Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Issa
Day of Arafat Sermon
delivered 8 July 2022, Masjid al-Namirah Mosque, Macca, Saudi Arabia
In the name of Allaah, the Possessor of Limitless
Mercy, the Bestower of Mercy, All praise belongs to Allaah: the All-Knowing, the
All-Acquainted. There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearing, the
All-Seeing. Allaah is the only One who deserves to be worshipped by the
inhabitants of the
I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah. He knows everything that people conceal within themselves, as well as all that is even more hidden. Nothing throughout the Earth or the heavens is concealed from Him. Indeed, the only One you are to worship is Allaah: the One besides whom none has any right to be worshipped. He encompasses all things with His knowledge.
I further testify that Muhammad is Allaah's worshipping servant and Messenger. Allaah described him by telling him, ((And Allaah taught you what you had no prior knowledge of, and the bounty that Allaah bestowed upon you has truly been immense)) [4:113]. May Allaah grant abundant commendation and protection to His Messenger as well as to the Messenger's family, Companions, and followers.
I say to all who have come for Hajj, as well as
all Muslims in all places: You are to protect yourselves from the punishment of
Allaah - the Most Exalted - [by fulfilling His commands and avoiding His
Allaah - the Most Exalted - also said, ((And you must all protect yourselves from Allaah's punishment, and know that Allaah is with those who protect themselves from His punishment.)) [2:194]. He further said, ((And you must all protect yourselves from Allaah's punishment, and know that Allaah has complete knowledge about absolutely everything.)) [2:231].
Furthermore, how could we fail to protect ourselves from Allaah's punishment, or fail to devote all worship to Him alone, when He is the only One who ultimately brings about benefits and lets harms occur? Allaah - the Most Exalted - said, ((And if Allaah afflicts you with any type of hardship, there is none who can alleviate it except Him; and if He wants to grant you any type of blessing, there is none who can withhold His favour from reaching you. Among His servants, He causes whomever He wills to experience both good and bad, and He is the Most Forgiving, the Bestower of Mercy.)) [10:107].
In making a connection between acquiring knowledge
and protecting oneself from Allaah's punishment, Allaah said, ((And you must
continue to protect yourselves from Allaah's punishment. In addition, Allaah is
the One who grants you knowledge, and Allaah has complete knowledge about
absolutely everything.)) [2:282]. Furthermore, part of seeking protection
against Allaah's punishment is complying with Allaah's call to sincerely devote
all worship to Him alone and not direct any form of worship whatsoever to other
than Him. He said, ((Mankind, worship your Lord who created you and created
those prior to you, so that you would be people who protect yourselves from His
punishment. He is the One who has made the Earth a resting place for you, made
the sky a
Therefore, do not set up rivals to Allaah in worship when you know that He alone is the One who has done all of those things.)) [2:21-22].
The preceding is what all of the Prophets called
people to. The Prophet Ibraaheem (may Allaah grant him continued protection)
told his people, (("Worship Allaah alone and protect yourselves from His
Thus, a basic principle established was that
devoting all worship to Allaah is the meaning of the testimony "laa
ilaaha illallaah" (none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah). Allaah -
the Most Exalted - stated, ((And
The combination of the testimony that only Allaah is to be worshipped, along
with the testimony that Muhammad
(may Allaah grant him commendation and protection) is Allaah's Messenger,
provides the means to pleasing Allaah,
and to attaining salvation on the Day of Return to Allaah. In addition, the
aforementioned testimony of
Messengership entails affirming the truth of everything we were informed about
by the Prophet Muhammad,
complying with his directives, and worshipping Allaah according to the teachings
that he brought (may Allaah
grant him commendation and protection). Allaah - who is perfect in every way -said, ((Prophet of Allaah, We
have sent you as a witness, a bearer of glad tidings, a warner, a caller to
Allaah by His permission, and a
Together, the foregoing two testimonies are the first pillar of Islaam, as the
Prophet (may Allaah grant him
commendation and protection) said, "Islaam has been built upon five: testifying
that none has the right to be
The second pillar of Islaam is obligatory prayer. Allaah - the Most Exalted - said, ((And establish prayer as prescribed. Indeed, prayer in that manner prevents people from immorality and wrongdoing. Furthermore, mention of Allaah is greatest and Allaah has complete knowledge of all that you do.)) [29:45].
The third pillar of Islaam, obligatory charity, is mentioned in conjunction with
obligatory prayer at many
points in the Book of Allaah. Obligatory charity involves a wealthy person
giving a small portion of his wealth
The other pillars of Islaam are fasting the lunar month of Ramadaan and
performing Hajj at Allaah's Sacred
House. Allaah - the Most Exalted - said, ((And performance of Hajj at this House
is an obligation people must
I say to all who are performing Hajj: Allaah has blessed you by making it easy
for you to carry out this
obligation; thus, ensure that you fulfil it while following the guidance of your
Prophet (may Allaah grant him
The Prophet (may Allaah grant him commendation and protection) had also clarified other levels of this religion. The level of Ihsaan entails that you worship Allaah as though you are seeing Him; and even though you do not see Him in this world, He certainly sees you. There are also the pillars of Eemaan, which entail that you have sound beliefs about Allaah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and His preordainment whether its results are perceived to be good or bad.
