Friday Khutbah: Mankind’s need for Islam

MANKIND?S NEED FOR ISLAM
from Radio Islam
by Imâm al-Haram Husayn ibn ?Abdul ?Azîz Aal Sheikh

All praise is due to Allâh, Lord of all the worlds, may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allâh, his household and companions.

Fellow Muslims! Fear Allâh in your words and deeds, for

?Whoever fears Allâh, and keeps his duty to Him, He will provide him a way out (of every difficulty), and He will provide him from sources he could never imagine.?
— (At-Talâq 65: 2-3 )

Dear Muslims! The greatest blessing that Allâh bestowed on mankind is His sending of Muhammad ? peace and blessings be on him ? with a pure religion that brings all good to mankind and protects them from all that is evil through its principles of justice, brotherhood, freedom and peace.

Brothers in Islâm! The faith that the Prophet established its pillars is the source of all good and felicity for those who follow its guidance. This faith is the pure tree with ripe and everlasting fruits.

Allâh says,

?See you not how Allâh set forth a parable? ? A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches (reach) to the sky. Giving its fruits at all times by the leave of its Lord??
— (Ibrâheem 14: 24 )

Islâm is the treasure of all good for mankind without which they will go astray and live in misery and loss.

Allâh says,

?By the time! Verily! Man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds and recommend one another to the truth and recommend one another to patience.?
— (Al-Asr 103: 1-3 )

The Islâmic creed with which the Prophet Muhammad was sent is the bringer of all good and prosperity and the preventer of all evil and its causes. Whoever adheres to it will ever remain on the straight path. He will not be carried away by whims nor deceived by the beauties of this world.

Allâh says,

?Then whenever there comes to you guidance from Me and whoever follows My guidance, there shall be no fear on them, nor shall they grieve.?
— (Al-Baqarah 2: 38 )

Brothers in faith! Only through true faith can man know his appropriate place and march on the path marked for him with light and sure knowledge. He will follow only the right guidance and live his life in righteousness in line with his pure nature and clean conscience far from ugly deeds and behaviours.

Fellow Muslims! The impact of faith is great in the mind and its fruits are wonderful. Apart from its purification of the heart and developing it, it is also an infinite living treasure. It gives man power, perseverance, firmness, peace of mind and hope in this world where there is unending war between truth and falsehood; good and evil, it gives absolute security, complete guidance and perfect light.

Allâh says,

?Those who believe and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest.?
— (Ar-Ra?d 13: 28 )

Whoever lives in the vastness of faith, holds fast to its strong rope and follows its illuminating light by living a life that will make him understand the infinite wisdom of Allâh, His vast Mercy, His past laws and His Divine Power. That will then give him peace of mind, because he will know then that whatever good that comes his way has already been predestined for him and that whatever calamity that he suffers has also been predestined for him. He will have no doubt nor worries but march on with firm step towards his virtuous goals.

The Messenger of Allâh said,

?Observe the rights of Allâh, He will protect you; observe His rights upon you, and you will find him before you. If you ask, ask of Allâh; if you seek assistance, seek it from Allâh. Know that if the whole world gathered together to benefit you, they could not do so except by that which Allâh has destined for you; and if they gathered together to harm you, they could not do so except by that which Allâh has destined for you. The pens have been raised and the sheets have dried.? (Which means everything has already been predestined by Allâh.)

True faith gives man certainty, confidence and power to persevere. IF he is in bliss, he will not be arrogant, but will rather praise his Lord and thank Him and if he is afflicted with calamity, he will not despair, but will rather have patience and be satisfied with his fate. This is because he exemplifies his faith with clarity and power of will, and derives his power of forbearance during hardship from it. Nothing will then be able to divert him from his faith and his seeking for the pleasure of his Lord. He will rather increase in purity, sincerity, truthfulness, patience and firmness.

