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PROPHET MUHAMMAD: THE TEACHER OF TEACHERS


[Friday Sermon] Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) - The Teacher Of Teachers

By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow him exactly till the Day of Judgement.

Dear brothers and sisters, teaching the people is an important, respected and well-regarded profession in every society and community. People from all walks of life find it professionally and personally a well-rewarding career. It is an exciting and challenging career too. Islam itself is a school and its Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was the loving leader, tutor and the teacher of teachers whose teachings and sayings still guide, inspire and instruct the whole humanity. As a teacher, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) not only taught us the principles of our Faith, but guided us how the minor foundations and the most complex questions of Islam and its related teachings applies to our daily lives. He was the passerby of this worldly life but his entire life is an example to the humanity in this life and enlightenment in the life after the death.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was an orphan. His father died before he was born and his mother died when he was only six years old. Arabia at the time was a very tribal society. Orphans were the lowest class in society because they lacked protection. This left him feeling vulnerable at such a young age. This left him completely dependent on Allah but also allowed him to feel a strong connection to the most destitute of people in society. The Qur'an reminds the Prophet (Peace be upon him) to never forget his past and always care for the less fortunate, as follows:

"Did He not find you an orphan and give you refuge? And He found you lost and guided you. And He found you poor and made you self-sufficient. So as for the orphan, do not oppress him. And as for the petitioner, do not repel him. But as for the favour of your Lord, report it." [Qur'an, 93:6-11]

Muhammad (Peace be upon him) became a Prophet at the age of forty. Prior to that he was living a normal life in society. He conducted business, married, attended social gatherings, and mingled with all types of people. He did not lie even when he told jokes and never cheated in business. He had one characteristic that quickly became apparent to all those who interacted with him; honesty. He was never known to have lied and even those who rejected his message referred to him as the truthful one (Al'amin).

Despite the fact that the Qur'an is the greatest Arabic literary work, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) did not know how to read or write. The 6th and 7th century were considered to be the golden age of Arabic. The Arabs mastered the language and recited poetry in their gatherings, religious festivals, love poems, and tribal wars. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was not a poet and known to have never recited poetry. When he became a Prophet at the age of forty, he presented the Qurʾan to the Arabs and they were in awe of its unmatched linguistic beauty. They knew that this could not be the word of a human, especially one who did not read or write. On several occasions, the Qur'an challenges the Arabs to produce something even similar to the Qur'an:

"Were all mankind to come together and wish to produce the like of the Qur’an, they would never succeed, however much they aided each other." [Qur'an, 17:88]

And:

"If you have doubts about the revelation We have sent down to Our servant, then produce a single chapter like it and enlist whatever supporters you have other than Allah - if you truly [think you can]. If you cannot do this - and you never will - then beware of the fire prepared for the disbelievers, whose fuel is men and stones." [Qurʾan, 2:23-24]

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) lived in a time when men considered themselves superior to women. Many men considered themselves to be too manly to do household chores. Aisha, the Prophet Muhammad’s wife, explains that he used to milk the goats, mend his sandals, and patch his own clothes. He was busy helping his wife and taking care of the home. Aisha was asked “What did the Prophet used to do in his house?” She replied, “He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was the time for prayer he would go for it.” [Bukhari]

Before his death the Prophet warned his followers that they should not worship or make idols of him like the followers of other Prophets did. He continuously educated them of his mortality and his being a man, except that he is the Messenger of Allah. The declaration of the Islamic faith highlights the fact that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was not divine, but a Messenger of Allah:

"I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah."

Muslims do not worship Muhammad and therefore should not be referred to as Muhammadans.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) also said:

“Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians praised the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus), for I am only [Allah’s] servant. So, call me the servant of Allah and His messenger.” [Bukhari]

On another occasion the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:

“O people, say what you have to say and do not allow shaitan (satan) to deceive you. I am Muhammad, the servant of Allah and His Messenger. I do not like you to raise me above the status at which I have been placed by Allah, Noble and Majestic is He." [Ahmad]

"Say (O Muhammad): ‘I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Lord is One Lord (Allah). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord." [Qur'an, 18:11]

And:

"And Muhammad is no more than a Messenger; many Messengers passed away before him; if then he dies or is killed will you turn back upon your heels? And whoever turns back upon his heels, he will by no means do harm to Allah in the least and Allah will reward the grateful." [Qur'an, 3:144]

Since he became a Prophet many people tried to kill him. They successfully exiled him from Makkah, tortured and killed his followers, spread false rumours about him, and did their absolute best to end his life and message. As the message of Islam grew, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), and the large number of Muslims would later return to Makkah. The Makkans were the ones who tortured and killed many of the Muslims. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the Muslims had the upper hand and one might imagine this to be a moment where they rightfully seek revenge. However, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) entered Makkah with his head lowered in humbleness and forgave all of his enemies. He said to them:

“Today I say to you as Yusuf (Joseph) said to his brothers: ‘This day there is no blame on you.’ Go your way for you are free.” [Muslim]

In 7th century Arabia, women had very few rights. Even their right to life was questioned and the Arabs had a custom of burying their daughters alive. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the Qur'an chastised the Arabs for such a practice. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) introduced several revolutionary changes to the status of women in Arabia at the time. He allowed women to inherit, taught that they were equal to men in the sight of Allah, prohibited adultery and sexual abuse of women, elevated the status of mothers as being greater to that of the father and much more. In his farewell sermon he said:

“I order you to be good to women.” [Tirmidhi]

He also said:

“The best of you is the best to his wives.” [Tirmidhi]

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) consulted women and weighed their opinions seriously. Women prayed in Mosques, sought knowledge, and were both teachers and students in the early period of Islamic history. The Prophet’s close Companion and second Khalifah, Umar was corrected by a woman when he tried to limit the amount of dowry a woman can receive. He also appointed women in various governmental positions and officials in the markets of Madinah.

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) prohibited animal abuse. He said that the one who kills an animal for sport is cursed. He also chastised people who overload their horses or camels and told them to:

“Fear Allah concerning these animals that cannot speak.” [Abu Dawud]

He also taught that people can go to heaven because they cared for animals. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“A man felt very thirsty while he was on the way, where he came across a well. He went down the well, quenched his thirst and came out. Meanwhile, he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He said to himself, “This dog is suffering from thirst as I did.” So, he went down the well again and filled his shoe with water and watered it. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him. The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He replied: “Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate (living being).” [Bukhari]

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) had a strong presence. His charismatic nature left a strong impact on all those who met him. A lady named Umm Maʿabad who met him on his way to Madinah and described him as follows:

"I saw a man, pure and clean, with a handsome face and a fine figure. He was not marred by a skinny body, nor was he overly small in the head and neck. He was graceful and elegant, with intensely black eyes and thick eyelashes. There was a huskiness in his voice, and his neck was long. His beard was thick, and his eyebrows were finely arched and joined together. When silent, he was grave and dignified, and when he spoke, glory rose up and overcame him. He was from afar the most beautiful of men and the most glorious, and close up he was the sweetest and the loveliest. He was sweet of speech and articulate, but not petty or trifling. His speech was a string of cascading pearls, measured so that none despaired of its length, and no eye challenged him because of brevity. In company he is like a branch between two other branches, but he is the most flourishing of the three in appearance, and the loveliest in power. He has friends surrounding him, who listen to his words. If he commands, they obey implicitly, with eagerness and haste, without frown or complaint." [See Ash-Shama’ilil Muhammadiyyah, of Imam Al-Tirmidhi]

Unlike many previous Prophet’s, Muhammad’s place of death and burial is known. He has a marked grave in the city of Madinah in modern day Saudi Arabia. His grave is in Islam’s second holiest site known as the Prophet’s Mosque. Muslims from throughout the world visit this Mosque every year and visit the Prophet’s grave. They do not pray to the grave, but rather they pray to Allah while facing the city of Makkah (Qiblah).

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) once said:

“Who from my Ummah (universal nation) would learn five qualities to act upon or teach to those who would (in turn) act upon them?” Abu Hurairah said, “I, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet (Peace be upon him) took Abu Hurairah’s hand and counted the five qualities on it, saying: Guard yourself against things forbidden, you will be the most worshipful (devout) of people. Be content with what Allah has allotted you, you will be the richest of people. Be good to your neighbour, you will be a believer. Love for people what you love for yourself, you will be a Muslim. And do not laugh much; much laughing deadens the heart." [At-Tirmidhi]

He (Peace be upon him) drew a square on the ground, then a line in the middle of it that extended beyond it, and a number of small lines around that middle line. He told his Companions that the line in the middle represented man. The square represented his inescapable lifetime. And the small lines around it represented the afflictions that would happen to him (sickness, pain, bereavement, infirmity, and so on). He explained: “If this one misses him, that one gets him, and if that one misses him, this one gets him.” As for the line that extended outside the square, it represented man’s extended ambitions in this worldly life (ambitions that he believed he would attain before his death, but he would not). [Al-Bukhari]

Respected brothers and sisters, there was not, and there cannot ever be, a better teacher. The wisest is the best of people. That was Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). His goodness of mind was only excelled by his goodness of character, whose ampleness and magnanimity was not narrowed or ruffled by anything.

