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The Fruits of Faith

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book, “But as for those who believe and do good deeds, their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Streams will flow at their feet in the Gardens of Bliss.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

One of the graces that the Almighty Allah bestowed upon His servants is that He made for every good work that man performs good fruits.  One of the greatest works that has good effects on the individual and society is Belief in Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) showed us the reality the belief that should be present in the heart of the believer when Jibreel asked him about belief. The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day and that you believe in destiny (Qadar), its bad and good consequences.” Faith is not just a word to be uttered by the tongue. Rather, it is a belief instilled in the heart, an acknowledgment with the tongue and actions of the body. Faith is something that is settled in the heart and is manifested by actions that show adherence to the commands of Allah and avoidance of His prohibitions.

Once, Imam Hassan Al-Basri was asked: Are you a believer? He replied: “Belief is of two kinds. If you are asking me about belief in Allah, His Angels, Scriptures, Messengers, Paradise, and resurrection, then I’m a believer. But if you ask me about the words of the Almighty Allah, “True believers are those whose hearts tremble with awe when Allah is mentioned, whose faith increases when His revelations are recited to them,” then I do not know whether or not I’m one of them.

When the true belief touches the heart and guides the soul, it will have strong impact in purifying the soul and the mind and it will have its effects on the individual and society. Among the fruits of such belief is that: it leads to the high morality because faith and honesty are related to one another. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “No faith for those lacking honesty, and no faith for those who do not respect their promise.” Also, belief and modesty are related to one another. Safwan Ibn Sulaym said, “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked, ‘Can the believer be a coward?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He was asked, ‘Can the believer be a miser?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He was asked, ‘Can the believer be a liar?’ He said, ‘No.’” some scholars equated belief to truthfulness, saying, “Genuine belief means that one says the truth even if he thinks it would harm him, and to avoid lying even if one thinks it would protect him.” Thus, when a person has high morals it means ha has true faith. A believer always utters good words that build correct, and develop, not those word that destruct, spoil or cause damage.  Our religion is a religion of ethics, reformation, and construction.  Whoever exceeds in these manners, he exceeds in faith.

Among the fruits of faith are tranquility and inner peace. When faith controls the human soul, it will be filled with tranquility, certainty and contentment, and thus will attain happiness in this world and the Hereafter.  The true believer realizes that what has come to him could have never missed him, and that what has missed him could have never come to you. This makes a believer always thanking Allah in times of easiness and patient is the state of hardships. The Almighty Allah says, “He will guide the heart of anyone who believes in Him.” The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him.”

Among these fruits is that faith protects a believer from committing major sins. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The one who commits an illegal sexual intercourse is not a believer at the time of committing illegal sexual intercourse and a thief is not a believer at the time of committing theft and a drinker of alcoholic drink is not a believer at the time of drinking.” The true believer also avoids anything that harms his brothers such as mockery and evil thoughts. The Almighty Allah said, “Believers, no one group of men should jeer at another, who may after all be better than them; no one group of women should jeer at another, who may after all be better than them; do not speak ill of one another; do not use offensive nicknames for one another. How bad it is to be called a mischief-maker after accepting faith! Those who do not repent of this behavior are evildoers.” Allah also said, “Believers, avoid many suspicions – some suspicions are sinful- and do not spy on one another or speak ill of people behind their backs: would any of you like to eat the flesh of your dead brother? No, you would hate it. So be mindful of Allah: Allah is ever relenting, most merciful.” Belief instils in the heart the value of thinking well of others, as Allah said, “When you heard the lie, why did believing men and women not think well of their own people and declare, ‘This is obviously a lie’?”

Among the fruits of faith is the support and help from Allah, because genuine faith makes a person under the protection of Allah, as the Almighty Allah said, “For Allah is certainly with the believers.” The word “with” here means support, help and assistance. The Almighty Allah also said, “O you who believe! If you help Allah, He will help you and make you stand firm.” Allah, the Almighty, says: “Indeed, We will support Our messengers and those who believe during the life of this world and on the Day when the witnesses will stand; “and incumbent upon Us was support of the believers” and “Those to whom hypocrites said, “Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they ‘Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs.’ So they returned with favor from Allah and bounty, no harm having touched them. And they pursued the pleasure of Allah, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty.”