The Messenger of Allâh said,

?The affair of a believer is wonderful; all his affairs are good for him and that is for none except the believer. When he gets a bliss he thanks Allâh for that, and that is good for him and when a calamity befalls him, he is patient and that is also good for him.?
— (Muslim)

Brothers in Islâm! A nation that is governed by the Islâmic creed and its life is controlled by the realities of faith is a powerful nation in itself; a nation that has a natural immunity that enables it ? with permission of Allâh ? to overcome all hardships and trials; and prevent its children from being affected by despair during calamities. It will rather be a nation that calamities and trials only increase it in good, reform and constructive life. It is actually a nation that has passed through all kinds of tribulations in its long history. If any other nation were to have a similar experience, it would have disappeared from the pages of history. Yes, it is a nation that has been promised a clear victory.

?Allâh has promised those among you who believe and do righteous good deeds that He will certainly grant them succession (to the present rulers) 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. Islâm). He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me.?
— (An-Nûr 24: 55 )

Brothers in faith! Abandoning the pleasant source of faith, its realities and light of Islâm cause dangerous crises. Perpetual darkness and a life that is devoid of happiness or bliss.

Allâh says,

?But whoever turns away from My reminder, verily, for him is a life of hardship and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection.?
— (Tâhâ 20: 124 )

The winds of evils that blow among mankind these days as well as wars and instability are all a result of keeping away from the divine path. True faith and the correct concept of freedom and equality.

Allâh says,

?And transgress not the limits. Truly Allâh likes not the transgressors.?
— (Al-Baqarah 2: 190 )

Therefore as long as the life is not based on the foundation laid by the Creator, as long as the wise men of the world do not fully recognise sources of evil and as long as the solution to the worlds problems is not based on comprehensive justice and common-sense, there will never be any visible end to wars and the ship of this world will not find its way to the port of peace ? regardless of efforts exerted towards this goal.

Fellow Muslims! Some world communities are afflicted with some calamities. The frightening danger does not lie in these incidents but in the methods taken to face the problem and overcome it. Common sense should be used in tackling them and proper steps should be taken to avoid their reoccurrence. Investigation should be adequately made and conclusions should not be hastily drawn in order to avoid more severe consequences.

Allâh says,

?O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a piece of news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.?
— (Al-Hujurât 49: 6 )

The Messenger of Allâh said, ?Deliberateness is from Allâh, while haste is from Satan.?

Brothers in faith! Muslims nowadays are passing through difficult situations and they are surrounded by dangers that threaten their very existence. They are therefore looking towards better conditions. However, there is a fact that should be clear to everybody: this community of ours has a special nature that distinguishes it from other people; that is its belief which is based on total and complete submission to Allâh, the Exalted.

It is this very belief and action according to its injunctions ? in all spheres of one?s life that can guarantee the much desired peace and security.

Allâh says,

?Truly, Allâh defends those who believe.?
— (Al-Hajj 22: 38 )

Therefore, there is no way for this nation out of its present predicaments except by faithfully returning to Allâh, adhering truly to the sunnah of the Prophet and being sincere towards its religion inwardly and outwardly.

There is no way out except by loving Allâh and his Messenger with all the hearts and abiding by His law in governance and arbitration and in all matters of life.

Allâh says,

?It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allâh and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any opinion in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allâh and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.?
— (Al-Ahzâb 33: 36 )

Now is the time for dead hearts to awake! Now is the time for the heedless to remember Allâh and for the one deep in the sea of sin to cling to the ship of salvation!

Allah says,

?Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allâh?s reminder and that which has been revealed of the truth, lest they become as those who received the Scripture (the Torah and Gospel) before (i.e. the Jews and the Christians) and the term was prolonged for them and so their hearts were hardened? And many of them were rebellious, disobedient (to Allâh).?
— (Al-Hadîd 57: 16 )

O journalists! The obligation of the mass media is to understand its role. The mass media should build and not destroy; correct and not damage. It should be occupied with issues of high importance not trivialities. Let it be an avenue for guiding the Muslim children to their religion and actions that lead towards unity of Muslims, sincerity to this great religion, serving and defending it faithfully.

