Sermon Delivered on Friday 3th Jumadal-ula, 1437 (12TH FEBRUARY, 2016)

As- Salaam alaykum warahmotu llah wabarakaatuh.

JUM’AT SERMON OF 12TH FEBRUARY, 2016 (3th Jumadal-ula, 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), we glorify His names. May the best salutation and blessings of Almighty Allah (s.w.t) continue to be 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 is going to be based on Islam as a religion of love and peace. Islam as it is known to be a religion whereby people submit to the wish and dictates of Allah (swt) in totality, it is also preaches love, affection and good neighbourliness, this love may be for Allah (swt) and the Prophet Muhammad (saw). On this basis, Islam also encourages its followers to love and care for one another even to the extent of giving and exchanging gifts (Al-hibbah) be it in festive period or not, and no any other religions encourages this more than Al-Islam

This applies at all times and in all circumstances, not just on one particular day as both adults and youths of nowadays do, especially on the day of the so-called Valentine’s Dayin the name of expressing their loves to their love ones .

Servants of Allah!

Islam as a religion encourages expressing our emotions and love at all times, as the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:

“If a man loves his brother, let him tell him that he loves him”

Also said on the authority of Abu Hurairah:

“By the One in Whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you truly believe, and you will not truly believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you of something that, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread (the greeting) of salaam amongst yourselves”                     Narrated by Muslim.

It is shown here that Islam has a form of expressing love that is religiously acceptable. But, Islam goes against imitating Pagans and Christians regarding their Festival of Love. It is not a sin if one feels a special inclination towards and individual since it is a natural thing. But we are going to be definitely responsible and accountable if we get carried away by such feeling and take specific actions that might be forbidden or sinful.

In recent times, celebration of Valentine’s Day has widely spread particularly among those who have little understanding about Islam and accept to follow another religion dogmatically; they devalued what they have in Islam for a cheap and periodic way of expressing love to one another.

Servants of Allah!

Do you know that this valentine of a thing is a Christian celebration in honour of one of their Saints who apparently fell in love with a young girl who would visit him, while he was in prison awaiting execution before he eventually died. And this celebration is manifested with fully red costumes, clothing and shoes and exchange of red roses as a gift.

Celebrating this Valentine’s Dayis not permissible in Islam because of the following reasons:

  1. It is an innovated celebration day that has no basis in Sharee’ah.
  2. It calls to fake loves and passions.
  3. It invites people to the relentless pursuit sexual freedom which Islam preached against where Allah (swt) says:

“Do not come near to adultery. It is a great sin and evil way”              Surah Al-israah Verse. 32

  1. Extravagance and wastage is discouraged by Quran and Hadith. Vast amounts of money are usually squandered on purchasing useless gifts, cards and other futile items. Allah (swt) says:

“The wasters are the brothers of Shaytan”

Qur’an 17  Verse 27

  1. Valentine’s Day brings along with it a host of parties, dances, social functions where nakedness will be an order of the day. And unfortunately, these are havens of free mixing of opposite sexes and illicit sexual encounters willingly or forcefully.
  2. Imitation is strictly forbidden in Islam.

Based on this reasons, you will equally agree with me that any innovation invented in religion of Al-Islam will be discarded and rejected by Allah (swt) and Prophet Muhammad (saw) has warned us to desist from such act. And this is an imitation of a foreign culture and religion which Islam has outrightly opposed and prohibited.

Servants of Allah!

If we look at these instances, we will see that, this celebration is based on two major things which Islam is strongly opposed, they are; innovation and imitationin religion of Allah (swt). Prophet Muhammad says:

“Whosoever introduces new thing into this religion of ours, will be rejected”

Also says:

“Whoever imitates a people is one of them”

Additionally, it is forbidden for a Muslim to assist or help in this Valentine’s Dayor any other of the forbidden/illegal celebration in anyway whatsoever – whether by food or drink, selling or buying, giving gifts, greeting through text messages or callings, or looking for who will be your valentine and e.t.c. All of these things are considered as cooperating in sin and transgression and disobedience of Allah and His messenger. Allah (swt) says:

“…..and cooperate with one another in righteousness and piety and do not cooperate in sin and transgression. And fear Allah! Verily Allah is severe in punishment” Qur’an 5 Verse 2

Servants of Allah!

            LET US SEEK FORGIVENESS FROM ALLAH (SWT) SINCERELLY, AND HE WILL SURELY FORGIVE US

We give thanks to Allah (swt) the sponsorer of the righteous people, may He continue to shower His mercy and benediction on the Prophet Muhammad (saw) and entire Ummah till the day of resurrection. Amin.

Servants of Allah!

Islam has laid down many ways in which we can love each other and ways of expressing it with no restriction to only one day as Valentine does. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) says:

“Visit those that are far and your love will be increased”

He also attached the state of having believe in Allah (swt) with loving each other, he says:.

“None of you is not a true believer until you wish for your brother what you wish for yourself”

My dear brother and sister in Islam, especially we students, let us caution ourselves from this sinful and detrimental act so that we can be like those youths who believed in their God and He increased them in guidance.

We should avoid anything associated with immoral practices, Islam does not encourage flirting and romantic relationships before marriage, love between families, friends, neigbours and married people does not need to be celebrated on a day with such un-Islamic origin, but should be celebrated every day, every hour and seconds in any circumstances.

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, Allah says:

“Then do you believe in a part of the scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the day of resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do” Qur’an 2 Verse 85

May Allah (swt) show us the right way and give us the strength to strictly adhere to it and show us the wrong things and give us the strength to refrain from it. May we witness more of this special day on this earth.

Was-salam Alaykum Warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh………

FRIDAY SERMON DELIVERED BY:

USTAZ BSDMUS ISSA ABDULWAHEED,

FOUNTAIN UNIVERSITY , OSOGBO

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