleased with the four Caliphs and true Imams, Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali, on all the Companions of Your Prophet, and on us along with them, O You, the Most Merciful!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and victory to Muslims, and fail tyrants, polytheists and corruptors!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this Ummah (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the pious are honoured and the sinful are guided, and where al-macrūf (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 us, our country, 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 and everywhere! 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! Have mercy on our fellow Muslims in Syria, Burma, Central Africa, and everywhere! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief! O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are defenceless! O Allah! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case! O Allah! Spare their blood, turn their fear into safety, protect their honour, bring them close together, feed their hungry, grant them boldness, strength and victory against their oppressors! O Allah! Grant them victory against their oppressors! O Allah! Set right their conditions, gather them around (Your) Guidance, and protect them against the evil of the wrongdoers among them!

    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! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants!

    O Allah! Guide our leader to do what you love and accept and to follow the path of righteousness and taqwa! O Allah! Guide him, his crown princes, his brothers, and their aids to do what is good for the people and the country!
    O Allah! Guide all Muslim leaders to rule by the provisions of Your Book (shariah) and to follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet (May Allah’s Salat and Peace be upon him)! O Allah! Make them a mercy on Your believing 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. [Āl cImrān: 147]

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

    O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents, our wives and children, You are All-Hearing!
    O Allah! Forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet, and grant us victory over the disbelieving people. [4]

    O Allah! Forgive us! O Allah! Forgive us! O Allah! Forgive us! O Allah! It is Your forgiveness we seek, for You are All-Forgiving! O Allah! Do send down pouring rain on us!
    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 rain down on us and save us from despair! O Allah! Send rain down on us! O Allah! Send rain down on us! O Allah! Send rain down on us; 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 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] Farḍ kifāyah (فرض كفاية ) is something that the whole community is responsible for. If some members do it, then that would suffice. If none does it, then the whole community is at fault and has sinned. An example is funeral prayer.

    [2] This Arabic term means ‘the righteous predecessors’, i.e. the earliest Muslims, including the Prophet’s Companions, as model examples of Islamic practice.

    [3] A separatist group of Muslims

    [4] The expression in bold face is borrowed from the Holy Qur’ān, surat Ᾱl cImrān, verse number 147.

    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...audio#kh_audio


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Accepting Allah, His Messenger and His Religion

    February 27, 2015 ~ Jumuadal Ula 8, 1436

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib


    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Ṣāleh ibn Muhammad al-Ṭālib –May Allah protect him– delivered this Friday khutbah entitled “Accepting Allah, His Messenger and His Religion.” Citing evidence from the Holy Qur'ān and the Sunnah, the Sheikh explained that this feeling of the acceptance of Allah (to Whom be ascribed all Perfection and Majesty), His Messenger –May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him‒ and His religion represents perfect faith.


    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah Who Has created, enacted, decreed, and sent His messengers with perfectly designed codes in which He has instilled enlightenment and consecrated guidance. He has made accepting them an emblem of glorifying Allah and acknowledging His absolute supremacy. Woe unto him who blocks the way to those coming to Allah’s religion, or shies away haughtily! I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah, alone with no associate. Compared to anyone considering oneself great, Allah is definitely the Greatest, and compared to anyone considering oneself mighty, Allah is certainly the Mightiest. I equally bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah. He transmitted the Message, notified and warned the Ummah, and heralded good tidings. May Allah send His Ṣalāt (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing be upon him, his family, his Companions, and all those who righteously follow in their footsteps till the Appointed Day,the Day of Resurrection!

    Now then! O you, believers in Allah and His Encounter! Observe true taqwā of Allah (fear of disobeying Him) and make haste to beseech your Lord for pardon and satisfaction. Do respond to the call for joining the abode of His benevolence and His vast Paradise. Lifetime, with its hours and days,is flying by. Every person whose conduct was commendable before death would inevitably regret not having enhanced his record of good deeds, and everyone whose record was negative would wish he had not died(before having repented of his sins):
    "O you who believe! Fear Allâh and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is All-Aware of what you do."[Al- Ḥashr: 18]

    O Muslims! In his Saḥῑḥ Book, Imam Muslim reported a hadith narrated by Abῑ Sacīd Al-Khudrῑ where Prophet Muhammad –May Allah’s Ṣalātand Peace be upon him– said, ‘“O Abā Sacīd! Whoever accepts Allah as his Lord, Islam as his religion, and Muhammad as his Prophet does deserve Paradise.” ‘Abu Sacīd liked it very much and said: O Messenger of Allah! Could you please repeat it once more for me!’ The Prophet did so…”(cf. the rest of the ḥadῑth).

    O Muslims! Acceptance is afeelingwithin one’s heart. It includes both acquiescence and full compliance. Acceptance is the foundation of Islam, the basis of faith (Īmān), and the prerequisite for attesting monotheism (tawḥῑd). Allah –to Whom belong Might and Majesty‒ says:
    "But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad SAW) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission."[Al-Nisā’: 65]

    Therefore, Allah, the Absolute Truth –May He be exalted– vowed that they would not embrace faith until they make Allah and His Messenger judges(in all disputes between them), find in themselves no resistanceagainst His judgement, and accept it with full submission. This is the essence ofaccepting Allah’s Judgement and Sharia. Allah attributes nonresistance and full submission to the self rather than to the heart for a specific wisdom.That is, the fact that it is the ‘self’ wherelie the whims, desires, protests, and objections. This is why the Prophet–May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him– said, “Only someone who accepts Allah as his Lord, Islam as his religion, and Muhammad as his Messenger will taste the flavour of faith (Īmān).” He also said, “He who, upon hearing the azan (the call for prayer)being raised: ‘I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah alone with no associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and
    Messenger’ says: ‘I accept Allah as my Lord, Muhammad as my Messenger, and Islam as my religion’ will have his sins expiated.” [The two hadiths are narrated by Imam Muslim]
    As said by Ibn Al-Qayyim ‒May Allah bless his soul‒ these two hadiths constitute the foundation of religion and its ultimate end. They contain the acceptance of His Lordship and Divinity –May He be exalted–the acceptance of and submission to His Messenger, as well as the acceptance of His religion and full submission to Him. Whoever has these four qualities combined is considered the truly righteous Muslim.

    However, although they are easy to claim verbally, these qualities prove to be extremely difficult when they are put to test in real practice, especially if they happen to run contrary to the desires and aspirations of the self. First, the acceptance of His Lordship involves accepting to love Him alone, fear Him, implore Him, worship Him with no associate, and show Him full loyalty. The acceptance of His Divinity involves accepting His unalterable prearrangement of His creatures’ affairs, relying on Him, and accepting whatever the Lord decrees for His servant. Second, as to the acceptance of His Prophet as Messenger, it involves blind obedience and total submission to him. Third, the acceptance of His religion means total acceptance of whatever Allah says, ordains, decrees, or forbids, without finding any resistance to His judgement,and submits to it totally even if this judgement might be opposed to one’s wishes and desires, to the opinions of one’s Sheikh, one’s sect, or the scholar of whom one is a disciple.