?And who is better in speech than he who invites men to Allâh?s (religion) and does righteous deeds and says I am one of the Muslims.?
— (Fussilat 41: 33 )

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Ramadan Message from Mercy Mission and AlKauthar Institute

Last week I have received this email from Tawfique Chowdhury (director of the Mercy Mission and AlKauthar Institute).

Dear student and friend,

Assalamualiakum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

It is truly by Allah‘s immense blessings that we are alive for yet another Ramadan. Words cannot describe our gratitude to Allah and the joy in our hearts as we ease into this Month of Mercy. What an amazing time this month will be! A month of forgiveness and safety from the fire; a month in which there is a special dua that He accepts every day at the time of breaking our fast; a month in which we remember our poor and our brothers languishing in the depths of the prisons away from their families; where the wretched devils are chained; and the beautiful angels descend; where evil is destroyed and goodness prevails; a month of great victory for the ummah at the battle of Badr, the conquest of Makkah, the tremendous victory of the valiant Tariq bin Ziyad over the lands of Andalusia, the victory of brave Salahuddeen over the Crusaders, the victory of the gallant Salahudden Qutz and his Muslims knights in the plains of Ain Jalut in that epic battle over the Mongols – all of this in the month of divine help and glory: Ramadan; a month of devotion to Allah and prayers upon His noble Prophet; a month of friendship and love with our beloved ummah; a month of charity and Zakat and cleansing; a month of the Quran and wondering in its wisdoms; a month of journey every night into the gardens of prayer to a Lord that is delighted to see His slaves begging and asking for His bounty; a month with days of seclusion with Allah in the corners of His mosques to remember and remind us of the imminent seclusion in the belly of the grave; a month of the most powerful night of all when the angels descend with mighty Jibraeel alaihis salam to spread peace and tranquillity until the morn. What a shame that our non-Muslim colleagues fail to realise our sheer joy at the coming of this month. Truly, it is just as the pious predecessors used to say: The people of worship in their worship are more joyous than the people of frivolities in their playfulness.

I would like to take this opportunity to greet you, to congratulate you on the advent of Ramadan, to make my sincere dua for you, to express my deepest friendship and love for you and my sincere care and support for you and your families with the sincere hope that Allah makes this month a means to ease your worries, to replace it with goodness and transform your world into a Jannah in this life. May Allah give you what your heart desires and amaze you with His bounty and grace. Today, with the Ummah in the grips of wars and military aggression, earthquakes and natural disasters and a constant intellectual war on our way of life and our Islamic ethics and values – at a time like this, we are in need of a divine intervention. In times like this, Allah the most high has equipped us with a weapon more powerful than anything known to man. A weapon that we can use any time, where ever we may be, having unlimited ammunition and unlimited strength – it is the weapon of every believer: Dua. I urge you to use that divine weapon in this month; to fortify yourself from every evil and trial and use it to replace the honour and glory that is rightly for this Ummah. I ask Allah that He makes this a month of unity and strength and honour and glory and forgiveness and hope for you, me and all Muslims. Ameen.

My friends, the key to success in this Ramadan, will not be the performance of major deeds in some of the nights rather than others. It is and always will be the performance of those little things, but with precise regularity. Such will be the path to our spiritual revival, the means to have every gate of Jannah to bear our names and the way to making Allah amazed and content with us. It is in with this in mind that I have designed a list of activities and deeds that a Muslim should endeavour to do in Ramadan. If you stick to it and do as much of it as possible, then I have no doubt that you will qualify for being a true and exemplary believer. http://www.alkauthar.org/downloads/Ramadanchecklist.pdf

Also, in the last few months, Islam Channel in the UK was kind enough to film a series of heart warming lectures by myself in Europe’s first Muslim only graveyard – the Gardens of peace. The series will have started to show already on Islam Channel daily. I encourage you to make some time to see every episode in that series since I myself have been profoundly touched ever since I did that series in that amazing graveyard. I hope that it will help you to put your life in perspective and to realize that in the grand scale of our Journey to the Hereafter, we are only here for a fleeting time.

