As- Salaam alaykum warahmotu llah wabarakaatuh.
JUM’AT SERMON OF 5TH FEBRUARY, 2016 (27THRABI’U-THAANI, 1437)
I seek refuge in Allah against Shaytan the accursed, in the name of Allah The Most Beneficent The Most Merciful.
We give thanks to Almighty Allah (s.w.t), The First without beginning and The Last without an end, The King of all kings and The Master of the day of judgement. May the blessings and peace of Almighty Allah (s.w.t) continue to shower on the noble soul of Prophet Muhammad, his household, companion and entire generality of Muslim Ummah, till the day of Al-qiyyamah.
Our sermon today will be addressing preparation for Al-Akhirah, that is what are our preparationstowards the day of Al-qiyyamah? According to the meaning of Al-Akhirah, it means the life after this life or life after death. This word is repeatedly referenced in chapters of the Qur’an concerning Yaumul-Akhirah, which is the day of judgement. To believe in the Akhirah is very important in Islam because it is one of the pillars of Iman.
Servant of Allah!
Our life in this world is not forever, after this life ends, we will enter into another place which is known to be Al-Akhirah, and it is forever, so that is why we have to do lots of good deeds as a committed Muslim in order to have a total access to Al-Jannah in Akhirah.
This opportunity of life given to us by Allah (swt) is not for anything but to strive hard in the cause of submitting totally to the will of Allah, because this world is meant to be a preparation field for that eternal life. On that day of Al-qiyyamah, we will be tested to see if we can enter paradise and all our good and bad deeds will be scaled to see which ones we possess in abundance.
Servant of Allah!
I want to use this opportunity to ask every one of us simple questions, but I want us to provide answers to them silently in our various hearts. Are we prepared to meet Allah today? Have I made preparation to have a soft landing in Al-Akhirah? If your answers are yes to these questions Alhamdulillah and congratulations to you. But if it is partially Yes and No or Totally No, we have to start preparing well now, because nobody can tell when our lives will be terminated by Allah (swt).
We have given this sinful world a greater priority over Al-Akhirah in our day to day commitments, while this world with its entire glamour and favour is not even equal to the wingspan of a mosquito as it was ascertained by Prophet Muhammad (saw) in his Hadith, He said:
“ if the standing of this world in front of Allah was even equal to the size of the wing of a mosquito, then Allah would not have given the disbeliever even a sip of water to drink”
With this glaring clearity in the admonitions of Prophet Muhammad (saw) concerning this world, we still see some of us selling the hereafter for a small gain in this world.
Servant of Allah!
In order to have a full comprehension of reality of this transient world and everlasting Akhirah, we must ask ourselves a tactical question that how long will one be staying in this world? The simple answer is that no guarantee for us on how long one is going to live in this world because death will come unexpectedly, it is only in Akhirah that eternal and infinity life is guaranteed. So why wasting our time on what will finish one day and neglecting what will remain forever.
To buttress this assertion that, this world is a worthless abode,Imaam Ahmed, Imaam at-Tirmidhee, and Imaam ibn Maajah have narrated in their collections on the authority of ‘AbdullaahibnMas’ud (rta) that, the Messenger of Allah was taking rest upon a bed that had been made from the leaves from a date tree. When he got up, we could see the marks on his back from the leaves. So I said: “O beloved Messenger of Allaah, if you order us we can go and fetch for you a soft and comfortable bed to rest on.” The Messenger (saw) replied: “What have I got to gain from the benefits of this world. My association with this world is like that of a traveller who stops on his journey to take a small rest under a tree.”
Whenever a traveller stops to take a rest on his journey he only stops for a couple of hours at the most, and then moves on to his destination. If the beloved Messenger’s (saw) approach to this world was like this, then how should our own perception about Duniyah be? He knows that he is only travelling and will be departing soon, then how can we think that we will be staying here forever, never thinking about our departure, never preparing for it.Imaam al-Bukhaaree transmitted on the authority of Mujaahid (rta) that ‘Abdullaahibn ‘Umar said:
The Messenger of Allaah took hold of my shoulder and said: “Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller.”The sub-narrator added that ‘Abdullaahibn ‘Umar used to say: “If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening. And take from your health for your sickness, and (take) from your life for your death.”