    The acceptance of the Lord is truehonour and companionship of Allah and His Messenger and the essence of intimacy with Him. He who accepts Allah as his Lord, Muhammad –May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him– as his Messenger, and Islam as his religion will stand deeply rooted in tawakkul (true reliance on Allah), submission, and confidently entrusting one’s fate to Allah. So, whoever is satisfied with what Allah has bestowed upon him will by the same token benefit from requited divine satisfaction. For this reason, acceptance is Allah’s greatest gate, this world’s paradise, the relief of the knowledgeable, the real life of Allah’s adorers, the bliss of the worshipers, and the delight of those craving for divine companionship.

    O servants of Allah! O Muslims! The opposite of acceptance is objection and hatred of what Allah has revealed, be it partially or totally. Acceptance means submission, approval, and obedience. Its opposite is refusal, resistance, and aversion. The origin of such resistance is pursuing personal desires, seeking inspiration other than divine revelation, and receiving from external sources other than those from Allah and His Messenger. Some people resorted to reason, impulse, and personal opinion as their sole arbitrator, and followed the philosophy of those lost in thought. Others used taste, strong emotion, and inquiry as their criteria of judgement. As a result, Satan fiddled around with their reason, causing them to sink into the abyss of fairy tales and illusion. Still others chose to deliver themselves to petty worldly gains, sought refuge in mundane conventions, and indulged in capricious whims, justifying their position by using analogical reasoning and a plethora of opinions in order to make permissible what Allah has prohibited and prohibit what Allah has made permissible, as well as nullify certain obligations imposed by Allah and make lawful what He has already nullified. The main reason behind all that is pursuing whimsical desires and not accepting Allah, His Messenger, and His religion. This explains why the Holy Qur'ān is replete with warnings against caprices. Even more, one of the ultimate objectives of Sharia is to rescue people reaching the age of performing religious observances (at puberty) from the seduction of whims and orientate them to comply with shar’i (set of religious codes in Islam). At this particular point, divine trial through ordeals will take place, and a clear-cut distinction will be made between those who obey Allah and those who disobey Him, as well as between a worshiper and a dissolute person. Allah –to Whom belong Might and Majesty‒ says: "And if the truth had been in accordance with their desires, verily, the heavens and the earth, and whosoever is therein would have been corrupted! ..."[Al-Mu’minūn: 71] He–May He be exalted– also says:"...and follow not your desire for it will mislead you from the Path of Allâh..."[Ṣād: 26]

    O believers! Adhering to the Sharia of Allah and obeying Him are indeed a question of creed and faith before being practical rituals and jurisprudential details. Therefore, the cause of all types
    of deviation, humiliation, defeat, and disunity in our everyday life is our departure from the approach of the Sunnah and Jamā’ca (Muslim Congregation) in faith, behaviour, religious commitment, and the path of reform. Likewise, disengagement from acts of worship and evasion from observances and duties are caused by the laxity and decline which the Ummah
    is currently suffering from. Nonetheless, the shar'i does not lower its ceiling to reach the level of people’s nonchalance or justify their lethargy and disobedience. The shar'i does not follow human inclinations; on the contrary, the designer of Sharia (i.e. Allah) exhorts them to elevate themselves to the glory of obedience and reach high to the sublime rank of servitude to Allah.
    However, the self,while gradually renouncing endeavour, evading its duties, and quits the summit point of submission, is trying bit by bit to find excuses to justify why it has lapsed back into indolence and indifference. This is a known psychological fact.

    O servants of Allah! One of the most serious reasons of divergence occasioning afflictions in this respect is the idea of insisting on jurisprudential differences and supporting one’s argument with feeble opinions as well as unwarranted statements. As a result, religious rulings have been nullified on the grounds of divergence of opinion, and worshipers’ motivation has faded away to the point of renouncing rites of obedience, getting distracted by superfluous permissible acts and commodities, audaciously approaching repugnant deeds which represent the gateway to
    committing interdictedacts. What is more, certain people have been locked in perplexity and confusion after using the pretext of diverging scholarly interpretations once they are confronted with any religious text. Thus, each time they are presented with a verse from the Holy Qur’ān, a hadith from the Sunnah, or a jurisprudential ruling, they advance the argument that it is an object of controversy among scholars. It sounds as if they had forgotten that Allah –May all Majesty be ascribed to Him– revealed this Book to us so that we can adjudicate disputes. He Exalted be He‒ said: "Mankind were one community and Allâh sent Prophets with glad tidings and warnings, and with them He sent the Scripture in truth to judge between people in matters wherein they differed..."[AlBaqarah: 213] Therefore, the role of the Book is to guide, settle disagreements, and show truth. We worship Almighty Allah by making recourse to His revelation for arbitration in case of ‘disagreement’ rather than by making out of ‘disagreement’ an argument against it (the revelation). Allah ‒Exalted be He– said: "And in whatsoever you differ, the decision thereof is with Allâh (He is the ruling Judge)."[Al-Shūrā: 10] Perverts have sought to turn around this notion and use ‘disagreement’ as argument in fulfilling their whims, overlooking the illegitimacy of such a practice. They know then that such prohibition involves ‘disagreement’, which puts into doubt their acceptance of Allah Almighty and His adjudication! Indeed, this is one of the fitnahs (trials) pervading our modern times, for those who get caught under the spell of discord and aberrant discourse are bound to tailor for themselves a religion that is fully supportive of their whims and passions and far removed from the Will of Allah Almighty and the guidance of His Messenger. Therefore, following disputation and controversies is amenable to the vagrant path of whims and desires and is incompatible with the notion of acceptance. Ibn Ḥazm‒May Allah bless his soul‒ said: “If a man committed himself strictly to what had been determined as consensual by the Ummah leaving aside those areas of discord within the religious texts he would then be unanimously judged godless by the entire Ummah.” In the same context, Ibn Abd Al-Barrsaid: “As per all the Muslim scholars I have known, nonconformity has never been considered as a valid argument.” Allah –May He be raised far above– says: "O you who believe! Obey Allâh and obey the Messenger (Muhammad ,)صلى الله علیھ وسلمand those of you (Muslims) who are in authority. (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer
    it to Allâh and His Messenger ( ,)صلى الله علیھ وسلمif you believe in Allâh and in the Last Day. That is better and more suitable for final determination." [Al-Nisā’: 59]


    The Muslim Ummah must seek to take the commands of Allah seriously and to carry them out with firmness in order to attain, with determination and resolve, the peak of glory. Likewise, the Ummah must not regard Allah’s provisions as obligations that are open for manipulation and attenuation. Legal provisions, no matter how enormous they may seem, should never be considered burdensome. Rather, they are valid assets for power and sublimity, as an eagle that is made to soar high up in the air despite the ever-imposing weight of its massive wings. Allah Almighty says: "Hold firmly to what We have given you [i.e. the Taurât (Torah)" [AlA‘râf: 171], and "O Yahyâ (John)! Hold fast the Scripture [the Taurât (Torah)" [Maryam: 12]

    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 !Praising Allah is a valuable blessing and thanking Him is a prerequisite for the increase of His graces. We bear witness that there is no deity but Allah Who has no partner and that Muhammad (May Allah’s Ṣalāt, Peace and Blessing be upon him, his family and his Companions), is His servant and Messenger.

