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Choosing Goodness to prove our Love for the Prophet

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore

Friday Sermon

7 October 2022 / 10 Rabiulawal 1444H

  Choosing Goodness to prove our Love for the Prophet


Respected brothers and sisters,

Let us strengthen our taqwa towards Allah (s.w.t.) by obeying all His commands and abstaining from all His prohibitions. May Allah (s.w.t.) make us among those who constantly love the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) and strive to emulate his Sunnah. Amin.

Brothers and sisters,

As Muslims, we are not only commanded to believe that the Prophet (s.a.w.) is one of the messengers of Allah (s.w.t.), but we are also told to love the Prophet (s.a.w.) more than anyone else, as narrated in the hadith which means: “None of you truly believes until I am dearer to him than his parents, his child, and the whole of mankind.” (Hadith reported by Imam al-Bukhari)

This hadith affirms that loving the Prophet (s.a.w.) above others is a sign of perfect faith. Why? Because the Prophet (s.a.w.) is a Messenger sent to guide people to the truth and to achieve success in this world and the hereafter. Therefore, our love for him should be greater than our love for our family, and even more than our love for ourselves.

Brothers and sisters,

Claiming to love the Prophet (s.a.w.) is not sufficient by mere acknowledgments of the heart or verbal assertion alone. The sincerity of a person's love is manifested in his actions, words and character.

Let us observe how the command to follow the Prophet (s.a.w.) and his teachings is set as the benchmark for our love of Allah (s.w.t.). Allah (s.w.t.) said:

Which means: “Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “If you sincerely love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you and forgive your sins. For Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah Ali-Imran, verse 31)

Therefore, a person who claims to love the Prophet (s.a.w.), should strive to constantly emulate the actions and conduct of the Prophet (s.a.w.). There are many examples that we can learn from the noble personality and exemplary life of the Prophet (s.a.w.). 

Brothers and sisters,

In the past few weeks, we had spoken about the importance of protecting families and children from negative influences. The role of parents is crucial in ensuring that children grow up in a healthy and positive environment. However, as they grow up, they will meet more people and make new friends. Thus, we should always remind our children on the importance of choosing the right friends to ensure that they have positive developmental influences. This is because friends can have great influence on one’s lifestyle and way of thinking. Rasulullah (s.a.w.) advised:

المرْءُ عَلَى دِينِ خَلِيلِه فَلْيَنظُرْ أَحَدُكُمْ مَن يُخَالِل

Which means: “A man is upon the religion of his friend; so each one of you should consider whom he befriends.” (Hadith reported by Imam Ahmad)

Brothers and sisters, 

The hadith serves as an important guide for us to stay on the right path. Choosing the right friend and companion is also one of the teachings of the Prophet (s.a.w).

The right friends will bring positive impacts and shape our personality. Having good circle of friends will also help us from being influenced by negative elements. This is especially important in today’s challenging world where the young ones are easily influenced by current trends due to their curiosity and desire to try new things. Hence, choosing the right friends is crucial to ensure that we remain on the right path.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) mentioned in a hadith: "The example of a good companion in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith's bellows. The owner of musk would either offer you some free musk, or you would buy it from him, or you will smell its pleasant fragrance. Whereas the blacksmith would either burn your clothes or you smell a repugnant smell.”. (Hadith reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

May Allah (s.w.t.) instil in our hearts the love for the Prophet (s.a.w.) by abiding all the commands and avoiding all that he had prohibited. Amin ya Rabbal Alamin.

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



Second sermon

الحَمْدُ 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 العَزِيزِ: إِنَّ اللهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَـا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسلِيمًا. 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 لِلمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالمُؤْمِنَاتِ، وَالمُسْلِمِينَ وَالمُسْلِمَاتِ، الأَحْيَاءِ مِنهُم وَالأَمْوَاتِ. اللَّهُمَّ ادْفَعْ عَنَّا البَلَاءَ وَالوَبَاءَ وَالزَّلَازِلَ وَالمِحَنَ، مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ، عَن بَلَدِنَا خَاصَّةً، وَسَائِرِ البُلْدَانِ عَامَّةً، يَارَبَّ العَالَمِينَ. رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنيَا حَسَنَةً، وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً، وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ. 

عِبَادَ اللهِ، إِنَّ اللهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالعَدْلِ وَالإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي القُرْبَى، وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الفَحْشَاءِ وَالمُنكَرِ وَالبَغْيِ، يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ، فَاذكُرُوا اللهَ العَظِيمَ يَذْكُركُمْ، وَاشْكُرُوهُ عَلَى نِعَمِهِ يَزِدكُمْ، وَاسْأَلُوهُ مِن فَضلِهِ يُعطِكُم، وَلَذِكرُ اللهِ أَكبَرُ، وَاللهُ  يَعلَمُ مَا تَصنَعُونَ.