This is the Podcast for the Juma Khutbas by Mirza Yawar Baig
Rights of Rasoolullahﷺ – part 5
Since we are re-starting our series of Khutab on the rights of Rasoolullahﷺ after a break of six weeks during and after Ramadan, let me quickly recap what those rights are. The reason rights are important is because it is obligatory to fulfill them, and we will be questioned about them. When those are the rights of Rasoolullahﷺ himself, then the matter is even more serious.
The rights of Rasoolullah on his Ummah are 7:
* Adab wa Ihtiraam: Our attitude of utmost respect and honor* Ita’at: To obey Rasoolullahﷺ without question* Ittiba: To follow and emulate him in every way* Muhabbat: To love him above all things and everyone else* Ahl-ul-Bayt: To honor and respect him and his family* Nusrat: To help him in every way: To help his Deen and Message* To accept his judgment in all matters without any resistance
By the Mercy of Allah we spoke about the first two rights. Let us look at the third right of Rasoolullahﷺ, that we should emulate him in excellence.
Ittiba: To follow and emulate (imitate) him in every way
When implementing quality standards in the corporate world, one of the most common and powerful ways is to choose a ‘Best Practice’ and follow it. The reason for this is obvious because the Best Practice is proof of concept and evidence that the method works. The one who is following a Best Practice is free from the risk of failure because he is following a method which has proved to be successful. All the follower must do is to ensure that he follows that method perfectly and his own success is assured. Who is more successful than the Messenger of Allah who Allah presented to us as the best example to be followed? Allah said:
لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
Al-Ahzaab 33:21 There is surely a good example for you in the Messenger of Allah, for one who hopes (to meet) Allah and the Hereafter and remembers Allah abundantly.”
Allah told us that to follow Rasoolullahﷺ is the best way and that his entire life, in all its aspects, is the best example for anyone who looks forward to meeting Allah on the Day of Judgment and remembers Allah a great deal. That is the definition of a Muslim. In short, the answer to the question, “Who is a Muslim?” is, “The one whose life resembles the life of Muhammadﷺ.” The bonus of course is that the life of Rasoolullahﷺ is also the best way to live in this world because of which you would become the most beloved and influential person in your community. After all, show me anyone who is kind, compassionate, just, courageous, helpful, charitable, has the best manners, is generous and hospitable, cheerful, and friendly and I will show you someone who is the beloved of all those he encounters. That is the secret of influence. Allah showed us how to become influential.
Add to that, Allah told us about the real reward for emulating Rasoolullahﷺ and doing his Ittiba, which He didn’t define in transient worldly terms but said:
قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
Aal-Imraan 3:31 Say (O Muhammad to mankind): "If you (really) love Allah then emulate me (make my Ittiba), Allah will love you and forgive your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Let’s reflect on this, that Allah didn’t say that the reward of doing the Ittiba of Rasoolullahﷺ is something that can be defined and measured, even if it is Jannah. Allah told us that the reward of Ittiba, which is the true sign of love, is that Allah will love the one does the
Ramadan is over – Now what
Ramadan came to make us Muttaqoon (People of Taqwa who are concerned about the pleasure of Allahﷻ). Did we succeed?
Mikel Harry of Motorola, author of the 6 Sigma Quality Standard said, “If you want to see what someone values, see what they measure.” We say, “Time is money.” But we happily waste time but are much more careful about money. So, what do we really value? Time or money? Money can be replaced but not time. We can make money, but nobody can make time. We can borrow money but not time. We will be questioned about our time when we meet Allahﷻ. Yet what are we more concerned about? Making more money or using our time more wisely. We talk about ROI – Return on Investment = Return on Money. Our Balance Sheets and P&L accounts track money. What statement do we have that tracks time? How we spend it? What is the return on it? What can we do differently? What is the profit or loss of our time expenditure? Allahﷻ told us that good deeds and Istighfaar wipe out sins.
إِنَّ ٱلْحَسَنَـٰتِ يُذْهِبْنَ ٱلسَّيِّـَٔاتِ
Hud 11: 114 Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds
وَيَـٰقَوْمِ ٱسْتَغْفِرُوا۟ رَبَّكُمْ ثُمَّ تُوبُوٓا۟ إِلَيْهِ يُرْسِلِ ٱلسَّمَآءَ عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا وَيَزِدْكُمْ قُوَّةً إِلَىٰ قُوَّتِكُمْ وَلَا تَتَوَلَّوْا۟ مُجْرِمِينَ
Hud 11: 52 And O my people! Ask forgiveness of your Rabb and then repent to Him, He will send you (from the sky) abundant rain, and add strength to your strength, so do not turn away as Mujrimun (criminals).
