Sermon Delivered on Friday 8TH SAFAR, 1437HA (30TH OCTOBER, 2015)

As- Salaam alaykum warahmotu llah wabarakaatuh.

JUM’AT SERMON OF 20TH NOVEMBER, 2015 (8TH SAFAR, 1437HA)

          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 centered on Prophetic guide and tradition which related and established the concept of reward and punishment in Islam. Some rewards were to be given in this world and they are known as temporary reward. While permanent reward is what should be our ultimate desire before Almighty Allah (s.w.t), and this will be in the world hereafter. But our sermon will be more concerned about reward to be given to the righteous people through a particular Hadith that emphasizes on seven categories of people who are to be under shade of Almighty Allah in the day of Al-qiyyamah.

          Servants of Allah! Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was reported to have said that in the day of Al-qiyyamah

“the sun will get closer to the creations on the day of resurrection until it is only a mile away. People will perspire according to the level of their deeds”

    Pondering over this Hadith will make us have a terrible glance of how the day of al-qiyyamah will be, it is so because, research have shown that average distance between the Sun and Earth is 149 million kilometers! Yet we are still fearing the heat of the Sun, but we can now imagine standing for so long bare-footed and naked before Almighty Allah (s.w.t) without provision of air-condition or fan.

          But, in this particular day, Allah (s.w.t) will reward seven special people with special reward as a result of their special deeds while on this sinful Earth. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said:

Allah will give shade to seven(people) on the day when there will be no shade but His, 1) A just ruler, 2) a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, 3) a man whose heart is attached to the mosques, 4) two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that, 5) a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position (for illegal intercourse) but he says: I fear Allah, 6) a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; 7) and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears”

          My dear listeners in faith! Before you are explanation of this noble message from Prophet Muhammad.

  • A just ruler:  Justice means giving each person the right he or she deserves, Muslims or non-Muslim, relative or stranger, friend or enemy, and this concept is part of fundamental ethics of Islam which every submissive Muslim should embibe with be it ruler or the ruled. Allah (s.w.t) says:

“ ..And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just, that is nearer to righteousness “ Q. 5 V.8

  • A youth who grew up in the worship of Allah: this youthful age is the time when a person is more energetic, the time when desires are more, and the will for action, whether good or bad is stronger. The mind is rebellious and temptations of the Shaytan at maximum. And the one who does his part in restraining himself and obeys Allah (s.w.t) surely deserves the shade under the throne of Allah (s.w.t).

  • A man whose heart is attached to the mosques: Mosque is a sacred place and a centre where spiritual and social welfare of Muslims is being addressed. When seeing a person devoting his time to the mosque to observe his spiritual obligations wholeheartedly without being forced to come, such a person is entitle to enjoy the mercy of Allah (s.w.t) by being under His shade on that terrible day.

  • Two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that:  The common reason why people relate and make friends is basically on social benefits or to get influence and affluence, but in this regard, it does not matter how rich or poor the fiend, neither the class and status, but choosing friends on the level of Iman, this is the original love for the sake of Allah (s.w.t).

  • A man who is tempted by a woman of beauty and position but he says: I fear Allah: Sexual temptation is the order of the day in this present time among elites and the so-called local people , especially in this environment. When such request comes from a woman it is very hard to resist, but if a man can reject such move because of the fear of Allah (s.w.t) then his standing in the shade of Allah (s.w.t) should never be doubted. Allah (s.w.t) says:

  • Giving hidden charity:  The world is full of people who give charity to help other people, but it is sad to find among them who will give charity just for the sake of reputation and adulation, some of them will even be boasting around just because he donates to the cause of Allah (s.w.t) and this is against the teaching and preaching of Islam. Allah (s.w.t) says:

  • Shedding tears in private: This world is full of all kinds of pretentious people; there are people who do good deeds just for the sake of appearing godly in front of the people. However, if one appears before a man as a pious servant of Allah (s.w.t) and also fears Him in the private and even shed tears, definitely he has qualified to be under the shade of Allah (s.w.t). Allah says:

     In conclusion, (s.w.t) under His shade on that terrible day.

          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  

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