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29 July 2016

Al-Anah as The Third Pillar of Hikmah

  • In our excitement to witness the outcome of our efforts, we sometimes rush through something. We need to realise that not all our goals and objectives can be achieved within a short period of time. It is impossible for us to pluck the fruits from the tree that we have just planted for a day. This is the cycle of life that has to be experienced by every human.
  • I would like to put forth three steps that we can apply in our lives that will help us to instil the character of al-Anah in ourselves. The first step is to always do something in stages or tadarruj. The second step is ensuring that the effort we want to undertake is proportionate to our abilities, and is within our means. The last step that we can consider is to cleverly balance between the benefits that we want to gain and the difficulties that will arise from our effort.
  • In our efforts to develop the traits of hikmah, Al-Hilm or politeness as well as Al-Anah or calmness, we need to be equipped with knowledge. Let us increase our efforts in reading and studying the many books, and make it a habit to read extensively. At the same time, seek guidance from trained and accredited teachers. May Allah s.w.t. make it easy for us to adorn ourselves with Al-Anah in our actions and speech. And hopefully by doing so, we are able to follow the footsteps of our beloved Prophet s.a.w.
Khutbah Title Al-Anah as The Third Pillar of Hikmah (PDF) [29 July 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Al-Anah as The Third Pillar of Hikmah [29 July 2016 ]


22 July 2016

Al-Hilm as The Second Pillar of Hikmah

  • There are many ways for us to gain Allah’s love. One of it is to adorn ourselves with the two traits; Al-Hilm and Al-Anah. Al-Hilm means being able to control one’s anger, even when one is able to retaliate. Al-Hilm also means one is able to always control one’s emotions and actions when faced with a frustrating situation. Al-Anah means not being hasty and being calm in doing things.
  • The importance of Al-Hilm cannot be denied. Today, we see that many people resort to using harsh and rude words when expressing their opinions, especially on social media platforms such as Facebook. Realise that at times, our hurdle is not the lack of information or knowledge about the matter, but it is rather due to the lack of appropriateness and sensitivity in our method when advising someone of their mistake. Hence, appreciate hikmah and Al-Hilm in both our online and offline interactions.
Khutbah Title Al-Hilm as The Second Pillar of Hikmah (PDF) [22 July 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Al-Hilm as The Second Pillar of Hikmah [22 July 2016 ]


15 July 2016

Al-Ilm as The First Pillar of Hikmah

  • In last week’s sermon, we have discussed about one aspect of hikmah. Today, let us continue to learn the other aspects of having hikmah.
  • Imam Sufyan al-Thauri rahimahullah said: "One should not call upon others to goodness and prevent harm unless one has these three traits. First: Gentleness when asking and gentleness when forbidding. Second: Being just when asking and just when forbidding. And third: Has knowledge about what he is asking others to do and has knowledge about what he is forbidding others from doing."
Khutbah Title Al-Ilm as The First Pillar of Hikmah (PDF) [15 July 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Al-Ilm as The First Pillar of Hikmah [15 July 2016 ]


8 July 2016

Enhancing Our Understanding of the Meaning of Wisdom as mentioned in the Quran

  • Two Important matters when spreading the message of Islam:- 1) Our objective should be for Allah, and we do good deeds to please Him and to gain his mercy. 2) to do it with wisdom and contemplating on the most effective approach.
  • According to scholars, one is successful in achieving hikmah when one is able to place something in its place accordingly.
  • Realise that those who commit mistakes because of ignorance do not fall within the same category as those who commit a mistake when they already know that it is wrong. Sometimes the situation calls for a person to be firm, and at times, a gentle approach is more effective.
  • If he feels there is a need to discuss and debate certain matters, then Islam allows for this but there are conditions to be observed. One must choose his words wisely, be conscious of his actions, body language, and managing his emotions when presenting his arguments and evidences. The final objective is not to determine the winner and loser. The objective that we are all striving for is to find the truth and to guide others to the path of God. This is the pinnacle of adab practised by the scholars when they faced issues of ikhtilaf.
Khutbah Title Enhancing Our Understanding of the Meaning of Wisdom as mentioned in the Quran (PDF) [8 July 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Enhancing Our Understanding of the Meaning of Wisdom as mentioned in the Quran [8 July 2016 ]


6 July 2016

Aidilfitri Sermon - Ramadan Building Confidence And Unity

  • We are urged to contemplate and appreciate the good deeds that we have done throughout Ramadan.
  • Ramadan has taught us the importance to be just in dealing with non-fundamental issues, and to avoid arrogance – even if we feel that we hold the correct opinion on the matter. In fact, we should also be fair and honest in discussing the merits and strengths of differing opinions. Being fair and just will lead to greater understanding and love, help to extinguish any flames of fitnah, and being just will definitely unite the ummah.
  • The comprehensiveness of practising Islam is not dependent on the establishment of a Caliphate or an Islamic State. Muslims in Singapore are not of lesser iman because of the country they live in. This has been supported by early Islamic history where the companions of the Prophet s.a.w. chose to stay on in Habsyah, which was not an Islamic state. And this is the kind of religiosity that we want to nurture in ensuring that Muslims generation will continue to prosper for generations to come, no matter where they are.
  • Although the Muslim community in Singapore is a minority community, the community has successfully contributed to the prosperity of the larger society. Some of our contributions include strengthening the peace and understanding between the different faith groups, as pioneered by Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddique who set up the Inter Religious Organisation (IRO) in 1949. Such laudable initiatives must be continued, but at the same time, our community today would need to ride the current waves and define our own realities and future.
  • It is our duty to strongly reject this ideology of violence, and also to reject all teachings that sow the seeds of hatred towards others, whether they share our faith or are from a different faith.
Khutbah Title Aidilfitri Sermon - Ramadan Building Confidence And Unity (PDF) [6 July 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Aidilfitri Sermon - Ramadan Building Confidence And Unity [6 July 2016 ]


1 July 2016

Hoping For Allah’s Acceptance

  • Among the traits and attitudes of a true believer (mukmin) is a deep appreciation for all of Allah’s blessings. Among the most valuable blessings from Allah s.w.t. to His servant is age and time. There are repeated reminders in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet s.a.w. on the value of time and age, and how these gifts will not last forever. And this is also why there are constant reminders that death is definite. These are not meant to scare us; instead, it is meant to shape our character and our souls to be believers of strong religious resilience, who constantly strive to be the best and to contribute to the best of our abilities with the time given to us by God.
  • This is the essence of Islamic teachings; that every Muslim must learn to appreciate the time that Allah s.w.t. has bestowed upon him. He should also be one who strives to bring about positive changes throughout his life. The more one remembers of the realities of life and the impending death, the more one will make every effort to ensure that the opportunities given by Allah are not put to waste. Take a moment to reflect how we have spent this Ramadan. Do we feel that we have given our very best this Ramadan? Have we succeeded in training ourselves to control our desires.
  • Even if we feel that we have fulfilled Allah’s command to perform good deeds throughout Ramadan, each and every mukmin seeks Allah’s acceptance of his deeds. There is no guarantee that our deeds will be accepted by Allah, until the moment we meet Him. This is a trait and akhlak of a mukmin towards his Lord. He does not allow for any room within himself to feel even a hint of arrogance and pride towards Allah s.w.t., and bows in complete submission to Him. May Allah s.w.t. accept all of our deeds. And may Allah place us and our families among those who are bestowed with His mercy, given His maghfirah and released from the clutches of hellfire.
Khutbah Title Hoping For Allah’s Acceptance (PDF) [1 July 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Hoping For Allah’s Acceptance [1 July 2016 ]


24 June 2016

Enlivening the Last Nights of Ramadan

  • It feels like it was only yesterday that we felt a strong yearning to usher in the blessed month of Ramadan. And suddenly, Ramadan is almost leaving us. Whether we realise it or otherwise, we will soon be left with only the last ten nights of Ramadan. This means that we have to increase our efforts to reap the many opportunities presented in this month – from seeking for forgiveness and cleansing ourselves of our past sins and mistakes. No matter how busy with are with work and other commitments in life, we need to realise that the sustenance (rizq) that we gain belongs to Allah and is a gift from Him.
  • Let us strive to ensure that we are always close to Allah s.w.t. and that Allah s.w.t. is also close to us. We should know that the path towards Allah s.w.t. is straight and clear. When we feel in our hearts, the desire to return to Him and to seek repentance from Him, then that very moment is when our journey to bring ourselves closer to Allah begins. Hence, plant the intention to improve our relationship with Allah s.w.t., especially in these last ten nights of Ramadan. Do not forgo the golden opportunity to seek Lailatul Qadar. Let us increase our acts of worship and good deeds in the last ten nights and let us strive to attain the night where mercy and forgiveness are bestowed upon every servant who spends it in worship and prayer.
  • We do not know if this is our last Ramadan in this world. We do not know if we, or our families, will be able to fast, pray terawih and pray together in the next Ramadan. Hence, just as how we are excited with Eidulfitri preparations, we should be more excited and diligent to reap the merits of Lailatul Qadr and Ramadan. May Allah s.w.t. grant us the opportunity in this Ramadan to cleanse our souls and our wealth, so that it may bring us peace and prosperity in this world and the hereafter.
Khutbah Title Enlivening the Last Nights of Ramadan (PDF) [24 June 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Enlivening the Last Nights of Ramadan [24 June 2016 ]


