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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Farewell Khutbah for the Last Friday of Ramadan - Br Anas

Asalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakathuhu,

Al Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen was Salaatu
was Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil Anbiyaa'e wal Mursaleen

All Praise is due to Almighty Allah, the Bounteous King; He is the
Mighty, Omnipotent, Gracious and Obliging, Who reveals Himself
everyday in a different state. I always praise Him, and am thankful
to Him secretly and openly. I bear witness that no one is worthy of
worship but Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala.

He is One and has no partner. This is the testimony which I sincerely
believe with my heart and tongue. I also bear witness that our
Spiritual Chief, our Apostle, and our Friend Nabee Muhammad
Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam is the Servant and True Messenger, whom
Almighty Allah sent with True Guidance and explanation (of Truth).

Let us reflect and ponder upon who we are, and the great blessings
that have been bestowed upon us. What lessons have we learnt from
this Most Holy and Auspicious Mubarak Month? Yes my most beloved
brothers and sisters! It is an open secret that we have accepted this
bond as something inevitable through our submission to the Din of Al
Islam. Differences, disputes, and even tensions, may cast a pall on
this fact, but Alhumdolillah, they can always be washed away by
recourse to wisdom, reason and forbearance.

Let us therefore view the conclusion of this most glorious month of
Love and Sabir in such a spirit so as to be able to draw the benefits
from it for our own selves and that of the great Islamic Ummah. Islam
is the religion of humanity, Islam is the religion of moderation,
wisdom, and submission to Almighty Allah Jallah Wa'ala, and without
doubt all religions have been such before being subject to
distortion. Islam presented to humanity the remedies of human
afflictions and sufferings, remedies which were free from any form
of extravagance, excess or neglect, and which were appealing and
acceptable to reason. Despite what the avowed enemies of Islam have
to say, Islam did it in the past and will continue to do so till the
Last Day.

Alhumdolillah! Islam has been and continues to be the Only True Path
leading to a new world and holding out the promise of a life of
Muhabbat, understanding, felicity, morality and salvation to mankind.
Islam invited humanity toward the remembrance of Almighty Rabbul
Ala'meen Exalted, humility, and an inner relationship with the Most
Glorious Creator and Sustainer. It taught man and exhorted him to
combat evil, aggression and corruption and to a constant struggle
against egotism, selfishness, the accumulation of material wealth,
and the pursuit of carnal desires.

O People who are present here! The Most Glorious Month of Ramadan is
coming to an end; where are the eyes that will weep and where are the
hearts that will humble themselves by the fear of Almighty Allah, the
Bounteous King? You have heard this so many times from the Holy
Qur'an: "All the creatures will certainly die." The time of the
departure of the month of Ramadan is very near and with you it will
stay just like a night-guest, or like a departing beloved. Never
forget that the separation of good friends is a very bitter thing; so
where are those who will perform as many good deeds in this month?
Undoubtedly those who have fasted, have collected great benefits and
the transgressors are the losers.

Bid farewell to this month with sighs, cries and constant weeping
when you say:

"Salaam to you, O month of Revelation: Salaam to you O Month of
Forgiveness (of Allah) and release from Jahannum! Salaam to you O
Month of the Illumination of Hearts! Salaam to you, O Month of
compensation of past sins! Salaam to you, O Sacred month, wherein
lies a night which is better than a thousand months!

Salaam, Salaam, O Month of Ramadan! Salaam to you, O Month of
Ramadan! Salaam to you, O Sacred month, whose nights are blessed by
Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala, and are a means of one's past
sins! Salaam to you, O Month of Virtue and Blessings of Almighty
Allah: Salaam to you, O Month of Charity and of fasting! Salaam to
you, O Month of Ibadah, Tarawee and remembrance of Allah!
Salaam to you, O Month of Takbir and glorification of Allah!

Salaam to you, O Honourable Visitor, whom we have welcomed
(enthusiastically) . O Traveller, we bid you an honourable farewell.
Salaam, Salaam, O Month of Ramadan! Blessed are you O Month of
Ramadan. O Month of Ramadan! We do not know whether you will be a
witness for us, or against us (on the Day of Judgement).

This is your last interview with us; we do not know whether you will
return to us (in our lifetime) or whether death will overpower us. O
Month of Ramadan! How fortunate is the person, to whom you will
return with blessings of Almighty Allah, and how fortunate is the
one, against whose misdeeds you will be a witness (on the Day of
Judgement!).

May Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen bless our Masaajids' with your
presence for a long time, and may He light our lamps with your divine
light. The performance of Taraweeh is coming to an end, and our lamps
are going to be put off (by your departure). No one will wait for
Iftaar, and no one will see the stars for his or her Suhuur. For a
time our bellies were under your command, and our eyes were
kept awake in constant Ibadah. Undoubtedly, we are for Almighty
Allah, and to Him we will all return! Oh! How sad will be your
departure and separation from us. The day of your departure will be
sorrowful for all of us. O Most Holy Month of Almighty Allah! We bid
you our Salaam.

May Almighty Allah Most Merciful take mercy on the person who bid
farewell to Ramadan with repentance and devotion. All of you should
say: "O Almighty Allah!

Let us be among those who have attained salvation during the Holy
month of Ramadan. Deliver us from the fire of Jahannum, by the honour
of Ramadan. Pardon us with Your Mercy, O Most Merciful of those who
show Mercy. And all praise is due to Almighty Allah, the Lord of all
the worlds. I seek refuge in Almighty Allah, from Shaytaan the
rejected one. (Says Almighty Allah in the Holy Qur'an)!

"The pious will reside in an abode of Peace, in Jannah (with)
fountains; they will be dressed in brocade and silk, as they sit
before each other.

"Subahana Rabieka Rabiel Iezzatie Amma Yaseefoon Wasalamoon Alal
Moersaleem Wal Hamdoelillahi Rabbiel Ala'meen Bierahmatika Ya
Arahammar Raheemeen."

Ameen Ya Rabbal Ala'meen.

Baarak Allaahu Feekum wa-sal Allaahu wa-Sallam 'alaa Nabiyyina
Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

Was Salamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu


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