لذة العبادة

The Pleasure of Worship

Sheikh ‘Abdul Bari ath Thubayty

July 4, 2014 ~ Ramadan 6, 1435

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Praise be to Allah. Praise be to Allah, Who says in the Holy Hadith, “Every deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting; it is for Me, and I shall reward [the fasting person] for it.” I praise Him, Glorified be He, and I thank Him. He says: “… and with Allah is the best of rewards.”  [Surah Ale ‘Imran: 195]

I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, Who has no partners. He says:  “And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allah’s Forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft­-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Surah an-Nisa’: 110]

And I bear witness that our master and prophet, Muhammad, is His servant and messenger, who said, “Fasting is a shield [i.e. it protects one from falling into sin].” May Allah bestow His peace and blessings upon him and upon his family and Companions.

Now then!  I advise you and advise myself to fear Allah. Allah, Exalted be He, says:  “O you who believe! Observing fast is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious.” [Surah al-Baqarah: 183]

There are many things in which people take pleasure and find delight, but such pleasures and delights are transient and short-lived, and some of them even end in remorse and regret. The true pleasure is the spiritual pleasure; it is the pleasure that the heart finds in worship, which makes a Muslim experience the highest degree of happiness and joy. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “He has found the taste of faith who is content with Allah as his Lord, with Islam as his religion, and with Muhammad as his Prophet.” In this hadith, the Prophet ﷺ informs us that faith has a taste that the heart can feel, just as the tongue tastes food and drink. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ also said, “There are three qualities that whoever possesses will taste the sweetness of faith …” Faith, then, has sweetness and pleasure that make the heart happy and the soul calm and peaceful, and it is with this feeling of pleasure that the servant can reap the true fruits of his deeds and find eternal happiness. Such feeling of pleasure sets the heart right, makes it successful, joyful, and sound, and causes it to find peace and tranquillity. Nothing else could give the servant this feeling, even if he got all that can cause pleasure to people.

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سرعة الاستجابة لله ورسوله

Advices to the Muslims on the Day of Eid

Sheikh ‘Abdul Bari ath Thubayty

September 27, 2013 ~ Dhul Qadah 21, 1434  

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Praise be to Allah. Praise be to Allah, Who has commanded us to obey Him and urged us to attain His favours and return to Him in repentance. I praise Allah, Glorified be He, and thank Him for having paved the way of success and happiness for us. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, with Whom we should associate no partners in sacrifice, prayers and worship, and I bear witness that our master and Prophet Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, who showed us the way to guidance and leadership. May Allah bestow His blessings upon him, his Family, and his Companions, who were steadfast and sovereign people.

O Muslims! I advise you and advise myself to fear Allah. Allah, Might and Majesty be to Him, says: “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.” [Surah Ale Imran: 102]

Allah, Glorified be He, also says: “O you who believe! Answer Allah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he (peace and blessings be upon him) calls you to that which will give you life . . .” [Surah al-Anfal: 24]

Answering the call of Allah and His Messenger means answering the call of Islam in its entirety and fully obeying all that our Lord and His Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, enjoined us to do. A Muslim obeys Allah’s commandments in every aspect of his life – in his prayers, in giving zakah, in fasting, in his obedience to his parents, in maintaining ties of kinship, in his conduct with others, and in his clothing, appearance, and work. A Muslim woman obeys Allah’s commandments regarding her veil, her adornment, her house, and her relationship with her husband and children.

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الاعتصام بالكتاب والسنة

Holding Fast to the Qur’an and the Sunnah

Sheikh ‘Abdul Bari ath Thubayty

August 23, 2013 ~ Shawwal 16, 1434

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Praise be to Allah. Praise be to Allah, Who has urged His servants to hold fast to the Qur’an and the Sunnah. I praise Him, Glorified be He, and I thank Him. He is the Owner of all Grace and Favours. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone, Who has no partners, and Who has given His servants refuge from the evil of people and jinn. I also bear witness that our master and prophet Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, the leader of the believers and the guide to the true religion. May Allah bestow His peace and blessings upon him and upon his Household and Companions in times of ease and in times of hardship.

O Muslims! I advise you and advise myself to fear Allah, for that is the best provision for the Day of Resurrection. Allah, Exalted be He, says: “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.” [Surah Ale ‘Imraan: 102]

Amidst all these dreadful calamities and trials that have befallen the Muslim nation, the enormous differences of opinion, and the widespread bloodshed, one can only wonder, “What is the way out of all these disasters? How can we extinguish the raging fires of trials, put an end to the escalation of hate, and safeguard the possessions gained by the nation?”

Allah, Exalted be He, says: “And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His verses clear to you, that you may be guided.” [Surah Ale ‘Imraan: 103]

Holding fast to the Qur’an and the Sunnah is the greatest obligation and most sublime pillar in Islam. The Muslim nation can only obtain virtuousness and gain salvation by holding fast to the Qur’an and the Sunnah, just as a drowning victim would hold on to a lifebuoy for fear of death. Islam alone can reconcile discordant hearts, extinguish the fiery sparks of enmity and remove grudges from hearts. Allah, Exalted be He, says: “And He has united their (i.e. believers’) hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have united their hearts, but Allah has united them…” [Surah al Anfaal: 63]

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