Response to Khutbah 24 June 2016 by Maryam Omar

Response to Khutbah 24 June 2016 by Maryam Omar

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Assalaamu Alaykum Wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu

I am here once again this year to respond to the Jumuah khutbah delivered by sheikh Sadulla khan.  The sheikh enlightened and reminded us once again of the purpose of Ramadaan and what it is that Allah intended to convey to us about this month.

I will reflect on a few key points made during the khutbah.

So this month of Ramadaan is a time for us to:

  • fast in order for us to become more conscious and aware of ourselves and our relationship with Allah (swt)
  • to celebrate and reflect on the message of the Quran and the guidance within it, that is sent as confirmation of what it is to be righteous or to achieve righteousness and live rightfully
  • The night of Leila tul qadr is an opportunity presented to us to call upon Allah to help us become more conscious and aware of our Lord, and to call upon him and ask him for forgiveness and help to guide us in dealing with our lives.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE MEANS THROUGH WHICH ALLAH WISHES TO MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR US.

However, I wish to illuminate on some of the deeper issues that we are faced with as frail, weak human beings striving to better ourselves.

During the Khutbah, Sheik Sadullah highlighted the night of power which signifies one of the events seen and stated as the beginning of the end of jahiliyyah (all forms of backwardness, ignorance and retrogression)

I wish to highlight this point specifically, as I relate this to the latter part of the khutbah in which the Sheikh illuminated Allah’s responding to prayers in the spiritual luminary of Ibrahim bin Adham when asked about the saying of Allah:

And your Lord says: “Call upon me; I will answer your prayer”

Where the people reply:  “We supplicate and we are not answered.”

So Ibrahim bind Adham said to them:

“You know the glory of Allah, yet you do not obey Him,

You proclaim adherence to the Messenger, yet you do not act according to it.

You recite the Quran, yet do not act according to it

You enjoy the bounties Allah has provided for you, yet you do not thank Him

You proclaim your fear for fire, yet you persist in sins that lead to it

You know evil, yet you don’t dissociate from it,

You acknowledge death as reality yet you never prepare for it

You bury your dead, yet you do not take a lesson from it

You are busy with finding fault in others, yet you do not look at your own faults.”

I find myself reflecting on why then, so little change in our pursuit of implementing these deeds for attaining true spiritual upliftment becomes achievable?

My humble answer is that perhaps it is because, often, we overindulge in the idea of living and proclaiming the righteous path, whilst we fail to concretely deal with the specific issues within ourselves that serve as a detriment to us attaining taqwa and righteousness.

In other words, we can only truly benefit from the month of Ramadaan and acts of Ibada if we primarily  face the hard truths about ourselves, be honest with ourselves and courageous enough to identify and acknowledge our social and characteristic flaws,  and then to seek practical solutions besides salaah and duah, to address these flaws.

The purpose of my emphasizing this is to evoke the specifics of what spiritual upliftment truly is and how restoring self-discipline in the deepest, iniquities within our character which should be our primary focus.

How else can we truly benefit from this month?

As the sheikh reminded us that

By dealing with specifics is to stop and ask ourselves where are we going on our journey towards spiritual elevation?

WE must be motivated to connect the external rituals closely with the challenge of facing our Nafs, dealing with the preconscious.

We want to develop as Muslims and as human beings.

If you are a person that is impatient, stingy, cowardly, sexist, racist, homophobic or arrogant. Fasting, reading Quran and giving zakat cannot alone lead us on the journey to deal with and improve these social issues and characteristic flaws that serve as a detriment to us truly living righteously.

Therefore, if we shift our focus to continuing and striving to be honest with ourselves and courageous enough to identify and acknowledge these issues, and to endeavor to find ways of addressing them, so that we do not lose our goal of bettering ourselves on our journey, as opposed to living stagnantly in the hope that Allah will simply eliminate these flaws without us truly getting to know ourselves and confronting our shortcomings.

As Allah says in the holy Quran:

Inallaha la yugayru maa bikumin  hatta yuhayru maa bi anfisahim

Allah does not change the condition of a people unless they strive to change what is in themselves. (Quran 13:11)

Let us all strive our hardest to courageously confront and address the daily demanding, innate issues that we all possess in different forms and different extents for the sake of ourselves and ultimately pleasing our Lord.

The purpose of my emphasizing this is to evoke the specifics of what spiritual upliftment truly is and how restoring self-discipline in the deepest, iniquities within our character should be our primary focus.

How else can we truly benefit from this month?

As the sheikh reminded us that

By the dealing with specifics is to stop and ask ourselves where are we going on our journey towards spiritual elevation?

WE must be motivated to connect the external rituals closely with the challenge of facing our Nafs, dealing with the preconscious.

We want to develop as a Muslims and as a human being.

 

 

If you are impatient person, you are a stingy, cowardly, sexist, racist, homophobic and arrogant. Fasting, reading Quran and giving zakat cannot alone lead us on the journey to deal with and improve these social issues and characteristic flaws that serve as a detriment to us truly living righteously.

 

 

Therefore, if we shift our focus to continuing and striving to be honest with ourselves and courageous enough to identify and acknowledge these issues, and to endeavor to find ways of addressing them so that we do not lose our goal of bettering ourselves on our journey as opposed to living stagnantly in the hope that Allah will simply eliminate these flaws without us truly getting to know ourselves and confronting our shortcomings.

As Allah says in the holy Quran:

Inallaha la yugayru maa bikumin  hatta yuhayru maa bi anfisahim

Allah does not change the condition of a people unless they strive to change what is in themselves. (Quran 13:11)

 

Let us all strive our hardest to courageously confront and address the daily demanding innate issues that we all possess in different forms and different extents for the sake of ourselves and ultimately pleasing our Lord.

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