Why do we have to go for the Hajj
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Jumu’ah Sermon – 2022
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Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah he were Allah Allah, he was happy ah mine, my brothers, my sisters. We are a few weeks away from the Hajj. The Hajj is a fifth pillar of Islam.
It is incumbent upon those who can afford the journey, who can manage it in terms of health and who have permission from authority to visit the holy lands, that is called is d'etat the overall ability, it's not only about finances, it also has to do with your health and whether you are actually able to go and it also has to do with whether or not you have the permission to be there by authority in that particular land. If you have all of that you would then be one of those whom it is incumbent upon. If you delay it unnecessarily, you would be sinful.
May Allah make it easy for all the Hajaj all those who are planning to go all those who shall be going for the Hajj, may Allah make it easy for them, and accept it from them. However, have you ever thought to yourself? Why is it that Allah made this compulsory a journey, you've got to go to Mecca? I was once asked by a non Muslim, what's the big deal? And I said, there's a very big deal. Subhanallah a huge deal. Why not? You may not understand it, but we do as Muslimeen. So I thought perhaps we'd revise the history of it and see and refresh so that our hearts can yearn once again to visit the holy lands. Remember, if you don't have the permission to go for the Hajj, but you do have
permission to go for Umrah, which is the minor pilgrimage then you should do so. And the more often or however many times you could go for the Umrah. It will always be beneficial for you for your spirituality, for your religion, for your closeness with Allah. In fact, an aeration says the minus sins committed between two Romeros that you have fulfilled are automatically wiped out and as for the one who goes for Hajj, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam clearly says he will come back pure and clean with all his previous sins forgiven, in fact, as pure as the day he was born, and we always have been told that it's even purer than that. Have you thought of it? Why is it purer than
that? When you were born, you came with a slate what was on that slate? Nothing zero. When you go for hanji your slate is not returned to zero. Only the bad is wiped out what about the good it stays there? So I wiped out all the all the bad but the good remains May Allah Almighty grant us goodness. Remember whenever in your life you make Toba, you return to Allah you change your entire life from wrong to right. Allah says if you do it for my sake, I love it so much that I will convert the bad that you did into good on the right side of the scale and the Day of Judgment simply because you changed your life because of me. May Allah Almighty grant that to us. My brothers, my sisters,
remember one thing, Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam
sacrificed a lot yet he was known as Halal Allah, the friend of Allah. Allah has proven to us that closeness to Allah has nothing to do with how famous you are, how popular you are, how powerful you are, how much wealth you have, how much strength you have, what Your looks are, like, or your body, etc. Allah Almighty has proven that to us, by sending the most beloved unto him, his friends, and the chain of messengers and all of them went through struggles. And he says to us through the blessed lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the prophets of his are the first ones who go through hardship and trial from their own people and various other sources and then the rest who
are closer to them and closer and so on and so forth. So the closer you are to Allah, the more challenges you will face in your life. The closer you are to Allah, the more people will make your life difficult, because Allah wants you to trust Him fully. Let's go back to this history. Very briefly today. We still have a few weeks to talk about this insha Allah and the Hajj will probably be in the second week of June this petite sorry, July, this particular year 2022. So remember, Ibrahim Alayhi. Salatu was Salam. When he was young, he grew up in a home that was not Muslim. But he always searched for the one deity who made him because he always knew deep down that the only one
worthy of being worshipped is the one who made me know
What else? Nothing else. And so he looked at the stars, he looked at the moon, he looked at the sun, he looked at other creatures of Allah Almighty, but he refused. He said no, but these things, they are there, then they disappear. They are big, and then they become small and they are not there. The sun is huge, and then it goes away. He says, No way.
Don't be mistaken. He never ever worshipped them. He only considered and contemplated that's what happened. But he didn't worship these creatures. He continued further and further until he says, what Jonathan was doing here, Linda, the fireball was sama word tea one ball honey. Warmer.
