Eidul Adha khutbah-The Impact of Takwa in Our Lives

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Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura

Khutbah for Eidul Adha

15 October 2013 / 10 Zulhijjah 1433

The Impact of Takwa in Our Lives

Dear blessed jema’ah,

On this morning that is filled with blessings and glory, let us reignite our takwa to Allah with all our hearts and souls. Let us offer our utmost gratitude and our praises for Allah s.w.t. The God that has granted us this life and all the blessings that come with it; the God that has blessed us with the light of iman and takwa in our lives.

 

May we be able to continue to protect the seed of takwa that Allah has placed in our hearts, and may it continue to blossom with every tahmid and takbir that we utter in our hearts and with our tongues. May Allah accept all the ibadah performed by our brothers and sisters who are in the holy land, answering His call to perform their hajj obligation. May Allah s.w.t. also accept our sacrifices that some of us will be performing soon after.

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,

Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahil Hamd

Dear beloved jemaah,

On this beautiful morning, allow me to share a story of two siblings who had presented their sacrifices to Allah s.w.t., and how Allah s.w.t. had both accepted and rejected their sacrifices. These siblings I am referring to here is none other than the sons of Nabi Adam a.s., named Habil and Qabil. The story began when Nabi Adam wanted to marry them to the partners that he had selected for them. However, after informing them of his choices, Qabil was unable to accept his decision to marry him off to Habil’s sister. In order to resolve the problem, Nabi Adam a.s. then suggested for both Habil and Qabil to present their sacrifices to Allah s.w.t. The owner of the sacrifice that is accepted by Allah will be given the right to choose his own partner. The outcome of this was recorded in the Quran, in surah Al-Maidah, verse 27:

 

Which mean: “And recite to them the story of Adam’s two sons, in truth, when they both offered a sacrifice [to Allah], and it was accepted from one of them but was not accepted from the other. Said [Qabil], “I will surely kill you.” Said [Habil], “Indeed, Allah only accepts from the muttaqin [those who are righteous].

 

Dear jemaah, this verse informs us that between Habil and Qabil, it was Habil’s sacrifice that was accepted by Allah s.w.t, while Qabil’s sacrifice was not. Why is this so? What had caused the latter’s sacrifice to be rejected by Allah s.w.t.?

 

Some scholars is of the opinion that the main reason why Habil’s sacrifice was accepted by Allah s.w.t. was because he carried it out solely for Allah’s sake. He also chose the best from his livestock to present to Allah. This thus reminds us of the importance to always strive to give the best for Allah s.w.t., and not just be contented with merely fulfilling the conditions for the validity of a particular hukum or a commandment. While it is commendable to perform a good act, Islam wants us to also do it with sincerity, commitment and the strong desire to ensure that the act will be carried out with care and not just to do it carelessly and sloppily.

 

Hence ladies and gentlemen, it is important for us to be constantly aware that the outcomes that we hope to achieve from our acts of worship, so that we are better able to take the necessary steps to ensure that we can achieve these outcomes.  We do not want to become like those who utter their zikir to Allah and to give selawat to the Prophet s.a.w., yet we continue to utter insulting and hurtful words to others, allowing our hearts to be consumed by grudges, malice and hatred.

 

We also do not want to become like those who perform their worships diligently, but yet we still seem to  care for the sufferings of those around us, or we still bear enmity and animosity towards others, we are arrogant and we do not even smile to our neighbours and acquaintances.  If we are still doing all these things, then we need to reflect again on our intentions for doing these acts of worship in the first place. Are they based on takwa and the desire to be closer to Allah sw.t.? Or have we been unknowingly distracted by the whispers of syaitan, so much so that our acts of worship become contradictory to our characters and daily actions?

 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,

Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahil Hamd

Dear jema’ah,

In order to ensure that our acts of worship will always bring about positive effects in ourselves and our families, we need to always ensure that our takwa is renewed constantly. It is takwa that will guide and protect our sincerity in performing our ibadah. It will also help us to achieve our intentions in performing ibadah, which is to become closer to Allah s.w.t.; to be virtuous and compassionate, and to make us better contributors to those around us and beyond. That is why Allah s.w.t. reminds us that in performing the korban ritual or the sacrifice, it is takwa that determines if our ibadah will be accepted:

 

Which mean: “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety (takwa) from you that reaches Him. Thus have We made them subject to you that you may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you. And give glad tidings (of good rewards) to those who strive to do good”. 

 

My dear jemaah, what Allah wants from our sacrifice is not the quantity of the meat. However, what is wanted is for us to become human beings whose hearts will not feel burdened to part with our wealth for the sake of Allah s.w.t. Hopefully with this small sacrifice of ours, our takwa for Allah s.w.t. will continue to bloom and blossom.