Lastly my friends, if there is anything at all that I can do to help you or to make Ramadan more enjoyable for you and more successful for you, then please do not deny me the honour of aiding you in it. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you wish, or use the forums for any non-personal issues and questions that you may have: http://forums.alkauthar.org I hope to see you again sometime soon inshaAllah.

Wassalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Tawfique Chowdhury
DirectorMercy Mission and AlKauthar Institute
alkauthar.org

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Islam Awareness Week 2007 from Feb 19th-23rd 2007 at the University of Manchester

Islam Awareness Week 2007 from Feb 19th-23rd 2007 at the University of Manchester

Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Islam Awareness Week 2007 from Feb 19th-23rd 2007 at the University of ManchesterWe pray that this reaches you in the best of health and imaan inshaAllah.

Your ISOC is pleased to present IAW 2007 from Feb 19th-23rd 2007.

As every year, the ISOC organises a week of talks, exhibition, Q&A and dinner for the non-muslims on campus. And this year is no different- with speakers coming all the way from London, Rome and Sydney!!

There will be a da’wa stall outside the Students’ Union building (Oxford Rd) everyday from Feb 12th- 23rd to publicise the events and answer any questions on Islam that people may have, with free literature on Islam available too!!

The Prophet Muhammed (saw) in his last sermon on 9th Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H. at ‘Arafa said to the effect;

“O people, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore, O pople, and understand the words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Qur’an and my Sunnah, and if you fillow these you will never go astray.

All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and it may be that the ones that come later understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O Allah, that I have conveyed Your message to Your people.”

So let us carry on passing on the message of Islam to the world. And let them hear what Islam really is, from us, instead of what they may misconcieve. Let us filfill our responsibility of passing on this beautiful deen to others, so that everyone may benefit, and we please Allah (swt) inshaAllah.

We ask you to help us by publicising these events to everyone, and by bringing your non-muslim friends to these events inshaAllah.

Moreover, if you would like to get involved hands on- then please feel more than welcome to contact us to let us know.

Please find attached the details for IAW 2007.

For any more information, please email us at info@manchesterisoc.com or check out our website www.manchesterisoc.com.

JzkumAllahu Khayran
wa alaikum assalam

Friday Khutbah (26 Jan 2007): The Day of Asyura and Its Lessons

The Day of Asyura and Its Lessons

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Brothers,
I would like to call upon myself and my dear brothers, to instill in us taqwa to Allah s.w.t, by abiding all the He has commanded, by following Islam truthfully, and avoiding all that Allah has forbidden. And by doing all that, we pray to Allah that our taqwa will increase and be strengthened further, amen.

May brothers,
This Monday, the Day of Asyura will dawn upon us. Do we know what is the Day of Asyura? It is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.

The Day of Asyura is a day of historical significance. Many important events occurred on this day.

It was reported that Prophet Noahâ??s ark came ashore on Mount Judiy on the the Day of Asyura. It was reported also that Prophet Musa a.s was saved by Allah from Pharaoh on this day. And to remind them of this significant event and to glorify the Day of Asyura, the Jews fast on that day.

This tradition of glorifying the Day of Asyura was not limited among the Jews themselves. The Arabs before our Prophetâ??s time also glorified the Day of Asyura.

The Arabs used to change the Kaabahâ??s curtain on this day. They also fasted on the Day of Asyura. In a hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari and Muslim, Rasulullah s.a.w wife, â??Aisyah r.a said:
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Which means: The Arabs used to fast on the Day of Asyura before the command to fast during Ramadan was revealed. They also will clothed the Kaabah on this day.

Brothers,
Is it proper for us to celebrate and glorify the Day of Asyura? To answer it, we must refer to Al-Quran and Sunnah.

Allah s.w.t says in surah At-Taubah, verse 36:
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Which means: Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein, and fight against the idolaters collectively , as they fight against you collectively. But know that Allah is with those who are pious.
It is forbidden to go to war on these four sacred months. It is also encouraged for us to fast many days on these months. The Prophet s.a.w said in a hadith narrated by Ibn Majah:
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Which means: Fast in those sacred months.