He was always overflowing with knowledge and benefit, always easy with people, approachable, informative, supportive, kind, generous, friendly, and cheerful; teaching people through his noble manners and actions as much as through his noble words.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)'s doors were not shut like today's leaders, nor his doors have guards. He was within people’s reach. Anyone who wished to meet him could easily do so.

His accessibility did not in the least detract from his majesty and honour. At first sight, awe was the primary emotion, which would soon, after a little association with him, dissolve into amiability.

“Calm yourself,” the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said soothingly to a man who came to talk to him and started trembling: “I am not a king. I am only the son of a woman who used to eat jerked meat (dried meat).” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

He smiled without laughing, was sad without frowning, strong without violence, modest without servility, and generous without extravagance.

He shook hands with the rich and the poor, the young and the old, and was the first to greet whoever met him, whether young or old, black or red, free or a slave.

If a man met and shook hands with him, he (Peace be upon him) never withdrew his hand first; he waited for the other man to withdraw his hand. He was never the first to turn away his face; he waited until the other man had turned away his face.

He never said no to anything for which he was asked. And whenever given the choice between two matters, he chose the easier option, unless it involved a sin, in which case he would be the furthest from it.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was constantly mindful of Allah, wasted no time in useless talk, prolonged his prayers, shortened his sermons, and was never too proud to walk with the widows and the poor, to help them and fulfill their needs. His pattern of life was much like that of the common people.

He used to buy items from the marketplace and carry them with his own hands, give fodder to and tether his own camel, sweep the house, milk the sheep, mend his shoes, patch his garment, eat with his servant, and grind the wheat instead of him if he asked him to.

Aisha (his wife, may Allah be pleased with her) was asked:

“What did the Prophet used to do in his house?” She replied: “He used to be in the service of his family, and when the time for Salah (Prayer) came, he would go out to Salah.” [Al-Bukhari]

He (Peace be upon him) never fully satisfied his hunger nor complained of anything to anyone. He found poverty preferable to affluence and wealth.

He gave to people as one fearless of poverty, saving nothing for tomorrow. He used to say:

“Allah brings the provision of every tomorrow.” [Imam Al-Baihaqi reported it, in Shu'ab Al-Iman]

He forbade exaggerated praise of himself, including people standing up for him as people stand up for kings and leaders, or walking behind him. Rather, he would walk at the rear of his Companions, guiding their steps, and would initiate greetings with anyone he met.

He would sit among his Companions as one of them, without distinguishing himself, and would participate in whatever work they did.

“O Messenger of Allah, I will slaughter the sheep,” said one of the Companions. “O Messenger of Allah, I will skin it,” said another. “O Messenger of Allah, I will cook it,” said another. “And I will gather the wood,” said Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). They said: “O Messenger of Allah, we will spare you work.” He said: “I know you can spare me (work), but I hate to be distinguished among you. Allah, the Most Exalted, hates to see His servant distinguished among his Companions.” [See Subulul Huda war-Rashad fi Sirati Khairil Ibad, by Al-Muhib At-Tabari]

He was the most merciful of people to others. He would start the prayer intending to prolong it; but on hearing the cries of a child, he would shorten his prayer:

"Because of the intense sadness I know his crying causes his mother.” [Al-Bukhari]

Harm and harassment only increased his patience and forbearance. On the Battle of Uhud when his people fought him and wounded his face, he was heard saying, while wiping blood off his face:

“O Allah, forgive my people, for they know not.” [Al-Bukhari]

He was never angry about worldly life or worldly things, seeing them as merely transient.

“In worldly life I am but a traveler who sought shade under a tree, then he departed and left it behind.” [At-Tirmidhi]

But when a right was violated, he stood angrily in defense of it until it was redressed. He was shyer than a virgin in her seclusion.

He never confronted anyone with what he disliked about him. Rather, he would exclaim:

“What is the matter with those people who do such and such?”

He always lowered his gaze and never fixed it on anyone. He spent more time looking towards the ground than toward the sky. Most of his looking was contemplative.

He was in a state of continuous grief and thought (for his people). He had little rest, periods of long silence, and never spoke needlessly.

He always started and ended his words with Allah’s Name. His words, which he repeated three times to ensure they were well understood, were clear, precise, pithy yet comprehensive, never more or less than needed, and easy to memorise.

He used to praise and support good things and condemn and undermine the bad.

He (Peace be upon him) was always thoughtful of others, enquiring after his Companions and asking people about what troubled them. He would occupy himself with people’s concerns and guide them towards solutions to set right their affairs, answering what they asked about and telling them what they needed to know.

His method of assembly was one of knowledge, tolerance, modesty, truthfulness, and patience, in which he was always cheerful, lenient, and good-natured. He was never rude, tough, noisy, fault-finding, or complimentary.

He only talked for a good purpose. He never censured, criticised, or sought to know the lapses of anyone.

No voices were raised during his assemblies. When he talked, those sitting with him bowed their heads and listened, as if there were birds perched on their heads. They did not speak until he had stopped. None interrupted the other, nor did he interrupt anyone. The first to speak, regardless of rank, was the one listened to until he had finished. He laughed at what his attendants laughed at and admired what they admired.

He never rose or sat down without mentioning Allah. He would seat himself where he found a place (not in a particular place) and advised others to do the same (Peace be upon him).

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Murtadha Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Rabi'ul Awwal 10, 1441 A. H. (November 8, 2019).
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[Friday Sermon] And Allah Promised To Test The Iman (Faith) Of The Believers

By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow him exactly till the Day of Judgement.

Dearest brothers and sisters, know that life is never without its ups and downs, its triumphs and tears, its joys and sorrows. In the Qur’an we read the following:

"We will surely test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property and lives and trade. But give glad-tidings to the patient who, when struck by some misfortune, say: “We belong to Allah, and to Him shall we return.” On those shall be blessings from their Lord and mercy; and such are the rightly-guided." [Qur'an, 2:155-57]

Patience (Sabr) is seen as an antidote to the earthly struggles or sufferings we all must endure. The unbeliever must endure, as must the believer. Suffering is intrinsic to the human story – though the ‘problem of suffering’ as a crucial chapter in the philosophy of religion is of fairly recent origin. By patience I mean: restraining one’s soul in times of difficulty or discomfort, and enduring adversity without complaint.

Those who choose to lose sight of Allah, when they are struck by a misfortune, tend to suffer on two levels. First, there is the calamity itself and its corresponding pain and anguish. Second, there is the accompanying belief that it should never have happened and that its happening proves something very bitter and dark about the world (and if they bring Allah into it, then about the nature of Allah).

The believer, by contrast, lives under the awareness that whatever we have or enjoy is ultimately a gift on loan to us from Allah, upon an acceptance of the destiny willed by Allah. “We belong to Allah, and to Him shall we return.” Yet knowledge that Allah is the sole owner of all that we have (including our own selves) is not to deny human emotions; that are themselves Allah-given. Once, as his dying infant son gasped his final breath, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), took him in his arms, whilst tears flowed from his eyes. One of those present was puzzled over such weeping, given how the Prophet himself had forbidden wailing and vociferous lamentation. When he did finally find his voice, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

"This is compassion. The eyes shed tears, the heart grieves, yet we say nothing to displease our Lord. O Ibrahim, we grieve over being parted from you." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Patience amid trials, adversity and suffering – without the heart becoming resentful, bitter or hard – exists only if there is a sense of proportion. Which is to say, suffering is bearable only if it is understood; even when such understanding is unformulated or hazy. The fact that I am grieving, does not mean the world is out of kilter. The fact that I have been done injury to, does not mean that Allah is unjust. The fact that my life is now darkened by tragedy, does not mean that no sun shines upon creation. No! It is when anguish and grief are taken out of their proper sphere that we have the “problem of suffering.”

