Khutba for Friday, May 19th, 2017 by Br. Ahmed Mezil

انَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ ونستغفره ونعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللَّهُ فَلَا مُضِلَّ لَهُ وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ

قال الله تعالى يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ

وقال تعالى يَاأَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا

وقال تعالى يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلا سَدِيدًا يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا

فإن أَصْدَقُ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابُ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى وَأَحْسَنُ الْهَدْيِ هَدْيُ مُحَمَّدٍ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَشَرُّ الأُمُورِ مُحْدَثَاتُهَا وَكُلُّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ وَكُلُّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلالَةٌ وَكُلُّ ضَلالَةٍ فِي النَّارِ

أَمَّا بَعْدُ

 

We stand here today being almost coming to the end of the month of May, almost going to embark on a new season in this beautiful country wa alhamdulillah, the Summer season, which is expected to officially begin June 21st. We also stand here soon to welcome a big opportunity for positive change and spiritual development. An opportunity that comes once in a year and benefits only those who make the most of it. 30 days, “ayyaman me’dodat”, the Holy of month of Ramadan.

And subhanAllah the beautiful thing about Ramadan is that it comes in the perfect timing when you need it the most. Perhaps you are at a point in your life where you feel your iman is a little bit low, things in your life are not lining up properly, you might be experiencing some challenges at home or even at work. You’ve tried so many things but maybe have not found a solution. Ramadan in itself brings the solution as it revives our faith and spreads the spirit of goodness in every aspect of life. And although yes, fasting can be difficult at times, especially while working during the 17 and 18 hour days, never forget to remind yourself of its benefits that overcome the hardships associated with it. Tranquility provided to the heart and mind as you are practicing more self-control and praying more, improving your blood fat and blood sugar levels (cleansing your system), overcoming addictions, as well as promoting weight loss. Amongst several the dozen benefits, even some that we don’t know to this day.

So we stand here in the middle of the transition, and one would say it is crucial to think about certain mental, spiritual, and physical preparations to be made in order to ease the transition, and one of the ways to do this is to think about how we spent our last Ramadan, as well as the time spent from after last Ramadan, to today.

It is part of our religion to assess what has passed and to think about what will come. Our religion tells us to have muhasaba, and muhasaba means you think about what you have done, and to have takh6ee6 or planning, for the future. So what better what time than the next two weeks to think, assess, and reflect about where we’re in headed life, and how much good have we done while we were consumed with our work and studies since last Ramadan, and how much of that good will come with us in the akhirah.

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

One year ago there were people sitting in this masjid, that are not sitting here today anymore. In this very community we have heard of deaths of some of our brothers and sisters, may Allah (swt) have mercy on them. One year ago each of us had a family or friend that is no longer with us today. We can never guarantee when our time will come, but we can only guarantee how we utilize our time today, right now, especially as we transition into the month of Ramadan. Because we can’t even guarantee that we will even make to Ramadan in one week, only Allah knows. May Allah grant us a beautiful entry into the month of Ramadan, and may He allow us to live for many more Ramadans to come.

The theme of today’s khutba is on one thing only, time. The question that arises how do we make most use of our time as we enter Ramadan, during Ramadan, and even after Ramadan to make sure the habits we develop in stay with us. How do we make most use of our time in Life knowing that our time here is limited.

Before we take in some advice on how to manage our time, it is important to understand the value of time that Allah (swt) has described in His book. You wouldn’t take a course without, read a book, go to a conference, or even watch a movie without knowing the value that it could offer to your life. And so we need to be reminded about the value of TIME, before we go ahead and manage our own time.

Now of course we can never go a khutba on time without mentioning surat Al-Asr. Allah (swt) has told us in the Quran the miracle that is known as time, one of the elements of Life in which He swears by, “wa al’Asr”:

إلا الذين آمنوا وعملوا الصالحات وتواصوا بالحق وتواصوا بالصبر

Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience

Time is the only commodity that we all share in common. Besides being united in one room here today because we share the same faith, you can’t argue that each and every single one of us different and unique.

We are all different on many different levels, but you cannot argue that the only units we have in common is time. Each and every single one of us has 24 hours during the day, and so there is no excuse that you cannot be successful if someone else already is. Because we have the same amount of hours every single day.

Our hours turn into days, our days months, our months turn into years, and before you know it our years turn into a lifetime and our time on Earth is done. We all be gone, but the only thing that will remain in this life when we pass is the legacy and leading example that we leave behind, which is dependent on how we consumed the time allotted for us. Our time here is limited.