    Now then,
    The appeal to faith, Qur'ānic exhortations, and the values of piety, chastity, and taqwā of Allah (fear of disobeying Him) are among those precepts that ought to be taught to people and instilled within them. Jundub Ibn Abdullah ‒May Allah be pleased with him– once said: "We were with the Prophet (May Allah’s Ṣalātand Peace be upon him), and we were strong youths, so we learned faith before we learned Qur'ān. Then we learned Qur'ān and our faith increased thereby." [Narrated by Ibn Mājah]
    In Al-Bukhari’s Sahih, Aisha ‒May Allah be pleased with her– is reported to have said:“(Be informed) that the first thing that was revealed thereof was a sūrah from AlMufaṣṣal (The detailed sūrahs of the Qur'ān), and in it was mentioned Paradise and Hellfire. When the people embraced Islam, the verses regarding legal and illegal things were revealed. If the first thing to be revealed was: 'Do not drink alcoholic drinks.' people would have said, 'We will never leave alcoholic drinks,' and if there had been revealed, 'Do not commit adultery’, 'they would have said, 'We will never give up adultery.' While I was a young girl of playing age, the following verse was revealed to Muhammad (May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him) in Makkah: 'Nay! But the Hour is their appointed time (for their full recompense), and the Hour will be more grievous and more bitter.' [Al-Qamar:46]. AlBaqarah (The Cow) and Al-Nisā’ (The Women) sūrahs were revealed while I was with him (later as wife)." [Cf. the rest of the Hadith]

    Acceptance of Allah, His religion, and His Messenger means perfect faith, where faith,in turn, means perfect acceptance. Faith is a feeling of deeply entrenched certitude, and belief in Allah Almighty has such a sweet taste to it that would help nurture nobility and sublimity within the soul and impart on it such a purifying effect. Faith is that ardent longing for Allah and promptitude for His gratification. Faith enlightens the heart and fills it with pleasure and delight. Indeed, there is no stronger faith than that sense of trust in Allah Almighty, closeness to and preoccupation with Him alone and no one else. The strongest and soundest of all hearts, the most decent and most tender, the purest and the softest of them all are those hearts pledging devotion to Allah Alone as the sole deity to be worshiped. They are the ones vowing loyalty to Him alone and abstaining from their passions for His sake.
    "And who can be better in religion than one who submits his face (himself) to Allâh (i.e. follows Allâh’s religion of Islâmic Monotheism); and he is a Muhsin (a good-doer)." [AlNisā’: 125]

    Submitting one’s face to Allah suggests one’s utter devotion to Him alone, submission to His Will, grovelling to his greatness and pride and believing in His Oneness and His Sharia;and this is the ultimate faith. Observing fear of Allah is a lamp illuminating the turns and twists of the heart; it is a torch lighting pathways and ensuring their safety. Keeping away from pitfalls and warding off wrongdoings are natural attributes of the pious and the epitome of the believers. Verily, when hearts are set right, major sins are forgiven. Whenever Allah’s servants set up their minds to stay away from sinning, they would be granted success in their endeavours; whenever they decided to turn wholeheartedly to Allah Almighty, He would rush to draw their hearts close to him. Sufyan Al-Thawri said: “Observe piety, and Allah Almighty shall make your account light (on Judgement Day); stay away from suspicious matters so that you may ensure safety
    of faith.” Al-Ḍaḥāk said: “I caught up with people learning piety; today, they are learning how to speak and argue.” Therefore, do accept Allah as your Lord, Islam as your religion, and Muhammad as your Messenger; experience the real taste of belief so you may attain Almighty Allah’s satisfaction and reward.

    This is said, (O you Muslims) ‒May Allah have mercy on you‒ send your Ṣalāt (Graces, Honours and Mercy) upon Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (May Allah’s ṢalātandPeace
    be upon him), the best of Allah’s creatures. O Allah! Send Your Ṣalāt, Peace and Blessing upon Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, his kind and pure family, his wives, the Mothers of believers, his good Companions, and those who followed them in righteousness until the Day of Judgement!

    O Allah!Be pleased with the four Caliphs and rightly-guided Imams Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali, all the Companions of Your Prophet (May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him), O Allah! Be also pleased with us all, along with them, O You, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims, and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors! O Allah, make for this Ummah a matter of rationality where the obedient are glorified and the disobedient guided to the right path, and where virtue is promoted and vice prevented, O You, Lord of the worlds!

    O Allah! Whoever intends to do any evil against us, our homeland,Islam, and Muslims, make him preoccupied with himself! O Allah! Let his plotting return against him, and make it the cause of his destruction, O You, the Lord of the Worlds!

    O Allah! Grant victory to the Mujahideen in Your cause in Palestine 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-Aqsā Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!
    O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria, Burma, Central Africa and everywhere! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief!
    O Allah! Have mercy on them, for they are defenceless!
    O Allah! Mend their breakage and take charge of their case!
    O Allah! Defeat the tyrants and oppressors and those who side with them!
    O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants!

    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 two deputies, his brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country!
    O Allah! Help all Muslim leaders to abide by your law and follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet (May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him)!
    O Allah! Make them a Mercy on Your Faithful servants!
    O Allah! Spread security and prosperity over our homeland and all Muslim homelands! Protect us against the evil of evil-doers, the wickedness of the dissolute, 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."[Āl ͑Imrān: 147]

    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 and our grandparents!
    O Allah! Bless their souls as they were mercy on us when we were small!
    O Allah! Grant sound health to those of them who are still living so that they can worship you more!
    O Allah! Engulf with Your mercy those who passed away!
    O Allah! Enlighten their graves and make them a garden similar to those in Your heavens!
    O Allah! Reunite us with them under Your Lordship! O Allah! Forgive our sins, those of our parents, our grandparents,their progeny, our wives, and our progeny! You are All-Hearing!

    We ask Allah for forgiveness! 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! O Allah! Send rain down on us! 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! Make it rain of mercy not rain of torment, disaster, destruction, or flooding!
    O Allah! Accept 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 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!

    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...audio#kh_audio


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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    Faith is Yemenite and Wisdom is Yemenite

    April 3, 2015 ~ Jumadal Akhirah 14, 1436

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Dr.Saleh ibn Muhammad al-Ṭālib–May Allah protect him– delivered this Friday khutbah titled “BeliefisYemenite and Wisdomis Yemenite” in which he talked about the virtues of Yemen and the Yemeni people and explained the position occupied by Yemen in the Muslim World. He also mentioned the unwarranted unrest and chaos that have plagued Yemen, and he praised the Muslim steadfastness in responding to that gang of saboteurs and corruptors.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah, who brought forth iron and vested people with its power and might gave legitimised resisting aggressors and oppressors so that they either give up their aggression and oppression or face strong determination. I thank my Lord, praise Him, ask for His help and repent unto Him. He ordered us to demolish any foundation of falsehood and to block any way for misleading. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah alone with no associate. He subjugated His creatures both humans and Jinn. I also bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah with whom the Lord illuminated darkness
    and removed impurity. He left us on the Right Path, the Oneness of Allah and His Sharia.The Prophet’s Companions and family are his supporters and aides against the will of those who deny it. O Allah! Please send Your Ṣalāt(Graces, Honours, Mercy), Peace and Blessing on Your Servant and Messenger Muhammad, his family and Companions as long as day and night keep alternating. Let the Ṣalāt and Peace be perpetual until the day when voices fade out of humility to and reverence of the All-Merciful!