A believer endures precisely because adversity and suffering are not seen as senseless or meaningless. Instead, he sees them as invested with purpose. One Prophetic Hadith goes as follows:

"No Muslim is afflicted with hardship, pain, anxiety, grief or injury – even to the extent of being pricked by a thorn – without Allah causing it to be an atonement for his sins." [Al-Bukhari]

On being asked who among people is tried the toughest, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) responded:

"The Prophets, then the righteous, then those most like them, then those most like them. A person is tried in proportion to his faith. If his faith is firm, his trial is increased; if it is fragile, his trial is lightened. A person continues to be tried in this way till he walks on the earth with no sin whatsoever." [Al-Tirmidhi]

Then there is the following Hadith of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) that offers great comfort and healing amidst what may seem like the pelting of life’s pitiless storms:

"When Allah loves a person, He tries them." [Al-Bukhari]

My beloved people, all this helps to comfort the believer and assures him that his suffering is not without meaning; although it is unlikely to satisfy the profane mind, or the armchair critics of Allah Almighty.

Here, as is often the case, the believer inhabits a different world from others. For his ambition is to grow in Iman (faith) and to mature spiritually. He knows this worldly life is a preparation for what comes after. Therefore, he views trials as being, not something negative, but part of his life's education where the divine intent is either to nurture his latent potential in order to bring out the best in him; or refine and raise his rank with Allah; or prune and purify him from sins; or to simply humble him and bring home to him how powerless he is in the face of affliction and how in need he is of Allah’s grace. Moreover, the believer is less concerned with why he faces trials and ordeals – which he is content to leave to a Wisdom much greater than his – than with the appropriate response he should offer Allah in such situations.

Respected servants of Allah, the believers, then, live their lives knowing full well that in this earthly arena they will certainly face trials and tribulations. But with patience and being steadfast, they know that the outcome will always be favourable to them; that whatever happens will surely bring them good. One Prophetic Hadith celebrates:

"The case of the believer is wonderful, for his affair is always good; which isn’t the case with anyone else except the believer. If good fortune comes his way, he is thankful, and that is good for him. But if adversity strikes him, he is patient, and that too is good for him." [Muslim]

In that, let believers take comfort, let their hearts hold out hope and let their souls be soothed.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Murtadha Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Rabi'ul Awwal 3, 1441 A. H. (November 1st, 2019).

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Oh Allah! accept our prayers, make what is coming better than what is on ground for us, open the doors of success, allow us more opportunity for greater things ahead, forgive us and grant us Paradise as our permanent home in the hereafter, Ameen. Juma'at kareem
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DADAGA CIKIN MAFI GIRMAN AIKIN ALKHAIRI DA YAKE CI GABA DA GUDANA BAYAN MUTUWA 

_BABU KAMAR KOYAN ALQUR'AN DA KOYAR DA SHI_

Manzon Allah ﷺ yace 
*(Mafi alkhiri acikin ku shine wanda ya koyi ALQUR'ANI, kuma yake koyar da shi)*


Daga cikin abubuwan da suke amfanar mutum bayan mutuwar sa yana kwanci a qabarinsa, babu kamar abu ukku
*1-Ilimin da ka koyar* mafi girma da tsadar Ilimi shine ilimin ALQUR'ANI mai girma da koyan karantunsa da koyar da shi.

*2-Wata sadaka mai gudana*

*3-Ko ɗa na kwarai da zai riqa yi maka addu'a*.

          Allah ne mafi sani
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FRIDAY SERMON: ALLAAH PROMISED TO HELP THE SINCERE BELIEVERS

[Friday Sermon] Allah Promised To Help The Sincere Believers

By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow him exactly till the Day of Judgement.

Dear respected brothers and sisters, Allah the Most High says:

"You shall certainly be tried and tested in your wealth and properties and in your personal selves, and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who received the Scripture before you (Jews and Christians) and from those who ascribe partners to Allah, but if you persevere patiently, and become Al-Muttaqun (the pious) then verily, that will be a determining factor in all affairs, and that is from the great matters (which you must hold on with all your efforts)." [Surah Ali-Imran, 3: 186]

And He Almighty says:

"If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but if some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if you remain patient and become Al-Muttaqun (the pious), not the least harm will their cunning do to you. Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do.” [Ali-Imran, 3: 120]

Dear brothers and sisters, Allah’s help to the Muslims against their enemies who wage every kind of war (economic, military, psychological, physical etc) on them is something real and true. Allah, may He be exalted, has promised that to the believers, and has told them that it is near, and that He only delays it for certain significant reasons. The one who has strong Iman (faith) and true certainty (Yaqeen) will realise that it is indeed near as the Lord, may He be exalted, has told us in the Qur'an. Allah the Most High says:

“Or you think that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, ‘When (will come) the Help of Allah?’ Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:214]

Commenting on this verse, Imam Ibn Jarir at-Tabari (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

"What this means is: Or do you think that you, O believers in Allah and His Messenger, will enter Paradise without anything befalling you like that which befell those who came before you among the followers of the Prophets and Messengers, of hardship, trials and tests? You will be tested as they were tested, with “severe poverty”, which is severe hardship and want, and “ailments”, which is pain and sickness. But you have not yet been shaken as they were shaken, i.e., you have not yet suffered extreme fear and terror at the hands of your enemy, so that you think that the help of Allah is slow in coming and you say “When will Allah help us?” Then Allah told them that His help was near to them, and that He would cause them to prevail over the enemy and defeat them. Then He fulfilled what He had promised them, and made their word supreme, and extinguished the flames of war lit by those who disbelieved." [See Tafsir at-Tabari, volume 4 page 288]

Also Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al-Uthaimin (may Allah have mercy on him) mentioned some of the lessons that we learn from this Qur'anic verse. They include the following: 

"1. People should not ask for help except from the One Who is able to give it, namely Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, because He says:

“‘When (will come) the Help of Allah?’”

2. The methodology of those who believe in the Messengers is the same as the methodology of the Messengers, and they say what they say, because Allah Almighty says:

"Even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, ‘When (will come) the Help of Allah?’” So they say the same thing, seeking to expedite divine help.

3. The perfect nature of the power of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, because He says:

“Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!”

4. The wisdom of Allah, as He withholds help for a certain period of time, even though it is near.

5. Patience at the time of calamity and trials for the sake of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, is one of the means of entering Paradise, because what the verse means is: Have patience so that you may enter Paradise.

6. The believers are given the glad tidings of victory so as to strengthen their morale, so that they will continue in struggle, hoping for the divine help that they were told about." [See Tafsir Suratul Baqarah, volume 3 page 42]

Respected servants of Allah, know that, the help of Allah that is near is not for everyone who claims to believe or claims to be a Muslim; rather it is only for those who truly and sincerely believe in their hearts and carry out their duties as enjoined by Islam.

Allah the Most High says: 

“Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present leaders) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious and disobedient to Allah). And perform As-Salah (Iqamatus-Salah), and give Zakah and obey the Messenger (Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him) that you may receive mercy (from Allah).” [Surah An-Nur, 24:55, 56]

Commenting on the above Qur'anic verse, Imam Al-Hafiz Ibn Kathir (may Allah have mercy on him) said: 

"This is a promise from Allah to His Messenger (Peace be upon him) that He will cause his Ummah to gain authority in the land, i.e., become leaders of people and rulers over them, and by means of them the people’s affairs will be put right and the people will submit to their rule, and after having being afraid of the people, they will enjoy security and will rule over them. And He, may He be glorified and exalted, did indeed do that, may He be praised. The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) did not die until Allah enabled him to conquer Makkah, Khaibar, Bahrain, the entire Arabian Peninsula and all of the land of Yemen; he took the jizyah from the Magians of Hajar and from some of the border regions of greater Syria. Heraclius, the ruler of Byzantium, exchanged gifts with him, as did the ruler of Egypt and Alexandria, al-Muqawqis, the kings of Oman, and the Negus, the ruler of Abyssinia, who came to the throne after Ashamah, may Allah have mercy on him and honour him. Then when the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) died, and Allah chose for him that which is with Him of honour, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq became the leader (Caliph) of the Muslims." [See Tafsir Ibn Kathir, volume 6 page 77]

Imam Shaikh Abdur-Rahman As-Sa‘di (may Allah have mercy on him) said on the same Qur'anic verse:

