Khateeb: Mufti Kamaluddin
Masjid: Islamia Masjid
Date: 14 July 2017
Recap by: Insaaf Sambo
Mufti Kamaluddin starts by reminding us that the point of Ramadaan was to gain taqwa which in essence is obedience to Allah SWT. Have we attained this Taqwa?
Today we strive to be lovers of Allah SWT because love conquers all right? Sometimes we get caught up in being called lovers of Allah SWT, we see ourselves as something, we fall in love with the poetry and sweetness of love, but many times we struggle to translate this love into obedience. Imam Al-Ghazali (Rahimullah) has written books about love, but he came to the conclusion that the highest stage of love is the obedience of Allah’s slave.
We believe that Allah is the creator of everything yet something I never pondered about, which Mufti points out, is that Allah Himself created and designed the Arabic language; giving every word its meaning, titling everything as He so wishes. He SWT chose the name “Islam” for our Deen. The word “salaam” means peace, but ‘Islam’ derives from the word “tasleem” which means submission.
Mufti emphasises that “Islam means to attain peace through submission. Complete peace if you completely submit to Allah SWT.”
What relationship has 100%, unconditional obedience and submission? It’s not employer and employee. It’s not even father and son. It is Master and slave. He is Al-Malik, the Absolute Ruler. And for us, He SWT chose the name ’abd which means slave. Slave and submission go hand in hand.
So why slave? Because there are people who love Allah SWT, but they love other things also. With Allah. Mufti clarifies that the slave doesn’t love his Master also, he obeys his Master only. The slave submits to His Master only, he doesn’t submit to anything else also. That is Tawhid, to believe that Allah is the only Rabb, God, Deity. It also means to live my whole life as if there is only Allah, for Allah only.
Mufti makes an example of a sin where someone purposefully doesn’t wake up for Fajr. He doesn’t even set an alarm because he has an early flight in the morning and needs his sleep. Even during this conscious decision this person can love Allah dearly, but something hinders his obedience. This is where love is not enough to be obedience because there is an “also”. This “also” causes us to sin because there is some other person we want to please also, some desire we want to fulfill also. If only we came on this principle of Allah only, only Allah. Only eating that which Allah has allowed, only that pleasure which Allah has allowed, only that which Allah is pleased with. In Ramadaan Allah trains us for this ‘Allah only life’ because in this month we leave even that which Allah has made permissible. Why? because Allah only, only Allah.
Mufti tells us that Allah SWT has beautifully described our Deen for us in Surah Fatihah calling it the Siraatal Mustaqeem. Siraat meaning a path which indicates that there’s movement, you’re always journeying, you’re always aspiring. Allah mentions in Quran “Oh you who believe, enter into Islam wholeheartedly and do not follow the footsteps of Shaytaan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy” (Surah Baqarah : 208)
So enter into submission of Allah SWT more and more and more. Completely. Entirely. Become deeper in love, deeper in fear, deeper in ‘aml, deeper in ikhlas, deeper in Deen.
Mufti then focuses on a person that fears Allah SWT. The problem with this is that the person usually fears Allah after committing a sin. The slave feels guilty and sad when he realises that he might’ve upset his Master. So sinning would require taubah yet believers delay taubah because they freeze and get stuck in their rut. The fear through obedience should’ve been before the sin, this is called Taqwa.
“He who performs ablution properly, then prays any two rak’aah (of salaah) without being heedless, will get all his previous sins forgiven.” (Ahmad)
Anytime we sin, we should immediately prepare for salaah and make dua that Allah forgives us right there and then. So instead of delaying your tawbah, you make a habit of bringing your tawbah to right after you’ve sinned. When we are still too weak to have fear before the sin, then we do what we can and make dua : “Ya Allah, You change my Tawbah into Taqwa”. Bring the best tawbah you can and ask Allah to bring the best Taqwa that He can. Allah has hope that we would’ve attained Taqwa in Ramadaan so we must ask Allah for that Taqwa. The best time to make this dua is now,because we’ve fasted the month ofRamadaan, alhamdullilah!
We need these duas especially after Ramadaan when our sins try to come back one by one. The best dua to make is Sayyidul Istighfaar. Mufti also advises us to not just stick to one form of istighfaar, but ask Allah’s forgiveness with a dua that suits how you’re feeling, suits the sin, that dua that your heart wants. Mufti then shares his most used dua of istighfaar which comes in Surah Qasas:
He said, “My Lord! Indeed, I have wronged my soul, so forgive me.” Then He forgave [for] him. Indeed He, He (is) the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. (28:16)
Mufti explains that there is no value to our love and fear of Allah if it doesn’t lead us to obey Allah SWT. Just as when you’re in a relationship and you’re not fulfilling your role as a wife or husband, eventually “I love you’s” won’t be sufficient or worth anything without you pulling your weight. In Quran Allah says “Tell them to obey Allah and obey His messenger” so we obey Allah SWT through loving and fearing Him and we obey Rasulullah SAW through loving him. Mufti amazingly makes clear to us that nowhere in our Deen is there a concept of fearing the Prophet SAW because our Deen is 2 parts love and 1 part fear. Love for Allah and Rasulullah SAW. And fear for Allah yet no fear for Rasulullah SAW. Allahu Akbaru Kabeera!
Tell them, Oh Prophet of Allah, they should obey you and follow your sunnah and Allah will love them and forgive them for all of their sins. Mufti concludes his khutbah by saying “I can be a perfect slave, but I’m still not perfect because I’m human. I’ve got flaws in me, I’ve got mistakes in me so I want that my Master should love me because I did my best to make myself his slave and then I want my Master to take His love for me one step further, I want Him to forgive and overlook all the flaws and mistakes”. So through following the Sunnah of Nabi SAW, we can attain this Mahboob and Maghfoor. And that’s all the slave wants, to be loved and forgiven.
When you obey Allah SWT you become beloved and
that’s much higher in rank than being love.Not every lover will be beloved, but every slave willbe beloved. The ultimate goal is not to be lover. The ultimate goal is to become beloved.
May Allah help us to take all this love and fear and turn it into pure obedience.
May He grant us true Taqwa and make us beloved to Him, Ameen.