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Sermons- Friday Sermons- Sermon (812): The Series of Morals (Celebrating Prophet's Birthday 1- The Prophetic Ma'iyah (Being Ordered to Follow the Prophet PBUH)– Second sermon: Cooperation, Affection and Mutual Advising.
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Praise Be to Allah - we praise Him, we seek aid from Him, we seek guidance, and we seek from Him refuge from the evils of ourselves, and our bad deeds. It is He whom Allah guides that is on true guidance; but he whom He leaves astray, for such wilts thou find no protector to lead him to the right way. And I profess that there is no god but Allah alone, & He has no partners. And I admit His lordship, compelling this truth for those who denied Him and disbelieved in Him. And I profess that our master Muhammad, May Allah's Peace & Grace be upon him, is the messenger of Allah, the master of the created and the human race, and I keep professing that for as long as sight can be seen with an eye, for as long as news can be heard with an ear.
  O Allah, our Lord, have peace and blessings upon our master Mohammed, upon his folks, his companions, his descendants, and those who allied with him and followed him until the Day of Judgment. O Allah our Lord, teach us what is useful for us, and let us make use of what Thou hast taught us. O Allah and advance us in knowledge. O Allah show us the righteousness as right as it is, and bless us with following it. O Allah our lord make us amongst those who listen to the Word and follow the best meaning of it, and admit us, by Thy Grace, to the ranks of Thy righteous Servants. O Allah our Lord, lead us out from the depths of darkness and illusion, unto the lights of erudition and knowledge, and from the muddy shallows of lusts unto the heavens of Thy Vicinity.

Allah addresses mankind through the Prophet PBUH:

 Dear brothers, we are celebrating the birthday of the Prophet PBUH, and I will tackle this great issue in a series of Khutab (sermons).

 Dear brothers, Allah the Almighty has created man of the best stature (mould), has honored him, has given him reason, has subjugated the universe to him, has molded him transcendently and has bestowed upon him the Divine Method, the right constitution, the firm rope and the Straight Path and He has assigned him, so that his soul will be purified and sublime in order to gain eternal happiness. However, man may abandon his mission and his assignment, and he may backslide and may become deviated. Thus, he must be reminded. This reminder is the gist of Prophethood; Allah the Almighty sends the Prophets, peace be upon them, to remind his servants since Allah will not speak directly to them because they are not qualified to receive the Divine Revelation directly. Hence, Allah speaks to His servants through a chosen Prophet, and our Prophet (i.e. Muhammad PBUH) is the Prophet who was chosen by Allah to address the entire humanity.

 Dear brothers, there is only one man who deserves to be followed in everything (i.e. the Prophet PBUH), but why? It is because he is the Messenger of Allah PBUH, because Allah made him infallible and complete, because he received the Revelation and most importantly because Allah ordered us to follow him, to follow his Sunnah, to take what he gave us and to refrain from the matters he forbade.

 The Prophet PBUH is the infallible who never erred in a word or in an action, and he is the law-giver in every word he said, every action he made and every matter he approved. Hence, there is only one man in our life whose words are the proof, while the words of any other person need a proof. This person was chosen by Allah to be a Messenger of Him, to be a Prophet and to receive the Divine Revelation. Furthermore, we have been ordered to follow this man who is infallible; this man is Prophet Muhammad PBUH the birthday of whom will be celebrated in the coming days.

