Speaker: Ml Khalil Hendricks | Date: 31 March 2017
Recap by: Insaaf Sambo
Masjid: Al Jamia Masjid, Stegman Road, Claremont, CPT, South Africa
I was a bit nervous to have to recap my Jumuah at a place other than my home turf, Castle Town Road masjid and as a student of Darun Na’im it just feels a lot like home there, but Allah is the best of planners. So I’m anxiously walking up the stairs at Stegman Road masjid, the Qari had just ended his recital and low and behold my two favourite moulanas are there, Ml Muhammad Carr and Ml Khalil Hendricks. One of them delivering the khutbah and the other leading the Jumuah prayer. Allahu Akbar. My heart just smiles as Allah brought a bit of home to me because He knew, He always knows.
Ml Khalil begins with a metaphor of our lives.
“I just want you to imagine a piece of rope that has no end, so imagine a rope that goes on and on forever and it has no end”
This piece of rope has a small frayed part at the one end – This is all we have, that small part of our rope being this world and what you do with that small section will determine the destination of the rest of our rope. Will your everlasting rope, your infinite life be in Jannah or Jahannam? Well if you’re reading this, you are still in your small section of rope, sowing your crops, not yet reaping, still breathing. Normally as you get older, your mortality dawns upon you. You become more conscious of the fact that your life will come to an end and then you ask yourself the question, “When I stand before my Lord, what do I have to offer?”
What do I have to offer for my life’s work? What am I going to tell Allah? What did I do with all my time, all my skills, everything He gave me? What are you leaving behind?
Moulana goes on to mention how in the workplace, the company has a vision and we’re always intensely strategizing and planning different ways to reach the vision at work, but when will we start applying it to ourselves? What is the vision we have for ourselves? Who is the you that you want to see in 10 years’ time? Who is the you that’s going to take the last breath?
Because that you is going to pass away someday and that day could be today so what is the plan for yourself and your family because Allah says “Oh you who believe save yourselves and your family from the Hell fire” What is the vision for your family? What type of family do you want? We need a living, breathing, tangible vision, not just something pasted on the wall. Can you see a better version of you? Because if you can’t see it, you can’t achieve it.
Allah told us how to pray, He gave us the dua in Surah Furqan, verse 74:
And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our spouses & our offspring the coolness of our eyes & make us leaders for the Muttaqun (pious).”
You are not praying to just be of the Muttaqeen, those who are pious, but to be a leader of the Muttaqeen. The males especially should be leading families of taqwa as the role of a man is not just to provide material wealth, but the role of a man is to hold their families hand and to walk with them towards Jannah. If you are walking with a group on a path and you’re leading them, you are not far from them. You are close, you get to struggle, but we struggle together. We need to walk towards Allah together.
So we will be held accountable for what we did in our small section of rope, in this dunya in order to have glad tidings for eternity. This entails being a part of development and change first in your homes then in your community and finally in your country. The Prophet SAW says “the best of people are those that bring the most benefit to mankind”
Moulana mentions the political turmoil in the country right now, but highlights how muslims don’t even have a platform of response nevermind how we should respond. The muslims have retreated into lives of comfort and we’re disengaged with what’s happening in the world, we have forgotten our legacy and this is not the legacy of Muhammad SAW.
Are you ready to make a difference? Moulana ends off with giving us practical advice on ‘where to from here’ and highlights areas of engagement:
Civic engagment. We need to get involved in our communities, join the governing body, get invloved in the neighbourhood watch, join these civic bodies. We need to help and assist the NGO sector, reach out to them.
Become politically active. Join the political party that you think is going to be the best. If the party isn’t perfect, you can help shape it. We need to be at the table, once you are inside, you can discuss the things you don’t like about the party. It’s “for the people, by the people” so where’s our people?
Public service. Get into government. If you’re entrusted with an area of service, think about the difference you can make!
We need to contribute to policy and research.
Allah says to us in Surah Ali Imraan, verse 110, “You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.” Allah mentions Imaan third because what is your faith without any action. We need to do, do, do before we die.
May we become a people of action with excellence, and belief with sincerity, ameen.