Friday Sermon Summary: 15 April 2016

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Juma khutba summary

A continuation of the merits of the divine month of Rajab:
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) stated: “the one who fasts a single day of the month of rajab, he shall distance himself from the fire of hell the distance of an entire year”
(Mafatihul Jinaan)

Points of contemplation:
The concept of distance here much as it can be understood literally ie one will not be in or near hell fire, it can also be interpreted to mean that by abstaining from the physical pleasures that are halal (by way of fasting) one is able to strengthen his/her power of resistance which in turn allow him/her to overcome the temptation of sin. The construction of such a wall of resistance against sin is essentially known as “taqwa” – and indeed the one who has taqwa is away from chastisement (hell fire)

One who is not able to fast for any given reason, to gain as much reward, one may give alms the equivalent of a piece (loaf) of bread for every fast.

May the Almighty (swt) grant us the tawfiq of benefitting from the spirituality of this great month

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
aalim@hujjat.org

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Friday Sermon Summary: 27 Mar 2016

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Juma khutba summary

It is important for us to ponder over the signs of the end times as described by Ahlul Bayt (s) and analyse ourselves and our surroundings;
1. Are we a part of these characters?
2. What can we do to cleanse/protect ourselves from such negative traits?
3. What can we do communally to be free of such negative traits?

“The followers of prophet muhammad al mustafa (saw) shall abandon the prayers, will be known to be slaves of their desires. They shall not be trustworthy rather betrayal shall be rampant.
The salat shall be disrupted to disputes
The places of worship will be made places of desires (dominated by materialism) – sins shall be aplenty while goodness & virtue shall be rare
Droughts and famine shall be prevalent
The people of the end times shall be superficial – they shall be attractive in their appearance but their souls shall be ugly and debased
If you were to see them you would be attracted by them, but when you interact with them they oppress you
They have the bodies of humans but the souls of the Devils – living amongst them is as bitter as patience, and as unbearable as the stench of a carcass…”
(From the khutba al bayaan of Ameerul Mu’mineen Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (s)


Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
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Friday Sermon Summary: 18 Mar 2016

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Juma khutba summary

It is narrated by Abdullah Ibn Sinan on authority of imam Jaffer al Sadiq (s): I asked him how should we address the deceased people in the graveyard? The Imam replied by saying you should address them in the following manner:
“Peace be upon the people of the final abode from the muslimeen and mumineen – indeed you have preceded us (to the final abode) and God willing we shall soon be joining you”
(Kitab al kafi, book of visiting the graveyard)

Points of contemplation:
1. The fact that we are taught to greet the deceased in is itself a proof that the deceased in the realm of barzakh have the ability to hear the people from the duniya – else there would be no logic in greeting one who cannot respond
2. Through the greeting and the visitation of the graveyard we attest and re-in force in our minds the reality of death
3. It is incumbent upon us to contemplate over the reality of death and use the visitation of the cemetery to prioritise our life where we give more and more importance to our deen
4. We need to constantly build the habit within us where on a daily basis we set some time aside to ask ourselves what we have done on that day to contribute towards our akhirah
5. Part of the tarbiya that we need to instill within our children is to take them to the graveyard and let them also recite Quran at the graves of the deceased as this has an impact on their character

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
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Friday Sermon 12 Feb: Summary

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It is narrated by Sayida Fatima daughter of Imam al Husayn (peace be upon them both) on authority of Sayeda Zaynab al kubra (peace be upon her): “One Thursday night I observed that my mother spent the entire night from dusk to dawn in a state of prayer – all this time she kept praying for the success and wellbeing – by name for all the mumineen and muminaat – close to dawn, my brother Hussein (peace be upon him) asked my mother Fatima (peace be upon her): “O mother why do you not pray and supplicate for yourself as you do for others?” My mother Fatima (peace be upon her) replied: ” the neighbours before the people of the house…”

Points of contemplation:
1. The importance of supplicating for others – it is commendable when one may stay up the entire night exhausting himself by supplicating to Allah for his own desires, but when one does the same for others, it reflects the purity of the heart
2. Sayida Zaynab (s) – who is the narrator, was only 5 years of age at the time. This shows us the importance of tarbiya within the household where the parents involve their children while indulging in prayers and supplication. Indeed these are the keys to building a spiritually sound family and community

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
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Friday Sermon Summary: 22 Jan 2016

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Narrated by Imam abu Ja’far (as): The Holy Prophet (saw) stated: “Indeed I shall be the closest to the Almighty Lord on the day of Judgement and then His book (the Quran) and my progeny, and indeed I shall question you in regards to how you dealt with the book of Allah and with my progeny (Ahlul Bayt) (s)”
(Al kafi, chapter of Quran)

Points of contemplation:
1. The day of judgement is a day of accountability – when we shall be answerable for every action we performed and every word we uttered 
hence we should strive to ensure we lessen our burden on that day by purifying our words & actions in the duniya
2. We are directly answerable to the final messenger of Islam in regards to our relationship with the Quran in the duniya
Did we read and adhere by its teachings in the duniya or not? 

2nd verse of contemplation:

“And We wanted to confer favor upon those who were oppressed in the land and make them leaders and make them inheritors” (qasas:5)
As per the tradition of Imam al Baqir (as) narrated by Al shaybani (al hanafi) in his tafseer al burhan:
this verse is a direct reference to the awaited Imam al Mahdi (aj)
 
As Friday being the day attributed towards the awaited saviour, Let us attempt to build our relation with Him (aj) by recitation of ziyarat Ale Yasin

 
Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
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Friday Sermon Summary: 29 Jan 2016

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This week our centre has witnessed two funerals: one of the deceased was in his eighties while the other was in his twenties.

