Text been Jumu’ah Khutbah of 29th Muharram 1439AH, equivalent to 20th October, 2017 delivered AL – Noor Masjid, ICICE, Wuse II, Abuja
All praise is due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness. We thank Him and seek refuge with Him from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our deeds.
He who Allah guides cannot be misguided by anyone and he who Allah sets astray cannot be guided by anyone.
I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone Who has no partner, likes or associates. I also bear witness that our master Muhammad is his servant and messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household, his companions and those who follow their path till the last day.
Allah the exalted says: “O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good – that you may succeed.” [22:77]
This is a call from Allah the exalted upon believers requesting them to run towards him with pious deeds in worship and dealings. All acts of obedience are considered acts of worshiping Allah by answering his call in doing what pleases him.
These include fulfilling the rights of Allah like believing in his oneness, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and on the other hand showcasing goodness in dealing with people.
Actual religiousness is embodied practically in dealing with people and it is very wide; it comprises of all the dealings of a Muslim with others, his religiosity and his adherence to the rites of the religion. The messenger (peace be upon him) said: “Religion is sincerity (Alnasiha)”.
Alnasiha as mentioned in the hadith is sincerity, adherence to the rites of the religion and goodness in deeds and dealings.
Religiosity is about mending the relationship between a Muslim and his Lord by fulfilling Allah’s rights faithfully in terms of Oneness and true worship coupled with full submissiveness, obedience, glorification and respect.
He therefore submits his entire life to Allah through worship, Allah says: “Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.” [06:162]
Religiosity is also perfecting the relationship between a Muslim and other people including other creatures like animals and other non living things.
Adhering strictly to the commands and limits set by Allah through justice and goodness in preserving rights (of others), doing the compulsory, maintaining relations, spreading advice and halting oppression and harm towards one’s self and others.
Allah says: “Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” [16:90].
Also, the messenger (peace be upon him) said: “and behave decently towards people”. He also said: “The most perfect man in his faith among the believers is the one whose behavior is most excellent; and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives”.
Verily! Dealing with others in conjunction with what the religion sets is the heart of worship. Surely, backwardness in terms of relating with others has a very stringent consequence on one’s acts of worship which can lead to the loss of his rewards just because he abuses people in his dealings with them.
This is evident in the following hadith where the messenger (peace be upon him) asked: “”Do you know who is the bankrupt?” They said: “The bankrupt among us is one who has neither money with him nor any property”.
He said, “The real bankrupt of my Ummah would be he who would come on the day of resurrection with Salat, Saum and Sadaqah (charity), (but he will find himself bankrupt on that day as he will have exhausted the good deeds) because he abused others, brought calumny against others, unlawfully devoured the wealth of others, shed the blood of others and beat others; so his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand). If his good deeds fall short to clear the account, their sins would be entered in his account and he would be thrown in the (Hell) Fire”.
The latter has come forth with the “physical Islam” in terms of worship, with prayer, fasting and charity but he abuses creatures when it comes to dealings. Such person has falsely disjointed in his religiousness between the act of worship and behavior, he therefore struggled to fulfill the rights of Allah through worship and abandoned the rights of servants.
This no doubt shows weakness of Iman and Taqwa (fear of Allah) which in turn leads him to failing on the scale of justice on the day of resurrection.
Salat as the great pillar of Islam is not just mere movements of the body parts, rather, it trains who performs the salat on sticking to truth, justice, and abstaining from evil deeds. Allah says: “Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing” [29:45]
Zakat (charity) is not just a “monetary tax” but it is obedience and act of worship. It is about giving out and it is a medium of purification (of wealth and soul), strengthening of relationships between brothers and helping one another. Allah says: “Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [Allah’s blessings] upon them.” [09:103]
Fasting is not a worship of just hunger, thirst and deprivation, but it is a season of training which enriches the heart with the fear of Allah and the body parts with orderliness and adherence. Allah says: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” [02:183]. The messenger (peace be upon him) said: “If one does not avoid lies and false conduct, Allah has no need that he should abstain from his food and his drink.”
Hajj is not a season of tourism or exile, but it is a season of worship and educational course for purification, abstaining from worldly things and evils of both utterances and actions. Allah says: “so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj.” [02:197]
A true Muslim is the one who translates Islam an “attitudinal translation” so that he develops concrete manifestations of good character in his relationships, dealings, actions and sayings.
The messenger (peace be upon him) made good treatment in dealing with others as faith in its complete form, he Said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the last day, should not hurt his neighbor and whoever believes in Allah and the last day, should serve his guest generously and whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, should speak what is good or keep silent.”
He also said: “You will never be able to contain people with your money, rather, what contains them from you is smiling faces and good manners”
Umar Ibn Al-khattab (RA) asked a man to bring forth who he knows very well so that Umar (RA) entrusts him something. When the man brought whom he knows Umar asked: Are you his closest neighbor? The man said no. Then you have once accompanied him on a trip? The man said no. May be you related with him in Dirham and Dinar? The man said no. Umar said: May be you spotted him in the mosque raising his head and lowering it (meaning praying)? The man said yes. Umar said: Go away! Indeed you don’t know him.
Look at how Umar (RA) considered dealings as a scale for knowing how good people are, not manifestations of worship which even those with weak Iman can showcase just as the hypocrites do.
Allah says: “And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little” [04:142].
Verily! Goodness in dealing with people is the key to their hearts and the shortest route to pleasing them. Though, treating people well doesn’t cost much, but its impact is enormous and great on minds and societies.
Therefore, whoever wants to live truly in his religion and religiosity should treat people with the best of attitudes. The messenger (peace be upon him) said: “No one of you becomes a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself”
Roger Garaudy was a French philosopher, French resistance fighter and a prominent communist author. He said, “I was among a group of French soldiers who were fighting Muslims during the Algerian uprising in 1960. I was caught by a group of Muslim fighters and then handed me over to one of them to execute me in the mountains. When it was just the two of us he asked: Do you hold any weapon? I told him no, I don’t have a weapon with me, he said: How do I kill a person who is not armed? Then he released me”.
Garaudy said: “And this incidence remained inspiring me in my heart for many years until I started studying Islam. I then became sure that this Muslim fighter was acting towards me from the angle of real Aqeeda and Islamic attributes. And this incidence had its core impact on my embracing Islam which shocked the world”.
Finally, O brothers and sisters, this is how good treatment unbelievably tilts hearts and this is how it helps in conquering minds and hearts.
This is also an indication of the greatness of Islam and the greatness of our beloved messenger peace be upon him who was the best example of good treatment towards others including his enemies. May Allah be pleased with him, his household, his companions and those who follow their path till the last day.