مقاصد الصيام وأسراره

The Intended Goals and Secrets of Fasting

Sheikh ‘Abdul Rahmaan as Sudais

July4 , 2014 ~ Ramadan 6, 1435

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First Khutbah

Praise be to Allah! Our Lord, we do praise You, seek Your assistance, ask for Your forgiveness, repent to You, and acknowledge that You are the sole source of all good.

(The Sheikh cites one line of poetry paraphrased as follows):

Honest and gracious praise is due to Allah,

Oft-repeated by worshippers at dawn and dusk.

I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate; He has bestowed on us the seasons of bounty and the month of pious deeds and blessings. I equally bear witness that our Prophet and Master, Muhammad, is the Servant and Messenger of Allah. He is the best creature ever who performed prayer and fasting, and the most pious who performed tahaj’jud (spending the nights in prayer) and stayed up to keep vigil in devotion to Allah. May Allah send His profuse Salāt and Peace upon him, his virtuous and noble family, his Companions, and the tābi’ῑn, as long as light and darkness keep alternating.

Now then,  I do enjoin you as well as myself to observe taqwa vis-à-vis Allah (Glory and Might Be to Him), especially that we are amidst one of the most venerable seasons of taqwa. Indeed, the essence of fasting, its real significance and central purpose, is the fulfillment of taqwa vis-à-vis Allah (Be He Glorified in His Sublimity). Allah (May He be praised) says:

O you who believe! Observing fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious.” [Surah al-Baqarah: 183]

(The Sheikh recites two lines of poetry paraphrased as follows):

O Man! Hasten to observe taqwa!

Accelerate your pace to good deeds as long as you have time,

How splendid taqwa is and how guiding is its track!

With it, Man elevates otherwise minimal deeds.

O Muslims!   Here is Ramadhan, the month of bounty, blessing, fasting, and night prayer. Here it is overwhelming the Universe with its majestic radiance and filling the hearts with its beauty and splendour. It is a month whose rivers overflow with pious deeds and whose flowers blossom out with good. It is a month during which Muslims eagerly seek to understand its objectives and secrets and enthusiastically listen in awe to its hidden goals and news.

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أهمية الوحدة بين المسلمين

The Importance of Muslim Unity

Sheikh ‘Abdul Rahmaan as Sudais

August 23, 2013 ~ Shawwal 16, 1434

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First Khutbah

Praise is exclusively due to Allah! We praise Him, ask His pardon, and return unto Him in repentance. O Allah, it is to You that we address our praise voiced through our expressions of gratitude and glorification which befit Your Majestic Existence!

(The Sheikh cites two lines of poetry):

Praise is sent to you in succession,

Incessantly and devotedly offered to the Lord of the Worlds.

Gratitude is unremittingly extended to You infinitely,

Regardless of occasion or time.  

I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship save Allah alone without associate, a testimony whereby we seek to attain lucidity in identifying truth and   holding fast to it. I equally bear witness that our Master and Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is Allah’s Servant and Messenger, who has been sent as grace and peace to the whole universe fragranced with his Message which spreads love and harmony. O Allah, send Your Salat and Blessing onto him, onto his family who valiantly pioneered the pursuit of truth, his blessed Companions who persevered despite fits of prevailing misguidance, the tabi’în, and all those who have righteously followed their footsteps, seeking to be granted by Allah, the Compassionate, high status and blissful residence in Paradise. May Allah’s bountiful Salat and Grace be unceasingly bestowed on them all till Doomsday!

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خطورة تقديم العقل على النقل

The Danger of Giving Privilege to Reason

Sheikh ‘Abdul Rahmaan as Sudais

June 7, 2013 ~ Rajjab 28, 1434

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First Khutbah

 Praise be to Allah! We give praise to Him, ask for His forgiveness, and return to Him in repentance. O Allah! Eternal and unrelenting praise is due to You! We do express infinite gratitude to You, both secretly and publicly!

 (The Sheikh cites two lines of poetry about praise):

            We untiringly voice praise to the Lord of the Worlds,

           Praise that is doubled, nay trebled!

