[Friday sermon] O Islamic Scholars, Speak The Truth Even If It Be Against Yourself! By Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All thanks and praise is due to Allah, we seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil within ourselves and the consequences of our evil deeds.

Whoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whoever Allah leads astray will never find guidance. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, He is alone without any partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger.

“O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims in submission to Him.” [Quran, 3:102]

“O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Verily, Allah is ever watching over you.” [Quran, 4:1]

“O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice. He will then amend for you your deeds and forgive your sins, and whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.” [Quran, 33:70-71]

Verily, the most truthful speech is the Book of Allah, the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad, and the worst affairs are newly invented matters (in religion). Every newly invented matter is a religious innovation, and every religious innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.

Brothers and Sisters! Know that, to speak the truth was what the Prophet (Peace be upon him) came to teach and remind us. That, it was the sole means by which we would be judged by Allah on the final day. That the one who was successful on that day would be the one that spoke the truth even if it was against himself. Speaking the truth is the hallmark of the believers, it is the only means by which one is drawn close to Allah, it is the sword of Allah, it is the only means by which one acquires knowledge and understanding because Allah does not grant wisdom, understanding and knowledge to those that do not speak the truth, and nor does He grant them the right to struggle for His cause unless and until they place the truth before themselves.

Servants of Allah! Allah intends to clarify the truth to people and  prove it, and  thereby, leave  no  place  for  excuses that  they  did  not  receive  the  message  of  truth  from  Him;  that  is  why  He  sent  Messengers  and Divine  Books.  Indeed,  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“No  one  likes  to  give people  excuses  more  than  Allah.”

He  has  sent  the  Messengers,  peace  be  upon  them,  as warners  and  bringers  of  glad  tidings;  hence,  they  explained  the  message  of  Allah  and  the Islamic scholars  and  students  of  knowledge  did  the  same  after  them.  This  is  so,  because  it  is compulsory  upon  anyone  who  attains  any  knowledge  to  follow  the  footsteps  of  the  Prophets and  Messengers,  peace  be  upon  them,  by  clarifying  what  they  are  aware  of. Allah  says:

“And  [mention,  O  Muhammad Peace be upon him] when  Allah  took  a  covenant  from  those  who  were  given  the  Scripture,  [saying]:  ‘You  must make  it  clear  [i.e.  explain  it]  to  the  people  and  not  conceal  it.’  But  they  threw  it  away  behind their  backs  and  exchanged  it  for  a  small  price.  And  wretched  is  that  which  they  purchased.” [Quran, 3: 187]

The  Jewish  Rabbis  were  commanded  to  believe  in  Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and  to  clarify  his  message  to  people.  In  the  Torah,  there  was  a  mention  of him,  his  description,  the  place  he  will  be  sent  to  and  the  description  of  his  Companions,  may Allah  be  pleased  with  them.  However,  when  they  recognized  him,  they  suppressed  this  news and  disbelieved  in  him.  Allah  says:

“Indeed,  those  who  conceal  what  We sent  down  of  clear  proofs  and  guidance  after  We  made  it  clear  for  the  people  in  the  Scripture –  those  are  cursed  by  Allah  and  cursed  by  those  who  curse (i.e., from  among  the  angels  and the  believers.).” [Quran, 2: 159]

Thus,  it  is  a  pledge  which  Allah  has  taken  from  the  people of  knowledge, the Ulama’  to  explain and speak the  truth,  rulings  and  legislations  to  people,  and  to  not  conceal  it. Therefore,  he  who  withholds  any  knowledge,  has  cheated  and  betrayed  the servants of Allah, and  will  be  cursed  by  Allah  and  those  who  curse  from  His  creations. As  for  those  who  teach  people  what  is  good  and  make  the  truth  clear  to  them,  Allah  will forgive  them  and  the  angels, the  whales  and  fish  in  the  sea,  as  well  as  all  animals,  including  the ant  in  her  dwelling,  will  supplicate  to  Allah  for  their  forgiveness  –  all  as  a  result  of  this  great deed.  On  the  other  hand,  Allah  has  warned  those  who  hide  the  truth  which  was  revealed,  in  return  of some  worldly  benefit,  when  He  says:

“Indeed,  they  who  conceal  what Allah  has  sent  down  of  the  Book  and  exchange  it  for  a  small  price  –  those  consume  not  into their  bellies  except  the  Fire….”  [Quran, 2: 174]

Thus, those who seek to gain worldly profits and, as a result,  suppress  the  truth  or  state  what  is  false  instead,  will  receive  a  far  greater retribution  compared  to  what  little  benefit  they  gained  in  life,  and  will  dwell  eternally  in  the Hellfire.

