27 June 2023 by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani
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Labbayka Llāhumma labbayk. Labbayka lā sharīka laka labbayk. Inna l-ḥamda, wa n-niʻmata, laka wa-l-mulk, lā sharīka lak. Allāhu Akbar, Allāhu Akbar, lā ilāha illā Llāhu wa-Llāhu akbar. Allāhu Akbar wa liLlāhi l-ḥamd. Alhamdulillah this Day of Arafat is a blessed day. In shā’a Llāh may this reward be written to you and to us in shā’a Llāh.
This beautiful and blessed time now is the time when Hajjis stand at Arafat. Hajj makes people virtuous and is a means to all kinds of goodness. Therefore, to perform Hajj is Fard (obligatory). Fard are things that are of great benefit to people. They are worships that are beneficial in a person’s life. Among worship, the Fard are works that have great benefits. The works of Dunyā are in vain. The works of Ākhirah are beneficial and true works. How lucky are those who can do them! It is a pity for those who could not do them, and those who had the opportunity and did not do them. What a pity! It is a pity for the person who does not do them, meaning who neglects them and does not do them even though he could.
But of course, the situation of the world now does not allow it. In old times, going to Hajj was a great burden. Few people could go. They were also of benefit for themselves and others also. In the present time it is easier, but this time there are other obstacles.
So the worship of Hajj is as ordered by Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla, “Wa-li-llāhi ʿalā n-nasi ḥijju l-bayti mani staṭāʿa ilayhi sabīla.” (3:97) Hajj is obligatory for everyone, but it is to whom is capable in terms of the way, money and health. Shukr to Allah ﷻ, He ﷻ didn’t say that you must go in all cases. When you have the opportunity, when the ways are opened, when you have a visa – now this issue has come up, and it has become an obstacle. Some people in old times used to be able to go after five or six years. Even some could go after ten years, they say. Now there are some people who have been waiting for fifteen years. They are waiting because the permit has not been issued yet, the visa has not been issued. This is another obstacle. This is also by Allah’s ﷻ wisdom.
Therefore, when one has the opportunity, let him do this worship. He should certainly do it, for the greatest benefit is that he will be cleansed of all his sins. Whatever burdens he has and sins he has done, he gets rid of them. It’s like being born again by his mother. He comes without any sin with Allah’s ﷻ permission. This is an important thing. Of course, if there is a servant’s right, that is another matter. He needs to be forgiven, just as Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is forgiving and cleansing all the rights that are the rights of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla.
Our Prophet ṣallá Llahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam says that whoever is not in Hajj but fasts today, the Day of Arafat, the sins of the past year and a year ahead are forgiven; which means two years. The rights of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla from worship and other things, all of the sins done are forgiven. And that is not including the servants’ rights. This is also a great mercy of Allah ﷻ and a grace of Allah ﷻ to people. If it is according to mankind’s own mind, people will not forgive the things done. Which means he does not forgive the things done to him. But the word of Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla is true and the word of our Holy Prophet ﷺ is true. All sins are forgiven.
But in shā’a Llāh, we must also repent and not return to those sins. Sins are not a good thing. They are a bad thing. Even if forgiven, not doing it again is a great goodness for people. Committing sins is badness. People do goodness to themselves, and people do badness to themselves. The biggest enemy for mankind is his own ego. The badness done by their egos are forgiven in shā’a Llāh for those who have fasted and those who went to Hajj. But he shouldn’t do it a second time. He must control his ego and not do all of them at least. Some people forbid themselves, they control their egos. Sin is something that has no goodness at all. It has a lot of evil, and no goodness at all.
But still, this opportunity exists because by Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla’s mercy the Door of Repentance is not closed. The meaning of the Ayah: O people who do badness, O people who commit sins, O people who do all kinds of inappropriate things, do not despair of Allah’s ﷻ mercy. Allah ﷻ forgives all sins. Therefore, the person who is a Muslim and does not leave faith, does not leave Islam and does not go into Kufr, Allah ﷻ forgives him for all kinds of sins he has done. And he will take care of the servant’s right by himself.
So today is a blessed day. May Allah ﷻ grant us all a good life with Iman and Islam in shā’a Llāh, with Barakah and all kinds of goodness. May He ﷻ facilitate what is good for us. May we be make our lives according to Allah’s ﷻ pleasure in shā’a Llāh. Today, these hours until the evening are the most blessed times. It is one of the most blessed days of the year. At least recite a thousand Ikhlas, Salawat, Tahlil, Takbir, Qur’an, whatever you can do, make Duas also, Allah ﷻ accepts them in shā’a Llāh. May Allah ﷻ bless you. May Allah ﷻ make us reach better years. May we be together with Mahdi ‘alayhi s-salām, Sahibu z-Zaman in shā’a Llāh.
Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha
Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani
27 June 2023/ 09 Dhu l-Hijjah 1444
Shaykh Nazim Dergah, Cyprus
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