This week’s khutbah is on a hadith of the Prophet SAWS in which 7 types of people are described as receiving shade from Allah SWT on the Day of Resurrection.
The hadith in question is translated to have said:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Seven people Allah will give them His Shade on the Day when there would be no shade but the Shade of His Throne (i.e., on the Day of Resurrection): And they are: a just ruler; a youth who grew up with the worship of Allah; a person whose heart is attached to the mosques, two men who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom an extremely beautiful woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer and) says: ‘I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand does not know what the right has given; and a man who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes become tearful”.
Dear brothers and sisters, the remainder of this khutba will break down the explanation of the 7 types of people mentioned in this hadith and alongside it, will aim to provide a practical example that we can all implement so that we are of these people insh’Allah.
- A Just ruler, is one who looks after the interests of the Muslims, including Judges and ministers, etc, and to rule with fairness. For us, this can be applied in our everyday lives in business or studies, as a parent, as a middleman between friends that disagree or any situation where the ruling or judgement offered is logical and impartial and unbiased towards anyone.
- A youth who grew up with the worship of Allah – Allah SWT has mentioned youth specifically here, since the difficulties our youth face from desires and temptations are huge, and therefore resisting this and staying on the right path has extra rewards compared to those who are much older. A practical example here is to utilize the time you have as a youth for things you will find harder to do in later live. For example learn Quranic Arabic as a course here is starting later on this month.
- That in turn brings us to number 3 which is those whose heart is attached to the mosque. Whether it be coming here regularly to pray, make it an aim to increase either by another congregational prayer or aim to help the house of Allah SWT either by providing a service to it or through regularly funding its upkeep.
- This talks of the unity that we are blessed with in the Muslim community. And this is practically illustrated in this hadith by informing us of the importance of mercy towards one another. We live in a time where family ties are strained and social media is the new family. Fight that urge and show compassion to one another for the sake of Allah SWT.
- Fifth describes a man who is tempted by the woman but chooses Allah SWT over illicit relations with her. Dear brothers and sisters, this is, unfortunately, a sign of our times. It’s almost the case that this example was written for this time in history. Never before has it become so socially acceptable to engage in such actions. However, Allah SWT is merciful and Allah SWT is fair. Guard your chastity and your senses in these times and Allah SWT is the most rewarding as this test is one of the most potent of our times. Practically this is achieved through rememberance of Him, through fasting for Him and through engaging in Halal relationships as soon as practically possible to do so.
- Next is a man who gave in charity and in this Hadith it is showing the importance of giving without making a fuss or advertising it or embarrassing those who charity is given to. A great practice by which we can do this is through a monthly direct debit of an amount equalling 2% of our monthly income for example. How often do we check our bank balance to see the details of each and every transaction? Such a small amount will go unnoticed after a few months and yet will be counted for you on the day of resurrection as stated. And as we know, charity never causes poverty and so there is no excuse for not implementing this strategy today. Our very own masjid is an example of a charity that could do with a monthly donation.
- And lastly, remembering Allah SWT in places where the person knows no one will be there, and secretly between only him and Allah, can show the true intentions and away from showing off. A practical example of this is waking up fifteen minutes before the start of Fajr. Prepare for this prayer by praying 2 units of Tahajjud prayer. This is away from the family and even others in the masjid and at a time when the majority are asleep. This is also the best time to ask of Allah SWT so make it a benefit in this life and the next through this practical example.
Dear brothers and sisters, through this one hadith there are examples that each and every one of us can implement into our lives today. If the hadith states that Allah SWT will shade us on the day if we follow one of the seven then surely it also means that we will be in favour with Him insh’Allah. Therefore there can be no other more pressing thought in the minds of each and every one of us to see which one of the seven we can implement as soon as possible so that we are of the people that are referred to in this hadith.
May Allah SWT enable us to remember the 7 traits in this hadith. May Allah SWT enable us to implement the traits in this hadith and may Allah SWT reward us in our efforts in implementing the traits in this hadith.
