Sermon of the Holder of Imaan

Date: 10th April 2015; 20th Jumādá ath-Thāniyah 1436

Before a Muslim can truly claim himself as a Muslim, he is actually expected  to extract Imaan within himself. Today’s discussion to the greatest possession a human being can ever have and this is no other thing except for Imaan.

Imaan is the medium through which we can virtually save ourselves from the torment of the Day of Judgement. To businessmen, the business is the main deal in this Dunya; to employees what matters most is their job; politicians worry most about the politics; socialists care more about the happenings of the society. To the president the country is the most important aspect of his/her life. A person who takes the most priority over something in his life is mostly involved with it. The slogan of a businessman is always “save the business no matter what” that is why they protest against strikes when they imposed. The slogan of the politician is “save the country” and we see the opposition party against the government announcing strikes so as to protect their own interest. A person is gives priority over the thing which interests him the most.

To the holder of Imaan, the righteous in the eyes of Allah, preserving his own Imaan and preserving the Imaan of others is the utmost priority. That is why is his slogan is like this, “save the Deen, save the Quran, save the Muslim Ummah” A righteous man always worries over his Imaan, his relationship with his Lord. So how a person can truly raise and then sustain his Imaan?

We all know that Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhi As-Salām) as one of the most honored Prophets of all times and we all know how Allah has honored him and all his Sunnahs still live to this day through the Sunnahs completed during Hajj. On the Day of Judgement, Allah being the Supreme Judge will not listen to the intercession of Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhi As-Salām) in favor of his father because Azar, the father of Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhi As-Salām) denied all Dawahs of Islam given to him and died a Kafir. Hadith states:

Narrated by Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Anhu): That Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: On the Day of Resurrection, Ibrahim will see his father Azar (in such a pitiable condition) that his face will be dark and covered with dust. Then Ibrahim will remind him: Did I not warn you against denying me? His father will reply: Today I will not deny you. Then, Ibrahim will say: O Lord! You have promised not to disgrace me on the Day of Resurrection. So what will be more disgraceful to me than my wretched father. Allah will say: I have forbidden Paradise for disbelievers. Then it will be said: O Ibrahim, Look! what is underneath your feet? He will look and see his father as a Hyena besmeared with dirt caught by the legs and thrown into Hell. Due to infidelity, Azar will not be forgiven inspite of his son Ibrahim’s intercession for him and he will be transformed into an animal and cast into Hell. It also proves that the pagans whoever they are by kinship, will be forbidden from entering Paradise for ever. They will remain in Hell and suffer the agonies of torment which they had been frightened of by the Messengers of Allah at different times.

References: Sahih Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi

The Day of Judgement will be the best place of judgement for all and Allah will never definitely do any injustice to anyone. We might expect Allah to forgive the father of Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhi As-Salām) based on the fact that Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhi As-Salām) is a compassionate friend of Allah. However, Allah will not allow any prejudice on the Day of Judgement and everyone shall be judged fairly according to what he has achieved in his lifetime. The Ulamas say that the reason why his father will get transformed into a hyena before entering Hell is because Allah does not want Ibrahim (Alayhi As-Salām) to his father in human form is because Allah does not want Ibrahim (Alayhi As-Salām) to witness his own father, the one who has given him birth, entering Hell in front of him and feel embarrassed.

Imaan is such an important thing, none of us truly ponder over it. On the other hand, we live lives carelessly and we talk about Islam in such a way as if we are not Muslims. Criticizing or doubting over the Deen can even cost us Jannah. None of us truly want to face Hell-fire, right?

The wives of Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām) and Lut (Alayhi As-Salām) will enter Hell because Hell because they betrayed their husbands. The Quran says:

Allah presents an example of those who disbelieved: the wife of Nuh and the wife of Lot. They were under two of Our righteous servants but betrayed them, so those prophets did not avail them from Allah at all, and it was said, “Enter the Fire with those who enter.”

