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    Fruits and Blessings of Iman Part II

    Of the fruits and blessings of Iman, is that the only way a person will achieve a beautiful life in this life much less in the HereAfter is through Iman. Allah (SWT) says: “Whoever does good whether he is male or female and he has Iman, then this person We will grant him a good life.” This person will be given a good life in this world before the HereAfter. So if he wants peace and happiness, the way to achieve it is through Iman and this is of the fruits and blessings of Iman.

    Of the fruits and blessings of Iman, is that Iman protects a person from falling into sin and evil. Like the prophet (SAWS) said: “A person who has the Iman will not be able to do zina while he has Iman. He will not be able to steal whilst he has Iman. He will not be able to do any evil deed until Iman is in his heart,” because the Iman will act as a protection as a barrier from falling into more sins.

    Of the fruits and blessings of Iman, is that the believers are helpers of one another and they loved the other believers. Allah (SWT) says: “Those who have the Iman are true brothers.”

    Of the fruits and blessings of Iman, is that those that have Iman Allah (SWT) will love them and the angels will love them and the people of this earth will love them. They will be loved everywhere they go. Like Allah (SWT) said: “Thos who have Iman and do good deeds, Allah will bless them with love.” That Allah (SWT) will love them and the angels will love them and the people of the skies will love them and the people of the earth will love them and all of this is of the fruits and blessing of Iman.

    Of the fruits and blessings of Iman, is that on the Day of Judgement, when Allah (SWT) will shut off all the lights, when everyone will be in darkness and he must find his own way to Jannah, where do you think this light will come from? It will come from the person’s own Iman. Whatever Iman you had in this life, that is what will become light at that time. So the stronger the person’s Iman is in this life, the stronger the light will be in Akhirah to guide him to Jannah. And the weaker the person’s Iman was, the weaker the light will be so that he will have a difficult time in finding Jannah. So much so that the munafiqun, because they had no Iman, they will have no Iman and will fall in the fire of Hell. “That day you will see the believing men and women their light will be racing forth (it will be shiny and strong) in front of them on their right hand sides. Today you will be given the glad tidings of the Jannaat,” because of their Iman.

    There are many fruits and blessings of Iman, in fact it can be said that every single fruit in this life every single blessing in this life and the HereAfter that is sweet that is pure that is holy that does not have any evil side effects that it is just one of the infinite blessings of Iman. There is no blessing except that it is due and because of and solely because of Iman. But do you know the greatest blessing that will be given to the people that have Iman? The greatest blessing, as Allah (SWT) says: “Those that do good they will Jannah and more than that” They will have more than Jannah. DO you what this “more than Jannah” is? The prophet (SAWS) explained it and he said that this is the beauty and the sweetness that will be granted to the believers to look at the Face of Allah (SWT) in the Akhirah. And as for the kafir as for the disbeliever that has no Iman (Recites a Qur’anic Verse but with no translation) this is a punishment for them that those people that don’t have Iman they will be a curtain between them and Allah (SWT). They will not be able to see Allah (SWT). And this is the greatest blessing and the sweetest fruit of the fruits of Iman.

    BarakAllahu Li Walakum Fil Qur’anil AdhimWa Nafa’ni Wa Iyyakum Bima Fi Ayaati Wa Dhikri Hakim Aquloo Ma Tasma’uon WastadhfiruLLahali Wala Kum

    AlhamduliLah Wasalaatu Wasalaamu ‘Alaa RasuliLahWa ‘Alaa AalihiWa Sahbihi Waman Walaa Amma Ba’ad