The Prophet PBUH is rightly guided by Allah:

 Dear brothers, I have chosen the last Ayah in Surat Al-Fath to be the topic of our Khutbah today. Allah the Almighty says:

﴾Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Some westerns describe the Prophet PBUH as "genius", but Allah mentions who he is in the following Ayah:

﴾Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 Some might think that he is a social reformer, but again the same Ayah defines him as follows:

﴾Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 If every clever person is entitled to be a Prophet, and if every social reformer is entitled to be a Prophet, it will be a hustle and bustle. This person (i.e. the Prophet PBUH) was chosen by Allah to receive the Revelation and everything he said was taught to him through the Revelation. Allah the Almighty says:

﴾Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired.﴿

[An-Najm, 3-4]

 In order not to consider him only a genius, Allah the Almighty tells us that he is the Messenger sent by Him. Thus, keep in mind, dear brothers, that the Prophet PBUH is the Messenger of Allah, because being only a genius means that he might be right or mistaken, and being only a social reformer means that he might succeed and might fail. However, the Prophet PBUH is guided wisely by Allah the Almighty, and he was given the pure truth through the Revelation. Let alone, the Noble Quran was revealed to him:

﴾Falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it (it is) sent down by the All-Wise, Worthy of all praise﴿

[Fussilat, 42]

The wisdom behind making the Prophet PBUH illiterate:

 Pay attention, dear brothers, to the Divine Description of the Prophet PBUH:

﴾Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 We should hold on to this description, because being the Messenger of Allah means that he never speaks of his own desire, he never errs, he is infallible, he is the first educator, we should follow him and we should take what he ordered us to take. Allah the Almighty says:

﴾And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad PBUH) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)﴿

[Al-Hashr, 7]

  Being illiterate refutes any claims that he PBUH got knowledge from the priest Bahirah upon meeting him when he was young or from any other source. Allah made him illiterate so that he would never get any education from any earthy source and this makes all his words Divinely Revealed to him, and Allah the Almighty made him illiterate so that the Divine Revelation would not be mixed with any other education. Thus, the Prophet's illiteracy is perfection unto itself, whereas it is a flaw in people. Since Allah prevented him from receiving any knowledge of any kind or source, the Prophet's words PBUH are considered Tashree' (Divine Laws), Haqq and Revelation.

Believers follow the Prophet PBUH in everything:

  Dear brothers, something in the last Ayah in Surat Al-Fath caught my attention:

﴾Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 I reviewed all the Ayat in the Quran which indicate the Prophet's Ma'iyat (Being ordered to follow the Prophet PBUH), and here is the result; Allah the Almighty says:

﴾ So stand (ask Allah to make) you (Muhammad PBUH) firm and straight (on the religion of Islamic Monotheism) as you are commanded and those (your companions) who turn in repentance (unto Allah) with you﴿

[Hud, 112]

  As the Prophet PBUH said:

((…And verily Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers, peace be upon them.))

﴾Verily, your Lord knows that you do stand (to pray at night) a little less than two-thirds of the night, or half the night, or a third of the night, and so do a party of those with you﴿

[Al-Muzzammil, 20]

 Hence, the Prophet's companions were with the Prophet PBUH in his acts of worship, in his righteousness and in his insight.

﴾Say (O Muhammad PBUH): "This is my way; I invite unto Allah (i.e. to the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge, I and whosoever follows me (also must invite others to Allah i.e to the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) with sure knowledge.﴿

[Yusuf, 108]

  They were with him in the inclusive matters as well.

﴾And when they are with him on some common matter, they go not away until they have asked his permission.﴿

[An-Nur, 62]

 It is a great thing to be with the Prophet PBUH, so if we miss to be with him in person, the least we can do is to be with his soul, with his Sunnah and with his Tashree' and to be part of his Ummah, the Ummah of responding, and not of conveying.

The glad tidings Allah gives to believers:

 Dear brothers, I would like to refer to the glad tiding Allah gives to the believers who take the path of the Prophets and Messengers, peace be upon them. Allah the Almighty refers to those believers in the following Ayah:

﴾We saved Hud and those who believed with him﴿

[Hud, 58]

﴾ The Day that Allah will not disgrace the Prophet (Muhammad PBUH) and those who believe with him﴿

[At-Tahrim, 8]

  Pay attention to the Ayat in which Allah gives glad tidings to those who follow the Prophets, peace be upon them. Allah the Almighty promises them of prosperity, salvation, protection and success.

