This is the Podcast for the Juma Khutbas by Mirza Yawar Baig
Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 9
The 7th right of Rasoolullahﷺ is that his judgment must be accepted in all matters without any resistance in the heart.
وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا
Al-Ahzaab 33:36 No believer, neither man nor woman, has a right, when Allah and His Messenger decide a matter, to have any choice in their matter in issue. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has gone astray into manifest error.
Allah closed all doors to personal opinions and differences when it comes to the decisions of Rasoolullahﷺ in any matter. Allah declared that this is His ruling, to emphasize the position of Rasoolullahﷺ and to support his authority. This is not oppression or blind obedience but the basic requirement of having accepted that Muhammad is the Messengerﷺ of Allah and is guided by Him in all matters. Allah stated very clearly:
وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ ٱلْهَوَىٰٓ
إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْىٌ يُوحَىٰ
Najm 53: 3-4 Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only a Revelation that is inspired (revealed – Wahi).
Therefore, if Rasoolullah rules in a matter, then that ruling is guided by Allah. Anyone who accepts Allah as his Rabb and Muhammadﷺ as the Rasool of Allah and the recipient of Wahi (Divine Revelation), will automatically accept his rulings because he understands who Muhammadﷺ is. This is a sign of obedience with understanding. The one who does not obey is the one who is blind because he doesn’t understand the fundamental principle of Islam; the declaration of faith: La ilaha ill Allahu Muhammadur Rasoolullahﷺ. To accept the rulings of Rasoolullahﷺ without question is logical, reasonable and the sign of intelligence and faith. The two are not mutually exclusive in Islam.
In any situation, be it religion, your career, marriage, culture, yourself in terms of self-confidence or any other aspect of life, nothing can be achieved by those who are in perpetual doubt. A firm conviction that is free from doubt is the basis of self- confidence. Dithering doubters are too caught up in their own to-be-or-not-to-be arguments to ever make an impact or take any decisive action in life. They lose all opportunities, often to those who are not as talented as they are, only because the other person is not wallowing in self-doubt.
Islam doesn’t prevent us from asking questions. In fact, Allah encourages us to think, reflect and ask. But once that is done, and we have satisfied ourselves, Allah tells us only those are successful who believed and thereafter didn’t doubt. That is a question which we must therefore ask ourselves, ‘Do I still have doubts about Allah, His Messengerﷺ, His Message (Qur’an), my meeting with Him and the Hereafter?’ The answer is not academic, but fundamental and critical to our everlasting life. Let us see what our lives say about our faith. Because when we meet Allah it is not our tongues which will speak, but our body and its parts which will bear witness to what we made them do. Let us repent and change our lives and take the toxicity out right away.
ٱلْيَوْمَ نَخْتِمُ عَلَىٰٓ أَفْوَٰهِهِمْ وَتُكَلِّمُنَآ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَتَشْهَدُ أَرْجُلُهُم بِمَا كَانُوا۟ يَكْسِبُونَ
Ya-Seen 36: 65 This Day, We shall seal up their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their legs will bear witness to what they used to earn.
About those who came to the faith and remained steadfast, Allah said:
Responding to attacks on Rasoolullahﷺ
Once again, the Muslim world is reeling from the grief and anger of attacks on the beloved of Allahﷻ and of the Muslims, wherever they may be, Muhammadﷺ the Last and Final Messengerﷺ of Allahﷻ, after whom there is none other. This is not the first time it happened, and I can probably safely say that it will not be the last. Why is he being attacked? Did he harm those who are attacking him? Did he transgress their rights? Did he insult or attack them first? What did he do? His ‘crime’ is that he invited all mankind to success in this world and the next. He introduced Allahﷻ our Creator, Sustainer, Protector, to whom is our return on the Day of Judgment and invited all mankind to worship none other than Him, because only Allahﷻ is worthy of worship. He invited all mankind to Jannatul Firdous, to live there in eternal bliss and happiness. Is that a crime? Is it a crime to want the best for people?
Which brings us to the first and most important matter concerning all attacks on Rasoolullahﷺ, i.e., to understand that they are all political, with only one objective, which is to provoke Muslims to behave in violent ways and use that to malign Islam and Muslims. May Allahﷻ have mercy on us, we never fail to disappoint. It is like fishing. The fisherman baits his hook, to feed himself, not to feed the fish. He is not doing it as kindness for hungry miskeen fish. He is doing it because he is hungry and hopes that a fish will rise to his bait and swallow the hook, so that he can kill it and have a nice trout dinner. I can’t say this about every fish, but I can say it about us Muslims, that we never disappoint our fishermen. We rise to the bait and swallow it hook, line, and sinker. This stupidity must stop.
I thought therefore to speak to you today about this very painful but important matter, as a follow-up on my last Khutba about the right of Rasoolullahﷺ that he should be helped in his mission.
