Fallen Leaves 🍁

Written on 06/03/2022


إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ ، نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ

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  

 

قَالَ ٱللَّهُ تَعَالَى؛ (أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ)

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِۦ

وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا  وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ 

(Quran 3:102)

 

وَقَالَ تَعَالَى؛

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

(Quran 4:1)

 

وَقَالَ تَعَالَى؛

يَٰٓأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلاً سَدِيداً

يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ  ۗ

وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزاً عَظِيماً

(Quran 33: 70-71)

 

فَإِنَّ أَصْدَقَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابُ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى

وَأَحْسَنُ الْهَدْيِ هَدْيُ مُحَمَّدٍ   

وَشَرُّالأُمُورِ مُحْدَثَاتُهَا وَكُلُّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ 

وَكُلُّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلالَةٌ  وَكُلُّ ضَلالَةٍ فِي النَّارِ

 

أَمَّا بَعْدُ

 

All praise is due to Allah SWT, Lord of the worlds, The Cherisher, The Sustainer. 
May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad 
, his noble family, his companions and all those who follow their guidance till the Day of Qiamah.

 

Alhamdulillah, we thank Allah SWT for the blessings of Jummah and for allowing us to gather here today. 


We remind ourselves to fear Allah SWT as He should be feared. Fear Allah in all places and in all situations, at home and at work, in public and in private, and do not transgress His limits.


Respected brothers and sisters;

 

Amongst the tabiun, the early generation of Muslims, was Al-Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy upon him, who was known for his piety and knowledge.

 

A man once came to al-Hasan al-Basri and complained to him: “The sky does not shower us with rain.”
He replied: “Seek Allah’s forgiveness (i.e. say 
أستغفر الله).”

 

Then another person came to him and said, “I complain of poverty.” 

He replied: “Seek Allah’s forgiveness.”

 

Then another person came to him and complained, “My wife is barren; she cannot bear children.”
He replied: “Seek Allah’s forgiveness.”

 

The people who were present, said to al-Hasan: “Everytime a person came to you complaining, you instructed them to seek Allah’s forgiveness?”

 

It is similar to a doctor giving the same medicine for three completely different illnesses.

 

Al-Hasan al-Basri said, “Have you not read the statement of Allah?

فَقُلْتُ ٱسْتَغْفِرُوا۟ رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُۥ كَانَ غَفَّارًا 

يُرْسِلِ ٱلسَّمَآءَ عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا

وَيُمْدِدْكُم بِأَمْوَٰلٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّٰتٍ

وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَٰرًا

 

'I said “Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Truly He is Oft-Forgiving. He will send rain to you in abundance; increase you in wealth and children; grant you gardens and bestow on you rivers.”'       
[Quran; Surat Nuh (71):10-12]


Respected brothers and sisters;

 

Notice what the three people were complaining of to al-Hasan al-Basri; namely lack of rain, poverty and inability to have children. 
 

Notice how all three issues were already mentioned by Nuh عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ as recorded by Allah SWT in the Quran, that by asking Allah SWT for forgiveness, Allah will send rain in abundance; cause increase in wealth and children; and grant gardens and rivers. 


The great al-Hasan al-Basri simply repeated what Allah SWT has already ordained in the Quran.


In other words, it is the sin that is preventing Allah's abundant blessing from reaching us.
 

By seeking Allah's forgiveness, by saying Astaghfirullah أستغفر الله frequently and consistently, is a certain way of solving all our problems.


Imagine Allah SWT's blessing is raining down upon us from the heavens, but our sin rises up to block it; therefore make plenty of istighfar to erase or reduce this sin.


Respected brothers and sisters;

 

There are two things in the earth that give a person safety and security from the punishment of Allah. 
 

The first has been removed from us, whilst the second still remains. As for the first, it was the Messenger of Allah As for the second, it is istighfar.

 

Allah SWT says:

وَمَا كَانَ ٱللَّهُ لِيُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَأَنتَ فِيهِمْ ۚ

وَمَا كَانَ ٱللَّهُ مُعَذِّبَهُمْ وَهُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ

 

But Allah would not punish them while you, [O Muhammad], are among them, and Allah would not punish them while they seek forgiveness.

[Quran Surat al-Anfal (8):33-34]

 

Therefore respected brothers and sisters;

 

Do not let each day and night pass without us seeking Allah's forgiveness. 
 

As we are driving, or resting at home, take this opportunity to say أستغفر الله many times, for e.g. 100 times or even a 1000 times, there is no limit (with the intention of seeking Allah's forgiveness) which only takes a few minutes of our time, but with great benefit for our dunia and akhira.

 

May Allah SWT inspire us to seek His forgiveness, and respond to all of our dua and needs. Ameen.

 

أَقُولُ قَوْ لِي هَذَا، وأَسْتِغْفِرُاللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ لِي وَلَكُمْ

وَلِسَائِرِالْمُسْلِمِينِ ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ ،

 إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ


Second khutbah:

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ، وَالْحَمْدُ للهِ،

 وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ

 

Respected brothers and sisters;

 

Through the Mercy and Wisdom of Allah SWT, we are provided with several means to wash away our sins.

 

Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, reported:

The Messenger of Allah  said, “Verily, when the Muslim shakes hands with his brother, both of their sins fall away like the falling of leaves from a tree.”

 

The next time we see leaves falling from the trees in autumn, or as we sweep the leaves outside our houses, just imagine our sins falling away from us, by following this Sunnah of Muhammad .

 

From our own experience, we feel happier, more energised and greater love for our brothers simply from shaking hands.

 

Importantly, any grudges or misunderstanding blown into our hearts by the Shayateen towards our brothers would also fall away like leaves.

 

Let us make the intention to revive this wonderful Sunnah of Muhammad , not just with people in the masjid, but starting with our own family, inshaAllah.

 

May Allah SWT give us tawfiq to follow and benefit from what has been shared today. Ameen.

 

Dua:

 

اَللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلْمُسْلِمِيْنَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ

وَالْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ اْلأَحْيَاءِ مِنْهُمْ وَاْلأَمْوَاتِ

إِنَّكَ سَمِيْعٌ قَرِيْبٌ مُجِيْبُ الدَّعَوَاتِ

 

رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذْنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا ۚ

رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَآ إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُۥ 

عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِنَا ۚ 

رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦ ۖ وَٱعْفُ عَنَّاوَٱغْفِرْ لَنَا وَٱرْحَمْنَآ ۚأَنْتَ مَوْلَىٰنَا فَٱنْصُرْنَا عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ

 

رَبَّنَآ أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا 

وَٱنصُرْنَا عَلَى ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ

 

رَبَّنَا ظَلَمْنَا أَنفُسَنَا وَإِن لَّمْ تَغْفِرْ لَنَا

وَتَرْحَمْنَا لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَالْخَاسِرِينَ

 

رَبَّنَآ ءَامَنَّا فَٱغْفِرْ لَنَا وَٱرْحَمْنَا وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ ٱلرَّٰحِمِينَ

 

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

 

عِبَادَ اللَّهِ؛ 

إنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ  وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ  

وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ

يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

(Quran 16:90)


فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ،

وَاشْكُرُوهُ عَلَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ، 

وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ، وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ

 

وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ

 

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