Surah At-Tahrim, Ayah 10, (66:10) Translation: Sahih International

They were the wives of Prophets, they lived and slept with the best servants of Allah, even after that since they did not raise their fate towards Allah, they ended up being the losers. Imaan is given by Allah and Allah gives to only those who truly deserves it.

Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām)’s son was also a Kafir. The Quran mentions:

And [Nuh] said, “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”

And it sailed with them through waves like mountains, and Nuh called to his son who was apart [from them], “O my son, come aboard with us and be not with the disbelievers.”

[But] he said, “I will take refuge on a mountain to protect me from the water.” [Nuh] said, “There is no protector today from the decree of Allah , except for whom He gives mercy.” And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned.

And it was said, “O earth, swallow your water, and O sky, withhold [your rain].” And the water subsided, and the matter was accomplished, and the ship came to rest on the [mountain of] Judiyy. And it was said, “Away with the wrongdoing people.”

And Nuh called to his Lord and said, “My Lord, indeed my son is of my family; and indeed, Your promise is true; and You are the most just of judges!”

He said, “O Nuh, indeed he is not of your family; indeed, he is [one whose] work was other than righteous, so ask Me not for that about which you have no knowledge. Indeed, I advise you, lest you be among the ignorant.”

[Nuh] said, “My Lord, I seek refuge in You from asking that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be among the losers.”

It was said, “O Nuh, disembark in security from Us and blessings upon you and upon nations [descending] from those with you. But other nations [of them] We will grant enjoyment; then there will touch them from Us a painful punishment.”

Surah Hud, Ayahs 41-48 (11:41-48) Translation: Sahih International

Allah does not value a human who is a Kafir and even the dua of Nuh (Alayhi As-Salām) could not save his son.

Allah has given us two eyes, two ears, two hands, two legs and all other body parts. If all these body parts don’t navigate in the Straight Path, how can we truly expect Allah to honor us? Allah has described the disbelievers of possessing a lower status than animals.  The Qur’an states:

Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved, and they will not [ever] believe-

Surah Al-Anfal, Ayah 55 (8:55) Translation: Sahih International

Allah honored us by giving us the Quran and the duties towards Him which initially was rejected by the skies and earth. By disbelieving we just backfired that trust which was laid upon us.

Truly, We did offer Al­Amanah (the trust or moral responsibility or honesty and all the duties which Allah has ordained) to the heavens and the earth, and the mountains, but they declined to bear it and were afraid of it (i.e. afraid of Allah’s Torment). But man bore it. Verily, he was unjust (to himself) and ignorant (of its results).

Surah Al-Ahzab, Ayah 72 (33:72) Translation: Muhsin Khan

A man is a true human being who forbids evil and takes on the responsibility of learning and teaching the Quran. Allah describes the true believers as:

The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely –

The ones who establish prayer, and from what We have provided them, they spend.

Surah An-Anfal, Ayahs 2-3 (8:2-3) Translation: Sahih International

We need to research on the words of Allah and gain knowledge so as to appreciate Him and His blessings. Another way we can gain Imaan is by observing all of the marvels of the creation of Allah. Allah mentions:

Do they not look at the camels, how they are created?

And at the heaven, how it is raised?

And at the mountains, how they are rooted and fixed firm?

And at the earth, how it is spread out?

Surah Al-Ghashiyah, Ayahs 17-20 (88:17-20) Translation: Muhsin Khan

In these Quranic ayahs it is evident that Allah wants us to research on His creations so that we get to fathom the complexities of His creations and realize that they were all created from the One Lord, Allah and no one else. The reason why Allah mentions about camels specifically is because of the fact that it is capable of storing water in its hump and can stay in the desert for days without a single drink. The camel itself is a wonder from Allah and not to forget the outer space- its wonders are still not known to mankind.

Before making nonsensical comments against Islam one should know that the comments will eventually go against us. Islam is a complete religion and the true holders of Imaan are actually the only ones to realize the true beauty of the Deen.

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