    Now then, O Muslims! Enjoining taqwā (fear of disobeying Allah) is the ultimate exhortation and the means to resist misfortunes and to ward off plights. "…. and whosoever fears Allâh and keeps his duty to Him, He will
    make his matter easy for him." [At-Talaq: 4]. "And whosoever fears Allâh 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. And whosoever puts his trust in Allâh, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allâh will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allâh has set a measure for all things." [Al-Ṭalāq: 2-3]

    O Muslims! When our Prophet Muhammad was striving to make Allah’s Sharia the uppermost and His Word triumphant on Earth, despite the maltreatment he received from both relatives and strangers, the mountains of Yemen were teaming with men heading towards theḤijāz plains eager to meet the Seal of prophets. They were driven neither by force nor by fear of death to embrace religion but by clean natural dispositions and hearts eager for faith. Abu Hurairah‒May Allah be pleased with him‒ narrated that the Prophet ‒May Allah's Ṣalātand Peace be upon him‒ said, “The people of Yemen have come to you and they are more gentle and soft-hearted. Faith is Yemenite and Wisdom is Yemenite.” [Reported by Imam Bukhari] In his Ṣaḥīḥ book, Imam Muslim quotes the Prophet ‒May Allah's Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him‒ as saying, “Faith is Yemenite, fiqh is Yemenite and wisdom is Yemenite.” During the early Islam era, Ḥijāz was likened to a bird with the Levant and Yemen as its wings. The Prophet ‒May Allah's Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him‒ used to compare them in virtue and jihad. Yemen forms the birthplace and substance of the Arabs. They feature serenity and esteem, fiqh and reverence.They are the masters of rhetoric, literature and beautiful poetry,and the supporters of the Message and vanguards of jihad and bravery.The Prophet supplicated Almighty Allah for the wellbeing of Yemen. He said it was a land of faith, and praised the Yemenites as being people of faith, fiqh and wisdom. He
    described the Yemenis as kind-hearted and said they were the backup forces and valiant soldiers of Islam.

    Abu Umāmah Al-Bāhili–May Allah be pleased with him– reported that the Prophet ‒May Allah's Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him‒ said, “Allah Almighty made me face the Levant and stand with my back to Yemen and said to me, ‘O Muhammad! I have made what is facing you spoils and provision for you and made what is behind you a backup force.’” [Reported by Al-Ṭabarāni] Thawbān –May Allah be pleased with him– quoted the Prophet ‒May Allah's Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him‒ as saying, “I am by my Basin driving people away to make way for the Yemenites. I keep wielding my stick until the water flows towards them.” [Reported by Imam Muslim]
    Ibn Omar –May Allah be pleased with him– quoted the Prophet ‒May Allah's Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him‒ as saying, “O Allah! Please bless our Levant! O Allah! Please bless our Yemen(See the rest of the hadith)!” [Reported by Imam Bukhari]

    O Muslims! Yemen has always been a great bastion for the believers. It boasts many religious scholars and righteous men. The Yemenites have patience and sagacity, clemency, contentedness and sophistication, but they have been plagued with a group seeking worldly gains who have sold their conscience and betrayed their people. They colluded with the enemy to harm their own folks. Thus, there appeared an evil cohort backed by regional forces that have nothing but hatred for Arabs. These forces have strayed away from guidance and the sunnah, aiming to spread hegemony over Yemen and to make it a launch pad to control Arab and Muslim countries. This evil group has joined forces with other groups that have compromised their homeland and religion in return for personal or family gains at the expense of the creed and Arabic nature of Yemen. They are controlled and financed by an evil mass that is wont to perpetrate acts of aggression against the Arabs and Muslims. This evil gang has sought to drive a wedge in the side of the Arabian Peninsula, thus repeating the Syrian scenario. Arabs and Muslims have reaped no good from this act. At the time the enemies wage a verbal warfare against the Jews, they level their guns at the Arabs and Muslims who have suffered atrocities, including assassinations and agitations, at their hands. Deterred by neither compassion nor faith, the evil mass wants its newborn in Yemen to play the same role played by its Syrian brother. Having no regard for covenants or laws, they rebelled against a legal authority, chased the ruler and the government that had been rightfully endorsed by the Yemenites, and took the president and his aides as hostages; they laid siege to cities and villages, and harmed and vexed the people. Further, they committed murders, larcenies, and plunders by way of corruption, terrorism and sabotage. Those outlaws have destroyed homes, mosques, schools and universities. They have murdered peaceful Muslim inhabitants and driven them out of their homes in Yemen. They are bent on humiliating and subjugating the Yemeni people and on entangling them into bondage on behalf of the enemy. They are fiddling with the security of the Yemeni people, promoting sectarianism, and fomenting terrorism. Furthermore, these outlaws have become vociferous about threatening the entire area, speaking openly of assaulting the home of the Two Holy Mosques and spreading chaos and terrorism in the land of security and belief and the bastion of Islam and peace. "Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, but what their breasts conceal is far worse. Indeed We have made plain to you the Ayât(proofs, evidences, verses) if you understand." [Āl 'Imrān: 118]

    O servants of Allah! Right from the beginning, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its brother countries in the region have never been far from this impending catastrophe. It has not left a single stone unturned. On the contrary, it sought quite earnestly and wisely to extinguish the fire of the fitnah (sedition); it forged initiatives, called for meetings and supported dialogues with the view to sparing Yemen the peril of a civil war, anarchy and unrest should things get out of hand. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has exercised self-restraint for long. However, wisdom has been lost in the quagmire of treachery and sectarianism. Emboldened by flagrant foreign
    intervention, the evil party has been aiming to throw the region into unrest and to spread internal chaos and disputes. With recurrent violations of every treaty, all chances have been exhausted and the will of Muslim enthusiasts has been mobilised.
    (The Sheikh recites a line of poetry that can be translated as follows):
    They entrusted their leadership, may Allah reward them,
    To a long-handed man versed in matters of war.

    Allah Almighty foreordained for the events the brave, resolute,and judicious king, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the guardian of Arab and Muslim countries, and the supporter of the Sunnah and religion: Salman Ibn AbdulAziz. Hence, the “Decisive Storm”was launched to wipe out the forces of those who brought enemies to destroy their homeland and harm their neighbours. The "Decisive Storm" thus started in the name of Allah and His blessing in order to uproot evil and put an end to it. The aim was to return Yemen to the Yemenis, for there is no return of the Sasenites (Persian Dynasty before Islam) after the advent of Islam, and no foreign accent will ever affect the tongue of Arabs; for Yemen must stay, as the Guiding Prophet said, as a cradle of faith and wisdom.Indeed, the Yemenis are supporters of Islam, fighting agents for the Arabs, and a strong pole in the face of calamities. When he took the decision, the following poetic line occurred to the king:
    Stand up on the insteps of your feet and march to war,
    For indeed security may be obtained by those who march.

