عبادات يسيرة بأجور كبيرة

Easy acts of worship with immense reward

Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib
August 24, 2012 ~ Shawwal 6, 1433

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First Khutbah
All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah, the Returner of the seasons and the eids, and the One who makes easy the paths of good so that the servant may be plenty in good and increase. Then all praise be to Allah on what He has legislated, and thanks to Him for the ability He has granted, and virtue to Him for His guidance. To Him is the returning and the turning back. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partners and no rivals. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His messenger and the best of servants. May Allah’s salutations, peace and blessings be upon him and on his family and companions, the possessors of guidance, and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Mutual Talks.

Thereafter:
Then piety – O Muslims – piety: the advice of the prophets, and the ornament of the saints and the best preparation for the Day of Meeting. “O you who believe! Fear Allah and keep your duty to Him. And let every person look to what he has sent forth for the morrow, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is All-Aware of what you do.” [Hashr: Verse 18]

O Muslims: There still remains in our clothes a fragrance from the scents of our month that has not reduced, and there still remains in ourselves a moistness from the reciting of Quraan that has not dried, and there still remains in our eyes a dampness due to the farewell of Ramadan, and who can blame it for (not) drying, and this is not except for what it misses regarding the sweetness of worship and the sweetness of actions that bring (us) close (to Allah). And the mount of time of worship has not dried us, to reverberate the souls and overcome the hearts.

And if a person exercises patience, and overcomes his desires, and continues the voluntary acts of worship that he made habitual during the month of Ramadan like fasting, standing in prayer at night, recitation of Quraan, charity and goodness, his life will become a season of goodness always, and his self will change to a garden of good actions continuously and he will exemplify the saying of Allah – Glorified and Majestic – : “Say (O Muhammad – peace be upon him): ‘Verily my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the worlds.” [An’aam: Verse 162]

O Muslims: The earth is Allah’s inheritance for his servants. They choose their houses from Paradise to the extent of their reaping for the Hereafter. “And they will say: ‘All praises and thanks be to Allah Who has fulfilled His Promise to us and has made us inherit (this) land. We can dwell in Paradise where we will.” [Zumar: Verse 74] And the true believer is going towards his Lord, rushing and he does not break down until his end is Paradise, and he does not stop until death overtakes him. “And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (i.e. death).” [Hijr: Verse 99]

And although the month of Ramadan has passed – and it is a month of multiplication of rewards – then verily Allah the Exalted is the Lord of all the months. And in life there are wide prospects for (doing) good deeds, and rewards (that) multiply. It (life) is – by Allah – the profiting store. And in the laws of Allah and the guidance of His messenger – peace be upon him – there are (many) roads that connect to Allah, and paths that lead and guide to His Pleasure, and actions that seek the pleasures of Allah and His Mercies, and he is rewarded for them with His Paradise, but where are the people busy in work (towards Paradise)?!

Abdullah bin Umar – may Allah be pleased with both of them – said: The messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – took me by my shoulder and said: “Be in this world as a stranger or a wayfarer” And Ibn Umar used to say: “At evening, do not wait for morning and at morning do not wait for evening, and take from your health for your sickness, and from your life for your death.” [Narrated by Bukhari]

And surely the prophet – peace be upon him – indicated towards easy actions, and set for them immense rewards, and opened for us wide doors of good actions to increase in for the Day of Recompense, and stock away for the meeting of Allah, the Lord of lords. “And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it, with the necessary effort due for it (i.e. do righteous deeds of Allah’s obedience) while he is a believer (in the Oneness of Allah), then such are the ones whose striving shall be appreciated, thanked and rewarded (by Allah).” [Israa: Verse 19]

Abu Tharr – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: For in every glorification there is a charity, and in praise of Him there is a charity, and in declaration of His Oneness there is a charity, and in every declaration of His Greatness there is a charity, and in enjoining good there is a charity, and forbidding evil is a charity, and 2 units of Dhuha prayers which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).” [Narrated by Muslim]

And he – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that people said: “O messenger of Allah! The rich have taken the rewards. They pray as we pray, they fast as we fast, and they give charity from their extra wealth. He said: “Has Allah not made ways for you to give charity? In every glorification of Allah there is charity, and in every declaration of His Greatness there is charity, and in praise of Him is charity, and in every declaration of His Oneness  there is charity, and enjoining good is charity, and forbidding evil is charity, and in a man’s intimate relations with his wife is charity.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, is there a reward for one who satisfies his passions?” He said: “You see if he were to devote himself to something forbidden it would be a sin; likewise, if he were to devote himself to something lawful, he will have a reward.” [Narrated by Muslim]