Now obviously not everyday in our lives is going to be a good day. We all have days that are brighter than others, days darkers than others, and some days that are just grey. A wide range of different good and bad days that make up our life, and from it Allah (swt) assess whether we have truly believed.

وتلك الأيام نداولها بين الناس وليعلم الله الذين آمنوا

And such days We interchange (i.e. the change of fortune) among mankind and that Allah may know (the ones) who have believed

And Allah (azza wa jel)’s plan is that days our come and go, and people will live in those days for a certain amount of time and that’s it, it is time for a new generation. A new people.

The stats mention that there have been an approximate 107.6 billion people that have been born on Earth. People currently alive resemble close to 7 billion. Where did the rest go? Where did the 100 billion go? The only thing left from them is the legacy they left on Earth.

How else can we learn the value of time? Simply by looking around you, observing the passing of night and day, and the movement of the Sun and the Moon in shaping our days.

By simply realizing the purpose of these planets that literally shape our days by the second, we can learn to understand the value of time and what expectations Allah has from us from our time.

يقلب الله الليل والنهار إن في ذلك لعبرة لأولي الأبصار

Allah alternates the night and the day. Indeed in that is a lesson for those who have vision.

We take the days and the nights for granted. We wake up and automically assume the sun is out, your done work, you head home and then you automatically assume the sun sets, and the moon will come out, and you also assume it gets dark, and you sleep and you wake up and everything restarts all over again.

Allah here wants us to pay attention to the wisdom behind the day and the night, and not miss this beautiful sign of his for which we can learn alot from.

وآية لهم الليل نسلخ منه النهار فإذا هم مظلمون

And a sign for them is the night. We strip away from it [the light of] day, until they are [left] in darkness.

قل أرأيتم إن جعل الله عليكم الليل سرمدا إلى يوم القيامة من إله غير الله يأتيكم بضياء أفلا تسمعون

Have you ever thought,  that if Allah made night everlasting for you till the Day of Resurrection, which God beside Allah who could bring you light? Will ye not then hear?

Imagine if you were shoved into COMPLETE darkness of the night for internity, what other God will bring the sun back up for you to see and walk around and earn your living.

And imagine if Allah (swt) gave you perpetual light, what other God besides Allah will give you the night for you to find rest, comfort, and tranquility in?

And  so here Allah is teaching us the value of the day and the night, so that we don’t take it for granted.

Even the planets, the sun and the moon, these massive objects in outerspace, have structure and timing embedded into their existence.

In regards to the timing of the planets, Allah (swt) says about the sun in the aya after that:

والشمس تجري لمستقرّ لها ذلك تقدير العزيز العليم

And the sun runs [on course] toward its own destination, upon the determination of the Exalted in Might, the All-Knowing

This mighty powerful globe of Helium that is giving us our Life on this Earth, approximately 150 million km away, has it’s set and predefined orbit, all through the permission of Allah (swt). The movement of the sun is so precise that our time units are derived from it, our calendars are derived from it. That is how precise it is.

And as for the moon as well. And the aya after that 39:

والقمر قدرناه منازل حتى عاد كالعرجون القديم

And (as for) the moon, We have ordained for it stages from being full to becoming a crescent, like an old palm branch, again and again.

حتى عاد كالعرجون القديم

Until the moon will come back like a dried up palm of a date stock. Allah gave this this example or analogy down so that the Arabs at the time would understand, because that’s the best way of learning.

The stock upon which the dates grow, as it grows it become ripe, green, and lucious, so strong that you can’t even break with your hands. When you pluck the dates from it, the stem becomes slowly and surely withered and brittle,yellow, and old, and it becomes curled up, until it becomes more fragile than the wind itself. The wind will come and take it away.

And Allah describes our life as well with this example, where we grow up and become bright, smart, and strong, become vibrant and full of energy. And then slowly but surely that energy is sapped away. Until finally a time will become where we are no longer here. Just like that date palm.

And then Allah swt says, verse 40:

لا الشمس ينبغي لها أن تدرك القمر ولا الليل سابق النهار وكل في فلك يسبحون

It is not permitted to the Sun to catch up the Moon, nor can the Night outstrip the Day: and Each planet swims along in (its own) orbit (according to Law of Allah swt).

Each and every one of these planets, these celestial objects that weigh millions of kilograms and are millions of kilometers away HAVE structure in their time, shouldn’t we then, the most fragile and tiny of creations in comparison, have the structure in our time as well ?