One of the fruits of belief is for Allah, Most High, to entrench the love of man into the hearts of others. So, the true believer shall be lenient and easy to deal with. In this regard, He, Most High, says: “Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection.” That is to say that whenever the man sincerely gets close to Allah, He, Glorified is He, would make the hearts of the believers turn to him in love; a point which is recorded in the Qudusi Hadith wherein Allah, the Almighty, says: ” When Allah loves a slave, calls out Jibril and says: ‘I love so-and-so; so love him’. Then Jibril loves him. After that he (Jibril) announces to the inhabitants of heavens that Allah loves so- and-so; so love him; and the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also love him and then make people on earth love him” and ” And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.”

Another fruit for true belief in Allah is that it is a main reason for alleviating disasters and removing afflictions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Shouldn’t I tell you about something that if one of you is afflicted with harm or disaster, Allah will alleviate his affliction in case he says it! The companions said: “Yes!” He (PBUH) said: “The supplication of Dhu Al-Nun “There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers,” for Allah, Most High, said afterwards, “So We responded to him and saved him from the distress. And thus do We save the believers.”

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds; I bear witness that there is no god but Allah; and I bear witness that our master Prophet Muhammad is His slave and Messenger; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family, companions and whoever follows their guidance to the Day of Judgment.

Muslim brothers,

One of the greatest fruits of Iman is that it realizes social security and safety. If belief is well established in the heart of the true believer, it will serve as a source for security and stability, thus people’s souls and property are safe. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand the people are safe, and the believer is the one from whom the people’s lives and wealth are safe.” So, the ethics of true believers prevent them from terrifying others or committing aggression against them, even if they are non-Muslims; Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whoever kills a Mu’ahid, will not smell the fragrance of Paradise, even though its fragrance may be detected from a distance of forty years.”

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) explicitly stated that he who harms his neighbors is not a perfect Muslim or who eats to the full while his neighbors are hungry; He (PBUH) said, “By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe!” It was said, “Who is that, O Allah’s Messenger (PBUH)?” He said, “That person whose neighbor does not feel safe from his evil.” So, true belief drives man to do good, help others, cultivate his manner and whose impact is reflected in his behavior and dealing with other creatures. He even shows mercy for man, animals and inanimate objects just to attain to the Pleasure of Allah, Most High, “And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, (8) [Saying], “We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude.”

True is the poet who composed the following verses:

In case belief is lost, safety is lost

And there will be no life for he who does not have a religion

And he who is content with life away from religion

He has truly accompanied himself to destruction

One of the greatest fruits of belief in Allah is the great reward prepared by Allah for the true believers in the Hereafter “Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them rivers will flow in the Gardens of Pleasure;” “And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow;” “But they who believe and do righteous deeds – those are the companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally” and “Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – they will have the Gardens of Paradise as a lodging, (107) Wherein they abide eternally. They will not desire from it any transfer.”

In the Qudusi Hadith, Allah, Most High, states, ” The Prophet, said, “Allah said, ‘I have prepared for My pious worshipers such things as no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard of, and nobody has ever thought of. All that is reserved, besides which, all that you have seen, is nothing.” Then he recited:- ‘No soul knows what is kept hidden (in reserve) for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.’

So, we should do our best to reach this degree of Iman on the level of conviction, saying and actions, and thus showing mercy, cooperation, truthfulness, shyness, generosity and chastity will prevail. On the other hand, we should keep away from lying, cheating, betrayal, backbiting, mischief, and injustice.

O Allah! Make Iman endear to us and make us hate disbelief, immorality and disobedience and make us from those who are rightly-guided! O Allah! Protect our country and all the world’s countries!

