In the name of Allah the beneficent, the Merciful

EID UL-ADHA SERMONS, 2013

By the Spiritual Leader of the Salawatia Mission of Ghana,

Sheihu Rashid Hussain Salwat (QUTUB AZ-ZAMAAN)

 

All praise is due to Allah and I send my heartfelt Salat of Peace and Blessings to be upon the Holy Prophet Muhammad and his household. I take this opportunity on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha to once again send my sincere greetings to the Muslim Ummah in Ghana and the people of the Northern Regions in general and the Salawatia Community in particularly.

 

The subject of my Sermon on this occasion of Eid-ul-Adha is centred on the importance of the Quran the Holy Book of Islam as the Ultimate guide for mankind. The Almighty Allah (SWT) in several Quranic injunctions has praised the book in many different ways. It has been described as the book of Truth, the criterion, an inspiration and a book for all times: yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is indeed a book that scientist, oceanographers, economist, ecologist, sociologist, poets, pharmacologist, hospitals, industry, astronomy, arts, social science and humanities and all disciplines under the sun have benefitted from and shall continue to benefit from it till the end of time. The Quran is not only a blessing to Mankind but a special blessing to the Ummah of the Holy Muhammad (SAW) – The Muslims.

 

However, the Muslims are the least beneficiaries of the blessings of the Quran. It begs to ask a simple question, why is it that a people upon whom a blessed book is revealed are the least beneficiaries of the blessings of that book? Some of the possible answers to this question could be that Muslims are not aware of the blessings or Muslims have ignored the guidance of the Quran and doing what they deem fit. I would like to water down the first one and stand firm for the second answer for these reasons. In Sura Israel, Allah (SWT): (Q17:70).

We have honoured the sons of Adam; provided them with Transport on land and at Sea; Given them the best and pure Sustenance and conferred on them special favours above a great part of Our creation.

 

In addition, the Prophet of Islam, the Holy Muhammad (SAW) in one of His sayings, compel the entire Ummah to seek knowledge. The prophet made this a compulsion because knowledge is the key to prosperity and the progress of mankind. Muslims of the past had knowledge of the Quran and made the Quran their way of Life. As a result not only were they the great leaders of their times but they were philosophers, mathematicians, geographers, chemist, physicians and socialist of their time.   Great number of Muslim adventurers and scientist are still referred to in almost all disciplines studied at Universities the world over. Some of those still referred to include Ibn Khaldun, Ibn Sina, Ibn Zahr, Hassan ibn Haytham, Abu’l Qais, Rhazes, Al Jabir, Ibn Hauqal, Ibn Batuta, Abu Reihan Al-Biruni and important several others. They conformed to the Quran into-to.

 

One important creations of the Almighty Allah are the Jinn. Allah has bestowed on the Jinn special spiritual powers making it possible for them to do many things that humans cannot do. The Jinn have the powers to see human beings, whilst humans cannot see them. They have the power to disrupt and manipulate our human existence and do so many things that we cannot do. In the Quran, Allah (SWT) has confirmed these powers the Jinn possess and warned the children of Adam about these powers:

 

Oh Children of Adam (mankind)! Let not Satan seduce you in the same manner as he got your parents out of Paradise, stripping them of their raiment to expose their shame; for he and his tribe watch you from a position where you cannot see them; We made the evil ones friends only to those without faith. (Q7:27)

 

However, the Jinn on hearing the recital of the Quran in chapter (72:1) said: ‘We have really heard a wonderful Quran. Allah said: Say: It has been revealed to me that a company of Jinns listened (to the Qur’an).  They say `We have really heard a wonderful Recital! It gives guidance to the Right and we have believed in it. In Tirmidhi, it is reported by Syidinaa Ali (AS) that the Prophet (SAW) of Islam once said: When the Jinn heard the Quran, they found it as a wonderful, amazing and miraculous content containing everything beyond the knowledge and powers of the Jinn. Therefore, one solution to overcome the powers of the Jinn is knowledge and understanding of the Quran. It is noted in the Quran in the chapter of the Ants about the story of Prophet Suleiman (AS): (Q27: 38-41).

 

Prophet Suleiman said: “Oh Elders, which of you can bring me her throne before they come to me in submission?” One Ifrit of the Jinns said: “I will bring it to you before you rise from your Council: indeed I have full strength for that purpose and may be trusted.” The one who had knowledge of the Book said: “I will bring it to you within the twinkling of an eye!” Then when (Suleiman) saw it placed firmly before him he said: “This is by the grace of my Lord to test me whether I will be grateful or ungrateful! And if any is grateful truly his gratitude is (a gain) for his own soul; but if any is ungrateful truly my Lord is Free of All Needs Supreme in Honor!”

Prophet Suleiman was thankful to Allah that he had men endowed with such power, and he had the throne of Bilqis transported to his Court and transformed as he desired.

 

Brothers and sisters in Islam, I have a simple question to ask: Do we view the Quran same as the Jinn do? I am certainly sure that some Muslims of today do not value the Quran in such manner. If we did, then we would not be faced by so many calamities, hunger, poverty, diseases of all kinds and even hatred for one another. We will not dispute about our religion as much as we do now. I entreat every Muslim present here today to have a rethink of the importance and purpose for which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet of Islam and make use of it to the fullest. If we fail to make use of the Quran to the fullest, then we have ourselves to blame here in this world and in the hereafter.

 

I pray that Allah shower his blessings on the entire Muslim Ummah. May Allah give us the faith to rekindle our desire to learn and put the Quran to use for everything we need in this world and in the next. May Allah give us good health and wealth and protect us from Satan and other evil Jinn.

Finally, I take this opportunity of the Eid-ul-Adha this day 16th October, 2013 to invite all Muslims with knowledge and understanding of the Quran to share it with other Muslims. I also would like to entreat the entire Muslim Ummah to seek knowledge about the Quran and apply such knowledge in their daily Lives. May Allah richly bless our homeland Ghana and the Government and those in authority with peace and prosperity. May He bless our regions and communities, bless our families and children, bless our teachers, doctors and nurses, bless our farmers and all the workers both in the public and private sectors. May He also bless our security services for keeping the peace.

I highly commend all and sundry for the present peace we are enjoying. The sustainability of the present peace is indeed first and paramount for the development of our country, so let us keep it up.

Salaam Alaikum.

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