And Amina, motioning I have turned my face in dedication in worship, in submission to the one who has created the heavens and the earth.
And I will not be from among those who associates partners with him.
Allah loved that so much. Are you serious? SubhanAllah? Are you serious in that statement, that you will only worship the one who made you? Are you serious that you will only worship He who made the heavens and the earth call him the maker, the creator, the nourish the cherish the one in absolute control of every aspect of your existence and mine and entire existence? Are you sure he is the only one you are going to worship? If the answer is yes, well, we have to test you because Allah says, A has evenness or Turaco, a Kuno. Our Humla you've done? Do people think it's okay and enough to just say we're believers, and then they're not tested regarding that belief. Allah says, We tested those
before you in order to distinguish those who are truthful and those who are not. So what does Allah do?
Allah Almighty, begins to put in your path, trials, tests, and each time there is a trial, what does it do? If you're a believer, it draws you closer to Allah, and you lay your trust in Allah and your conviction in Allah? How many problems have you and I been through in our lives? Say, for example, how old are you? You might be 20 3050, the older you are, the more challenges we've had, you might have had such massive challenges in your life where at that time you thought, I'm not going to come out of this. And today, you're sitting like a king Subhanallah Am I right or wrong? There were times in your life when you probably thought and so ill and sick, I'm not going to make it and today you
will healthiest fit as a fiddle. Subhanallah there were times in your life when perhaps you might have had a business disaster where you thought I don't know how I'm how I'm going to come out of this. And today you have 2030 people working for you, if not more, as it not happened. So Allah shows you hang on the days are owned by us. Are they not days when things disappeared from you when you lost everything you had, perhaps, and Allah says you're still alive. You have clothing, you have a plate of food, you're okay, you're surviving. If it brought you closer to Allah, look at what you learned from Ibrahim Alayhi Salatu was Salam. Ibrahim Alayhi Salam.
From a young age he was threatened, threatened by whom his own family, his own people. They threatened to burn him, they threatened to throw him into the fire. They threatened to kick him out of the community. Guess what? They executed these threats? One by one, you and I are threatened. Sometimes people don't execute it. And if they do, it's not as bad as we're going to burn you in the fire. Subhanallah
What did he say? I trust Allah my maker, I trust him. The greater the trust, the greater the challenge and the bigger the miracle the day that happens. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. This year came and conviction of Ibrahim alayhi salam is what is being celebrated over and above his dedication to Allah alone. He worshiped Allah alone. In Ibrahima can ohm Allah describes him as a whole Ummah, as a nation, because even though people didn't accept his message, at the time, few, very few, he had his nephew, Luke Prophet, Lord alayhi salam, his wives, or his wife at one stage before he had the other one, And subhanAllah that was all and he was a prophet of Allah. He
mentioned to people, a few people and full of people maximum. But here is Ibraheem Alehissalaam he knows, Allah instructed me leave your family here and you proceed to be to this or to this direction. Immediately. He left it in he went, Allah says, We need you to sacrifice your son, whatever the reason was, some of them we know some we may never know. He said, If it is coming from Allah, that's it. His son was so well trained that he says, oh my father, if this is from Allah, that's it. It's going to happen.
I will surrender to it. Make dua that Allah makes me from among those who are patient
Who is saying that the sun, imagine the type of conviction if Allah has instructed you that Allah today in sustenance, people want to engage in Haram things thinking that if they don't, they will lose out, not realizing that conviction should be such that your sustenance is not going to be decreased because you stayed away from haram. In fact, if anything is going to increase, Allah owns it. Ibrahim alayhi salam put his life on the line according to what we would look at it from.
But in essence, he knew whatever Allah has written is going to happen. And so he did it, his own son,
sacrifice for what because it was the instruction of Allah similarly, in your lives and mine, if you want to be celebrated in the truest sense, even after you've died, surrender to the rule of Allah. Pray.
Dedicate yourself to Allah worship Allah alone.