I say to all who have come to perform Hajj at Allaah's Sanctified House, as well
as all Muslims in all places: I
counsel all of you, as well as myself, to seek protection against the punishment
of Allaah - the Most Exalted -
Servants of Allaah, you must also realize that hastening to do good things includes being keen to comply with the values taught by Islaam: values that soundly mold the conduct of a Muslim and refine them in the best way. Those were embodied by our esteemed Prophet (may Allaah grant him commendation and protection), whom his Lord - the Most Majestic and Exalted - described by saying, ((And you are most certainly established upon an admirable standard of conduct)) [68:4]. That Prophet (may Allaah grant him commendation and protection) was the one who had said, "Indeed, those most beloved to me among you, and those who will be nearest to me in rank on the Day of Resurrection, are the ones who have the soundest conduct."
In a general sense, sound conduct comprises values that are shared by all people
in general, and they are
respected by Muslims and others as well. That conduct entails traversing a sound
course in words and deeds.
When you do so, you will find that if there was animosity between you and someone else, he will become like a beloved friend.)) [41:34].
With respect to dealing with insolence from others, Allaah - who is perfect in every way - said, ((Accept the deeds and conduct that people readily offer, instruct people to do what is correct, and turn away from those who behave ignorantly.)) [7:199]. Allaah - who is perfect in every way - also said, ((Thus, continue to persevere. The promise of Allaah is the truth, and do not let people who have no certainty divert you.)) [30:60]. In other words, beware of letting them involve you in argumentative exchanges and the consequences that ensue.
Due to the well-grounded values that a Muslim must have, he is not to give any
mind to those who are insolent,
have ulterior motives, or seek to obstruct him. He is to bear in mind the
statement of Allaah, the Most Exalted,
((And when they hear wrongful words, they withdraw from that and they say, "We
have our deeds and you have your
deeds. You will remain in safety from hearing or experiencing anything harmful
from us. We do not seek to follow
the course of the ignorant.")) [28:55]. A Muslim is also to realize that
persisting in argumentation with such
people makes their presence more prominent, supports their interests, and makes
them happy; in fact, many of
them are dependent upon that argumentation. Nonetheless, it must also be borne
in mind that dangers of deception
Dear worshippers performing Hajj at Allaah's Sanctified House; dear Muslims: Among the values taught by Islaam are avoiding all that leads to dissent, animosity, or division; and instead, ensuring that our interactions are dominated by harmony and compassion.
These values come at the head of what adhering to the Qur'aan and Sunnah means. Allaah - the Most Majestic and Exalted - said, ((All of you must adhere to the Qur'aan and Sunnah, and you must not be divided among yourselves)) [3:103]. It is that unity, brotherhood, and cooperation which constitutes a fortification of safety that protects our Ummah and its togetherness, and also contributes to maintaining sound interactions with others.
The preceding serves to underscore that Islaam has an encompassing spirit whose
goodness extends to all of
humanity, and its esteemed Prophet (may Allaah grant him commendation and
protection) is the one who said, "The
best of people are those who benefit others most." Thus, the teachings of Islaam
have an inherent humanitarian
nature whose standards do not become compromised, and whose foundations do not
become altered. In light of that,
each individual among you should love what is good for all people, and strive to
bring their hearts together.
Consequently, this guidance bore soundly directed followers who traversed the path of Islaam. The well-grounded scholars of Islaam also have a very positive effect in tirelessly bearing the responsibility of clarifying the truth, and that includes confronting misconceptions and incorrect understandings regarding Islaam.
I say to all who have come to perform Hajj at Allaah's Sanctified House: one of
the settings in which
supplications are answered is this very setting that you are now in. The Prophet
(may Allaah grant him
Dear Muslims, seize the opportunities of this majestic time: the Day of 'Arafah,
which is the day on which
Allaah - the Most Exalted - sent down His statement, ((Today, I have perfected
your religion for you, I have
Allaah indeed draws near and then boasts to the angels about them." Therefore, supplicate Allaah much since He has promised that He will respond to your supplications. Allaah - the Most Exalted - stated, ((And your Lord said: Call upon Me and I will respond to you.)) [40:60]. Allaah also said to His Messenger, ((When My servants ask you about Me, inform them that I am most certainly near. I respond to the prayer of the supplicant when he calls upon Me.)) [2:186].
O Allaah, accept Hajj from all who have come to perform it; respond to their supplications; facilitate matters for them; forgive their sins; and enable them to return to their homelands in safety, having earned Your reward, and having attained high standing with You. And among them, there are those who say, "Our Lord, grant us good in this world, grant us good in the hereafter, and save us from the torment of the hellfire."
O Allaah, set matters right for the people of Islaam, rectify matters between them, spread knowledge and goodness throughout them, make their children righteous individuals, bless them in their provisions, and admit them to Paradise.
O Allaah, direct, guide, and support the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ibn 'Abdil-'Azeez, as well as his Crown Prince Muhammad ibn Salman. Grant the best of rewards to them and their government for all that they have done - and continue to do - in the service of Islaam, Muslims, and humanity at large. We implore You to be with them as their source of strength and support.
And may Allaah grant commendation and protection to our Prophet Muhammad as well as to the Prophet's family and Companions.
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