Days of Beloved Actions: The Ten Days of Dhul Hijja, Day of Arafa, and Eid — and the Sunna of Returning to Allah – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutba Shaykh Faraz begins by reminding the believers that the first days of Dhul Hijja are beloved to Allah, and that there is a significant reward for actions during these days. The objective of the ten days of Dhul Hijja is Allah and the love of Allah. These days are the best days of the year. It is recommended to fast all nine days of Dhul Hijja, particularly the ninth (the day of Arafa), which is an expiation for at least the preceding year. Charity has more reward during the days of Dhul Hijja. Giving brings the hearts together. These are days of opportunity to engage in more worship and remembrance of Allah. The greatest of good deeds is returning to Allah. Expressing love to Allah. On the ninth of Dhul HIjja one should start to do takbirat beginning at the Fajr prayer. On the tenth, if able, one should slaughter and give to those in need. Don’t make Eid just like another day. Make it a day of rejoicing.

 

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Oaths in the Qur’an: Reflecting on the Opening Verses of Surat al-Shams – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutba Shaykh Faraz Rabbani calls the believers to reflect  on the opening verses of Surat al- Shams. In those verses Allah Most High makes oaths by the sun, the moon, the day, the night, the heavens, the earth and the self. One of the amazing aspects of the Qur’an is the swearing of oaths. The oaths in the Qur’an are for one to think and reflect on. One should reflect and know what Allah Most High is swearing by so one can pay attention to those things and the meanings behind them. Those oaths are signs around us that we should take heed of. Those signs can help us draw closer to Allah Most High. Oaths emphasis a meaning, oaths move and Inspire.

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Change and the Reality of Life – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Change is a reminder of things being created. Change is a sign of Allah. Change is a proof of the oneness of Allah. Anything that changes has the necessary quality of being dependent. Anything that has a beginning couldn’t possibly not have an end.

“ Verily, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of insight.” [Surat al-Imran 3:190]. It was regular practice of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to recite these verses when getting up at night for night worship. Every moment all created things are changing, and in it are numerous signs for people of insight. The believer should strive to know what these signs, and know how to reflect on these signs. These signs point to Allah, the creator and sustainer of everything which is given to change. The believer sees this with the eye of the heart. Allah is the creator and sustainer at every moment. Everything besides Allah is perishing.

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Dying, Living, and Heart Matters – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday khutba Shaykh Faraz Rabbani begins by reminding that people are neglectful of death, and that life and death are from Allah Most High. Death is mentioned in the Qur’an several times, and one is called to reflect on death. Death is a point of reflection to the believers personally and collectively. The reality of death should make us reflect on: (1) what is my responsibility, (2) what is the collective responsibility, and (3) what is the more broad responsibility. Death of scholars is one of the most dangerous things that happens to the community of believers. Through scholars there are gifts of mercy. There are many lessons to heed when some scholars pass away. Anything that changes or perishes could not be eternal. At the point of death all that matters is the heart and what it contains. If the heart is sound the whole body is sound. Imam Ibrahim al-Khawwas, one of the righteous early predecessors (died 231 a.h.), said: “The medicine for the heart and healing the heart are in five things. (1) reciting Qur’an with reflection, (2) emptying of the stomach, (3) praying at night, (4) beseeching Allah in the pre-dawn time, and (5) keeping the company of the righteous. We should all take heed from the reality of death. We should strive to have a moment of reflection upon death after each of the five obligatory prayers.

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Lessons From the Battle of Badr – Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said starts the khutba by explaining how the battle of Badr was a blessing. He goes on to explain how prophetic practice is guidance. The greatest blessing is deen, which is how we implant the teaching of the Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him). The battle of Badr has many lessons for those who reflect. Allah grants success to those who call on him. The life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is timeless learning.