High Spirit…the Way of Developed Nations

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book, “So race for your Lord’s forgiveness and a Garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allah and His Messengers: that is Allah’s bounty, which He bestows on whoever He pleases. Allah’s bounty is infinite.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

Through its sublime morals, Islam encourages people to work hard, endeavor, strive, have high spirit, and develop the world. Islam also prohibits laziness and corruption. This goes in conformity with the teachings of previous Divine Messages. The Almighty Allah says, “Has he not been told what was written in the Scriptures of Moses, and of Abraham, who fulfilled his duty: that no soul shall bear the burden of another; and that each person will only have what they endeavored towards, that his labor will be seen; and that in the end he will be repaid in full for it.” The Prophet (PBUH) showed the value of high spirit saying, “Allah is the Most Generous and He Loves Generosity; He loves the lofty morals and hates base ones.” Umar Ibn Al-Khattab said, “Do not be people of low spirit! I never saw anything that hinders from [achieving] great ranks more than low spirit does.” It is said that “a sign of one’s perfect mind is his high spirit.” Poet Al-Mutanabbi said:

I never saw a fault in people’s characters

Worse than the competent’s losing perfection

It is noteworthy that high spirit is not limited to one area. It must be present at all acts that a person does. This includes: the Worship of Allah. The Shari’ah has encouraged us to compete in the area of worship, as the Almighty Allah says, “Hurry towards your Lord’s forgiveness and a Garden as wide as the heavens and earth prepared for the righteous.” The Almighty Allah promises great reward for those who strive in their acts of worship saying, “But if anyone desires the life to come and strives after it as he should, as a true believer, his striving will be thanked.”

The Prophet (PBUH) was a person of high spirit in all of his affairs, including his worship. Allah (Glory be to Him) addressed him saying, “You [Prophet], enfolded in your cloak! Stay up throughout the night, all but a small part of it, half, or a little less, or a little more; recite the Quran slowly and distinctly: We shall send a momentous message down to you.” This was why the Prophet (PBUH) used to offer night prayers till his feet became swollen. When he was asked about that, he said, ‘Should not I be a thankful slave of Allah)?”

The Prophet (PBUH) used to encourage his Companions and followers to achieve excellence and have high spirit. He once said, “if you ask Allah for anything, ask Him for the Firdaus, for it is the last part of Paradise and the highest part of Paradise, and at its top there is the Throne of Beneficent [Allah], and from it gush forth the rivers of Paradise.” Companion Rabi’ah Ibn Ka’b said, “I was with Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) one night. I brought him water and what he required. He said to me: Ask (anything you like). I said: I ask your company in Paradise. He (PBUH) said: Or anything else besides it. I said: That is all (what I require). He said: Then help me to achieve this for you by devoting yourself often to prostration.”

Having high spirit in the worship means to perfect its performance, and to be reflected on one’s behaviors and morals. That means one should not lie, betray, forge, or consume others’ properties. In that way, one’s behaviors go in line with the goal of his worship; thus, straightness, which is the basis of this religion, will be achieved.

One of the most important spheres to have high spirit in is seeking knowledge: The Prophet (PBUH) commanded us to ask Allah to grant us useful knowledge that benefits all humans. He (PBUH) said, “Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with Allah from knowledge that is of no benefit.” Ones of the Prophet’s supplications is “(O Allah, I seek refuge with You from knowledge that is of no benefit…” Useful knowledge is the real weapon that achieves strength for nations. No one country can develop without knowledge, and backwardness of any nation means backwardness in knowledge.