﴾The Day that Allah will not disgrace the Prophet (Muhammad PBUH) and those who believe with him﴿

[At-Tahrim, 8]

  Allah will never disgrace them:

﴾We saved Hud and those who believed with him﴿

[Hud, 58]

﴾We saved Salih (Saleh) and those who believed with him ﴿

[Hud, 66]

 Every Prophet, who was sent to his people, was followed by the people who believed in his Message. Allah the Almighty says:

﴾ And Allah said: "I am with you﴿

[Al-Ma'idah', 12]

  It seems that Allah says, "If you are with the Prophet, I will be with you." Can anyone defeat you as long as Allah is with you?

﴾ And Allah said: "I am with you if you perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat and believe in My Messengers; honour and assist them, and lend to Allah a good loan.﴿

[Al-Ma'idah', 12]

 If Allah is with you, then you are granted success, prosperity and happiness in the worldly life and in the Hereafter.

The believers are severe against disbelievers to amend and guide them:

 Dear brothers, Allah the Almighty says:

﴾Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Why are they severe against the non-believers? Because of the knowledge, the insight and the mercy Allah bestowed upon them. To clarify this point, consider the situation of the father who is a doctor; he is merciful to his child, but as a doctor he should act rationally and scientifically if his son needs to undergo an operation although it hurts him deeply to see him under the knife. Much in the same line, due to the jealousy the believers have (about their religion) which is part of the mercy they have in their hearts, and due to their knowledge which is the outcome of their faith, for "Allah never takes someone as Wali if he is ignorant and had he been ignorant, Allah would have educated him", it hurts them to see that some people disbelieve. Therefore, they get severe against them so that they may be reformed and be guided to Allah, so this harshness has nothing to do with revenge.

 When Allah describes the believers, He describes them as people who never allow a deviated belief to spread, and they strive to refute it, they prevent any corruption from prevailing, and they stand in its face, they never allow falsehood to thrive and they advise those who went astray and they preach and guide them. Thus, they are not severe against them out of revenge, but rather they do that out of jealousy (they want them to become believers).

﴾ Are severe against disbelievers ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

The proof of this point is the following:

﴾Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 When you see a relative of yours indulged in sins, yet you praise him and treat him nicely, do you know what you are doing to him? You are deceiving him and helping him become more deviated since you are giving him the impression that he is following Al-Haqq (the truth). As Muslims, we should advise one another, and unless we enjoin Al-Ma'roof and forbid Al-Munkar, and unless we stand out firmly for Allah, and we defend Al-Haqq, what is the value of our faith? Allah the Almighty says:

﴾This is because your Lord would not destroy the (populations of) towns for their wrong-doing (i.e. associating others in worship along with Allah) while their people were unaware (so the Messengers were sent).﴿

[Al-An'am, 131]

 Allah does not say "while their people were religious", for there is a big difference between the two, because being religious means that they benefit themselves only, and thus they are entitled to be destroyed with the disbelievers. Hence, it is very important to enjoin Al-Ma'roof and forbid Al-Munkar, and doing so is considered the sixth act of worship in Islam.

 Dear brothers, Allah outstandingly describes the believers as people who are severe against the disbelievers in the sense that they keep discussing issues with them, showing them proofs and putting forth evidences, that they never go with the flow, that they never establish an intimate connection with the disbelievers, that they never praise them and that they never complement them, lest Allah will have His Wrath on them as He gets angry with the one who praises the Fasiq. 

﴾Who are with him are severe against disbelievers,﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

Believers are intimate with the pious chaste people and bold with the deviated:

  In fact the believers are very merciful to one another, and they show intimacy and leniency with each other. Some people said to our Master Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, "O Ameer Al-Mu'mineen (Commander of the Believers), people fear your toughness", so he cried and said, "Allah sent Muhammad PBUH to be His Prophet and Messenger, and some people believed in him, while others disbelieved in him. Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, with all his forbearance, was his right hand, whereas I was his unsheathed sword which he sheathed whenever he wanted. The Prophet PBUH died, and he was pleased with me and I was happy with him, but today, my toughness is weakened, and I am putting my cheek on the ground, so that the people of purity and Haqq would step on it." This means that our Master Umar was tough in the right time, and he was lenient in the situations where toughness would not work.

