Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Advice of 'Alee (radiallaahu 'anhu)

Al-Istiqaamah Magazine, Issue No.6 - Dhul-Qa'dah 1417H / March 1997
Kumail ibn Ziyaad said: 'Alee ibn Abee Taalib took hold of my hand and took me off towards the desert. When we reached it, he sat down, took a deep breath and then said:
"O Kumail ibn Ziyaad! The hearts are receptacles, so the best of them is the one which preserves the best. So memorise what I say to you.
The people are of three (types): the Scholar who is rabbaanee, 1 the one learning being upon the path of salvation, and the confused rabble who follow everyone who calls out - bending along with every wind - they are not enlightened by the light of knowledge, nor do they lean upon a firm support.
Knowledge is better than wealth. Knowledge is a protection for you, whereas it is you that has to protect wealth. The zakaat of knowledge is action, whereas spending decreases wealth. And love of the Scholar is part of the Religion. Knowledge brings about obedience for the Scholar in his own lifetime and causes him to have good repute after his death, whereas the benefit of wealth ceases when it passes away. The hoarders of wealth have died even though they are still alive, whereas the Scholars remain for as long as time remains - their persons are lost, but their examples remain in the hearts.
Here, indeed here - (and he pointed to his chest) - there is knowledge, if only I could find carriers for it. But instead I have found them quick to comprehend, but not trustworthy. They use what pertains to the Religion for worldly ends. They seek to use Allaah's proofs against His Book, blindly following the people of truth, but having no insight regarding receiving it.
Doubt pierces their hearts when anything problematic arises. They are neither this nor that. They do not know where the truth lies, and if they are mistaken then they do not know why. They are ardently in love with something the true state of which they do not know - so they become a trial for others.
And indeed, the utmost good is for the one to whom Allaah grants understanding of the Religion And it is enough ignorance for a person that he does not know about his Religion. Such a person is passionately addicted to pleasures, accustomed to following desires, or is one given to amassing wealth and piling it up. Such people are not from the callers to the Religion rather they are more like the grazing cattle. And thus knowledge passes away with the passing away of those who carry it.
Oh Allaah, yes! The earth will not be without one who stands upright for Allaah, with proof - so that Allaah's proofs and clear signs are not abolished. They are the ones who are few in number, but having the most value to Allaah. With them, Allaah asserts His proofs amongst their contemporaries and cultivates them in the hearts of those similar to them. With them, knowledge assaults and comes upon the true state of affairs, so that which those accustomed to easy living find difficult therein, they find easy; and they are at home with that which causes consternation to the ignorant ones. They live in this world with their bodies, whereas their souls are attached to higher things. They are Allaah's ambassadors in His land and the callers to His Religion. Oh how I would like to see them, and I seek Allaah's forgiveness for myself and for you. If you wish then you may leave."2

1.Rabbaanee: The Scholar who acts in accordance with his knowledge and has insight into the condition of the people - so that he raises them upon the primary matters of knowledge before the more detailed and difficult matters.
2. Reported by Abu Nu'aym in Hilyatul-Awliyaa (1/79-80), al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee in al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih (1/49-50) and Ibn Katheer in al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah (9/47).

The Importance of supplicating for steadfastness, and uprightness in the religion upto the end of one’s life