The four sacred months are Rejab, Zulkaedah, Zulhijjah dan Muharram. And the Day of Asyura occurs on the 10th day of Muharram.

With regards to the virtues of fasting on Day of Asyura, the Prophet s.a.w said in a hadith sahih narrated by Imam Muslim:

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Which means: I hope that by fasting on the Day of Asyura, Allah will forgive last yearâ??s sins.

This is reward that awaits those who fast with sincerity on the Day of Asyura. And it was reported in a hadith that before the fast in Ramadan was made obligatory, Rasulullah s.a.w told Muslims to fast on the Day of Asyura.

But fasting is encouraged not just on the Day of Asyura per se. In fact, it is also encouraged to fast on the first 10 days of Muharram, and on the 13, 14 dan 15 days Muharram. Allah s.w.t says in surah Al-Fajr, ayat 2:
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Which means: And by the ten nights.

Some scholars of tafsir said that those 10 days belong to the first 10 days of Muharram.

Let us grasp this golden opportunity. We star the new year by showing servitude to Allah. And we hope by doing that, the rest of this year will see us getting closer to Allah.

Brothers,
The command to fast in the month of Ramadan was revealed by Allah on the second year of Hijrah. In the first year, the Prophet s.a.w command Muslims to fast on the Day of Asyura. This is supported be the following hadith narrated Bukhari and Muslim from Ibnu â??Abbas r.a:
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Which means: When the Prophet s.a.w reached Medina, he found that the Jews were fasted on the Day of Asyura. He asked them: What is the significance of this day that you all fast in it? They answered: â??This is the day which Allah s.w.t saved Prophet Musa a.s and his people, and the day Allah drowned the Pharaoh and his army. So Prophet Musa a.s fasted on this day as a sign of gratefulness to Allah.â? The Prophet s.a.w said again: â??We have more rights on Prophet Musa a.s then you allâ?. So he fasted on the day of Asyura, and he commanded Muslims to do likewise.

In the hadith that I recited just now, it is clear that Rasulullah s.a.w did not feel shy to ask from other people about certain matter, event from the Jews. And the Prophet s.a.w did not shy from incorporating what is good in other community to Islam. There are two lessons that can be learned from.

First: We must push aside any feelings of embarrassment and shyness when we are studying and gleaning knowledge from other communities, regardless of race and religion.

Allah s.w.t gives knowledge to whomever He wishes, regardless of race and religion. So one community cannot look down on others. Each community has its own strength and weaknesses. WE learn from strength of other communities to lessen the weaknesses in our community. And if we do this, the racial gap can be minimized.

The second lesson is that we cannot be stingy from sharing knowledge to others, even though they are not of the same race or religion. The Jews themselves did not withhold information from our Prophet s.a.w on their reason for fasting on the Day of Asyura.

Thus, we are required to share with others, especially the non-Muslims, the beauty, purity and simplicity of Islam. This exchange of information will give rise to a worthwhile conclusion. The person either embraces Islam, or they will understand our religion, like we with theirs.

In the end, the community will live together harmoniously because the understanding between the different religions already existed.

These are the two lessons that can be learnt from the story on the Day of Asyura. We cannot shy away from asking for knowledge, and we must not refrain from sharing with others about Islam.

May Allah s.w.t accept our fast on the Day of Asyura, amen.

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Friday Khutbah (15 December 2006): The Value of Patience in Life

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
Friday Sermon
15 December 2006 / 24 Zulkaedah 1427
The Value of Patience in Life

Friday Khutbah (15 December 2006) Download

Maâ??asyiral Muslimin rahimakumullah,

Together, let us improve and raise our level of taqwa to Allah s.w.t. by doing everything that He as commanded us to do and to refrain from all that He has forbade us from doing. And hopefully; by doing so, we will be able to get His blessings and His acceptances for all our actions here on our short stay on earth.