 

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The Ramadan of the Beloved Messenger: A Month of Pure Gratitude – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutbah Shaykh Faraz begins by speaking about the great gifts the month of Ramadan has. This entire life is a gift. Allah chose to create mankind and treat them on the basis of mercy. Everything about this life is mercy. Shaykh Faraz goes on to explain what drove the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) to be upon great character, as he was described in the Qur’an. The Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) yearning for Allah, love of Allah, fear of Allah, and deep gratitude to Allah are what made his character greater. He (peace and blessings be upon him) showed excellence in slavehood to Allah. Everything about the sunna is beauty, virtue, and excellence. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) didn’t take anything for granted. Everything he did was an expression of thankfulness. Shaykh Faraz calls everyone to fast out of gratitude. Shaykh Faraz ends by showing the believers how to express one’s gratitude, especially in the month of Ramadan.

 

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Surat al-Kahf: Keys of Faith – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz begins by reminding the believers that the first ten verses of Surat al-Kahf are a protection from the Dajjal as Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has informed us. The verses are gifts of mercy, and each verse is a key to mercy. The sunna of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) in its entirety is mercy, and following the sunna in preserving the first ten verses of Surat al-Kahf is a key to attain on to that mercy. It is a protection from the Dajjal. The Dajjal preys on weakness of faith and attacks those who have weak faith. In time of confusion hold fast to the Qur’an. One of the keys to faith is to make regular practice to recite the first ten verses of Surat al-Kahf. Surat al-Khahf  is a summation of faith and the lessons of Surat al-Kahf are summarized in the first ten verses. Shaykh Faraz ends the khutba by reminding the believers of the reward and merit of the month of Sha’ban.

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What Does it Mean to Love Allah and Love for Allah – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutbah, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds the believers of what it means to love Allah and love for Allah. He highlights that the greatest quality a believer can strive to attain in their lives is the love of Allah. The highest praise Allah grants to a believer is to be beloved to Him. And the the highest quality a believer can have is to be beloved by Allah. Shaykh Faraz explains what love is, and what does love for Allah entail. He distinguishes between a servant obeying Allah, and a servant loving Allah. The highest motivation for a believer is to be beloved by Allah. Shaykh Faraz ends by explaining that Allah loves the one who takes all means for the love of Allah alone, while loving all else out of the love of Allah.

This Friday khutba was delivered by Shaykh Faraz at Jamiat-ul-Ansar (www.jamiatulansar.ca/) in Brampton, in March 2018.

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What Does it Mean to Seek Allah’s Forgiveness – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutbah, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds the believers of the amazing gift the people of faith have been given, and that is the gift of seeking Allah’s forgiveness (istighfar). The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) would ask Allah for forgiveness 70 or sometimes 100 times in a single sitting. Shaykh Faraz goes on to explain why the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) would ask for forgiveness if he is divinely inspired and protected from error. He explains what (istighfar) seeking Allah’s forgiveness means. It is vaster than simply asking for forgiveness. It is shielding from harm, and warding off any harm. Engaging in (istighfar) seeking Allah’s forgiveness, is asking Him to ward off all that is unbecoming, and to grant one all good qualities. He ends by reminding us that the focus in seeking forgiveness, is seeking divine help, and expressing neediness to Allah Most High.

This Friday khutba was delivered by Shaykh Faraz at the University of Toronto in March 2018.

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Sayyid al-Istighfar: The Foremost Way of Seeking Allah’s Forgiveness – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

In this khutbah, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reminds the believers that it is Allah who gives guidance. Out of His tremendous and unimaginable mercy, Allah has given us all kinds of means to seek and attain this guidance. One of those means is what Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) referred to as sayyid al-istighfar, meaning the foremost ways in seeking Allah’s forgiveness. This formula of asking Allah for forgiveness answers many key questions on Islamic belief. Who is Allah? What Allah’s relationship to creation? What does one owe Allah Most High?

The sayyid al-isitghfar is a lesson in affirming Allah’s absolute oneness (tawheed), affirming who is your Lord. It also helps us to realize everything that one receives is ultimately from Allah and Him alone.

Text, transliteration and translation of sayyid al-istighfar can be found below.

اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ

Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa Anta Khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu’u Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta

O Allah, you are my Lord. There is no god but you. You have created me, and I am your servant—and I am upon Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the worst of what I have done. I fully admit to You Your blessings upon me, and I fully admit to You all my sins. So forgive me, for there is none to forgive sins but You.

No one says this by day except granted paradise. No one says this by night except granted paradise.


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