Remember, Allah don't do that which is displeasing to Allah and because you're a human, if it does happen, turn to Allah again. Repent to Allah, Allah will grant you Allah will give you So Ibrahim alayhi salam, when Allah instructed him things that were impossible for you and die, he did those things. He became closer and closer and closer to Allah. Allah says in law who will Bala will Mubin Allah says this is clear cup test from Allah.
Clear cup test from Allah.
For who manger test, Ibrahim alayhis salam, that is the Hajj Allah loved it so much. Nothing stopped him from worshiping Allah, no amount of threat, no amount of harassment, no amount of execution of threats stopped him. They said we will kick you out. He said,
Do what you have to I have Allah with me. Who do you have with you?
Subhan Allah, may Allah Almighty protect us.
We never ever
compromise our relationship with Allah. For anything that comes first, then the hajj is being celebrated. You will understand why. Ibrahim Alayhi Salam. Number one he worshiped Allah alone Come with me. Number two, the sacrifices he made one after the other so many I've only mentioned a few here. Later on also, he had so many sacrifices, one after the other. Every time he turned to Allah He kept on making dua to Allah look at the Quran. It is filled with dua made by Ibrahim alayhi salam meaning many jewels they have his mentioned in the Quran. Why is such great mention of a man who lived long long back because Allah wants us to learn the lesson.
Look at his family members. His wife was left with a child hard earned his MA in in market will mocha Rama, nothing to eat or drink. What was the conviction? Allah will provide? The wife asks him ah Allah Who? America beha
is it really Allah Who asked you
to do this meaning to leave us here in this barren land with no one?
And obviously he kept on going? Yes, it was ALLAH.
Some time later. What did they need? Water, water root of life.
It came gushing from nowhere. My brothers, my sisters, when you are in desperate need of Allah and you are close to Allah and you ask ALLAH and you continue to ask Allah it might take not seven rounds from Safa. Tomorrow, not seven days or seven months, it might take seven years. For you and I we are not prophets of Allah. But I promise you when the zum zum comes gushing,
it will gush for a lifetime. I'm talking about in your life and mine.
We're talking about sustenance. You will be shocked what Allah has done for you in seven years. But be patient. Don't lose patience. We are too impatient. You make dua today, at some time you said you know what? It was Juma? I went to the masjid I cried to Allah I shed tears. Allah doesn't want to listen to me and mourn. It's only our sermon. It's Only Time of our sorrow. You got to wait seven months to seven years, the cycle sometimes people say it's seven years as Muslims we don't believe that, per se but we do know that this Allah has timing. So hang on, be patient, my brothers, my sisters, maintain that dedication. Look at what Allah tells Musa alayhis salam and and Harun Allah
says they were making dua against the Pharaoh for a while. Or Allah cada OG but that what to come first the Pima the word is Fatima. Allah says, You've been calling out to us right for the destruction of the Pharaoh. We've already answered.
said your DUA is coming. But in the meantime is Akima remain steadfast, be patient.
Today you suffer the loss Hang on, hang on, be patient continue in your relationship with Allah a day of victory has to come seven years from today. Like I said, all of us, how many problems have you had in your life and repeating it? Because it's a very important question. Were there not days were they not days in your life?
When you thought, I'm not going to make it and today where are you sitting? Subhanallah beyond imagination, but that time you were crying you thought Allah is not responding look at where you are today. you sitting so happy you sitting with such goodness? Where is the gratitude to Allah? What happened to those days when you were saying Allah is not listening to me? Where did all that go? And then guess what? Another test is also coming soon? Because that's the nature of life. If Allah gives you live long enough, wait, wait, wait, another one's coming. And the good news or the bad news is that the next one's going to be bigger than the previous one. Because even at school, you can't have
the same questions of grade one all along. It has to continue further and further. It has to become bigger and bigger. If I'm glad you reminded me liberty law in the law either hubbub the Nutella so many integrations show you the greater the test, the greater the reward. When Allah loves you, He tests you more, he will give you the challenges. So may Allah Almighty strengthen us that is the Hajj, Hajj, the Hoja going they will be a haram. That's simplicity, they will be goodness, that but at the same time, it's not such an easy journey. The heat on one hand
to fulfill with such numbers on the other hand, to do it correctly.