Do we make Virtue/Vice Balance sheets? Or keep Virtue/Vice (Profit/Loss) Accounts? I know we don’t. But what if we did? How would that affect our lives? The reason we don’t is becasue we don’t see virtue and vice as profit and loss, though that is the only true profit and loss. Allahﷻ spoke about our Books of Accounts. Do we realize who the authors of those books are? The angels, Kiraman Katibeen, are only scribes. They are not authors. They have no authority to write or erase anything in our Book. Do we realize that we have complete control not only on what is recorded in our book but on what we allow to remain in it? Until the day we meet Malakul Mawth, our book is fully editable. When we see the Malaika, it is closed and sent for publication. No change can be made thereafter. On the Day of Judgment, the book will be published and given to us in a way that will show if we won or lost. Our book. Only we can write in it. Only we can edit it. Only we will receive it. And that will seal our fate, forever. Our fate, our call.
In Ramadan, which I call our Taqwa bootcamp, we learned and practiced some new behaviors. We learned to awake early, set goals and to structure our time to meet those goals. We learned to focus and choose that which gives a greater return over something else. We learned to focus on the long term (Aakhira) over the short term and we learned delayed gratification i.e., to wait for the result of our efforts. This is a sign of emotional maturity which is the secret of success. Physical maturity is inevitable. Emotional maturity is optional. That is why the difference between men and boys is often only the price of their toys. In Ramadan we learned to control our anger, greed, and passions. We learned the benefits of being alone, of reflection, introspection, and realigning the path of our destiny.
To refer to the Mikel Harry quote – let us see what we measure now that Ramadan is over for this year. We don’t know if Allahﷻ has written another Ramadan for us. As I keep on reminding myself and you, one Ramadan will be our last. I don’t know if this one was my last. If I don’t want to regret that, then I must take stock and see what I need to do to consolidate
Ramadan – Take from Allahﷻ’s treasures
All kings have treasures and rings of security to guard them. But there is one king, the Real King – Al-Malikul Haq – who instead of guards, appointed people to call others to take from His Treasures. The more, the better. That is Allahﷻ who said about Himself:
فَتَعَـٰلَى ٱللَّهُ ٱلْمَلِكُ ٱلْحَقُّ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ رَبُّ ٱلْعَرْشِ ٱلْكَرِيمِ
Muminoon 23: 116 So Exalted be Allah, the True King, La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Rabb of the Supreme Throne!
Allahﷻ told us about His treasures:
On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifaree (R) from Rasoolullahﷺ from his Rabb, that Heﷻ said: O My slaves! I have forbidden Dhulm (oppression) for Myself, and I have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another. O My slaves, all of you are astray except those whom I have guided, so seek guidance from Me and I shall guide you. O My slaves, all of you are hungry except those whom I have fed, so seek food from Me and I shall feed you. O My slaves, all of you are naked except those whom I have clothed, so seek clothing from Me and I shall clothe you. O My slaves, you commit sins by day and by night, and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness from Me and I shall forgive you. O My slaves, you will not be able to harm me or benefit me. O My slaves, if the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you, were all as pious as the most pious heart of any individual amongst you, then this would not increase My Kingdom an iota.
O My slaves, if the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you, were all as wicked as the most wicked heart of any individual amongst you, then this would not decrease My Kingdom an iota. O My slaves, if the first of you and the last of you, and the humans of you and the jinn of you, were all to stand together in one place and ask of Me, and I were to give everyone what he asked, that would not decrease what I Possess, except what is decreased of the ocean when a needle is dipped into it. O My slaves, it is but your deeds that I account for you, and then recompense you for. So, he who finds good, let him praise Allahﷻ and he who finds other than that, let him blame no one but himself. [Muslim]
My brothers and sisters,
Today is the last Friday of this Ramadan. The whole month has almost finished. I ask Allahﷻ to grant us many more Ramadans in good Iman, health, wealth, time, and energy. But for some of us, this will be the last Ramadan of our lives, except that we don’t know that. Let us treat what remains of Ramadan as the incredible wealth it is and use it to change our lives in this world and thereby, our destinations in the Aakhira. Allahﷻ said:
قُلْ يَـٰعِبَادِىَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا۟ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا۟ مِن رَّحْمَةِ ٱللَّهِ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ ٱلذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلْغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ
Zumar 39: 53 Say: O 'Ibadi (My slaves) who have transgressed against themselves (by committing sins)! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
What can we say about our Rabb who calls those who spent their whole lives, challenging, denying, disobeying, and angering Him, “My slaves?” And then tells us not to despair of His Mercy but to seek His forgiveness which He promised to give us. What are we waiting for? Let’s do it now. I remind myself and you that Allahﷻ gives us opportunities to return to Him but doesn’t force anyone. We get to write our own destiny because then we will not be able to blame anyone. Choose wisely because it is forever.
Ramadan – Change Now
My brothers and sisters, we live in calamitous times. True these are not as calamitous as other times in the history of the Ummah of Muhammadﷺ which we lived through and survived, becoming stronger. But we can only deal with what we are faced with, so these times are difficult enough for us and we ask Allahﷻ for His help and protection for all Muslims and all innocent people. It is therefore very important to understand why difficult times happen and what to do about them. You will find that many well-meaning people gather to conceptualize and think about strategies to deal with difficulties, but nothing seems to work. Let me illustrate with an example. Say you want to cook a special dish. You put all the ingredients into the pot and stir the mix very thoroughly, but nothing happens. The ingredients remain separate and as you stir them, they just go round and round in the pot but there is no sign of your dish being cooked. Then comes a chef into your kitchen and in one glance, he knows what’s missing and why your dish is not cooking. There is no fire under the pot. You have all the ingredients, but you didn’t light the fire. There is no energy to cook and so the dish remains raw and cold. This is our state. We have all our schemes, technology, money, expertise, and the desire to solve our problems. But we have not lighted the fire under the pot. The fire under our pot is our connection with Allahﷻ. Ramadan comes to help us to connect. To remove the copper oxide on the wire and ensure that it is ready to receive the current. The power of the Noor of Allahﷻ to illuminate our lives in both worlds.
We spent almost three weeks fasting, praying, and remembering Allahﷻ. We feel close to Him and want to know Him. He in His Mercy said:
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا۟ لِى وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا۟ بِى لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ
Baqara 2: 186 And when My slaves ask you (O Muhammadﷺ) concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be guided.
I remind myself and you that all the promises of Allahﷻ in the Qur’an are conditional. Do something to get something. Nothing will happen if nothing is done. Actions must leave our hands for Allahﷻ’s decisions to descend. Allahﷻ says: Let them obey Me and believe in Me so that they may be guided. The key is to understand this truth; that Allahﷻ changes conditions. All our schemes will work only if Allahﷻ is on our side. Allahﷻ is on the side of those who obey Him. Not of those who disobey and anger Him.
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ مَعَ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّقَوا۟ وَّٱلَّذِينَ هُم مُّحْسِنُونَ
Nahl 16: 128 Truly, Allah is with those who fear Him (have Taqwa), and those who are Muhsinun
If there is no Taqwa and Ihsaan, there will not be any help from Allahﷻ.
Before we go to solutions, let us see why difficulties happen. The same rule applies to personal or global problems. Let us reflect on this in our lives.
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا۟ مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ وَإِذَآ أَرَادَ ٱللَّهُ بِقَوْمٍ سُوٓءًا فَلَا مَرَدَّ لَهُۥ وَمَا لَهُم مِّن دُونِهِۦ مِن وَالٍ
Ra’ad 13: 11 Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins). But when Allah wills a people's punishme
Ramadan Maximize ROI
My brothers and sisters, what is the difference between ‘expenditure’ and ‘investment’, given that in both cases there is a cash outflow? Expenditure happens when you acquire something which you may enjoy but which deteriorates, diminishes, or depreciates over time. Investment happens when you acquire something that grows and gives you a return over time. If you buy a Tesla car, it is an expenditure. If you buy Tesla shares, it is an investment. Elon Musk bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter for $ 2.9 billion. Why did he do it? What is the value of having the opportunity to call the shots on the most powerful communication channel today? A lot more than $ 2.9 billion, I can tell you. What will that do to his already massive wealth? What will it do to the only real purpose of acquiring wealth, i.e., acquiring power? Incidentally he didn’t buy a gold-plated Cadillac or customized A380.
Why am I talking about all this today? Because the topic of my Khutba is Maximize ROI – Return on Investment. That is what Ramadan is all about.
We are traders in the stock exchange, called ‘Life’. We use money given to us, to invest in stocks that give us the best deals. If we don’t trade, we lose. If we buy losing stocks, we lose. But if we buy stocks that give a high yield, we gain big time. We have time to trade until the bell rings to end the sale for the day. Then we give account.
Have you ever seen an ice seller in India or Africa? The benefit of living in countries that are poor in money but rich in life experiences is that you get to see things that you can’t see for a million dollars in America or Europe. One of those is the sight of an ice seller seen with the eyes of the heart – with wisdom and understanding. Let me describe that for you because that is what our life is. He operates in summer only because that is when people want ice the most. That is also when ice melts the fastest. Every morning he buys a big block of ice from the ice factory, places it on his pushcart on a bed of rice husk, covers it with a white cloth and hits the street. He has only one goal, to sell this ice as fast as he can. You may think that his asset is his block of ice. It isn’t. His asset is only as much of it as he can convert to cash. The rest melts away and drips onto the road. That is why he can’t rest until he sells his ice. This is the story of our lives. We are ice sellers. Our ice is our life, money, energy, effort, whatever. What we transfer to Allahﷻ remains. What we don’t will melt away. Our wealth is not what we have today but what we have that night. Our night is the day we die. Allahﷻ said:
مَا عِندَكُمْ يَنفَدُ وَمَا عِندَ ٱللَّهِ بَاقٍ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ صَبَرُوٓا۟ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ
Nahl 16: 96 Whatever is with you, will be exhausted, and whatever with Allah (of good deeds) will remain. And those who are patient, We will certainly pay them a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do.
