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Hijrah: Towards Appreciating The Sacrifice of Our Parents

Islamic Religious Council of Singapore

Friday Sermon

29 July 2022 / 29 Zulhijjah 1443H

  
Hijrah:  Towards Appreciating The Sacrifice of Our Parents

My Beloved Brothers and sisters,

Let us strengthen our Taqwa in Allah (s.w.t.) by carrying out all His commands and avoiding all His prohibitions. May we be placed among those who are in constant remembrance of Allah (s.w.t.).

 

Brothers and sisters,

Muharram is approaching, which signifies the beginning of a new Hijrah year. We must realise that the significance of Hijrah is not only limited to the physical migration from one place to another, but there are many valuable lessons we can learn and emulate from the historical event.

The Hijrah of our Prophet (s.a.w.) is a process of transitioning to a better situation, while also teaching us to adhere to the commandments of Allah (s.w.t.) and leave all His prohibitions.

وَالْمُهَاجِرُ مَنْ هَجَرَ مَا نَهَى اللَّهُ عَنْه

Which means, “A Muhajir (a migrator) is one who leaves what is prohibited by Allah.” (Hadith narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim)

As we welcome a new hijrah year, a believer should strive to constantly improve himself by doing goodness and leaving what is prohibited by Allah (s.w.t.). Today, I would like to emphasise on one important aspect, so that we would be able to internalise the true meaning of Hijrah and reflect upon it.

Let us look at our relationship with our family. Is there a way for us to improve our relationship among our family members?

 

Brothers and sisters,

Islam places great emphasis on the rights of our parents. Although conflict might occur between parents and children, Islam teaches us to treat them with kindness and respect. As a child, we should always strive to observe their rights to the best of our ability. Allah (s.w.t) said:

Which means: “But if they pressure you to associate with Me what you have no knowledge of, do not obey them. Still keep their company in this world courteously and follow the way of those who turn to Me in devotion. Then to Me you will all return, and then I will inform you of what you used to do.” (Surah Luqman, verse 15)

 

Brothers and sisters

Although a person is consistent in performing his religious deeds, but not carrying out his responsibilities towards his parents, he might be prevented from receiving the grace and blessings of Allah (s.w.t.).

How unfortunate it would be if a child upsets his parents, for example, by not giving monthly allowance nor visiting them often. Some parents are even forced to move to rental houses, as their relationship with their children and in-law turned sour.

Subhanallah. How can a child stand before the judgement of Allah, when their relationship with their parents is as such? When both their parents are displeased with them?

Our Prophet (s.a.w.) once said, “How pitiful and unfortunate! (The Prophet repeated this thrice.) A companion asked, “Who is as such?” The Prophet replied, “Whoever is given the chance to live with his parents until their old age but is not able to enter paradise.” (Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim.)

May Allah grant us His blessings through the service we give to our parents. May we be reunited with our loved ones in the paradise of Allah. 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.