My brothers, my sisters, all of that put together, always ask yourself and remind yourself, this is Ibrahim alayhis salam and then Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. These are the sacrifices of those who were chosen by Allah, you would like to be chosen in a different way by Allah. Learn to sacrifice for the sake of Allah don't become despondent, small thing happened in your life. You lost a loved one. Yes, it's a very big challenge. It's a huge test for you. But guess what? That's the Sunnah of Allah. It's the way of Allah. It's the plan of Allah. The other week we spoke about preparing for loss. And guess what, today we are telling you if you have lost someone, well, there
are people better than you and I who have lost more than you and I in terms not only of loved ones but other things as well and they were grateful to Allah they moved on towards Allah in such a beautiful way you know, when you go to the graveyard, what's the DUA the Sunnah is Assalamu alaikum Allah Dr. Amin al macmini In our Muslim in
Peace be upon you, those who are here in these graves from among the believers and the submitters, were in NA in sha Allah who become Lala he guna that's the DUA, we all of us who are standing here greeting you in sha Allah, that's what you were saying. We will be joining you soon Allah Allahu Akbar. What have you thought that's the DUA? What are you saying? We will be joining you soon?
May Allah make it easy for us the day we go? May Allah Almighty grant us goodness, may Allah subhanahu wa taala accept the Hajj from the hijab and make it easy for all of us to go for Hajj and for hombre to learn a lesson not just to say, I made 20 hodgin my life I made 30 In my life, I went so many times it's not about the number. Yes, you might be happy you when did it change you? Did your image and your conviction develop to a higher level. Remember, you will be tested again and again. No matter who you are, it has to come. It's part of Allah's plan. That's why I'm saying it today. So thank Allah, look at the goodness, look at the goodness, I want to end with one final
My brothers, my sisters, when Allah Almighty tells us,
that he has favored us, and he has given us he tells us if you try and count the favors I have blessed you with we challenge you, you will never be able to count them. Never. We challenge you.
Dooney matter Allah healer too soon, more than once in the Quran, Allah says if you are going to count the favors of Allah upon you, you are never going to be able to count them all. It's impossible. That's a challenge from Allah. So start counting, let's check the list. Every day you will be writing more and more things until the day you die. You keep on writing and they'll still be things you've left out. But guess what? The opposite is true. If you are trying to count the tests that Allah put in your life, you will be able to count them. If I ask you. How many problems do you have in your life? I swear you will put up a list of 10 things say these are my problems. I'm
finished. My life is over. Look at this. Three things are gone wrong in my life. Three things come on, man. Think about it. Have you ever thought that the tests that Allah puts in your life, he counts them they just count there are a number of them. That's it. You can count them I promise you all of you and me too.
But when Allah gives you he said
Is that you won't be able to count but man becomes depressed over that which he can count that is negative, over and above that which he cannot count which is positive La Ilaha illa Allah. Where are we? Thank Allah, turn to Allah, appreciate Him, praise him continue to praise Him because He teaches us the way to grow to be granted increase in goodness is to show gratitude and thankfulness not just by your mouth but by your actions your deeds, Your Worship, and ultimately your repentance. May Allah Almighty forgive our shortcomings For indeed, we are human beings, we falter. We do things here and there. May Allah forgive us and keep us steadfast and grant us a good lesson and help us to
sacrifice so that in the same way Ibrahim alayhi salam sacrifice is eternal, at least ours, our children, our families can continue it in a way that it will result in us earning sadaqa jariya continuous rewards for a long, long time into the hereafter until we are all gathered in Jannah to fill those in the companionship of Nabina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Abu Lupo Leha sallahu wa salam ala Baraka ala Nabina Muhammad