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Avoiding Wastage is a Sign of Gratitude to Allah

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Islamic Religious Council of Singapore

Friday Sermon

25 March 2022 / 22 Syaaban 1443H

Avoiding Wastage is a Sign of Gratitude to Allah

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My blessed brothers and sisters,

Let us instill taqwa in ourselves by carrying out all Allah’s commands and avoiding all His prohibitions. May Allah (s.w.t.) grant us a place in His paradise. Amin.

 

Brothers and sisters,

Allah (s.w.t.) says in Surah Al-Isra’ verse 26 and 27:


Which means: “And give to close relatives their due, as well as the poor and ˹needy˺ travellers. And do not spend wastefully. Surely those who are wasteful are ˹like˺ brothers to the devils. And the Devil is ever ungrateful to his Lord.”

This verse reminds us that wastage in any form is a denial towards the favours of Allah and a trait disliked by Him.

 

Brothers and sisters,

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) placed great emphasis on this topic. It is narrated in a hadith that one day, the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) passed by Sa'ad when he was performing ablution, and the Prophet (s.a.w.) said: 'What is this extravagance?' Sa’ad replied: 'Is there wastefulness in ablution?' The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: 'Yes, even if you are on the bank of a flowing river. (Hadith narrated by Ibn Majah).

Look at how the Prophet (s.a.w.) advised his Companions to not use water excessively when performing ablution. This is how Islam educates us to always be fair in all aspects of our lives. We must ensure that we do not cause any wastage even in fulfilling our religious obligations. Being prudent in all matters will help to cultivate praiseworthy character traits of an individual.

 

Brothers and sisters,

No doubt, every living thing on this earth needs water either directly or indirectly. Water is essential for growing and processing crops and livestock. Therefore, we need to be mindful in utilising this blessing by conserving our resources.

We can show our gratitude for this favour by changing our daily habits. Let us not think that others should start first, or even question whether there is profound effect behind the small efforts we make. We should remember the Prophet’s guidance mentioned in the hadith. The Prophet (s.a.w.) advised his companion to conserve water even when performing ablution. Even though it seems like a small action on our part, our small contribution will surely leave an impact, especially if the whole society as well as the Muslim community act accordingly because small actions can make a big difference.

So, let us reflect on the efforts we can do to save water resources. Remember that water is a blessing from Allah (s.w.t) and we will be questioned on how we utilise His blessings. So, let us be wise and responsible in consuming and utilising the essential necessities in our lives.

Brothers and sisters,

Early this week, Singapore witnessed the celebration of "Singapore World Water Day" where it aims to raise awareness on the importance of keeping water clean and being prudent when using it. As a Muslim, this commendable effort of saving water should be practiced and applauded as it is among the Sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w.).

May Allah (s.w.t.) bestow us taufiq and guidance to be grateful for all His blessings and may He place us among His servants who constantly obey His commands. Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

أَقُوْلُ قَوْلِي هَذَا وأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ العَظِيْمَ لِي ولَكُمْ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُوْرُ الرَّحِيْمُ

 

 

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.

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.