During these times, we see one very important quality in those who are pious. This quality will help us get through the challenges and setbacks that we face in life with perseverance that is strong and robust. This quality, is called patience

Brothers,
In the context of life which we currently live in, it does not matter where we are; we are constantly being tested by Allah s.w.t. with a lot of challenges and setbacks. Allahâ??s tests are major. He tests each and every one of His creations, whether they are Prophets or just any other human being on earth.

In this case, Allah s.w.t. has mentioned in the holy Al-Qurâ??an:

Which means: â??We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives and crops. But give good news to those who are patient.â? [Al-Baqarah-155]

Brothers,

In the verse that was just mentioned. It is clear that Allah s.w.t. the Almighty is Most-able to test us, and He will continue to do so. Allah s.w.t. will constantly test the level and value of our patience.

When we talk about patience, have we ever asked ourselves what is the true meaning of patience in Islam?

Brothers,
Patience, as defined by Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali in his well-known book Ihyaâ?? Ulumuddin, is likened to a group of religiously influenced people fighting against another group which is influenced by emotions and desires.

In Islam, there are three types of patience:

Firstly: Patience in handling challenges and Allahâ??s tests
Let us look back at the history of our Prophets and Messengers sent by Allah azza wa jalla. From as early as the days of Adam a.s. till the blessed days of our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., they were strong and patient when being challenged and tested and were steadfast throughout their lives.

As an example, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. during his glorious lifetime was often famished and in hunger. He never ever had a full meal. There were times when he even tied his stomach with a few rocks to hold his agony in hunger

Secondly: Patience in obeying to Allahâ??s commands.
In our daily lives, especially when performing our ibadats and rituals, we are taught to be patient and to be steadfast to Allahâ??s orders.

Saiyiduna Umar bin Abdul Aziz r.a. once said : â??The best kind of act is one that is forced upon oneself. (To train one selfâ??s patience)â?.

The obedience of a Muslim towards Allah s.w.t. and his Messenger s.a.w. must be based and backed by a strong character of patience. This is because without patience; it is hard for us to consistently perform all our religious obligations with complete sincerity.

With related to being patient when performing our obligations to Allah s.w.t. A verse in the Qurâ??an states:

Means: â?And be patient to Allahâ??s commandments, for you are under our observance, and celebrate the praises of Thy Lord the while Thou standest forth,â? [At-Thur : 48]

Thirdly: Patience in refraining oneself from doing bad and unlawful acts which have been prohibited by Allah s.w.t.

In the context, when trying to stay away from bad and unruly acts, our patience can really be tested. To refrain from doing things that attract Allahâ??s wrath is especially hard.

For example, it is very hard for a man to avoid the urge of wanting to look at a beautiful lady, especially if she is not fully covering her modesty.

Patience is also needed for us to not hurt others; especially our wives, our children and our parents.

Also, to refrain from saying anything bad about another person, to backstab, to condemn and criticize others, to talk about another personâ??s weaknesses for no apparent reason. Patience is very much required to be part of ourselves, as our values and principles in life.

Without patience, some of us may have put ourselves in a very lowly position as Allahâ??s slaves by becoming a slave to our own urges and desires.

In relation to this, Allah azza wa jalla had mentioned in the Qurâ??an in Surah Yusuf, verse 53:

Meaning: â??I do not pretend to be blameless, for manâ??s very soul incites him to evil unless my Lord shows mercy. He is Most Forgiving, Most Mercifulâ?.

Brothers,
As Muslims, we must be aware that to have patience is very important for all human beings. It is an extremely respectful character for us to have.

As Muslims we have to believe that patience is a quality that is very important for all of us to have in ourselves. And humans cannot afford to abstain themselves from this precious character.

Most importantly, for some of us who are trying to get through our rigorous lifestyles. There is a challenge for us to try and understand the true meaning of Islam. And there is also the challenge to present Islam as a religion that is a blessing to all of mankind. These challenges have to be faced with a great amount of patience as well as intelligence. If we are able to do so; Insya Allah, our community will be one that is strong in its principles, and also as one that can contribute positively for its religion and nation.

By making patience as part of our character; may we be able to succeed in this lifetime and in the hereafter. Amin Ya Robbal â??alamin.