Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem
Just a few things to ponder on from today’s Friday Khutbah(sermon)…
ps. the words in brown are quoted from: https://thejourneytosalvation.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/friday-khutbah2-novembersingapore/
One of the companions who came from the tribe of Khazraj and was present during the Pledge of ‘Aqabah was ‘Ubadah Bin Al-Samit. He narrated that Rasulullah s.a.w. said, which means:
“Promise me that you shall not associate anything with Allah: whether in worship, His attributes, His power or His authority. You shall not steal, nor indulge in adultery or fornication, nor practice the custom of killing your own children, nor falsely accuse or backbite anyone in front or from their backs, and that you will not disobey in performing good deeds and just cause.”
“Whoever breaches any of these terms, will be punished in this world, and that will be his redemption (or kaffarah).”
“However, if anyone of you breach the terms of this agreement by performing against the very deeds that we have agreed today, but Allah conceals his actions from being known to man, then his matter is with Allah. If Allah wishes, He may punished him and if Allah wishes, He may forgive him for his deeds.”
Doesn’t mean you are happy, contented and living comfortably in this world that Allah loves you and is happy with what you are doing. Nobody alive today knows whether Allah is happy with Him or not. We can only make du’a to The One whose opinion matters, to be shown the Truth and to be guided to the right way.
Allah Ta’aalaa said:
((Behold, the youths betook themselves to the Cave: they said, “Our Lord! bestow on us Mercy from Thyself, and dispose of our affair for us in the right way!”)) 18:10
اللهُمَّ أَرِنَا الحَقَّ حَقّاً وَارْزُقْنَا التِبَاعَةَ وَأَرِنَا البَاطِلَ بَاطِلاً وَارْزُقْنَا اجْتِنَابَهُ، بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ
O Allah! Let us see the good as good, and bless us with following it. And show us the falsehood as falsehood, and bless us with staying away from it, with Your mercy, O Most Merciful!
(By the way, this du’a is… SubhanAllah…the effects are just…MashaAllah…)
‘Ubadah then continued: “I therefore took my allegiance with the Prophet.” Hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari.
In summary, the contents of the message invited the people of ‘Aus and Khazraj to give their allegiance based on the teachings of Islam, that is:
(1) To not associate anyone or anything with Allah,
(2) To not commit any sins that will be detrimental to our own selves,(As it will be the cause of Alla’h Wrath upon our selves)
(3) To not commit any sins that will aggrieve others,
(4) To not backbite or slander,
(5) To not disobey Rasulullah s.a.w.
Subhanallah! These are the essence of the agreement made in ‘Aqabah that had been appreciated, understood and practiced by the people of ‘Aus and Khazraj until they managed to turn their lives around from syirik to belief, from being enemies to loving each other, from injustices to fairness that benefits everyone.
Question: How did number 1-5 above pull people out of darkness to light, turn enmity to friendship and turn unfairness to fairness?
Please share the fruits of your reflection in the comments box so that all of us could benefit:)
To aid in your reflection, Allah Ta’aalaa said:
((Nor can goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (Evil) with what is better: Then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate!)) 41:34
May Allah make it easy for us to reflect deep into our hearts and minds to find the Truth…Ameen Ya Rabb Al-Aalameen