The  Arabs  and  Jews  held  the  Jewish  Rabbis  in  the  highest  regard.  The  Rabbis  even  used  to receive  gifts  from  the  Arabs  because  of  their  approval  of  the  disbelief  and  infidelity  in  which they  were  indulged  and  statements  that  pleased  them.  If  an  Arab  came  to  a  Rabbi,  asking  him: “Are  we  better  or  Muhammad?”,  he  would  reply:  “Indeed  you  are  better  than  him.”

The  Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“He  who  is  asked  about  knowledge  (regarding that  which  he  knows)  and  he,  in  turn,  conceals  it,  will  be  bridled  with  fire  on  the  Day  of Resurrection.”

In  this  manner,  the  evil  outcome  corresponds  with  his  deed,  for  just  as  he remained  silent  regarding  the  truth,  he  deserved  a  bridle  of  fire.  Allah  says:

“Mankind  was  [of]  one  religion  [before  their  deviation];  then  Allah  sent  the  prophets  as bringers  of  good  tidings  and  warners  and  sent  down  with  them  the  Scripture  in  truth  to  judge between  the  people  concerning  that  in  which  they  differed…” [Quran, 2: 213]


“[It  is] so  He  will  make  clear  to  them  [the  truth  of]  that  wherein  they  differ  and  so  those  who  have disbelieved  may  know  that  they  were  liars.” [Quran, 16: 39]

Therefore,  Allah  has  sent  the Quran  down  in  order  to  clarify  for  the  people  what  they  differ  regarding;  He  says:

“And  when  Isa (Jesus) brought  clear  proofs,  he  said: I  have  come  to  you  with  wisdom  [i.e.Prophethood]  and  to  make  clear  to  you  some  of  that  over  which  you  differ,  so  fear  Allah  and obey  me.” [Quran, 43: 63]

Brothers and Sisters! What  was  the  task of the Prophet (Peace be upon him)?  Allah says:

“And We revealed to you the message [i.e. the Quran]”  Why?  “That  you  may  make  clear  to the  people  what  was  sent  down  to  them  and  that  they  might  give  thought.” [Quran, 16: 44]

Hence,  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) did  the  following:

  • He (Peace be upon him) utilized  all  means  to  convey  and  explain  the  message.  On one  occasion,  he  ascended  the  Safa  mountain  and  gathered  the  people,  calling  upon  the tribes  of  Quraish.  Various  clans  were  assembled  and  those  who  were  not  able  to  come themselves  sent  their  messengers  to  observe  what  was  taking  place.  Abu  Lahab  (one  of  the Prophet’s  uncles)  and  other  individuals  from  Quraish  arrived;  then,  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“(My people) suppose I told you that there is an enemy in the valley, intending to attack you; would you believe me?” They  responded:  “Yes, for we have not found you stating anything other than the  truth.” He (Peace be upon him) then said: “I am a warner to you in  face  of  a  horrific  punishment.” Abu Lahab snarled: “May  you  be  perished all  this  day.  Is  it  for  this  purpose  that  you  have  brought  us  together?” It was later revealed: “Perish  the  hands  of  Abu Lahab, and  perish  he!  His  wealth  and  his  children  will  not profit him….” [Quran, 111: 1-5]

  • He (Peace be upon him) used  to  go  around, preaching to the people, preaching  to  the  different  tribes, telling them the truth. Rabi’ah Ibn Abbad,  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him, reported that:

“I  was  with  my  father once,  watching  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) following  the  different  clans  (who came  to  Makkah)  and  another  man  was  following  him.  The  Prophet (Peace be upon him) would  stop  and  address  each  tribe  saying: ‘O  tribe  of  so-and-so! I am the Messenger  of  Allah  to  you,  commanding  you  to  worship  Allah  alone  without associating  partners with Him,  and ordering you to believe  in  me  and  support  me,  so  that I  am  able  to  convey  that  with  which  Allah  has  sent me.’  As  soon  as  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) would  finish  his  speech,  the  man  following  him  would attack him and say:  ‘O tribe  of  so-and-so!  This  man  wants  you  to  renounce  your  gods,  Al-Lat  and Uzzah,  and  to forsake  your  allies  and  follow  the  innovations  and  misguidance  that  he  came  with;  so,  do not  believe  in  him  nor  follow  him.’  I  asked  my  father  about  that  man  and  he  informed  me that  it  was  Abu  Lahab  the  uncle  of  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him).”