"This is one of the true promises of Allah, that was proven to be true and was fulfilled. He promised those among this Ummah who adhered to faith and did righteous deeds that He would grant them succession to the present rulers in the earth, and they would have control of it and be in charge of its affairs, and that He would grant them the authority to practice their religion which He has chosen for them, namely the religion of Islam, which is superior to all other religions. He has chosen it for this Ummah, because of its virtue and honour, by enabling this Ummah to establish His religion and to adhere to all its teachings and instructions, both apparent and hidden, and to apply them to themselves and to others, because others – namely the followers of other religions and all disbelievers – are subjugated and defeated. And He has promised that He will give them in exchange a safe security after their fear, as one of them could not practice his religion openly and follow what he believed in except by exposing himself to the harm of the disbelievers. Moreover, the Muslims were very few in number compared to others, and the people of the earth had united against them and were plotting and scheming against them. Allah made these promises to them at the time when this verse was revealed, at which time they had not had the experience of having power or gaining control of the land, or being able to establish the Islamic religion and enjoy complete security, so that they could worship Allah and not associate anything with Him, and not fear anybody except Allah. The first generation of this Ummah attained that level of faith and righteous deeds in such a way that they became superior to others and as a result of that Allah enabled them to subjugate lands and peoples, and they were able to conquer vast lands in the east and in the west, and they enjoyed complete security and control in the land. This is one of the dazzling and amazing signs of Allah. And this is still the case and will remain so until the Hour begins: every time the Muslims achieve a high level of Iman (faith) and righteous deeds, the promise of Allah will inevitably be fulfilled; the disbelievers and hypocrites are only given power over the Muslims, and sometimes defeat them, because of the degree of criminality, sins and shortcomings among the Muslims with regard to their level of Iman (faith) and righteous deeds." [See Tafsir As-Sa‘di, page 573]

Respected brothers and sisters, if the Muslims are sincere in their belief in their Lord and their establishing His laws, that is indicative of how they will be when Allah Almighty, gives them power in the land. These are the ones to whom Allah, may He be exalted, has promised His help and support. 

Allah the Most High says:

“Those (Muslim leaders) who, if We give them power in the land, (they) order for Iqamatus-Salah. (i.e. to perform the five compulsory congregational Salah (prayers), to pay the Zakah and they enjoin Al-Ma'ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do), and forbid Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism and all that Islam has forbidden). And with Allah rests the end of (all) matters (of creatures).” [Surah Al-Hajj, 22:41]

Shaikh Muhammad Al-Amin Ash-Shinqiti (may Allah have mercy on him) said, after quoting verses which mention the help of Allah to the believers:

"The words “Those (Muslim leaders) who, if We give them power in the land” [Surah Al-Hajj, 22:41] indicate that there is no promise of help from Allah unless the believers establish prayer, give Zakah, enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. If Allah gives power in the land to some people, and grants them authority, yet despite that they do not establish prayer or give Zakah or enjoin what is right or forbid what is wrong, then they have no promise of help from Allah, because they are not counted as belonging to His party or as being among His close friends to whom He has promised His help. Rather they are the party and close friends of the Shaitan. If they seek help from Allah based on the fact that He has promised it to them, then their likeness is that of a hired worker who refuses to do the work for which he was hired, then demands his wages. The one who is like that is not rational at all. Allah, may He be exalted, says [in the preceding verse]: “Truly, Allah is Most Strong, All-Mighty” [Surah Al-Hajj, 22:40]. The “Most Strong” is the one who overwhelms and is not overwhelmed by anything, as we have stated above several times. These verses are indicative of the validity of the caliphate of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs: Allah helped them against their enemies because they supported His religion, and they established prayer, gave Zakah, enjoined what is right and forbade what is wrong. So Allah gave them power and caused them to succeed the former leaders in the land, as He says: “Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present leaders) in the earth..” [Surah An-Nur, 24:55] The truth is that the verses mentioned above include the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him), as well as those who support the religion of Allah in the most perfect manner. And Allah knows best." [See Adwa’ul-Bayan, volume 5 page 272]

My beloved people, in addition to the above, it must be understood that there are means of attaining divine help; whoever wants divine help without taking these measures is acting in a manner contrary to Islamic teaching and common sense. Shaikh Sa‘id Ibn Ali Ibn Wahb al-Qahtani (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

It is known for certain that there are means of attaining divine help for the Muslims against their enemies, by Allah’s leave. These means include the following: 

1. Faith and righteous deeds 

Allah Almighty says:

“Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present leaders) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious and disobedient to Allah).” [Surah An-Nur, 24:55]

2. Supporting and helping the religion of Allah

One of the greatest means of attaining divine help is supporting the religion of Allah, may He be exalted, and adhering to it in word, belief and deed, and calling others to it. 

Allah the Most High says:

“O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm. But those who disbelieve (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism), for them is destruction, and (Allah) will make their deeds vain.” [Surah Muhammad, 47:7, 8]

3. Putting one’s trust in Allah whilst taking appropriate measures

Putting one’s trust in Allah whilst making ready one’s resources is one of the greatest factors in victory. 

Allah Almighty says:

“Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” [Surah Ali-Imran, 3:159]

It is an essential part of putting one’s trust in Allah to take appropriate measures, because putting one’s trust in Him is based on two important foundations:

(a) Depending on Allah and trusting in His promise and help

(b) Taking appropriate measures as prescribed in Islam. Hence Allah, may He be exalted, says:

“And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war to threaten the enemies of Allah and your enemies, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allah does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly.” [Surah Al-Anfal, 8:60]

4. Mutual consultation among those in authority to mobilise and prepare the Muslim armies 

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) used to consult his companions, despite the fact that his reasoning was perfect and his opinion was sound, in obedience to the command of Allah, and so as to make his companions feel included in the decision-making process. Allah, may He be glorified, says:

“...and who (conduct) their affairs by mutual consultation.” [Surah Ash-Shura, 42:38]

5. Standing firm when meeting the enemy in struggle 

One of the factors of divine help is standing firm when meeting the enemy in struggle, and not fleeing. 

It was narrated from Abdullahi Ibn Abi Awfa (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“O people, do not wish to meet the enemy, and ask Allah to keep you safe and sound, but if you do meet them, then be patient and steadfast, and know that Paradise lies in the shade of the swords.” 

6. Courage, heroism and self-sacrifice 

Among the greatest means of attaining divine help is acquiring the characteristics of courage and self-sacrifice, and believing that struggle neither brings forward nor puts back the time of death. 

Allah the Most High says:

“Wheresoever you may be, death will overtake you even if you are in fortresses built up strong and high.” [Surah An-Nisa, 4:78]

7. Du'a (supplication) and remembering Allah (Zikr) a great deal 

Among the greatest and most powerful factors of victory is seeking the help of Allah and remembering Him a great deal, because He is the Most Strong Who is able to defeat His enemies and grant victory to His close friends. 

Allah may He be exalted says: 

“And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammad Peace be upon you) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:186]

8. Obedience to Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him) 

Obedience to Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him) is one of the greatest factors of victory. 

Allah may He be exalted says:

“And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (Peace be upon him), fears Allah, and keeps his duty (to Him), such are the successful ones.” [Surah An-Nur, 24:52]

9. Being united and not differing 

The Muslims must fulfil the factors of attaining divine help and victory, especially relying on Allah and helping one another, and avoiding disputes and division. 

Allah may He be exalted says: 

“And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute (with one another) lest you lose courage and your strength depart, and be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.).” [Surah Al-Anfal, 8:46]

10. Patience and steadfastness 

It is essential to be patient in all our affairs, and especially to be patient when facing the enemies of Allah and His Messenger. 

Allah may He be exalted says:

“O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allah, so that you may be successful.” [Surah Ali- Imran, 3:200]

11. Sincerity to Allah alone

The struggler, fighter or warrior cannot be a true mujahid, striving for the sake of Allah unless his intention is sincerely and purely for the sake of Allah alone. 

Allah the Most High says: 

“And be not like those who come out of their homes boastfully and to be seen of men.” [Surah Al-Anfal, 8:47]

12. Longing for that which is with Allah

One of the things that helps to bring victory against the enemies is longing for the bounty and grace of Allah and for happiness in this world and in the hereafter. 

13. Appointing people of faith, sincere Muslims, as leaders 

Another means of attaining divine help and victory is giving positions of leadership in the politics, army, military campaigns, regiments and battle fronts to those who are known for their complete Iman (faith) and righteous deeds, then the next best, then the next best. 

Allah Almighty says:

“Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa (i.e. one of the Muttaqun (pious)). Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” [Surah Al-Hujurat, 49:13]

14. Seeking protection by adhering to guidelines that save us from doom, defeat and punishment 

These guidelines may be summed up as follows: 

Firstly: Repenting and seeking forgiveness for all acts of disobedience and sin, both major and minor. And repentance cannot be accepted unless it fulfils the following conditions:

- Giving up and refraining from all sins

- Resolving not to go back to them

- Regretting what one has done. 

