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In the name of Allah

The All Compassionate, the All Merciful

14 Safar 1439 (3 November  2017)

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Sins in Islam- Part 11

As advised earlier, it has been revealed in Ayahs 46-48 of Surah Al-Shu′ara that as soon as the magicians, saw the miracle of Moses they prostrated in submission to Allah (s.w.t) and accepted the faith. Moreover, they categorically told Pharaoh when he threatened to kill them that they have nothing to fear for they will return to their Lord in any case and they hope and pray that their sins and transgressions will be forgiven because out of the entire gathering they were the first to believe as soon as reality became known to them.

 

This clearly denotes the fact that faith based on knowledge has a very strong impact on man for he remains steadfast and firmly holds on to the truth even in the face of death, like the way Imam Husain (a.s) laid down his life in Karbala for the cause of Islam. We should never grieve or be afraid to encounter whatever hardships and deprivations we may face on account of our belief and however strong and powerful the forces of falsehood may be. We should remind ourselves that there is in store for us a great reward, that is, the promise of paradise and that every blessing of this transient world is insignificant. Relevant Ayahs from the Quran are provided as follows:

 

  • Ayah 13 of Surah Al-Ahqaf: “Verily, those who say, ‘Our Lord is God’ and are firm on the right path, there shall be no fear for them nor shall they grieve.”
  • Ayah 30 of Surah Fussilat which says: “Verily, those who say, ‘Our Lord is God’ and remain on the right path the angels will descend on them (at the time of their death saying: ‘Fear not, nor grieve and receive the glad tidings of the garden which you were promised!”

 

I also quote below an extract from Sermon 189 as well as short saying No.458 respectively from the Nahjul Balagha which provides as follows:

 

  • “One belief is firm and steadfast in hearts, and one remains temporarily in the heart and the breast up to a certain time.”
  • “Belief means that you should prefer truth even if it harms you rather than falsehood even if it benefits you; your words should not be more than your actions and you should fear Allah when speaking about others.”

 

We should, therefore, bear in mind that faith is firm belief arising out of knowledge and unshakable conviction in the Unity of Allah (s.w.t), in His Attributes and revealed guidance. Moreover it invariably leads man to a life of obedience and submission to the Will of Allah (s.w.t), and anyone who lives this life of submission will be greatly rewarded.

 

Second Sermon

Aftermath of Ashura -Part 4

The residents of Sham (Damascus) were hostile to Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s) and his progeny as they were ruled by the Bani Umayyad for many years who had a great animosity towards Ali ibne Abi Talib (a.s.). Cursing Ali (a.s.) was particularly prevalent in Syria which was a practice promoted by Muawiyah and it was continued by the Umayyad for decades in the state-controlled mosques. In accordance with an official decree this vilification was part of the Friday congregational prayers in all mosques of the Umayyad caliphate where thousands of people would attend. Such vile acts were even carried out in the mosque of the Holy Prophet (s.a), and the Ahlul Bait as well as the progeny of Ali (a.s) bore witness to them. All the governors of Muawiyah, in their sermons and speeches would also revile and insult Ali (a.s). It has been reported that: “Ali Ibn Abi Talib was cursed on the pulpits of the east and west…” during the rule of Muawiyah. Yazid, like his father, Muawiyah, intensely disliked the Ahlul Bait and that is also why he killed Imam Husain (a.s) in Karbala inhumanely, held his family in captivity and showed no remorse.

 

When the Ahlul Bait of Imam Husain (a.s) arrived in Damascus, there was an open invitation for people to attend the famous Jamie mosque where Yazid ordered the speaker to curse Imam Husain (a.s) and his family. However, Imam Zainul Abedin (a.s) seized the opportunity and delivered a great and unique sermon, extracts from which I had quoted last week that changed everything. He addressed the people and informed them as follows:

 

  • The special status of the progeny of the Holy Prophet (s.a).
  • His relationship with the Holy Prophet (a.s).
  • The heinous crime committed by the Umayyad rulers, in particular by Yazid and his government. To be continued

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