    Therefore, the King's decision ‒May Allah grant him victory‒ was bold and wise as his decision came at the right time to answer the hope of a needy (for defense) Ummah, carrying out the right of brotherhood and neighbourhood, answering the call of the Muslim Yemeni people, relieving the grieved, protecting honour, and saving Muslim countries from the controlling expansion of the occupying Savafids(Shiite Persian rulers who fought the Ottomans). May Allah bless the King's steps, his life and deeds, and may He, the Almighty, grant him support of His own! We congratulate the Muslim Ummah everywhere on this dignity, strength, resoluteness, decisiveness, unity, and coalition. We beseech Allah, the Generous, to make it a good ending for Islam and Muslims in general and for the people of Yemen in particular.We also beseech Him to make it the beginning of the collapse of the idol of dangerous expansionism within the Muslim Ummah.

    The "Decisive Storm" has restored for the Ummah its soul and hope, united its word, aligned its lines, and exposed its enemy. O Allah! Make this operation a good start for the Muslim Ummah and a means through which it may return to You, entrust its matters to You, unite its word, increase its support for the Sunnah and religion. O Allah! Enhance our alliance, strength, and our will to return to You!

    O servants of Allah! This oppressive sectarian expansionist coup in Yemen is an extension of what the criminals have done in Iraq and Syria.The sectarian Savafid expansion permeating the Ummah resorts to armed action, spreads disorder and killing.So many people from various sects in Iraq and Syria have tasted the atrocities of wars fuelled and waged by those criminals,wars that have destroyed mercilessly and shamelessly scores of civilians: children, men, and women. Standing up to this sectarian expansion in Yemen is an obligation that falls on those who are capable of it.This is an enemy of religion, an enemy of its own people and fellow citizens and its neighbours.Although this sect represents only a small percentage of the Yemenis, yet, it seeks to coerce all the Yemenis into adopting its beliefs and ideology, using iron, fire, killing, imprisonment, and displacement of people. Therefore, according to Islamic sharia, saving Yemen from the claws of the Savafid occupation is a legal undertaking, and fighting to achieve this end is a jihad in the cause of Allah. Defending Yemen means defending the Yemeni Corner (of the Ka'ba) which the enemies clearly intend to occupy‒making no secret of it‒ and threaten the security of the Two Holy Mosques and the qiblah of the Muslims. And because Yemen has suffered for over half a century, what has happened to it lately might be like the illness from which the body recovers.Then, Yemen shall return to the way it was: happy with its distinguished scholars and tradesmen.The Gulf region and the Arabs will then embrace and receive it where it originally belongs.

    O dignified Yemenis! You have a historical opportunity offered to you … The hands of generous brothers are extended to you… The hearts of a billion Muslims sympathise with you … Therefore, make up your minds, unite your word, and do what is best for Islam and Arabism. Stand united to extract the thorns from the wounded body of Yemen. You can learn from previous examples and see what has happened to other countrieswhere the ‘evil block’ has dispatched fighting units and militias only to increase the killing and enhance discord among people.The outcome has been but further calamities and severe sorrow. Unity of word is indeed one of the great causes of victory: "And obey Allâh and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allâh is with those who are As-Sâbirin(the patient ones, etc.)." [Al-Anfāl: 46] Cleanse your country from the filth of those killers and criminals; go out on the hunt of the ousted president and his gang, for it was him who impoverished the country, oppressed its people, and called for the destruction of everything beautiful in it. We also call upon the Yemeni scholars, the dācīs (callers to Islam), the mujahideen (fighters in the cause of Allah), the tribal leaders, the politicians, the army leaders and the soldiers to fear Allah and to carry out that with which Allah has entrusted them. They must unite their word and get ready to defend their religion, faith, and their Muslim homeland.
    They must unanimously decide to free Yemen from the sectarian expansionist project which, I swear to Allah, does not intend for them any good. It is such a huge trust being put forth at such a critical time.Therefore, let everybody remember the words of the Mighty ‒Glorified be He: "O you who believe! Betray not Allâh and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly your Amânât(things entrusted to you, and all the duties which Allâh has ordained for you)." [Al-Anfāl: 27] It is an opportunity to gather around the leadership in order not to give a chance to the enemies.

    May Allah bless you and me with the Noble Qur’ān and the Sunnah, and benefit us with the verses and wisdom they contain. I say this and ask Almighty Allah to forgive you and me.

    Part Two

    Praise be to Allah who is Mighty and raised far above, and to whose Greatness has been subjugated. No one can withhold what He gives or give what He withholds. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger ‒May Allah's Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him‒ his Companions and those who follow his path.

    Now then, This is a call to religious scholars and seekers of knowledge to carry out jihad by word, logic, and evidence: "…but strive against them (by preaching) with the utmost endeavour, with it (the Qur'ân)." [Al-Furqān: 52] It is necessary to reveal the truth about the dangers of the false beliefs that have reached Muslims and caused them to contradict Islam and instigate animosity against Muslims,both the salaf (righteous ancestors) and the khalaf(their descendants). No one could be more wretched and lost than those who take as their enemies the early Muslims of the Muhājirīn and Ansār (Emigrants from Makkah and their hosts and
    supporters in Madinah)?! Those do nothing but destroy Islam, sever its links, spoil its principles, and shed Muslim blood. You are called upon to enlighten the public and carry out the mission entrusted to you.

    O servants of Allah! Supporting the oppressed, defending religion, fighting oppressors, and protecting one’s homeland are among the greatest pious deeds that please to Allah, and the most urgent of all obligations.
    Thanks are due to Allah Who has guided the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to make this crucial and historical decision. Arab and Muslim leaders are commended for their promptness to coalesce with him.He also received widespread support from the religious scholars, Islamic organizations and sharia associations from all over the world. He, as well,enjoyed the good graces of the judicious people in the world.

    O Allah! Grant victory to Your religion, Your Book, the Sunnah of Your Prophet, and Your righteous servants!
    O Allah! The Revealer of the Book, the Sender of clouds, the Defeater of the Aḥzāb(theConfederates), grant victory to our soldiers, empower their spirits, enable them to hit their targets, make right their views, and grant them victory over Your enemy and theirs!
    O Allah! Make fast the destruction of the oppressors who are hostile to Your believing servants and who seek to turn people away from Your religion!
    O Allah! Destroy them for You are capable of doing so!
    O Allah! Grant us victory in the “Decisive Storm!”
    O Allah! Make it cool and peaceful on Your believing servants, and a destructive storm on the oppressive traitors!
    O Allah! Bestow on us and our brothers in Yemen from its blessings, and give a taste of its venom to our enemy!
    O Allah! Make it destroy the branches and roots of evil!
    O Allah! Make it shove away evil before it takes place!
    O Allah! You are our support and advocate! It is throughYou that we move and fight!