Our ice will melt away. Even if we have a whole glacier, it will be gone or left behind. Only what we transfer to Allahﷻ will remain. And He in His Boundless Generosity said, “And those who are patient, We will certainly pay them a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do.” Doing good, patiently, consistently, quietly, guarding our Ikhlaas (sincerity), only to please Allahﷻ and then being amazed when He takes the best of what He enabled us to do and rewards us for all that we did, according to that ‘best’.
We judge investment opportunities on two parameters: multiplier and guarantor. This is called Risk-Return Ratio. The Risk-Return Ratio is a measure of return in terms of risk for a specific time period. What is a good risk to return ratio? In many cases,
Psychologists tell us that habit change takes 21 days of practicing the new way. Ramadan is the Annual Habit Change Bootcamp. Ramadan gives us an opportunity to choose henceforth to live as Allahﷻ wants us to live instead of as we want to live. To move from a desire-based existence to an Allahﷻ’s Will-based existence. In Ramadan we are ready to stop ourselves from doing what we normally enjoy, only because Allahﷻ ordered us to do so, then how much more important is it to stop ourselves from doing what Allahﷻ prohibited for us throughout our lives? This is the essence of Taqwa which Ramadan comes to teach us in a powerful experiential way.
Let us ask if Ramadan entered us or if we entered Ramadan. If we entered Ramadan, we will exit it on the 1st of Shawwal. If Ramadan entered us, then it will remain in our hearts and lives, throughout the year. The spirit of obedience, which is Ramadan, is the key to success in this life and the next. That is what must enter our hearts. To obey joyfully and eagerly because we love Allahﷻ. That is Taqwa. Remember that all the promises of Allahﷻ are for the Muttaqoon. Ramadan is the gateway to all that Allahﷻ promised us in this life and the Aakhira (Hereafter). It is for us to enter through that gateway and succeed.
Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (RA) reported that Rasoolullahﷺ said, ‘Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s sake, Allah will keep his face away from the Jahannam for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Uthman ibn Abi Al-Aas (RA) reported that Rasoolullahﷺ said, ‘Fasting serves as a shield from Jahannam.” (An-Nasa’i)
Islam is a religion of action. Ramadan is the month that comes to help us to practice living Islam. It begins with the most critical, fundamental attitude, that is Taqwa; the consciousness of Allahﷻ in our lives and the sole concern to please Him in all that we say and do. Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an.
Do we reflect as we listen to the Imam’s recitation, that we are listening to the exact words that were revealed to Rasoolullahﷺ and which the world heard for the very first time in his voice? Are we aware as we recite that Allahﷻ is listening to us in real time and is mentioning us by name to those who are around His Arsh? Are we overwhelmed with awe and gratitude, and do we fall into Sajda in thankfulness? Are we excited? Or are we among those who a curse word can transform but the Word of Allahﷻ leaves unmoved? Allahﷻ asked us this question:
قَالَتْ رُسُلُهُمْ أَفِى ٱللَّهِ شَكٌّ فَاطِرِ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ يَدْعُوكُمْ لِيَغْفِرَ لَكُم مِّن ذُنُوبِكُمْ وَيُؤَخِّرَكُمْ إِلَىٰٓ أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى
Ibrahim 14: 10 Their Messengers said: What! Can there be a doubt about Allah, the Creator of the heavens and the earth? He calls you (Islam) that He may forgive your sins and give you respite (life in this world) for a term appointed.
We don’t disbelieve in Allahﷻ’s existence but do we believe in His Promises? Do we believe that Allahﷻ can feed us without us falling for Haraam get-rich schemes of Shaytaan? Allahﷻ asked another question:
كَيْفَ تَكْفُرُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَكُنتُمْ أَمْوَٰتًا فَأَحْيَـٰكُمْ ثُمَّ يُمِيتُكُمْ ثُمَّ يُحْيِيكُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ
Baqara 2: 28 How can you disbelieve in Allah? Seeing that you were dead, and He gave you life. Then He will give you death, then again will bring you to life (on the Day of Resurrection) and then unto Him you will return.
Do we reflect on the fact that this Word is the most truthful word that can ever exist, that it is protected in its exactness, in its meaning and in its application
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The Juma Khutbas are clear and to the point,