 As for the ones whose personality is weak, they are lenient with all people including the debauchers, the disbelievers, the deviated, the enemies of Islam, those who spread falsehood and the people of innovation. Besides having a weak personality, those people are passive, and they are quitters in their society.

﴾And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  You can be tough with everybody, which cannot be considered braveness, and you can be lenient with everybody, which has nothing to do with heroism, but the real heroism lies in being as Allah the Almighty describes:

﴾And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Your intimacy is not free to all people, it is exclusive to the people of Al-Haqq and piety, and your sincere love is for the righteous believers, whereas you should give pieces of advice and proofs to the deviated, you should be bold with them and you should enjoin Al-Ma'roof and forbid Al-Munkar when you deal with them.

﴾And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 This is the first characteristic of the followers of the Prophets, peace be upon them.

Describing the people of the Hereafter:

  Those who are with the Prophet PBUH deserve Allah's Bestowal in the worldly life and in the Hereafter:

﴾You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Ibn Kuthair said, "Allah describes the believing companions of the Prophet PBUH, may Allah be pleased with all of them, as devoted worshipers who offer abundant deeds. They were worshipers during the night and knights during the day."

 Abu Bakr may Allah be pleased with him, said, "Fear Allah O Umar, and know that Allah has deeds to be done for Him in the day which He will not accept if done at night, and He has deeds to be done for Him at night which He will not accept if done during the day."

 When a messenger from Azerbaijan came to see Umar, he was reluctant to knock at his door at night, so he headed to the Masjid where he found a man praying, weeping and invoking Allah by saying, "O Lord, have You accepted my repentance so I can congratulate myself, or you have rejected it so I would feel sorry for it?" The messenger asked, "Who are you, may Allah have mercy on you?" Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, answered, "I am Umar." Taken by surprise, the man said, "Glory be to Allah, you are Ameer Al-Mu'mineen, praying right here, while I did not want to knock at your door, because it is too late. O Ameer, do you not go to sleep?" To which Umar said, "If I sleep all night, I will lose myself in front of my Lord, and if I sleep all day, I will neglect my citizens."

﴾You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer) ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

﴾And during night, prostrate yourself to Him (i.e. the offering of Maghrib and 'Isha' prayers), and glorify Him a long night through (i.e. Tahajjud prayer).﴿

[Al-Insan, 26]

  Allah the Almighty describes the condition of the people of the worldly life in the following Ayah:

﴾Verily! These (disbelievers)﴿

[Al-Insan, 27]

 Allah went on saying:

﴾Love the present life of this world, and put behind them a heavy Day (that will be hard).﴿

[Al-Insan, 27]

  They love the present day and the worldly life, its houses, its vehicles, its farms, its pleasures, its vanity and its desires:

﴾Love the present life of this world, and put behind them a heavy Day (that will be hard).﴿

[Al-Insan, 27]

 These are the Words of the Creator of this universe.

Believers excel their jobs and they are devoted to offer good deeds:

 Allah the Almighty says:

﴾You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 "Seeking bounty" means that they strive in their actions, they are zealous in their careers, they are superior in their specialties, and they contribute valuable things to their societies.

((The Prophet PBUH felt the roughness of the Ibn Mas'ood's hand when he shakes hands with him because of hard work, so the Prophet PBUH raised it and said to his companions: "Allah and his messenger love this hand (i.e. indicating that Allah and his Messenger PBUH love those who work hard."))