And surely the believer reaches the highest stages through easy actions, by which he does not think he will reach what he has reached. Abu Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the prophet – peace be upon him –said: “I saw a man going about in Paradise (and enjoying himself) as a reward for cutting from the middle of the road a tree which was causing inconvenience to the Muslims.” [Narrated by Muslim]

And in the narration by him: “A man who passed by a branch of a tree leaning over a road and decided to remove it, saying to himself: ‘By Allah! I will remove from the way of the Muslims so that it would not harm them.’ On account of this he was admitted to Paradise.

According to another narration in Bukhari and Muslim: “While a man was walking, he saw a thorny branch on the road, so he removed it and Allah appreciated his action and forgave him.

O Muslims: And a simple word that a servant seeks the pleasure of his Noble Lord, and he appreciates His widespread bounties. Anas – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the messenger of Allah –peace be upon him – said: “Verily Allah is pleased with a servant when he eats a morsel and praises him for it and when he takes a drink and praises him for it.” [Narrated by Muslim]

As for ablution and prayer, and this is repeated many times a day, then listen to what Abu Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – narrated that the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “When a Muslim – or a believer – performs ablution and washes his face, every sin he committed with his eyes will be washed away from his face along with the last drop of water; when he washes his hands, every sin he committed with his hands will be washed away along with the last drop of water; when he washes his feet, every sin towards which his feet have taken him will be washed away along with the last drop of water, until the result is his purification from sin.” [Narrated by Muslim]

Abu Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – said: The messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “Shall I not guide you to that by which Allah wipes away the sins and raises the ranks?” They said: “Certainly O messenger of Allah” He said: “Completing the ablution when it is a hardship, and many steps towards the mosques and waiting for the (next) prayer after the prayer. That is defending the frontiers.” [Narrated by Muslim]

Abu Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “The five obligatory prayers, the Friday prayer, Ramadan followed by another Ramadan expiate sins committed in between them as long as major sins are avoided.” [Narrated by Muslim]

Abu  Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – narrated that the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “If people knew the reward for pronouncing the Athan (call to prayer) and for standing in the first row and found no other way to get that except by drawing lots, they would draw lots, and if they knew the reward for the Thuhr prayer (in the early moments of its stated time) they would race for it (go early) and if they knew the reward of Isha and Fajr prayers in congregation, they would come to offer them even if they had to crawl.” [Agreed upon]

Abu Abdullah – may Allah be pleased with him – or it is said: Abu Abdur Rahmaan – Thawbaan, mawla of the messenger – peace be upon him – and may Allah be pleased with Thawbaan – narrates: I heard the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – saying: “Perform many prostrations, for verily you do not prostrate to Allah a prostration except that Allah raises you by it a rank, and reduces from you by it a sin.” [Narrated by Muslim]

And the remembrance of Allah the Exalted is a rubric of success, and a sign of ability and reformation. Abdullah bin Busr – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that a man said: “O messenger of Allah! The laws of Islam are too much for me. Tell me something I can cling to. He said: “Your tongue should remain moist with the remembrance of Allah.” [Narrated by Tirmidhi]

Abu Darda – may Allah be pleased with him – says: the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “Shall I inform you of the best of your actions and the purest of your property and the highest of your degrees and what is better for you than spending in gold and silver and better for you than encountering your enemy and striking their necks and their striking your necks?” They said: “Yes indeed”. He said: “Remembrance of Allah the Exalted.” [Narrated by Tirmidhi, and Haakim said: its chain is authentic]

Abu Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – said: the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “If someone clings to seeking forgiveness, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every constriction, and relief from every difficulty, and will provide for him from where he does not imagine.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood]

Shaddad bin Aws – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “The best way to seek forgiveness is for a slave to say: ‘O Allah You are my Lord. There is no god but You. You created me and I am Your slave. I comply with Your covenant and Your promise as much as I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me. Only You can forgive sins.’ Anyone who says this during the day having confidence in it and dies on that day before evening will be among the people of Paradise. Anyone who says it during the night having full confidence in it and dies before morning will be among the people of Paradise.” [Narrated by Bukhari]