Allah SWT has blessed this community with a base that is a welcome haven for all. This masjid, like
masjids all throughout the world are the houses of Allah SWT but benefit us all in different ways.
For some, this is a place of worship alone. They visit to carry out their congregational prayers. For
others, it is a place of knowledge, somewhere to learn more on Islam. For some it is a place to meet
like-minded people, to socialise and to build community bonds.
Dear brothers and sisters, we need to understand that this place is a blessing for us all and full of
potential to be great for the whole community – muslim and non-muslim alike.
And with any base such as this, we need the energy and the strength of the youth as well as the
experience and the wisdom of the elders. As with all things in Islam, it is about finding the balance
and this is no exception.
Naturally when it comes to interaction, there is a big difference between the two groups in terms of
their thinking and therefore there is a potential for conflict.
Allah SWT has therefore laid down some rules to avoid this and we should aim to adhere to these
rules so that we can best work together in a productive way.
One such advice is found through the 41st to 49th Ayats of Sura Maryum in the Quran. It is translated
to have said:
Mention too, in the Quran, the story of Abraham. He was a man of truth, a prophet. He said
to his father, ‘Father, why do you worship something that can neither hear nor see nor
benefit you in any way? Father, knowledge that has not reached you has come to me, so
follow me: I will guide you to an even path. Father, do not worship Satan— Satan has
rebelled against the Lord of Mercy. Father, I fear that a punishment from the Lord of Mercy
may afflict you and that you may become Satan’s companion [in Hell].'”
His father answered, ‘Abraham, do you reject my gods? I will stone you if you do not stop
this. Keep out of my way!’ Abraham said, ‘Peace be with you: I will beg my Lord to forgive
you— He is always gracious to me—but for now I will leave you, and the idols you all pray to,
and I will pray to my Lord and trust that my prayer will not be in vain.’
Dear brothers and sisters, if you analyse, you will see the etiquette and manners by which the
Prophet of Abraham addressed his father. Despite him being an idol-worshipper, there was love and
respect shown at all times.
We can dedicate hours just to this passage and still not get the full benefit of the wisdom in this
passage but for the purposes of this khutba, it demonstrates the level of decorum we must show to
our elders. We must in essence glorify them at all times. This is the position the elders hold in Islam.
But to do this we need the youth to attend the masjid. And this is the ultimate challenge.
And so this khutba ends with 5 practical steps we can all do to achieve this.
1. Understand their world. For example, most youth now have a smart phone. Are we telling
them that this masjid has its own app? An app with times of prayer, both start and
congregational, an app that allows it to send questions and request for advice straight to the
masjid? One that shows not only this masjid but all participating masjids in the country?
For those who aren’t aware it’s called My Mosque and it is on the Play and App store. We
also have Facebook and Twitter account. And even a website. We will put details up soon
insh’Allah on the notice boards and walls but it is already there to connect with the youth.
2. Tell them of our classes. This isn’t just a place to pray. We can learn here too. There are
classes run throughout the week and we welcome ideas for more classes. Again, use the
forums mentioned earlier to get the ideas across.
3. Youth have an overwhelming desire to change the world for the better. The energy is there.
Why not connect that with the more senior brothers who are already making this happen?
We have links now with projects that involve feeding the needy, such as the food collection
box at the back. We also are involved in projects feeding the homeless, donating blood,
visiting the sick, visiting the elderly, spreading the word of Islam and many more. All with
local people making a difference. Again, connect with the masjid and you can get all that
information and make that impact in the community.
4. Have a say in how your masjid is run. Whether it is an idea for a future khutba or whether
it’s an idea for some way this masjid can help you and the community, come to the masjid
with it and make it happen. It all starts with the idea and the energy to do it. We even have
social events here where everyone is invited, so attend those to connect with the masjid.
5. Involve the Muslim women. This is particularly important and can’t be overstated. We need
to establish a position for our sisters to have a say in how our masjids are run. Again, it all
starts with participation and involvement so contact us to get started.
