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Bismilláhir rahmánir raheem
Wa ash-hadu an Laa ilaaha ill-Alláh, wahdahoo laa shareeka lah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhoo warasooluh” All Praise is due to Alláh, We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our own evils and our own bad deeds. Anyone who is guided by Alláh, he is indeed guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him. I bear witness that there is no god but Alláh, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad, SAW, is His servant, and His messenger. Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem!
O You who believe, – Fear Allah, as He should be feared, and die not except as Muslims. Ya Ay-yuhal-latheena ‘aamanut taqul-laaha, wa qooloo qawlan sadeedaa. Yuslih-lakum a’maalakum wa yaghfir lakum thunoobakum, wamay yu-til-laaha warasoolah, faqad faaza fawzan atheemaa.” O You who believe, – Be aware of Allah, and speak a straightforward word. He will forgive your sins and repair your deeds. And whoever takes Allah and His Prophet as a guide, has already achieved a mighty victory. My Dear Brothers, our khutbah today is about Enduring Grief and Hardship. I am sure that each and every one of us has, at some point in his or her life, been visited by grief, tragedy, or tremendous loss, emotionally or materially. It may have been a serious illness or accident or death of a loved one, or we may have failed an important examination, or we may have seen a business or professional career which has grown and prospered over many years, finally come to disaster. To those who have suffered such a loss, their feelings are hard to describe adequately. There is a sense of utter despair, emptiness, and a numbing of the senses. It can become so intense that one actually questions the whole purpose and meaning of life. In this country we have many organisations and charities that offer professional help like bereavement counselling or advice on dealing with financial hardship. However, many people are unable to come to terms with sudden catastrophic loss, and therefore, we often hear of someone being so overcome with grief that they have taken leave of their senses, they suffer prolonged and repeated bouts of deep depression, a complete change of personality. In extreme cases, some victims of hardship lose all inclination for life at all and they commit suicide. How should we Muslims deal with intense personal suffering and grief? How should we comfort a friend or relative who is in distress?
Almighty Allah was pleased with him. his iman remained rock-solid. which appears in Sura Al. Allah subhanallahu ta’ala reminds us: “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger. But throughout this ordeal. and have the certainty in heart and mind. This inspiring story of Prophet Ayyub is a wonderful example to us all. and Allah gave him 7 sons and 3 daughters. loss and gain. hardship and suffering should never come as a complete surprise. especially from misfortune. A true believer should know that during his lifetime. 83 and 84: “And (remember) Ayyub when he cried to his Lord “Truly distress has seized me but You are the Most Merciful of those that are merciful.” They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah and Mercy and they are the ones that receive guidance. and his family crushed under his roof. His cattle were destroyed.” So We listened to him: We removed the distress that was on him and We restored his people to him and doubled their number as a Grace from Ourselves and a thing for commemoration for all who serve Us” Nabi Ayyub was a prosperous man. In fact. But he held fast to his faith in Allah. and saw four generations of his descendants before he died. When we encounter sudden hardship. but his family and friends returned to him. he must expect to be visited by success and failure. and his friends abandoned him. that at the end . and he suffered many hardships. He lived to a good old age. We must accept life as it comes. undiminished. I am reminded of a Turkish proverb which says that the best teacher is a bad experience. so he was restored to full health. In our arkaanul Imaan. Who say when afflicted with calamity: “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhir raji-oon” “To Allah we belong and to Him is our return. we should not feel sorry for ourselves. We cannot value anything without knowing its opposite. his faith. somewhere during our lifetime. because self-pity leads us nowhere. As a further calamity he was covered with ugly sores from head to foot. we say: “Wa bil qadri khairi wash sharr-ree minal laahi ta ‘Aalah. This is the inseparable duality of life. Not only was his prosperity redoubled. It is a test of our iman. Allah promises us some hardship as a certainty. We should place our complete trust in Allah subhanallahu ta’ala.” “And the consequences of good and evil. his servants killed by the sword. some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. with equal grace and forbearance. unswerving. come from Allah” Let us consider Nabi Ayyub’s example. verses 155-157. and we should not despair. pleasure and pain. in the best of times and the worst of times.Anbiyya_h. because there are lessons to be learnt from every situation. v. Because of this. with faith in Allah. our faith in Allah.” From these verses we can see that in a Muslim’s life.In Súra Al-Baqara.
