Dear brothers, we start this weeks reminder with the 165 ayat of Sura An-Nisa which is translated to say:
˹All were˺ messengers delivering good news and warnings so humanity should have no excuse before Allah after ˹the coming of˺ the messengers. And Allah is Almighty, All-Wise.
If we take a moment to analyse this ayat, there are many lessons as always that we can take from the word of Allah SWT but in the case of today’s reminder, this speaks to us of a warning, the warning being that there is no excuses left.
The imam reminded us of the following hadith:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “There was no prophet among the prophets but was given miracles because of which people had security or had belief, but what I was given was the Divine Inspiration which Allah revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will be more than those of any other prophet on the Day of Resurrection.”
And in the case of our beloved Nabi SAWS, his message was delivered for not just the Arabian peninsula but it was delivered for the whole of humanity and for the rest of time, until the Day of Judgement. So what does that mean for us?
It means you and I are all continuing in the original mission to spread the message of truth, the message of Islam. It means that you and I are all ambassadors of Islam, we are to continue to spread the message of our beloved Prophet SAWS.
Dear brothers, we are in a privileged position being in this country but it is a place that comes with responsibility. On the Day of Judgement we will have a flock of people who were our neighbours, our colleagues, our friends and more and they will all be asked if they had received the message. For many, they will plead that they didn’t and then the light will be on each and every one of us. Did we deliver the message of our Rasool SAWS?
And so this reminder concludes with 3 tips on how we can safeguard ourselves from this time which will one day come for each and every one of us when we are in front of Allah SWT.
- It is not enough to preach our faith to others. Just as with children, action is stronger than words. Our mannerisms, our conduct and our behaviour is the first invitation towards Islam for others. If we are lacking in this then we will be losers, may Allah SWT protect us all.
- We need to remember that the ayat lists first the good news and then the warning. In this there is a lesson also. We cannot go around telling others that they are destined for Hell. The warning follows the good news and so spread positivity through descriptions of Jannat, of the mercy of Allah SWT and the beauty of the teachings of Islam.
- Our role isn’t just for our non-muslim friends, it is for lifting one another. Spread the good news to each other, remind one another of the promise of Allah SWT and the promise of an afterlife full of bliss. Now, more than ever, we are all in need of this reminder so don’t be stingy in spreading hope to one another.
Dear brothers, our messengers were sent to spread the good news and to give the warning. In our case, our beloved messenger SAWS gave the news for the whole of humanity so let’s continue that message in our actions and our speech to one another.