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doc Khutbah Al Haajah

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All Praise is due to Allah: We Praise Him: We beg assistance of Him: We ask Him for forgiveness. We have faith in Him: We have reliance on Him. We fly for refuge unto Him (to deliver us) from the mischief of our minds and from the evil consequences of our actions. Whomever Allah directs shall not go astray: and whomever He allows to go astray, no one can guide. We profess that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, and we further profess that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.

65471719.doc (O you who believe! Fear Allh as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allh.) [Aal Imraan 3:102],

(O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him He created his wife, and from them both He created many men and women, and fear Allh through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship) Surely, Allh is Ever an All-Watcher over you). [al-Nisaa 4:1], And finally Allah reminds us when he says:

059.018 YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and let every soul look to what (provision) He has sent forth for the morrow. And, fear Allah: for Allah is well-acquainted with (all) that you do.

Brothers and sisters in Islam I want to spend the moments that Allah has given to us in this blessed day of Friday to reflect, to ponder,

65471719.doc understand and Inshallah implement the lesson on easy way to success as told to us in Surat Al Shams the 91th chapter of the Quran. My Brothers and Sisters in Islam count the aspects of creation that Allah takes an oath on:

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1. By the Sun and his (glorious) splendor; 2. By the Moon as she follows him; 3. By the Day as it shows up (the Sun's) glory; 5

65471719.doc 4. By the Night as it conceals it; 5. By the sky and its (wonderful) structure; 6. By the Earth and its (wide) expanse: 7. By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it; 8. And its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right;9. Truly he succeeds that purifies it, 10. And he fails that corrupts it! My brothers and sisters in Islam we know that whenever Allah takes an oath in the Qurran by something, Allah then follows those oaths by mentioning something very important to us. Here Allah after taking oaths on 7 aspects of His creation, Allah says in the 9th Ayah Qad which can be translated as Truly, verily, with out a doubt he succeeds that purifies it. And he fails that corrupts it!

The it referred to in this ayah is the soul, the nafs. Those who purify it attain tazkiah succeed and those that corrupt it fail.

65471719.doc So as a result of these aayat, Rasullullah SAW would make a duaa.

The mufasir-reen has commented that the success or falah referred to in this ayah is not temporary success, but rather permanent success. We have many types of the temporary successes in this world. You have job today. You do not have one tomorrow. You are rich today, you are poor tomorrow. You have your health today you do not have it tomorrow. Look for example Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004. I mean, hear was a man who 20 years had the most quote most powerful position in the world. He was the President of the United States for 8 years, yet that was a temporary success, because when he died he had reached such an advance stage with his alltimerizers disease that he could not recognize his wife, or who he was. So again all the success we have in this world are temporary, but Allah Tala is telling us here about a permanent fala or permanent success for those who purify their souls or in Arabic attain tazkiyah. The success referred to here is the falah of entering the permanent adobe, the permanent domicile, the permanent home of jannah.

65471719.doc And the tazkiyah is a required status, or prerequisite, or condition for what? For entering into Jannah. Allah Tala confirms this in the Qurran when he says:

So to attain tazkiyah is a must for all of us. We cannot afford not to attain this status. Now the question is how? How do we attain the state of tazkiyah. And the answer is there are two ways. One is the easy way and one is the hard way. The easy way to attain tazkiyah, is by inculcating, including, impressing into our lives the Qurran and Sunnah. Our purpose in this

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I have only created Jinns and men, that they may worship Me. And the only way to worship Allah, is by living our lives accord to Islam. As Allah say in Surah Imran:

That verily the religion with Allah is Islam. And Allah further say in Surat Al Madiah ayah 3:

This day have I perfected your religion for you, and have completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. So again my brothers and sisters the bottom line is that the easy way to attain tazkiyah, and eventual entry into Jannah is to live our lives according to Islam.

65471719.doc The hard way is to have tazkiyah impressed, upon us by the torment and fataan either in this world, or in the grave, or on the day of Judgment and the worse be clensed in the hell-fire. And if we think about it this life is too short to trade for the eternal bliss of the hereafter. So what if we do not drink everything that we want to in this world. You know sometimes us Muslims unfortunately glamorize the ways of the kuffar by Imation. A few years back I was in a Muslim country and we went out to a restaurant for dinner. And I was surprised when some young men sitting at a table close by said, Bring us beer. And of course selling beer is prohibited in that Islamic country but then the waiter brought on the non-alcholhic beer. And the point of this example why do we sometimes glamorize the haram. I mean who wants to drink the haram and be then reward for it in the hereafter with the drinking of the puss, blood and boiling water of the hereafter. As Allah says in Surah 78:

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And in surat 88 Allah Tala says:

This life is so short, so what if we do not eat everything or as much that we want to in this world. So who wants to go hungry for months on end in hell, and eat the thorns of the plants of the hellfire, as Allah says:

6: They shall have no food but of thorns 7: Which will neither fatten nor avail against hunger This life is so short, so what if we do live in the large house that we want to live in. Who wants to live in the tight, small compartments of hell.

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65471719.doc So we ask Allah Tala to make us of those who attain tazkiyah, and be of those who prioritize the hereafter over this world.


May Allah grace you and us with the blessings of the grand Qurran, and may it benefit us and you with the verses and with wise commemoration, for He the Almighty is Generous, Noble, Sovereign, Benign, Compassionate, and Merciful. So brothers and sisters in Islam we have been talking about the first 10 ayaat of Surat Al Shams, and reflecting on them. And we talk about in the first khutba that the easy to attain the eternal success is to attain the state of tazkiyah or state of purity is by being serious about of deen, rather than the tazkiyah being impress upon us by the punishments of the grave and or day of judgment and or hell-fire. So I want to conclude by asking questions about fundamental actions of being a Muslim to myself and you, answer these to yourself brothers and sisters in Islam: 1. Have I established the 5 obligatory, fard salah in my life, if yes how can I increase the khushoo. 2. Did I give zakah this last year, when was the last time I gave sadaqah? Recall that just last Wednesday 11/5/08 there was a 6.4 earthquake in Pakistan, which according to Islamic Relief 12

65471719.doc over 70k people have been left homeless from the quake including 30k children. This school is in need of your help, there is the tax credit program where you can get $ for $ your money back. 3. Have I kept good company? Who are the people that I associate? Will they help me or hurt me with regards to being an observant, practicing Muslim? 4. When was the last time I picked up the book of Allah or Hadith of Rasullah, read it, tried to understand it and implement it into my life? The positive answers to these and other fundamental questions will Biidnillah with the help of Allah make of those,

9. Truly he succeeds that purifies it,

Let us make duaa: We ask Allah Tala to help us guide us, forgive us, and protect us from the punishment of the fire. We ask Allah for entry into Jannah We ask Allah to alleviate the pain and suffering from the earthquake, hurricanes, flooding, poverty and hardships of this life.

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65471719.doc We ask Allah to alleviate the pain suffering rancor, and oppression from all the Muslims, in Iraq, in Afganistan, Kashmir, Checnya, Phalistine and the all the Muslim Lands.

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