 Allah the Almighty says:

﴾ seeking Bounty from Allah ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 This means that they are superior in their actions, and they contribute to their societies valuably instead of being burden on others, and their hands are the upper ones. Two of the people that the Prophet PBUH had declared brothers were Abdur Rahman bin Awf of Makkah and Sa'd bin Ar-Rabi' of Madinah. Sa'd said to Abdur Rahman, "My brother! I am the richest person in Madinah. Here is my property; take half of it." Abdur Rahman was abstinent, so he did not accept the offer, but he answered him, "My brother Sa'd! May Allah make your property and family blessed for you! Just show me the way to the market." They showed Abdur Rahman the way to the market. He went straight to the market and returned home after earning a lot of money. This shows Sa'd's generosity and Abdur Rahman's abstinence.

﴾You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 Seeking bounty from Allah is manifested in their careers, livelihood, crafts and specialties. Whoever teaches at the university for the purpose of benefiting his Ummah is actually offering an act of worship. Also, whoever masters a craft to benefit Muslims is offering an act of worship. Furthermore, the man who establishes his household according to Islamic teachings is offering an act of worship.

 Always remember that the upper hand is better than the lower hand. Our Master Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "I admire the physically strong man, but once I know that he is jobless, I disrespect him." You have to master something like a career or a job in which you excel so that you can set a good example of the Muslim who is superior in his specialty and religion in order to be an active open minded member who benefits his Ummah.

 Ibn Kuthair said, "They offer the acts of worship abundantly, and they are devoted to their jobs. Thus, they spend their time between making a living and seeking Allah's Pleasure." They offer good deeds for the Sake of Allah, they call people to Allah, they help the widow and the wretched, they sponsor the orphan, they support the poor, they treat ill people, they give aid to those who ask for it and they seek the Bounty and good Pleasure of their Lord.

The face reflects the exalted spirit:

 Allah the Almighty says:

﴾The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of (their) prostration (during prayers).﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 "Prostration" in the Ayah refers to being connected with Allah, whereas "faces" in the Ayah refers to the reality of man and his entity, according to some interpreters of the Noble Quran. In fact, the reality of man's entity is reflected on his face, so his facial expressions reflect love, sarcasm, denial and so on. In other words, you can notice fear, anger, love, sarcasm, denial, belief, submission, devotion, preservation, grudge, bitter feelings and jealousy in the face of someone due to very profound Divine Wisdom decreed by Allah.

﴾Some faces that Day shall be Nadirah (shining and radiant)* Looking at their Lord (Allah);﴿

[Al-Qiyamah, 22-23]

  The face of the believer is radiant due to the connection he has established with Allah, and due to his purity, his innocence, his love to people, his eager to bring goodness to them and his pure intentions. All these things make his face radiant and delightful.

((Narrated Abu Sa'eed Al-Khudri: that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "Beware of the believer's intuition, for indeed he sees with Allah's Light."))

Humility and piety are traits of the believer:

  I repeat the Ayah:

﴾The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of (their) prostration (during prayers).﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 Dear brothers, some scholars said about this Ayah, "Because the believer offers the night prayers abundantly, his face is radiant during the day." Others said, "The good deed leaves a light in the heart, brightness on the face, abundance in livelihood and love in the hearts of people." Nobody hides evil in his heart, but Allah will uncover it through their face and tongue, and this is but an exclusive Divine Law. Accordingly, everything man hides will be disclosed, like love, hatred, envy, grudge, malice, deception, goodness or innocence. Nobody hides something but Allah will reveal it to people, whether it is good or evil. The Prophet PBUH said:

((If someone works inside a solid rock which has no way out, his work will reach people regardless of its nature))

[Ad-Dur Al-Manthoor, on the authority of Abi Sa'ed Al-Khidri]

﴾The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of (their) prostration (during prayers).﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Some scholars said, "The clause 'The mark of them is on their faces' refers to the delightful faces."

﴾And the slaves of the Most Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness﴿

[Al-Furqan, 63]

  Their faces are delightful, their smile is cheerful, their words are good and their actions are right. Also, they are humble and devoted, and they seek Allah's Pleasure in every move they make. Others said, "This clause refers to the devotion and the humility of the Muslim."

