۞ وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ (133) الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ (134) وَالَّذِينَ إِذَا فَعَلُوا فَاحِشَةً أَوْ ظَلَمُوا أَنفُسَهُمْ ذَكَرُوا اللَّهَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُوا لِذُنُوبِهِمْ وَمَن يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَلَمْ يُصِرُّوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلُوا وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ (135) أُولَٰئِكَ جَزَاؤُهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَجَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا ۚ وَنِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ (136) قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ سُنَنٌ فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ (137) هَٰذَا بَيَانٌ لِّلنَّاسِ وَهُدًى وَمَوْعِظَةٌ لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ (138) وَلَا تَهِنُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَنتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ (139) إِن يَمْسَسْكُمْ قَرْحٌ فَقَدْ مَسَّ الْقَوْمَ قَرْحٌ مِّثْلُهُ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَيَّامُ نُدَاوِلُهَا بَيْنَ النَّاسِ وَلِيَعْلَمَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَيَتَّخِذَ مِنكُمْ شُهَدَاءَ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الظَّالِمِينَ (140)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ، وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ
Jummah Mubarak Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Our Almighty Lord said in the following Verse: “And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous.”
And our Prophet (pbuh) was asked by a companion, “What most admits people to Paradise?” He (pbuh) said: “Piety, meaning the awareness of responsibility towards Allah, and good manners.”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Our Lord taught us the path that leads to His Jannah and saves from hell in the Qur’an al-Kareem, which is our guidance for life. And our Prophet (pbuh) showed us this path by exemplifying it. The end of this path is eternal salvation. The end of this path is endless peace. So let us have a look at the features of a Paradise Wayfarer today.
The way to Paradise is entered through faith. For eternal salvation is reached through faith. The first condition of being a believer is sincere faith in the existence and unity of Allah, His messengers, angels, books, the Last Day, and that divine fate and destiny are ordained by Allah. The believer (Mu’min) is the one who sincerely submits to Allah. The Mu’min is the one who holds on to his faith until his last breath. He does not lose devotion and submission despite various calamities.
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Worship and good deeds are the conditions to proceed on the path to Jannah. A devout prayer, sincere fast, hajj (pilgrimage), the Zakah, the sacrifice are part of worship, so is any good deed with the intention to gain Allah’s approval also a worship. Doing good to the parents, to our partners and children, to our neighbours and relatives, to any living creature, is worship. Making life easier to each other, sharing our blessings and opportunities with our brothers, helping each other, are all of worship. Being the hand of the one who cannot hold, being the eye of the one who cannot see, the foot of the one who cannot walk, and the tongue of the one who cannot talk, is all about worship. In short, abstaining from evil and striving on the path of goodness is worship.
A condition for emerging on the path to Jannah is good manners – girding ourselves with sincerity towards our Lord, ourselves and our environment; never loosing truthfulness and direction; never breaking a promise, never betraying. For the Believer, who is described by the Messenger of Mercy (pbuh) as the “one from whose tongue and hand Muslims are safe”, must not harm anyone. He must not waste and squander away his short life by harming the honor and dignity of a human, whom Allah created as a dignified creature, through his words, attitudes or behaviour. The believer’s maxim is good manners according to the hadith “If you do not feel ashamed, then do whatever you like.”
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
I would like to end our Khutbah with the following invocation: “O Allah! Grant us Your paradise, and words and deeds that lead us to paradise. We seek refuge from the fires of hell, and deeds and behavior that leads us to hell.”