This Khutbah discusses the responsibilities we have as Muslims towards the Prophet SAW.[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/TheRightsOfTheProphetSaw/REC007_64kb.mp3]
This khutbah (sermon) was delivered by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf of the Zaytuna Institute in San Francisco on Friday 20th February as part of the nationwide effort to raise awareness about domestic violence within muslim communities.
As I was browsing around to see how Imam’s addressed the issue in different mosques around the U.S, I found Sheikh Hamza Yousef’s treatment of the matter in his sermon very enlightening, especially for those Muslims and non-Muslims who bring up the Quran in 4:34.
This verse is frequently interpreted as giving women complete control over their own income and property, while obliging men to be responsible for maintaining their female relatives.
A small minority of Muslims interprets the verse as meaning men have an everlasting superiority over women, and thus the authority to beat women with few regulations. This interpretation, however, is neither mainstream nor supported by any prominent Muslim religious leader.
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf basically dispels the myth in a pretty clear manner and addresses the larger moral Islamic issues on this problem.
Related: khutbah on domestic violence by Hesham Hassaballah in Chicago the same day (also as part of the nationwide program in US mosques).
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Question on the Friday Khutbah: Dr. Abdullah Bin Bayyah
“Is allowable for me to pray behind and Imam who reads the second khutbah in a language other than Arabic?”
The origin is that the Friday sermon is conducted in the Arabic Language and this is the opinion of the majority of the scholars. However, Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy upon him, allowed for the sermon to be given in a language other than Arabic. Therefore, there is nothing to stop one from praying with this Imam particularly if the people of that country do not [speak/understand] Arabic. However, we advice this Imam to, at a minimum, mention a few words in Arabic during the Friday sermon such as, remember Allah and seek Allahâ??s pardon. These [Arabic phrases] will allow this Imam to avoid falling into a disliked act, differences and doubts that surround this issue. We ask Allah to guide you and us.
Source: Dr. Abdullah bin Bayyah
The Aadaab of Jumuah
Every Muslim should make preparations for jumuah from Thursday. After the asr salaat of Thursday, he should make a lot of istighfaar. He should clean his clothes and keep them ready. If he does not have any perfume in his house, then if it is possible he should try and obtain some and keep it ready so that he will not get distracted with these things on jumuah. The pious people of the past have stated that the person to receive the most benefit on Friday will be that person who waits for it and who makes preparations for it from Thursday. The most unfortunate person will be he who does not even know as to when Friday will fall, so much so that he will ask the people in the morning as to which day this is. Some pious people used to go and stay in the jaame musjid from the night of jumuah in order to make full preparations for the following day. (Ihyaa ul-Uloom, vol. 1, page 161)
On the day of jumuah, ghusl should be made and the hair of the head and the rest of the body should be thoroughly washed. It is also very virtuous to use the miswaak on this day.
After making ghusl, a person should wear the best clothing that he possesses, and if possible he should also apply some perfume. He should also clip his nails.
He should try and go very early to the jaame musjid. The earlier a person goes, the more reward he will receive. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
“On the day of jumuah, the angels stand at the entrance of that musjid in which jumuah salaat is to be offered. They write down the name of the person who enters the musjid first, and thereafter the name of the person who follows, and they continue doing this. The person who entered first will receive the reward of sacrificing a camel in the path of Allah, the one who followed him will get the reward of sacrificing a cow, thereafter a chicken, thereafter the reward of giving an egg as charity in the path of Allah. Once the khutbah commences, the angels close the register and begin listening to the khutbah.”
— (Bukhari and Muslim)
In olden times, the roads and alleys used to be extremely busy in the mornings and at fajr time. All the people used to go so early to the jaame musjid and there used to be such a large crowd that it used to look like the days of eid. Later, when this habit was given up, people began saying that this is the first innovation in Islam. After writing this, Imam Ghazali rahmatullahi alayh says:
“Aren’t the Muslims ashamed of themselves that the Jews and Christians go so early in the morning to their synagogues and churches on Saturdays and Sundays. Those who are businessmen go so early to the bazaars in order to do their buying and selling. Why dont the Muslims do the same?”
The reality of the situation is that the Muslims have totally reduced the value of this blessed day. They do not even know what day this is, and what a high status it has. How sad it is that the day which was more valuable than eid in the eyes of Muslims of the past, which Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was proud of and the day which was not granted to the previous nations has become so dishonoured at the hands of Muslims today and it is such a great ingratitude to the favour of Allah Taala that the consequence of all this can be seen with our very eyes.
By going walking for the jumuah salaat, one gets the reward of fasting for one year for every step that he takes. (Tirmidhi)
On Fridays, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to recite Surah Alif Laam Meem Sajdah and Surah Hal Ataa, in the fajr salaat. These Surahs should therefore be occassionally recited in the fajr salaat on Fridays. Occassionally they should be left out so that people do not regard their recitation as wajib.
For the jumuah salaat, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to recite the following Surahs : al-Jumuah and al-Munaafiqun, or al-Ala and al-Ghaashiyah.
There is a lot of reward in reciting Surah Kahf either before the jumuah salaat or after it. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
“The person who recites Surah Kahf on Fridays, a nur will appear for him from below the arsh as high as the skies. This light will help him in the darkness of the day of resurrection. And all the sins which he may have committed from the last Friday till this Friday will be forgiven.”
The ulama have written that this Hadith refers to minor sins because major sins are not forgiven without making taubah.
There is more reward in reciting durood on Fridays than on other days. It has been mentioned in the Hadith that durood should be recited abundantly on Fridays.
The 12th of the Islamic month Rabi al-Awwal, Friday night and Saturday, March 30th and 31st, is considered by many to be the date of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (Mawlid an-Nabi), upon him be peace. While we benefit every day from the coming into this world of the blessed Messenger of God, upon him be peace, the mawlid is an occasion to celebrate the great blessing he was to all of creation.
Zaytuna Institute would like to invite you to a special community gathering.
Friday, March 30th, 6:30 p.m.
with Shaykh Hamza and Imam Zaid and special guests
– Community Dinner at 6:30
– Special lectures and nasheeds after Maghrib
This program is free, and all are welcome.