Today is Friday…

I love Fridays…

Every Friday,whenever I am not able to participate in the Friday prayers, I ask my male friends what the khutbah is all about. Although Friday prayers are mandatory for MALES, women are encouraged to join in. In most countries, the women are allowed to join the congregration prayer and listen to the khutbah which regularly falls on Every Friday. I still ask my SD (http://www.masjidultaqwasandiego.org/) what their khutbah’s topics are.And if you are an San Diego, USA resident, you can follow a regular Satuday program on TV-Cox Channel 23 @ 8.30am.

Today’s Khutbah….on 9.10.09 Part 1
(taken from http://www.muis.gov.sg/cms/uploadedFiles/MuisGovSG/Khutbah/E09Oct09.doc)

Note: I’m not able to display the arabic part and so refer to the URLs for the whole khutbah…

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
Friday Sermon
9 October 2009 / 20 Syawal 1430
Natural Disasters From The Islamic Perspective

Dear blessed congregation,
Let us together increase our iman and taqwa to Allah, by doing all that Allah has ordered us to do, and refraining from all His prohibitions. May we become among those who are always conscious of Him, and those who continue to do good in their lives. May we, by doing so, be blessed with true success and honour Amin.

Dear brothers,
Islam calls upon us to fully use our senses; our sight, hearing, and all other senses, to look at the environment around us, and to understand this world and universe that we live in. Those who truly observe will see the greatness and vastness of God’s creation. Within this greatness, we will realise how small we are as human beings. Allah s.w.t says in Surah Yunus verse 101,
Which means: Say: “Behold all that is in the heavens and on earth”; but neither Signs nor Warners profit those who believe not.”

My dear brothers,
Our existence in this life is intricately linked to the world and universe around us. Infact, our lives are immediately affected by changes that happen to the world and the environment. Imagine how our life will change, as we begin to adapt to higher temperatures, or constant heavy rain fall that causes floods. Look at how communities have to change when the sea level rises, such as that which is affecting the Maldives islands. As such, part of our responsibilities as Muslims is to care for our environment as best as we can. For example, we are not allowed in Islam to waste natural resources, such as water, electricity and others. The Holy Prophet s.a.w. said to his companion, Saad bin Abi Waqqas, whilst he was taking his ablution (wudhu’), “O Saad, why this wastage? Saad then asked the Prophet, “Is there wastage even when we take our ablution? The Prophet s.a.w. replied “Yes, even if you are taking the ablution from a flowing river.” (Hadith narrated by Ibnu Majah)

My dear brothers,
If we truly observe, we will notice that of late, the environment has changed more frequently than ever before. Infact, these changes have had huge impact on human lives. For example, there are more earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, pandemics and others. Both human lives and properties are lost in the process.

According to a World Bank Study, natural disasters have risen by 30% since 1990. This increase is largely due to calamities caused by climate change. Locally, we have felt the slight tremors of an earthquake in neighbouring Indonesia.

As those who believe, we look at these developments with insaf and intropection. Our iman teaches us that such disasters, to which man has no control, happen with the fate and order by Allah s.w.t. The plate tectonic movements, the thick clouds that carry heavy rain, the differences in air pressure leading to typhoons and strong winds, all of these move and occur by His will and permission.

This is based on what is mentioned by Allah s.w.t. in Surah al-Hadid verse 22:
Which means: “No misfortune can happen on earth or in your souls but is recorded in a decree before We bring it into existence: That is truly easy for Allah.” Likewise, Allah s.w.t. mentions in Surah al-An’aam verse 17, Which means: “If Allah touch thee with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touch thee with happiness, He hath power over all things.”

My dear brothers,
But we may ask, why do such things happen at a particular place, affecting a certain community or country, and not others? Indeed, these disasters are tests for one’s faith and patience. These disasters also call upon us to self-reflect and remind us not to do things against the teachings of Allah or are destructive to our lives. If we have forgotten Allah and we have been negligent in our duties, these disasters are wake-up calls for us to strengthen our iman in Him. Allah s.w.t. says in surah al-Baqarah verse 214:

Which means: “Or do ye think that ye shall enter the paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? they encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken, that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried: “When (will come) the help of Allah?” Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is (always) near!”