“Live like strangers”, this concept is understood when going abroad to work or when one leaves his permanent home or base to another place for any reason or the other, but not when it involves the hereafter. Look at those who go to foreign lands to work. They will live in small quarters, many to a single room, so that they can work and save money and for what? To build a house or a business in their home countries, but when it comes to buying furniture, while abroad, they will buy the cheapest that they can find. Why? Because they know that they are only going to stay there for a while, and when they go back home then they will buy the expensive furniture for their new home in their permanent place.
So, why do we attach more importance to this transient life? Because we understood, that we are going back home one day, so we won’t get involved with the luxuries of the host
country or place, but rather work for those back home. But when it comes to working for the hereafter then this concept escapes our mind.Our existence on this surface of earth is on a temporary basis, and eventually we will have to face what we have not prepared for. There are no guarantees for this life, whether we will be here from one Jumu’ah to the next. However the guarantee of eternal life does exist in the hereafter, for both good and bad.
Look at the advice that they Messenger of Allah (saw) gave to ‘Abdullaahibn ‘Umar: “Be in this world as if you were a stranger.” And if today we have been blessed with good health, do we have any guarantee that we will stay in that condition forever. Taking one look at all those who are sick, lying in their hospital beds, asking their Lord for death, and here we are in good health. This good health Allah has blessed us with, we must use it to remember Allah and work towards the hereafter, before it is too late.
Let us seek forgiveness from Allah (swt) wholeheartedly and He will surely forgive us all our sins…..
We give thanks to Allah (swt) The King of the day of Al-qiyyamah, we seek for His blessing and benediction upon the noble soul of the one who will intercede for his Ummah on the day of Judgement Muhammad (saw).
My dear listeners in faith!
What are our plans for Al-Akhirah? Because it is sadden that most of us are yet to be prepared for our eternal life after death. In this case we have lots of obligations to be fulfilled if we want to meet our God with a pure and pleasing heart. On this note we have to shift our attention on this Duniyah and stay focused on the primary motive behind our existence in this world which is to worship Allah (swt) and stay stick to the following tools in preparing for our everlasting Aakhirah:
●Establish salah (prayer)
●Give zakah (obligatory charity)
●Perform Hajj (annual pilgrimage) if you have means and ability.
●Fast in the month of Ramadan
● Do good deeds
●Perform nawafil (voluntary acts of worship)
●Practice the Sunnahs (ways of the Prophet (saw)
●Give charity for the sake of Allah (swt)
●Learn, understand and implement the teachings of Qur’an
●Show obedience towards your parents
●Be respectful towards teachers, the elderly ones, young ones, and neighbors
●Demonstrate beautiful manners, behavior and character
●Be humble and not show arrogance
●Work at the level of excellence.
●Increase your level of patience.
●Accept your mistakes
●Seek for forgiveness
When all these are done let us keep our fate and hope in Allah (swt) for a successful accountability and bounty rewards in Al-Akhirah. We pray to Allah to make it easier for us and reward us abundantly in the day of Al-Akhirah.
On a parting note, when I was going through the piece of this Khutbat at around 5:25 this morning, a message came to my phone from one of us, which has rightly complement the message of our sermon I was preparing. I will like to share the message with us, so that we can ponder over to restructure the way we want our AKHIRAH to be. It reads thus:
“O Mankind! Sell this world for the hereafter and win both, sell hereafter for the world and lose both I pray that comfort of our graves exceeds the comfort of our beds”.
WassalamAlaykumWarahmotullahiwabarakaatuh. Get up and let us pray….
FRIDAY SERMON DELIVERED BY:
USTAZ BSDMUS ISSA ABDULWAHEED,
FOUNTAIN UNIVERSITY , OSOGBO