17 June 2016

Achieving The Objective of Fasting

  • This is a holy month, a month of goodness, and a month of doing Al-Ma’ruf. Ramadan is the perfect opportunity for us to ensure that our ties with the community are maintained. This is what it means by achieving taqwa. Taqwa motivates us to find opportunities to do good, spread ihsan and help those who are in need. If we take a step back and reflect upon our acts of worship or ibadah throughout Ramadan, they are meant to develop our taqwa. We endure thirst and hunger in the day, so that we can try to develop empathy for those who are less fortunate than us.
  • The same goes for paying zakat fitrah in this month. Its aim is to ensure that we share our wealth with those who are in need. And let us ensure that we do not waste food and indulge in wastage in our spending – whether it is for breaking of our fast, or in our household spending. When we buy too much food, the excess ends up being thrown away. Yet, we all know that at this moment, there are thousands of refugees who are homeless, without a roof or decent shelter over their heads, no food to feed their hungry families and no clean clothes.
  • Grab the opportunity of this blessed month to strive to achieve that level of taqwa. Build our relationship and ihsan to Allah s.w.t. and at the same time, develop ihsan (compassion) for others. Make this Ramadan, the Ramadan where we change ourselves, shape our character and values. Let’s make this Ramadan a Ramadan that will have a positive impact on our lives; not one that leaves us without us having changed for the better. Rasulullah s.a.w. once reminded us that the biggest losers are those who left Ramadan with their sins unforgiven, and those who left Ramadan without having grabbed the merits of this month. Hopefully as we strive to gain the merits in this month, we are able to share its beauty with our family members, and at the same time, develop a harmonious and loving family that is obedient to Allah s.w.t.
Khutbah Title Achieving The Objective of Fasting (PDF) [17 June 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Achieving The Objective of Fasting [17 June 2016 ]


10 June 2016

Instilling Values in Our Family Through Acts of Worship

  • With the coming of Ramadan and at a time when every Muslim is motivated to bring himself closer to Allah, one should also think of how to leverage on this month to close any gaps in one’s relationship with one’s family. We do not want to be among those who are diligent in performing acts of worship, fasting, performing terawih prayers throughout Ramadan, steadfastly seeking Allah’s forgiveness and His paradise, yet we are fighting with our family members, breaking the ties that bind us together, or not speaking to one another, be it between siblings, parents or parent and children.
  • This is a mistake of those who are fasting. When we allow for ties of kinship to be broken without any efforts to repair them, then it is feared that it will cause us to trip and fall at the gates of Allah’s Paradise. Ramadan is the perfect opportunity for us to strengthen our relations with our family members. This is because, it is a tradition for Muslims here to meet up and break our fasts together with family members, friends and neighbours. After that, they will pray together and perform terawih prayers together.
  • For those of us who have ended our relationships with others, this is also a good time to rekindle that relationship. By having good, strong relationships with our family, it will contribute to our internal happiness. This is because a person who is happy at home will be full of determination at work and school. Grab the opportunity presented to us in this blessed month to strengthen family relations as it will bring benefits to us as individuals as well as a community, and at the same help maintain the harmony of the country.
Khutbah Title Instilling Values in Our Family Through Acts of Worship (PDF) [10 June 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Instilling Values in Our Family Through Acts of Worship [10 June 2016 ]


3 June 2016

Ramadan: The Month for Building Spiritual Resilience

  • In just a matter of days, we will be welcoming the month of Ramadan; the month of barakah, rewards and forgiveness. It is a month that is aimed at nurturing our takwa, awakening our spirit of worship and heightening our iman which may have faded after Ramadan left last year.
  • With the start of Ramadan, we will also start an act of worship that is very special as it is not made compulsory in the other months – and that is the act of fasting. From the moment we start fasting, we are in a strategic position to increase our rank in Allah’s sight.
  • While we are fasting and desiring Allah’s paradise, do not do anything that may cause us to trip and fall upon reaching the doors of Paradise. Many among us fast but we neglect the seemingly small matters that might seem unimportant but actually have a important consequences.
Khutbah Title Ramadan: The Month for Building Spiritual Resilience (PDF) [3 June 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Ramadan: The Month for Building Spiritual Resilience [3 June 2016 ]


27 May 2016

Spreading the Message of Mercy

  • For past consecutive weeks, the Friday sermons have been discussing about relationships with others, Muslims and non-Muslims. This week, Friday sermon would share the importance of spreading the message of mercy. When interacting with others, let us emulate the character of Rasulullah s.a.w who was merciful and brought blessings to the universe. Let us be a Muslim community that is exemplary in our deeds and actions. Let us ensure that our speech and actions are gracious and respectful, and let us not allow for bad manners and demeanour to hide the beauty of the true teachings of Islam.
  • As Ramadan approaches, we are reminded that this is the time when the community is more active in organising and taking part in various welfare activities. Let us make it a personal goal to radiate blessings and mercy to every single person who interacts with us, no matter their religion or race. Hopefully it will be a catalyst for lasting peace, understanding and mutual respect. So let us pray to Allah to make us agents of peace. Seek from Allah that he places the key to peace in our hands, and in our future generations.
Khutbah Title Spreading the Message of Mercy (PDF) [27 May 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Spreading the Message of Mercy [27 May 2016 ]


20 May 2016

Interactions with Fellow Muslims

  • We are now in the month of Syaaban, a month where we should be planning how we would welcome and spend our time in the blessed month of Ramadan. We will be facing many new experiences this Ramadan. Among the beautiful experiences that await us this Ramadan is the link between the relationship of a servant with his Lord and his relationship with fellow humankind. This cannot be separated and must come hand-in-hand.
  • Thus, we must realise that as a person gets closer to Allah, he will also bring himself closer to others. And the reverse also holds true- as we tighten the bonds with others, we are also bringing ourselves closer to Allah.
  • Scholars of the past have left behind a very valuable treasure of knowledge. Through this heritage, we can see that they were diligent and worked really hard in their ijtihad to offer solutions to complex issues and challenges that faced the community during their time, bearing in mind the environment and situation then. It cannot be denied that in the past, scholars had differences of opinions and spirited debates on issues). However, in facing differences of opinions within Muslims (intra-Faith), what is needed is maturity and not emotions, as well as love and not hatred.
Khutbah Title Interactions with Fellow Muslims (PDF) [20 May 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Interactions with Fellow Muslims [20 May 2016 ]


13 May 2016

Manners When Interacting With Non-Muslims

  • This week’s sermon will expand on these reminders, focusing on our interactions and communications with non-Muslims. When Muslims interact with non-Muslims, they should remember and abide by Allah’s reminders. One of these important reminders is: Appreciating and recognising a person’s freedom of religion.
  • Islam does not allow for one to be forced into the religion, in fact, Islam emphasises respecting one another. Hence, on the same note, Allah forbids us from insulting others’ beliefs and faiths. It is not the way of a Muslim to insult nor make fun of the beliefs of others because it will not bring about any benefits to Islam. Islam was revealed to guide humankind to the truth.
  • We have to hold true to the Islamic principle of spreading peace and harmony. This should be reflected in our speech and action. By holding on to this principle, we will always love peace, tranquility, and be willing to extend our hand to those who love prosperity for all.
Khutbah Title Manners When Interacting With Non-Muslims (PDF) [13 May 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Manners When Interacting With Non-Muslims [13 May 2016 ]


6 May 2016

Developing Good Relations with Others

  • If we reflect deeply upon the verses of Al-Quran, it will definitely inspire us to think. It will also move our hearts to ponder upon Allah’s greatness – how He creates everything with so much beauty and intricacy. However, many of us tend to overlook another aspect of diversity when interacting with others. We tend to forget that humans hold on to different beliefs and principles.
  • Our reading, or assessment, of our inter-faith and intra-faith interactions will greatly influence our reactions and behaviors. If we are guided and careful, then the community becomes stronger and united. But if we are filled with hatred, anger and emotions, we would lose the mercy in our hearts; and this is a great loss for the community.
  • That was a brief insight into our religion’s teachings on human relations. If what we see happening around us today differs from the religious guidance that we have been taught, then the one who is at fault is the doer and not Islam as a religion.
Khutbah Title Developing Good Relations with Others (PDF) [6 May 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Developing Good Relations with Others [6 May 2016 ]


29 April 2016

Being Humble Towards Allah s.w.t

  • We’ve discussed quite a bit about tawadhu or humility in the earlier sermons. Besides being humble with others, the most important aspect of tawadhu that we need to embrace and appreciate is humility to Allah s.w.t. When we are humble to Allah s.w.t. – lowering our hearts and ourselves to Allah - then we will be better servants of Allah s.w.t, with more piety in our hearts.
  • Hence, as we strive to achieve our goals in life, we should never forget to put our trust and dependence on Allah s.w.t.
Khutbah Title Being Humble Towards Allah s.w.t (PDF) [29 April 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Being Humble Towards Allah s.w.t [29 April 2016 ]


