After Khutbah Al Haajah:
Allah has blessed us with sending Muhammad (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam). He is the intemediary between Allah and his creation in delivering the message (which Allah gave him). And from what is specific to him is that he was sent to Allah of Mankind. Allah has said: “Say (O Muhammad) Oh people verily I am the Messenger of Allah to all of you”. And he has said in a Hadeeth that is agreed upon by Imam Al Bukhari and Imam Muslim: “And I was sent to all of mankind”. And he is the last of the Prophets sent to mankind, therefore there is no Prophet after him. Allah has said: “Muhammad is not the father of any of your men but he is the Messenger of Allah and the final of the Prophets”. And the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) has said: “There will be thirty liars after me, all of them will say that he is a Prophet and there is no Prophet after me”.
And he is the best of examples for whomsoever wishes to meet Allah and the last day. Allh has said: “There is in the Messenger of Allah the best of examples”. He was the best of examples in calling the people to Islam. Firstly, he called his people toward Tawheed and pleaded with them to leave off making Shirk with the creation (by worshipping them). He therefore started his da’wah with this matter because it is the greatest and most important matter according to Allah. Allah has said: “Verily Shirk is the greatest of all oppresion”. And Allah does not forgive those who have made Shirk with him and he has made the Jannah Haraam for those who have made Shirk with him.
And when the people of Shirk got angry and made fun of his religion what did he do? Did he kill them or fight war with them? Did he leave Makkah at first? No, rather he stayed in Makkah for 13 years calling toward Tawheed and being patient with the insults and lies of the people. Allah has said about him: “And if you were cruel and harsh hearted they would have ran away from you”. And he didn’t make Hijrah (emigration to Madinah) until they decided to kill him.
He then made Hijrah to Madinah and when he entered he made the Muhajireen and Ansaar brothers and sisters in Islam. He also nurtured them upon knowledge and action upon it and thereby they became the best of people after him. He was merciful and loving with the best of manners.
He was the greatest of examples in fighting Jihaad, He never used to fight anyone by surprising them,. Rather, first and foremost, he called them to single out Allah in worship. And when the two parties met on the battle field he was always on the front- line. He never killed women, children or the elderly. And he used to order his companions to not spare them.
He was the best of examples in his home and in secret. The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best of you are the best to his family”. He was loving to his family and merciful to his wives. He acted upon the statement of Allah: “O ye who believe safeguard yourselves and your family from the fire”. He used to teach them what is good and warn them against the evil.
Furthermore, he used to engage in prayer at the last third of the night and said (to Aisha) : “Shouldn’t I be a thankful slave?”. He never walked upon the earth with arrogance but rather he used to lower his wing to the believers. And he used to rely upon Allah with true reliance and he never was disturbed by what Allah destined for him because he knew that nothing would happen except if Allah willed it.
Oh Muslims, it is upon us to take this man as an example. For he is the Imam of all the Prophets and Muslims. It is upon us to follow him in secret and in the open by establishing Islam in public and in private. Unfortunately, some people establish Islam in the public but if they are with their family, their women and their children they do not put interest in them and treat them with the worst of treatment. And Allah’s help is sought.
Therefore fear Allah in secret and in the open. One of the Salaf has said pertaining to this: Do not be a friend of Allah in the open and be an enemy of his in secret. Also, a Muslim should not be an enemy of Allah’s in the open but he should fear him with true fear by doing what he has told us, staying away from what he has forbidden and not passing the bounds he has set for us.
The second Khutbah
Allah has said: “Say (O Muhammad) if you’ll love Allah then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, and Allah is the oft forgiving”. This verse shows the true love we should have for the Messenger (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) and is called the verse of examination by the scholars. The verse clearly shows that loving him means to obey him.
Therefore if your obedience to him is complete in secret and in the open then one has truly loved the Messenger (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam). And if his obedience is incomplete then his love is not complete. Verily, love for the Messenger (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) is not shown by celebrating his birthday, saying that he is living after he has died, or saying that he knows the unseen. Rather loving him is displayed by following him and having the utmost respect for his Sunnah.
The Messenger of Allah (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) has said: “No one of you truly believes until I am more loved to him than his parents, his children and all of mankind”. And this Hadeeth means that the Muslim puts his statement in front of the statement of everyone, whomsoever it may be. And the Muslim also puts the Messenger’s statements above his desires. He has said: “No one of you truly believes until his desire submits to what I have come with”.
Therefore, whomsoever puts his desires in either speech or action above obeying the speech of the Messenger (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) and following him in his actions and then claims that he loves the Messenger (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) then his claim is false.
And as a poet has said:
“And if your love was true you would have followed him
For verily the one who loves someone follows him”