If the sin has to do with the rights of another person, then there is a fourth condition, which is to seek forgiveness from the person who was affected. 

Secondly: Fearing Allah, may He be exalted. This means that a person makes his fear of Allah’s wrath, anger and punishment a barrier that will protect him from that. 

Thirdly: Doing all obligatory duties and following them up with nafil (supererogatory) actions. 

Fourthly: Enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil. 

Fifthly: Following the example of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) in all beliefs, words and deeds. 

Sixthly: Du'a (supplication) and beseeching Allah. 

[See Al-Jihad fi Sabilillah: Fadluhu wa Maratibuhu wa Asbabun-Nasr alal-A‘da’, by Shaikh Sa‘id Ibn Ali Ibn Wahb al-Qahtani, page 21-30]

Allah the Most High says:

"Verily, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the Path of Allah, and so will they continue to spend it; but in the end it will become an anguish for them. Then they will be overcome. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto Hell." [Surah Al-Anfal, 36]

And He says:

"They (enemies) want to extinguish Allah's Light (with which Muhammad Peace be upon him has been sent - Islamic Monotheism) with their mouths, but Allah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the disbelievers hate (it)." [Surah At-Tawbah, 32]

And He says:

"They intend to put out the Light of Allah (i.e. the religion of Islam, this Qur'an, and Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him) with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate (it)." [Surah As-Saff, 8]

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

The perfect knowledge belongs to Allah the Almighty. Our last prayer is all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. And May the peace and blessing be upon our beloved Prophet, his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.

Murtadha Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Safar 26, 1441 A. H. (October 25, 2019).

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THE IMPORTANCE OF GIRL CHILD EDUCATION IN ISLAM


[Friday Sermon] The Importance Of A Girl Child Education In Islam

By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Bestower of Mercy.

All praise is for Allah. And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger, his Companions and those who follow his guidance.

To proceed:

Dear brothers and sisters, Islam advocates educating women and enlightening them about the teachings of religion, as this greatly influences the life of women as well as that of their children in the future. As Hafiz Ibrahim, the Poet of the Nile said:

"The mother is a school; if she is well-prepared, a noble nation is prepared."

Besides, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) addressed women saying:

"O womenfolk…."

He even specified a day on which he used to address them; when some female Companions said to him:

"Men are always with you. So, specify a day for us."

He indeed specified a day on which he met them, admonished them and commanded them… [Imams Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Moreover, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) used to urge women to teach each other. For example, he said to Ash-Shifa Bint Abdullah Al-Adawiyyah:

"Teach Hafsah the Ruqyah (protective and healing supplications) for Namlah (Namlah literary means ant. It is a skin disease where pustules appear on the side of the body and they are swallowed like ants), just as you taught her writing." [Imams Ahmad and Al-Hakim]

The Mothers of the Believers, such as Aisha and Hafsah used to explain and teach matters of the religion to women. This was also the guidance of other male Companions, for they were keen on teaching their wives and informing them about the teachings of the religion, especially rulings that are specific to women, such as those related to ritual purification, menstruation, postpartum bleeding, prayer, marriage, divorce, breastfeeding, and so on. Some Companions used to hold gatherings of knowledge in their homes in order to teach their children and daughters.

Imam An-Nawawi transmitted on the authority of Qatadah who was a Tabi‘i, that:

"Whenever Anas Ibn Malik completed the recitation of the whole Qur'an, he used to gather his family and supplicate Allah (Du'a)." [Imam Abu Dawud]

On the whole, scholars were keen on teaching women. History has recorded the biographies of women who were knowledgeable in religion and were taught by their fathers, brothers and husbands. Such men present shining examples in caring for and educating both men and women without discrimination. Life i.e. daily obligations and duties did not divert them from their duty towards their families until their sons and daughters grew into excellent role models in knowledge and piety.

Here, I mention the biographies of some women who learned from their fathers and husbands. The purpose of this is to highlight the woman's position in Islam. Women scholars were appreciated by Muslim biographers, and therefore, they included them in their classifications of great figures and biographies. It is hoped that this will urge women students to exert their best efforts in learning religion and mastering what is beneficial for them in their scientific and practical life.

These women scholars specialised in different branches of knowledge at different ages. The names of women Companions have not been included because they are numerous and well-known. Rather, I will mention women from among the Tabi‘is and their successors:

1. Asma' Bint Asad Ibn Al-Furat

Her father was Maghrib’s (North-West Africa) famous scholar and judge. She was her father’s only daughter and he used to teach her the Qur'an, Hadith and Fiqh. She used to attend her father's assemblies of knowledge (Halqah) and contribute to debates. When her father was appointed as the army's commander in order to conquer Sicily, he attained a great victory and besieged the city of Sousse, but was killed there in 213 AH. Asma’ married one of her father’s students whose name was Muhammad Ibn Abu Al-Jawad and who was the head of the Hanafi scholars in Maghrib. Asma’ died in 250 AH.
[To know more about her biography, review Ad-Dibaj Al-Madhab by Ibn Farhun, page 305, and Faqihat Alimat by Muhammad Khair, page 29]

2. The sister of Al-Muzani

She is the sister of the Shafi‘i scholar, Isma'il Al-Muzani, the companion of Ash-Shafi‘i who died in 264 AH. His sister used to attend the Fiqh lectures of Ash-Shafi‘i. Some of the Shafi‘i scholars used to transmit her Fiqh opinions and her decisions regarding what she believed to be the most preponderant opinions. [To know more about her biography, review Tabaqat Ash-Shafi‘iyyah by Al-Asnawi, Volume 1, page 443]

3. Hafsah Bint Sirin

She is the sister of the noble Tabi‘i, Muhammad Ibn Sirin. She was trustworthy and knowledgeable in Fiqh as well as in other branches of knowledge. She was a sincere worshipper and one of the most prominent Tabi’i women. She completed the memorisation of the Qur'an at the age of twelve (12) and lived for seventy (70) years. Her brother, Muhammad, used to ask her about what he did not have knowledge about in the Qur'an. Mahdi Ibn Maimun mentioned that she remained in her place of worship for thirty (30) years and did not leave it except for a siesta and answering the call of nature. She died after 100 AH. Her traditions are mentioned in different books of Hadith. [To know more about her biography, review Tahthib Al-Kamal, by Al-Mizzi, Volume 35, page 151; and Siyar A'lam An-Nubala, by Ath-Thahabi, Volume 4, page 507]

Respected brothers and sisters, below is a very nice story which will In Shaa Allah make you all aware about the importance of women's education, especially young Muslim girls!

After finishing Salatul Isha', a Muslim girl sat on her Prayer mat to make Du'a. Once after she finished making Du'a to her Lord, her mobile rang. She picked up saying: 'Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.' A voice of a young man replied: 'Wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu!' Can I speak to (so and so) please? The Muslim girl said: 'Sorry brother, you have dialed the wrong number'...Then she hung up. After few minutes, her mobile rang again. She picked it up, it was the young man who called her few minutes ago. He told her: 'I called again to apologise for disturbing you! You seem to be a good girl! Can I know you better?' The girl was shocked for few seconds but then she replied: 'Brother… Fear Allah! you are suppose to be at Mosque praying Salatul Isha' but here you are going after girls to flirt with them at night! Here you are disobeying your Lord instead of obeying HIM! Shame on you!!!' After saying these words, she immediately hang up. Few days later, he called her again: 'Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu sister, please don't hang up! I want to apologise again and inform you that I went back to pray all my five (5) daily prayers at Mosque! All praises to Allah and thank you for waking me up from my neglectfulness! Please, can I know the name of the one through whom Allah guided me? I really need someone like you in my life to strengthen my Iman and support me to stay on the right path! Please help me sister, may Allah reward you for that!' She didn't reply and started to think: 'Should she accept to help him to stay on the right path? Should she accept that he will be in touch with her from time to time to help him strengthen his Iman?' She heard a satanic voice whispering: 'He is a good guy now! Why are you so worried about it?! Let him call you... you both have pure intention! He really needs you! If you refuse his suggestion, he will go astray and it will be your fault!!' She was about to tell him her name but suddenly a little voice whispered: 'Allah is watching you'… It was her conscience and her education which woke her up from making a big mistake! 'Sorry brother!' she replied finally: 'If you are sincere in your repentance then you will find people who are better than me to help you! Even I need someone who helps me to stay at the right path more than you! At Mosque, you will surely find many righteous brothers who would be good company which will help you to get closer to Allah! Please, if you really fear your Lord now and afraid of HIS punishment, then do not call this number ever again! Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!' Then she hang up and she went back to her Prayer mat rising her hands to make the following Du'a:

“O Allah, Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm on your religion and save me from the evil of Fitnah, Ameen!”

