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Eid ul Adha khutba July 2022

Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allahu akbar
Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wa Allaahu akbar
Allaah akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd

Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god except Allaah, Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great , Allaah is Most Great, and all praise be to Allaah

Allah(SWT) is greater than:

  • Our sins
  • Our hopes
  • Family disputes. 
  • Our relationships. 
  • Our studies. 
  • Our work. 
  • Our managers. 
  • Our leaders. 
  • Our illness. 
  • Our depression. 
  • Our enemies. 
  • Our failures
  • Public opinion
  • Pride
  • All forms of Prejudice
  • Any power
  1. Whose footsteps do you follow? 

Allah(SWT) mentions Prophet Ibrahim(AS) 73 times and tells a dozen of his different stories and encounters with various people, over and over again. His is a story of wisdom, bravery, love of God and dedication to the progress of humanity.

Ibraaheem (peace be upon him) was the father of the Prophets; no Prophet was sent after him but he was from among his descendents. 

  1. What unites all of mankind – their Creator and Sustainer. 

So, who is more worthy of worship. Allahu Akbar – Allah(SWT) is Greater – than all else and is the only One who sustains us. Isn’t it amazing that:

  • In one day, blood travels in our body a total of 12,000 miles, that’s further than Luton to New Zealand, past Australia
  • The human eye can see 7 million colors.
  • More than 28,800 times your eyes are naturally washed, 20 times a minute without you even thinking about it
  • You take 20,000 breaths a day

Who else could make this happen and to whom should we show gratitude and devotion?

  1. What are you willing to sacrifice? What you hold most dear

Men use knives to sacrifice their egos and wealth for the sake of Allah SWT. Even to point a weapon at another Muslim is forbidden so to our youth and elders, use your day of Eid to be a means of pleasing Allah(SWT), just as you have fasted for His sake yesterday and undertaken good deeds over these best days of the year. Don’t undo it in a reckless night of Eid just to show off to people around you, who would rather laugh at you than undertaken acts of foolishness themselves.

No doubt about it,

my prayer 

my sacrifice (nusuk) the animals that I sacrifice well

my mahyaya – my life now, the place I live and the time I live in – my lifespan

mamaati – eventual death but also means the time of my death in the place of my death 

lillahi rabbil aalameen belonged to Allah the master of all nations 

 

Allah (SWT) shows us some key points about Ibrahim(AS) – he was a person of Prayer – a connection with Allah(SWT), not just a contact at the end of Snapchat or Insta, but a live and emotional connection with Allah(SWT).

  1. Whats the centre of your life? Which ladder are you climbing? Set a pole in your life and return to it regularly. Is your ladder leaning against the right building? 

There are many idols propped up today, perhaps not as physical statues which people prostrate to, but definitely things which people are devoted to or obsessed with, as was the response of the people of Ibrahim (lahaa ‘aakifeen). This includes:

  • Worship of the Self: fittingly captured in the selfie culture
  • Power or fame: Like devotion to a celebrity – adulation at concerts similar to monarchs or Pharoahs of the past or sports matches sacrificing sleep, wealth and effort
  • Money: endless hours in the office/cab to acquire the same phone, car or lifestyle as someone else
  • Football with its khutba ceremony of watching the game, the match day pillars of prayer and intense khushoo (focus) on the game, the comments about the Imam (footie manager), the team which is worshipped and causes great offence when insulted, and the players seen as heroic figures. There’s a uniform for worshippers in the form of crests that symbolise their identity, as well as prayers and chants that are used to express devotion. Many fans even go as far as having their team permanently etched onto their skin as a means of expressing such a deep connection to them.

 

  1. Which habits do you need to give up? Repelling your shortcomings? 

Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī Raḥimahullāh said: “Whoever is not able to stop at Arafah, then stop at the limits of Allāh He has set. 

Whoever is not able to spend the night at Muzdalifah, let him spend the night in obedience to Allāh to come close and attain nearness to Him.

Whoever is not able to slaughter at Minā, then let him slaughter his desires so by it he can reach his objective.

Whoever cannot make to Ka’bah and is far from it then let him serve the Lord of Ka’bah for He is nearer than jugular vein.”

  1. Have you taken time to consider the endgame? Being gathered to account for our lives 

If my life is for Allah(SWT) and how I live it and if my death is for Allah(SWT) and where and when it happens, then when is it time for me straighten out the rest of my life so everything in my life is for Allah(SWT)?

 

Living this ayah, means I’m giving to my life my career, my goals, my family, my marriage and my aspirations for Allah. 

  1. Whens the best time to make a change? NOW. You may delay, but time will not. 

أتيتك يا خالقي باكيا                   ودمع الأسى كل حين يزيد 

I came to you, my Creator, crying My tears of regret increasingly flow

فقد قلت في الآي لا تقنطوا                وإن تعفوا عني فذا يوم عيد

You certail tell us in the ayah, Do not despair So if you forgive me, then that would be my day of Eid!! 

Ali(RA) would say Eid is for him whose fasts have been accepted by Allah, and whose worship has been appreciated by Allah. Every day in which you do not disobey Allah is a day of Eid.

It is recommended to return home from the Eid prayers by following a different direction. This is for us to have a greater opportunity to congratulate and supplicate for one another.

It is said that the reason he did this was to greet the people with peace who lived on both fairways, or so that the blessings of his passing would reach both areas, or to fulfill the needs of those among them. It is said that he did so to establish the symbols of Islam in the various roads and paths. Another reason given is that he did so to frustrate the hypocrites when they witnessed the might of Islam and its people. It is said that he did so in order for the various areas to testify to his obedience to Allah. Surely, he who walks to the mosque and the place of prayer will earn this virtue: one step raises him a degree and another erases a sin until he returns home. It is also said, and this is the correct opinion, that all the reasons mentioned here are possible as well as other unknown wisdom that always accompanied his actions.

Source: Zād al-Ma’ād 1/432

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