وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ ﴿٣٤﴾صدق الله العظيم

Brothers and Sisters!

In the verse I have recited, Allah Almighty wills: “And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.”[i]

And in the hadith I have recited, our Master the Prophet (saw) warns us: “Do not let yourselves be ‘yes- men’, saying: ‘If the people are good then we will be good, and if they are wrong then we will be wrong. ‘Rather, make up your own minds, if the people are good then you are good, and if they are evil, then do not behave unjustly.”[ii]

Brothers and Sisters!

Goodness does not mean a person’s only working towards their own interest; and nor does it have a narrow scope only to be confined to association with financial aid. It comes in countless ways. Any word, attitude, and behaviour that will make us beloved in both worlds, bring us happiness, and get us Allah’s blessing counts as a good deed.

Goodness means being a friend to the lonely, something to rest on to the exhausted, a shelter to the wretched, and help to the needy; it means making the world liveable. It means being able to fondly pat on the heads of the Ummah’s destitute orphans. It means making the downtrodden happy, and being like the Ansar to the immigrants of the Islamic world who have become refugees. Goodness means lending a helping hand to those in need and to the stranded, offering company to the abandoned, and help to the helpless. Sometimes it means smiling at our brothers and sisters, and sometimes it means meeting in prayers for one another in trying times. Remember, the more a person cares about their brother and sister, the more they sympathize with the troubles of the downtrodden, the orphan, the abandoned, the more good they will do for themselves as well.

Honourable Brothers and Sisters!

I regret to say that we and the whole humanity are surrounded by evil every passing day. The understanding of benevolence is getting damaged day by day. A part of the world is fighting to meet their basic needs in hunger, poverty, and fear. And the other part pursues their desires irresponsibly and lavishly. The humankind is losing its fairness, conscience, and mercy for the sake of ambition, greed, fancy, desire, and whim.

Friday Prayer - Jumuah Khutba 「Those Who Forgot Allah Will Be Forgotten」
Friday Prayer – Jumuah Khutba 「Goodness Changes The World」

Brothers and Sisters!

Today, humanity is trying to destroy evil with evil, and eliminate violence with violence. It is disregarded that responding to evil with evil will only create more evil. However, our Mighty Rabb shows a magnificent path to all humanity. He commands us to make goodness prevail on earth to get rid of evil. He reveals that when we make goodness prevail, evil will disappear on its own; malice will be able to be mended with charity, and corruption with recovery. He wants us to throw hatred, anger, and loathing out of our hearts to avoid becoming a slave to evil, and adorn our souls with virtues like grace, compassion, mercy, and affection.

Brothers and Sisters!

Then come! Let us build bridges of goodness and mercy between our hearts. Let us spread goodness in waves across our houses, our country, and our world. Let us not forget that goodness changes the world.

I would like to conclude my khutbah with the following prayer that our Generous Book has taught us: “Our Lord! Give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire!”[iii]

[i] Fussilat, 41/34.

[ii] Tirmidhi, Birr, 63.

[iii] Al-Baqarah, 2/201.