Jumu’ah Khutbah in UAE (17 Dhul Hijjah 1433)
‘Al ‘Iffah’ is the theme of tomorrow’s Jumu’ah Khutbah in the masajid of UAE.
“All praise be to Allah. We thank Him, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We repent to Him, and we ask Him to protect us and guard us from the evil within ourselves, and the evil of our deeds.
Those who are guided by Allah, nothing shall misguide them, and those who are misguided by Allah; nothing shall guide them.
I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, the one; the only; who has no associates. And I bear witness that Mohammad pbuh is His servant and His messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his family, his companions, and all those who live like them till the Day of Resurrection.
As to what follows, I call upon myself first and all of you to be ever conscious and do construct our lives in accordance to what He has ordered us as He says, “And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him of his matter ease.” (Attalaq: 4).
The topic of today is about chastity, a moral characteristic that is in perfect harmony with common sense. In principle, it underlines every act for restraining the self from unlawful desires leading to committing sins or being involved in begging, for example. As such, it is one of the perfect deeds and highest qualities a person can have, for our Prophet Muhammad pbuh considered it one of the reasons for entering Paradise. He said, “the first three people who will enter paradise were presented to me…one who abstains from both the unlawful and the doubtful.” Chastity is also evidence to self-perfection and wisdom, about which a scholar said, “perfection is in three: religious chastity, patience in adversity, and good government of livelihood.
No wonder then that chastity is at the core of prophetic virtues and one of the beneficial calls for people to fulfill. Abu Sufyan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported, in course of his detailed narration about Heraclius when the latter questioned him about the teachings of the Prophet pbuh he said that: he pbuh told (us): “perform Salat, speak the truth, observe modesty and strengthen the ties of kinship.” So for its high merit the Prophet Muhammad pbuh used to supplicate to Allah in these words, “O Allah. I beg of Thee the right guidance, safeguard against evils, chastity and freedom from want.”
O Servants of Allah,
Please know that chastity is first and foremost manifested in our senses, the latter being tools to perform deeds. So as long as one’s senses are free from evil and sins, Allah, the Most Exalted, bestows upon him abundant provision and grants him Paradise. Our Master Muhammad pbuh said, “whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.”
In this context, chastity requires of the individual to control his senses and use them only in what Allah has made it lawful and permissible. So if it happens that his self and faith have weakened, he should recall that the sweetness of faith lasts while the thrill of lust shall soon perish. He should also be aware that Allah, the Almighty, stands by his servant if he turns away from sins and remains patient.
However the reasons are, a Muslim must abstain from engaging in Haram and get over the lure of his own desires until Allah makes it possible for him to marry. Allah, the Most Exalted says, “But let them who find not [the means for] marriage abstain [from sexual relations] until Allah enriches them from His bounty.” (Annur: 33).
Allah, may Glory be to Him, has ordered us to avoid taking others’ money unlawfully and the economically independent guardians to not take any return from orphans under his charge. Yet He, the Almighty, has allowed the poor guardian to get an acceptable portion of it. On this matter, He says, “And whoever, [when acting as guardian], is self-sufficient should refrain [from taking a fee]; and whoever is poor – let him take according to what is acceptable.” (Annisaa: 6).
Part of chastity is also to abstain from abusing public properties, for these should not be used for any purposes other than those allocated to. Nor should they be utilised for own personal ends. Therefore, everyone is advised to protect them because they belong to all, and so the responsibility of maintaining them should be incumbent upon each individual.
Furthermore, a Muslim should spare himself the shame of begging people or asking for money without doing a work in return. Allah, the Most Exalted, has praised those seeking self-independence saying, “An ignorant [person] would think them self-sufficient because of their restraint, but you will know them by their [characteristic] sign. They do not ask people persistently [or at all].” (Al Baqara: 273). In the same regard, our Prophet Muhammad pbuh said, “whoever has forbearance, Allah will help him. Whoever tries to be independent, Allah will enrich him.”
By the same token, a Muslim needs to make sure every bite he put in his mouth is Halal. About this, our Prophet Muhammad pbuh said, “If you have four things, don’t worry about anything you missed in this world: Truthfulness in speech, preserving one’s trust, good conduct and purity of food.”
Chastity gives a Muslim resilience, protecting him from bad manners while guiding him to righteousness and prosperity. So he will speak but good. The Prophet Muhammad pbuh used to warn about lying because it is against good manners and the chastity of the tongue. He pbuh said, “It is great treachery that you should tell your brother something and have him believe you when you are lying.”
With this in mind, we ask Allah’s favour to grant us chastity and modesty in speech and deeds. May Allah help us also to obey Him and those He has ordained upon us to obey pursuant to His instructions: “O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you.” (Annisaa: 59).
May Allah bless you and me with the ability to implement the Holy Quran and the Sunna of His Messenger Muhammad pbuh. I say my words and pray to Allah, the Almighty, to grant us forgiveness. Supplicate to Allah for forgiveness for He is the Most Forgiving and the Most Merciful.”
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