Sermon Delivered on Friday 24TH MUHARRAM, 1437 (6TH NOVEMBER, 2015)

JUM’AT SERMON OF 6TH NOVEMBER, 2015 (24TH MUHARRAM, 1437)

Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu. In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

Encouragement to Engage in the Remembrance of Allah: Remembrance in the Morning and Evening.

All praise is due to Allah, who created the Heavens without any visible pillars holding them in place. He created the Earth and made all creatures on land and sea as sustenance to mankind so that they will be grateful. I praise and thank Him. I seek assistance from Him alone, and seek His forgiveness and repent unto Him. I bear witness that no deity deserves to be worshipped except Him alone, and He has no partner in His Majesty and Godhood.

I seek Allah’s Blessings and Peace upon the Prophet that has no prophet after him; Muhammad, the son of Abdullah. I bear witness that he is a servant of Allah’s and his Messenger. Allah sent him with the Guidance and the Religion of Truth to make it victorious over all other religions even if the Unbelievers detest it, even if the Polytheists detest it. I beseech Allah to shower His Blessings and His Peace upon this Noble Prophet, his household, companions and all of us collectively.

Our topic of discussion today is ‘encouragement to engage in the remembrance of Allah: remembrance in the morning and evening’. This topic was informed by Allah’s Statement in His Book: “And the remembering of Allâh is greater” (Q29:45). And His Words: “Therefore remember Me. I will remember you, and be grateful to Me and never be ungrateful to Me” (Q2:152). And His Words: “And remember your Lord by your tongue and within yourself, humbly and with fear without loudness in words in the mornings, and in the afternoons and be not of those who are neglectful” (Q7:205). And His Words: “And remember Allâh much, that you may be successful” (Q62:10).  And His Words: “Verily, the Muslims men and women, the believers men and women, the men and the women who are obedient (to Allâh), the men and women who are truthful, the men and the women who are patient (in performing all the duties which Allâh has ordered and in abstaining from all that Allâh has forbidden), the men and the women who are humble (before their Lord Allâh), the men and the women who give Sadaqât (i.e. Zakât, and alms, etc.), the men and the women who observe Saum (fast) (the obligatory fasting during the month of Ramadân, and the optional Nawâfil fasting), the men and the women who guard their chastity (from illegal sexual acts) and the men and the women who remember Allâh much (with their hearts and tongues) Allâh has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise)” (Q33:35). And His Words: “O you who believe! Remember Allâh with much remembrance. And glorify His Praises morning and afternoon” (Q33:41-42). And His Words: “And glorify the praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun, and before its setting, and during some of the hours of the night, and at the sides of the day, that you may become pleased with the reward which Allâh shall give you” (Q20:130). “And glorify the praises of your Lord in the Ashi (i.e. the time period after the midnoon till sunset) and in the Ibkâr (i.e. the time period from early morning or sunrise till before midnoon)” (Q40:55).

The Messenger of Allah said: “Allah, the Most High said: ‘I am with my servant when he remembers Me and his lips move with My mention’”. He also said: “A man does nothing to rescue himself from Allah’s punishment better than remembering Allah”.

Among the beneficial remembrance from the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger in the morning and the evening are recitation of Ayat ul Kursiyy (Q2:255; recited once), Suratul Ikhlas (Q112), Falaq (Q113) and Nas (Q114) (recited thrice). He said that reciting Suratul Ikhlas, Falaq and Nas thrice in the morning and evening will suffice you in everything. He also said: “Whoever recites in the morning and evening, Subhanallahi wa bihamdihi (Glorifeid be Allah and to Him belong all praise), one hundred times each, no one will get more reward than him on the Day of Judgment, except someone who does same or more”. He also said Allah will wipe off his mistakes even if they are like the foam on the sea. A man once came to the Prpohet and complained about a scorpion that stung him the previous night. The Prophet said: if you have mentioned this in the evening, Auzu bikalimaati llahi taamaat min shari maa khalaq (I seek refuge in Allah’s perfect Words from the evil of what He has created), it would not harm you. He also used to recite in the morning, Allahumma bika asbahnaa, wa bika amsaynaa, wa bika nahyaa, wa bika namuut, wa ilayka nushuur. In the evening he would recite: Allahumma bika amsaynaa, wa bika asbahnaa, wa bika nahyaa, wa bika namuut, wa ilaykal masiir [O Allah. With Your Favour we reached the morning (or evening), with You we reached the evening (or morning), with You we are alive, with You we will die, and unto You we shall be gathered (or unto You is our return)]. He also used to recite in the evening, Amsaynaa, wa amsaal mulku lillaah walhamdu lillaah, laa ilaaha illallaah, wahdahu laa sharikallah, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa Huwa `alaa kulli shay’in qadiir. Rabbi as’aluka khayra maa fii haadhihi laylah wa khayra maa ba`daha wa a`udhu bika min sharri maa fii hadhihi laylah wa sharri maa ba`daha, Rabbi a`udhu bika minal-kasali, wa suu’ul-kibari, Rabbi a`udhu bika min `adhabin fin-naari wa `adhaabin fil-qabri. And in the morning: Asbahnaa wa asbahal-mulku lillaahi wal-hamdu lillaahi, laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shariika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa Huwa `alaa kulli shay’in qadiir. Rabbi as’alika khayra maa fii haadhal-yawmi wa khayra maa ba`dahu wa a`udhu bika min sharri maa fii haadhal-yawmi wa sharri maa ba`dahu, Rabbi a`udhu bika minal-kasali, wa suu’il-kibari, Rabbi a`udhu bika min `adhaabin fin-naari wa `adhaabin fil-qabri. (We have ended another day (or started a new day) and with it all dominion is Allah’s. Praise be to allah, none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone who has no partner. To Allah belongs the dominion, and to Him belongs all praise; He has power over all things. My Lord, I ask You for the good in this evening (or day) and the evenings (or days) that come after it, and I take refuge in You from the evil in this evening (or day) and the evenings (or days) that come after it. My Lord, I take refuge in You from laziness and helpless old age. My Lord, I take refuge in You from the punishment of the Fire, and from the punishment of the grave). He also said: “There is no servant of Allah’s that recites every morning or evening, Bismillahi ladhi laa yadurru ma’as mihi shay’un fil ardhi walaa fii samaai wa Huwas Samii’ul ‘Aliim (In the Name of Allah, in Whose Name nothing can cause harm on the earth or in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, all-Knowing), except that nothing will harm him”.

