ICICE AL-NOOR MASJID KHUTBAH FOR FRIDAY 28/08/2020

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH MOST GRACIOUS MOST MERCIFUL

AL – NOOR MASJID, ICICE, WUSE II, ABUJA

 

Jumu’ah Khutbah Translation 8th, Muharram 1442AH, Equivalent to 28th, August 2020

DEFENDING OUR PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PEACE AND BLESSINGS BE UPON HIM)  

All thanks and praise are due to Allah. We seek His help and forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and the consequences of our evil deeds. Whomever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whomever Allah leads astray will never find guidance. I bear witness ther`e is no God but Allah, alone without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is His servant and His Messenger.

O you who have faith, fear Allah as it is His right to be feared and do not die except as Muslims” (3:102)

 

O people, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. Fear Allah, through whom you ask one another and maintain family ties. Verily, Allah is ever watching over you.” (4:1)

 

O you who have faith, fear Allah and speak upright words. He will correct your deeds and forgive your sins. Whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has won a tremendous victory.” (33:70-71)

Verily, the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah, the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), and the worst of affairs are newly invented matters. Every newly invented matter is a religious innovation, and every religious innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.

To proceed, O Muslim brothers and sisters, last week a Sharia court in Kano state Sentenced to death a renegade young man who had detracted from the path of our Messenger, may Allah bless him and grant him peace. After the judgement, verbal incitement, voices were heard, articles were published denying this ruling that has been proven in our religion.

Respective brothers and sisters, if it is worth amazing, then their saying was astonishing, and if it is worth amazing, then how surprising is their refutation! Brothers and sisters in Islam, the Prophet (PBUH) has rights over us; they are compulsory upon us to observe them. Example of such rights is to defend the Prophet (PBUH). We Muslims must defend our Messenger (PBUH), even if his Lord, The Exalted, defended him since ancient times

Allah the Highest says: (Indeed, We are sufficient for you against the mockers.), Allah The Highest commands us to defend him (PBUH). Allah says: (Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So, they who have believed in him honoured supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be successful.) (surah Al-A’raf 157). He also says: “(That you [people] may believe in Allah and His Messenger and honour him and respect the Prophet and exalt Allah morning and afternoon)”. (Surah Al Fathi 9).

Dear brothers and sisters, this Messenger is a human being, but not like the rest of mankind. He has characteristics that Allah has bestowed upon him as mentioned by some scholars. Imam Ezz bin Abdul Salam conveyed to us more than sixty characteristics, all of which are of our Messenger, (PBUH). Our Prophet is the one Allah sent as a mercy to the entire Universe.

Allah says: “(And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds)”.

Therefore, whoever detracts from the right of our Messenger, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, we must defend him with all our power, whether that is from verbal powers, actual powers, or financial powers so that we can redeem our Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace, with all our money and even our souls. This is how his companions did, may God Almighty be pleased with them, they did not sit and allow the Prophet to defend himself, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, and did not let their prophet down, but they defended him with their words. He had poets like Hassan bin Thabit, Abdullah bin Rawaha and Kaab bin Malik, all of these poets were defending the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace.

 

You satirized Muhammad, I defended him # and with Allah is the reward for that My father, his father and my soul # (all) to protect Muhammad from you. (your Harm) This is what Hassan (RA),said when the Prophet(PBUH), was mocked by one of the polytheists

Dear brothers and sisters, the ruling of one who detracts from the right of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), reviles, curses, and satirize him is murder. Our scholars have agreed, may God Almighty reward them with good- on this matter and there is no difference of opinions regarding this. The scholars mentioned, especially those who wrote books on (IJMA’A) the consensus of the companion on this ruling. Example of such scholars is Ibn Mundhir in his book (Al-IJMA’A), he said: The entire companion consensually agreed that the judgment of anyone who insults the Messenger of Allah is Murder. They only disagreed on one thing, will his repentance be accepted or not? Most of the scholars said: he will not be asked to repent, rather he will be executed. Even if he repents, it will not be accepted from him. Some scholars said (they are the minority): He will be asked to repent, if he does so, it will be accepted from him. The root of this argument is that: will he be executed as the one who apostate from his religion or as a penalty for insulting the Prophet? As for those who believe that he should be executed as a penalty, said: he will not be asked to repent and his repentance will not be accepted from him even if he does so. This is the saying of Imaam Malik and some other Imaams. They are preceded by the companions on this opinion, including the (first) Khalifa of the Messenger of Allah; Abubakar As-Siddiq (RA). He said (RA): whosoever insult the Prophet or detract him or mock him, will not be asked to repent. And even if he repents, it will not be accepted from him. As for those said he will be executed as one who apostate form his religion, said: his repentance will be accepted from him if he repents. This is the opinion that is widely accepted by our scholars; may Allah reward them all. This is that he should be executed if he refuses to repent.

Respective brothers and sisters in Islam, the scholars mentioned to Haruna Ar-Rasheed during the Abbassid Caliphate a man who insulted the Prophet; he decided to consult some scholars from Iraq. They said to him: Flog him some lashes and he refused to accept their advice. He then consulted Imaamu Malik and he said: whoever insults the Prophet (PBUH) should be executed.

 

Conclusion 

 1- Muslim should fear Allah and say not except that which is good 

2- Defending the Prophet (PBUH) in any circumstance is one of the rights of Prophet (PBUH) upon this ummah

3- Muslims should seek clarification on matters about their religion if they know not.