So, how must we respond to someone attempting to defame Rasoolullahﷺ? Please note the words that I am using. I am not saying, ‘defaming Rasoolullahﷺ’. I am saying, ‘Attempting to defame.’ The reason I am saying this is to remind you and myself, to reflect on how anyone can defame the one about whom Allahﷻ, Al Malik-ul-Quddus, Al-Ahadus Samadulladhi lam yalid wa lam yulad wa lam yakullahu kufwan Ahad. Al-Malikul Haq, Rabbul Arshil Kareem, La ilaha illah hu, Al-Khaliqu wal-Maliku, wal-Hakimu, war-Raziqu, Al-Maliki Yawmiddeen, Al-Hayyul Qayyum, Wahuwa ala kulli shayyin qadeer said:
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَمَلَـٰٓئِكَتَهُۥ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى ٱلنَّبِىِّ يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ صَلُّوا۟ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا۟ تَسْلِيمًا
Ahzab 33: 56 Allah sends His Salat (Blessings, Mercy, etc.) on the Prophet (Muhammad) and also His angels (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salat on (ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the greeting (AsSalamu 'Alaikum).
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ ❁ كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ ❁ إنَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَجِيْدٌ ❁ اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ ❁ كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ وَعَلَىٰ آلِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ ❁ إنَّكَ حَمِيْدٌ مَجِيْدٌ
When Allahﷻ, the Creator, Sustainer, Protector, of all that exists, to whom is our return on the Day of Judgment, said this about Rasoolullahﷺ and ordered all the Believers, to send Salat and Salaam on him, then what does it matter what anyone else
Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 8
Nusrat: To help him in every way: To help his Deen and Message
Let me begin by asking myself and you, a question. It is a question that I ask my corporate clients when I do my Vision & Values Workshop. Why do you exist? And that leads to another question: What would be lost to your constituents if you didn’t exist? Collin & Porras in their famous book, “Built to Last”, call it Core Purpose which is a critical element of the Core Ideology of an organization. I ask myself and you is, “What is my Core Purpose?” Not what it should be, but what is it?
To help us understand this, imagine that you go to a place where there is no internet, no phone service, no Wi-Fi. How would you feel? If you are suddenly without connectivity, how would you feel? Why? Simple answer. We feel a sense of loss because to be connected is beneficial. We feel we lost something. FOMO is real. So real that it keeps the cash registers of the gamers ringing constantly because we are such faithful customers. We miss losing anything that we believe is beneficial. That is human nature.
Then let me ask another question. What if one day the world wakes up and there is no Islam, no Muslims, no Masaajid, Madaaris, no sign of Islam in the world. The slate wiped clean. What do you think our constituents, non-Muslims, would say? I suggest you ask this question to your friends. And listen carefully to what they say. Please note that I am not implying anything directly or indirectly. This is an open question. Ask it and listen to the answer. I get my corporate clients do this with their clients, customers, neighbors, families and then return to the workshop and share their data. It is very eye-opening and sobering, to say the least. Our true value is not what we think it is, but what our customers, clients, constituents feel they will lose if we are not there any longer. That is our differentiator, our leverage. Differentiation creates Brand. Brand inspires loyalty. Loyalty enables influence. Without brand, you are a grain of rice in a sack.
Allah described the purpose of our existence and said:
كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِٱلْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ ٱلْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ
A’al Imraan 3: 110 You [Muslims] are the best of people ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'ruf (all that Allah ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (all that Allah forbade), and you believe in Allah.
We came to give. Not to take. We came to give the world a beautiful way of life, full of compassion, the drive for excellence, and a sense of accountability to the One from Whom nothing is hidden. We came to give this by living it and demonstrating it in our own lives. Our example is the life of Rasoolullahﷺ. Allah taught Rasoolullahﷺ how to introduce himself to the world. He said:
قُلْ هَـذِهِ سَبِيلِي أَدْعُو إِلَى اللّهِ عَلَى بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَاْ وَمَنِ اتَّبَعَنِي وَسُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَمَا أَنَاْ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ
Yusuf 12: 108. Say (O Muhammadﷺ): "This is my way; I invite unto Allah (to Islam) with sure knowledge, I and whoever follows me. And Glorified and Exalted be Allah. And I am not of the Mushrikun (polytheists)."
As an honor for his Nabi’s Ummah, He gave them the job of conveying the message of Islam to the rest of the world. This is the meaning of helping the Deen of Allah. This Ayah declares most clearly our connection to Rasoolullahﷺ. It is not a connection by birth, gender, blood, race, tribe, family, or nationality. It is a connection of faith and work. Those who wish to be connected to Rasoolullahﷺ must do his work. He was ordered to state, ‘This is my way.
Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 7
Ahl-ul-Bayt: To honor and respect Rasoolullahﷺ and his family
Who are the Ahl-ul-Bayt of Rasoolullahﷺ? The family of Rasoolullahﷺ are all his wives, all his children, Banu Hashim, Banu ‘Abd al-Muttalib and their freed slaves. This is the view of all scholars of Islam from the earliest times, starting with the Sahaba. https://islamqa.info/en/10055
Allah addressed the wives of Rasoolullahﷺ and mentioned them as people who are special and unlike the rest of the Ummah. He didn’t address any one of them. He didn’t omit any of them. He addressed them all and honored them all. That is our Aqeeda. We honor all those who Allah honored and Rasoolullahﷺ loved.
يَا نِسَاء النَّبِيِّ لَسْتُنَّ كَأَحَدٍ مِّنَ النِّسَاء إِنِ اتَّقَيْتُنَّ فَلَا تَخْضَعْنَ بِالْقَوْلِ فَيَطْمَعَ الَّذِي فِي قَلْبِهِ مَرَضٌ وَقُلْنَ قَوْلًا مَّعْرُوفًا
وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلَا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ الْأُولَى وَأَقِمْنَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآتِينَ الزَّكَاةَ وَأَطِعْنَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنكُمُ الرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيرًا
وَاذْكُرْنَ مَا يُتْلَى فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ مِنْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ وَالْحِكْمَةِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ لَطِيفًا خَبِيرًا
Al-Ahzaab 33:32-34 O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allah), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire) should be moved with desire but speak in an honorable manner. And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance, and establish As-Salât (Iqamâtas Salât), and give Zakât and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah wishes only to remove Ar-Rijs (evil deeds and sins) from you, O members of the family (of Rasoolullahﷺ), and to purify you with a thorough purification. And remember (O you the members of Rasoolullahﷺ’s family, the Graces of your Rabb), that which is recited in your houses of the Ayaat of Allah and Al-Hikmah (Sunnah). Verily, Allah is Ever Most Courteous, Well-Acquainted with all things
Ibn Jarir narrated that Safiyyah bint Shaybah (RA) said, “Aishah (RA) said, “Rasoolullahﷺ went out one morning wearing a striped cloak of black camel hair. Al-Hasan (R) came, and Rasoolullahﷺ wrapped him in the cloak with him. Then Al-Husain (R) came, and he wrapped him in the cloak with him. Then Fatimah (RA) came, and Rasoolullahﷺ wrapped her in the cloak with him. Then Ali bin Abi-Talib (R) came, and he wrapped him in the cloak with him, then he recited Allah wishes only to remove Ar-Rijs (evil deeds and sins) from you, O members of the family of the Prophet and to purify you with a thorough purification. [Muslim; Tafsir At-Tabari]
What must be remembered when reading this Hadith or when someone quotes this Hadith trying to establish a special status for some of the family of Rasoolullahﷺ over others, is that at the time of this incident, Fatima (RA) was the only daughter who lived with him. His other daughters and sons had either passed away or were not there. What Rasoolullahﷺ did was an act of love for those of his family who were with him. Not an act of selecting some from them and leaving out others.
In the Qur’an, the only people from the family of Rasoolullahﷺ directly addressed are the Mothers of the Believers; the Blessed wives of Rasoolullahﷺ. We honor all the Ahl-ul-Bayt but in the order that Allah
Forgiveness – the binder of the Ummah
My brothers and sisters, if I were to try to answer the impossible question, ‘What is the greatest quality of Rasoolullahﷺ’s character which is evidence of his Divine mission, that he is the Messenger of Allah?’ I would say it is his forgiving nature. His ability to forgive anyone, no matter how much that person may have tried to or harmed him. This is truly something that we need to reflect on and then examine ourselves to see where we stand. What will we say to Allah when we are asked why we couldn’t forgive someone for hurting our ego, when the one we claim to follow forgave those who harmed him physically, emotionally, and materially? They killed his closest friends and companions, including his daughter. They did their best to malign his blessed name and reputation. They tried to kill him many times. They banished him from his motherland. They stole his property. They did their best to destroy him and his mission. Yet when he had the power of life and death over them, he said to them what Yusuf (AS) said to his brothers:
قَالَ لَا تَثْرِيبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْيَوْمَ يَغْفِرُ ٱللَّهُ لَكُمْ وَهُوَ أَرْحَمُ ٱلرَّٰحِمِينَ
Yusuf 12: 92 He said: No reproach on you this day, may Allah forgive you, and He is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy!
