From the Minbar: In view of a prosperous Ramadan

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Lecturer: Prof Abdulrahman Oloyede

Topic: In view of a prosperous Ramadan

Venue: University of Ibadan Central Mosque

Date: Friday, Sha’ban 8, 1438.

It is with great delight that I have to come to you this week with the Holy Words from the Minbar. Glory is Allaah’s – and no one else’s. Perfection is His – and no one shares it with Him. The Dominion of Divinity is His – no one knows; unless that which He makes known. We cherish Him, we adore Him, we revere Him. May He embellish Prophet Muhammad with His glorious and unending mercies and grace. So also, we pray, should He do to his noble companions, his ménage and every believing Muslim till the end of time.

In today’s sermon, the Imam caravanned the congregation on a Spiritual Odyssey about some welcome messages into Ramadan. In prepping for the Holy month, he declared, good deeds – whose rewards are in manifolds – must sincerely be upheld.

He then charged everyone to hold on tight to rope of Allaah’s rules. “If you want what is in the hand of Allah,” he pointed out, “do what pleases Him,” he stressed.

Professor Oloyede continued by explaining the saying of the Prophet that Rajab is for Allaah, Sha’ban is for Muhammad, Ramadan is for his Ummah.

He therefore gave the reason behind the first claim. This is because in this month, – the month of Rajab – Allaah revealed what He is required of His creatures in worshipping Him. The five daily solawaat were ordained on mankind in this month. Thus, it is Allaah’s month, he inferred.

Moving on, Sha’ban was said to be the Prophet’s because it was in this month Allaah alternated the place of direction during solah. The Prophet was granted a change from facing Masjid-l-Aqsoh in Jerusalem to Ka’bah in Mecca. In the same vein, the Imam put it further, Allaah revealed a glorious verse of the Qur’an – Suratul-Ahzaab, Verse 56:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

“Allaah sends His Salat (Graces, Honours, Blessings, Mercy, etc.) on the Prophet (Muhammad SAW) and also His angels too (ask Allah to bless and forgive him). O you who believe! Send your Salat on (ask Allah to bless) him (Muhammad), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islamic way of greeting (salutation i.e. As-Salamu ‘Alaikum).”

For these reasons, the month of Sha’ban was ascribed to the Prophet was the deduction of the Imam.

From the foregoing, Ramadan was referred to as the month of the Ummah because in it we can have a turnaround in our lives. A month embellished with bountiful bounties a month wherein the gates of jahannam are always on lockdown and those of Jannah are flung open; a month when shaytorn and his ménage of cacodemons are cuffed and incapacitated. All of these are done by Allaah to ensure the Ummah of Muhammad is saved. Hence, it is month of the Ummah.

In the light of this, Imam implored we steer clear of shirk – in fact, all forms of disobedience – to fulfil Allaah’s plans in our lives. He buttressed this by adding that hell is not for any of us; it for those who disbelieve in Allaah’s injunctions. As a result, we Muslims must be cautious in our deeds, speeches and even our silence – all must be in consonance with Allaah’s wish, not our own whims and caprices. Islam, he stressed, is not folklore; it is a Divine Message from the Almighty. So prejudice, self desire, egoistic whims and caprices does not have a footing in Islam, the religion of Abraham, Moses, Noah, Jesus, Muhammad and every other messenger of Allaah.

He concluded the sermon by stating in clear terms the verse – with which he started the sermon with – in Surah An-Nahl, Verse 90, where Allaah admonishes us thus,

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

“Allaah commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.”

Remember, he reminded, shaytorn has set traps. Follow Allaah, he preached. Despise self desire, he admonished. Because, he reassured, if you want to get what is with Allaah, you must do what pleases Him. May Allaah grant us the will to always love to obey and follow His injunctions.

May He gift us the stronghold to always detest the mere smear of evil. Ameen.

Akinpelu Yusuf is a Campus Journalist who schools as a Statistician in the University of Ibadan.




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