  • He (Peace be upon him) traveled  from  one  place  to  another,  preaching  the  message; one  example  of  this  is his famous trip to  Ta’if. Also, he never favoured  anyone  at the expense of his message. One time, Ubay Ibn Khalaf  brought  decayed  bones  and  sprinkled  it with the sand, saying to  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) and challenging him:

“Is it possible  that  your  Lord  will resurrect  this  again?”

Thereupon,  he (Peace be upon him) said:

“Verily,  Allah  will resurrect  this  and  will  put  you  in  Hell.”

Then,  Allah  revealed  the  verse  in  which  He  says:

“And  he  presents  for  Us  an  example  (i.e.,  attempting  to  establish  the finality  of  death)  and  forgets  his  [own]  creation.  He  says:  ‘Who  will  give  life  to  bones while  they  are  disintegrated?’  Say: ‘He  will  give  them  life  who  produced  them the first time….’”  [Quran, 36: 78-79]

  • He (Peace be upon him) debated  with  the  disbelievers  in  order  to  clarify  the  truth,  as he  did  with  the  delegation  of  the  Christians  of  Najran,  when  they  came  to  him  asking  about Prophet Isa (Jesus),  peace  be  upon  him.  So,  Allah  revealed  the  verse in which He  says:

“Indeed, the example of Isa (Jesus)  to Allah (i.e.  regarding  His  creation  of  him) is  like  that  of  Adam  …” [Quran, 3: 59]

O  you  who  differ  regarding  the  creation  of Isa (Jesus),  peace  be  upon  him and do  not  comprehend  his  reality and still  have  uncertainty  about  him and  doubt  the  way  he  was  created  from  his  mother Mary (Maryam), without a father! Know that his example  is  like  that  of  Adam,  peace  be  upon  him,  as  Allah  says:

“…  He created  him  from  dust;  then  He  said  to  him,  “Be,”  and  he  was.” [Quran, 3: 59]

Since you  believe  in  the  creation  of  Adam,  peace  be  upon  him,  who  was  created  without  prior existence  of  male  or  female  human  beings,  then  it  is  worthier  that  you  believe  in  the  creation of Isa (Jesus),  peace  be  upon  him.  Then,  when  they  insisted  on  their  stance,  out  of  stubbornness, Allah  revealed  the  verse:

“Then  whoever  argues  with  you  about  it  after [this]  knowledge  has  come  to  you – Say,  “Come,  let  us  call  our  sons  and  your  sons,  our women  and  your  women,  ourselves  and  yourselves,  then  supplicate  earnestly  [together] and  invoke  the  curse  of  Allah  upon  the  liars  [among  us].” [Quran, 3: 62]

At  that point,  the  disputing  parties  gathered  and  did  Mula’anah,  which  is  when  two  arguing  sides supplicate  for  the  curse  of  the  liar  among  them  and  his  destruction.  This  was  a  major  event; when  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) did  Mula’anah,  he  came  out  with Fatimah,  Al-Hasan  and  Al-Husayn,  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them,  (since  he  was  certain that  the  curse  will  befall  only  the  liar,  whereas  he  was  conveying  the  truth),  but  the  Christian delegation  backed  up  and  were  scared,  so  they  never  showed  up.

  • He (Peace be upon him) used  to  repeat  his  statements  thrice  and  speak  slowly,  so  that people  would  understand  him.  His  statements  were  brief  and  precise  to  the  extent  that  one could  actually  count  his  words.
  • He (Peace be upon him) erected  a  pulpit  for  himself  to  mount,  whilst  addressing people  in  order  to  be  visible  and  he  used  to  raise  his  voice  to  make  sure  that  he  was understood. Abdullah  Ibn Amr, may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him,  narrated that:

“Once,  the Prophet (Peace be upon him) remained  behind  us  in  a  journey.  He  joined  us  while we  were  performing  ablution  for  the  prayer,  which  was  overdue.  We  were  just  passing  wet hands  over  our  feet  and  not  washing  them  properly,  so  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) addressed  us  in  a  loud  voice,  saying  twice  or  thrice:  ‘Woe  to  the  heels  in  the  Fire (i.e.,  those  that  are  not  properly  washed  during  ablution)’.”