22 April 2016

Humility in Performing Good Deeds

  • A person may seem ordinary, but only Allah s.w.t. knows his real status in the eyes of Allah. We may be deceived by what is displayed outwardly, but Allah is All-Knowing on what is made seen and hidden by each individual. Hence, we should never judge others based on what we see. What we should be doing instead is to pray for the best for them in our shared journey of seeking Allah’s pleasure and blessings.
  • If we cannot guarantee our own state of iman, then who are we to look down upon others and judge them for the mistakes they make and Who are we to dismiss their deeds and make light of it. They may change and become far better people that we have and ever will be. We must assume the best of Allah, and that He will not dismiss the good deeds of His servants. At the same time, every mukmin must continue to seek Allah’s mercy and help because only Allah The All-Knowing is aware of how everything will end.
Khutbah Title Humility in Performing Good Deeds (PDF) [22 April 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Humility in Performing Good Deeds [22 April 2016 ]


15 April 2016

Developing Humility Through Acts of Rituals

  • When we really contemplate on the rituals that we perform daily, we will realise that these acts can actually inspire humility, and eliminate pride and selfishness.
  • One of these rituals is our solat or prayers. For example, at the point when we raise both our hands to make takbir, that is when we have to temporarily leave behind all our assets, our social status, our career, skills and expertise. This is because this is the moment when we have to face the ultimate Possessor or Al-Maalik.
  • All of these which I have mentioned above serve to remind us to not be boastful, and to remember that all blessings and praises belong to Allah s.w.t. who is Ar-Razzaaq.
 
Khutbah Title Developing Humility Through Acts of Rituals (PDF) [15 April 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Developing Humility Through Acts of Rituals [15 April 2016 ]


8 April 2016

Humility Is an Islamic Virtue

  • This week’s Friday sermon would like to emphasis on humility. Without humility, arrogance and ego will overcome us and this will harm ourselves and others. In fact, humility is the key towards avoiding animosity and oppression among humankind.
  • We should constantly reflect upon ourselves and look deep into our hearts. Think about our actions toward Allah s.w.t. as well as our actions toward others; watch our words on social media, and seek the advice and honest evaluation from those closest to us.
  • Humility is the key not just in being well-liked and accepted by others, but also to gain Allah’s pleasure. A humble person will be more easily welcomed by others and this will open doors to more opportunities to do good. By being tawadhu’ we will be employees and colleagues who are open to criticisms, and even actively asking for them in order to improve ourselves. It will also make one a head of family that is more beloved to his family because we are able to seek forgiveness easily when we are in the wrong and improve the situation, which an arrogant and egoistic person is unwilling to do.
 
Khutbah Title Humility Is an Islamic Virtue (PDF) [8 April 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Humility Is an Islamic Virtue [8 April 2016 ]


1 April 2016

Being Humble in Knowledge

  • I would like to implore all of you to reflect upon the story of Prophet Musa a.s.. who was asked to learn from Prophet Khidir a.s. Despite being a Prophet of Allah, he never felt that his knowledge was sufficient and he did not stop seeking and learning when he was told that there was someone else who knew what he did not know.
  • This story tells us that no matter how knowledgeable and learned we think we are, Allah s.w.t. knows even more for He is the All-Knowing, and that human’s knowledge is limited.
  • Let us emulate Prophet Musa a.s. in his humility in seeking knowledge.
 
Khutbah Title Being Humble in Knowledge (PDF) [1 April 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Being Humble in Knowledge [1 April 2016 ]


25 March 2016

Being Just to Ourselves

  • In the past weeks, we discussed the need to be fair to others and all of Allah’s creations, and not to oppress others. We also should not forget that we should not be unjust towards ourselves.
  • According to scholars of tafsir, such as Imam Ibn Kathir and Imam Al-Tabari, “to wrong ourselves” means to disobey Allah, and to “not fulfil the rights and responsibilities made obligatory upon him.”
  • Hence, let us reflect upon our lives thoroughly. Let us ensure that we are just to ourselves, our families, other creations and most importantly, to Allah s.w.t.
Khutbah Title Being Just to Ourselves (PDF) [25 March 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Being Just to Ourselves [25 March 2016 ]


18 March 2016

Implement Justice, Fulfil the Rights Among Human Beings

  • Jemaah, the Quran reminds us that the importance of upholding justice should not be blinded by our love for someone.
  • Sadly, today we see how some people will defend and condone those who are of the same religious views as them, or from the same group of friends, even if the person is doing something wrong. For example, if he sees a friend shaming, even insulting and oppressing another person of a different religious view, instead of reminding his friend not to do so, he defends and upholds the opinion of his friend.
  • This is not in line with what Islam teaches us. If our friend is in the wrong, then we have to help him by correcting him.
Khutbah Title Implement Justice, Fulfil the Rights Among Human Beings (PDF) [18 March 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Implement Justice, Fulfil the Rights Among Human Beings [18 March 2016 ]


11 March 2016

Doing Justice Towards Allah’s Blessings

  • As we have discussed in last week’s sermon about the need to act justly, justice demands that we place something accordingly and to honour its rights. This week’s sermon about the need to doing justice towards Allah’s blessings. One of the biggest blessings from Allah which we may tend to overlook, is the blessing of natural resources, specifically water.
  • Perhaps we have forgotten the blessing of clean water because of the ease we have here in our country. Because of this ease, we tend to take for granted that water is such a huge gift from Allah not just to serve the basic necessities of life, but also for the purposes of worship such as making wudhu'. We hardly experience water rationing or the difficulty of having access to clean water for drinking. Remember that every drop of water is in fact a drop of life.
  • In line with Islam’s call to appreciate the blessing of having water, we should also strive to uphold the sunnah of Rasulullah s.a.w. by using water wisely and prudently. We need develop a deep appreciation of the blessings of water and start instilling good water-saving habits in ourselves, our children, other family members. Know that every effort that we undertake in trying to save water is an honourable act in the sight of Allah, and contributes towards efforts of sustaining the world.
Khutbah Title Doing Justice Towards Allah’s Blessings (PDF) [11 March 2016 ]
Khutbah Title Doing Justice Towards Allah’s Blessings [11 March 2016 ]


4 March 2016

The Importance of Being Just

  • Sometimes, without us realising it, parents favour one child over others and this results in hatred, resentment and even vengefulness amongst siblings. It may also affect the parent-child relationship and may cause the children to feel as if they have been side-lined and are not good enough for the parents. This may affect the child’s self-esteem, and may hamper his or her mental and emotional development.
  • Justice demands that we put matters in its rightful place and to honour the accorded rights of every soul. By not upholding justice, we are creating room for cruelty and other oppressive traits to take place. Justice demands that we do what is right, not what we necessarily want or desire. Justice demands that we be courageous and tenacious in upholding the truth.
  • When Islam commands every believer to act justly, it is demanding justice in every aspect of the believer’s life – his actions, speech, relationships and so on. We are also taught that justice is not limited only towards humans, but also to all of Allah’s creations, and that will be discussed further during the Friday sermons throughout this month.
Khutbah Title The Importance of Being Just (PDF) [4 March 2016 ]
Khutbah Title The Importance of Being Just [4 March 2016 ]


26 February 2016

Syukur: Utilising Our Blessings Responsibly

  • For the past few weeks we have been reminded of the importance of being grateful – it gives us the strength and resilience to carry on with our lives. Being grateful also ensures that we do not forget Allah, the Bestower of all these blessings or nikmat.
  • As we have previously discussed, true gratitude is when we use the blessings and gifts bestowed upon us to always be of service to Him, and to bring ourselves closer to Him. let us thus ponder carefully: to what extent have we used the blessings we are bestowed with for good causes, as compared to the blessings that we are still taking for granted.
  • However, do remember that just as how our time here in this world is numbered, the blessings Allah has given us are also not eternal. It is not too late for each and every one of us here to reflect upon our lives, take stock, plan and make changes to our lifestyle. This is to ensure that every nikmat that we have been given – whether it is the blessing of age, wealth, family, nature, health and peace in our country – will be fully and responsibly maximised.
Khutbah Title Syukur: Utilising Our Blessings Responsibly (PDF) [26 February 2016]
Khutbah Title Syukur: Utilising Our Blessings Responsibly [26 February 2016]


19 February 2016

The Importance of Being Grateful When Facing Trials

  • For the past few weeks, we has been discussing the importance of being grateful for the blessings that we have enjoyed. When we mention the word “blessings” or nikmat we will think of happiness, ease, and life’s comforts. However, we realise that life is not one that is free of sadness, disappointments and trials. However, no matter what happens or whatever the situation one faces, a true believer (mukmin) will strive to remain positive.
  • When we are tested with trials, be thankful for it is a sign that Allah still loves us. As humankind, if we were to continuously enjoy wealth, comfort, and ease in our affairs, we will easily become complacent and forget the need to be close to Allah. Thus, at times Allah tests us. And it is through His tests that we will realise the need to return to Him, to prostrate in submission to Him, seeking His help.
  • For example, if Allah is currently testing us with family problems, then we should remember that the Prophets themselves faced challenges and problems with their families. Hence, if Allah is testing us, be assured that it is indeed a nikmat, and holds many amazing rewards because the prophets too were tested by Allah s.w.t. But that doesn’t mean that we just sit around and do nothing about it, we have to strive to find a solution.
Khutbah Title The Importance of Being Grateful When Facing Trials (PDF) [19 February 2016]
Khutbah Title The Importance of Being Grateful When Facing Trials [19 February 2016]