    O Allah! Send YourṢalāt, Peace, and Blessing upon Your Servant and Messenger Muhammad, upon his good and pure family, upon his auspicious and magnanimous Companions, and upon his wives, the Mothers of the believers!

    O Allah! Accept our supplication!
    O Allah! Accept our supplication, O You the Living, the Self-Subsisting, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

    Glorified be your Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! He is free from what they attribute unto Him! Finally, peace beupon the Messengers, and praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds!

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    Re: Shaykh Saalih Aal Taalib~Khutbah



    The New Happy Yemen

    April 24, 2015 ~ Rajab 5, 1436

    Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib

    Khutbah Topic

    His Eminence Sheikh Saleh Ibn Muhammad Āl Tālib –May Allah protect him– delivered the Friday khutbah titled “The New Happy Yemen” in which he spoke about Yemen in the aftermath of the ‘Decisive Storm’. He cited a number of Qur’ānic verses which give directives to all Muslims, both rulers and subjects, and highlight Allah’s beneficence imparted to His servants in this battle, including the victory He –May He be exalted– bestowed upon them. The Sheikh equally offered counsel, guidelines, and prayers for all those who dedicated their lives and property for the cause of Allah.

    Part One

    Praise be to Allah! Praise be to Allah Whose lofty position and outstanding merit have towered in the heights of heavens and Whose might and supremacy over His creatures are manifest in His Universe. To Him belong all types of goodness in His vast dominion! I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah alone with no associate. None can be addressed for relieving grief except Him, and it is He Whose support and backing in pursuit of triumph can be hoped for! I equally bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah. His journey to Allah is the best ever; he is an imperishable source of good (like an everflowing river); and his virtuous deeds are considered by Allah as unmatchable. May Allah send His Ṣalāt (Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace (and Blessing) upon him, his family, his Companions, and whoever follows him till the Day of the Last Judgement!

    O Allah! Due praise be to You, for You have created us, offered us provisions, guided us, taught us, salvaged us, and relieved us of grief! Praise be to You in return for the blessings of Islam and the Holy Qur’ān! Praise be to You in recognition of the favours of kin, property, and well-being! You have neutralised our enemy, provided us with bountiful provisions, offered us undeniable peace and security, brought us together after disunity, and bestowed upon us all sources of bliss and protection. Indeed, You have granted us whatever favours we requested from You. Due praise be to You for all such blessings! Praise be to You for all types of blessings You have furnished us with previously or recently, discreetly or conspicuously, individually or collectively, during our lifetime or posthumously, and in presentia or in absentia. Praise be to You until You are pleased with us and praise be to You after You are satisfied!

    Now then, O people! Observe taqwā vis-à-vis Allah, feel His omnipresence, comply with His commands, and do not disobey Him. Work for the hereafter by performing good deeds, and never get distracted by worldly life and its mundane ornaments. In fact, any distinction between the wealthy and the poor could only be possibly discerned at the moment of their acquittal before Allah –to Whom belong Might and Majesty‒ after being brought to account in front of Him. One’s destiny will then be either Paradise or Hellfire. "That Day mankind will proceed in scattered groups that they may be shown their deeds." "So whosoever does good equal to the
    weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it." "And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom (or a small ant), shall see it." [Al-Zalzalah: 6-8]

    Thank Allah, stormy (1) days have passed by, resolute decisions have been taken to bring forth joy, and spirits are consequently overwhelmed by the thrill of victory. "And there is no victory except from Allâh, the All-Mighty, the AllWise." [ĀlcImrān: 126] Due praise be to Allah for all the graceful blessings He bestowed upon us, and our sincere expressions of gratitude go to Him for His gifts of support and achievement. Allah
    has definitely revealed the strength of the Sunnah and faith as opposed to the weakness of evil, injustice, and aggression. In fact, the Kingdom has never been an advocate of warfare, and its history bears witness to the absence of any transgression and aggression, but ... (The Sheikh cites one line of poetry which can be translated as follows):
    Bereft of any alternative way except spearheads,
    One would have no choice but to use them.

    The Kingdom has led this blessed coalition in order to reinforce truth, deter falsehood, protect the holy sites, safeguard the integrity of all Muslims, and support the oppressed Yemenis. Therefore, Allah has turned this objective into a concrete reality and imparted His providential care to army and artillery alike. Due praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds! The Kingdom declared the launching of the‘Decisive Storm’ and later declared its coming to a close. Thanks to divine providence, the Kingdom has been in full control of the whole situation. It has hoisted the banner of monotheism and victory. Its positions have been characterised by strength and its decisions by a gratifying sense of pride. "That is the Grace of Allâh, which He bestows on whom He wills..." [Al-Jumucah: 4]

    O Muslims! One of the blessings of this ‘storm’ is that is has restored hope to hearts which have been for long craving for satiation and have almost fallen prey to the fathomless depths of dejection. The Yemenis did experience one of the long nights which they thought was one of sustained subjugation and despair. However, no sooner had that night reached its midst than it entered the chronicles of history. It has heralded good tidings, discarded humiliation, changed the balance of power, and led to a shift in policies. In reality, the moves of the Ummah in leaps and bounds have proved to be more realisable than some desperate people might have imagined and, contrarily to the speculations of thwarters and saboteurs, reaching record rapidity in recovering from crises and going back to normal is now within easy reach. Allah has decreed maturity dates for everything to concretise as well as requirements for whichever condition needs to be utterly fulfilled so that our Ummah could be empowered and our flag would be hoisted high in the sky. In fact, the time span between the departure of the Prophet –May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him– from Makkah, feeling displaced and homeless, and the subsequent prevalence of his state over the territories ruled by Khosrau and Cesar is just fifteen years. May Allah bestow upon us and upon all Muslim countries His bounteous graces and sustained security!

    O believers! Despite undeniable victory and empowerment, the believer’s attitude should never diverge from the ethics of the master of Messengers, knowing that Allah ‒May He be extolled‒ has honoured us with following his Sunnah and enforcing his Sharia in real life affairs. How dare we deviate from that if we bear in mind Allah’s respective warning in His Book? "And be not like those who come out of their homes boastfully and to be seen of men..." [Al-Anfāl: 47] Allah –May He be exalted– also said: "If Allâh helps you, none can overcome you; and if He forsakes you, who is there after Him that can help you?..."[Āl cImrān: 160] Even more, what attracts our attention in the verses dealing with the Ghazwat (2) Badr (the Battle of Badr) namely afterthe victory achieved by Prophet Muhammad [May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him] and his companions– is that the Holy Qur’ān did not eulogise their triumph and aptitude (as warriors); on the contrary, in the aftermath of the said ghazwah, Allah said: "...And there is no victory except from Allâh..." [Āl cImrān: 126] Allah –May He be exalted– also said: "...And you (Muhammad SAW) threw not when you did throw but Allâh threw..."[Al-Anfāl: 17] Allah –May He be exalted– also said: "And Allâh has already made you victorious at Badr, when you were a weak little force..."[Āl cImrān: 123] In addition, when Prophet Muhammad –May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him– entered Makkah and marched victoriously–serenely escorted by his companions, and surrounded by cavalrymen, knights in armour, and the most virtuous men ever, after having peacefully exacted surrender from Makkah and its nobility– he was simply riding his she-camel reciting the Surah (chapter) of Al-Fatḥ. On the authority of Imam Bukhari, “The Messenger of Allah –May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him– entered Makkah riding his she-camel and reciting the Surah (chapter) of Al-Fatḥ.” Muhammad Ibn Isḥāq said, “Abdullah Ibn Abῑ Bakr told me that the Messenger of Allah –May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him–lowered his head in humility to Allah on realising that Allah had bestowed upon him the blessing of Fatḥ (i.e. gaining control of Makkah without bloodshed) (3) to the point that his beard was about to touch the hump of the camel he was riding.” In the same respect, Al-Hāfiđ Al-Baihaqῑ reported a hadῑth narrated by Anas who said, “The Messenger of Allah –May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him– entered Makkah on the Day of Fatḥ with his beard leaning down his female camel’s back in awe of Allah.”