May Allah accept our Ibadah (worship) and supplications, May He guide our leaders and provide us with a lasting peace in our beloved country Nigeria, ameen Ya Mujib!

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Prophet and Master, Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, his family and all his Companions.

Dear servants of Allah, this Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday, Al-Muharram 27, 1441 A. H. (September 27, 2019), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu'ah and Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene's Mosques Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. The Imam can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.
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Almighty! On this blessed day, keep us safe from hypocrites & those who have bad intention towards us. Surround us with good people; those who spread positivity & constantly remind us of You. Guide us in all that we do; all the way to our ultimate destination, Paradise! Aameen.

 *Jumm'at Kareem!*
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Ya Allah! All good is on Ur hands alone. And the disposal of all matters ultimately rests in U alone. Grant us our prayers & forgive our shortcomings. Pardon those who have gone before us. Teach us to always care 4 one another & protect us from evil.

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A nice Khutb ah About Marriage

Give Your Daughter In Marriage To A Righteous And Pious Husband!

By Imam Murtadha Gusau

Monday, July 22, 2019

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Praise be to Allah. Praise be to Allah, the free of all wants and needs, the worthy of all praise; the owner of the Throne, the All Glorious. I praise my Lord and thank Him. I turn to Him in repentance and ask Him for forgiveness. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, who has no partners, the Doer of whatsoever He wills; and I bear witness that our Prophet and master, Muhammad, is His servant and Messenger, who was granted victory and given the greatest support. O Allah! Bestow your peace and blessings upon your servant and Messenger Muhammad and upon his family and companions, who followed the rightly guided commands.

Dear respected sisters! As a Muslim women, religious commitment is the most important thing to look for in the man you want to marry. The husband should be a Muslim who adheres to the laws and teachings of Islam in his daily life. The woman’s guardian (wali) should strive to check out this matter and not rely only on outward appearances. One of the most important things to ask about is the man’s prayer (Salah); the one who neglects the rights of Allah is more likely to neglect the rights of others. And the true believer does not cheat, deceive, oppress or mistreat his wife; if he loves her, he honours her, and if he does not love her, he does not mistreat or humiliate her. It is very rare to find this attitude among those who are not sincere Muslims. Allah the Almighty says:

"...and verily, a believing servant is better than a (free) Mushrik (idolater), even though he pleases you." [Al-Baqarah, 2:221]

And He the Most High says:

“Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. he is one of the Muttaqun (the pious)].” [Al-Hujurat, 49:13]

And He says:

“Good statements are for good people (or good women are for good men) and good people for good statements (or good men are for good women).” [Al-Nur, 24:26]

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“If there comes to you one whose religious commitment and attitude pleases you, then marry [your female relative who is under your care] to him, for if you do not do that, there will be tribulation on earth and much corruption.” [Narrated by Al-Tirmidhi and classed as Sahih by Al-Albani in Sahih Sunan Al-Tirmidhi]

As well as being religiously committed, it is preferable that he should come from a good family and a known lineage. If two men come to propose marriage to one woman, and they are equal in terms of religious commitment, then preference should be given to the one who comes from a good family that is known for its adherence to the commands of Allah, so long as the other person is not better than him in terms of religious commitment – because the righteousness of the husband’s close relatives could be passed on to his children and his good origins and lineage may make him refrain from many foolish and cheap actions. The righteousness of the father and grandfather are beneficial to the children and grandchildren. Allah the Almighty says:

“And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord.” [Al-Kahf, 18:82]

My beloved people! See how Allah protected their father’s wealth for the two boys after the father died, as an honour to him because of his righteousness and at-Taqwa (Piousness). By the same token, if the husband comes from a righteous family and his parents are good, Allah will make things easy for him and protect him as an honour to his parents.

And it is good if the husband has sufficient wealth to keep him and his family from having to ask people for anything, because the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said to Fatimah Bint Qays (may Allah be pleased with her), when she came to consult him about three men who had proposed marriage to her, he said:

"As for Mu’awiyah, he is a poor man who has no wealth…” [Narrated by Muslim]

It is not essential that he should be a businessman or rich, it is sufficient for him to have an income that will keep him and his family from having to ask people for anything. If there is a choice between a man who is religiously committed and a man who is wealthy, then the religious man should be given preference over the wealthy man.

It is preferable that he should be kind and gentle towards women, because the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said to Fatimah Bint Qays, in the Hadith quoted above:

"As for Abu Jaham, his stick never leaves his shoulder."

Referring to the fact that he used to beat women a lot.

And it is good if he is sound of body and healthy, free of faults, sickness, etc., and not disabled or sterile.

It is preferable that he should have knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah; if you find someone like this it is good, otherwise you should realise that this is something rare.

It is permissible for the woman to look at the man who comes to propose marriage, and for him to look at her. This should be in the presence of her mahram, and it is not permitted to look more than is necessary, or for him to see her alone, or for her to go out with him on her own, or to meet repeatedly for no reason.

According to Islam, the woman’s wali (guardian) should check on the man who proposes marriage to the woman who is under his guardianship; he should ask those whom he trusts among those who mix with him and who know him, about his commitment to Islam and his trustworthiness. He should ask them for an honest opinion and sincere, sound advice.

Before and during all of this, you must turn towards Allah and pray to Him to make it easy for you and help you to make a good choice and to grant you wisdom. Then after all these efforts, when you have decided on a particular person, you should pray Istikharah, asking Allah for that which is good. Then after you have done your utmost, put your trust in Allah, for He is the best of helpers, may He be glorified.

Respected brothers and sisters! If you are looking for the perfect Muslim man who is the embodiment of Prophetic character and constitution in every possible way, then you will never find that person. However, there is such a thing as an ideal spouse that fits and compliments you.

Every Muslim woman who seeks marriage in Islam should be aware that you are seeking a person to not only be a husband, friend, lover, life-partner, and all those good things; but you are seeking someone to be the Imam of your home and family. Of course you want him to be a kind, generous, patient, good-natured, healthy, attractive (to you), and an Allah-fearing virtuous husband who is reasonable. Nevertheless, as a woman, you need to be clear about what you really want and seek in a marriage.

Many sisters say they want one thing but when they get it, it turns out that it’s not what they really want. Don’t say you want a strong man, and then resent his strength when he tries to lead, or his firmness in some things, or say you want a knowledgeable man, and want him to disregard his knowledge and follow your’s or someone else’s whim, and don’t say you want an Allah-fearing, pious man, and then oppose him when he wants to direct his family to piety. If a woman wants a man who has these good and godly qualities then she should seek that type of man, and not be overtaken by his looks, his swagger, his car, his walk or his talk. If a woman seeks a husband who does not have the qualities of a good man, then she will likely get a joker. The first thing to check about a potential Muslim spouse is his Salah (Prayer), and if you check his, make sure that you check yours too.

If you are a Muslim woman who does not particularly want to be married to a religious man, or a man who prays, or enjoins you to pray, pays zakah, fasts and enjoins you to fast, and observes a healthy (non-extremist) Islamic lifestyle, then that is your choice. This is not about blaming this or that person for how they want to live and what they consider important. Islam is a path, not a destination and people struggle with all aspects of their faith from time to time, that is life.

Nevertheless, lets keep it real sisters, if you are not really trying to live the Islamic lifestyle as a wife and a woman, then don’t waste the time of a brother who is looking for that type of lifestyle. You need to be clear with yourself about that, and he needs to be clear with you about that. Likewise, if you as a Muslim woman, know that you want to live a serious and sober Islamic lifestyle, and raise your children accordingly, then don’t be beguiled by a brother who is handsome, talks a good game, drives a nice car, wears designer clothes, but lacks the substance that you are seeking. A woman can help a man evolve and grow, and vice versa, but people can’t change people.

Every woman should have a general idea about how she wants to get pattern her home life, what she’s willing, or not willing to do, and how where she is in her religion, and Allah is the best judge. However, for the new and not so new Muslim woman who wishes to be married and live an Islamic lifestyle here in Nigeria to the best of their ability, it is important to seek and marry the kind of men who can and will support that type of life. With that in mind, here are some things that you should look for in a real Muslim man. These qualities will not make a perfect man, for such a thing is a fantasy. However, if a brother has these qualities, and you have problems in your marriage as many of us do, a man with the qualities mentioned below, gives you a lot to work with. Wallahul Musta’aan!