12 February 2016

Gratitude Leads To Calmness

  • This week’s Friday sermon would like to share about sense of gratitude. A deep sense of gratitude will not only inspire and motivate a person to do good deeds and spread kindness, but it will also bring about a sense of peace and tranquillity in a person. In being grateful, we need to always count and reflect upon the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon us. In fact, every time when we are overcome with sadness, disappointment and despair, we should recall each and every blessing that Allah has given us.
  • We should realise that gratitude begins by repeatedly recounting the blessing and reminding ourselves of it. This is done with the hope that it will not only bring about gratitude, but also a sense of “Qana’ah” which is feeling content with what has been given to us and realising that it is enough. Often we do not feel satisfied with the material wealth that we already own, and thus this leads to a sense of displeasure and anxiety.
  • Hence, we should make it a point to take time and reflect upon the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon us. Among the blessings that we should always appreciate is that we have our family with us. Appreciate our spouse and our children as long as we have been given the opportunity to do so. Look at their faces, witness their actions, and remember how they continue to bring much joy in our lives. That is the nikmat from Allah that we sometimes often overlook.
Khutbah Title Gratitude Leads To Calmness (PDF) [12 February 2016]
Khutbah Title Gratitude Leads To Calmness [12 February 2016]


5 February 2016

Understanding The True Meaning Of Gratitude

  • We often catch ourselves saying “Alhamdulillah”. We do so as it reminds us of the concept of gratitude, and to always be grateful to Allah, The Giver. Unfortunately, at times, because of how easily we utter “Alhamdulillah” to the point that it has become habitual, we may start taking for granted the underlying concept of gratitude and its importance in lifting our spirit and developing our potential.
  • It is this trait that drove Rasulullah s.a.w. to wake up in the wee hours of the night and stand in prayer until his legs were swollen. And it is gratitude that gave Prophet Muhammad the strength and determination to diligently offer tahajjud prayers. Even Prophet s.a.w. been promised Paradise and all of the privileges in the Hereafter by Allah. Those who have acquired a special status in the sight of Allah, we would learn that their acts of worship were not done because they felt they were compelled to do so. It was also not because of their desire to earn a special place. Because if that was what they were aiming for, they would surely stop striving once they were guaranteed Paradise. However, the reason they performed their acts of worship is out of gratitude for all of the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon them.
  • It is such attitude that we have to instil in ourselves. We do so not simply because it is obligatory upon us to perform our prayers, but we prostate to Allah out of gratitude; to thank Him for blessing us with health, family, iman, and sustenance. This short introduction on the value of gratitude which we will continue to discuss for the rest of this month and may Allah make us among those who are grateful of Him, because of Him.
Khutbah Title Understanding The True Meaning Of Gratitude (PDF) [5 February 2016]
Khutbah Title Understanding The True Meaning Of Gratitude [5 February 2016]


29 January 2016

Developing good values as a fortress for ourselves

  • Throughout this month, we have been discussing the virtue of forgiveness. Let us instil in ourselves a deep appreciation of the noble values taught by Rasulullah s.a.w. These basic values should constitute the foundations of our religious life. It is hoped that these would help us develop a forgiving heart; one that is in control of its desires and emotions, one that aspires for peace and the greater good, and appreciates good relations between humankind.
  • Without forgiveness and compassion, we become harsh and rigid. When harshness and rigidity start taking root in us, we begin to hate. When we hate, we might begin to isolate ourselves and reject other views and perspectives. When this happens, we may become susceptible to ideologies that promote hatred and violence.
  • Many events of late have affected people’s perceptions of our religion. We thus have a big task ahead of us to rectify this situation and reclaim the image of Islam. We have a growing responsibility to not allow insidious influences from penetrating into our community and cause chaos and disunity. One of our most crucial role is to safeguard peace and prosperity.
Khutbah Title Developing good values as a fortress for ourselves (PDF) [29 January 2016]
Khutbah Title Developing good values as a fortress for ourselves [29 January 2016]


22 January 2016

The value of forgiveness and Shariah

  • This week, we are still on the topic of forgiveness. As we have discussed in the previous sermons, forgiveness is closely related to ihsan or compassion. And ihsan brings about excellence. As Muslims, we strive hard to become individuals or insan who are able to achieve excellence, individuals who uphold noble values, and thus a community of excellence. Have we truly understood the value of forgiving others in our lives?
  • Forgiveness is also an approach that is encouraged by Islam in dealing with issues faced by the community. Hence, Islam has no relations whatsoever to any form of violence. Remember jemaah, any form of violence is a reflection of internal violence- not just harsh manners and actions, but also violent acts that cause death, injuries and bloodshed.
  • These are some of the challenges that our community is currently facing. Let us return to the true and beautiful values taught by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
Khutbah Title The value of forgiveness and Shariah (PDF) [22 January 2016]
Khutbah Title The value of forgiveness and Shariah [22 January 2016]


15 January 2016

Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness

  • This week’s sermon, will discuss about forgiveness. As we have heard last week, forgiveness is a rabbani characteristic. This means, it comes directly from Allah s.w.t. However, not everyone seeks Allah’s forgiveness, or feel the need to be granted His forgiveness.
  • For those who understand the meaning of weaknesses in oneself, they will feel that attaining Allah’s forgiveness is more valuable than anything else in the world. Allah’s forgiveness is of utmost importance for His servants and He is always giving us the opportunity to seek His forgiveness, and the door to His forgiveness is always wide open.
  • We need to understand this matter well. It is a principle and foundation of our religion. Forgiveness comes before anything else. However, we often hear and see some people portraying Islamic law and teaching in a manner that is devoid of forgiveness. It is as if violence, revenge, torment and punishment are synonymous to Islam.
Khutbah Title Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness (PDF) [15 January 2016]
Khutbah Title Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness [15 January 2016]


8 January 2016

The Value of Forgiveness in Islam

  • Mistakes and wrongdoings are reminders that as humans, we are not perfect. But does Allah s.w.t. want us to remain as such? No. In fact, Allah s.w.t. wants the shortcomings that caused one to make mistakes, to be replaced by good deeds. Allah wants mistakes to be mended and corrected. He wants hurt to be permanently removed.
  • The way to make up for our shortcomings and imperfections is through forgiving. Forgiveness is therefore a sacred act. It originates from Allah s.w.t., taught and exemplified by Allah himself, for He is most generous with His forgiveness toward His creations. Therefore as Muslims, forgiveness is not a strange concept. We often seek forgiveness from one another, especially during festive seasons. This is a very important practice in life, and not just a seasonal practice.
  • When we choose to forgive, we have managed to overcome our emotions and control our desires. In a sense, we have obtained victory over our own nafs, which is also the objective we seek to achieve through the many acts of worship we are recommended to perform. To forgive is not the same as being weak. In fact, forgiveness reflects strength. Because when you forgive, you are able to control your feelings and anger, which is the most difficult human desire to overcome.
Khutbah Title The Value of Forgiveness in Islam (PDF) [8 January 2016]
Khutbah Title The Value of Forgiveness in Islam [8 January 2016]


1 January 2016

Noble Values From The Life of Rasulullah

  • We are still in the blessed month of Rabiulawal, the month that was graced by the birth of our beloved messenger, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. Hence, it is fitting for us to continue to be grateful to Allah s.w.t. for making us among the ummah of Rasulullah s.a.w. A true servant of Allah and an ummah that is truly grateful will reflect upon and understand the main objective Allah s.w.t. sent Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
  • Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. was sent as a light to shine the path of safety and bring happiness to all aspects of life. In fact, Rasulullah’s entire life is an example of it. If we study the surah or history of the Prophet s.a.w. we will find that every aspect of his life was filled with lessons and guidance for us.
  • Thus, we have to truly understand and reflect upon the values taught to us by Rasulullah s.a.w., and how they can be implemented in our daily lives
  • InshaAllah, in 2016, the mimbar will discuss values taught in Islam and displayed by Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
Khutbah Title Noble Values From The Life of Rasulullah (PDF) [1 January 2016]
Khutbah Title Noble Values From The Life of Rasulullah [1 January 2016]


25 December 2015

Contributing to peace and prosperity

  • Mankind are often forgetful, and thus we cannot run away from making mistakes and committing sins. However, I am certain that no matter how much sins we have committed, every one of us here have the desire to be the best believer (mukmin).
  • However, when will we be called the best Muslim? Or rather, what is the best Muslim? What does it mean? Who is the best Muslim?
  • Surely he would be someone who doesn’t neglect his acts of worship and maintains his relationship with The Creator. In addition to that, muslims are not just taught to worship Allah, not just to have good manners (akhlak), but also to give and to spread kindness and benefit those around us.
Khutbah Title Contributing to peace and prosperity (PDF) [25 December 2015]
Khutbah Title Contributing to peace and prosperity [25 December 2015]