Narrated Abduh ibn Abdurrahim :
“We went on an expedition to one of the lands of Rome; and among us was a youth of who there was none amongst us more proficient in reciting The Qur’ân than him, and none of us was more knowledgeable of fiqh and inheritance laws than him, one who used to fast the days and stand at night in prayer.
Whilst in our expedition we passed by a fort -of which we were not ordered to stop for- [guarded by many soldiers] ; and this youth stopped close to the fort as if he was relieving himself.
So he looked up the fort and he caught sight of a woman from among the women of the Romans who was looking from that fort, and she amazed him.
And as such he desired her, so he talked to her in the Roman language : ‘Tell me the way to get to you?’
So she replied: ‘For you to become a christian, then we will open the door for you [to enter the fort] ; and I am yours.’
And he answered that call of hers, and he entered the fort!
In one narration it says : [The Muslims were not aware of the on-goings except that by the time they realized ; he was with her!]
[The narrator continues to say] Consequently we were covered in great distress and encountered hardship in our expedition because of that. It was as if each of our men took that to be as if it happened to his own child.
After some time while on another expedition, we returned and passed by this same fortified town: and there he was with that woman, and the Christians ; looking at us [from the fort].
So we said [to him] : ‘O so- and –so what happened to your Qur’ân? What happened to your knowledge? What happened to your fasting? What happened to your prayers!”
And there he said to us : ‘Indeed, know that; I have forgotten all the Qura’n except His statement :
رُّبَمَا يَوَدُّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ لَوْ كَانُواْ مُسْلِمِينَ
ذَرْهُمْ يَأْكُلُواْ وَيَتَمَتَّعُواْ وَيُلْهِهِمُ الأَمَلُ فَسَوْفَ يَعْلَمُونَ
“Perhaps (often) will those who disbelieve wish that they were Muslims.Leave them to eat and enjoy, and let them be preoccupied with (false) hope.They will come to know!” [Suraatul Hijr 1-2]
Source : Al-Muntadham of Ibnul Jawzee, Taarikh al-Islaam of Imaam Adh-Dhahabi under the biography of Abduh ibn Abdur rahim, Taarikh al-Dimashq of Ibn Asaakir : 37/379
1. The great benefit of lowering the gaze.
2. The Importance of fighting the desires, especially the fitna between the opposite genders.
3. Loving for your fellow Muslim that which you love for yourself, and hating for him that which you see is harmful to him. [And what is more of a calamity than seeing a Muslim leave the light of belief and choosing the darkness of shirk !]
4.The diligence of shaytaan and his allies – in their greatest goal – against the Muslims : to make them apostatize.
Especially in the times of tribulations; the true colours of people come forth. As you see, Indeed she didn’t ask him for wealth or anything else. Allaahu Musta’n.
5. Don’t be amazed by the actions of a person, only Allaah knows the reality of the end of a person.
6. Prior to that, don’t be amazed by your own deeds!
7. The Importance of supplicating for steadfastness, and uprightness in the religion upto the end of one’s life.
Indeed the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) used to do so, and taught us to do so, as in the hadeeth of Umm Salamah by Shihr who said : ‘I said to Umm Salamah : ‘O Mother of the Believers, what is the duaa’ which the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) would supplicate the most while in your presence? ‘
So she said : ‘The frequent supplication of his was :
يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِكَ
“O, Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Your obedience.”
And also reported by Imaam Ahmad , from the hadeeth of ‘Aisha (radhiyaAllaahu anha): ‘The Dua’ which the Prophet (sallahAllaahu alayhi wasallam) used to supplicate with a lot…’ then she mentioned it.
Taken from Silsilah as-Saheeha of Al-Imaam Al-Albaanee : 2091

Friday, November 29, 2013

Me… the better or bitter half?

بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)
                      الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَآءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ وَبِمَآ أَنفَقُواْ مِنْ أَمْوَلِهِمْ فَالصَّـلِحَـتُ قَـنِتَـتٌ حَـفِظَـتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللَّهُ وَاللَّـتِى تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَاهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِى الْمَضَاجِعِ وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلاَ تَبْغُواْ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلاً إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيّاً كَبِيراً
Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are Qanitat, and guard in the husband’s absence what Allah orders them to guard. As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct, admonish them,
and abandon them in their beds, and beat them, but if they return to obedience, do not seek a means against them. Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great [4:34]
 Conversation 1:
Wife (Screaming): That time will never come, NEVER.
Husband (Browsing the laptop): In sha Allah give it some more time and we will buy
                                                       that house, don’t you have any other topic to talk?
Child (Comes crying): Mama, Api pushed me…*crying*, Hug me mama. MAMA….
Mama (Screaming and banging her pots): Go to your father, you all are just the same!!!!
Father (still on laptop, now frustrated): Don’t bother me, go to your mother!!
Conversation 2:
Husband(Browsing the laptop): Ma sha  Allah, wasn’t that an awesome house?
Wife (Smiling): In sha Allah, we will have it someday. What’s more important to buy a
                           house on mortgage or to please Allah?
Child (Comes crying): Mama, Api pushed me…*crying*, Hug me mama. MAMA…
Mama (smiling): Go to your father, you are all just the same!!!
Father (still on laptop): Picks the child up and put her on his lap as he is still browsing.
Ironically today we live in a world where one needs an occasion to express love to the other. A fortnight before Mother’s Day and a month before Father’s I sense a kind of hustle behind my back.  My seven-year old is practising her arabic poem “Ummi Ummi Uhibbu Ummi/MommyMommy I love you Mommy” for mother’s day.
Alham du lillah, although she shows her love every day to us, the point I wanted to bring to attention is the world has restricted us to exclusive days(Mother’s day, Father’s day, Valentine’s Day) to express our love to exclusive people.
Islam does not restrict us to A DAY, a sheer relief!
As I sat contemplating about the remarkable behaviour of parents such as Luqman Hakim, Asiya (Alaihis salaam), Musa (Alaihis salaam’s) mother to write for,Umm, what do you call it, yes, Mother’s Day, I couldn’t have done much justice but not to reflect on its root cause and that is on the spouses.
Apparently, kids don’t need just “A good mother” or “A good father” but rather we very often overlook giving children what they deeply want and need the most —“a mother and father who love each other”. There cannot be a healthy parent-child relationship without a healthy husband-wife relationship. The above two conversations  come into effect here!
Remember the quote: “The best thing a father can do for his child is to love their mother.”
I  choose this ayah as it perfectly teaches us the responsibilities of both the man and the wife simultaneously. If we as spouses fail to educate ourselves, our responsibilities, in the light of the Quran then I fear that children learn everything from us — through every Khaul/word and Feil/deed — whether we parents like it or not.
Directly and indirectly, parents educate their children on all kinds of things— love, communication, commitment, problem solving et al.
Also what more a reason than to dedicate this article to my two nieces and my lesson incharge who are soon getting married, In sha Allah. May Allah bless their marriage and make their spouses the coolness of their eyes and from their progeny leaders of the muslim nation. Ameen 
Strikingly, this ayah comes right after the Ayahs of inheritance. I will not elaborate the details of the flow of the Ayahs.
 So…….getting straight on track, the ayah starts with the role of the man.
 Allah  says that the man is the Qawaam/Guardian/Manager/Maintainer upon the women. He is the Qawwam Allaa Kulli Haal/ Manager upon every state.
In Islam, man is given the responsibility of his family, and it goes unsaid that if one is given responsibility then one needs authority. We cannot have two leaders run an institute, home etc.
Responsibility of the man endeavours every aspect of the women which includes her care, protection, finance, food, clothing, adab/manners and most importantly ensuring that she is growing mentally and spiritually in her Deen. Well, if he is responsible for the food for the body wouldn’t he be responsible for food (knowledge) for the soul.
The Ayah further elaborates as to why men are the Qawaam-
  1. Because of the Fadl of Allah (Fadl literally means to give extra). Allah has given the men more strength than the women in the following aspects:
                   a. Quwwah Zahiri/Apparent Strength – which is physical/ bodily strength
                   b. Quwwah Batila/Internal Strength –Patience/Sabr, Azm/Determination,
                        Shujha/Bravery, Akhl/Intellect.
  2. Because men are required to spend their wealth for the maintenance of women.
 From here the mode shifts to the qualities of the women (wives).
  1. Those women who are  صـلِحَـتُ  (righteous). They strike a balance by giving the Haqh of Allah and Haqh of their husband.
  2. Those women who are  قَـنِتَـتٌ  (obedient) to Allah and their husbands. The key factor of Qunoot is that their obedience is of humility with constancy
  3. Those women who are حَـفِظَـتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللَّهُ   (guard in their husband’s absence what Allah requires them to guard) – What has Allah asked them to guard?
          The Al Ghaib(that which is hidden):
                     a. They hide from other people their private parts, secrets of their husbands,
                          chastity and honour.
                     b. They protect husband’s property, wealth, children.
 Narrated Abu Huraira (RadiAllahuunhu): The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The best women are the riders of the camels and the righteous among the women of Quraish. They are the kindest women to their children in their childhood and the more careful women of the property of their husbands.” [Sahi Al-Bukhari]
Once Ibrahim (Alaihis salaam) came to Ismaeel (Alaihis salaam) place when he was not at home. He asked his wife where he was. She replied that he was gone in search of sustenance. Ibrahim (Alaihis salaam) asked her how her condition of living was. She replied that she was in extreme difficulty and pain. Ibrahim (Alaihis salaam) told her to convey his greetings to Ismaeel (Alaihis salaam) and to tell him to change his door frame. When Ismaeel (Alaihis salaam) returned home, he perceived the arrival of someone and asked his wife who had come. She narrated the entire episode and conveyed the message as well. Ismaeel (Alaihis salaam) told her that it was his father who had come and he suggested that he (Ismaeel) divorce his wife. Ismaeel (Alaihis salaam) complied with his father’s wish and divorced her. He later married a second wife. *SHUDDER*
A woman who complains about the private matters is leaking her husband’s secrets. The poor man is striving his best. Who gives the wife the authority to talk about him????
Sadly in today’s era it goes unnoticed and unsaid when women/girls talk of every single matter to their parents, sibling’s and even friends. Sometimes, if the wife doesn’t say anything we find probing questions from the others. Alas, this arises in a society with lack of knowledge….not the secular knowledge but rather the religious knowledge, knowledge of the Quran.
Eventually we see the others have no respect left for the women’s husband. If people cannot respect your husband, then I’m sorry they will not respect YOU! We need to  bear in mind that respecting your husband is respecting yourself, and secrets should always remain secrets!!!!!
Has not Allah protected the wife through her husband? Certainly, he has.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (RadiAllahuunhu)said: It was said to the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)Which of women is best? He said: “The one who makes (her husband) happy when he looks at her, obeys him when he tells her to do something, and does not disobey him with regard to herself or her wealth in a way that he dislikes.” Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (3131); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i
Subhan Allah, little did I realise the importance to this level to obey one’s husband before my study with the Qur‘an. Ignorance is indeed bliss!
The men are now addressed again وَاللَّـتِى تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ (and those women you fear their rebellion/ill conduct), Nushooz means to be high, lifts up her head to another, ill-treatment. This is understood when a woman refuses to do that which is obligated on her by Allah. She also disobeys, shows disrespect, ignores, dislikes, acts above her husband. She does not give him his Hakh which is Ita’ah, Qunooth.
We mostly see women treat their husbands either like a child or a servant and she has the audacity to say we are being FRANK, but the Qur’an says we are being in Nushooz.
Subhan Allah!
So what does Allah tell the husbands to do?
Allah mentions the order of steps to be taken by the man, gradually one after another for disciplining the wife. Tarbiyah/ Disciplining to another should be done in stages as Islah/Reformation does not happen in a single stage, method or style.
  • فَعِظُوهُنَّ (admonish them) –The first remedial step to be taken is the TALKING STAGE. The men are required to talk to their women, explain to them, calm them down.
    Waaz means an effective speech which will soften their hearts by mentioning the rewards and reminding them the consequences leading them to repent.
  • وَاهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِى الْمَضَاجِعِ  – The  second remedial step is the IGNORING STAGE.  The men are advised to ignore the women in their beds.
    Generally ignorance from her man gives the woman the worst of feelings.
     هْ جُ رُ  is to leave or abandon either by body, tongue or heartThe men are told, to separate their beds i.e. either not to sleep in the same bed, room or house only so that the women may realise their mistake and correct herself. Another important wisdom behind this is that most women need time to themselves. This will make them think on their own, and this space without her husband along with the guilt in her heart would result in a yearning to get back in her husband’s arms. The arms where she finds solace and tranquility, peace and contentment.
  •  وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ - The third remedial step is the PUNISHMENT STAGE. It is now (in the third stage) the men are given permission/allowance to STRIKE their wives (not HIT, BELT etc). This again is for the purpose of Islaah/reformation and not Ijrah/ to give a wound to them.Also one must make sure it is a light striking.Ibn Abbas the most famous interpreter of the Quran, when asked about this verse and the way to beat the wife, answered “You beat them with a miswak”.
    Miswak is a thin wooden stick Arabs use to clean their teeth. Also men are discouraged to strike on the women’s face.
However, sadly most men take this either as the first step towards reformation of their women or permission for domestic violence.
                       The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Fear Allah with regard to women, for you have taken them as a trust from  
                                             Allah” (Muslim)
“The best of you is the one who is best towards his wife, and I am the best of you towards
                           my wives.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Maajah, saheeh by al-Albaani).

