وَنَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا
مَنْ يَهْدِهِ ٱللَّهُ فَلا مُضِلَّ لَهُ، وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ
وَنَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ
وَنَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
Indeed all praise is due to Allah; we seek His help, and we seek His forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our souls and the evil of our actions. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide, and whomsoever Allah misguides, none can guide. We bear witness there is no diety worthy of worship except for Allah, the One Who has no partner, and we bear witness that Muhammad ﷺ is His servant and messenger.
قَالَ ٱللَّهُ تَعَالَى؛ (أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ)
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ
وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ
O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him].
(Quran 3: 102)
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا النَّاسُاتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ
وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالاً كَثِيراً وَنِسَآءً ۚ
وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَآءَلُونَ بِهِۦوَالْأَرْحَامَ ۚ
إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيباً
O humanity! Be mindful of your Lord Who created you from a single soul, and from it He created its mate, and through both He spread countless men and women. And be mindful of Allah—in Whose Name you appeal to one another—and honour family ties. Surely Allah is ever Watchful over you.
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلاً سَدِيداً
يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ
وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزاً عَظِيماً
O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice.
He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.
(Quran 33: 70-71)
وَأَحْسَنُ الْهَدْيِ هَدْيُ مُحَمَّدٍ ﷺ
وَشَرُّالأُمُورِ مُحْدَثَاتُهَا وَكُلُّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ
وَكُلُّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلالَةٌ وَكُلُّ ضَلالَةٍ فِي النَّارِ
The truest of word is the Book of Allah and best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammadﷺ. The worst of things are those that are newly invented; every newly-invented thing is an innovation, and every innovation is going astray, and every going astray is in the Fire.
May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, his noble family, his companions and all those who follow their guidance till the Day of Qiamah.
Alhamdulillah, we praise and thank Allah SWT for allowing us to be present in this blessed day of Jummah, the second Jummah in this great month of Ramadhan.
Dear respected brothers and sisters;
As we approach the midway point of Ramadhan, we should pause and take stock of what we have achieved so far, and what we hope to achieve in the remaining days and weeks. We warned earlier how this month will fly by quickly and soon it would seem like a distant memory. Therefore let us stop and ponder our spiritual development and connection with Allah SWT.
One major lesson is the swift passage of time. How many Ramadhan did we live through, and how many more will we see? Each of us have a set number of Ramadhan to experience; we ask Allah SWT to bless us with more years of life to worship Him and prepare for the permanent life, in Jannatul Firdaws. Ameen.
Ibn Umar RA reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, which of the believers is best?” The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Those with the best character.”
The man said, “Which of the believers is the wisest?” The Prophet ﷺ said, “Those who remember death often and have best prepared for it with good deeds; those are the wisest.”
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ gave guidance on certain actions we can do in preparation for the afterlife. These acts are all the more appropriate in Ramadhan as our hearts are softened and the pathways to goodness and generosity are made easier, with the chaining of the devil, closure of the gates of Jahannam, and the gates of Jannah being opened.
Abu Qatadah RA reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “The best of what a man leaves behind are three:
a righteous child who supplicates for him,
ongoing charity the reward of which reaches him, and
knowledge that is acted upon after him.”
In another narration, Anas ibn Malik RA reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Seven deeds of a servant continue to be rewarded after his death while he is in his grave:
knowledge to be learned,
constructing a canal,
digging a well,
planting a date-palm tree,
building a mosque,
handing down a written copy of the Quran, and
leaving a righteous child who seeks forgiveness for him after his death.”
How beautiful Islam is, the perfect deen, with the perfect messenger ﷺ,for us to be told firstly about the afterlife, and told explicitly how to prepare well for it. How many people suffer mentally and spiritually without this knowledge?
We have mentioned previously some of the benefits of sadaqah. A special type is sadaqah jariyah, perpetual charity which continues to benefit a person upon their passing from this life.
Bearing in mind the above Hadith:
You and I can be the righteous child who makes dua and seeks forgiveness for our parents.
You and I can treat our own children with love and affection, so they will miss us if we pass away before them and make dua for us at every single salah.
You and I can also make the effort to establish a House of Allah that the community would benefit from and be proud of.
We can give righteous sincere advice to another person in need of guidance.
We can help spread true beneficial knowledge through our words and actions.
We can also spend our hard earned money in various charities, such as by helping plant trees and constructing canals and wells to help people access clean water, a very basic necessity of life.
As the minimum, we should avoid harming others, try to purify our hearts from any suspicion, jealousy or hatred, and to safeguard our tongues from giving advice to others that lead to sin and corruption.
May Allah SWT accept our dua and good deeds. Ameen.
أَقُولُ قَوْ لِي هَذَا، وأَسْتِغْفِرُاللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ لِي وَلَكُمْ
وَلِسَائِرِالْمُسْلِمِينِ ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ ، إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ، وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ﷺ
أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ ﷺ قَالَ؛ بَلِّغُوا عَنِّي وَلَوْ آيَةً
Dear respected brothers & sisters;
We reflect upon the early part of the first Hadith above, when a man said, “O Messenger of Allah, which of the believers is best?” The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Those with the best character.”.....
As we develop our relationship with Allah SWT, in the hope of gaining taqwa, we should make a conscious effort in improving our character, our manners with our family, friends and other people in the community. After all what use is our thirst and hunger, if our speech and actions do not reflect our fasting?
Abdullah ibn Amr RA reported: A man asked, “O Messenger of Allah, whose Islam is best?” The Prophet ﷺ said, “Those from whose tongue and hand people are safe.”
May Allah SWT give us tawfiq to benefit from what has been shared today. Ameen.
اَللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلْمُسْلِمِيْنَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ
وَالْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ اْلأَحْيَاءِ مِنْهُمْ وَاْلأَمْوَاتِ
إِنَّكَ سَمِيْعٌ قَرِيْبٌ مُجِيْبُ الدَّعَوَاتِ
رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا
وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَالْخَاسِرِينَ
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً
إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً
وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
إنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ
وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ
يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ
Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.
فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ، وَاشْكُرُوهُ عَلَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ
وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ، وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