Allah wants us to learn from our environment for indeed He says they are signs for those who believe. If the paths of the sun or the moon were to shift by a second than it would jeopardize the balance of our ecosystem. This is the value of time that we should consider and learn from. And so the whole point of this khutba is to remind us to learn from the creations around us. How many times do we go about our day without  looking up to the sky. Life can be so busy that because we think so much, our heads are either looking at the ground, or looking just straight ahead. When Life gets tough, look up to the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars and you will find your inspiration from them, the miraculous creation of Allah (swt).

In the next part of the khutba I will remind about ways in which we can make the most of our time with good deeds, especially as we transition into the month of Ramadan.

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Second part of khutba:

The 4 questions to be asked on Judgement day:

عَنْ مُعَاذِ بْنِ جَبَلٍ  ، قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :  ” لا تَزُولُ قَدَمَا عَبْدٍ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ حَتَّى يُسْأَلَ عَنْ أَرْبَعِ خِصَالٍ : عَنْ عُمْرِهِ فِيمَا أَفْنَاهُ ، وَشَبَابِهِ فِيمَا أَبْلاهُ ، وَعَنْ مَالِهِ مِنْ أَيْنَ اكْتَسَبَهُ ، وَفِيمَا أَنْفَقَهُ ، وَعَنْ عِلْمِهِ مَاذَا عَمِلَ فِيهِ

  1. How one Lived their Life on Earth
  2. How one Utilized their Youth
  3. How one Earned their Wealth and Spent their Wealth
  4. What one Did with their Knowledge

Two of these questions deal with time.

And so I wanted to end this khutba by leaving three simple reminders that we can learn from the Quran and the Sunnah on how we could utilize our time to perform more good for this life and in the next.

#1. Consistent action

  1. وإن أحب العمل إلى الله أدومه وإن قل وكان إذا عمل عملا أثبته

The Prophet (PBUH) said that the best work (deeds) to God are those that are consistent, no matter how small, and that when you perform them you perfect them.

-making a habit for charity

-talking to your parents regularly

-picking up garbage on your way

-learning the meaning of an aya or a surah

-praying at least 1 sunnah a day, etc.

#2. Setting realistic goals and expectations

Often times we want to change, but we set a goal so huge in a small time frame, that we end up not acheiving and give up. Allah wants you to set realistic and easy goals first. For example, Allah says:

واقرؤا ما تيسر من القرآن

“Read what is easy from the Quran”

If it’s easy for you to read a page a day, a surah a day, half a page, a juz’, or even ONE aya.

Ramadan is the month of the Quran, so let’s make it a habit to read and practice from now. No matter how little you read.

#3 Never underestimate any good you can do with your time

“If the Judgment Day arrives and in your hands is a plant, then carry on and plant it.”, the Prophet said.

I will leave you with this quote:

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”

If we occupy our minds with meaningful work and good deeds, then we don’t have time to think about sinning or doing any evil. Occupy your days and your time with good things, balance your education, your work, your fitness routines, your family time, your personal time, as well as good and healthy entertainment (such as being with good company), and the shaitain will not stand a chance to come between you and Allah (swt).

May Allah help us make the most of our time.

إني داعٍ فأمنوا

*اللهم اغفر للمسلمين والمسلمات والمؤمنين والمؤمنات الأحياء منهم والأموات*

*اللهم ارزقنا قبل الموت توبة وعند الموت شهادة وبعد الموت جنة*

*اللهم ارزقنا حسن الخاتمة*

*اللهم انصر إخواننا المسلمين في كل مكان*

*اللهم ارحم آبائنا وأمهاتنا واغفر لهما وتجاوز عن سيئاتهما وأدخلهم فسيح جناتك

* اللهم أعنا على ذكرك وشكرك وحسن عبادتك سبحان الله وبحمده سبحان الله العظيم سبحان الله وبحمده عدد خلقه ورضى نفسه وزنة عرشه ومداد كلماته *

Ya Allah help us take advantage of our limited time on earth, and help us do good for ourselves, inspire us to utilize our time so that we do good for both our ummah and our fellow Canadians , and help us live a life that will set a good example and a good legacy for all of humanity. Ya Allah forgive those who have reached their time before us, let our final hour be one when you are satisfied with us, and make us amongst those who have bright faces and on the Day of Judgement upon receiving our book of deeds

سبحانك رب العزة عما يصفون وسلام على المرسلين والحمد لله رب العالمين