نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقاً لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ وَأَنزَلَ التَّوْرَاةَ وَالإِنجِيلَمِن قَبْلُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَأَنزَلَ الْفُرْقَانَ

Honourable Believers!

In the verse I have recited, Allah Almighty wills, “He has sent down upon you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. And He revealed the Torah and the Gospel…”1

Brothers and Sisters!

There came periods in the history of humankind at times when tawhid and the wisdom and goal of creation fell into oblivion. Allah Almighty showed the true path to humanity again with His prophets. He sent books to be experienced. Allah’s books are Allah’s words, the finest of its kind, put into letters and paragraphs. Belief in Allah’s books is another article of being a believer. Believing in the books is acknowledging Allah’s word is the true word. Belief in the books is accepting that each book confirmed the one before itself and the last piece of the chain was crowned with Quran.

Brothers and Sisters!

We are ordered to indiscriminately believe in all divine books. It is of course applicable for the untouched versions of those books, in the form they were sent by Allah. We believers believe in the original states of divine books. We accept them as the word of Allah in their pristine condition and pay them due respect. We know that denying a book is actually denying its owner. We also accept that the original versions of current divine books were changed except for Quran.

Brothers and Sisters!

At a time when holy books which served as divine guides were manipulated, Allah sent our Master as the prophet. Once again he showed the path to humanity through revelation. The tradition of revelation that began with the first human being ended with Muhammad Mustafa (s.a.w). He is the Khatam an-Nabiyyin, the last prophet. The Holy Quran, which he personally taught us through experience, is the last divine book. Now, the Quran, the source of true path, is the sole guide. Bliss in the world and in the afterlife depends on abiding by grand values presented to us in the example of the Quran and the Messenger of Allah.

Friday Prayer - Jumuah Khutba 「Those Who Forgot Allah Will Be Forgotten」
Friday Prayer – Jumuah Khutba 「Belief In The Books」

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

The Holy Quran is the greatest legacy left by our Master to his ummah; it is the living miracle. As stated in the verse “Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, we will be its guardian.”2 it is under Allah’s protection.

Quran shows us the meaning of our existence, the purpose of our lives. It tells us where we came from and where we are headed. It teaches us how to be a good servant, a good daughter/son, a good neighbour, and in short a good person. It advises grace, justice, and benevolence. Reading, listening to, and understanding the Quran is a religious service. Experiencing it through life is the goal of our existence. Quran is a protector and a saviour for those who cling to it. It is a source of healing, a guide for the true path, and a means of mercy. Those who put their lives in order under the guidance of Quran and treading in the footsteps of our Master the Prophet will never lose their way;3 they will never lose sight of their direction.

May Allah Almighty never deprive us of the light and guidance of our Holy Book and the example of our Master (s.a.w). I would like to conclude the khutbah with the following hadith from our Prophet: “Word of Allah is the best word; path of Muhammad is the best path.”4

1 Âl-i İmrân, 3/2-4.

2 Al-Hijr, 15/9.

3 Muvattâ, Kader, 1.

4 Nesâî, Sehv, 65.