18 December 2015

Remembering The Prophet s.a.w. – Appreciating The Meaning of Love and Blessings

  • We should be extremely thankful to Allah s.w.t. for making us among the ummah of His beloved messenger – a Prophet who was always thinking about the welfare of his followers and praying for their success. The love that Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. displayed was not simply on the surface. It was a deep kind of love that ran deep in his heart and was not limited by material wealth.
  • Hence, if we truly and sincerely love Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., it will be reflected in our character and actions. Just look at the lives of the Companions r.a. They sacrificed their lives and wealth for Allah and His Rasul. Yet, there was never an ounce of arrogance and pride in them. Instead, they were always so humble and diligent in increasing their good deeds, in the hope of receiving Allah’s rewards.
  • Hence, do not be those who profess love for Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. but does not maintain good relations with others. Do not claim to uphold the sunnah of Rasulullah s.a.w. yet at the same time, we hurt others with our harsh words and actions. If we truly love Rasulullah s.a.w. and we strive to emulate him, every humankind, and in fact all of Allah’s creations, will feel and benefit from our politeness, good manners and good treatment of others.
Khutbah Title Remembering The Prophet s.a.w. – Appreciating The Meaning of Love and Blessings (PDF) [18 December 2015]
Khutbah Title Remembering The Prophet s.a.w. – Appreciating The Meaning of Love and Blessings [18 December 2015]


11 December 2015

Emulating The Akhlak of Prophet Muhammad Honouring The Right of Fellow Muslims

  • This sermon will touch on keeping relations between humankind, because our belief (iman) is only complete when we fulfil both the rights of Allah and the rights of fellow mankind.
  • The need for good manners and ethics becomes even more critical in today’s world of advanced technology. It has now become easier for us to communicate with each other. With increased communication, the probability of hurting each other in our interactions increases as well. It is a religious duty for Muslims to ensure that no matter the platform of interaction, we need to uphold the rights of others to the best of our abilities.
  • Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. when he interacted with his companions. Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. always encouraged and supported his companions, and always wanted the best for them. This was how the Prophet s.a.w. emphasised on the importance of maintaining good ties among fellow Muslims.
Khutbah Title Emulating The Akhlak of Prophet Muhammad Honouring The Right of Fellow Muslims (PDF) [11 December 2015]
Khutbah Title Emulating The Akhlak of Prophet Muhammad Honouring The Right of Fellow Muslims [11 December 2015]


4 December 2015

Emulating The Prophet’s Relationship With Allah

  • This week’s Friday sermon would like to share the example of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. to his umat. And among his many merits and the beauty of his character (akhlak), is Rasulullah’s adab (manners) with His Creator. Often we hear about manners in interacting with other humankind, but the excellence and greatness of the values taught by Rasulullah s.a.w. starts with his excellent manners with The Creator.
  • Rasulullah s.a.w was a person who was very careful to ensure that he did not incur Allah’s wrath. Our beloved messenger never forgot his Lord when he was bestowed such honour and nobility. In fact, it made him increase his worship as a sign of thankfulness and gratitude to Allah, for the honour bestowed upon him.
  • And so, we should also act as such. The more Allah showers us with His blessings, the more acts of worship we should perform, and the deeper our sense of gratitude and thankfulness toward Allah should be. This was the character of Rasulullah s.a.w. toward Allah s.w.t. But how often do we take the time to reflect and realise the countless blessings He has showered upon us?
Khutbah Title Emulating The Prophet’s Relationship With Allah (PDF) [4 December 2015]
Khutbah Title Emulating The Prophet’s Relationship With Allah [4 December 2015]


27 November 2015

Taking Advantage of Our Free Time - Shaping Our Children’s Characters

  • Tarbiyah or nurturing our children to know Allah and Islam, as well as shaping good akhlak, should be given full attention. As parents, educating their children to be successful not only in this world, but also the hereafter, which is eternal. Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. started the tarbiyah toward his children from a very young age. When a child knows of his Creator, and is able to differentiate between good and bad, then it is easier for him to achieve success in this world and the hereafter.
  • Take advantage of this school holiday to spend time with our children and nurture them. Get close to them by organising family activities. Have beneficial discussions with them, get to know them better, listen to what they have to say – their grouses, opinions and thoughts. Get to know their developments, and the developments in their fast-paced lives.
Khutbah Title Taking Advantage of Our Free Time - Shaping Our Children’s Characters (PDF) [27 November 2015 ]
Khutbah Title Taking Advantage of Our Free Time - Shaping Our Children’s Characters [27 November 2015 ]


20 November 2015

The Potential For Every Individual To Contribute

  • This week’s sermon would like to draw your attention to another special group within our society, who may need assistance and care from us. These are the individuals with special needs. Even though they may seem to have physical challenges but they too have the potential to contribute to the religion and the community.
  • Do not ever feel that we are better than those whom Allah is testing with limitations. As true believers, we need to emulate the character and manners of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. who gave everyone the opportunity to contribute to the society without looking at the limitations that an individual faces.
  • As part of the Muslim community, we need to strengthen our resolve to truly understand, apply and reflect the good values that Islam has taught us and to ensure that every member of the society receives a comprehensive Islamic education that also meets the context of our society. This is to ensure that we are able to develop a resilient community.
Khutbah Title The Potential For Every Individual To Contribute (PDF) [20 November 2015 ]
Khutbah Title The Potential For Every Individual To Contribute [20 November 2015 ]


13 November 2015

Assuming The Best In Others

  • This week’s sermon would like to draw our attention to the importance of supporting and providing Islamic education for a specific group of people. Here, referring to individuals who have made mistakes in the past, including ex-offenders who have committed criminal offences, but are now working toward turning over a new leaf and improving themselves. Let us study the beauty of Prophet Muhammad’s character (akhlak) in helping those who have erred.
  • Let us study the beauty of Prophet Muhammad’s character (akhlak) in helping those who have erred. Despite bearing a mountain of sins, we are blessed because Allah’s love and compassion triumphs His anger and wrath.
  • Hence, if you feel that you have performed numerous sins, do not give up and despair. Seek forgiveness from Allah s.w.t. and strive hard to leave them behind. Ask Allah to grant you strength and the tenacity to leave behind those sins and to start a new life. Know that there are many opportunities to gain Allah’s forgiveness, and that He has given us many chances to gain His mercy.
Khutbah Title Assuming The Best In Others (PDF) [13 November 2015 ]
Khutbah Title Assuming The Best In Others [13 November 2015 ]


6 November 2015

Developing Our Iman and Confidence Through Knowledge

  • This week sermon would like to highlight the importance of knowledge to gains confidence of iman. Knowledge also gives one the ability to evaluate the plethora of religious information found online or in books. A knowledgeable individual is able to identify the truth from falsehood, and sieve the truth from doubtful information.
  • We need to follow the footsteps of Rasulullah s.a.w. who was diligent yet patient in ensuring that the younger generation was equipped with the knowledge and religious guidance necessary to become people with firm iman and reputable character.
  • Every Muslim must have a correct understanding of his religion. We cannot simply follow blindly in religious deeds.
Khutbah Title Developing Our Iman and Confidence Through Knowledge (PDF) [6 November 2015 ]
Khutbah Title Developing Our Iman and Confidence Through Knowledge [6 November 2015 ]


30 October 2015

Instilling The Love For The Prophet_Lessons From The Story Of Sawad Ibn Ghaziyah

  • Throughout this month we have reflected upon the stories of several companions in the hope of learning the various lessons from their life stories, and to extract examples that we can relate to in our lives. Today, we will highlight another Companion, whose story we should take time to appreciate. He was Sawad ibn Ghaziyah Al-Ansari
  • Sawad’s story depicts the deep love the companions had for Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. Their ties with Rasulullah s.a.w. is a relationship bound by their firm faith and spirituality. Their love for him made them resilient in facing various challenges and trials in their lives. It is this profound love that gave them the spirit and motivation to bring themselves closer to Allah s.w.t.
  • The love Saidina Sawad ibn Ghaziyah had for Rasulullah s.a.w. was pure love that was a result of his iman and takwa to Allah. Such love is a blessing bestowed by Allah s.w.t. And it is not impossible for Allah s.w.t. to grant us such profound love for Rasulullah s.a.w. without our own efforts and sincere sacrifices.
Khutbah Title Instilling The Love For The Prophet_Lessons From The Story Of Sawad Ibn Ghaziyah (PDF) [30 October 2015]
Khutbah Title Instilling The Love For The Prophet_Lessons From The Story Of Sawad Ibn Ghaziyah [30 October 2015]


23 October 2015

The Importance of Knowledge: Lessons from the Contributions of Saidatina Aisyah r.a.

  • Islam places utmost importance on seeking knowledge. In many verses in the Quran Allah calls upon humankind to read and seek knowledge, thus describing how important it is for Muslims to think and learn.
  • It should be made clear that the obligation to seek knowledge is not only for men but also women. In fact, Islam places much importance on the educating women, because a mother is the first source of knowledge for her children and her lineage.
  • Saidatina Aisyah Radhiallahu ‘Anha is a sterling example of a knowledgeable woman who has left remarkable contributions for the society. Besides the wisdom Allah blessed her with, we can also learn from the roles played by her dear father, Sayyidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq r.a. and loving husband, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. in developing her as a true believer (mukmin) and an educated person.
Khutbah Title The Importance of Knowledge: Lessons from the Contributions of Saidatina Aisyah r.a. (PDF) [23 October 2015]
Khutbah Title The Importance of Knowledge: Lessons from the Contributions of Saidatina Aisyah r.a. [23 October 2015]


16 October 2015

Lessons From The Hijrah of Salman Al-Farisi r.a.