1. You have to know something about his background, his family, his upbringing, his history. Family background is important. You want to know what kind of family he came from, whether or not he was raised by both parents, came from a single parent household, or reared in a foster home. Some men come from broken families, from prison and criminal backgrounds and from the thug, gang, culture of the inner city streets. Of course that is not true for all; nevertheless, is true for many, and we are seeing the results of it in our communities. Thus, in these cases, the question is how much of the previous Jahiliyyah (Pre-Islamic) lifestyle has been discarded and replaced by Islamic thinking, Islamic habits and Islamic traits? If he is a Muslim, but still likes to run the streets, hang out on corners, go to the clubs, sling dope, smoke weed, or run game, then he hasn’t yet crossed over to an Islamic way of life. People can, and will change, and change takes time; however, these days, people are not changing. They are falling to the wayside of Islam in very high numbers.

2. Does he pray or even know how to pray? If a Muslim brother does not know how to pray, then he should be actively learning his Salah (Prayer), and have a Salah book in his pocket, or his backpack. He should be up in the Masjid, praying behind someone who knows how to pray. Salah is not an option. If he doesn’t know how to pray, and is not actively learning how to pray, then he is a joker as far as Islam is concerned; he does not take his Islam seriously, and neither should you. The hardest Prayer (Salah) upon the hypocrite is the Fajr and Isha' prayers. The prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

"If people knew what was in the Isha' and Fajr (prayers in congregation), they would attend them even if they had to crawl.” [Al-Bukhari]

If a brother cannot get out of bed for Fajr, or cannot put down the remote control for Isha', then it is likely that he will not establish prayer in the home.

3. Does he know about purification? Does he know how and when to perform a ghusl of janabah, the proper manner of ablution, and the performance of Istinja'? If he does not know the above, then his whole worship apparatus is in disarray, and dysfunctional, not withstanding that he is probably in a perpetual state of impurity. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“Purification is half of faith (Iman).”

Thus if he doesn’t understand and practice purity, he is bereft of half of his Iman (Faith). On the other hand, if he is attentive with regards to purification, then he is more likely to be dutiful with respect to Salah (Prayer). It goes without saying that if he is steadfast and attentive to Salah, then he will be the same in other areas of his religion.

4. Is he employed? Does he have halal income? If he is a street hustler, most of the time, his income is from haram sources and in our experience, street hustler dudes, rarely takes care of their families. If he is employed, does he pay zakah, or take care of his children if he has any? If he is employed, does he make sacrifices for the sake of his job and career, at the expense of his religion? Does he integrate the Salah into his work schedule, does he attend Jumu’ah. If he sacrifices his religion to earn a living then it is likely that you will get a man who brings home the money, but won’t be an Imam in his home, won’t raise the children as Muslims, and will be less inclined to uphold Islamic moral values while he is at work, or at home. There is such a thing as balance; however balance in following religion and using the latitude that it affords.

5. Does he play hooky from Ramadan? If he plays hooky from Ramadan, then he is a joker. He does not take his Islam seriously. Where is this brother during the month of Ramadan? Is he around the Muslims, is he near the Masjid, is he at the iftar (breakfast), is he in the Salah line during any of the tarawih? Or is he one of those brothers who calls the Masjid three weeks into Ramadan and asks; ‘when does Ramadan start’? Where is he at Fajr time? Is he sleeping, or is he busy with Suhur and Salah. These are the things you need to look at in choosing a good Muslim man. The observance of Ramadan is one of the things that separates the men from the boys as far as religion is concerned. Pay attention to how he handles Ramadan and it will give you a glimpse into what he’s made of.

6. Does he take care of himself? Does he have his own place, have his own bills, have his own car, buy his own food, buy his own clothes, pay for his own bus pass? It’s okay if he takes care of himself but is struggling because times are hard these days, but sisters need to understand that taking care of yourself is a certain mindset that a man has, and trying to live off of mommy, baby momma, or your girlfriend is a totally different mindset; it’s the mindset of a boy, pretending to be a man.

7. Who are his friends? Are they practicing Muslims? The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“A person is upon the religion of his close friend (khalil).”

If his friends are trifling, know nothing, do nothing dudes, then your guy is bound to be like them. If he is still rolling with the criminals or careless non-Muslim, or criminal politicians, then rest assured, he probably still thinks like one. If he’s rolling with the boys and not the men, then he’s probably still a boy. grown men don’t roll behind little boys.

8. Does he have an Imam, or a Sheikh from whom he takes instruction? Or is he a floater? If he has no Imam, then his Imam is probably Shaitan. If he is not linked to leadership, or scholarship, (and I’m not talking about the internet), then he is likely going around in circles as far as his religion is concerned, and he will lead you around in circles. This is not true in every case, but it’s very likely.

9. What is the relationship with his mother? If he doesn’t honour and respect his mother, then there is hardly any chance that he will honour and respect you as his wife. If he disrespects his mother, then he is already engaged in major sin from the very beginning. You should also talk to his mother. Mothers know their sons, if the mother says he is no good, then she’s probably right.

10. Does he attend Jumu’ah prayer or does he make invalid excuses? If a brother is missing Juma’ah without a valid excuse, more than three times in a row, then he already has a seal on his heart. Abu Ja’ad al-Dhamri (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:

“Whosoever misses three Jumu’ah prayers by taking the matter lightly, Allah will seal his heart.” [Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah and Ad-Darami]

My people! These are just a few things that our women must consider in choosing a mate. If you are already married, then you should encourage your husband to adopt some of these traits and don’t make excuses for him or just be another mommy for him. Sisters, there is no such thing as a perfect marriage, and there are no perfect men, just like there are no perfect women. However there is such a thing as good and bad qualities in a man, as well as a woman. Try to choose someone in whom the good qualities outweigh the bad. And Allah knows best.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our Noble Messenger, Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Ma'assalam,

Written by your brother, Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. The Imam can be reached via: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.
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FRIDAY SERMON: MOCKING ALLAAH OR HIS RELIGION


[Friday Sermon] Mocking Allah Or His Religion

By

Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation. May Allah extol the mention of the Prophet in the highest company of Angels and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his Companions and all those who follow him exactly till the Day of Judgement.

Dear brothers and sisters! Today, I have chosen to speak on a sin that most of us barely recognise when we commit it. It is the mocking of the religion of Allah. Many of us make jokes about the religion or about issues in the religion, and we don't even realise we are doing it. We joke about the man with multiple wives, we joke about the man with beard, we joke about the woman's Hijab and we joke about our Prophets and Messengers of Allah. We find that we can make a joke out of everything, and we do. And we consider it insignificant. This is the sad part. Even though our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) warned us. Narrated Abu Hurairah:

"That he heard Allah's Messenger saying, "A servant of Allah may utter a word without thinking whether it is right or wrong, he may slip down in the Fire as far away a distance equal to that between the East and the West." [Sahih Bukhari]

I read a joke that was circulating on the internet about the woman's Hijab. It was making fun of women who cover less than perfectly. It was amusing, but that was the problem. We need to advise each other, not ridicule each other -- this joke hit the line of backbiting. I even fell prey to the joking syndrome. I once passed on a joke about the Friday Sermon where the Imam was less than perfect in his delivery of the Sermon. I did not see what I had done until after it was pointed out to me by a watchful brother on my email list (Jazahullahu Khairan). Our non-chalant attitude about jokes and their seriousness makes this an extremely easy sin to fall into.

Actually, if we took our Prophet's advise, and did not seek to entertain each other with lies, we would avoid a large part of the problem. The other parts would be resolved by remembering the rights that our Muslim brothers and sisters have upon us and by thinking about what we say before we say it.

