“Mercy sown, forgiveness harvested”
The most valuable bounty bestowed by Allah upon us in these moments is becoming among His slaves that have completed the ordainment of fasting and performing righteous deeds throughout Ramadaan. Furthermore, we have been blessed with the opportunity to come to the house of Allah as His guests, and perform the „Eid prayer with joyfulness, victory, and hope.
Such is the promise of Allah, proclaimed in verses 14-15 of soorah alA„la: “He has certainly succeeded who purifies himself. And mentions the name of his Lord and prays.”
We have crossed Ramadaan‟s finish line with success, with jubilation radiating between the takbeer and tahmeed, praising and exalting Allah, the Only Deity worthy of worship, who has promised ample goodness and forgiveness upon the soul just like the pure and clean white cloth. How could we not be happy when such promise has been engraved in Lawh Mahfoodh, as mentioned in verse 58 of soorah Yoonus:“Say, “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy - in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate.””
Let us ponder, for verily the characteristics of rahmah (merciful) and loving belongs to Allah. Allah is AR-RAHMAAN and AR-RAHEEM, which means the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. Verily, it is with those very characteristics that all living creatures are bestowed with the trait of mercy. Similarly with the relatives and neighbors, all would have the feeling of respect, rahmah, and love amongst them.
How glorious and clear the praise that Allah granted through the tongue of His Messenger, conveyed in a narration mentioned by „Abdullah bin „Amr radiyAllaahu „anhuma: ِء“The Compassionate One has mercy on those who are merciful. If you show mercy to those who are on the earth, He Who is in the heaven will show mercy to you.” (Abu Dawood)
How unfortunate when the trait of rahmah has vanished from our lives!
How unfortunate it is when the trait of rahmah has been stripped away from human society!
How sad when there are aging parents that are thrown into nursing homes.
How ugly when there are siblings fighting each other for the estate that is actually insignificant (petty amount)!
How awkward that the neighbors would not greet one another due to disputes on trivial matters that could have easily been resolved through consultation!
How ugly are the faces of the wealthy people who would ignore the suffering of the poor and needy!
How beautiful if we as an ummah would always uphold a banner with huge writings mentioning tawjeehaat (directive guiding rules) from Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta„aala and reminders from Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم .Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta„aala mentions in verse 159 of soorah Aal-„Imraan:“So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter....”
Similarly with a reminder from Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم himself, mentioned in a narration from Abu Hurayrah radiyAllaahu „anh: “He who is not merciful to others, will not be treated mercifully.” (al-Bukhaari)
Also, in the hadeeth of al-A„mash radiyAllaahu „anh, where Rasulullahصلى الله عليه وسلمsaid: ْ“Don’t sever relations of kinship, don’t bear enmity against one another, don’t bear aversion against one another and don’t feel envy against the other and live as fellow-brothers as Allah has commanded you.” (Muslim)
Let us listen to Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم in a hadeeth Qudsi from Abu Hurayrah radiyAllaahu „anh where he صلى الله عليه وسلمsaid: َ“Verily, Allah would say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who have mutual love for My Glory’s sake? Today I shall shelter them in My shadow when there is no other shadow but the shadow of Mine.” (Muslim)
Today, we are receiving a precious gift from Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. What is that gift? The answer is “ عِ ْ ح ق ِم َ ً َّ الىاز “ which means freedom from the Hellfire. Therefore, it is only befitting that we worship and praise Allah with takbeer, tahmeed, and tahleel. Furthermore, we are still hopeful and hoping, without fail, for gifts upon gifts, for blissfulness and comfort, while heading towards the Hereafter that is eternally forever. “And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly.” (al-Baqarah 2:281)
The second khutbah
First: Islam is a way of life that not only governs matters pertaining to specific worship. On the contrary, Islam encompasses the entire life system in attaining success in the world and the Hereafter.
Second: „Eid is a celebration of worship, celebrating the success harvested throughout Ramadaan.
Third: There is a handful “funny” individuals that are demanding for the rights of same-sex marriage, namely a man marrying another man, a woman marrying another woman. Without a doubt, such tendency is like turning the clock backwards, yearning to live without religion and civilization. The Muslim ummah that had just completed the „ibaadah of fasting are advised to remain istiqaamah in clinging firmly upon the religion of Allah and avoiding such devilish mindset.
Fourth: In the blissfulness of celebrating the day of success, we as Muslims are reminded to preserve our own and our family‟s safety.
Fifth: We as an ummah that is rejoicing on this morning of „Eid, should not forget our parents and relatives, especially those unfortunate ones, wherever they may be. Therefore, it is obligated upon us to continue to give charity, zakaat, infaaq, and other forms of aid to help alleviate their suffering, as well as visiting them
Fitrah umat, Membingkai muafakat, Rakyat berkat.
It is the nature of the ummah, To form cohesiveness, And the citizens would become blessed.
Sixth: The Muslim ummah are highly advised to continue all forms of righteous deeds and virtues after Ramadaan has ended, specifically the fasting of six days in Shawwaal.