Jumu`ah Khutba at Masjid
at-Tawheed

Shaykh Salah ElDin Mahmoud Nassar
of Azhar

January 24, 1997/Ramadan 15, 1417 

Praise be to Allah who guided us to Iman and honored us by making us among the nation of the Holy Qur'an. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah, the one and only, who has no partners, He sent to us a Messenger (s) from among ourselves, to recite to us His Holy verses, to sanctify us, and by teaching us Knowledge and Wisdom to withdraw us from the darkness of ignorance and misguidance, and to lead us to the light of the knowledge of Allah Almighty. I bear witness that our Master and Our Prophet Muhammad (s) is the Messenger of Allah, the leader of those who fear God, the Master of the Messengers, and the Mercy to mankind.

Praises of my Lord and His salutations upon you Sayyidi O Rasul-Allah, and upon your Family and your Companions, and on all those who follow the light of your Sunna until the Day of Judgment.

Brothers in Faith,

We are under the eaves of an honorable month, the month of Ramadan, in which the Qur'an was sent down, as a guide to mankind, with clear signs as guidance, to draw the line between Truth and Falsehood.

Allah has made fasting the days of this month an obligation, and His Prophet (s) encouraged us to spend its nights in prayer.

He who fasts this month believing in it and seeking the pleasure of Allah, all his past sins will be forgiven, and he who spends its nights in prayer will have his sins forgiven.

It is the month of bounties, the month of virtue and blessings. Rasul-Allah (s) commanded us to increase four things during Ramadan. He said: "Do more of four things in this month: two things to please your Lord, and two things you cannot do without. The two things that will please your Lord are, saying "La ilaha illa Allah," and to ask his forgiveness, while the two things that you cannot do without are asking for His Paradise and seeking refuge in Him from Hellfire."

The Holy Prophet (s) is encouraging us to acquire what will bring us bounties and Mercy while pleasing our Lord. As for "La ilaha illa Allah," it is the phrase of Tawheed - Oneness. Allah Azza wa Jal says in a Divine Tradition "Hadith Qudsi": La ilaha illa Allah is my fort, he who utters it enters my fort, and whoever enters my fort is safe from my torment."

Istighfar is security and safety; Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala gave this nation two kinds of protection against destruction, Our Lord addressed his Messenger (s) by saying: "Allah will not torment them while you are among them, nor will Allah torment them as long as they are asking his forgiveness." In this holy verse, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala guarantees for the nation of Muhammad (s) safety from the torment of destruction, by two forms of guarantee, or two forms of protection, the first is the Presence of the Prophet (s) among them; now, since Rasul-Allah (s) has departed, only the second form of protection remains, that is Istighfar. It is the safety valve, and the guarantee of safety, so we have to increase our saying of Istighfar in order to maintain our immunity. Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala has given us our lives as an opportunity, so we should not waste it in what will drive our attention away from the Recollection of Allah and from Istighfar.

The two things that we cannot do without, are asking Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala for Jannah (paradise) and seeking refuge in Him from Nar (fire). Jannah opens her gates with the permission of her Lord to those who last in the month of Ramadan, while the gates of Hell are shut. Our Messenger (s) has told us that.

Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala has also bestowed upon us in this holy month the bounties of guidance and mercy. They descend from heavens: guidance on earth is when people visit the Mosques, and they bow, prostrate, recite the Qur'an, or remember Allah. Mercy on earth manifests itself by the love, compassion, and caring among the Muslims.

From heavens, guidance and mercy manifest themselves in the Holy Qur'an, which Allah revealed to his Messenger (s) to guide His Creation to Truth and to the Straight Path. In it are guidance and light and cures for the illnesses of the hearts - The Mercy is among the bounties, the blessings and the gifts that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala bestows upon His slaves in this holy month, when sins are forgiven, mistakes are erased, and bad deeds are overlooked; in it degrees are raised, and rewards for good deeds are multiplied.

This is a month the holy Prophet (s) described by saying: "If my nation knew what bounties there are in Ramadan, they would pray that the whole year would be Ramadan," or as He (s) said, "Make your Du'a to your Lord knowing that the response is guaranteed."


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