He also used to recite, Allaahumma Anta Rabbii laa ilaaha illaa Anta, khalaqtanii wa ana `abduka, wa anaa `alaa `ahdika wa wa`dika masta ta`tu, a`udhu bika min sharri maa sana`tu, abuuhu laka bini`matika `alayya, wa abuuhu bi dhanbii faghfir lii fa innahu laa yaghfirudh-dhunuuba illaa Anta (O Allah, You are my Lord, there is none worthy of worship but You. You created me and I am your slave. I keep to Your covenant and my pledge to You as much as I can. I take refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge Your blessings upon me and I admit my sins. Forgive me, for there is none who forgives sins besides You.) If he dies that day or night, Allah will forgive him.

Among such remembrance also is: Allaahumma innii asbahtu (Allaahumma innii amsaytu) ush-hiduka wa ush-hidu hamalata `arshika, wa malaaikataka wa jamii`a khalqika, annaka Antallaahu laa ilaaha illaa Anta wahdaka laa shariika laka, wa anna Muhammadan `abduka wa Rasuuluka. (O Allah, I have entered a new morning (or ended another day) and call upon You, upon the bearers of Your Throne, upon Your angels and all creation to bear witness that You are Allah, there is none worthy of worship but You alone, You have no partners, and that Muuhammad is Your servant and Messenger), four times morning and evening, Each quarter of his body will be saved from the Hell Fire upon each pronouncement. And also: Allahumma ma asbaha bii (Allahumma ma amsaa bii) min ni`matin aw bi ahadin min khalqika faminka wahdaka la shariika laka, falakal-hamdu wa lakash-shukru (O Allah, whatever blessing has come to me or any of Your creatures by morning (or evening) is from You alone, You have no partner. All praise is for You and gratitude is due to You). And also: Allaahumma `afinii fii badanii, Allaahumma `afinii fii sam`ii, Allaahumma `afinii fii basarii, laa ilaaha illaa Anta (three times). Allaahumma innii a`udhu bika minal-kufri,wal-faqri, wa a`udhu bika min `adhaabilqabri, laa ilaaha illaa Anta (three times). (O Allah, grant my body good health. O Allah, preserve my hearing for me. O Allah, preserve my sight for me. There is none worthy of worship but You. (three times). O Allah, I take refuge in You from disbelief and poverty, and I take refuge in You from the punishment of the grave. There is none worthy of worship but You. (three times).

Laa ilaaha illallahu wahdahu la shariika lah, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa `alaa kulli shay in qadiir (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone who has no partner. His is the dominion and to Him belongs all praise; He has power over all things) one hundred times once a day. The reward is equal to that of freeing ten slaves, one hundred good deeds in his account, one hundred sins wiped off his account, and he will remain immune from Shaitaan till evening. He will also have the highest reward on the Day of Judgment except someone does same or more than that.

Subhanallahi wa biamdih: `adada khalqih, wa rida nafsih, wa zinata `arshih wa midaada kalimaatih (Glory be to Allah and all praise belongs to Him: in quantity, reaching the number of His creation, achieving His good-pleasure, amounting to the weight of His Throne, and equalling the extent of His words (three times). Allhumma innii as’ aluka ilman naafi`an, wa rizqan tayyiban, wa `amalan mutaqabbalan. (O Allah, I ask You for beneficial knowledge, wholesome provision and deeds that will be accepted). Among them is also seeking forgiveness early in the morning.

There are numerous other supplications and remembrance that are found in various sources that have been authentically reported from the Prophet’s Sunnah. We ask Allah to make these easy for us as well as other forms of worship and make them beneficial to us. May He also count us among the dwellers of Jannatul Firdaws that He has promised us in the Hereafter. (Ameen).

Wassalaamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu.

Ahmad Salaudeen (Ph. D),

Biochemistry & Nutrition Unit,

Department of Chemical Sciences,

Fountain University, Osogbo,

Osun State, Nigeria.

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