My dear brothers,
Such disasters also test the strength of our brotherhood. Do we love our brothers affected by such disasters, as much as we love ourselves? Do we try our best to help them? Do we pray for them? Here, humanitarian efforts play a very important role. As Muslims, we should support such efforts, so that we can establish good relations as taught to us by Islam.

Similarly, these disasters remind us all, that our lives today are very fragile. Anything can happen. So, we should not postpone, nor delay, good things that we ought to do. Do them now. The Holy Prophet s.a.w. said in a hadith which means ”When the day of judgement comes and you have a seed in your hand, plant the seed.” (Hadith narrated by Imam Ahmad) Likewise, if we have the intention to stop committing sins, mistakes and all bad acts, and we all know what they are, then we should not delay them. Leave them now.

Show our love and kindness to those whom we love, our families, friends and others. Many people regret that they did not have a chance to say “thank you”, or to seek forgiveness, nor to express their love to those who matter.

We must also continue to ask Allah s.w.t. to grant us protection from all these disasters and tests that we cannot endure.

My dear brothers,
Having said this, there are still disasters caused by our own hands and actions. We know for example, that the heavy industrialisation process of the past have led to carbon emissions causing the greenhouse effect and contributing to a rise in global temperatures. The burning of forests and cutting of trees may also worsen such conditions. The wastage of natural resources and excessive and uncontrolled use of such resources will only make this planet suffer further. We are reminded of the implications of our own acts in surah al-Rum verse 41 which means, “Mischief has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have done.”

Therefore, Islam teaches us to be responsible and to do our best. Responsibility in Islam is not only towards ourselves or our families, but also to the environment from which we enjoy its beauty and facilities.

May we become those who are truly grateful to Allah for all these blessings, thus we care for this environment and this world in the best possible manner, in line with our vision to be an ummah that brings blessings to the world, Amin.

PART 2 -Second Sermon
Fire at Kampung Siglap Mosque
(taken from : http://www.muis.gov.sg/cms/uploadedFiles/MuisGovSG/Khutbah/2ndKhutbah.pdf )

My dearest brothers,
Let us remain conscious of Allah through taqwa. Know
that our life in this world is temporary, and life in the
hereafter is the everlasting one. Continue with all your
good deeds, and refrain from all prohibitions and
wrongdoings.

My dearest brothers,
A few days ago, we heard the shocking news of fire that
broke out at our local mosque, Masjid Kampung Siglap.
We are deeply saddened by the incident, as it involved a
very important institution in Islam, a place of worship and
an important asset of our community that we own and help
built together. It is a symbol of our community’s efforts and
contributions. The news has indeed shocked our
community and saddens us all. Although a major part of
the mosque was destroyed by the fire, Alhamdulillah, all
praises be to Allah, that the fire has not claimed any life.

My dear brothers, this incident should not weaken us.
Instead, let us rise from this incident with renewed
strength and a stronger resilience. Let us learn from the
incident so that they do not happen again. Let us come
together as one community to overcome all tests and
challenges.

We must also remind ourselves, that any act to destroy
public property is reprehensible in our religion, in our
culture and in our law. Allah s.w.t says in surah al-Qasas
verse 77 which means, “And seek not (occasions for)
mischief in the land: for Allah loves not those who do
mischief.”

I call upon all of you to ask Allah s.w.t that we will always
be guided by Him. May Allah s.w.t. bless our community
with His protection, and with peace and harmony in our
community life.

O Allah, please forgive us for our sins and wrongdoings.
Protect us from Your wrath and anger. Do not make this
incident a sign of Your wrath upon us. Help us to
overcome all tests and tribulations. Strengthen us with
Your guidance and mercy. Unite our hearts in compassion
and the spirit of helping one another.

p.s: If you are saddened by the recent fire/arson incident (Innalillahiwainnalillahirojiuun, Dear God replace it with something better…I felt troubled by it although I knew everything that happen has a reason in life.Kg Siglap mosque is my favourite place to frequent for endless revisions before heading to Darul Quran and its cosy ambience for talks/seminars and endless TGIWs (thank God its weeping day), mainly its my playground, if you find me missing, you can find me in this location, it felt like home…anyway give them all your support and donate generously…

http://www.mks.org.sg/v3/index.htm

Jazakallahu Khair

Have a blessed day!

luv,
Putri

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