﴾The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads)﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Dear brothers, Allah the Almighty says:

﴾This is their description in the Taurat (Torah). But their description in the Injeel (Gospel) i﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  This is a proof that the religion is one; it is the Religion of Allah which was revealed to Iesa (Jesus), to Musa (Moses) and to our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them. Thus, what Allah revealed to them has the same source (i.e. Allah) and the same nature, but Christianity and Judaism were altered by their followers from Allah's Religion.

 An outstanding figure of speech through which Allah describes the believer:

 Dear brothers, in the following Ayah there is a very outstanding simile Allah has used in describing the believers, He says:

﴾Is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot,﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Some plants grow shoots, and the clearest example is the olive tree. When this plant grows, it will have shoots on its sides like small trees, and this is the exemplary of the Prophet PBUH and his companions; he is the blessed tree and his companions are the shoots which grow on its sides. The time serves this society:

﴾Is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot,﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 "Ash-Shat'" is the spike of the plant:

﴾ then makes it strong,﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  The interpreters of the Noble Quran have different opinions about who made the other stronger, was it the Prophet PBUH who made his companions stronger, or was it the companions who made the Prophet PBUH stronger? The wondrous thing is that both meanings are given by the interpreters, so it is the Prophet who was reciting to his companions Allah's Ayat, purifying them (from the filth of disbelief and polytheism), and teaching them the Book (this Qur'an, Islamic laws and Islamic jurisprudence) and Al-Hikmah (As-Sunnah: legal ways, orders, acts of worship, etc. of Prophet Muhammad ), and by doing so, he made them strong, he made their faith profound and sound, he gave them the experience of their lifetime, he spiritually lifted them, he showed them their mistakes and he pushed them to the best. According to this interpretation, it is the Prophet PBUH who made his companions strong. On the other hand, the companions of the Prophet PBUH believed in him, supported him, were at his disposal and followed the light sent to him, and so they made him stronger by their support, advocacy, belief and defense, by spreading his Da'wah and by being his messengers who conveyed his Message to the world.

 This interaction between the instructor and the instructed is deemed important, for the mentor shows sincerity, gives all his knowledge to his followers, checks on them, asks about them, draws their attention to what is important, gives them glad tidings, warns them about perils, elaborates things to them, draws close to those he teaches, takes their hands to safety, acts humbly with them and honors them until they become strong, whereas the knowledge seekers cooperate with other people, help them and affirm what they have been taught. Therefore, this cooperation between the two (i.e. teacher-student) is essential.

﴾is like a (sown) seed﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  It refers to the Prophet PBUH.

﴾which sends forth its shoot,﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  It refers to the companions, may Allah be pleased with them all.

﴾ then makes it strong,﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Either he made them strong or they made him strong.

﴾it then becomes thick﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

 "Thick" refers to the faith of the companions which became sound and profound, their vision became clear and their spirit was lifted:

﴾ it then becomes thick, and it stands straight on its stem, ﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

The Prophet never left any companion without guidance, advice and spirit lifting:

 When his (i.e. the Prophet PBUH) death approached, he cast a quick look at his companions, and when he saw them praying in reverence, he smiled till his molars appeared and said:

((They are too knowledgeable and wise that they are almost like Prophets.))

[Ad-Durr Al-Manthoor fi Tafseer Al-Ma'thoor]

 When you invest your efforts to mentor someone, to educate him, to direct him, to instruct him, to guide him, to help him, to clarify things to him and to support him, you actually take his hand until he becomes strong, until his faith becomes sound, until he loves Al-Haqq deeply and until he becomes generous with others, so you like what you see of his faith. This is why the Prophet PBUH used to praise the companion who showed superiority:

((Mu'adh (bin Jabal) (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) held my hand and said, "O Mu'adh, by Allah, I love you.))