The reason behind the “revelation” is detailed by various Muslim scholars. The quote below comes from Razi’s commentary, “At-Tafsir al-Kabir,” on 4:34
“A women complained to Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) that her husband slapped her on the face, (which was still marked by the slap). At first the prophet said to her: “Get even with him”, but then added: “Wait until I think about it”. Later on, Allah supposedly revealed 4:34 to Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), after which the prophet said: “We wanted one thing but Allah wanted another, and what Allah wanted is best.”
We have to understand this ayah came as permission/ an allowance and not as a right for the man to hit her women.
 The Ayah ends فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلاَ تَبْغُواْ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلاً إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيّاً كَبِيرا
Subhan Allah, Allah says, “then if they obey you (after applying some or all of the stages of reformation), take no further actions against them and do not make excuses to punish them. Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great”
After disciplining a person, don’t remind them of their past. People work very hard to change themselves tasting every pain and bitterness to reform them and after all their effort, what do we do? Either repeatedly or at times remind them of their past and make that as an excuse to harass, punish or beat them.
Narrated Abu Huraira (Radhiallaho Anho) the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “’The most perfect of believers in belief is the best of them in character. The best of you
                          are those who are the best to their women. “[at-Tirmidhi]

How could I possibly end without telling my mother(my husbands mother is more mine by heart and not by law) and my mother, that ”Ummi Ummi Uhibbu Ummi”
May Allah bless our mother’s, father’s, husband’s, wive’s and kids with the best in Deen, Duniya and Akhira and increase them in beneficial knowledge.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


