In commemoration of Earth Day, Khaleafa.com has launched the ‘Think Green Khutbah Campaign’ to take place on Friday, April 20, 2012. The goal of this campaign is to challenge Muslims to become stewards of the environment by making changes to their daily routines.
To mark this event, we are encouraging mosques, schools, universities and Islamic Institutions to devote their Friday Khutbah to celebrate the blessings, graces and beauty of all of Allah’s creation and to raise awareness on the environmental challenges facing humanity.
This year’s ‘Think Green Khutbah Campaign’ challenge is to request all Muslims to live according to the 3 S plan:
Please visit the website, http://khaleafa.com/greenkhutbah/, for more information and where you will find links to resources which can provide you with ideas and information to prepare the Khutbah or to engage your congregation.
Please sign up online if your organization will join the campaign and if you will be delivering a Khutbah on the environment on Friday, April 20th, 2012.
Assalaamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh
I pray that this message finds you all to be in the best of health and highest of spirits.
During times of trial, despair, and sadness, Muslims seek comfort and guidance in the words of Allah in the Qur’an. Allah reminds us that all people will be tried and tested in life, and calls upon Muslims to bear these trials with “patience, perseverance and prayer.” Indeed, Allah reminds us that many people before us have suffered and had their faith tested; so too will we be tried and tested in this life.
This email is a reminder to everyone to ensure that we revise our intentions and ensure that we feel like we are worshipping Allah Almighty with every task performed and completed. Failure to earn rewards and build our paradise doing this is a failure in both this world and the next. It is important to have patience whilst working on dawah projects, we will face trials and go through difficult times whilst completing projects, in our daily lives, however we must ensure we are patient throughout thus earn the pleasure of Allah.
There are many verses that remind us to be patient and have trust in Allah during these times of trial. Among them:
“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah] .” (2:45)
“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (2:153)
“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient. Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.” (2:155-157)
“O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful.” (3:200)
“And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah.” (11:115)
“Be patient, for your patience is with the help of Allah.” (16:127)
“So be patient, [O Muhammad]. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And ask forgiveness for your sin and exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord in the evening and the morning.” (40:55)
“But none is granted it except those who are patient, and none is granted it except one having a great portion [of good].” (41:35)
“Indeed, mankind is in loss. Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.” (103:2-3)
The sunnah as well is filled with pertinent advice about the topic to hand, and for purposes of this email, I would like to draw your attention to just one narration- as it not only teaches us the importance of patience, but also how a believer is always in a win-win situation!
Suhayb (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for his affairs are all good, and this applies to no one but the believer. If something good happens to him, he is thankful for it and that is good for him. If something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience and that is good for him.” [Muslim]
Laa ilaaha illallah! and Alhamdulillah for Islam…
Also, ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Allah has not bestowed any blessing upon His slaves then taken it away and replaced it with patience, but what He has compensated them with is better than what He has taken away.
And Sufyan Ath-Thawri (rahimahullah) said: “Be patient at all times and in all places, for patience leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. Do not become angry and furious, for those two emotions lead to wickedness, and wickedness leads to the Hellfire.”
As Muslims, we should not let our emotions get the better of us. It is certainly difficult for a person to look at the tragedies of the world today and not feel helpless and sad. But believers are called to put their trust in their Lord, and not to fall into despair or hopelessness. We must continue to do what Allah has called us to do: put our trust in Him, perform good deeds, be patient, and stand as witnesses for justice and truth.
May Allah Almighty make us among those who are patient and place our efforts on our scales of good deeds in the hereafter. Ameen.
I love you all for the sake of Allah.
And Allah knows best.
Wasalaamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh
Director of Islamic Development
Mercy Mission World
2011 – Let’s talk MERCY MISSION!
Madinah Friday Khutbah by Sheikh Bduair on Friday 04 Feb 2011.
