Disclaimer: Notes are written by a student of Sheikhs and not Sheikh Sajid himself.
Topic: Being part of a whole. A discussion about Rituals, Rights & Responsibilities
Taught by: Sheikh Sajid Umar
Today’s talk will surround
- The law of “I”
The law of “We”
The law of “They”
The law of “I”
🔸3: 185 “Every soul shall taste of death, and you shall only be paid fully your reward on the resurrection day; then whoever is removed far away from the fire and is made to enter the garden he indeed has attained the object; and the life of this world is nothing but a provision of vanities.”
~ We are responsible for our choices, decisions, legacies
🔸35: 15 – 18 “O men! you are they who stand in need of Allah, and Allah is He Who is the Self-sufficient, the Praised One. If He please, He will take you off and bring a new generation. And this is not hard to Allah. And a burdened soul cannot bear the burden of another and if one weighed down by burden should cry for (another to carry) its burden, not aught of it shall be carried, even though he be near of kin. You warn only those who fear their Lord in secret and keep up prayer; and whoever purifies himself, he purifies himself only for (the good of) his own soul; and to Allah is the eventual coming.”
🔸Hadith “The two feet of the son of Adam will not move from near his Lord on the Day of Judgement until he is asked about five (matters):- 1) about his life – how he spent it; 2) about his youth – how he took care of it; 3) about his wealth – how he earned it; 4) and where he spent it; 5) and about that which he acted upon from the knowledge that he acquired.”
2. The law of ” We”
~ Interdependence. Leverage off each other’s strength.
~ On the authority of Abu Hurairah ra who said: Rasul saw said, “Do not be envious of one another; do not artificially raise prices against one another; do not hate one another; do not turn one’s back on each other; and do not undercut one another in business transactions. And be, servants of Allah, bretheren. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He does not wrong him. He does not fail him [when he needs him]. He does not lie to him. And he does not show contempt for him. Piety is here” – and he pointed to his chest three times. “It is enough of evil for a person to hold his brother Muslim in contempt. All of a Muslim is inviolable to another Muslim: his blood, his wealth and his honor.” (Recorded in Muslim)
3. The law of “They”
~ The law of dependance
~ Other people have rights over us; Allah has rights over us; non-muslims have right over us
🔸From Muadh bin Jabal, I was riding behind the Prophet saw and there was nothing between him and me but the rear part of the saddle …. when he said: Mu’adh b. Jabal. Do you know what right has Allah upon His servants? I said: Allah and His Messenger know best. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Verily the right of Allah over His servants is that they should worship Him, not associating anything with Him. He (the Holy Prophet) with Mu’adh behind him, moved along for a few minutes and said: Mu’adh b. Jabal: To which I replied: At your beck and call, and at your pleasure, Messenger of Allah! He (the Holy Prophet) said: Do you know what rights have servants upon Allah in case they do it (i. e. they worship Allah without associating anything with Him)? I (Mu’adh b. Jabal) replied: Allah and His Messenger know best. (Upon this) he (the Holy Prophet) remarked: That He would not torment them (with the fire of Hell).
~ Religious worship & responsibilities
~ Must be based primarily from the Quran & Sunnah on the understanding of the early companions
🔸51:56 – 58″And I have not created the jinn and the men except that they should serve Me.
I do not desire from them any sustenance and I do not desire that they should feed Me. Surely Allah is the Bestower of sustenance, the Lord of Power, the Strong.”
~ The ayat regard
Sh Sajid Riyadh, [10.01.16 16:24]
ing religious worship are in the sane group as the ayat regarding sustenance (worldly affairs). There is no separation between the masjid (act of worship) and our worldly affairs.
~ A muslim has unprecedented potential. Daily activities can become ibadah, an act of worship, provided every thing is done for the sake of Allah – going to work, to school, to the gym. We need to engage Allah with our hearts.
~ to ensure a cohesive society
~ to help others
🔸8:60 “… and whatever thing you will spend in Allah’s way, it will be paid back to you fully and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.
🔸2:261 “The parable of those who spend their property in the way of Allah is as the parable of a grain growing seven ears (with) a hundred grains in every ear; and Allah multiplies for whom He pleases; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing”
Addressing the issues of the Ummah:
1. Go back to the quran & sunnah
Hadith : “I leave behind me two things, the Qur’an and my example, the Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray.”
2. Recognise that we have a problem afflicting the Ummah
3. Education – role of parents & schools. Rasululullah saw is the best teacher & the best example.
4. Patience – the Quran was not revealed overnight. Mekah was not liberated overnight. To change, we need patience, time & effort. It is a continuous process.