As- Salaam alaykum warahmotu llah wabarakaatuh.
JUM’AT SERMON OF 13TH NOVEMBER, 2015 (1ST SAFAR, 1437AH)
I seek refuge in Allah against Shaytan the accursed, in the name of Allah The Most Beneficent The Most Merciful.
We give thanks to Allah (s.w.t), The Controller of the entire universe, The All-knowing of all the past, present and future occurrences. He can never be questioned and neither be judged. May the blessings and peace of Almighty Allah (s.w.t) continue to shower on the gentle soul of the noble Prophet Muhammad, his household, companion and entire generality of Muslim Ummah, till the day of Al-qiyyamah.
Our sermon today is going to address Muslim believer’s attitude during the difficult and hard times. That is, how should a Muslim withstand the agony, calamity and test situations in our life? The known fact in this world is that, no nation, neither state, sect, religion or organization is problem free, but what can we do to suppress and conquer our problems?
Servants of Allah! In Islamic faith, we believe that all matters are in the hands of Allah (s.w.t) but during the time of trials and hardships, our faith can get shaken, but as a Muslim we should remind ourselves that a believers’ position and rank is raised in front of Allah (s.w.t), only if he finds succor in Allah (s.w.t) through patience and prayer.
Allah (s.w.t) says in the holy Qur’an:
“Do people think that they will be left alone because they ‘we believe’ and will not be tested? And we indeed tested those who were before them, and Allah will certainly make it known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, although Allah knows all that before putting them to test”Q.29 V. 2-3
Servants of Allah! Let us know that being a victim bad circumstance does not mean one is not loved by Allah (s.w.t), but sometimes it is a sign of love from Allah (s.w.t). It was narrated from Anas Ibn malik that the Prophet Muhammad said;
“Great reward comes with great trials, when Allah loves people, He tests them, and whoever accepts it attains His pleasure, whereas whoever shows discomfort with it incurs His wrath”
With this Hadith, we discover that the prophet has provided a message of relief for those who endure trials and difficulties with patience. He also associated greatness of difficulties with higher reward.
Servants of Allah! If we think deeply on what one of Arab said in one of their proverbs we will know that problem and hardship is a ladder to the highest level. He said:
“The reservoir or treasury of success and comfort is in the barrel of ordeal and tribulations”
Regarding to our own present terrain, Allah (s.w.t) in the following verse compares the situation of the one who is steadfast in his faith and facing difficulties, with those who are evil doers and perpetrators of this evil incident. Allah says:
“And don’t be weak in pursuit of enemy, if you are suffering hardship, then surely, they are suffering hardships as you are suffering, but you have a hope from Allah (for reward) for which they hope not, and Allah is Ever All-knowing, All Wise” Q. 4 V. 104
My brothers and sisters in faith!
On a final note, we have to go back to Allah (s.w.t) with more prayers and patience as it was done by those who came before us, so that our plans and wishes can be realized at the end of the day. Allah says:
“And certainly, we shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tiding to the patient. Who when afflicted with calamity, say: truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return. They are those on whom are the salawat (i.e. who are blessed and will be forgiven from their Lord and they are those who receive His mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones”
Q. 2 V. 105-107.
Let us seek for forgiveness from Allah (s.w.t) He is surely there to forgive all our sins…..
FRIDAY SERMON DELIVERED BY:
USTAZ BSDMUS ISSA ABDULWAHEED,
FOUNTAIN UNIVERSITY , OSOGBO