    نِعْمَةُ الاِتِّحَادِ

    الخُطْبَةُ الأُولَى
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ، نَحْمَدُهُ حمداً يليقُ بجلالِ وجهِهِ وعظيمِ سُلطانِهِ، وأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ، وأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ سيِّدَنَا ونبيَّنَا مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُ اللهِ وَرَسُولُهُ، فاللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وسلِّمْ وبارِكْ علَى سيِّدِنَا ونبيِّنَا محمدٍ وعلَى آلِهِ وصحبِهِ أجمعينَ، وعَلَى مَنْ تَبِعَهُمْ بإحسانٍ إلَى يومِ الدِّينِ.
أَمَّا بعدُ: فأُوصِيكُمْ عبادَ اللهِ ونفسِي بتقوَى اللهِ عزَّ وجلَّ، قالَ تعالَى:] يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُم لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ[([1])
أيُّهَا المؤمنونَ: الاتحادُ عِمادُ قِيامِ الأُمَمِ، وَمَهْدُ نُهوضِ الحضاراتِ، وأَساسُ الرُّقِيِّ والتطوُّرِ فِي المجتمعاتِ، ولذَا فهُوَ وصيةُ اللَّهِ جلَّ جلالُهُ لجميعِ رُسُلِهِ، قالَ اللهُ تعالَى:( شَرَعَ لَكُمْ مِنَ الدِّينِ مَا وَصَّى بِهِ نُوحاً وَالَّذِي أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ وَمَا وَصَّيْنَا بِهِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَمُوسَى وَعِيسَى أَنْ أَقِيمُوا الدِّينَ وَلا تَتَفَرَّقُوا فِيهِ)([2]) وتأليفُ القلوبِ وجمْعُهَا عَلَى كلمةٍ واحدةٍ عطاءٌ ربانِيٌّ، يهبُهُ اللَّهُ سبحانَهُ لِمَنْ يسْعَى إليهِ، قالَ عزَّ وجلَّ:) لوْ أَنْفَقْتَ مَا فِي الأَرْضِ جَمِيعاً مَا أَلَّفْتَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِهِمْ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ أَلَّفَ بَيْنَهُمْ إِنَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ)([3])
فالاتحادُ نِعمةٌ تستحِقُّ الشكْرَ، ولذلِكَ امْتَنَّ اللهُ تعالَى بِهَا عَلَى عبادِهِ فقالَ:( وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنْتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ) يُذَكِّرُهُمْ بِمَاضِيهِمْ: مَاضِي التفَرُّقِ والضعفِ، ثُمَّ يُذكِّرُهُمْ بِمَا هُمْ فيهِ مِنْ نعمةِ المحبةِ والوحدةِ والاستقرارِ فيقولُ تعالَى:( فَأَصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَاناً)([4])
عبادَ اللهِ: لقَدْ حثَّ الإسلامُ علَى بَثِّ رُوحِ الاتحادِ مِنْ خلالِ العباداتِ، لِيُبَيِّنَ لنَا أنَّ العبادةَ طريقٌ إلَى الوحدةِ، فجاءَتْ أوامرُ الشرعِ بصيغةِ الوحدةِ والاجتماعِ، ففِي إقامةِ الصلاةِ يقولُ عزَّ وجلَّ:( وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَارْكَعُوا مَعَ الرَّاكِعِينَ)([5]) وفِي الأمرِ بالصيامِ يقولُ سبحانَهُ:( يا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ)([6]) وينظُرُ إلَى اجتماعِ الناسِ فِي الحجِّ فيقولُ:( وَلِلَّهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الْبَيْتِ مَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلاً)([7]) وفِي البناءِ الأخلاقِيِّ للإنسانِ يحثُّنَا بصيغةِ المجتمعِ الواحدِ، فيقولُ تبارَكَ اسمُهُ:( يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَوْفُوا بِالْعُقُودِ)([8]) وخاطَبَ اللهُ تعالَى الناسَ مُجتمعينَ حينَ تحدَّثَ عَنْ إعمارِ الأرضِ، ولَمْ يُخاطِبِ الأفرادَ؛ فقالَ عزَّ وجلَّ:( هُوَ أَنشَأَكُم مِّنَ الأَرْضِ وَاسْتَعْمَرَكُمْ فِيهَا)([9])
فتأمَّلُوا عبادَ اللهِ كيفَ يُنَمِّي القرآنُ الكريمُ ثقافةَ الاتحادِ فِي كُلِّ جوانبِ الحياةِ، فالأمَمُ إنَّمَا تُبْنَى بالسواعدِ المتكاتفةِ، والأيادِي المتصافحةِ، والقلوبِ المجتمِعَةِ والمتحابَّةِ.
