A Blessed Friday to You, Brothers and Sisters!
In the verse I have recited at the beginning of my Khutbah, the Almighty enjoins: “They who believe and do not mix their belief with injustice – those will have security, and they are [rightly] guided.”i
In the hadith I have recited, the Prophet (pbuh) says: “He who breaches one’s trust will never have his faith reach perfection. He who does not honor his word can never be pious in a perfect sense.”ii
Brothers and Sisters!
The verse I have recited declares two conditions for building a safe world. The first one is faith. One cannot reach the right path without believing their Allah and His Messenger and without being a believer. And one cannot attain the truth in faith without protecting what’s been entrusted to them and being a reliable person. There is no faith without security, practicing Islam would not be possible.
The second condition for building a secure world is to never foul our faith with injustice and shirk in any way. Embracing justice means not condoning injustice. It means always keeping in mind that the Earth, life, Allah’s blessings, and every person around us are entrusted to us.
Brothers and Sisters!
All the prophets called the humankind to faith. They endured many hardships and tough tests to make the world a safe home. Every prophet experienced safety first in his own heart then in life.
“There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers,”iii cried Prophet Jonah (as) as he was safe in the stomach of a fish in dark seas.
Abraham the Friend of Allah attained peace and safety under Allah’s protection when he was thrown into the fire for tawhid. As he raised the foundations of Kaaba with his son Ishmael, he first prayed for security from his Lord saying,
“O Lord! Make this a secure city!”iv
When Prophet Joseph (as) was thrown into a well by his brothers and his dignity was defamed, he always had trust in his Lord. When his father Jacob (as) and his mother came to visit him, he embraced them saying,
”Allah willing, enter Egypt safe and secure!”v And Prophet Moses grew up in safety next to the Pharaoh with Allah’s assistance and protection.
Honorable Brothers and Sisters!
Our Beloved Prophet, who spent his life facing hardships in the cause of tawhid and spreading the word, sought Allah’s security in the Cave of the Bull during Hijrah. In the desolation of the cave, he instilled confidence in his loyal friend AbuBakr (ra) saying,
“Do not grieve! Indeed Allah is with us.”vi
He was Muhammad (pbuh) the Trustworthy trusted by friend and foe, near and far. He was an honest, pure, modest person from whose hand, tongue, and heart nobody was hurt.
As believers, our duty is to take examples from the chain of prophets, equip ourselves with the morality of our Beloved Prophet, and become the trustworthy Ummah of the trustworthy prophet. Remember that the key to being reliable is protecting faith and what the Almighty has given us.
i Al-An’am, 6/82.
ii Ibn Hanbal, III, 134.
iii Al-Anbiya, 21/87.
iv Al-Baqarah, 2/126.
v Yusuf, 12/99.
vi At-Tawbah, 9/40