Dear brothers and sisters, let’s make this masjid a community hub that attracts experience and
youth alike. We can only do that if we all make an effort to make it happen.
May Allah SWT bring the youth to the masjid. May Allah SWT make this masjid a central base for our
community and may Allah SWT rewards us all for our efforts in making this happen.
Ameen wa Alhamdullilahi Rabil-alameen.
Islam has made the masjid the heartbeat of the Muslim society. It is the hangout of Muslims where they meet one another daily, not only to perform the obligatory prayers but also for other acts of worship and activities that are beneficial for the Muslim community.
The following Hadith talks of the masjid in which the Prophet SAWS said:
Whoever ate garlic or onion should avoid us, to avoid the masjid and stay at home as the angel get affected by whatever the son of Adam gets affected by.
Dear brothers, most of us can interpret this hadith to talk of not smelling a foul smell when coming to the masjid but we can expand upon this further by saying that this is about consideration for others.
And so similarly we have, especially at Jumma, brothers trying to weave in and out of rows in their attempt to leave the hall. Show consideration and come to the front of the hall if you plan to pray so that people don’t get trapped in front of you.
But that is not the main point that this khutba is attempting to make. The title of this about dealing with Masjids.
Dear brothers, what do you see when you look at this masjid? For most of us, we use this as a place of worship. Somewhere to read our Jumma prayers, our daily congregational prayers, our Taraweeh prayers in Ramadhan.
However, this building is a house of Allah and it has the potential to offer much more. But before this point is expressed further, there is an ayat of the Quran in Sura Al-Noor:
Shining out in houses of worship, God has ordained that they be raised high and that His name should be remembered in them, with men in them celebrating his Glory morning and evening.
Dear brothers, this is the function of the masjid. This is what Allah SWT has told us a masjid needs to do. This is how we need to deal with the masjids such as the one in which we are sat.
Are we delivering on this responsibility placed upon us by Allah SWT?
We are blessed in Manchester in that we have over 50 masjids in this city. We are seldom more than a 10 minute drive to the nearest masjid. And yet besides Friday, Eid or Taraweeh prayers, the masjid is less than a third full.
We need to bring it into our hearts. To make it feel like a second home. Our nearest masjid to our home should be so well frequented that we notice little changes like new paint work or something out of place. It should take the place of cafes, cinemas and other social venues.
Allah SWT talks of coming to the masjid in Sura Al-Araf when He says:
O children of Adam, dress well when you are at worship, and eat and drink as we have permitted but do not be extravagant; God does not like extravagant people.
Dear brothers, putting effort in our attire in the masjid is part of the complete picture we need to build in order to make this house of Allah fulfil it’s potential.
We live in a time where the Muslim Ummah is attacked in the media almost daily. We feel embarrassed, lost and lonely when events before us are unfolding in the so-called name of Islam.
Its at times like this, the masjid has the potential to become our solace in protecting us from that. But in order to do that we need to make it a place we want to visit beyond worship and prayer.
Specifically this masjid, our website is just the start. But from that we need to get together as a community and offer services in this house of Allah for our local community.
So-called “Coffee mornings” for locals, for the elderly, for those interested in Islam. Presentations, lectures and classes for all ages, and on all different types of skills from vocational to religious.
The following hadith applies to this khutba in which the Prophet SAWS is reported to have said:
Whoever went to the Masjid, and does not want except learning good or teaching good, he would get the reward of doing and completing Hajj.
Dear brothers, we have a base from which to do just that. We just need community participation and community involvement. This place is a community centre that is awaiting its community.
Let’s begin today by suggesting ideas via our website, email or telephone on how we can make our masjid an example of how should deal with a masjid.
May Allah SWT enable us to fulfil the responsibility of the masjid. May Allah SWT enable us to fulfil the potential of this masjid and may Allah SWT reward us for the efforts in fulfilling the responsibility of the Masjid.
Ameen wal hamdullilahi rabilalameen.