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Allah Is With Those Who Are Patient

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore

Friday Sermon

14 August 2020 / 24 Zulhijjah 1441H

Allah Is With Those Who Are Patient

Beloved brothers,

Let us increase our taqwa towards Allah s.w.t. by obeying His commands and abstaining from His prohibitions. We ask Allah s.w.t. to grant us the strength and patience to go through life in this world with ease. Amin.

Last week we were reminded to cultivate the spirit of ihsan in ourselves. Today, I would like to invite all of us to cultivate another quality that can bring us closer to Allah s.w.t., which is patience. Let us ponder upon a verse in surah al-Baqarah verse 153: 

Meaning: “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.

In this verse, Allah s.w.t. tells us of the value and essentiality of patience as believers. A believer who is patient always seeks help from Allah s.w.t. and has a good relationship with Him. He does not complain or admit defeat, regardless of the obstacles that lie in his path. Hence my brothers, what is the true meaning of having patience?

Patience is when one exercises self-restraint against saying or doing anything unwise when dealing with a situation. He continues to have faith in Allah s.w.t. and affirms himself that there are wisdoms behind every test. He understands that these tests are a display of Allah’s love towards His servants.

Let us observe the unwavering patience exhibited by our Prophets in carrying out Allah’s commands. It teaches us that to have patience is not by being lazy or leaving everything to fate. Not once did the Prophets give up; they rose to every occasion and gave their best to overcome the challenges they faced.

My brothers,

As we continue to trudge through this long and difficult period, we have made many changes to the way we live our lives and even the way we perform our religious duties. Some of us may have been affected worse than others.

When being tested, it is important to remind ourselves to exercise patience in all our actions. We must persevere in finding solutions to our problems and seek the help and advice of others. Asking for help does not mean you are not being patient, instead it is a form of effort to improve your situation and the conditions of your family members.

My Brothers,

This crisis has continuously reminded us that we need to support one another. We must remain united in rendering assistance to those among us who are in need. Remember, brothers, that whoever helps ease someone in difficulty, Allah will give him ease in this world and in the hereafter (Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim).

We ask Allah s.w.t. to grant us patience in seeking His pleasure. May we achieve Allah’s mercy through our efforts and may He relieve us from this test soon. Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

أَقُوْلُ قَوْلِي هَذَا وَ أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ العَظِيْمَ لِي وَ لَكُمْ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُوْرُ الرَّحِيْم

Second Sermon


الْحَمْدُ للهِ حَمْدًا كَثِيرًا كَمَا أَمَرَ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَن لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ سَيِّدَنَا مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ. اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَأَصْحَابِهِ أَجْمَعِينَ. أَمَّا بَعْدُ، فَيَا عِبَادَ الله، اِتَّقُوا اللهَ تَعَالَى فِيمَا أَمَرَ، وَانتَهُوا عَمَّا نَهَاكُم عَنْهُ وَزَجَرَ.

My Brothers,

The Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF), in collaboration with Singapore Red Cross, is conducting a donation drive to help those affected by the tragic explosion in Beirut. Let us help our brothers and sisters financially by making donations via PayNow, or through the MuslimSG app.

May our contributions give strength and a glimmer of hope to those affected. We pray that Allah s.w.t. eases their burden and grants them patience to overcome this hardship. Amin.

أَلَا صَلُّوا وَسَلِّمُوا عَلَى النَّبِيِّ الْمُصْطَفَى، فَقَدْ أَمَرَنَا اللهُ بِذَلِكَ حَيْثُ قَال فِي كِتَابِهِ الْعَزِيزِ: إِنَّ اللهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَـا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا. اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ وَ بَارِكْ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ.

وَارْضَ اللَّهُمَّ عَنِ الخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ المَهْدِيِّينَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ وَعُثْمَانَ وَعَلِيِّ، وَعَن بَقِيَّةِ الصَّحَابَةِ وَالقَرَابَةِ وَالتَّابِعِينَ، وَتَابِعِي التَّابِعِينَ، وَعَنَّا مَعَهُم وَفِيهِم بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ.

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالمُؤْمِنَاتِ، وَالمُسْلِمِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمَاتِ، الْأَحْيَاءِ مِنهُم وَالْأَمْوَاتِ. اللَّهُمَّ ادْفَعْ عَنَّا الْبَلَاءَ وَالوَبَاءَ وَالزَّلَازِلَ وَالْمِحَنَ، مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ، عَن بَلَدِنَا خَاصَّةً، وَسَائِرِ الْبُلْدَانِ عَامَّةً، يَارَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ. رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنيَا حَسَنَةً، وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً، وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ.

عِبَادَ اللهِ، إِنَّ اللهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ، وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ، يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ، فَاذْكُرُوا اللهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ، وَاشْكُرُوهُ عَلَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدْكُمْ، وَاسْأَلُوهُ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ يُعْطِكُمْ، وَلَذِكْرُ اللهِ أَكْبَرُ، وَاللهُ  يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ.