الله أكبر (9)  الله أكبر ، الله أكبر، الله أكبر، لا إله إلا الله. الله أكبر، الله أكبر، ولله الحمد. الله أكبر كبيرا، والحمد لله كثيرا، وسبحان الله بكرة وأصيلا.

لا إله إلا الله وحده، صدق وعده، ونصر عبده، وأعز جنده، وهزم الأحزاب وحده. لا شيء قبله ولا شيء بعده. الله الأكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر.

نحمد الله تعالى ونستعينه، ونشكره تعالى ونستغفره ونستغيثه، ونشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك و له الحمد، يحيي ويميت، بيده الخير، وهو على كل شيء قدير،  ونشهد أن سيدنا و مولانا محمداً عبده ورسوله، النبي الأمي الذي أرسله الله بالهدى والدين الحق، بشيرا ونذيرا بين يدي الساعة، صلى الله عليه وسلم وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم بإحسان إلى يوم الدين.

أما بعد! فيا عباد الله اتقوا الله حق تقاته ولا تموتن إلا وأنتم مسلمون. قال الله تعالى في كتابه الكريم: وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

 

Allah says in His Noble Book, the translation of which is, “You should complete the number of days and proclaim Allah’s greatness for the guidance He has given you so that hopefully you will be thankful.”

Today we have completed the number of days, we have fulfilled one of the great pillars of the deen, and what a pillar it is. This pillar is one unlike any other, for fasting is a special right action, one that our Lord reserves for Himself. The Messenger of Allah reported that Allah says in a hadith qudsi,

 

كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ لَهُ إِلا الصِّيَامَ فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ

 

“Every action of the son of Adam is his except for fasting which is Mine, and I will reward him for it.” What does it mean that fasting is His? It means that all other actions have a known reward, a reward that while huge, is limited. While the reward for fasting has no limits whatsoever. It is left to the fadl of our Lord and His fadl is boundless. In another version of the hadith, the Prophet reports that Allah says,

 

كُلُّ عَمَلِ ابْنِ آدَمَ يُضَاعَفُ الْحَسَنَةُ عَشْرُ أَمْثَالِهَا إِلَى سَبْعمِائَة ضِعْفٍ، قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ: إِلا الصَّوْمَ فَإِنَّهُ لِي وَأَنَا أَجْزِي بِهِ

 

“Every action of the son of Adam is multiplied by between ten and seven hundred times except for fasting – it is Mine and I will give the reward for it.” The rewards/the hasanat for fasting are kept apart, they are stored away. All the other rewards can be eroded by your wrong actions, especially those done against others. They are taken from you and given to them until your debts to them are paid. But not the reward for fasting – it is unique and nothing can touch it. Sufyan ibn Uyaynah said,

 

إذَا كانَ يومُ القِيَامَةِ يُحاسِبُ الله عبدَهُ ويؤدي ما عَلَيْه مِن المظالمِ مِن سائِر عمله حَتَّى إِذَا لم يبقَ إلاَّ الصومُ يتحملُ اللهُ عنه ما بقي من المظالِم ويُدخله الجنَّةَ بالصوم

 

“On the Day of Qiyama, Allah will take His slaves to account and use their [good[ actions to pay off their injustices until all of their actions have been used up except for their fasting, whereupon He will take bear the load for the rest of their injustices and admit them into the Garden on account of their fasting.”  off their So give thanks and rejoice that you have been honoured by your Lord to be ranked amongst the ṣā’imīn.

 

الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر، لا إله إلا الله. الله أكبر، الله أكبر، ولله الحمد.

 

The fasting itself is one of our biggest causes of joy, but it is by no means the only one. The Prophet said,

 

للصائم فرحتان يفرحهما: إذا أفطر فرح بفطره، وإذا لقى ربه فرح بصومه

 

“The faster has two delights, the delight that he feels when he breaks his fast and the delight that he feels when he meets his Lord because of having fasted.” The joy in the actual act of fasting is one that will be felt most keenly in the Hereafter, but the joy in breaking it is one that is felt most keenly now, today, on this day, the Day of Fitr, the day of breaking the fast, the day we no longer must deny ourselves the good things our Lord has made halal and wholesome for us.

