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Friday Sermon Text Revere The Monarchy, Respect The Nation

Friday Sermon Text 1 February 2019AD / 26 Jamadilawal 1440H JAWI

Revere The Monarchy, Respect The Nation

Allah SWT has made us his vicegerents on earth. We are responsible to build up and to develop this world, which is not an easy task especially when it is a heavy responsibility, as indicated by Allah SWT in surah al-Ahzab, verse 72:“Indeed, we offered the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it; but man [undertook to] bear it.jawi_logo.jpg Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant.”

Matters relating to the nation’s leadership is very important and vital in Islam. Among the blessings and love of Allah SWT shown upon certain peoples and nations is that He confers to its citizens the leaders who have conviction.

Islam teaches its followers to inculcate good feelings of patriotism and love for the nation, for the sake of the religion. Prophets of the past especially Prophet Ibrahim A.S. professed his love for his nation in his supplication to Allah SWT.

The basis of his love was for his religious beliefs. This is based on what was stated by Allah SWT in surah al-Baqarah, verse 126:“And [mention] when Ibraham said, "My Lord, make this a secure city and provide its people with fruits - whoever of them believes in Allah and the Last Day." [Allah] said. "And whoever disbelieves - I will grant him enjoyment for a little; then I will force him to the punishment of the Fire, and wretched is the destination."

The love and affection towards a country and motherland is normal for mankind.The key is to practice tolerance in our socialising and daily life.

Obeying leaders who are fair and just is considered obligatory. This has been agreed by a majority of tafsir scholars, jurists and many others. The command comes from Allah SWT. If citizens disobey leaders who are fair and just, then they are also disobeying Allah SWT.

Ponder upon what has been declared by Allah SWT in Surah an-Nisa’ verse 59:“O, you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result.”

Looking at the situation today, we should feel very sad and lament, for there exist a handful within the society who condemn the monarchy and its roles. They also profess their hatred towards the institution by ridiculing, disparaging and giving bad names to it in social media.

It is to be considered an agenda to plant the seeds of refusal to accept the monarchy in this country. Surely such actions should be deemed as treason, or ‘bughah’. Imam Muslim Rahimahullah narrated a hadith from Abu Hurairah RA, who reported that Rasulullah SAW said:“Whoever steps out from being obedient/compliant, and distances from the mainstream, and thereafter he dies, surely he would be the same as one who dies ignorant.”

Imam al-Bukhari Rahimahullah narrated from Abu Hurairah RA, who reported that Rasulullah SAW said:“Whoever obeys me, he has surely obeyed Allah and whoever disobeys me, he has surely disobeyed Allah. Whoever obeys my leaders, then he has surely obeyed me, and whoever disobeys my leaders, then he has surely disobeyed me.”

The hadith clearly indicates that the net effect of disobeying the advice and orders of leaders who call to Islam is the same as disobeying the Prophet SAW. Disobeying the Prophet SAW is the same as disobeying Allah SWT.

The takeaways from today’s sermon are as follows:

First: Islam commands its followers to obey leaders, for so long as they do not command the doing of evil towards Allah SWT.

Second: Islam prohibits acts of treason, or bughah, towards leaders, or humiliating, professing acts of challenging or belittling them.

Third: Islam teaches its followers to have the spirit of patriotism, respecting leaders and loving the nation for the sake of Islam.

Allah SWT declared in surah al-Ahzab verse 70 and 71:“O, you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.”
Tags: khutbah, monarchy, nation, respect
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