أيهَا الْمُسْلِمونَ: لقَدْ تحقَّقَ للنبِيِّ r مَا يُريدُ مِنَ انتشارِ الإسلامِ وبُلوغِ الرسالةِ وتحقيقِ الأهدافِ بفضْلِ تدابيرِ الوحدةِ التِي وضعَ رسولُ اللهِ r لبناتِهَا فِي المدينةِ المنورةِ حينَمَا وحَّدَ بيْنَ الأوسِ والخزرجِ، وآخَى بيْنَ المهاجرينَ والأنصارِ بعْدَ أَنْ كانُوا مُتَفرِّقِينَ، ولقَدِ استَلْهَمَ الْمُؤسِّسونَ للاتحادِ فِي دولتِنَا الغاليةِ تلكَ المعانِيَ فجمَعُوا شتاتَ مَا تفرَّقَ، ووحَّدُوا الصفوفَ، وألَّفُوا بيْنَ القلوبِ، فصارَ أبناءُ الإماراتِ يعيشونَ فِي بيتٍ واحدٍ متوحِّدٍ، يرحَمُ كبيرُهُمْ صغيرَهُمْ، ويسْعَى قوِيُّهُمْ عَلَى ضعيفِهِمْ، ويشُدُّ بعضُهُمْ أَزْرَ بعضٍ، يَغيثونَ المنكوبَ، ويُحسنُونَ للغريبِ، وتلكَ أوصافٌ شهِدَ رسولُ اللهِ r لِمَنْ اتَّصَفَ بِهَا بالفضلِ الكبيرِ، فعَنْ أَبِى مُوسَى الأشعري رضي الله عنه قَالَ: قَالَ النَّبِىُّ r :« إِنَّ الأَشْعَرِيِّينَ إِذَا أَرْمَلُوا.. أَوْ قَلَّ طَعَامُ عِيَالِهِمْ بِالْمَدِينَةِ جَمَعُوا مَا كَانَ عِنْدَهُمْ فِى ثَوْبٍ وَاحِدٍ، ثُمَّ اقْتَسَمُوهُ بَيْنَهُمْ فِي إِنَاءٍ وَاحِدٍ بِالسَّوِيَّةِ، فَهُمْ مِنِّي وَأَنَا مِنْهُمْ»([10]).
ولقَدْ رسَمَ رسولُ اللهِ r أُسُسَ الوحدةِ، وكانَ مِنْ أبرزِ أعمالِهِ فِي المدينةِ بناءُ المسجدِ الذِي يُعَدُّ رمزًا مِنْ رمُوزِ الاجتماعِ علَى الطاعاتِ ورَصِّ الصفوفِ وتوحيدِ القلوبِ، ولقَدْ سارَ القادةُ المؤسِّسونَ عَلَى ذلكَ النهْجِ، فعمرُوا بُيوتَ اللهِ، واهتمُّوا بمظهرِهَا، فغَدَتْ مآذنُهَا تصدَحُ فِي سماءِ الإماراتِ، تجمَعُ الناسَ علَى الطاعةِ ووحْدَةِ الكلمةِ.  عبادَ اللهِ: وإنَّ مِنْ واجبِنَا اليومَ أَنْ نستشْعِرَ نعمةَ الاتحادِ مُستلهمِينَ قولَ الحقِّ سبحانَهُ:( وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً وَلاَ تَفَرَّقُوا)([11]) وهُوَ توجيهٌ ربانِيٌّ يدُلُّ علَى قيمةِ الاتحادِ، وأَنَّ الفردَ قَوِيٌّ بمجتمعِهِ ودولتِهِ، ضعيفٌ بانعزالِهِ وانفرادِهِ، قالَ اللهُ تعالَى:( وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ وَاصْبِرُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ)([12]) كمَا يجبُ علينَا أَنْ نُحافِظَ علَى صَرْحِ الاتحادِ مِنْ حسَدِ الحاسدينَ والْمُغرضِينَ بتوحيدِ قلوبِنَا والتفافِنَا حولَ قيادَتِنَا الرشيدةِ، قالَ رسولُ اللهِ rعَلَيْكُمْ بِالْجَمَاعَةِ، فَإِنَّمَا يَأْكُلُ الذِّئْبُ مِنَ الْغَنَمِ الْقَاصِيَةَ»([13])
ومِنْ واجباتِ الوفاءِ لِمَنْ أَسَّسُوا الاتحادَ وأَرْسَوْا دعائِمَهُ أَنْ نذْكُرَهُمْ بالدعاءِ، ونَخُصَّهُمْ بالذِّكْرِ والعرفانِ، وهُوَ سُلوكٌ أشارَ إليهِ القرآنُ الكريمُ حينَ ذَكَرَ دُعاءَ المؤمنينَ  لِمَنْ سبقُوهُمْ بالخيرِ، قالَ اللهُ سبحانَهُ:( وَالَّذِينَ جَاءُوا مِنْ بَعْدِهِمْ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا وَلِإِخْوَانِنَا الَّذِينَ سَبَقُونَا بِالْأِيمَانِ وَلا تَجْعَلْ فِي قُلُوبِنَا غِلّاً لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ رَؤُوفٌ رَحِيمٌ)([14])
فاللهُمَّ ارحَمِ المؤسِّسينَ السابقينَ للاتحادِ، وامْنُنْ عليْهِمْ بالرحمةِ يَا ربَّ العبادِ، وبارِكْ فِي خَلَفِهِمْ حُكَّامِ البلادِ، وأَيِّدْهُمْ بالتوفيقِ والسدادِ وأَلْهِمْهُمْ سبيلَ الرشادِ، وَوَفِّقنَا جَمِيعًا لِطَاعَتِكَ وَطَاعَةِ نَبِيِّك محمدٍ r وَطَاعَةِ مَنْ أَمَرْتَنَا بِطَاعَتِهِ، عَمَلاً بِقَوْلِكَ:] يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ[([15]).
نفعَنِي اللهُ وإياكُمْ بالقرآنِ العظيمِ، وبِسنةِ نبيهِ الكريمِ صلى الله عليه وسلم،
أقولُ قولِي هذَا وأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِي ولكُمْ، فاستغفِرُوهُ إنَّهُ هوَ الغفورُ الرحيمُ.

