Khutbah- Time

26Mar10

إن الحمد لله نحمده ونستعينه ونستغفره ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا من يهده الله فلا مضل له ومن يضلل فلا هادي له وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله حق تقاته ولا تموتن إلا وأنتم مسلمون

يا أيها الناس اتقوا ربكم الذي خلقكم من نفس واحدة وخلق منها زوجها وبث منهما رجالا كثيرا ونساء واتقوا الله الذي تساءلون به والأرحام إن الله كان عليكم رقيبا

يا أيها الذين آمنوا اتقوا الله وقولوا قولا سديدا . يصلح لكم أعمالكم ويغفر لكم ذنوبكم

ومن يطع الله ورسوله فقد فاز فوزا عظيما

أما بعد

قُلْ إِنَّ الْمَوْتَالَّذِي تَفِرُّونَ مِنْهُ فَإِنَّهُ مُلَاقِيكُمْ ثُمَّ تُرَدُّونَ إِلَى عَالِمِالْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

Say (to them): “Verily, the death from which you flee will surely meet you, then you will be sent back to (Allâh), the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen, and He will tell you what you used to do.” (Al-Jumu’ah 62:8)

Death is one of the only guarantees in life.

Most of those who walked this earth and breathed its air a hundred years ago are now buried in the ground, being either punished or  rewarded.

And if Allah had given them a long life and they’re still with us today, they only live in pain and suffering, slowly crawling towards what Allah had promised to every living thing, death.

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ثُمَّ إِلَيْنَا تُرْجَعُونَ

Everyone shall taste the death. Then unto Us you shall be returned. (Al-‘Ankabut 29:57)

And that is one of the imperfections of this life, that no matter what you can enjoy, no matter how much fun you can have and no matter how much money you can gain, it will all eventually come to an end, and you will eventually end up buried under ground with two things alone:

Your good deeds and sadaqah jaariyah, ongoing charities.

And how many times did people of the past, as well as the people of today fool themselves into thinking that our meeting with Allah will never happen, and that if it does happen, we’ll be safe and sound and should have nothing to worry about?

An example of these people is found in surat Yunus where Allah,

هُوَ الَّذِي يُسَيِّرُكُمْ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ حَتَّى إِذَا كُنتُمْ فِي الْفُلْكِ وَجَرَيْنَ بِهِم بِرِيحٍ طَيِّبَةٍ وَفَرِحُواْ بِهَا جَاءتْهَا رِيحٌ عَاصِفٌ وَجَاءهُمُ الْمَوْجُ مِن كُلِّ مَكَانٍ وَظَنُّواْ أَنَّهُمْ أُحِيطَ بِهِمْ دَعَوُاْ اللّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ لَئِنْ أَنجَيْتَنَا مِنْ هَـذِهِ لَنَكُونَنِّ مِنَ الشَّاكِرِينَ

He it is Who enables you to travel through land and sea, till when you are in the ships and they sail with them with a favourable wind, and they are glad therein, then comes a stormy wind and the waves come to them from all sides, and they think that they are encircled therein, they invoke Allâh, making their Faith pure for Him Alone, saying: “If You (Allâh) deliver us from this, we shall truly be of the grateful.” (Yunus 10:22)


فَلَمَّا أَنجَاهُمْ إِذَا هُمْ يَبْغُونَ فِي الأَرْضِ بِغَيْرِ الْحَقِّ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّمَا بَغْيُكُمْ عَلَى أَنفُسِكُم مَّتَاعَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ثُمَّ إِلَينَا مَرْجِعُكُمْ فَنُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

But when He delivered them, behold! They rebel (disobey Allâh) in the earth wrongfully. O mankind! Your rebellion (disobedience to Allâh) is only against your ownselves, – a brief enjoyment of this worldly life, then (in the end) unto Us is your return, and We shall inform you that which you used to do. (Yunus 10:23)

In these ayaat Allah gives you the example of people who go sailing in the sea during calm winds, and when a storm comes in, threatening their lives, they turn sincerely and humbly to Allah begging Him for rescue.