[Ad Durr Al Manthoor Fi Tafseer Al Ma'thoor on the authority of Abi Maslam]

 He also said to Sa'd:

((Throw (arrows); let my father and mother be sacrificed for you.))

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of Ali bin Abi Taleb]

 n another incident he praised him:

((Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: "Sa'd came, so the Prophet (PBUH) said: "This is my maternal uncle, so let a man show me his maternal uncle."))

[At-Tirmizi, on the authority of Jabir]

 The Prophet PBUH described Abu 'Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah in the following Hadith:

((Narrated Anas: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Every nation has an Amin (i.e. the most honest man), and the Amin of this nation is Abu 'Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah."))

[Ibn Habban and Al-Hakim, on the authority of Anas]

 He described Khalid bin Al-Walid in the following Hadith:

((Narrated Anas: '…What an excellent slave of Allah is Khalid bin Al-Walid, a sword from among the swords of Allah.'"))

[Al-Hakim, on the authority of Anas]

 He praised all his companions and never left even one:

((Narrated 'Uqbah bin 'Amir: that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "If there was to have a Prophet after me, it would have been 'Umar bin Al-Khattab."))

[At Tirmizi, on the authority of 'Uqbah]

 He once said about Abu Bakr:

((He never offended me, he gave me his money and he married me to his daughter, so give him credit for that.))

 Also, he PBUH said:

((Close all wickets opening into the Masjid except the wicket of Abu Bakr))

[Ad-Durr Al-Manthoor, on the authority of Ibn Abbas]

 Dear brothers, the Prophet PBUH strengthened his companions by praising them, he lifted their spirit, he advised them and he instructed them.

((Abu Dharr said: There was an altercation between me and one of the persons among my brothers. His mother was a non-Arab. I reproached him for his mother. He complained against me to Allah's Apostle (PBUH). As I met Allah's Apostle (PBUH) he said: "Abu Dharr, you are a person who still has (in him the remnants) of the days (of Ignorance)."))

[Agreed upon, on the authority of Al-Ma'roor bin Suwaid]

 He used to advise his companions, so he would definitely stop them if they did something wrong. He educated them, and indeed it was an exalted education. He said:

((My Lord perfected my good manners and conduct.))

[From Al-Jame' As-Sagheer, on the authority of Ibn Mas'ood]

Whoever is with the Prophet PBUH, Allah will be with him:

 Dear brothers, Allah the Almighty says:

﴾Delighting the sowers that He may enrage the disbelievers with them.﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  What is the connection between our lecture, in which I tackled the Prophet PBUH and his companions, and the occasion of celebrating the Prophet's birthday? The connection lies in the rest of the Ayah, so pay attention to it, please:

﴾Allah has promised those among them who believe (i.e. all those who follow Islamic Monotheism, the religion of Prophet Muhammad till the Day of Resurrection)﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  This means that this Divine Promise is to the believers whenever and wherever they might be:

﴾Allah has promised those among them who believe (i.e. all those who follow Islamic Monotheism, the religion of Prophet Muhammad till the Day of Resurrection) and do righteous good deeds﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  This means if you are like them, if you follow their steps, if you adopt their method, if you show the same cooperation they showed, if you give the same love they gave, if your affection was just like theirs and if you were like one body as the Prophet PBUH described in the following Hadith, you are entitled to the same glad tidings they were promised to have by Allah:

((Nu'man bin Bashir (may Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever".))

 The Prophet PBUH said:

((The believers advise one another, and they are kind to one another even if they live far from each other, whereas the hypocrites deceive one another and envy each other even if they live close to one another.))

