ICICE AL-NOOR MASJID KHUTBAH FOR FRIDAY 26/6/2020

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH MOST GRACIOUS MOST MERCIFUL

AL – NOOR MASJID, ICICE, WUSE II, ABUJA

Jumma’ah Khutbah Translation, 5th Dhul Qadah 1441AH, equivalent to 26th June, 2020

 

DIVINE LESSONS FROM CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC

All praise is due to Allah The most High, we thank Him, we ask for His help and we seek for His forgiveness, we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our own selves and from the evil of our own actions, Whomsoever Allah has guided, cannot be misled by anyone, and whosoever Allah allows to go astray, cannot be guided by anyone. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone. And I testify that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His Servant and Messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household, his companions and those who follow their path till the day of reckoning.

Oh servants of Allah! Allah (the most exalted) deals with His servants through many signs and warnings, with different kinds of calamities and dangers, so as to serve as warning for them against His punishment in order to restrain from being disobedient to Him. Allah says in His Magnificent Book: “And we send not the signs except as a warning”

And those who are conscious of Allah are those who learn a lot from His divine lessons. The most exalted says: “It is only those who have knowledge among His servants that fear Allah”.

Verily, communicable diseases are among the divine exhortation and punishment, which among them is the novel corona virus that invades and pervades the entire world. Allah says: “By that Allah threatens [i.e. warns] His servants. Or my servants then fear me”.

For that, let us learn some lessons from this epidemic:

  • All the corruption that occurs in this world, be it general or otherwise is as a result of our wrongdoings. The most exalted says: “Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned”. Therefore, is this pandemic calling upon us to judge ourselves and turn repentantly to Allah? The most exalted says: “And We have sent [messengers] to nations before you, [O Muhammad]; then We seized them with poverty and hardship that perhaps they might humble themselves [to Us]”.

 

  • The global change conditions we are witnessing today, such as global health and infectious diseases, security and insecurity are strong indications that this world is perishable and all the creatures shall return to Allah and shall be resurrected on the Day of Judgment. The most exalted says: “And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned”.

 

  • People are running away from diseases that affect the body, but are we also trying to keep ourselves away from diseases that affect the heart as well?! Therefore, be more concerned about the safety of your hearts from the lustful infections and suspicious viruses, for the world will be perished and the bodies will be corroded, it is only the pure heart that will remain. The most Exalted says: “The day when there will not benefit [anyone] wealth or children*But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart” [26:88-89].

 

  • Beware of ingratitude and ungratefulness after being on isolation and detention, for Allah is capable of replacing these blessings with afflictions. The most exalted says: “Until when they rejoice in that which they were given, We seized them suddenly…” Therefore, if you find yourself in a grace, try to maintain it, for sins get rid of blessings. And be steadfast in thanking your Lord for His grace, for thanking Allah get rid of calamities.

 

  • Congratulations to adherent of congregational and Juma’ah prayers who has been held back by detention and isolation, for he will be credited with the equal reward of whatever he used to do. Al-sheikh ibn Uthaimeen said: A wise Muslim should adhere to good deeds, so as to have his full reward whenever he is been kept behind by any genuine excuse.

Oh companions of the mosques! Be joyful about this magnificent meeting and pleasure of the reward. The Prophet S.A.W said on the authority of Abi-Hurairah: “A Muslim does not regularly attend the mosques to observe prayer and remember Allah, but Allah feels happy with him just as the family of one who is absent feels happy when he comes back to them”.

  • The Islamic Law commanded us to make use of all available means, to do whatever possible (within the teachings of Islam) and then rely upon Allah and submit our affairs to Him. Therefore, keep your hearts attached to Allah (The One and only, the all Prevailing) and be fortified with supplications and remembrance of Allah, avoid large gatherings, keep distance and follow instructions, demonstrate love for one another, “and become as fellow brothers and servants of Allah”.

Oh servants of Allah! This pandemic taught us that blessings are neither continual nor everlasting, and that the world is perishable, and whatever has befallen a person could not have passed him by, and that whatever has passed him by could not have befallen him, and that personal hygiene and spiritual purification are also means of protection from disease that infect the heart and human body, and that a winner is he who takes advantage of his time and good health. The Prophet S.A.W was reported to have said, on the authority of Ibn Abbas: “There are two blessings in which many people incur loss, (they are) Good health and free time”. Therefore, you should utilize your time by crediting righteous deeds in your hereafter account, so as to get your level elevated in the sight of Allah. This worldly life is nothing but a few numbered days, and our breaths are limited. The must Exalted says: “But never will Allah delay a soul when its time has come, and Allah is aware of what you do”.

O Allah, we ask you for wellness in this world and in the hereafter.

O Allah we seek refuge in You from the decline of your blessings, the removal of our state of well-being, the sudden onset of your punishment and from all that displeases you.