and He will recognise you in times of distress. Remember that victory comes with patience. To a Believer. especially in . we know that even in the noonday of life. Allah’s love and mercy will embrace us. what missed you could not have hit you. wa ala áli Muhammad. we live in the shadow of death. A hadith narrated by Abu ‘Abbas ‘Abdullah. wa ala ali ibrahim. in the peak of our prosperity. says: “Remember Allah in times of ease. we are just a few short paces away from poverty and in the prime of our good health. Yá ay yuhal latheena ámanu sallú alayhi wasalli mú tas leema. Second Khutbah: “Soob’ hanallahi wal hamdu lillah. kama salayta ala Ibrahim. innaka hameedun majeed. “Verily in the Messenger of Allah we have the finest of examples” Prophet Muhammad [sallal-láhu ‘alayhi wasallam] also endured much pain and hardship. Fil ála meen. Allahumma barik ala Muhammad. Innalláha wa malaaikata yusallúna alan nabi. Allahumma salli alá Muhammad. kama barakta ala Ibrahim. Although we do not welcome hardship.of our pain and suffering. relief comes with affliction and ease comes with hardship”. illness lurks in the shadows nearby. wa ala ali Ibrahim. good fortune and misfortune are merely two sides of the same coin of life. wala hawla wala quwwata illah billah yu althi yual theem” Glory to Allah! Praise to Allah! There is no power and no strength except from Allah! My dear Brothers. What hit you could not have missed you.
Many of his followers were killed for their acceptance of Islam. taunted. with extraordinary patience and perseverance. the hereafter will be much better for you than the present. Wadh dhuha_ Wal laili idza_ saja_ Ma_ wad da’aka rab buka wa ma_qala_ Wa lal a_khiratu khairul laka minal u_la_ Wa lasaufa yutika rabbuka fatarda_ Alam yajika yatiman fa a_wa_ Wa wajadaka da_lan fahada_ Wa wajadaka a_ilan fa agna_ Fa am mal yatima fala_ taqhar Wa am mas sa_ila fala_ tanhar Wa am ma_ bini mati rabbika fahad-dith “By the glorious morning light. the Quraish of Makka. …Whatever personal grief. reviled and persecuted by his own tribe. and gave you guidance? Therefore. he experienced every human hardship from loss of father. he was granted success in this world. but the blessings of your Lord Rehearse and proclaim!. nor is He displeased. This Sura addresses Nabi Muhammad directly. Because of his unswerving devotion to Allah. he was jeered. personal wealth and rejection from his tribe. treat not the orphan with harshness. He was an orphan. in all times and all circumstances. and by the night when it is still. but it also applies to all Muslims indirectly. During the early years of his mission. cared for by milk-mother. and gave you shelter and care? Have we not found you wandering. and in the hereafter. it would be appropriate to remember Sura Dhuha. Have we not found you an orphan.ha. grandfather. Verily. mother and grandfather to loss of dear friends. History has witnessed his achievements.” . and uncles. In the 63 years of our prophet Muhammad’s life.his youth. Your Lord has not forsaken you. threatened. nor turn away The petitioner unheard. suffering or loss we might encounter in our lifetime.
” (FADZKURULLAAHA 'AZHIIMI WA YADZKURKUM FASTAGHFIRULLAAHA YASTAJIB LAKUM WASYKURUUHU 'ALAA NI'MATIL LATII WA LADZIKRULLAAHU AKBARU WA AQIIMISH SHALAH) Fadth kuroonee adth kurkum. next time we encounter grief or hardship. with our Iman renewed and our trust in Allah redoubled.” [29:45]. 'IBAADALLAH INNALLAAHA YA-MURUU BIL 'ADLI WAL IHSAAN WA IITAA-I DZIL QURBAA WA YANHAA 'ANIL FAHSYAA-I WAL MUNKARI WAL BAGHYI YAIZHZHUKUM LA'ALLAKUM TADZAKKARUUN (Sura 16:90). “and remember Me: I will remember you. Be grateful to Me. “Surely Allah commands justice. At the end of every dark tunnel of despair is the reward of Allah.” Aqeemus salaah! . so that you may be reminded. and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you.Dear Brothers and Sisters. Let us pray. let us remember this Sura. and do not reject faith. wash kuroolee walaa tak furoon [2:152].” wala thikrul-Laahi akbar. Wal-Laahu ya’lamu maa tasna’oon. and Allah knows the deeds that you do. Remembrance of Allah is the Greatest Thing in life. that offered hope and reassurance to the greatest of men. Most Merciful. and to emerge from all the trials and tribulations of this life. Most Gracious. and we feel lonely and depressed. may Allah give us strength to endure hardship with patience. good deeds and generosity to others and to relatives. It offers the same hope and reassurance to us also. “and without doubt. and He forbids all shameful deeds.
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