In this Friday sermon, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani reflects on the momentous day of Ashura (10th of Muharram), and the great events that historically took place on that day. The stories tell of noble struggles for good, for the sake of Allah Most High. Shaykh Faraz then asks: “what is our individual struggle through which we turn to Allah and seek His closeness?”
Shaykh Faraz recounts the stories of Moses with Pharaoh, because it was on this day that Allah Most High saved Moses and his people from Pharaoh, as has come in the hadith. He also recounts the story of the martyrdom of al-Hussayn (may Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Shaykh Faraz also recounts the migration (hijra) of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), as we have just entered into the new Hijri year. All of these stories portray a struggle for good, for the sake of Allah Most High. Shaykh Faraz then calls everyone to ask themselves “what is my struggle in this life to turn to Allah?” The struggle could be getting up for Fajr, keeping up the five daily prayers, spending in the way of good, upholding justice, etc. The struggle is anything that one exerts themselves, time and effort seeking Allah thereby. He finally calls to take ourselves into account on how we spend our time, and to try to make good use of our lives.
This Friday sermon was delivered in September of 2017 at the University of Toronto.
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