يَوْمَ تَجِدُ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَّا عَمِلَتْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ مُّحْضَرًا وَمَا عَمِلَتْ مِن سُوءٍ تَوَدُّ لَوْ أَنَّ بَيْنَهَا وَبَيْنَهُ أَمَدًا بَعِيدًا ۗ وَيُحَذِّرُكُمُ اللَّهُ نَفْسَهُ ۗ وَاللَّهُ رَءُوفٌ بِالْعِبَادِ (30) قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ (31) قُلْ أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ ۖ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْكَافِرِينَ (32) ۞ إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَىٰ آدَمَ وَنُوحًا وَآلَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَآلَ عِمْرَانَ عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ (33) ذُرِّيَّةً بَعْضُهَا مِن بَعْضٍ ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ (34) إِذْ قَالَتِ امْرَأَتُ عِمْرَانَ رَبِّ إِنِّي نَذَرْتُ لَكَ مَا فِي بَطْنِي مُحَرَّرًا فَتَقَبَّلْ مِنِّي ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ (35) فَلَمَّا وَضَعَتْهَا قَالَتْ رَبِّ إِنِّي وَضَعْتُهَا أُنثَىٰ وَاللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا وَضَعَتْ وَلَيْسَ الذَّكَرُ كَالْأُنثَىٰ ۖ وَإِنِّي سَمَّيْتُهَا مَرْيَمَ وَإِنِّي أُعِيذُهَا بِكَ وَذُرِّيَّتَهَا مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ (36) فَتَقَبَّلَهَا رَبُّهَا بِقَبُولٍ حَسَنٍ وَأَنبَتَهَا نَبَاتًا حَسَنًا وَكَفَّلَهَا زَكَرِيَّا ۖ كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا الْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِندَهَا رِزْقًا ۖ قَالَ يَا مَرْيَمُ أَنَّىٰ لَكِ هَٰذَا ۖ قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِندِ اللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ (37)صدق الله العظيم

مالك أنه بلغه أن رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – قال : تركت فيكم أمرين لن تضلوا ما تمسكتم بهما : كتاب الله ، وسنة نبيه – صلى الله عليه وسلم

Honorable Believers!
Our Lord Almighty enjoins in the verse I have recited: “Say (O Prophet): ‘If you love Allah, follow me, (and) Allah will love you and forgive you your sins; for Allah is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.’ ”
Our Prophet (pbuh) says in the hadith I have recited: “I have left behind over you that which if you hold fast to it, you will never go astray: the book of Allah and the sunnah of His prophet.”
Honorable Brothers and Sisters!
We learn our holy religion Islam from two main sources. The first one is our guide to salvation: the Quran. The second one is the noble sunnah of our Prophet which enlightens the ages. Just like there is no faith in Allah without faith in prophets; it is not possible to truly understand Quran and practice it in our lives without the exemplary life, character, authentic sunnah and hadiths of our Prophet. Because Quran was revealed to our Prophet; it was understood with him and reflected to the real life through his example.
Brothers and Sisters!
Our Lord Almighty says in the Quran,

“O you who believe! Believe in Allah, and His Messenger…”

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا آمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَالْكِتَابِ الَّذِي نَزَّلَ عَلَىٰ رَسُولِهِ وَالْكِتَابِ الَّذِي أَنْزَلَ مِنْ قَبْلُ ۚ وَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا

“O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger…”

﴿ يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ فَإِنْ تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِنْ كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ذَلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا(59) ﴾

Friday Prayer - Jumuah Khutba 「Those Who Forgot Allah Will Be Forgotten」
Friday Prayer – Jumuah Khutba 「Those Who Forgot Allah Will Be Forgotten」

and enjoins us to submit to Him while following His Messenger. As stated in our Holy Book Quran, following our Prophet is directly related and connected with the love for Allah. Thus, a faith without respect for the Prophet would make one neither a believer, nor a Muslim.
Honorable Believers!
Our Prophet is a source of mercy and guidance sent to all mankind. He told us about the reason of our existence. He taught us to properly worship Allah in the right way and the way to earn His countenance. He invited us to virtue and goodness with his words and his character.
It is a fact that, if a believer seeks happiness in this world and hereafter, then he must follow the authentic sunnah of our Prophet (pbuh). Truly following the sunnah begins with understanding Quran correctly as our Prophet proclaimed it and practicing it in our lives. Following the sunnah leads to a profound heart, an open mind, an exalted soul and a virtuous character. Following the sunnah is to stand firm against ignorance and indolence, spite and hatred, violence and discord. It is to pursue supreme ideals always in order to leave a more livable world to the future generations. To follow the sunnah is to dress ourselves in sagacity and perception, loyalty and reliability, patience and strength, mercy and compassion, respect and love, and more importantly, in morality.
Honorable Brothers and Sisters!
Telling the exemplary life of our Prophet to us, the sunnah and hadiths are the common heritage of all believers. Every believer who loves our Prophet, who embraces His example and walks in His path, belongs in the fellowship of the sunnah. No individual or group has the right to regard themselves as the sole protectors of the sunnah. Likewise, the understandings and attempts on discrediting and excluding the sunnah are just futile efforts.
How happy is the one who walks on the path of Allah and His Messenger Muhammad Mustafa (pbuh)! How happy is the one who follows Allah’s Book and the sunnah of His Messenger!

i.    Ali ‘Imran, 3/31.
ii.   Muwatta, Fate, 3.
iii.  An-Nisa, 4/136.
iv.  An-Nisa, 4/59.