Lessons that we may apply to ourselves based on these two funerals:
1. Death does not distinguish between the elderly and the youth – once the appointed time arrives, there is no extension – even for the blink of an eye
2. It is incorrect to have the mentality that I’ll be be more “religious” when I become elder – there is no gaurantee that I’ll reach that age to begin with.
3. Witnessing a funeral should motivate us to prioritise our religious obligations.
4. Understand & appreciate the value and the blessing of living in a community that gathers together to support and console each other in such times of difficulties

The rewards of participating in a funeral:
Nabi Musa (s) asked Allah swt on the reward for one who gives ghusl to a deceased, whereby the Almighty replied by saying: “I shall purify him of his sins and he shall be (pure) like the day his mother gave him birth
Nabi Musa (s) then asked the reward of participating in a funeral procession, whereby the Almighty replied: “I shall appoint for him particular Angels who shall accompany him with flags (denoting piety) from the time he is resurrected from the grave to the time he is taken the’mahshar’
(Thawaab ul A’amaal, shaykh Saduq)

May Allah swt grant the marhumeen forgiveness & raise them with Ahlul Bayt (s) in the hereafter, and may He grant patience to the families of the bereaved
Surah al Fateha

 

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
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Friday Sermon Summary: 5 Feb 2016

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The Holy Prophet of Islam (saw) has stated:
“There are seven actions which if performed by a worshipper he shall continue to reap its rewards even after his death: whoever teaches knowledge, channels a river, constructs a well, plants a tree, builds a mosque, leaves behind as part of inheritance a copy of the Quran or leaves behind a (virtuous) child who will seek forgiveness for him after his death”
(Nahjul Fasaha)

It is vital for us to take charge of our destiny by implementing the divine guidance that emanates from the final messenger of Allah (saw) in our daily lives.

Finally we pray to Allah (swt) to grant the innocent victims of the Imam Ridha (s) mosque an elevated position in heaven, and grant shafa’ah to the injured.

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
aalim@hujjat.org

 

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Friday Sermon Summary: 22 Jan 2016

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It is narrated by sayida fatima daughter of Imam al Husayn (peace be upon them both) on authority of Sayeda Zaynab al kubra (peace be upon her): “one Thursday night I observed that my mother spent the entire night from dusk to dawn in a state of prayer – all this time she kept praying for the success and wellbeing – by name for all the mumineen and muminaat – close to dawn,  my brother Hussein (peace be upon him) asked my mother Fatima (peace be upon her): “O mother why do you not pray and supplicate for yourself as you do for others?” My mother Fatima (peace be upon her) replied: ” the neighbours before the people of the house…”

Points of contemplation:
1. The importance of supplicating for others – it is commendable when one may stay up the entire night exhausting himself by supplicating to Allah for his own desires, but when one does the same for others, it reflects the purity of the heart
2. Sayida Zaynab (s) – who is the narrator, was only 5 years of age at the time. This shows us the importance of tarbiya within the household where the parents involve their children while indulging in prayers and supplication. Indeed these are the keys to building a spiritually sound family and community

 

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
aalim@hujjat.org

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Friday Sermon Summary: 19 Feb 2016

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The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his progeny) stated to Ameerul Mu’mineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him):
“There are three trends through which a hypocrite can be recognised:
He tends to work tirelessly while in the presence of people, whereas while he is alone he is lazy, and he loves to be praised for the actions that he performs” (mawaidh, shaykh Saduq)

Points of contemplation:
1. It is important to be familiar with such Hadith to ensure I myself do not possess the attributes of hypocrisy
2. 1. It is important to be familiar with such Hadith to ensure I do not get misled/deceived by hypocrites in matters of the deen as well as the duniya
3. To love and to crave praise and public acknowledgment is a form of self worship that in reality emanates from a hidden form of insecurity (weakness)
4. To perform actions with the intention of seeking people’s praise is an action free of ikhlas and undeserving of reward in the akhira
5. If a person is in a position of preaching religion and his primary concern is to seek the people’s appraisals, then he would not hesitate to announce that which is halal haram,and change haram into halal so long as that is what the masses want and will praise him for that!

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
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Friday Sermon Summary: 15 Jan 2016

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The Holy Prophet (saw) stated: “the best ones from amongst you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others)” (Aamali of Shaykh Tusi (80/740)

Learning the Holy Quran:
1. Importance of learning the science of tajweed in order to improve our recitations
2. Taking time to study the divine book through tafseer (commentary)
It is through the tafseer we are able to deduce guidance from the Holy Book and then use it as means through which we shape our lifestyles
3. Nurturing our perceptions and belief system based on the teachings of the Quran
4. Importance of understanding the Holy Quran in light of the Hadith of Ahlul Bayt (s) is vital to ensure we do not misinterpret the Holy Book – which has been the reason for many people going astray.

Teaching the Quran:
Establishing simple 30 minute Quran circles at home – once a week for the entire family to get together and discuss a certain verse/Surah of the Holy Quran – such acts of worship bring barakah in the home, strengthen family ties between spouses, parents & children and gives rise to a spiritual & knowledge based culture within the home.

Shaykh Muhammad Abbas Panju
aalim@hujjat.org

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