The Companions of the Prophet and their follower showed due diligence in seeking knowledge. For example, Abu Hurayrah has very high spirit in studying the Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH). He said, “Nothing has driven me away from studying the Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH) even if the wedding parties of my neighbors, or trade. All that I cared for is to listen for a word from the Prophet (PBUH)…”  Ibn Umar said to Abu Hurairah, “You are the most knowledgeable among us in the Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH)” Ibn Abbas said, “Whenever I learned that a man had heard a Hadith directly from the Prophet (PBUH) and I found him taking an afternoon nap, I would place my cloak against his door to shield my face from the wind until he came out. He would say: “What has brought you here, cousin of Allah’s Messenger?’ I would reply: “A Hadith that I have learned you heard directly from the Prophet and that I wished to hear directly from you.” He would say: “Why did not you send for me to come to you?” I would say: “It was more right for me to come to you.” Isma’il Ibn Yahya said, “I heard Al-Shafi’i saying, ‘I memorized the Glorious Qur’an when I was sever years old, and I Memorized the book of Al-Muwatta’ when I was ten years old.’” It is reported that Imam Ahmadi Ibn Hanbal memorized one million Hadiths. Imam al-Nawawi is reported to study 12 lessons daily.

Our early scholars strove for carrying the responsibility of knowledge in all fields. They conveyed its message to the people objectively, for the sake of Allah, and for the benefit of all humanity. Therefore, they recorded their names and their knowledge with letters of light in the memory of history. The Almighty Allah said, “The froth disappears, but what is of benefit to man stays behind- this is how Allah makes illustrations.”

One of the fields wherein man shall show good determination is work, since the Islamic Sharia has elevated it. The Holy Quran clearly shows that work and worship are two peers. Allah, Most High, says, “And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.” In addition, He, the Almighty, promised those who well preform their due work with good life in this world and the eternal blessing in the Hereafter, “Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do” and “Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.”

The fact that work is one of the most sublime acts in this life is proved by the fact that all the prophets and Messengers of Allah were workers. For example, Adam, Ibrahim and Lut (may Allah’s peace be upon them all) were farmers; Nuh (PBUH) was a carpenter; Idris (PBUH) was a tailor; Saleh (PBUH) was a trader; and Dawud (PBUH) was a blacksmith. Allah, the Almighty, says: “And We certainly gave David from Us bounty. [We said], “O mountains, repeat [Our] praises with him, and the birds [as well].” And We made pliable for him iron, (10) [Commanding him], “Make full coats of mail and calculate [precisely] the links, and work [all of you] righteousness. Indeed I, of what you do, am Seeing.” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “It is better for anyone of you to carry a bundle of wood on his back and sell it than to beg of someone whether he gives him or refuses.”

Yet, mere work is not what is intended by these texts, but rather its perfection; Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Allah loves that if one of you does a job he perfects it.” That is why he (PBUH) was always keen on the point that everyone should have a good deed through which he could benefit himself and others “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Prophet! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?” He said, “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked, “If he cannot find even that?” He replied, “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked, “If he cannot do that?” He replied, “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds.” So, he (PBUH) urges those who are unable to work to keep away from doing harm to people, showing that they will be rewarded for it since they have protected people from their evil and harm.

Serving the society, supporting the weak, helping the needy and meeting the needs of the needy are all fields whereon one should show high determination. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: ” The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people. The most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger. That I walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than that I seclude myself in this mosque in Medina for a month. Whoever swallows his anger, then Allah will conceal his faults. Whoever suppresses his rage, even though he could fulfill his anger if he wished, then Allah will secure his heart on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, then Allah the Exalted will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaken.”

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds; I bear witness that there is no god deserved to be worshipped but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger;

Muslim brothers,

Serving our country is one of the most sublime fields wherein we should compete with each other, since it is an act of belief. In truth, Allah, Most High, orders us to compete in doing good “so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.” In addition,  Allah, Most High, praises His slaves who race to do good to others, stressing that this will avail them both in this life and the life to come, “Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive.”

Furthermore, one should show high determination in building countries, shouldering the social responsibility and racing to doing righteous deed including maintaining of mosques, building schools, preparing hospitals and treating the patient, as all of this comes under the category of Al-Sadaqah Al-Jariayh as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “The rewards of the good deeds that will reach a believer after his death are: Knowledge which he taught and spread; a righteous son whom he leaves behind; a copy of the Qur’an that he leaves as a legacy; a mosque that he built; a house that he built for wayfarers; a canal that he dug; or charity that he gave during his lifetime when he was in good health. These deeds will reach him after his death.’