  • We have just welcomed the new Hijriyyah year, and are now in the year 1437 Hijriyyah. During this period, we are often reminded of the hijrah of Rasulullah s.a.w from Makkah to Madinah. However, there are also hijrah or migration stories of Rasulullah’s companions, who are not among the Ansars and the Muhajirins. Their stories of hijrah are no less inspiring, and are filled with valuable lessons and examples for us to learn from.
  • Among these stories is the story of Salman Al-Farisi r.a., born in Persia. He was always praised by the Prophet s.a.w. and was held in high regard by the other companions. This was not because of his lineage, nor was he a wealthy man. In fact, he was a migrant who came to the city of Madinah as a slave.
  • This goes to show that, the true nobility and standing of a person is the nobility granted by Allah s.w.t., and it is a result of the taqwa in one’s heart and the purity of one’s efforts. This is what is needed by the Muslim ummah today - that is the passion and determination to work together to be part of a contributive society.
Khutbah Title Lessons From The Hijrah of Salman Al-Farisi r.a. (PDF) [16 October 2015]
Khutbah Title Lessons From The Hijrah of Salman Al-Farisi r.a. [16 October 2015]


9 October 2015

Fulfilling Obligations After Returning from Haj

  • The holy land of Makkah is the one location on Allah’s earth that is most beloved to Rasulullah s.a.w. However we find that Rasulullah s.a.w. returned to Madinah even after he successfully entered and controlled Makkah.
  • That is the level of commitment of Rasulullah s.a.w toward his companions from among the Ansar, who have pledged to defend the Prophet s.a.w. when they first invited him to migrate to Madinah. The Ansar put their wealth and lives at stake for Rasulullah s.a.w.
  • This event offers many lessons for us to learn and apply in our lives.
Khutbah Title Fulfilling Obligations After Returning from Haj (PDF) [9 October 2015]
Khutbah Title Fulfilling Obligations After Returning from Haj [9 October 2015]


2 October 2015

The Story Of Prophet Musa a.s. In Seeking Knowledge: Lessons From Surah Al-Kahfi

  • As a continuation to our appreciation of surah Al-Kahfi, let us learn in more detail about the story of Prophet Musa a.s. and a servant of Allah who was bestowed with knowledge and wisdom mentioned in verses 60 to 83 of surah Al-Kahfi. Some scholars of Tafsir are of the opinion that the person mentioned in the story is Prophet Khidir a.s.
  • There are numerous lessons that can be learnt from this story. More specifically, lessons tied to knowledge and wisdom. From this verse, we can conclude firmly that all knowledge belongs to Allah, and Allah has the right to grant His knowledge to anyone He wishes.
  • Hence, these verses remind us that we should never feel that we know everything. Remember that Allah’s knowledge is vast. And there are definitely matters that we do not know of. And the knowledge that we may not have might be something that has been bestowed on somebody else, perhaps a young child or even a youth, or even a student!
Khutbah Title The Story Of Prophet Musa a.s. In Seeking Knowledge: Lessons From Surah Al-Kahfi (PDF) [2 October 2015]
Khutbah Title The Story Of Prophet Musa a.s. In Seeking Knowledge: Lessons From Surah Al-Kahfi [2 October 2015]


25 September 2015

The Worldly Life And The Importance Of Being Grateful

  • In a cosmopolitan society like ours, success is often measured by wealth or one’s status within the community. Respect is sometimes given to another because he is wealthy and is of high stature, and thus that is why many people want to amass wealth and live lavishly.
  • Islam does not prevent or discourage a person to be wealthy and to work hard to achieve worldly success, for it is better than to hold out one’s hand and beg for help. However, while we work hard to strive for worldly success, the objective should be clear that the wealth that we want to achieve is not just for personal gains, and not to be deluded that money is everything.
  • Rather, the wealth and success that Allah has blessed us with should bring us much closer to Allah s.w.t. We need to always remember that the truth of the matter is that whatever we have earned and gained was achieved only with Allah’s permission and help.
Khutbah Title The Worldly Life And The Importance Of Being Grateful (PDF) [25 September 2015]
Khutbah Title The Worldly Life And The Importance Of Being Grateful [25 September 2015]


Eiduladha sermon – 24 September 2015 / 10 Zulhijjah 1436

Appreciating The Value Of Sacrifice

  • The month of Zulhijjah is a reminder to the greatness of hajj. It is the peak of ni’mah for the souls who come to congregate in Baitullah and the holy Kaabah.
  • The holy ritual of hajj is completed by performing several rituals – from performing the tawaf at baitullah, to the gathering in Arafah. If we were to observe carefully, the rituals that make up the hajj are not meaningless and insignificant. Hajj is a journey that teaches us humility when standing before Allah s.w.t. It is a highly spiritual journey for those who want to build their relationship with Allah, and it is a ritual that forces us to be aware and sensitive of our interactions and dealings with other humans.
  • We were also reminded that faith should lead to the fruition of good values, and rituals are to lead to a pure heart that is adorned with commendable behaviours. If we strive hard to perform our rituals, but we do not work on our morals to become better human beings, then we should really reflect upon ourselves.
Khutbah Title Appreciating The Value Of Sacrifice (PDF) [24 September 2015]
Khutbah Title Appreciating The Value Of Sacrifice [24 September 2015]


18 September 2015

The Merits Of Zulhijjah

  • In our bid to guard and strengthen our iman (faith), we cannot distance ourselves from a very important process, which is performing acts of worship (ibadah) and having a deep understanding of them.
  • We are now in a special month, the month where millions of Haj pilgrims have embarked on their spiritual journey filled with sincerity and hope that Allah will accept their Haj.
  • For those of us who are still here, there are many merits in the first ten days of Zulhijjah that we should try to benefit from. Hence we should grab any opportunity that Allah has given us to reap His rewards.
Khutbah Title The Merits Of Zulhijjah (PDF) [18 September 2015]
Khutbah Title The Merits Of Zulhijjah [18 September 2015]


11 September 2015

Lessons from Surah Al-Kahfi

  • One of the stories in the surah Al-Kahfi is about the young dwellers of the cave that had emphasised the importance of faith or iman. It serves as a lesson for us as we strive to strengthen our iman especially during difficult times.
  • They were striving to preserve the strength of their iman, clarity of mind and their agility, despite the conditions which they were living in. They tried to build their resilience against influences and culture that may prevent them from having firm faith in Allah the Almighty.
  • Based on the story of the dwellers of the cave, it has been described to us how valuable the youth are in Islam. They are a generation that develops their iman based on an accurate and firm understanding, and a generation that is resilient in bringing about changes and shaping the future of the Muslim community, in line with Allah’s guidance.
Khutbah Title Lessons from Surah Al-Kahfi (PDF) [11 September 2015]
Khutbah Title Lessons from Surah Al-Kahfi [11 September 2015]


4 September 2015

Al-Quran As Guidance: Lessons From Surah Al-Kahfi

  • Al-Quran is indeed a blessing from Allah for the entire universe, through which Allah s.w.t. guides us to the straight path, and gives glad tidings to those who have faith; and clear warnings to those who have erred.
  • Whenever Friday approaches, we will be reminded to uphold the sunnah of the Prophet s.a.w. that is to recite surah Al-Kahfi. At the same time, make sure that we understand its meaning and the stories and lessons contained in the surah. Hopefully we will not be among those the Prophet s.a.w. described as reading the Quran but not reading beyond their throats, whereby the meanings of the verses do not touch their hearts and move their souls.
Khutbah Title Al-Quran As Guidance: Lessons From Surah Al-Kahfi (PDF) [4 September 2015]
Khutbah Title Al-Quran As Guidance: Lessons From Surah Al-Kahfi [4 September 2015]


28 August 2015

Applying The Principles & Values Of Piety In Our Life

  • To what extent a nation or state is practising Islamic values, is not measured by merely labelling it as a “khilafah” or an “Islamic state”. This is particularly when injustice, oppression, bribery, regression, and ineffectiveness are all characteristics of that particular state.
  • On the other hand, what should be the benchmark of the extent that a nation or state practises Islamic values is its adherence to universal values and principles as derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah. These values and principles are justice, equality, consultative governance, a culture of goodwill, administrative efficiency, drive for the pursuit of knowledge and many others.
  • It is thus the duty of every Muslim to instil Islamic principles and values in our daily lives. My brothers, let us nurture Islam within ourselves, our families, and our community. Islam teaches us to be pious at all times with the kind of piety that inspires us to do good and spread values wherever we are.
Khutbah Title Applying The Principles & Values Of Piety In Our Life (PDF) [28 August 2015]
Khutbah Title Applying The Principles & Values Of Piety In Our Life [28 August 2015]


21 August 2015

Misunderstood Concepts of Al-Wala’ wal Bara’