In the historical context he reminded us of:
The take away message:
The understanding from this Khutbah is that we also have youth amongst are growing up wasting their time doing what ever they do, watching movies and browsing the internet. Those same energies that they have, they can be harness for the future of Islam. If we use them, utilise them and bring them into use and we harness this energies they can beneficial for Islam. They can be beneficial for future of Islam in this country. But if we let them go then these youths are going wasting their time, and that energy that they could be using for the promotion of Islam. That energy is going to be used for other wasteful activities in committing sins and basically disobeying Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.
The main thing is we have to make sure we utilise our youths.
And how to do that:
- Volunteers in the Mosques
- Youth with Leadership quality to take lead programme involving the youths.
Once they start taking part and make mosques their second homes, then we’ll find these energies are put into correct use, InshaAllah.
I have a brother who is contemplating a career change primarily because he would not be able to hold a teaching position at the elementary school level if he had to leave every week for Jumu’a. I have apparently been told that the Syrian Hanafi position is that Jumu’a is not mandatory in the West because there is no Muslim ruler or established Islamic authority.
The position of the mainstream and majority of scholars, both from the Subcontinent and the Arab world, is that the condition of having a Muslim ruler sultan in order to establish the Friday prayer is not a condition in of itself; rather, a means to ensure that there is no dispute regarding the establishment of the Friday prayer.
The renowned Hanafi Jurist faqih, Imam al-Kasani Allah have mercy on him explains in his Bada’i al-Sana’i that the condition of having the Sultan’s permission is to avoid any possible disputes and arguments, because the Friday jumu’a prayer is offered in a large congregating and to lead such a massive congregation in prayer is indeed a great privilege; hence, it may lead those who like to be in the limelight into competing and arguing with one another to acquire the post of leading the Friday prayer. For this reason, appointing the right person to lead the Friday prayer was left to the discretion of the Sultan, so that he may appoint whomever he feels fit for this esteemed position. As a result, there would be no dispute, for others would be forced into obeying the Sultan and may even fear his punishment. Bada’i al-Sana’i, 1/261
He further states that the above is when the Sultan or his representative is present. However, if the Sultan was not able to attend for one reason or another and the time of Jumu’a Salat came in, then there is nothing wrong in the congregation uniting in the appointment of an Imam and praying behind him. This is supported by what Imam Muhammad has narrated that when Sayyiduna Uthman Allah be pleased with him was surrounded by the enemies, people appointed Sayyiduna Ali Allah be pleased with him to lead them in the Friday prayer. ibid
In light of the above explanation and in light of the explanation given by many other jurists, it is not a condition of the Friday prayer that it be performed in a Muslim land. In the absence of a Sultan or a Muslim ruler, it is completely permissible for the Muslims to choose someone to lead the Friday prayer and such a Friday prayer would be considered valid.
When the Friday prayer is considered valid, it becomes obligatory upon each and every Muslim male to attend the prayer unless there is a dire and genuine excuse. Missing the Friday prayer without a legally accepted excuse would be extremely sinful.
Allah Most High says:
“O you who believe! When the call for Friday prayer is made, hasten towards the remembrance of Allah Prayer and Khutba and leave all transactions. This is best for you if you know.”
– Sura al-Jumu’a, V: 9
The above is the position of most contemporary Ulama. What you have been told regarding the Syrian Hanafi position, it is incorrect; rather, many top Syrian Ulama concur with the position of the Subcontinent Fuqaha, in that the Friday prayer is obligatory even in the West. I myself once heard Shaykh Muhammad Sa’id Ramadhan al-Buti Allah preserve him refuting quite vigorously the isolated position of Jumu’a not being obligatory in the West.
Hence, your brother will be doing the right thing by looking for an alternative job if he is unable to offer his Jumu’a prayer at his current post. It will not be permitted to take up a career where one is regularly unable to offer one’s Friday prayer, even in the West.
And Allah knows best
Muhammad ibn Adam
Leicester , UK