So, it is of cardinal importance to compete with each other in serving the country that protects us and from whose provision we eat, a matter that will not be realized except with solidarity, awareness, showing mercy to each other and helping each other, since it is our country, thus its progress will be realized with us all. Our will, power and determination are not less than those of others; we are the owners of great civilization, originality and history. Yet, we should take into account that realizing precedence requires self-denial and breaking through hardships and difficulties.

The Merits of Martyrdom and our Duty towards Families of the Martyrs

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds, Who says in His Ever Glorious Book, “[Prophet], do not think of those who have been killed in Allah’s way as dead. They are alive with their Lord, well provided for, happy with what Allah has given them of His favour; rejoicing that for those they have left behind who have yet to join them there is no fear, nor will they grieve; [rejoicing] in God’s blessing and favour, and that Allah will not let the reward of the believers be lost.” I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his Household, Companions and upon those who follow their path to the Day of Judgment.

The Almighty Allah has created man to develop the earth; He –Glory be to Him- has endowed man with all that helps him to perform this duty. The Almighty Allah made the human soul inviolable, so that any attack or transgress against one human soul is like attacking all souls. Likewise, any reformation or preservation for one human soul is like the preservations of all souls. The Almighty Allah said, “if anyone kills a person- unless in retribution for murder or spreading corruption in the land- it is as if he kills all mankind, while if any saves a life it is as if he saves the lives of all mankind.”

The development of land is a lofty goal that cannot be achieved except through multiple efforts and sacrifices from faithful people, who sacrifice their souls for the sake of their religion and homeland, because they realize the value of their nation and the importance of secure life. Such people hold a deal with their lord and it is a deal that will be fruitful as Allah said, “Allah has purchased the persons and possessions of the believers in return for the Garden- they fight in Allah’s way: they kill and are killed- this is a true promise given by Him in the Torah, the Gospel, and the Quran. Who could be more faithful to his promise than Allah? So be happy with the bargain you have made: that is the supreme triumph.” Their reward is similar to their action; they wanted to save the lives of others, and Allah rewards them by granting them an eternal life. Allah says, “Do not say that those who are killed in Allah’s cause are dead; they are alive, though you do not realize it.”

Martyrdom for the sake of Allah is one of the best ranks and one of the highest goals that can only be achieved for the best among humans, as the Almighty Allah said, “[Allah] chooses martyrs from among you.” It is gift from Allah for the best persons whom He loves second to Prophets and Messengers. Allah says, “Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger will be among those He has blessed: the Messengers, the truthful, those who bear witness to the truth, and the righteous- what excellent companions these are!” Allah saves such persons from the trouble of the grave and the punishment on the Day of Judgment. Once one of the Companions of the Prophet said, “O Messenger of Allah, why will the believers be tested in their graves except the martyr?” the Prophet (PBUH) replied, “The flashing of the swords above his head is an enough trial.”  Moreover, when the Prophet (PBUH) asked Gabriel about the saying of Allah “The Trumpet will be sounded, and everyone in the heavens and earth will fall down senseless except those whom Allah spares,” Gabriel answered, “Those are the Martyrs of Allah.” It is a great merit for martyrs that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “The actions of every dead person come to a halt with his death except the one who is on the frontier in Allah’s way (i.e., fighting for the cause of Allah). This latter’s deeds will be made to go on increasing for him till the Day of Resurrection.”

Whoever is blessed with martyrdom and experiences its blessings, he would wish that he could come back to life to be attain martyrdom again and again. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “No one who has entered paradise will desire to return to this world even if he should be given all that the world contains, except a martyr. For he will yearn that he should return to the world and be killed ten times on account of the dignity that he will experience by virtue of his martyrdom.” The Prophet (PBUH) also said, “By Him in Whose Hands my life is! I would love to be martyred in Allah’s Cause and then get resurrected and then get martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get martyred and then get resurrected again and then get martyred.”