الخُطْبَةُ الثَّانيةُ
الحَمْدُ للهِ ربِّ العالمينَ حمداً يُوافِي نِعَمَهُ، ويُكافِئُ مَزيدَ فضْلِهِ، وأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَه، وأَشْهَدُ أنَّ سيِّدَنا محمَّداً عبدُهُ ورسولُهُ، اللهمَّ صَلِّ وسَلِّمْ وبَارِكْ عَلَى سيدِنَا محمدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وأصحابِهِ أجمعينَ ومَنْ تبعَهُم بإحسانٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّينِ.
أمَّا بَعْدُ: فاتقُوا اللهَ عبادَ اللهِ حقَّ التقوَى، وراقبُوهُ فِي السرِّ والنجوَى، واعلمُوا أنَّ الخيرَ الذِي نَنعَمُ بهِ اليومَ مِنَ استقرارٍ وازدهارٍ ورخاءٍ هُوَ ثَمَرَةٌ لجهدٍ عظيمٍ، وسَعْيٍ كبيرٍ لقيادتِنَا الرشيدةِ، قدَّمَهُ الآباءُ للأبناءِ، فاستحقُّوا الشكرَ والثناءَ، لقَول رَسُولِ اللَّهِ rمَنْ لاَ يَشْكُرِ النَّاسَ لاَ يَشْكُرِ اللَّهَ»([16]). 
والاتحادُ مسؤوليةٌ فِي أعناقِنَا اليومَ، فلنحافِظْ عليهِ ببذْلِ المزيدِ مِنَ الجهدِ والعملِ، حتَّى يدومَ هذَا الخيرُ، وينعمَ بهِ أبناؤُنَا مِنْ بعدِنَا، كمَا سعدْنَا بهِ نحنُ، فتمتدَّ مسيرةُ العطاءِ بينَ الأجيالِ، ولنَعْمَلْ علَى كُلِّ مَا يُحققُ الخيرَ والرقِيَّ والازدهارَ لدولتِنَا الحبيبةِ ولشعبِنَا الكريمِ.
هذَا وصلُّوا وسلِّمُوا عَلَى مَنْ أُمِرْتُمْ بالصلاةِ والسلامِ عليهِ، قَالَ  تَعَالَى:] إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا[([17]) وقالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ rمَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيَّ صَلاَةً صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ بِهَا عَشْراً»([18]) وقَالَ rلاَ يَرُدُّ الْقَضَاءَ إِلاَّ الدُّعَاءُ»([19]). اللَّهُمَّ صلِّ وسلِّمْ وبارِكْ علَى سيدِنَا ونبيِّنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وعلَى آلِهِ وصحبِهِ أجمعينَ، وَارْضَ اللَّهُمَّ عَنِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ وَعُثْمَانَ وَعَلِيٍّ وعَنْ سائرِ الصحابِةِ الأكرمينَ، وعَنِ التابعينَ ومَنْ تبعَهُمْ بإحسانٍ إلَى يومِ الدينِ.
اللَّهُمَّ احفَظْ دولةَ الإماراتِ مِنَ الفتَنِ مَا ظهَرَ منْهَا ومَا بطَنَ، وأَدِمْ عَلَيها الأَمْنَ والأَمَانَ وَعلَى سَائِرِ بِلاَدِ الْمُسْلِمِينَ([20]).
اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ عَلَى نِعَمِكَ الْكَثِيرَةِ، وَلَكَ الشُّكْرُ عَلَى آلاَئِكَ الْوَفِيرَةِ، نَحْمَدُكَ يَا رَبَّنَا عَلَى مَا أَنْعَمْتَ بِهِ عَلَيْنَا مِنَ اسْتِقْرَارٍ وَازْدِهَارٍ، اللَّهُمَّ  أَصْلِحْ لَنَا شَأْنَنَا كُلَّهُ وَلاَ تَكِلْنَا إِلَى أَنْفُسِنَا طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ، اللَّهُمَّ سَلِّمْ لَنَا إِمَارَاتِنَا، وَبَارِكْ لَنَا فِي اتِّحَادِنَا، وَاحْفَظْ لَنَا قِيَادَتَنَا وَحُكَّامَنَا، وَأَدِمْ عَلَيْنَا اسْتِقْرَارَنَا يَا قَوِيُّ يَا مَتِينُ، اللَّهُمَّ أَعْطِنَا قُوَّةً مِنْ قُوَّتِكَ، وَتَوَلَّ وَطَنَنَا بِعِنَايَتِكَ، وَزِدْنَا مِنْ نِعَمِكَ، وَارْزُقْنَا شُكْرَهَا يَا اللَّهُ.
اللَّهُمَّ زِدْنَا إِخْلاَصاً فِي خِدْمَةِ وَطَنِنَا، وَعَزِيمَةً فِي رِفْعَةِ بِلاَدِنَا، وَاكْفِنَا شَرَّ الْحَاسِدِينَ. اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ، وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ، اللَّهُمَّ إنَّا نسألُكَ الجنةَ لنَا ولوالدينَا، ولِمَنْ لهُ حقٌّ علينَا، وللمسلمينَ أجمعينَ. اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنَا لأَحْسَنِ الأَخْلاَقِ فإنَّهُ لاَ يَهْدِي لأَحْسَنِهَا إِلاَّ أَنْتَ، وَاصْرِفْ عَنَّا سَيِّئَهَا فإنَّهُ لاَ يَصْرِفُ عَنَّا سَيِّئَهَا إِلاَّ أَنْتَ. اللَّهُمَّ حَبِّبْ إِلَيْنَا الإِيمَانَ وَزَيِّنْهُ فِى قُلُوبِنَا، وَكَرِّهْ إِلَيْنَا الْكُفْرَ وَالْفُسُوقَ وَالْعِصْيَانَ، اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ الْهُدَى وَالتُّقَى وَالْعَفَافَ وَالْغِنَى. اللَّهُمَّ اجعَلِ التوفيقَ حليفَنَا، وارفَعْ لنَا درجاتِنَا، وزِدْ فِي حسناتِنَا، وكَفِّرْ عنَّا سيئاتِنَا، وتوَفَّنَا معَ الأبرارِ، اللَّهُمَّ لاَ تَدَعْ لَنَا ذَنْبًا إِلاَّ غَفَرْتَهُ، وَلاَ هَمًّا إِلاَّ فَرَّجْتَهُ، ولاَ دَيْنًا إلاَّ قضيْتَهُ، وَلاَ مريضًا إلاَّ شفيْتَهُ، ولاَ مَيِّتاً إلاَّ رحمتَهُ، وَلاَ حَاجَةً إِلاَّ قَضَيْتَهَا ويسَّرْتَهَا يَا ربَّ العالمينَ، رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ. اللَّهُمَّ وَفِّقْ وَلِيَّ أَمْرِنَا رَئِيسَ الدولةِ، الشَّيْخ خليفة وَنَائِبَهُ لِمَا تُحِبُّهُ وَتَرْضَاهُ، وَأَيِّدْ إِخْوَانَهُ حُكَّامَ الإِمَارَاتِ وَوَلِيَّ عَهْدِهِ الأَمِينَ.
اللَّهُمَّ اغفِرْ للمسلمينَ والمسلماتِ الأحياءِ منهُمْ والأمواتِ، اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمِ الشَّيْخ زَايِد، والشَّيْخ مَكْتُوم، وإخوانَهُمَا شيوخَ الإماراتِ الذينَ انتقلُوا إلَى رحمتِكَ، اللَّهُمَّ اشْمَلْ بعفوِكَ وغفرانِكَ ورحمتِكَ آباءَنَا وأمهاتِنَا وجميعَ أرحامِنَا ومَنْ كانَ لهُ فضلٌ علينَا.
اللَّهُمَّ اسقِنَا الغيثَ ولاَ تجعلْنَا مِنَ القانطِينَ، اللَّهُمَّ أَغِثْنَا، اللَّهُمَّ أَغِثْنَا، اللَّهُمَّ أَغِثْنَا. اذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ، وَاشكرُوهُ علَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ ]وَأَقِمِ الصَّلاةَ إِنَّ الصَّلاةَ تَنْهَى عَنِ الفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ[([21])