But when Allah does save them and bring them to safety, they continue to live a life of rebellion and disobedience to Allah, so Allah warns all of us by telling us our baghy (rebelling upon something against this religion and insisting on it) is only harming our own selves and we will be judged one day.

As Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, has told us, we will be questioned about many things on the Day of Judgment, the very first of which will be al-Salaah.

Indeed, the importance of Salaah can never be overstated for it is what separates us from the kuffar, and it prevents us from committing great evil deeds, and it is the one criteria that Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said, “The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the salaah. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.”

And verily, you will always find those who are negligent in their salaah being confused about their Lord, being slaves to their desires, belittling and easily falling into major sins, and in the end, when they shall return to Allah, they will find a severe punishment,

فَخَلَفَ مِن بَعْدِهِمْ خَلْفٌ أَضَاعُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَاتَّبَعُوا الشَّهَوَاتِ فَسَوْفَ يَلْقَوْنَ غَيًّا

Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salât (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salât (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times, etc.] and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell. (Maryam 19:59)

The fact that you WILL be brought back to Allah to be questioned about your life should be enough of an incentive to spend your time as beneficially as possible.

Hasan al Basri, one of the early Muslim scholars said about the Salaf, “I saw those people and how they were more cautious about how they spent their time than about their money.”

Likewise, ibn al Jawzi wrote in his book, Talbees Iblees,

“How many of the Jews or Christians have considered in their hearts love for Islam. But Iblees always hinders them. He says to them, ‘Take your time and think it over’ and they postpone their conversion until they die as unbelievers. In the same way the one who is disobedient to Allah postpones his repentance. He sets his sights on his desires and he hopes he will repent later.

How many are determined to do something and then they postpone it? Shaytaan will not stop making people love laziness and procrastinaiton and he’ll make the person rely on nothing but hopes and dreams.”

Likewise, one of the early scholars of Islam said, “Beware of procrastinating. It is the greatest of the soldiers of shaytaan.”

So you must ensure that your time is used efficiently and is not wasted.

Indeed, with the technology we have these days, it is very easy for us to either make time fly, or to squeeze as much benefit as possible out of every minute.

You have millions of websites you can go to and waste your time researching the most useless of matters, watching videos that have absolutely no benefit, looking at everyone’s myspace and facebook profiles, chit chatting endlessly about the most useless of things,

Or, you can visit the numerous Islamic websites available and listen to beneficial lectures, hundreds of different Quran reciatations, read an endless amount of books including the Quran, learn any language you can think of, go to chat rooms hosted by true Islamic scholars, and you can research contemporary fataawa to learn how to apply your religion and make the most of your time.

SECOND PART

Rasulallah, salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said, “Make the most of five things before five, your life before your death, your good health before you become sick; your free time before you become busy; your youth before you grow old; and your wealth before you become poor.”

The fact of the matter is, on the day of Judgment, we will realize that our life here passed by as if it was just one day or even part of a day,

كَأَنَّهُمْ يَوْمَ يَرَوْنَهَا لَمْ يَلْبَثُواإِلَّا عَشِيَّةً أَوْ ضُحَاهَا

The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had not tarried (in this world) except an afternoon or a morning. (An-Nazi’at 79:46)

So make the most of your time for surely it won’t be long before you look back on your years here and regret every minute you didn’t fully utilize to benefit yourself or those around you.

والحمد للّه أولا وآخراً. والله وليّ التوفيق وصلى اللّه على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم

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3 Responses to “Khutbah- Time”

  1. 1 Faizan Khan

    How long do your Khutbahs usually last. Also do you read them verbatim or throw in there some transitions?

    • The speeches usually take between 5-13 minutes. The prayer takes about 8-10 minutes. I compose them in a manner that when read verbatim, it comes out as flowing and eloquent as I can make it.

  2. 3 MJK

    Nice. I have this Khutbah of yours on my computer too..I think you gave it a long time ago.


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