For the Prophet (Peace be upon him) told us according to the Hadith of Abu Hurairah that when they said:

"Messenger of Allah, do you make jokes with us!" He replied, I say nothing but the truth." [Tirmidhi]

Also narrated Jabir Ibn Abdullah he heard the Prophet (Peace be upon him) say:

"A Muslim is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe." [Sahih Muslim]

Also narrated Malik:

"Who believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or keep quiet." (i.e. abstain from dirty and evil talk, and should think before uttering)." [Sahih Bukhari]

Respected brothers and sisters! Actually, our tongues can land us in the Hellfire or they can save us from it, according to the saying of Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him). Narrated Sahl Bin Sa'ad: Allah's Messenger said:

"Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him." [Sahih Bukhari]

Also narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

"A servant (of Allah) may utter a word which pleases Allah without giving it much importance, and because of that Allah will raise him to degrees (of reward): a servant (of Allah) may utter a word (carelessly) which displeases Allah without thinking of its gravity and because of that he will be thrown into the Hell-Fire." [Sahih Bukhari]

So we have to be very careful not to fall into the trap of joking about the religion. Allah the Almighty warned us:

"Of the people there are some who say: We believe in Allah and the Last Day; but they do not (really) believe. They think to beguile Allah and those who believe, and they beguile none save themselves; but they perceive not. In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: And grievous is the penalty they (incur), because they are false (to themselves). When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "Why, we only Want to make peace!" Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realise (it) not. When it is said to them: "Believe as the others believe:" They say: "Shall we believe as the fools believe?" Nay, of a surety they are the fools, but they do not know. When they meet those who believe, they say: "We believe;" but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: "We are really with you: We (were) only jesting." Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and give them rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (To and fro). These are they who have bartered Guidance for error: But their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction, Their similitude is that of a man who kindled a fire; when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in utter darkness. So they could not see. Deaf, dumb and blind, they will not return (to the path). Or (another similitude) is that of a rain-laden cloud from the sky: In it are zones of darkness, and thunder and lightning: They press their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunder-clap, while they are in terror of death. But Allah is ever round the rejecters of Faith! The lightning all but snatches away their sight; every time the light (Helps) them, they walk therein, and when the darkness grows on them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could take away their faculty of hearing and seeing; for Allah hath power over all things." [Qur'an, 2:8-20]

And Allah the Most High says:

"Beautified is the life of the world for those who disbelieved; they make a jest of the believers. But those who keep their duty to Allah will be above them on the Day of Resurrection. Allah giveth without stint to whom He will." [Qur'an, 2:212]

I know this is talking about the nonbelievers and the hypocrites, but it contains a warning in it for us. This is the behaviour of the hypocrite and the nonbeliever, to say one thing in front of the pious and to say another in front of the nonbeliever, or to act in a way that is equal to saying this. I will provide you with an example. A Muslim is among other Muslims and he has a discussion about the necessity of Hijab for the woman. Then, a few days later, he is talking to a non-Muslim who says -- oh, don't you think the women who wear face veil look like ninjas? And he makes ninja jokes with this person. This is mocking the Muslims and the religion. Instead of advising the person, and making the person realise that this is a beautiful part of Islam, he sinks to their level, telling them with his actions that its OK to disrespect Muslim women with these jokes. He is saying -- I am really with you, not them.

Or we have the Muslim who when polygamy is discussed, falls into jokes which may sometimes be quite distasteful, something which is specifically forbidden in Islam.

Narrated Anas Bin Malik that:

"The Prophet was not one who would abuse (others) or say obscene words, or curse (others), and if he wanted to admonish anyone of us, he used to say: "What is wrong with him, his forehead be dusted!" [Sahih Bukhari]

Abu Sa'id Al-Khudri reported that the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:

"On the day of Judgement of the people of Allah, in His sight, will accord lowest position to the man who consorts with his wife and then publishes her secrets." [Muslim]

This all amounts to mocking or joking about the religion of Allah. Allah the Almighty says:

"In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the End of those who do evil; for that they rejected the Signs of Allah, and held them up to ridicule." [Qur'an, 30:10]

My beloved people! Not only is it prohibited for us to make fun of the religion or elements of the religion, we are also commanded not to sit in the company of those who do so. Sitting in the company of them can have many connotations. It does not, in today's media-pervasive society have to be confined to physically sitting among the ones who mock Allah or His religion. It can be done by watching a TV show or listening to a radio program that does so. This is not confined specifically and only to jokes which do not specifically mention Islam. Any joke against Allah -- by any name, is a joke against Allah because regardless of their beliefs there is only one ilah and that is Allah. Also, when they joke about Musa (Moses) or Isa (Jesus) or any Prophet, it is an insult to the religion, we should not tolerate. When they joke about these things, even though they are wrong in their beliefs, we know better, and we know that these things are insults to great Prophets of Allah. We have to set the example in respect to Allah and His Prophets. We should not sit and listen to these types of jokes either in person or over some media medium. When Muslims are portrayed in a bad manner, we should not participate by watching -- we should protest it as we should protest any insult to Allah and His great religion.

Dear brothers and sisters! There is no excuse for being with those who mock Allah and His religion, be they Muslims or non-Muslims. Allah the Most High says:

"Already has He sent you Word in the Book, that when you hear the signs of Allah held in defiance and ridicule, you are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme: if you did, you would be like them. For Allah will collect the hypocrites and those who defy faith - all in Hell." [Qur'an, 4:140]

In short, we need to be careful about what we say as much and maybe even more than what we do. Our tongue can bring us Paradise or Fire, and we need to guard it and use it in the best manner. The Prophet's advise to us to speak a good word or remain silent is timeless. We can not ignore the tongue because it is a great source of fitnah for us. We can not say this is unimportant in the long run, because in the religion of Islam, nothing is unimportant. We can not be like some of the Christians and Jews, taking only that which we want to follow from the religion. We must take it as a whole. Allah the Almighty says:

"After this it is you, the same people, who slay among yourselves, and banish a party of you from their homes; assist (Their enemies) against them, in guilt and rancour; and if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, though it was not lawful for you to banish them. Then is it only a part of the Book that you believe in, and do you reject the rest? but what is the reward for those among you who behave like this but disgrace in this life? - and on the Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For Allah is not unmindful of what you do." [Qur'an, 2: 85]

We can not say that something the Prophet commanded or warned about is unimportant, because it was important enough for Allah and His Messenger to address it, so it is important enough for us to follow it. Our religion is complete. Allah the Most High says:

"...This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion..." [Qur'an, 5:3]

Dear brothers and sisters! It is with regret that we see a colossal disease that is rampant within the Ummah today. This disease has affected many of us yet, we remain unaware of the dangers of it. This is the disease and the fitnah of "mocking Allah or mocking aspects within His religion.’’

The dangers of ridiculing and mocking aspects within the religion are apparent in the Qur’an. Allah the Almighty says:

"Say, Is it Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking?” Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after your belief.’’ [Qur'an, 9:65-66]

Imam Ibn Hazm mentions:

"It is authentically proven based upon the text that whosoever mocks Allah or a single Angel (from amongst the Angels) or a single Prophet (from amongst the Prophets) or a single verse from the Qur'an, or a single commandment (from the compulsory aspects of the religion) – (All of these are the signs of Allah), then he is a disbeliever after the arguments have reached him (to prove to him that what he is doing is an act of Kufr (disbelief))." [See Al-Fasl of Imam Ibn Hazm]

And Imam Muhammad Bin Abdul-Wahhaab (rahimahullah) writes in his short treatise “Nawaqidul-Islam” (The Nullifiers of Islam), under the 6th nullifier of Islam:

"Whoever mocks or ridicules any part of the Messenger’s Religion or its rewards or punishments has committed an act of disbelief. The proof for this is Allah's statement: “Say: ‘Was it Allah and His verses and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make no excuses, you have disbelieved after having had faith.” [Qur'an, 9: 65-66]

Beloved servants of Allah! Mocking the religion is an act of disbelief which leads to apostasy whether it is done seriously or in jest. When the people who mocked Allah The Almighty, His verses and His Messenger came to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) to apologise to him saying that they were only conversing idly and jesting, Allah The Almighty addressed them Saying:

"Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after your belief." [Qur'an, 9:66]

Mocking the religion is a major symptom of the disease of uncertainty and doubt which corrupts the heart, and the one who commits it antagonises Allah The Almighty, His Messenger and the believers. Mocking religion implies that the person who mocks the religion prefers something else to it, regardless of what he actually prefers.

I ask Allah to assist us in living by the Qur'an and Sunnah. I pray that He lets us recognise the truth for what it is and helps us to follow it, and that He let us see falsehood for what it is and helps us to avoid it.

O Allah! Guide us and protect us from the causes of ignorance and destruction! Save us from the defects of ourselves! Cause the last of our deeds to be the best and most righteous! And forgive all of us.

My respected people! Anything good I have said in my today’s Sermon is from Allah the Almighty, and any mistakes are my own and I seek refuge in Allah from giving wrong advice and from all forms of calamities and fitnah. And I ask Allah’s forgiveness if I stepped beyond bounds in anything I said or I do.

May Allah be praised; and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

With this I conclude my Sermon and ask Allah, the Almighty and the Sublime, to forgive all of our sins. So seek his forgiveness, He is all forgiving Most Merciful.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday, Dhul-Qa'adah 2nd, 1440 AH (July 5, 2019), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached through: gusaumurtada@gmail.com or +2348038289761.
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