([1]) البقرة :21.                       
([2]) الشورى: 13.
([3]) الأنفال: 63.
([4]) آل عمران :103.
([5]) البقرة:43.
([6]) البقرة: 183 .
([7]) آل عمران : 97.
([8]) المائدة: 1.
([9]) هود :61.
([10]) البخاري : 2486.
([11]) آل عمران :103.
([12]) الأنفال:46.
([13]) أبو داود : 547 ، والنسائي 847 ، والحاكم في المستدرك 1/211 واللفظ له.
([14]) الحشر:10.
([15]) النساء : 59.
([16]) الترمذي : 1954.
([17]) الأحزاب : 56 .
([18]) مسلم : 384.
([19]) الترمذي : 2139.

Friday sermon: Unity is a blessing from Allah

November 28, 2013 Updated: November 28, 2013 18:24:00

The union of the seven emirates is a blessing that should be preserved, this week’s sermon tells worshippers.

“Unity is a base for the rise of civilisations ... therefore it was a will passed by Allah on to all His prophets,” the sermon states.
It quotes a verse from the Quran: “And that which we commended unto Ibrahim and Moses and Jesus, saying, ‘Establish the religion, and be not divided therein’.”
Unity is a gift from Allah that could not have been achieved without His blessing.
“If thou hadst spent all that is in the earth thou couldst not have attuned their hearts, but Allah hath attuned them. Lo! He is mighty, wise,” states the Quran.
The sermon explains that Allah reminded people of how they were divided and diverse before He bestowed on them the blessings of love, unity and stability.
“Allah has encouraged the spirit of the union through acts of worship to show us that worship is a path to unity,” the sermon says.
It points out that when the Quran orders worshippers to pray or pay zakat, it always addresses the orders to a group.
“Even when He mentions building the earth He addresses all people as a group and not as individuals,” says the sermon.
It quotes another verse from the Quran: “He brought you forth from the earth and hath made you husband it. So ask forgiveness of Him and turn unto Him repentant.”