  • He (Peace be upon him) was  the  furthest  from  being  ambiguous  and  from  using riddles  during  his  Sermons. On the  day when Makkah was conquered, the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) decreed  that  certain  people  be  killed; Ibn Abu Sarh  was one  of  them,  so  he  hid  himself  with Uthman Ibn Affan, may  Allah be pleased with him so as to be spared. When the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) called  the people  to  take  the  oath  of  allegiance, Uthman,  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him,  brought him,  made  him  stand  before  the  Messenger  of  Allah (Peace be upon him), in an effort to intercede for him so that he would not be killed  as a disbeliever, and said:

“O Messenger  of  Allah!  Accept  the  oath  of  allegiance  from  Abdullah.”

He (Peace be upon him) raised  his  head  and  looked  at  him  thrice,  turning  him  down  every  time.  After  the third  time,  he  accepted  his  oath,  then  turned  to  his  Companions,  may  Allah  be  pleased  with them,  and  inquired:

“Is  there  not  any  intelligent  man  amongst  you  who  could  have  stood up  to  this  man  when  he  saw  me  desisting  from  receiving  the  oath  of  loyalty  from  him,  and kill  him?”

They,  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them,  answered:

“We  do  not  know,  O Messenger  of  Allah,  what  lies  in  your  heart.  Why  did  you  not  give  us  a  hint  with  your  eye?”

He (Peace be upon him) said:

“It  is  not  proper  for  a  Prophet  to  have  a  treacherous eye.”

  • He (Peace be upon him) continued to explain and speak the truth and convey the message of Islam until his death. Even during the  sickness  in  which  he  passed  away,  he  advised  repeatedly:

“Guard your  prayer  and  what  your  right  hands  possess.”

An  interpretation  of  this  saying  is  that  one must  not  forget  reminding  the  people  to  pray,  so  how  will  the  case  be  concerning  one’s  own wife  and  children?

  • He (Peace be upon him) never  delayed  the  clarification  of  any  matter  about  which people  needed  to  know,  from  the  time  it  should  be  explained.  This  is  a  golden  rule  which  the scholars  apply  in  many  of  their  arguments.  For  example,  when  he (Peace be upon him) was  asked  about  what  to  do  before  praying  when  the  blood  of  the  menstrual  period drops  on  one’s  garment,  he (Peace be upon him) instructed  that  the  blood  be  scraped off  and  the  clothes  washed  and  he  did  not  specify  a  certain  number  of  times  it  should  be laundered.  Consequently,  based  on  this  incident,  the  scholars  who  do  not  specify  a  certain number  of  washes  of  the  garment,  remark:

“If  there  should  have  been  a  certain  number  of rinses,  he (Peace be upon him) would  have  stated  it,  because  he  never  delayed  the explanation  of  any  issue  from  the  time  it  should  be  clarified.”

Hence,  when  scholars  are asked  about  a  subject,  they  must  answer  clearly  and  openly,  without  equivocating,  and  in  a manner  in  which  people  understand.  The  problem  nowadays,  though,  is  that  some  scholars remain  silent  when  they  are  asked,  or  answer  in  a  vague  way  which  leaves  people  confused and  not  comprehending  what  he  meant,  or  respond  wrongly,  in  order  to  please  so-and-so people.

Servants of  Allah! Know that, there  are  many  harmful  effects  of  not  clarifying  the  religion and telling the truth, such as:

  • Islam  may  eventually  fade  away.
  • The  truth  will  disappear  gradually.
  • Evil  and  falsehood  will  spread.
  • The  people  of  the  truth  will  be  defeated  and  their  support  will  fade  away.
  • The  misguidance  of  the  common  people  and  the  ignorant  will  become  the  source  from which  people  will  seek  knowledge  and  ask  questions.

Brothers and Sisters! Imam Ahmad, may  Allah  have  mercy  on  him,  knew  his  position  between  people  and  that  they followed  anything  he  said.  So,  during  the  trial (Fitnah),  when  some  people  claimed  that  the  Quran  was produced  and  created  and  is  not  one  of  the  qualities  of  Allah  implying  that  it  may  vanish,  one of  his  students  named  Al-Maruthi  came  to  him,  trying  to  convince  him  to  give  in  to  the bidding  of  the leader,  regarding  the  creation  of  the  Quran.  He  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon him  said:

“Allah  has  forbidden  the  killing  of  one’s  self.”

He,  may  Allah  have  mercy  on  him, responded:

“O  Maruthi!  Look  out  of  the  prison’s  window  and  tell  me  what  you  see.”

