Posted by: Abu Husaini | May 1, 2013

Shaping Virtuous Leaders

Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon, 27 July 2012 / 7 Ramadan 1433, Singapore
Upholding The Great Legacy of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

Muhammad calligraphy by Muhammad Zakariya

My dear blessed jemaah,

In conjunction with the arrival of this blessed Ramadan, let us welcome it by increasing our taqwa through striving to relentlessly uphold Allah’s commandments, as well as to constantly refrain from committing any of His prohibitions. May we always be protected and remain on His straight path of Siraatal Mustaqim, Amin ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

We are indeed grateful to Allah s.w.t. for once again gathering us in this month of Ramadan. It is a month specifically prepared by Allah s.w.t. for us to reap the benefits and advantages through the blessings of the Al-Quran, which are the words of Allah divinely revealed to the most noble of prophets, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., as a miraculous legacy to be inherited by humankind till the end of time.

An additional benefit for the believers is that we get to inherit the sole scripture protected by Allah s.w.t., despite the many transgressions committed by humankind. This is clear as promised by Allah s.w.t. in surah Al-Hijr verse 9:

Meaning: “Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.” 

My dear beloved brothers,

Let us ask ourselves, do we realize that what we have in our possession all these while, that we grasped and read every day is an excellent book of Allah? Yes, my dear brothers, it is indeed a special and precious book. In fact, the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. used to remind us of the greatness of the Al-Quran in his saying, which means:

“Kitabullah (or the book of Allah); within it contains news of people from the earlier generation, as well as news of future people to come. It is the law (as a determinant of every matter) between yourselves. It is also the judgment which you should not trivialize. Whoever abandons it with pride will be destroyed by Allah, and whoever seeks guidance other than it, will be lost. It is the strong rope of Allah, and contains within it all forms of reminders and wisdom.” 

“In reality, it is the straight path. Your desires will not be diverted to other paths by reading it. It also cannot be amended by the tongues that read it. Researching and contemplating it will not just stop at the hands of the ‘ulama. It will not be damaged or corrode despite repeated readings. It will also not stop displaying the evidences of its miracles. In fact, even the jinns will be impressed when it hears it being recited.”

Meaning: “Indeed, we have heard an amazing Qur’an!”

“Those who constantly refers to it, will be on the path of truth. Those who judge according to it, will be on the path of just and fairness. Those who belief and worship from it, will be rewarded. And those who make doa with it, will have been guided to the straight path.” Hadith narrated by Imam Darimi.

Dear beloved jemaah blessed by Allah, 

This is the Kitabullah, the Book of Allah. This is the Book that we hold on to. This is the Book that was revealed to people of earlier generations who drink intoxicants as their daily diet. This is the Book that was revealed to the community who previously were willing to kill even their own children because it did not meet their own desires. A community that formerly enslaved others and did not respect the rights of humanity. A community that were known to oppress against the weak. A community that had once looked down on their women.

However, we can see how that same community as a result of the guidance from the noble Al-Quran, their appreciation from the lessons and exemplary stories contained in the Al-Quran, their appreciation of the beauty of parables and models narrated in the Al-Quran, through the appreciation of the exemplary characteristics of those pious and God-conscious people who lived in the era of al-Quran.

Al-Quran had indeed transformed this community into the best generation produced in the history of humanity. The generation that drafted the first constitution in modern human history. The generation who were no longer swayed and influenced by the trappings of this world. The generation who fought for the equality of humankind and respect human rights. The generation that proactively seek to establish justice and in pursuing peace among the people. The generation that were the first in the pages of history to elevate the status of women to a noble position never thought in the generations before them.

Let us take the opportunity in this blessed month, to truly become intimate with, and feel the greatness of the Al-Quran in our hearts. Let us together embrace and appreciate the content of the Al-Quran that has, and will again give birth to a better and outstanding generation, as long as we hold tightly to it. It will be unfortunate if we do not improve ourselves, if we do not take this opportunity and benefit from the great legacy that was left by our beloved Rasulullah s.a.w. Worst still, we do not want to be among those who abandons the Al-Quran and considers it as an ancient relic of history. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Al-Furqaan verse 30:

Meaning: “And the Messenger has said, “O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur’an as [a thing] abandoned”  

So let us pray together that this Ramadan will enliven our hearts to approach and embrace the greatest miracle that our Prophet s.a.w has left us, that is the Al-Quran Al-‘Azim.

Second Sermon

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Allahumma Ya Rahman, Ya Rahim

Make the Al-Quran as an illuminating light in our hearts.

As a guide for our life’s journeys.

As a reprieve to our sorrows.

As a remedy to our illnesses.

As a redeemer of our sins.

And let us be in your sight, as an Ahli Al-Quran, whom you are pleased with.

Allahumma Ya Khabir, Ya ‘Alim

Ya Allah! We beseech You,

Bestow upon us the love of reading Your noble Book,

The love to understand its contents therein,

The love to implement Your commands,

And the fear of Your punishments,

Hoping for Your forgiveness.

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