 

However, what do we understand from takwa that we hope for from our sacrifices? My dear brothers and sisters, it is true as narrated by Imam Muslim, that when Rasulullah s.a.w. was explaining the meaning of takwa, and he indicated that it lies in the heart. However, the effects of takwa is far more encompassing and in depth. Takwa comes from the word waqaya and literally it means “to protect”. It is hence very much appropriate for our scholars to define takwa as carrying out all of Allah’s commandments and to stay away from all His prohibitions.

 

There are several effects or impact of takwa:

First: Having takwa will ensure that we will always be guided from committing vices and harming ourselves, our families, our community, and even the world. With takwa, then he should be better able to control himself from causing harm to his iman and to his life. Having takwa would also mean that one would be able to make one’s heart to always uphold what is good and what Allah has commanded, although it might be against his or her own wishes. In short, takwa is our moral compass that we need in navigating our lives; be it in our ibadah, career, studies and also as a member of a larger community.

 

The effects of having takwa can be seen in the story of milk seller that has been narrated in the story by Ibn Asakir in his book Tarikh Dimasyq.

 

One night, Saidina Umar was as usual walking around the city to better understand the living conditions of the people of Madinah. When he was passing by a house, he overheard a conversation between a daughter and her mom. The daughter told the mother: “O mother, the milk that we get from the goat is too little!” The mother then answered “Yes, maybe it is due to the drought.” She then continued, “O my child, since the passing of your father, our family income has been badly affected. Why don’t you add water to the milk so that it would seem more than it actually is, and hence, we will then be able to get more profit! Besides, Umar r.a. and his officers will never come to know about it!” However, the daughter refused to do as instructed and said: “Mother, although no one could see us mixing the milk with water, Allah does. Allah will always know all of our actions no matter how hard we try to conceal it. I do not want to commit this dishonest act, be it in public or in private, for I believe that Allah will always see what we do at every moment”.

 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,

Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahil Hamd

Dear jema’ah, subhanallah! In the story that I have just shared with you, we have witnessed the effect of takwa, not just on the one who possesses it, but it has also saved those around her from falling into the pit of immorality and transgression. Although they were in a state of difficulty, the takwa implanted in the daughter’s heart had protected her and her mother from disobeying Allah s.w.t. The voice of takwa within her was successful in overcoming the whispers of syaitan, and that is why she could not bear being dishonest in her trade.

 

From this story, we learn of the second effect of takwa. It endows one’s soul with the realisation that every single action will be held accountable to Allah s.w.t. With this realization, we will not be able to bring ourselves to commit acts that will damage our natural resources, like wasting water and cutting down trees without replacing them. This realization will thus be the fortress that will protect us from turning into a businessman who cheats clients of their money; from becoming a cheating spouse; an ungrateful child, and an employee that betrays the employer’s trust and many other vices.

 

The outcome from this realisation that Allah will hold us accountable will bring us to the third effect of takwa, and that is the readiness to sacrifice everything that might seem fun and fascinating, but is disliked by Allah due to its negative long-term effect in this world or in the hereafter.

 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,

Allahu Akbar Wa Lillahil Hamd

Dear jema’ah,

Pure takwa can be achieved, among others, through profound knowledge. Prophet Ibrahim a.s., for example, has been narrated in the Quran as having substantially used a logical approach in understanding the existence of The One God. For example, he a.s. had asked his community to analyse how the stars, moon and sun are all creations for they will all rise and set; come and go; while a God should never do so. Through that approach, he was able to conclude for his community that the One who possesses the supreme power and the One who created and governs the universe, is the One who should be worshipped. And He is none other than Allah Azza Wa Jalla.

 

This is what we should emulate in every aspect of our life and iman. Prophet Ibrahim analysed and contemplated on his surroundings. He pondered upon Allah’s creation in his process of finding Allah and looking for solutions for life’s challenges. For example, in assisting our brothers and sisters who are living in poverty, we would need to look into the issue from various aspects; such as the family values and practices; the spending habits; financial planning skills; and if they are informed of the assistance made available to them and so on.

 

May Allah grant us with the zest and the wisdom to continue strengthening our takwa in Him. May Allah place us and our loved ones amongst those who are of the highest takwa on the Day of Judgment.

 

O Allah! You are our God. On this blessed morning of Eidul Adha, we pray that You will accept all our good deeds, and that of our relatives’. May these good deeds will later become our tickets to enter Your paradise.

O Allah! Please forgive us of our sins, and that of our parents’. Make us Your servants who are always thankful and in constant gratitude for all Your blessings. Make takwa the guide in our lives. Help us in preserving and protecting our takwa regardless of the challenges that we might face in time to come.

 

O Allah! Please do not turn our hearts away from obeying and submitting to You. Show us the right path, and place us and our offspring amongst those who constantly strive to establish truth, and make us leaders that strive in Your cause.

 

O Allah! O our God! Bless us with what is good in this life and what is good in the hereafter. Protect us from the shackles of hell and the severity of Your punishments. Amin. Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

 

 

 

 

Salaam..

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