That is why the people of Makkah after it was conquered are called At-Tulaqa – the Freed Slaves of Rasoolullahﷺ. Not only is this remarkable but what is even more so is the fact that he did not demand any compensation for himself or his companions who had been forced out of Makkah and had gone to Madina as refugees. This shows his dignity and the amazing trust and respect that his Sahaba had for him. Though almost every one of them had lost everything they owned when they went to Madina, not even one protested or expressed any disagreement with Rasoolullahﷺ’s decision to forgive everyone. What must be appreciated is not only the nobility and magnanimity of this action but the sheer brilliance of the masterstroke whereby in a society ridden with the spirit of vendetta and revenge, Rasoolullahﷺ removed any reason for it, from that day onwards. Rasoolullahﷺ eliminated his enemies, not by killing them, but by killing enmity. As they say, the rest is history.
One thing that I can say with total certainty is that if Rasoolullahﷺ had extracted retribution which he was well justified in doing, he would have opened the doors to resentment and the plotting of evil against himself and his mission which would have sabotaged the work of presenting Islam to his people. When people felt secure from danger of warfare, their hearts opened to the message of Islam and the whole Arabian Peninsula accepted Islam without any wars, bloodshed, or force. It was his ability to forgive which is the adhesive of the Ummah, the Brotherhood of Faith that he created in Madina. He forgave and those who experienced that forgiveness, forgave and a culture of tolerance and mutual respect emerged. It is this magnanimity of spirit and bigheartedness that made Rasoolullahﷺ so beloved to all those who surrounded him and changed the hearts even of those who had been his enemies to start with. Khalid bin Waleed (R) and Abu Sufyan (R) and others, who were his sworn enemies became his greatest supporters.
Before I go further let me as you the real operative question: If you agree with what I said about Rasoolullahﷺ, who are you willing to forgive?
I call the magnanimity and forgiveness in Rasoolullahﷺ’s character a sign of his prophethood because it reflects the attribute of the One who sent him, Allah. Allah comforted sinners and those who disobey Him:
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ الل
Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 6
Muhabbat: To love him above all things and everyone else
Ittiba (emulation) is the result of love. We emulate those we love. Our appearance, our manners, our dealings, our lives, and our culture, reflects the ways, values, and culture of those we love. We do it because we believe it adds value to us. We emulate without being conscious of it, but those who we interact with, recognize the original who we are emulating. When that original is Muhammadﷺ, then Allah loves the one who emulates the one He loves, i.e., Muhammadﷺ. The reality of life is that we all consciously or unconsciously emulate someone or the other, no matter what we do in life. As Muslims, why not emulate Rasoolullahﷺ? Especially when the reward is the love of Allah.
To love Rasoolullahﷺ is not only a part of Imaan (Islamic faith) but a conditional requirement of it. Without the love of Rasoolullahﷺ we can’t call ourselves Muslims because Allah defined Muslims as those who love Rasoolullahﷺ even more than they love themselves. Allah said:
النَّبِيُّ أَوْلَى بِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ مِنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ وَأَزْوَاجُهُ أُمَّهَاتُهُمْ
Al-Ahzaab 33:6 The Prophet is closer to the Believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers.
Allah made this even more clear and warned those who have any doubts in the matter of loving Rasoolullahﷺ by promising to punish them and stating that there is no guidance for the one who doesn’t love Muhammadﷺ more than he loves anyone and anything else. Allah associated His Own Majesty and Grace with the love of Rasoolullahﷺ and demanded that not only must one love Allah and His Messengerﷺ more than he loves anyone and anything else but must prove and demonstrate that in his life. This is done, not by singing Nasheeds and Qawwalis but by emulating (Ittiba) Rasoolullahﷺ in every aspect of life and following his Sunnah.
قُلْ إِن كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَآؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُم مِّنَ اللّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُواْ حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ اللّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ وَاللّهُ لاَ يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ
At-Taubah 9:24 Say: If it be that your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your mates, or your kindred; the wealth that you have gained; the commerce in which you fear a decline: or the dwellings in which you delight - are dearer to you than Allah, and His Messenger, and striving in His cause; then wait until Allah brings about His decision (punishment): and Allah guides not the rebellious.
A very important matter to note here is that all the things that Allah listed in this Ayah are Halaal and in some cases, loving and honoring them has been prescribed and encouraged by Allah. Yet if we love those things more than Allah and His Messengerﷺ and striving in the cause of Allah, then Allah expressed his anger, rejected such people, and promised to punish them. This is because all blessings come from Allah and through Rasoolullahﷺ who taught us the truth and introduced us to Allah. Striving in the path of Allah is the payback for the blessings we enjoy. But if we allow those blessings to distract us from the worship of Allah or from following the Sunnah of Rasoolullahﷺ, then those blessings will be the cause of attracting the punishment of Allah. May Allah protect us.
Narrated Anas bin Malik (R) that Rasoolullahﷺ said, "None of you will have faith till he l
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