Khutbah Reflections: The Key to a Close Relationship with Allah
Khutbah Reflections: Inculcating the Attribute of Al-Wafaa’ in Ourselves – The Key to a Close Relationship with Allah and with other Human Beings.
This is for the Khutbah on 14 December 2012
A commitment isn’t something to be taken lightly. It is a promise that we have made and we are obliged to fulfil it to the best of our abilities. This doesn’t just apply to critical things like deadlines but even simple or minor things like being punctual when meeting a friend for coffee. This not only reflects our level of integrity but is also a crucial part of being a Muslim.
We say this at least 9 times a day in our salah from Fajr to Isha. This is the biggest commitment that each Muslim has made and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I have to admit that sometimes I am casual with the commitments I make with people; I am late when meeting my friends for dinner near my house or sometimes leave early even though I said I could stay for the whole duration of an event.
I did a little introspection after the khutbah:
If I were to be as casual in my commitment to the Deen; establishing salah only whenever I felt like it, eat whatever I wanted to, dressed in whatever manner I felt appealing to people and had physical contact with those that are not lawful for me, can I consider myself a Muslim? Perhaps, but can I be a good one?
I’m not just a Muslim; I’m a son, brother, student, employee, volunteer and a friend too.
If I can make the effort to follow the Deen then can’t I put some effort into all my other commitments as well?
Fulfilling our obligations as Muslims can be challenging at times. The nafs can be quite convincing in trying to steer ourselves away from it but we fight it and we fight shaitan because of our commitment to Islam; to Allah. This takes a tremendous amount of effort and a continuous one at that. When we put that into perspective, the effort we could put into our other commitments pales in comparison.
If we can wake up and lift those “heavy” sheets in the morning for Fajr, what’s a little time spent to ensure we meet people on time? If we can be meticulous in taking our wudhu’ to make sure we do it correctly, how difficult is it to check our work before we submit it to our teachers or bosses?
We may think of ourselves as good people but we can’t consider ourselves as good Muslims until we do our best fulfil our commitments to Allah and the people around us.
Fadhuli is an aspiring writer and believes in putting in the time and effort into meaningful causes. He strives to improve himself as a person and as a Muslim.