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Dear brothers in Islam, I would like to remind myself and all of us to increase our iman, our taqwa, and to thank Allah SWT for every ni’mah especially ni’mah Islam and iman so we can come to this Jumu’ah prayer. Allah SWT says in the Quran surah Ibrahim verse 7 “la insyakartum laazidannakum wa laa inkafartum inna ‘adzaabi lasyadid.” If we are thankful to Allah SWT, He will give us more and more ni’mah but if we deny, we have to remember that Allah’s will give us severe punishments. May peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad saw and his family, his followers. They spread Islam so we can know about Islam.
First and foremost, I would like to remind us about one ayah. Allah SWT said in the Quran surah Al Jumu’ah verse 9, “Ya ayyuhal ladzina amanu idza nudiya lishshalati miy yaumil jumu’ati fas’aw ila dzikrillah ..” Oo who you believe, when the Jumu’ah call is made rush, hurry to the remembrance of Allah SWT. It’s very interesting ayah. Instead of calling it “pray” or “khutba”, Allah SWT calls it “remembrance of Allah SWT”. So, the essence of the Jumu’ah prayer is what? The remembrance of Allah. So, when we walk to masjid from our home, from our work, we should remember Allah SWT as many as possible. May Allah SWT bless us so we can always remember Him.
Today InsyaAllah ta’ala I would like share with you one real story. Once upon a time my Korean friend came to me and asked me on question. He said, “I do not believe in God. If God exists why there are so many people are suffering? Why there are diseases, earthquake, etc?”
Dear brothers in Islam, regarding to that question, Allah SWT already gave us the answer in the Quran. In Islam the concept of suffering is very beautiful. Allah SWT said that life is a test for us. Allah SWT wants to see our responses when He gives us test. Allah SWT says in surah Al Baqarah verse 214, “Am hasibtum an tadkhulul jannah wa lamma ya’tikum matsalul ladzina kholau min qablikum ..” Do you think that you will enter the jannah without such tests or trials as came to those who came before you?
Rasulullah saw said in one hadith narrated by Imam Mulim, “Strange is the affair of the Mu’min (the believers), verily all his affairs are good for him. If something pleasing befalls him he thanks to Allah and it becomes better for him. And if something harmful befalls him he is patient and it becomes better for him. And this is only for the Mu’min.” So, as a mu’min every condition that we are facing is good for us even when we are in hard time.
Jalaluddin Rumi once said that, “Suffering is a gift. In it is a hidden mercy.” Suffering teaches us patience, and it also teaches us Ridhaa, which is total reliance on Allah, and serene acceptance of whatever He has decreed. It teaches us to persevere, to work hard to seek Allah’s good pleasure, his Ridwaan. It teaches us humility, it teaches compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves.
May Allah SWT give us taufiq and guidance so we can be among of people of shabr (ash shabirin) and syukr (asy syakirin).
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In this second khutba I would like remind all of of us, when we are facing a hard situation, put Allah in the first place. Do not forget to say, “Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un.” Indeed, everything belongs to Allah SWT and to Him all of things are return. Some people when in hardship put Allah SWT in the last palace. When they suffer, they emotions are controlled by nafs and syaithan. At that condition we have to compel our heart to remember Allah SWT by saying “Innalillahi wa ina ilaihi raji’un” and try to be patient.
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