  • The key to uplift ones iman and improving religious life is knowledge. Knowledge that is derived from trustworthy and credible sources, and that inspires us to develop ourselves and our community.
  • But like with any kind of knowledge, not all aspects of our religion are easy to comprehend. It requires care and deep reflection. We therefore need a certain level of sophistication in assessing our understanding of religious ideas and concepts.
  • With the internet and social media, we do hear ideas floating around that seek to break Muslims away from their societies. This is where Islamic teachings and concepts have been irresponsibly used by individuals who have their own agenda. An example of such a concept is Al-Wala’ wal Bara’, translated as “Loyalty and Disavowal”.
Khutbah Title Misunderstood Concepts of Al-Wala’ wal Bara’ (PDF) [21 August 2015]
Khutbah Title Misunderstood Concepts of Al-Wala’ wal Bara’ [21August 2015]


14 August 2015

Understanding The Textual Sources Of Shari’ah

  • The Quran and the Sunnah are not merely sacred texts recorded in volumes. Know that the correct understanding of both constitutes part of holding on the Quran and Sunnah as well.
  • The question now is how do we obtain a comprehensive understanding of the Quran and the Prophet’s Sunnah, with the advanced developments of social media today, we are witnessing mass sharing of information pertaining to religion.
  • Yet such shared information may not necessarily be accurate. Thus, a few simple steps that could help guide us in obtaining a correct and comprehensive understanding of the Quran and the Sunnah.
Khutbah Title Understanding The Textual Sources Of Shari’ah (PDF) [14 August 2015]
Khutbah Title Understanding The Textual Sources Of Shari’ah [14 August 2015]


7 August 2015

The Role Of Muslims In Development

  • We cannot deny that there are still many areas that need to be improved, which require the community to come together and work hand in hand, so that we can make strides in achieving excellence not just in this world, but the hereafter.
  • However, as we work toward achieving excellence we need to bear in mind the need for wisdom or hikmah in planning our steps to ensure we will attain an outcome that is positive and beneficial for the entire community.
  • It means we have to increase cooperation and mobilise our efforts toward more acts of kindness. Ensure that we leverage on the peaceful and harmonious living that we are blessed with in Singapore, to further enhance our spirituality and iman.
Khutbah Title The Role Of Muslims In Development (PDF) [7 August 2015]
Khutbah Title The Role Of Muslims In Development [7 August 2015]


31 July 2015

The Akhlak and Ethics of a Muslim in Facing Challenges in Today’s Modern World

  • Jemaah, let us not be among those who forget the obligation to be kind to others, especially to our parents and family members simply because we are too tired from work or we are facing difficult problems.
  • Be fair and do not take it out on our family members who are in need of our love, care and concern. No matter how tired we are, or how difficult the problem that we are facing, our parents, spouse and children deserve to be treated with love and not with violence or neglect.
  • Besides being kind to our family members, we are also called upon to fulfil our obligations to the community. We live within a society and no man is an island. Hence, we need to maintain good manners and ethics at all times.
Khutbah Title The Akhlak and Ethics of a Muslim in Facing Challenges in Today’s Modern World (PDF) [31 July 2015]
Khutbah Title The Akhlak and Ethics of a Muslim in Facing Challenges in Today’s Modern World [31 July 2015]


24 July 2015

The Role of Religion in the Modern World

  • Islam is a religion that promotes balance and harmony in all aspects of human life. Take fasting for example; not only does it contribute to our physical well-being; it also paves way for us to cultivate our spiritual strength as well. Thus, when Muslims are faced with many challenges of living in today's modern world, both aspects are indispensable to the individual.
  • As Muslims, we are surely guided by our faith, and this faith instils a high sense of self-confidence in facing any of these new changes and challenges. Thus as Muslims, we should not see modernity as wholly evil and destructive. And as God’s appointed caretakers of this world, or Khalifah, we should instead face these changes and challenges, by shaping them to our advantage.
Khutbah Title The Role of Religion in the Modern World (PDF) [24 July 2015]
Khutbah Title The Role of Religion in the Modern World [24 July 2015]
 

17 July 2015 - Eidfitri Sermon

Developing Resilience As Muslims In Singapore

  • Alhamdulillah, the month of Ramadan that has just passed in Singapore was filled with deeds of ihsan (compassion) and kindness. Unfortunately, in some places, Ramadan is experienced differently. It was a Ramadan filled with atrocities, a call to violence and bloodshed. These indiscriminate killings disregarded race, religion or even location. Even the most sacred of locations, such as the land upon which the house of Allah has been built, became their targets.
  • In the light of complex issues such as radical ideologies and diverse lifestyles that pose a challenge to one’s faith, we have to continue to develop an understanding of Islam that commensurate with the needs and the context of our community. It is an understanding that recognises the diversity of our Islamic tradition. It is an understanding that is guided by Islamic principles, and empowers our community to have an in-depth perspective on complex issues.
  • Upon these principles, the earlier generations – our forefathers and pioneers – contributed towards the development of the Muslim community and country. They built mosques, conducted dakwah activities as well as charity work, and laid the foundations to ensure that we are able to continue to practice Islam in an organised and productive way. Today, we benefit from the fruits of their labour and their undying spirit of giving and sharing, and we are now able to enjoy religious harmony in this beloved country. We see such constructive religious life especially during Ramadan, proof that the Singapore Muslim community can be a community that radiates blessings to all. This is the Islam that we have inherited in Singapore, and this is the Islam that we want to pass on to our children.
Khutbah Title Developing Resilience As Muslims In Singapore (PDF) [17 July 2015]
Khutbah Title Developing Resilience As Muslims In Singapore [17 July 2015]
 

17 July 2015

Spreading The Joy Of Eidulfitri

  • We are grateful to Allah s.w.t for the peace and prosperity that He has bestowed upon us. We are able to celebrate this day with much happiness and joy, as we have witnessed today.
  • Let us take this opportunity to strengthen the bond between us. Enjoin the ties that have been broken, and seek forgiveness for our mistakes. Let us deepen our familial ties with love, rahmah and ihsan.
  • At the same time, let us spread some joy of Eidulfitri with those who are less fortunate. Let us be a concerned member of the society, who looks out for the welfare and well being of our neighbours, friends and relatives. Make use of the gifts that Allah s.w.t. has given to us to help those in need – be it in the form of time, wealth or energy.
Khutbah Title Spreading The Joy Of Eidulfitri (PDF) [17 July 2015]
Khutbah Title Spreading The Joy Of Eidulfitri [17 July 2015]


10 July 2015

Enlivening The Last Few Nights Of Ramadan

  • We are now in the last ten nights of Ramadan. In one of these nights is the most powerful of all nights, that is Lailatul Qadar. It is recorded that deeds performed on that night is better than 1000 months. Hence, do not forego any opportunity to attain Allah’s forgiveness and His rahmah.
  • In search of the Lailatul Qadar, we should realise that in essence, we are seeking Allah’s pleasure. Our diligence in performing acts of worship should not merely be motivated by our desire to meet Lailatul Qadar but that we should instil in ourselves the intention to gain Allah’s pleasure.
  • Let us enliven these last few nights of Ramadan with efforts to deepen and appreciate our relationship with Allah. Make doa with full humility to Allah, asking that He bring us closer to Him and raise our status in His sight, as well as our family’s.
Khutbah Title Enlivening The Last Few Nights Of Ramadan (PDF) [10 July 2015]
Khutbah Title Enlivening The Last Few Nights Of Ramadan [10 July 2015]


3 July 2015

Developing Ihsan Within The Family

  • Spiritual development is one of the most important aspects of the life of a believer. Besides strengthening one’s faith (iman), a person’s spirituality can be developed through having ihsan in one’s life.
  • It is obligatory upon every Muslim to have Ihsan not just in solat, fasting, zakat and so on, but also when it comes to his relationship with others such as family, the community, matters regarding traditions and so on.
  • Besides striving to increase ihsan in our acts of worship, we can also make Ramadan a time for us to purify our wealth by paying zakat, in the hope of spreading ihsan to the poor and needy.
Khutbah Title Developing Ihsan Within The Family (PDF) [3 July 2015]
Khutbah Title Developing Ihsan Within The Family [3 July 2015]
 

26 June 2015

Importance of strengthening Family Support

  • We need to cultivate having good thoughts of others, and we need to have faith that our family members have potentials to be good and do good. These are important values that will help every family tide through their own challenges.
  • Every family will face challenges, brought about by our own weaknesses. But what is important is that every member of the family must put in the effort to communicate with each other. Our communication with one another may have been affected by our busy schedules.
  • Parents need to be more open in showing and telling their children that they love and care for them. This will help them to feel more affectionate toward you and see you not just as disciplinarians, but more importantly, people who truly love them.
Khutbah Title Importance of strengthening Family Support (PDF) [26 June 2015]
Khutbah Title Importance of strengthening Family Support [26 June 2015]