This was why the Companions of the Prophet were so keen to attain martyrdom. This is Companion ‘Amr Ibn Al-Jamouh, the lame Companion who wished to go out on the Battle of Badr, but the Prophet (PBUH) refused that a lame person participates in the fighting. When the battle of Uhud occurred, he insisted to go out saying to his sons “you have prevented me from Paradise in the battle of Badr, and you need to prevent me now again?” He went to the Prophet asking him, “shall the one who will attain martyrdom on that day enter Paradise?” The Prophet replied, “yes.” He said, “By Allah I shall not return back to my family until I enter paradise.” Umar Ibn al-Khattab said, “Do not swear that!’ the Prophet Commented, “Leave him! There are some people who it they were to swear by Allah (that something would happen), Allah will certainly make it happen. One of them is ‘Amr Ibn Al-Jamouh. He  will enter Paradise with his lameness.”

As Islam is the religion of chivalry, courage, chastity, and the preservation of souls, honour, property, and rights, it made the preservation of all of this a part of faith. Islam makes defending all these values and rights one of the highest goals, and whoever dies to achieve this is a martyr.  The Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who dies while defending his property is a martyr; he who dies in defense of his own life is a martyr; and he who dies on defense of his faith is a martyr, he who dies in defense of his family is a martyr.” The Prophet (PBUH) also said, “The one who is killed is a martyr; one who dies under the debris (of construction, etc.) is a martyr; one who dies of disease of his belly is a martyr; the drowned is a martyr; the one devoured by a beast is a martyr; the one who dies while fighting in the way of Allah is a martyr; the one who mentions the name of Allah before sleeping and dies during sleep is a martyr; a woman who  dies after birth is a martyr, the one who dies at home while wishing to make the Word of Allah superior is a martyr.” The one who faithfully asks Allah to attain martyrdom is considered a martyr. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “He who supplicates Allah sincerely for martyrdom, Allah will elevate him to the station of the martyrs, even if he dies on his bed.”

The true martyr is the one who abides by the truth, is loyal to it, and sacrifices himself for its sake. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The one who fights for Allah’s word to become Superior, is striving in Allah’s Cause.” The martyr is honorable in the world and the Hereafter, and in the world his name is raised, recorded in the memory of the nation as an example of sacrifice, courage and honor.

Throughout generations, our martyrs will remain alive in our minds and hearts. In the Hereafter, they will be resurrected in all pride, beauty and honor. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is! Whoever is wounded in Allah’s Cause….and Allah knows well who gets wounded in His Cause….will come on the Day of Resurrection with his wound having the color of blood but the scent of musk.”

Our purified martyrs have sacrificed their souls for the sake of others, leaving behind families and children. So, these families and children have rights and duties upon us. The list of these rights includes honoring them and admitting the gratitude of their fathers. Allah, Most High, says, “Is the reward for good [anything] but good?” Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “He who does not thank the people is not thankful to Allah” and “Anyone who does a favor should repay it. If you do not find anything, then make supplication for the doer of the favor so that he knows that you have repaid him.” It goes without saying that there is no compensation equivalent to the sacrifice made by our martyrs.

We should also be keen on alleviating the bitterness of losing fathers; a matter which is realized by continuously meeting their needs, spending time with them and kindly dealing with them. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to care about the martyrs’ families. For example, he (PBUH) showed great care for the family of Ja’far Ibn abi Taleb (Allah be pleased with him) who was martyred in the Battle of Mu’tah and left behind little children.