           Our thanks multi-fold are due

           To Him every now and then.  

I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, with no associate. He bestowed upon us the blessed shari’â and the Qur’ān, and I bear witness that our Prophet and Master Muhammad is Allah’s Servant and Messenger. He is endowed with the soundest proof and signs from Allah and represents Muslims’ exemplary model of unconditional belief in, and submission to, divine revelation. Oh Allah! Confer Your blessed, fragrant, and most agreeable salât and peace on him, his family which are chaste morally and wise intellectually, his Companions who sanctified the texts of sharî’a and were brave knights, the tabi’în (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ after his death), and all those who have righteously followed their footsteps.

 Now then, servants of Allah, observe taqwa as it should be observed, for observing the taqwa of Allah is the ultimate glory and the sublime guidance one may aspire to. It is the key to achievement, triumph, and satisfaction: O you who believe! Fear Allâh as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islâm. [Surah Ale Îmran: 102]

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ضوابط الاجتهاد

ضوابط الاجتهاد

Sheikh ‘Abdul Rahmaan as Sudais
Rabee ath Thaani 26, 1429 ~ May 2, 2008

All praise is due to Allah, the Creator of the worlds and the Only One who knows them all.  He gave us the Shari’ah out of His mercy and bounties, with which we gain benefits and pleasure.  I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah alone who has no partner and is worthy  of submitting to His will and obeying his commands, and believing in His Oneness.  And I bear witness that Muhammad is the last messenger and servant of Allah the Almighty.  He showed us the goals and the teachings of the religion and how to deduce the rulings from it.  Oh Allah, send your peace and blessings on him and upon his household, companions, the successors, and those who follow in his footsteps until the day of Judgment seeking seeking success in the hereafter.

Oh servants of Allah, the best advice and warning is to fear Allah, Lord of the Creation.  So fear Allah, oh servants of Allah!  And know that Allah has mercy on you.  Taqwa is the best bond you can have, the best hope, and the best of all provisions.  It is the peak for those who are looking forward to attaining a high status in the hereafter.  Allah the Almighty says: “…And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is At-Taqwa (piety, righteousness). So fear Me, O men of understanding!” [Surah Baqarah: Ayah 197]

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Defend the Sunnah

Defend the Sunnah

Sheikh ‘Abdul Rahmaan as Sudais
March 28, 2008 ~ Rabee al Awwal 20, 1429

Indeed all praise is due to Allah. We praise Him, seek His help, ask for His forgiveness, and we thank Him abundantly. He has given us countless bounties and bountiful provision. Glory be to Him. All deserves all Glory and Praise, and it our duty to acknowledge His greatness. I bear witness that there is no God worthy of worship except Allah alone who has no partner. This is a testimony by which we will enter Jannah. And I bear witness that Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is the servant and messenger of Allah the Almighty. He is the best of human beings in terms of lineage and race, characteristics and morality and his was a biography that enlightened the entire universe. May Allah’s abundant peace and blessings be upon him. This is part of the right of Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) granted to him by Allah the Almighty. And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon his family and companions, and those who supported and protected him as well as his successors and those who follow him in righteous deeds out of love for him and his message.

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The Best of Provisions is Taqwa

The Best of Provisions is Taqwa

Sheikh ‘Abdul Rahmaan as Sudais
February 29, 2008 ~ Safar 22, 1429

All praise is due to Allah, the Praiseworthy, the One who showers His servants with abundant favors. Glory be to Him in His Highest attributes. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, as testimony that we hope will take us to Jannah. I bear witness that our Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is His servant and messenger, the best of the universe, in purity, manners, and generosity. Oh Allah, send your peace, blessings, and favors upon him, his companions, and his pure household, those who showed mercy each other, his companions, and those who followed them hoping for the mercy of their Lord.

Oh servants of Allah, the best advice that one should start his speech with is the fear of Allah. Therefore, fear Allah, may Allah bless you. Whoever fears Allah will attain success and achieve what he hopes for. The fear of Allah will be a light for him in times of darkness, and a means of lifting difficulties when they befall him. Allah says:

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