الصيام .. أهداف ومقاصد

Fasting: Goals and Intentions

Sheikh Usaamah Khayyat

June 27, 2014 ~ Sha’baan 29, 1435

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Praise be to Allah, the Generous, the Giver! I praise Him ‒May He be extolled. He gives profusely and His Generosity is timeless. I bear witness that there is no deity worth worshipping save Allah alone, with no associate. He blessed His servants with fasting the days of Ramadhan and praying its nights. I also bear witness that our Prophet and Master Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah, the best of those who pray, fast and establish the worship of his Lord, the King, the Judge. O Allah! Send Your Salat and Peace upon Your Servant and Messenger Muhammad and his virtuous family! O Allah! Be pleased with all his Companions, the tabi’in and with all those who follow them in righteousness.

Now then,  O servants of Allah! Fear Allah, and respond to Allah and His Messenger when you are called upon to what grants you (spiritual) life. [Surah Anfaal: 24]

O servants of Allah!  While receiving the month of Ramadhan, the Muslim feels great happiness and hope in seizing the opportunity to win the ultimate gains and enjoy the highest ranks in Paradise with the Lord of the earth and heavens.

He does indeed realise that fasting, like all other kinds of worship that Allah has prescribed on His servants, is an obligatory worship that has sublime goals and lofty intentions. Believing souls and tranquil hearts wait for it anxiously; they desire and look forward to getting a great reward and good promise granted by Allah to His fasting, benevolent servants. Being only human and due to the drives and instincts that have been created in him, man might be misled off the right path; those drives and instincts might as well be a form of frustration and a hindrance that could prevent him from joining the path of the sincere servants of Allah and the righteous, or from obtaining a full share of self perfection and spiritual loftiness.

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مظاهر العبودية لله في الحج

Manifestations of Servitude to Allah during Hajj

Sheikh Usaamah Khayyat

September 27, 2013 ~ Dhul Qadah 21, 1434   

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Praise be to Allah the Sovereign, the Pure, the Peace, I thank Him (I) for His ample favours and graces, and I bear witness that there is no deity worth worshipping except Allah alone with no associate. He ordered that Hajj be made to His House and made it a religious obligation for all Muslims. I also bear witness that our Prophet Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah and that he is the best of all those who performed prayers, gave zakat, practiced fasting, and stood at ‘Arafa and Al-Mash’ar al-Harām[1]. We beseech Allah to send His Salat and Peace upon His Servant and Messenger Muhammad, his family, Companions –the honorable and obedient– the tabi’in and upon all those who followed them in righteousness.

Now then, servants of Allah: I enjoin you to fear Allah and to remember that you will stand before Him on “the Day when man will see that (the deeds) which his hands have sent forth, and the disbeliever will say: “Woe to me! Would that I were dust![Surah An-Naba’: 40]That Day shall a man flee from his brother, And from his mother and his father,And from his wife and his children. Everyman, that Day, will have enough to make him careless of others.” [Surah ‘Abasa: 34-37]

O Muslims!  In every Hajj ceremony and rite, servitude to Allah assumes its most perspicuous form. Its effects and features can be clearly seen and sensed in observing these rites such as ihram,[2] uncovering of the head, circumambulation of Ka’bah, touching its corner, kissing the Black Stone, the fast walking between Safā and Marwā, standing at ‘Arafa, spending the night at Muzdalifah and Mina, casting the stones, and animal slaughtering.

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أسباب النصر

The Means of Victory

Sheikh Usaamah Khayyat

June 28, 2013 ~ Shabaan 19, 1434

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Praise be to Allah Who grants victory to whomever He wishes. I praise Him in rich and poor, and I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone with no associate, equal or match. He is the Most Gracious, and the Most Beneficent. I also bear witness that our Master Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah; that he is the Imam of messengers and the Seal of prophets. May Allah send His Salat, Peace, and Blessings onto His Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, his chaste and honourable family, and may He be pleased with his faithful and close Companions, the tabiʿīn, and those who follow them in righteousness till Judgment and Account Day!

Now then, I urge you ‒servants of Allah‒ to fear Allah, to observe His Commands, to return in repentance to Him and never disobey Him.

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احرص على ما ينفعك

Strive to attain that which benefits you

Sheikh Usaamah Khayyat
August 31, 2012 ~ Shawwal 13, 1433

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Praise be to Allah Who guides he who asks Him for guidance, Who provides for he who takes Him as his Lord. Praise be to Him Who leads us to His gratification. I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, Who has no partner equal to Him, and I bear witness that our master and Prophet, Muhammad, is Allah’s servant and Messenger. He selected him and made him the trustee for His Revelation. O Allah! Pray and bestow Your peace unto Your servant and Messenger Muhammad, unto his family, Companions and all those who followed him in guidance.

Fear Allah, o servants of Allah. “And be afraid of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allâh. Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.” [Al-Baqarah: 281]

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كلكم راع ومسؤول عن رعيته

Everyone Is a Shepard and Responsible for his Flock

Sheikh Usaamah Khayyat
Rabee ath Thaani 18, 1429 ~ April 25, 2008

All Praise is due to Allah, we praise Him and we seek His forgiveness and assistance. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil in ourselves and the evil of our actions. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whomever Allah lets be led astray none can guide. And I bear witness that there is no rivalry to Allah the One without any partners. And I bear witness that our Master and our Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is His servant and messenger. Oh Allah, we ask you to send our salutations and prayers upon Your servant and messenger Muhammad, and his family and companions.

Oh Believers, fear Allah and be aware of Him. Allah says: “And have fear of the Day when you shall be brought back to Allâh. Then every person shall be paid what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.”  [Surah Baqarah: Ayah 281]

Oh Muslims, in explaining the obligatory responsibility upon every member of the Muslim community, the role of the man and the woman is mentioned as those whose responsibilty that they cannot escape, whether it is for those who are under their care.  ‘Abdullah ibn Masud (Radiallahu Anhu) has narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) say “Each one of you is a shepherd. And each of you will be asked about your flock. A ruler also is a shepherd and he will be asked about his flock. And every man is a shepherd to his family. And every woman is the custodian of her husband’s house and his children. Thus each one of you is a shepherd and each one will be asked about his flock.” [Saheeh Bukhari and Muslim] Continue reading

Rights of the Heart

Rights of the Heart

Sheikh Usaamah al Khayyat
March 21, 2008 ~ Rabee al Awwal 14, 1429

All praise is due to Allah. We thank Him, we praise Him, and we seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our own desires. Whomever Allah guides none can misguide, and whomever Allah lets to be led astray none can guide. I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah alone without any partners. I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His servant and messenger Muhammad, and his family and companions.

Oh servants of Allah, fear Allah and fear the day on which you shall be returned to Allah, a day when every servant will paid back what he has earned in this world and none of you will be treated unjustly.

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