And in goodness towards the creation, you should not hesitate in goodness, and do not belittle a good act that you present, even if it may be little. Adiyy bin Hatim – may Allah be pleased with him – said: I heard the prophet – peace be upon him – saying: “Fear (ward off) the Fire, even if it be by giving half a date in charity.” [Agreed upon]

And in a narration in them (Bukhari and Muslim) he said: the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “Allah will speak to every one amongst you without any interpreter between them. He (the man) would look towards his right and would not find anything but (the deeds) which he had done before and he would look towards his left and would not find anything but (the deeds) which he had done before. He would see in front of him and would find nothing but Fire just before his face. So protect (yourselves) against the Fire even if it is (by giving) half a date in charity. But if you fail to find it, (then protect yourselves against the Fire) with the help of a pleasant word.

Abu Moosa – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that?” The prophet said: “He should command to good”. The people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that? The prophet said: “He should keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charity.” [Agreed upon]

May Allah bless me and you in the Quraan and Sunnah, and benefit us of what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine, and I seek forgiveness from Allah the Exalted for me and you.

Second Khutbah
All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. The Beneficent, the Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgement. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. His is the kingdom. The Clear Truth. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, the truthful, the trustworthy. May Allah’s salutations, peace and blessings be upon him, and on all his family and companions.

Servants of Allah: Good actions with great recompense and concealed reward encompasses all dealings in the Muslim society like (dealings with) parents, wife, relatives and neighbours. Abdullah bin Mas’ood – may Allah be pleased with him – said: A man came to the messenger of Allah and said: “O messenger of Allah! Who from amongst mankind warrants my best companionship from me?” He replied: “Your mother”. The man asked: “Then who?” So he replied: “Your mother”. The man then asked: “Then who?” So the prophet replied again: “Your mother”. The man then asked: “Then who?” So he replied: “Your father.” [Agreed upon]

And in a narration: O messenger of Allah! Who from amongst mankind warrants my best companionship from me? He said: “Your mother, then your mother, then your mother, then your father, then the next closest to you in kinship, then the one next closest.

And his saying: “Then your father” means: then kindness to your father.

And Anas – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “Whosoever desired that he be granted more provision, and his life be prolonged, should join ties with his blood relations.” [Agreed upon]

And Abu Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – said: the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “The believer with the most complete faith is the one with the best character. And the best of you is the one who is the best to his wives.” [Narrated by Tirmidhi; and he said: good, authentic Hadeeth].

Ibn Umar and Aisha – may Allah be pleased with them both – said: the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “Jibraeel continued to advise me to be good to my neighbour until I thought that he would have m make him my heir.” [Agreed upon]

Abdullah bin Mas’ood – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “Let whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day honour his guest, and let whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day join his family ties and let whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day speak good or be silent.” [Agreed upon]

And regarding covering up (the faults) of people, the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “No servant conceals (the faults of) another servant in this world, except that Allah conceals (his faults) on the Day of Judgement.” [Narrated by Muslim]

Abu Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates: the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – was asked about (what) causes most people to enter Paradise. He said: “Fearing Allah and good character.” And he was asked about (what causes) most people to enter the Fire. So he said: “The (sins of) the mouth and the private parts.” [Narrated by Tirmidhi and he said: (it is an) authentic hadeeth].

O Muslims: O those whom Allah has made noble by (virtue of) the fast of the month of Ramadan! Verily it is from the Sunnah that you fast six days from the month of Shawwaal. For surely the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it up by six (fasts) of Shawwaal, it is as if he has fasted an entire year.” [Narrated by Muslim]

And it is permissible to fast them continuously or intermittently.

So increase in pious actions, and remain on obedience and beware of evil deeds. “And be not like her who undoes the thread which she has spun after it has become strong.” [Nahl: Verse 92] And whosoever Allah has freed from the Fire, he should not return to disobedience, for he will return to the slavery of sins and to captivity.

Then send salutations and peace on the selected prophet and the pleased messenger.

O Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his good, pure family, and his companions, the fortunate personalities.

O Allah be happy with the guided leaders and rightly-guided khulafaa: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, and on all the rest of the companions of your prophet and whoever treads their path and follows their way, O Lord of the worlds.

O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…

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