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Friday Sermon Text Return To Greatness Through Islam

Friday Sermon Text 3 March 2017AD JAWI

Return To Greatness Through Islam

Let us together reflect upon the question: what is Islam and what makes it impressive? To answer that, we first must realize the true nature of humans who live on this earth.
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As Allah SWT has stated in Surah Al-An'am, verse 32:Which means: “And the worldly life is not but amusement and diversion; but the home of the Hereafter is best for those who fear Allah SWT, so will you not reason?”

Acknowledge the fact that our purpose in this life is simply to build our conviction and devotion towards Allah SWT alone. Through conviction and faith, we will surely be victorious, peaceful and secure in the eternal Hereafter. Therefore, the only way to build conviction and devotion is to obey Allah SWT through compliance of Islamic laws.

In reality, many Muslims today are becoming increasingly distant from practicing the true Islamic way of life. They seem to have lost faith in Islam, a way of life which ensures happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.

Let us ponder upon this affirmation by Allah SWT, in Surah Ali Imran, verse 85:  Which means: “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good)”.

Although our ultimate goal is achieving happiness in the Hereafter, we must also remember that we are also vicegerents of Allah SWT on earth, who are responsible to administer this world according to the rules set by Him.

Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said: هَا َكنَهَارِهَا لَ ُ ، لَيْل ِ ك . غ عَْنهَا بَعْدِيِإَّلّا هَالِ ُ ُكُ ْم عَلَى الْبَيْ َضاء ا يَزِي قَْد تَرَْكت Which means: “Indeed I have left you upon a clear white path, its night is like its day. No one deviates from it after me, except that he is destroyed.”

We will definitely be great with Islam, because Islam is the religion recognised by Allah SWT. We can be magnificent with Islam because Allah SWT will always be with us, if we remain devoutly on His path.

Let us start with knowledge, as knowledge is the light that illuminates our path. There are three basic types of knowledge which must be emphasised and acquired in this life, namely:

First: The Knowledge of Faith
Second: Knowledge about Islam
Third: Knowledge in obtaining Ihsan

Sayiddina Umar Al Khattab RA offered a reminder: ن ح ن ق و م أع زن ه إ ا الل ب ال ب ت غ ي ن ا ال ع ز ة ب غ ي ر ه ، أذ ل ن س ل ا م. ف إن ا ه ا الل Which means: "We are all honoured by Allah SWT through Islam. But, if we seek glory apart from Islam, Allah SWT will humiliate us."

Don’t even dare to dream of becoming leaders of the world, let alone be put on a pedestal or be held in high regard if we do not practice Islam completely.

Reflect upon the reminder given by Rasulullah SAW, as recorded by Imam Abu Dawud Rahimahullah and narrated by al-'Irbadh bin Sariyah RA: Which means: “Follow my Sunnah, and the practices of the Rightly Guided Caliphs who come after me. Hold steadfast to that like a bite with your molar teeth”

Ending the sermon today, let us together reflect on some takeaways as our guidance:

First: Islam is a religion of blessings, harmony, progress, excellence and is a comprehensive way of life.
Second: Understanding and embracing Islam is a continuous and endless process. Seek the knowledge of Islam in order to increase our faith and conviction.
Third: Restore the beauty and grandeur of Islam through our earnest embrace of its practices in our life.

Allah SWT declared in Surah as-Saf, verse 7:  Which means: “Who does greater wrong than one who invents falsehood against Allah, even as he is being invited to Islam? And Allah guides not those who do wrong.”
Tags: islam, khutbah
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