19 June 2015

Ramadan: The Month of Instilling Family Values

  • Ramadan is also known as the month of good deeds. It is the month in which Allah s.w.t. grants multiple rewards for the acts of kindness that we undertake.
  • While we rush to earn the rewards from terawih prayers and reciting the Quran, do not forget about our spouse and children. Strengthen our relationship with Allah, together with our family.
  • Hopefully by doing so Allah will strengthen our family ties and grant calmness in our household.
Khutbah Title Ramadan: The Month of Instilling Family Values (PDF) [19 June 2015]
Khutbah Title Ramadan: The Month of Instilling Family Values [19 June 2015]


12 June 2015

Ramadan: The Month of Instilling Family Values

  • Last week we were reminded of the importance to take advantage of Syaaban to prepare ourselves to usher in Ramadan. This week, the sermon will discuss the need to prepare our families for Ramadan. Rasulullah s.a.w. He would consistently provide his family members with continuous guidance. As much as we wish for ourselves and family happiness in this world, we would also wish for the same in the Hereafter before Allah s.w.t. We hope and pray that our entire family will be the dwellers of Allah’s paradise.
  • The family institution is the bedrock of every society and country. When the family succeeds, the community will also attain success. However, if the family is left without any guidance, then its members will be lost. Hence, as we are preparing to step into the month of Ramadan, I would like to call upon all of us to protect the family institution. This is especially so as our children are facing various challenges and trials.
Khutbah Title Ramadan With Family (PDF) [12 June 2015]
Khutbah Title Ramadan With Family [12 June 2015]


5 June 2015

Practicing Self-Reflection in the month of Syaaban

  • Syaaban is the month for us to increase our preparations spiritually, physically and emotionally to greet the month of Ramadan. Hence it is even more important that we prepare ourselves in order to be worthy of these blessings.
  • In preparing our souls for Ramadan, ensure that we keep ourselves busy with good deeds and do not let the time pass by quietly without performing any good deeds. This is because when our souls are left empty without any deeds, syaitan will whisper devious schemes into us.
  • Hence, for us to face Ramadan, we must train ourselves to be sincere. Whether it is in front of others or in private, we must continue to be diligent in our acts of worship and more diligent in protecting ourselves from syaitan’s devious acts and our desires. Remind ourselves of Allah constantly, and that every act of worship is for Allah.
Khutbah Title Practicing Self-Reflection in the month of Syaaban (PDF) [5 June 2015]
Khutbah Title Practicing Self-Reflection in the month of Syaaban [5 June 2015]


29 May 2015

Knowledge That Enlive The Faith

  • Faith is an entity that can fade and disappear if we do not make efforts for it to be renewed and strengthened. Therefore we should constantly monitor our state of iman in our hearts. Ponder, what will increase our faith, what will fertilize our faith, what will strengthen our faith. Why do we need to ponder this, my dear brothers? This is because there are among the men who seek to bring discords and destructions in the name of faith.
  • Through our knowledge, we will be able to strengthen our akidah and the integrity of our iman in our hearts. Knowledge provides us the ability to be discerning and identify truth from falsehood, the clear from the blurry. This is the role of religious knowledge.
Khutbah Title Knowledge That Enlive The Faith (PDF) [29 May 2015]
Khutbah Title Knowledge That Enlive The Faith [29 May 2015]


22 May 2015

Taking Isra dan Mi’raj As A Lesson for Believers In Facing Life Challenges

  • Come the month of Rejab, we are constantly reminded of the Isra’ and Mi’raj incident. It is an extraordinary experience that was exclusive to our Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
  • Although this incident is a blessing for Rasulullah s.a.w., we must not forget that he s.a.w. had to undergo trials and tribulations before experiencing Isra’ and Mi’raj. The Prophet s.a.w. was going through a very great trial from Allah s.w.t.
  • The difficulties and challenges faced by the Prophet s.a.w. before he received the blessed invitation to meet Allah are actually sunnatullah of life
Khutbah Title Taking Isra’ dan Mi’raj As A Lesson for Believers In Facing Life Challenges (PDF) [22 May 2015]
Khutbah Title Taking Isra’ dan Mi’raj As A Lesson for Believers In Facing Life Challenges [22 May 2015]


15 May 2015

Iman And Understanding Of The Day Of Judgement

  • Last week, the khatib called upon us as believers to always ponder upon our actions, in a bid to boost our iman and thus achieve success in this world and the hereafter. As a continuation, today’s khutbah would reflect upon one of the six articles of faith. It is tied to an impending event that will certainly occur. That is the Day of Qiyamah or the Day of Judgement.
  • While we seek to understand and learn about the Day of Qiyamah, and everything related to it, it is also important for us to identify the wisdom (hikmah) and lessons behind the Day of Judgement. This is because, without deep understanding and appreciation of why we believe in the Day of Qiyamah, it will cause confusion and failure to fully gain the benefits and intended effects of having been told of this day.
Khutbah Title Iman And Understanding Of The Day Of Judgement (PDF) [15 May 2015]
Khutbah Title Iman And Understanding Of The Day Of Judgement [15 May 2015]


8 May 2015

Iman And The Call To Contemplate

  • This week khutbah would like to highlight the important for us to strive to achieve a thorough understanding of Iman. Without a proper understanding on what ‘iman’ is, it will result in a plethora of different views and understandings. While some of these views might be perceived as part of the religion, fact of the matter is they are not even close to that.
  • Allah’s explanations on His creations in the Quran. In addition to it being a testimony to Allah’s powers, to call upon us to contemplate and appreciate Allah’s creations. This is because Iman requires for the one who seeks to possess it to engage in a thinking process, and then to appreciate. It is not achieved by blindly following without giving much thought and without seeking for proper guidance.
  • Therefore, let us take this opportunity, as we are nearing the month of Ramadan, to work on our recitations of the Quran, and to attended religious classes. And may we all be blessed with a resilient faith and Iman – one that would motivate us to think and contemplate, and that would heighten our appreciation of our religion
Khutbah Title Iman And The Call To Contemplate (PDF) [8 May 2015]
Khutbah Title Iman And The Call To Contemplate [8 May 2015]

17 April 2015

Understanding Wisdom In Practicing The Religion

  • Throughout the life of our beloved messenger, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w., one trait that was never separated from him was his wisdom.
  • When Rasulullah practiced Islam, taught others and called upon others to embrace the religion by giving them advice, he did all that with wisdom.
  • Wisdom, along with Allah’s will, is the key to touching the hearts of our family and friends, and to motivate them to be more inclined toward the path of goodness and to boost their love for the religion of Allah and the teachings of His messenger.
Khutbah Title Understanding Wisdom In Practicing The Religion (PDF) [17 April 2015]
Khutbah Title Understanding Wisdom In Practicing The Religion [17 April 2015]

27 February 2015 

The Akhlak of a Learned Person: Humility/Tawadhu’

The more knowledge we gain, the more it should make us grateful to Allah s.w.t. for the gift of knowledge that He has bestowed upon us. The more knowledge we gain, the more we should reflect humility, or tawadhu’, towards others.

This lack of adab (good manners) in seeking knowledge can lead to fanaticism (ta’assub), segregation and cliques within the Ummah, eventually leading to further disunity.

As a true seeker of knowledge with a deep sense of love for knowledge, we need to realise that seeking knowledge is a long and arduous journey. In seeking knowledge we need to constantly be in a state of worship to Allah. Only then will we be guided to cleanse our hearts from mazmumah, or ugly traits such as pride, arrogance and takabbur.

Khutbah Title: The Akhlak of a Learned Person: Humility/Tawadhu’. (PDF) [27 February 2015]
Khutbah Title: The Akhlak of a Learned Person: Humility/Tawadhu’. [27 February 2015]

The more knowledge we gain, the more it should make us grateful to Allah s.w.t. for the gift of knowledge that He has bestowed upon us. The more knowledge we gain, the more we should reflect humility, or tawadhu’, towards others.


20 February 2015 

The Importance Of Being Guided By A Teacher In Seeking Religious Knowledge. [20 February 2015]

Acquiring true, authentic Islamic knowledge requires a qualified teacher. The necessity of an educator and the educator’s role to guide a person on the path to attain Allah’s pleasure is pivotal. Hence, although Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. was given the title “the educator of all educators”, Allah still sent the angel Jibril a.s. to teach the Prophet about Islam.

Khutbah Title: The Importance Of Being Guided By A Teacher In Seeking Religious Knowledge. (PDF) [20 February 2015]
Khutbah Title: The Importance Of Being Guided By A Teacher In Seeking Religious Knowledge. [20 February 2015]

13 February 2015 

Wasatiyyah – Developing a Just Mind. (PDF) [13 February 2015]

“And thus we have made you a just community that you will be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a witness over you.” [surah Al-Baqarah verse 143]

Khutbah Title: Wasatiyyah – Developing a Just Mind. [13 February 2015]
Khutbah Title: Wasatiyyah – Developing a Just Mind. (PDF) [13 February 2015]

06 February 2015 

Empowering Oneself With Knowledge. [06 February 2015]

The noble message that Rasulullah s.a.w. had brought to us was one that emphasised on the importance of knowledge in our lives. The Islamic civilisation that we inherited today was also one that placed great importance in mastering knowledge and its application for the benefit of humankind in its entirety.

Khutbah Title: Empowering Oneself With Knowledge. (PDF) [06 February 2015]
Khutbah Title: Empowering Oneself With Knowledge. [06 February 2015]



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