Date: 4th April 2015; 13th Jumādá ath-Thāniyah 1436
On the previous Khutbah, we discussed how a person can get influenced by spending some time with the righteous. This week the Khutbah will be focused on the righteous- the ones who bring Taqwa.
Nowadays, in almost all Masjid in this world concentrate their sermons based on Paradise and Hell and this should be the ideal topic. Unfortunately, the Muslim Ummah has become negligent about the reality of Akhirah, we live our lives in such a way as if we are meant to be here for the rest our lives and there is no resurrection after death. When the Imam talks about Jannah and Jahannam most of us listen to the Khutbah and yawn, not taking the matter seriously. This is the condition of us Muslims, the Ummah of the Last Prophet, Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).
Just as the night’s sky needs stars for glorification, a man requires Taqwa so as to beautify his soul. The angels pray for the righteous and they, the righteous not only beautify themselves but also the world around them. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.
Surah Al-Hujurat, Ayah 13 (49:13) Translation: Sahih International
From this ayah we can comprehend that Allah has made us all from the same Adam (Alayhi As-Salām) and Hawa (Alayhi As-Salām) and has designated us to different nations so that we get to know each other and best of us are those who bring Taqwa along ourselves. Additionally Allah is informing us that to Allah those who do good deeds and raise their Taqwa, they are in fact the ones who are loved by Allah irrespective of their gender, race, nationality and ethnicity.
For example, a poor person who does not have much wealth but is very pious when it comes to worshipping Allah, this sort of person is more likable to Allah than a man who has abundant wealth but has no knowledge about the Deen. To Allah wealthy people like Abu Lahab and Qarun who were arrogant and who used to show wealth were nothing in comparison to someone like Bilal (Radi Allahu Anhu), who had no wealth, status, whose skin was so black, he used to be detested; this man may have been neglected by other but was regarded with profuse value to none other than Allah. Hadith says:
Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Anhu): At the time of the Fajr prayer the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) asked Bilal, “Tell me of the best deed you did after embracing Islam, for I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal replied, “I did not do anything worth mentioning except that whenever I performed ablution during the day or night, I prayed after that ablution as much as was written for me.”
References: Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 21, Number 250
Allah declares in the Quran:
But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear Him.
Surah Ali Imran, Ayah 76 (3:76) Translation: Sahih International
The ruh or soul of a person requires the remembrance of Allah so as to keep itself alive. The food of the soul is continuous remembrance of Allah through Quran recitation and dhikr. The Quran says:
Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good.
Surah An-Nahl, Ayah 128 (16:128) Translation: Sahih International
Taqwa is so important that Allah has also repeated the message twice in the same ayah:
O you who have believed, fear Allah . And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah . Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.
Surah Al-Hashr, Ayah 18 (59:18) Translation: Sahih International
The food for the body is the material good. Since we were made from mud, we need food which originates from the ground. When we die, the ruh which was given by Allah gets returned to Him while the body decomposes and returns to the ground.
There is a certain bit of pain during death. Every soul faces it, let it be a believer or a disbeliever. However, surely the disbelievers tend to suffer a lot during the time of death. The Quran states:
“And if you could but see when the wrongdoers are in the overwhelming pangs of death while the angels extend their hands, [saying], “Discharge your souls! Today you will be awarded the punishment of [extreme] humiliation for what you used to say against Allah other than the truth and [that] you were, toward His verses, being arrogant.”
Surah Al-An’am, Ayah 93 (6:93) Translation: Sahih International
The believers too face agony before death and this is proved through the death experience of the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Hadith states:
It is narrated by Aisha (Radi Allahu Anha) that after dipping his hand into water and wetting his face, the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), raised his hands and prayed: “My Allah, help me in agony and unconsciousness of death.”
References: Sunan Ibn Majah & Jami At-Tirmidhi
Comparatively, the believers die with less agony than disbelievers, their souls are taken like a balloon, when it is released it flows out swiftly. This is proved through this Hadith:
On the authority of Al-Bara’ Ibn ‘Aazib (Radi Allahu Anhu) the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said that “The soul of a Muslim is removed like a water drop flows from a vessel. The soul of a non-Muslim is removed like a multi-pointed skewer is removed from wet wool that causes the veins and nerves to sever”.
References: Musnad of Imam Ahmad (Rahmatullah Allaih), Sunan Abu Dawood & Mustadrak of Imam Al-Hakim (Rahmatullah Allaih)
Death may arrive to us anytime without any notification. We must take our lives seriously as much as possible.
The reason why we don’t feel anything upon reading and hearing the words of Islam is because of the fact that our heart has hardened in such a way that it is has turned much worse than a rock. The Quran says:
Then your hearts became hardened after that, being like stones or even harder. For indeed, there are stones from which rivers burst forth, and there are some of them that split open and water comes out, and there are some of them that fall down for fear of Allah . And Allah is not unaware of what you do.
Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 74 (2:74) Translation: Sahih International
Since our heart has hardened we cannot cry in front of Allah. The only way we can get out from this predicament is by acquiring knowledge and doing more and more amals. That way if Allah permits, we too will be among the Muttaqin, the one who has Taqwa.