    O Muslims! The real believer is never satisfied with victory as a one-shot deal; rather, all his/her lifetime must represent victory and glory. The purpose of victory is to hold fast to our principles and to constantly adhere to what Allah wants us to do or renounce. This is manifest in the continued existence of the axiom of continuous strife between truth and falsehood until the Day of Last Judgement, the time of extinction of life on earth. "...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 wrongdoers).And that Allâh may test (or purify) the believers (from sins) and destroy the disbelievers.Do you think that you will enter Paradise before Allâh tests those of you who fought (in His Cause) and (also) tests those who are As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.)?" [Āl cImrān: 140-142] Amidst such strife, Allah’s inviolable vow is that His victory will never fail to come to the rescue of the pious: "Verily, We will indeed make victorious Our Messengers and those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism) in this world's life and on the Day when the witnesses will stand forth, (i.e. Day of Resurrection)," [Ghāfir: 51] However inconstant circumstances might be, the inevitable destiny will be: "And, verily, Our Word has gone forth of old for Our slaves, the Messengers,That they verily would be made triumphant. And that Our hosts, they verily would be the victors."[Al-Ṣāffāt: 171-173] In one of the divine verses of His Dignified Book, Allah –May He be exalted– has combined in His command to us two interrelated things: caring for warfare logistics and
    adopting optimal conduct. He –May He be exalted– says: "O you who believe! When you meet (an enemy) force, take a firm stand against them and remember the Name of Allâh much (both with tongue and mind), so that you may be successful. And obey Allâh and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allâh is with those who are As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.)." [AlAnfāl: 45-46] Therefore, Allah commanded the mujahideen (fighters in the cause of Allah) to stand fast to five principles which, once combined, can only lead to victory regardless of the limited number of the Muslim community engaged in jihad and the large number of its enemy: constant faith, frequent remembrance of Allah [Glorified be He], obedience to Him and to His Messenger, consensus and rejection of divisive contentions which invariably lead to failure and decline, and finally patience. These are the five pillars on which the dome of victory is founded. If they are totally or partially absent, victory will be proportionately truncated. When these five principles combined and concretised in the personality of the Companions –May Allah be pleased with them all– no other nation could resist them. They conquered the four corners of the world, and land and people were both under their control. However, when these principles faded away in the succeeding generations, things took a different turn, as you can see.

    O servants of Allah! O Muslims! Our Ummah is engaged in a permanent battle against falsehood. It defends true religion of Allah, protects its sanctuaries, and stands in defence of Muslim existence per se. Notwithstanding the blessings bestowed upon us by Almighty Allah, such as economic assets, military power, professional expertise, sagacious judgement, and strong determination, we should still not forget that we have to be totally committed to the cause of Allah, for we are an Ummah that follows in the footsteps of the Seal of Prophets and unswervingly adheres to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger –May Allah’s Salāt and Peace be upon him. We are therefore supposed to come closer to our Lord than any time before and to fulfil the requirements of empowerment as prescribed by religious principles. As a matter of fact, observing tawheed(monotheism) and obedience to Allah are the greatest cause of victory and empowerment: "Allâh has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islâm). And He will
    surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me..."[Al-Nūr: 55] Indeed, there is a big difference between, on the one hand, a monotheist who defends the Holy Book and the Sunnah and, on the other hand, someone who has idolised his instinctive desires as deity.Therefore, Allah has led him astray. So, recognise the blessing of
    your Lord Who has offered you guidance, adhere to the straight path He has chosen for you, compete for offering Him your good deeds, and dissociate yourselves from sins and acts of disobedience, especially those which are perpetrated in public, for they result in humiliation and disaster. Among the causes of humiliation that Allah inflicts upon Muslim communities without distinction, notwithstanding their disparate and remote geographical locations, there are the misdeeds which are not only committed but also publicised by certain people. These people advocate such misdeeds without facing any criticism or otherwise counsel. Unfortunately, this has become the norm in Muslim countries. It is indeed the reason why the obscure night of Muslims continues to darken, the support from Allah is delayed, and divine providence and blessing is lifted. The genuine hadith reads: “If people notice the presence of evil without changing it, Allah will imminently inflict upon them general chastisement.”From among the Holy verse, we read: "Those who oppose Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW), they will be among the lowest (most humiliated)." [Al-Mujādilah: 20-21]

    None is capable of overpowering Allah, for He coerces mankind to obey Him and determines their destiny. Nothing can move in the universe or remain in a state of inertia without His permission: "And put your trust (O Muhammad SAW) in the Ever Living One Who dies not, and glorify His Praises, and Sufficient is He as the AllKnower of the sins of His slaves;" [Al-Furqān: 58] O Allah! We disengage ourselves from taking refuge in ourselves and our own might and adhere to Your refuge and might. "... "In Allâh we put our trust. Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the folk who are Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doing) (i.e. do not make them overpower us)."And save us by Your Mercy from the disbelieving folk."" [Yūnus: 85-86]

    The main advice to Muslims in general is to unite behind their leadership from among the princes and the scholars. Nowadays, it is time to build consensus and close ranks: "...and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart,..."[Al-Anfāl: 46] What is needed is unity and cohesion, first within the fabric of each community or society, then among all Muslim peoples together. It is our duty to rise above all our differences,stand as one vis-à-vis the situation at hand and observe prudence regarding all that would lead to discord, weakness and division. For now, do try to report your differences and put your disputes behind. Stop accusing one another of treason whenever a point of view is expressed or some ideas are put forth. Indeed, each one of you is a security man with an obligation to carry out. Above all, beware of rumours and fabricated news. Do not let that urge for breaking the news rush you into reporting rumours short of validating them, for it is the enemy that stands behind much of those rumours, and the victims but volunteer to spread them out among themselves to their own detriment. You are the support for your soldiers. So, supplicate Almighty Allah for them and help them stand their grounds. Make them happy, endorse the mission of those amongst them who are stationed along the country’s borders and be good to their families. It is also necessary to remember that the Yemenis who are afflicted with these events are our brothers, and that this showdown is not meant against but rather for Yemen and its people. The Yemenis, whether they are currently living among us or at home, are our brothers and sisters; their enemy and ours is but one, and we share common interests. Therefore, beware of those opportunists who are seeking to incite grudge and rancour! Today, we are all Yemen. Particularly at a time like this, we must all revert to Almighty Allah with supplication and righteous deeds, for integrity and good supplications together form an undefeatable fighting force: "And there is no victory except from Allâh, the All-Mighty, the AllWise." [Āl cImrān: 126]

    May Allah bless you and me by the Qur'ān and the 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 alone, Who supported His Servant (the Prophet), granted glory to His soldiers, and defeated the confederates alone. Praise be to Allah Who has guided us to believe in His oneness, taught us the tenets of His religion, and blessed us with the Sunnah of His Prophet, Muhammad, May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him. I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah alone, Who has no associate, and that Prophet Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah send His Ṣalāt(Graces, Honours, and Mercy), Peace and Blessing upon His Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, upon his family, Companions and those who followed him!

