Dear blessed Friday jemaah,
Let us increase our takwa to Allah s.w.t. by obeying all of Allah’s commands and avoiding what He has prohibited upon us. Hopefully by doing so it will help us to appreciate better the meaning of being a true servant of Allah s.w.t.
We are often reminded of the main reason why Allah s.w.t. created humankind and that is to worship Him. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Az-Dzariyat verses 56-57:
Which means: “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me.”
My brothers, whenever we hear this verse, we should never think that Allah is in need of our obedience and our acts of worship. However, it is us who are truly in need of Allah s.w.t. and it is never the reverse. This is what it means by servitude to Allah s.w.t., which is something that must be understood by the ummah of Prophet s.a.w. by appreciating another noble name of Allah from the Asmaul Husna that is Allah Al-‘Aliy, which means: Allah s.w.t. the Most High and there is none higher than Him.
Allah s.w.t. says in surah As-Shuraa verse 4:
Which means: “To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth, and He is the Most High, the Most Great.”
Dear Friday Jemaah,
Let me share the example of the humility shown by the Companions of Rasulullah s.a.w. Among them, Umar ibn Al-Khattab who said: “Had I heard someone say out loud: O mankind! You’re all going to heaven, but one man (who will not go to heaven). And I will assume that it was referring to me.” [The Book of Hilyatul Awliya’]
Subhanallah! These were the words uttered by a noble companion of Rasulullah s.a.w. This was the man who was among the first to embrace Islam and sacrificed everything that he had for the sake of Islam, and is among those who have been given the promise of paradise by Rasulullah s.a.w. Yet this very same companion did not have even a hint of arrogance and ego in him, and never felt that he was better than his friends nor any other Muslim.
This story serves as an important lesson for us, that as servants of Allah we have to always remember our place in this word. Who are we? What do we truly own? Our jobs, wealth, family and so on, who are these bounties from? On whose mercy has this been loaned to us? If we are given intelligence and a degree, aren’t these blessings from Allah? If we are given wealth, isn’t it a gift from Allah? Isn’t our health, body, peace of mind and in fact every beat of our heart, blessings from Allah the Almighty? If everything belongs to Allah, why is it then so difficult for us to bow down in front of Allah? Why do we still leave behind what Allah has commanded upon us?
Let us reflect upon what Allah s.w.t. says in surah Al-Isra’ verse 37. Allah reminds humankind to remember their place in this world:
Which means: “And do not walk upon the earth exultantly. Indeed, you will never tear the earth [apart], and you will never reach the mountains in height.”
My dear brothers,
When one often humbles oneself in front of Allah s.w.t., then humility will also naturally show in his dealings with others. That is the effect of being humble in front of Allah s.w.t. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Al-Furqan verse 63:
This means: “And the servants of the Most Merciful are those who walk upon the earth easily, and when the ignorant address them [harshly], they say [words of] peace.”
That is the character of those who are loved by Allah the One, and the Almighty. They are courteous and polite with others, without caring about the background or status of others.
By being humble with others, one will become more open and receptive to ideas and suggestions from others. He will always be more open towards new knowledge, new information, and at the same time sees it as an opportunity to expand his knowledge no matter his age or status. Nabi s.a.w. said:
This means: “No one humbles himself before Allah except that Allah will raise him (in status).” [Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim and Tirmidzi].
This is one of the noble characteristics of a Muslim who truly knows his Lord. Not only is his relationship with Allah good but he also maintains a good relationship with other people
May Allah s.w.t. bless us and our families with taufiq and inayah to humble ourselves to Him, so that we are able to fulfil all of Allah’s commands in this world, to gain His pleasure and forgiveness in the hereafter. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.
Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon, 21 February 2014 / 21 Rabiulakhir 1435