With that said, I ask Allah to forgive me and you

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All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds; I bear witness that there is no god deserving to be worshipped but Allah; I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger;

Muslim brothers,

Our duties towards martyrs’ families include that we should provide safe and stable life for them, because their fathers died so that we could safely live. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) secured the reward for he who cares about the families of martyrs, saying: “He who prepares a fighter going in Allah’s Cause is given a reward equal to that of) a fighter; and he who looks after the dependents of a fighter going in Allah’s Cause is (given a reward equal to that of) fighter.” In truth, looking after the needs of those families is a sign of gratitude and a fulfillment for some of their rights upon us. In this regard, Imam Al-Bukhari narrated on the authority of Zayd Ibn Aslam who narrated on the authority of his father who said, “

Once I went with `Umar bin Al-Khattab to the market. A young woman followed `Umar and said, “O chief of the believers! My husband has died, leaving little children. By Allah, they have not even a sheep’s trotter to cook; they have no farms or animals. I am afraid that they may die because of hunger, and I am the daughter of Khufaf bin Ima Al-Ghafari, and my father witnessed the Pledge of allegiance) of Al-Hudaibiya with the Prophet.’ Umar stopped and did not proceed, and said, “I welcome my near relative.” Then he went towards a strong camel which was tied in the house, and loaded on to it two sacks he had filled with food grains and put between them money and clothes and gave her its rope to hold and said, “Lead it, and this provision will not finish till Allah gives you a good supply.” A man said, “O chief of the believers! You have given her too much.” “`Umar said disapprovingly. “May your mother be bereaved of you! By Allah, I have seen her father and brother besieging a fort for a long time and conquering it, and then we were discussing what their shares they would have from that war booty.” This incident clearly tells us how we should deal with the martyrs’ families as clearly indicated from the action of ‘Umar.

These duties also include that we should qualify their children and give them the due status they deserve; a matter that is deduced from the action of the Prophet (PBUH) who used to look after the martyrs’ families and highly qualify their children. His (PBUH) action with Usama ibn Zayd (Allah be pleased with them) is a case in point. Usama’s father died in the battle of Mu’tah, yet the Prophet (PBUH) continually looked after Usama and highly qualified him, so that he became the youngest military leader in the history as he (PBUH) appointed him as the leader of the Muslim army though under 20 at that time. In this regard, he (PBUH) said, “If you speak ill of his leadership, you have already spoken ill of his father’s leadership before. By Allah, he deserved to be a Commander, and he was one of the most beloved persons to me and now this (i.e. Usama) is one of the most beloved persons to me after him.”

In this connection, we give glad tidings to the martyrs’ families and sons that Allah, Most High, protects them and looks after them, for He, the Almighty, is an alley to the righteous. That is to say that the righteousness of parents will surely benefit their children in both this life and the life to come. In this regard, Allah, Most High, has used two righteous servants, i.e. Prophet Moses (PBUH) and Al-Khader (PBUH) to protect the money of two orphan boys because of their parent’s righteousness. He, Most High, says, “And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city, and there was beneath it a treasure for them, and their father had been righteous. So your Lord intended that they reach maturity and extract their treasure, as a mercy from your Lord. And I did it not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of that about which you could not have patience.” As far as the Hereafter is concerned, He, Most High, will gather them with their parents even though their work might be little; “And those who believed and whose descendants followed them in faith – We will join with them their descendants, and We will not deprive them of anything of their deeds. Every person, for what he earned, is retained.”

We should perfectly know that the sacrifice of our martyrs is of the best deeds to be offered to this country; it is thus a debt on all faithful Egyptians to be sincere soldiers to our country, each in his/her field of specialization; we should exert our utmost to serve this great country; we should unite together to support our army, police and all the national institutions, stressing meanwhile that our national institutions are what keeps the society safe and stable; so we should combat extremist and terrorist groups that want terror and chaos to prevail in the country, as they do not believe in the county or its interest. In truth, such groups are of great danger to religion and the state, which is why combating them is a religious, national and humane duty

I ask Allah, Most High, to shower our purified martyrs in His Infinite Mercy and to protect our country, army and police forces from all evil and harm!