 Allah the Almighty says:

﴾Allah has promised those among them who believe (i.e. all those who follow Islamic Monotheism, the religion of Prophet Muhammad till the Day of Resurrection) and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (i.e. Paradise).﴿

[Al-Fath, 29]

  Dear brothers, the main point of this Khutbah revolves around the answers to these questions: Are you with the Prophet PBUH? If you miss being with him in person, you should not turn away from his method. Are you following his Sunnah? Are you following his Tashree'? Are you adopting his traits? Do you have the same conducts he had? Do you follow his example as a husband, as a father, as a Da'iyah and as a worshiper? If you answer these questions with yes, then you are given the glad tiding that Allah will be with you as it is mentioned in the following clear Ayah:

﴾And Allah said: "I am with you if you perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat and believe in My Messengers; honour and assist them, and lend to Allah a good loan.﴿

[Al-Ma'idah', 12]

  Dear brothers, call yourselves to account before you are called to do so, and weigh your deeds before they are weighed against you, and you should know that the Angel of Death has reached others and will reach us soon, so pay heed. The wise man is the one who calls himself to account (and refrains from doing evil deeds) and does noble deeds to benefit him after death; and the foolish person is the one who subdues himself to his temptations and desires and seeks from Allah the fulfillment of his vain desires.

The 2nd Khutbah:

 Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and I bear witness that there is no Deity worthy of worship except Allah; the Protector of the righteous, and I bear witness that our Master Muhammad, peace be upon him, is His Servant and Messenger the one with noble morals. May Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Folks and Companions.

When Muslims love and cooperate with one another, they earn Allah's Content:

 Dear brothers, in order to apply this Khutbah, it is deemed important to establish the Islamic society on the level of our family first, and then on the level of the society by having sound faith, by being sympathetic, by being cooperative, by offering advice to others and by taking others' hand to the Right Path. Accordingly, the rich should help the poor, the powerful should help the weak, the healthy should help the sick, the successful in his business should help the unsuccessful, and the influential should help the oppressed.

 Dear brothers, if we level up with the description Allah gives us by showing cooperation and affection; by helping the one who helps us and by supporting the one who educates us through applying his teachings and carrying out his instructions, because he shows us humbleness, he honors us and he gives us the most valuable thing he owns (his knowledge), only then Allah will be pleased with us.

 We ought to establish an Islamic society even if this happens locally, so that Islam becomes a reality which we all live, given we shall never reap the fruits of Islam unless we apply it to ourselves.

Du'a (Supplication):

 O Allah, we beseech You to show us the way of righteousness together with those to whom You showed it; and to give us good health together with those whom You have healed; and to be our Protector, as You are of those whom You protect; and to bless what You have bestowed on us; and to save us from the affliction that You have decreed –for You rule with justice and You are never judged; and he whom You protect shall never be humiliated, and he whom You make Your enemy shall never be elevated, blessed and dignified are You. We thank You for what You have decreed, we ask You for Forgiveness for our sins, and we repent to You.

 O Allah, help us do a good deed that would draw us closer to You. O Allah, increase us [in Your Blessings] and do not decrease us, honor us and do not humiliate us, give us [from Your Gifts] and do not deprive us, be in favor of us and not against us and make us satisfied and be satisfied with us.

 O Allah, make us do well in the religion which is our dignity and make our lives good for it is our living and make us safe on the day of judgment for it is our final destination please make the life our supply for all good things and make the death a rest from every evil, O our Master the Lord of all Worlds.

 O Allah, we seek refuge with You from terminal illness, from the enemies who glee at our misfortune and from withholding after bestowing, O Lord of the Worlds.

 O Allah we seek refuge with You from being in need of anyone but You, from fearing anyone but You, from lowering ourselves before anyone save You.

 O Allah, grant health and safety to all those who are on travel and to all Muslims.

 O Allah conceal our shortcomings, grant us security and let us be safe in our countries, and make this country and all other Islamic countries safe and rich, O Lord of the Worlds.

 O Allah, by Your Mercy and Benevolence, raise high the word of truth and this Deen, grant triumph to Islam, dignify Muslims, and lead the rulers of Muslims to what pleases You, O Lord of the Worlds, as You are the only One Who is capable over His decreed.

Translation  : Noura Sharabi
Edited by      : Kawthar Hajj Saleh