Today is our day, a day that our Lord has set aside for the people of this umma. No other umma has been granted this day – it is exclusive to us. The Messenger of Allah said,

 

إن لكل أمة عيدا وهذا عيدنا

 

“Every people have their Eid and this is our Eid.” And Anas ibn Malik narrated,

 

قدم رسول الله المدينة ولهم يومان يلعبون فيهما، فقال: “ما هذان اليومان” قالوا: كنا نلعب فيهما في الجاهلية، فقال رسول الله “إن الله قد أبدلكم بهما خيراً منهما: يوم الأضحى، ويوم الفطر”

 

“When the Messenger of Allah arrived in Madina, he saw that its people had two days in which they engaged in play, so he asked the Ansar about those days and they replied, ‘These are two days during which we would play in the time of the Jahiliyya.’ When the Messenger of Allah heard this, he said, ‘Allah has replaced them with two better days – the Day of Adha and the Day of Fitr.’” This day is the best of days – not a day we have chosen for ourselves upon which to celebrate, but a day our Lord has chosen for us. And He knows what is best for us and He wants and chooses the best for us. He chose for us this deen, He chose for us this Messenger and He chose for us this day.

 

الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر، لا إله إلا الله. الله أكبر، الله أكبر، ولله الحمد.

 

Allah chose this day for us to recognise His blessings upon us, blessings that He has given on account of our being a part of His creation, blessings He has given us on account of our being sons of Adam, and blessings He has given us on account of our being members of the greatest umma ever placed on this earth, that of His Habib and Mustafa, Muhammad.

Those blessings are too many to enumerate and too many to recount, so we show Him our gratitude in the small ways that we can.

We use the tongues with which He has blessed us to praise Him and proclaim His beneficence and greatness.

 

الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر، لا إله إلا الله. الله أكبر، الله أكبر، ولله الحمد

 

We display His gifts to us proudly and openly, in our mosques and our houses, on our limbs and our dinner tables. We dress in the best of our clothes, put on the most sweet smelling of perfumes, and serve and eat the best of our food.

We gather together to show off our might and numbers, our unity and togetherness, one umma worshipping one Lord, unbroken and unbowed, brothers in the truest sense of the word. Seas of faces stretching out as far as the eyes can see in every nation and every city on this planet, close to a billion souls united in thanks and wonder. This is our day and we are the umma of Sayyidina Muhammad.

 

الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر. أقول قولي هذا وأستغفر الله لي ولكم ولسائر المسلمين من كل ذنب فاستغفروه إنه هو الغفور الرَّحيم

 

 

الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر، لا إله إلا الله. الله أكبر، الله أكبر، ولله الحمد.

الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على خير المرسلين وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين.

أما بعد: قال الله تعالى في كتابه العزيز: قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن تَزَكَّى وَذَكَرَ اسْمَ رَبِّهِ فَصَلَّى

 

Allah says, the translation of which is, “The one who has purified himself (tazakkā), invoked the Name of his Lord and prayed, will have success.” This aya has been interpreted by many of the mufassirin as referring to the payment of the zakat ul-Fitr and the establishment of the Eid prayer. Hence, the payment of zakat ul-fitr is inextricably linked to this Eid, and as such, despite its time having already passed, it is recommended to make some mention of it in the khutba. This was the Sunna of our noble Messenger.

Zakat ul-Fitr has been made obligatory on every Muslim without exception, regardless of age, sex, wealth or social status, unless of course they are completely and utterly penniless and destitute. And, there is a very good reason for that, for today is a day of community and togetherness and never do we feel more together than when we share food, or when we give and receive. It is this that causes love and good feeling to blossom and grow in our hearts. It is this that helps bind our hearts together. This simple act ensures that no Muslim goes hungry on this day, and no Muslim has to feel beholden and indebted. Everyone can maintain their dignity and enjoy the day without having to resort to begging for help. By giving zakat al-Fitr, every one of us is gaining the reward for feeding someone and bringing them happiness and joy.

الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر

 

This day is called the Day of Fitr for good reason, for fatara is not only the word used for breaking, i.e. ending, the fast, but also the word for bringing something into existence and making it begin. Our Lord describes Himself in His Book as Fāṭiru-s-samāwāt wa-l-arḍ – The Creator or Originator of the Heavens and the Earth. So this day marks the end of something significant and the beginning of something significant. We do not just celebrate completion, we celebrate continuance. One pillar may be complete, but the next one is upon us, for today is the first day of the months of Hajj. The task may be complete but the job is not done. The journey continues – we move forward and on towards our Lord. Allah says,

 

وَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ وَإِلَى رَبِّكَ فَارْغَبْ

 

the translation of which is, “So when you have finished, work on, and make your Lord your goal!”

We emerge from this month refreshed, reinvigorated and ready. The tremendous blessings of Ramadan, and especially of its last ten nights, means that we come out of this month born anew, with fresh slates. The concerns and weights we carried with us into the month have fallen away during the course of it. All those perceived needs shown to be insubstantial and unnecessary, all that programming and all that nonsense washed away by the days spent in the company of the Book of Allah, and the hours spent in intimate conversation with Him in the dead of the night. Our fitra once again revealed to us on this day of Fitr.

الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر

 

We ask our Lord to strengthen this umma, protect this umma and unify its ranks. We ask Him to give us openings from every direction, and give success and victory to His deen and the people of His deen. We ask Him to place us among the forerunners, and by our concern and effort to establish one of His pillars, make it easy for us to establish the others and restore the house of Islam in all its magnificence and majesty. We ask Allah to establish the deen in us, by us and through us, and make this Eid a day of growth as well as a day of joy and celebration.

 

إِنَّ اللهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ، يَا أَيُهَا الذِينَ آمَنُواْ صَلُّواْ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُواْ تَسْلِيماً.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ وَبَارِكْ عَلَيْهِ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ  أَجْمَعِينَ. وَارْضَ اللَّهُمَّ عَنِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ وَعُثْمَانَ وَعَلِيٍّ، وعن أم المومنين عائشة التي أمرنا الله في سورة النور أن ندافع عنها، وَعَنْ سَائِرِ الصَّحَابَةِ أَجْمَعِينَ، خُصُوصاً اِلأَنْصَارَ مِنْهُمْ وَالمُهَاجِرِينَ، وَعَنِ التَّابِعِينَ وَتَابِعِي التَّابِعِينَ وَمَنْ تَبِعَهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّينِ.

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِ وُلَاةَ أُمُورِ المُسْلِمِينَ لِمَا يُرْضِيكَ وَلِاتِّبَاعِ سُنَّةِ نَبِيِّكَ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَهُمْ عَلَى الصِّرَاطِ المُسْتَقِيمِ، وَأَصْلِحْهُمْ يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ.

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى شَيْخِنَا، وَعَلَى أَمِيرِنَا، وَعَلَى جَمِيعِ أُمَرَاءِ وَزُعَمَاءِ المُسْلِمِينَ.

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى المُسْلِمِينَ فِي هَذِهِ المَدِينَةِ، وَوَفِّقْهُمْ لِمَا تُحِبُّهُ وَتَرْضَاهُ يَا أَكْرَمَ الأَكْرَمِينَ.

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِزَّ الإِسْلَامَ وَالمُسِْلمِينَ، وَاخْذُلِ الْكُفْرَ وَالْكَافِرِينَ، وَانْصُرِ المُجَاهِدِينَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ. وَاجْعَلْ كَلِمََتَكَ هِيَ العُلْيَا وَكَلِمَةَ الْكُفْرِ هِيَ السُّفْلَى.

رَبَّنَا ءَاتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقَِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ.

اللهم اغفر لنا وارحمنا وارحم والدينا وارحم موتانا وارحم من علمنا وارحم أشياخنا وارحم من سبقنا بالإيمان وارحم بفضلك جميع المسلمين والمسلمات، والمؤمنين والمؤمنات، الأحياءِ منهم والأموات، يا أرحم الراحمين، يا رب العالمين. آمين آمين آمين.                        وعيدكم مبارك سعيد