He looked  outside  and  saw  a  huge  crowd  of  people  who  were  holding  pens  and  papers;  he  then asked  them:

“What  are  you  doing  here?”

They  replied:

“We  are  waiting  to  see  Imam Ahmad’s  stance  regarding  the  issue  –  if  he  says  the  Quran  was  created,  we  will  write  that  it was  created,  and  if  he  says  otherwise,  we  will  write  that.”

Thereupon,  Imam  Ahmad,  may Allah  have  mercy  on  him, asked:

“O  Maruthi!  Do  you  want  me  to  misguide  all  these people?”

My Respected people! Imam Ibn Kathir,  may  Allah  have  mercy  on  him,  mentioned  a  story  of  a  scholar  by  the  name  of Wahb,  may  Allah  have  mercy  on  him.  During  his  time,  the  leader  of  the  believers (Amirul Mu’mineen) was  an  evil and wicked man,  who  forced  people  to  eat  pork;  thus,  people  were  terrified  of  this  king.  This  scholar,  on  the other  hand,  was  loved  and  followed  by  the  people. The  monarch  wanted  to  force  him  to  eat pork,  so  the  people felt sorry for the scholar; the commander-in-chief came up to him secretly, and suggested: “Slaughter a goat and  give  it  to  me  to  cook  it  for  you;  when  the  king  orders  us to  bring  pork  out,  I  will  bring  the  meat  of  the  goat,  which  is  Islamically  lawful,  and  you  can  eat from  it.  In  this  manner,  the  king  will  think  that  you  are  eating  pork  while  you  are  actually eating  lawful  goat  meat.” Hence, the scholar slaughtered a goat and gave it to the  commander, who  instructed  the  cooks  to  cook  it  instead  of  pork,  when  the  king  demands  meat  for  the scholar.  People  gathered  to  see  whether  or  not  the  scholar  will  eat  it  and  thought: “If  he  eats  it, we  will  as  well,  and  if  he  refrains,  we  will  abstain,  too.” When  the  king  came  and  ordered  that pork  be  cooked  and  given  to  the  scholar,  the  cooks  did  as  the  commander-in-chief  directed them  and  presented  the  cooked  goat  meat  instead. When  the  meat  was  in  front  of  the  scholar,  he started  saying  to  himself: “If  I  consume  this,  people  will  eat  pork,  not  knowing  that  I  am actually  eating  goat  meat,  for  these  people  do  not  know  that  it  is  not  pork;  and,  they  will  follow my  footsteps  and  I  will  bear  their  sins  on  the  Day  of  Resurrection.  I  swear  by  Allah,  I  will  not eat  it  even  if  they  kill  or  burn  me.” Thus,  the  scholar  refused  to  eat  it,  while  the  commander continued  to  convince  him  to  eat  it  and  that  it  is  truly  the  meat  of  the  goat  he  had  slaughtered with  his  own  hands.  The  king  commanded  him  to  eat  it  and  the  people  insisted  on  it,  as  well, but  he,  may  Allah  have  mercy  on  him, declined, so the leader sentenced him to death. When  he was  being  taken  to  be  executed,  the  commander-in-chief  asked  him: “Did  you  think  that  I deceived  you  and  brought  pork  instead?” He  answered:  “No,  I  knew  it  was  goat  meat,  but  I  was afraid  that  people  will  follow  my  footsteps  in  eating  pork  when  they  see  me  consuming  it,  not knowing  that  it  is  goat  meat.  Later  in  the  next  generation,  people  will  also  consume  it  because they  will  believe  that I did  too,  and  thus,  I  will  misguide  all  people.”  Subsequently,  he,  may Allah  have  mercy  on  him,  was  killed. After  citing  this  story,  Imam Ibn  Kathir,  may  Allah  have mercy  on  him,  pointed  out: “Islamic scholars  should  be  careful  from  erring,  because  their  mistakes may  lead  huge  numbers  of  their  followers  astray.”

Moreover, in our time, when ignorance has become prevalent,  clarifying the truth is critical and a great issue worthy of attention.

Servants of Allah! Now, under  what  circumstances  are  scholars  excused  for  not  clarifying  the  truth  or knowledge  and  not  declaring  a  particular  Islamic  ruling  to  people?

The  scholar  may  delay explanation  of  an  issue  in  the  following  cases:

1- When  he  is  asked  regarding  something  and  he  is  not  knowledgeable  about  it,  then  he  must say  that  he  does  not  know  the  answer.

2- If  the  scholar  believes  that  the  questioner  is  trying  to  rush  him  into  issuing  a  ruling,  then  he should  think  carefully  until  he  is  certain  of  what  he  will  state.

3- When  the  issue  being  inquired  about  did  not  take  place  yet  or  is  far  from  actually  occurring, like  a  question  being  posed  about  a  hypothetical  situation.

4- If  the  scholar  knows  that  the  inquirer  is  not  seeking  the  truth,  rather  he  wants  to  misuse  his statement  or  accept  his  words  only  if  he  likes  them  or  else  he  will  reject  them.

5- If  the  answer  leads  to  a  consequence  worse  than  not  replying,  like  the  case  with  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him),  who  did  not  demolish  the  Ka’abah  and  rebuild  it  upon  the foundation  of Prophet Ibrahim,  peace  be  upon  him,  because  people  were  new  in  Islam  then  and he  was  afraid  there  would  be  trouble  if he did so.

6- If  the  response  enjoined  something  that  was  more  than  what  people  can  handle,  like  the incident  when  the  Prophet (Peace be upon him) refused  to  allow  Mu’adh,  may Allah  be  pleased  with  him,  to  convey  his  following  words:

“The  right  of  the  slave  who worships  Allah  without  setting  partners  with  Him  is  to  be  admitted  into  Paradise  (by Allah)”,  saying  to  him:  “I  fear  that  they  will  rely  on  this  statement  (i.e.,  not  worship Allah)  if  they  hear  this.”

7- If  there  is  a  chance  of  being  tortured  or  killed  or  there  is  a  fear  of  that.  He  should  still  say  the truth  if  refraining  from  doing  so  results  in  misguiding  people;  and,  he  should  persevere  and die for the sake of Allah.

8- If  concealing  a  certain  matter  does  not  entail  that  people  will  become  unaware  of  something that  is  mandatory  for  them  to  know  about  Islam or about their condition;  an  example  of  this  is  the  case  of  Abu Hurairah,  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him,  who  suppressed  specific  details  regarding  the trials  before  the  Hour,  such  as  the  destruction  of  the  Ka’abah  before  the  Hour,  for  which people’s  minds  might  not  be  ready.

9- If  there  is  someone  who  is  more  knowledgeable  than  him  in  the  subject  questioned  about. On  the  other  hand,  there  are  improper  excuses,  such  as  fear  of  loss  of  one’s  job  or  status.

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim,  may  Allah  have  mercy  on  him, narrated that:

“I  debated  with  a  Christian  until  I influenced  him,  so  when  we  became  alone  in  the  room,  I  asked  him:  ‘What  prevents  you  from following  the  truth  now  that  you  know  it?’  He  replied:  ‘I  enjoy  control  over  my  followers,  their wives  and  wealth,  but  if  I  become  a  Muslim  I  will  be  requesting  people  for  money  since  I  am  not a  scholar  in  Islam.  Hence,  neither  would  I  keep  my  position  as  a  Christian,  nor  would  I become  a  leader  in  Islam,  and  no  one  can  accept  such  a  situation.’  I  asked:  ‘Do  you  think  that Allah  will  forsake  you  if  you  give  all  this  up  for  Him?  Moreover,  even  if  this  does  happen  to you  in  this  life,  at  least  you  will  be  rescued  from  Hell  in  the  Hereafter.’  The  Christian  said: ‘Just  drop  the  subject.’”

Brothers and Sisters! I ask Allah to assist us in living by the Quran and Sunnah. I pray He lets us recognise the truth for what it is and helps us to follow it, and that He lets us see falsehood for what it is and helps us to avoid it.

O Allah! Guide us and protect us from the causes of ignorance and destruction! Save us from the defects of ourselves! Cause the last of our deeds to be the best and most righteous! And forgive all of us.

My respected people! Anything good I have said in my today’s Khutbah (Sermon) is from Allah the Almighty, and any mistakes are my own and we seek refuge in Allah from giving wrong advice and from all forms of calamities and fitnah. And I ask Allah’s forgiveness if I stepped beyond bounds in anything I said or I do.

May Allah be praised; and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

With this I conclude my Khutbah (Sermon) and ask Allah, the Almighty and the Sublime, to forgive all of our sins. So seek his forgiveness, He is all forgiving and Most Merciful.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Safar 20, 1439 AH (November 10, 2017), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached through: +2348038289761.

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