    Now then, This country and its allies firmly believe in the nobility of their purpose: achieving security for our beloved Yemen, defeating the aggressors, and keeping the Muslim Ummah and its sanctities safe from the looming threats around it. Therefore, now that the mission has been successfully accomplished, there is no point in proceeding any further with the war and fighting; once again, hope is starting to find its way back into the hearts of Yemenis. May Allah bless all the efforts, make all our wishes come true, and Praise be to Allah! Amidst all of this, stands out the Kingdom’s honourable resolve to put an end to a storm which has achieved its goals in less than a month. Indeed, the storm came to a halt having achieved its purpose, no more no less. In the meantime, the incidents during the standoff have laid bare the falsity of wrongdoers and the malevolence of corruptors. Praise be to Allah!

    O Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques!
    (The sheikh recites a poem that may be translated as follows):
    O you, the King who stood up
    In answer to the call of San’ā!
    After a long standing affliction
    And debilitating ailment,
    After its Arabian spirit cried out:
    Persians have ill intentions for it.
    But those were unaware that over there
    Stand the Honourable against the ‘Rafidites’.
    Then you leapt up and tore apart their evil plotting
    Until it was exposed to all and nullified.
    You deployed all types of rides
    To counter the enemy until they lay down.
    It never occurred to them that a nation
    Could rise up and rescind their plans.
    Over there is Sham (Syria), wounded as it is,
    Where the face of life looks so resentful
    Yearning for you and complaining,
    But seeing in your onrush requital.
    Over there is a merciless regime
    That has never considered honour or anything.
    Its treacherous gang are slaying a people
    That rose up and revolted against it.
    Compassion withered away from their hearts
    Until it disappeared and completely died out.
    Families are driven out of their homes
    And unwillingly forced into exile.
    Death has wielded its sword
    Shedding blood everywhere,
    And hunger has shown its evil fangs,
    Biting little children’s bellies.
    Perhaps through resolve and determination
    Sham will be relieved of its scourge.
    Then after being pale and haggard,
    Its face shall regain freshness and youth.
    Allah Almighty from above knows
    Who responded and who did not.
    Glory be to Him, the King of Kings,
    Whose support is indispensable!

    As for You, our brave men of arms, whether you are engaged in combat, or stationed in coastal areas, you have just warded evil off a Muslim homeland.You have raised high the banner of truth and justice and attained the peak of glory and honour. We wish for your endeavors to be actions of jihad, for your triumph to be one of Islam, and for your death to be that of martyrs. You must observe patience and trust in Allah Almighty: "Truly! Allâh is with As-Sâbirûn (the patient)." [Al-Baqarah: 153] Verily, your advent has helped revive hope in the hearts of people. Your decisiveness has made the Ummah’s old wishes spring up in the hope of restoring rights and glory. However, you must not give in to too much pride and arrogance, for Almighty Allah has held accountable the best from among the mujahideen when they felt arrogantly overconfident because of their overwhelming number; their Prophet (peace be upon him) was there among them and yet he could not intercede for them. "…and on the Day of Hunain (battle) when you rejoiced at your great number, but it availed you not." [Al-Tawbah: 25] May Allah be with you! For every security man, whether stationed inland or in the coastal regions, we offer this supplication: “May Almighty Allah guard you and take care of you! May He grant you victory, bestow on you from His bounty,and reward you as he would the mujahideen and those on duty! May Allah grant us and the rest of the Muslim Ummah full victory and sound health!”

    This being said, send (O you Muslims) your salatand peace upon the best of Allah’s creatures,Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him)! O Allah! Send Your Ṣalāt, Peace and Blessing upon Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, his virtuous and pure family, his wives, the Mothers of believers, and upon his righteous Companions and those who righteously followed them till the Day of Judgement! O Allah! Be pleased with the four rightly-guided Caliphs, Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali, all of the Companions of Your Prophet (May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him), and with us all, along with them, O You, the Most Merciful!

    O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and to Muslims and fail tyrants, infidels and corruptors!

    O Allah! Foreordain for this nation (the nation of Islam) a matter (an affair) of rationality (guidance) where the people of piety are honoured and those of sins are guided, and where al-macroof (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 us, our country, Islam and Muslims! O Allah! 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 and wherever they may be, O Lord of the worlds!
    O Allah! Liberate Al-Aqṣā Mosque from the oppressors’ injustice and the occupiers’ aggression!
    O Allah! Have mercy on our brothers and sisters in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Burma, Central Africa and wherever they may be! O Allah! Lift their distress and grant them speedy relief!

    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! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Noble Book, Your Prophet’s Sunnah, and Your true servants!

    O Allah! Guide our leader to do whatever you love and accept! 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 deputies, his brothers and assistants success to do what is good for the people and the country!
    O Allah! Grant success to all the Muslim leaders in order to govern by Your Sharia and follow the Sunnah of Your Prophet (May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him)!
    O Allah! Make them a Mercy 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, 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." [Āl cImrān: 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 and those of our parents and grandparents!
    O Allah! Bless their souls as they showed us mercy when we were small! O Allah! Prolong the lives of those of them who are still living so that they can worship you more and do more good!
    O Allah! Engulf with Your Mercy, and fill with Your shining light the graves of those who passed away! O Allah! Make their graves spacious gardens similar to those in Your heavens, and make us join them then!
    O Allah! Forgive our sins and those of our parents, grandparents, our wives and progeny! O You, the All-Hearing of our supplications!

    We ask Allah for forgiveness! We ask Allah for forgiveness! We ask Allah for forgiveness, Allah Who is the only deity, the Living, the Subsisting, and we repent unto Him!
    O Lord! 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 down rain on us! O Allah! Send down rain 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 rural and 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 AllKnowing! And forgive us! You are indeed 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!

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    (1) This word is used in implicit reference to the ‘Decisive Storm.’

    (2) The Arabic term ghazwah ( )غزوةrefers to a campaign or battle which took place under the leadership of
    Prophet Muhammad (May Allah’s Ṣalāt and Peace be upon him). This is contrasted with sariyyah ( )سریّةwhere
    someone else was the leader.

    (3) Bracketed explanation added.

    Source: http://www.alharamain.gov.sa/index.c...audio#kh_audio



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