    We have talked little bit about the fruits of Iman about the blessings of Iman and before we conclude this khutbah, it is essential that we understand the essence of Iman. The tree itself, we talked about the fruits we talked about the blessings, but what is this tree of Iman that we must have? Know O’ Muslim brothers that this tree of Iman is not the same in all of us InshAllah all of us have this tree of Iman . But the size of this tree the strength of this tree the beauty of this tree the fruits of this tree are different in all of us. The Iman of the prophet (SAWS) is not like the Iman of Abu Bakr (RA). And the Iman of Abu Bakr (RA) is not like the Iman of one of us. Iman is different sizes. Different strengths in the peoples. One of the ways, in fact the primary way, that we can increase our Iman is to do good deeds for the pleasure of Allah (SWT). In fact, the definition of Iman, according to the Muslims, is that Iman consists of belief in the heart, statements on the tongues and action of the limbs. This is contrast to the for example the Christians. If you ask them what is Iman, he will say I must believe in Jesus Christ and that’s it. There are no actions followed by that. All he has is the theoretical conceptual belief and nothing has to be followed after that. This is not the case for the Muslim. Read the Qur’an! Read the Qur’an from Fatihah to Nas! I ask you anywhere in the Qur’an does Allah (SWT) praise Iman and that’s it full stop? Innaladhina Amanu Waladhina Amanu or is there something followed up after that? Innaladhina Amanu wa ‘amilu salihaat Waladhina Amanu wa ‘amilu “Wa’adaLahu Ladhina Amanu wa ‘Amalu Salihaat” Forty fifty sixty seventy verses in the Qur’an they have Iman and ‘Amalu saalih put together. Never does the Qur’an mere praise Iman. A mere belief a conceptual belief that is not followed up by actions. And in fact, that is why the Iman is described as the Majestic Tree a glorious tree. When a person has Iman in his heart Wallahi you can see it in his actions. If a person has Iman in his heart, how can his actions disprove what he has in his heart? When a person has Iman how can he leave the prayer? When a person has Iman how can he not fast in Ramadan? When a person has Iman how can he not pay his Zakaah? When a person has Iman how can he commit zina and eat ribaa’ and do things that are haram in the Qur’an and Sunnah? Such a person, when he falls into haram he doesn’t have Iman. Iman is not something abstract something conceptual something you can not understand. No! Iman consists of your belief statements and actions. The more you pray the more you fast the less sins you do, the more Iman you have. And the less you pray the less you fast the less you give in charity and the more sins you do and the less Iman you have. Its as simple as that! Iman is dependant on your own actions and deeds. So the question arises that how can we increase our Iman? We can increase our Iman by reading the Qur’an the book of Allah (SWT). We can increase our Iman by learning Allah (SWT)’s names and attributes. We can increase our Iman by reading the Sunnah of the prophet (SAWS). We can increase our Iman by implying {corrects himself} applying the Sunnah in our daily lives. We can increase our Iman by increasing our knowledge of the religion. We can increase our Iman by doing any good deed. Reading the Qur’an ,doing dhikr ,making du’a ,praying extra any good deed any deed we do can increase our Iman. How do we decrease our Iman or how does our Iman decrease? Very simple, by following our desires and by letting doubts get to us. Our desires, of doing things that we shouldn’t do, shaytaan comes to us our evil soul whispers us to do evil things. If we follow it, this will decrease our Iman. Likewise doubts that come to us. Sources other than Qur’an and Sunnah try to inflict doubts upon our religion. If we listen to these doubts and we follow them, this will decrease our Iman. The prophet (SAWS) said: “the person has tasted the sweetness of faith (who?) (three things who will taste the sweetness of Faith. You wish to taste the fruits of this tree of Iman? You must protect this tree. You must protect this tree. You must water it with your good deeds. You must show it the light of sincerity to Allah (SWT). You must protect it from the scavengers of evil deeds. Then and only then if you show this tree of Iman your efforts and fruits then you will taste the fruits of this tree. And if you leave this tree of Iman, and you don’t care about it then how do you expect to taste the fruits of this tree? That is why the prophet (SAWS) said: the person will taste the sweetness of faith ) when he has three things in him. If he is content with Allah (SWT) as his Lord, if he is content with Islam as his way of life and if he is content with prophet (SAWS) as his messenger and prophet.” If you are content with Allah (SWT) as your Lord then everything you do is because of Allah (SWT). Your love your fear your hope your expectations your du’a your sajdah everything will be directed to Allah (SWT). If you are content with prophet (SAWS) as messenger then everything you do will be in accordance with his Sunnah. You will not take a step that you will ask did the prophet (SAWS) do it? Did he allow for this to be done? If you are content with Islam as you religion then you will mould your life around the religion of Islam and not mould Islam around your way of life. If you are content with Allah (SWT) and Islam and the prophet (SAWS), then and only then will taste the sweetness of the fruits of Iman. Its that simple.

    Allahumma Inni Da’in Fa Amminu. Allahumma La Tada’lana Hadhal Maqami Dhamban Illa Ghafarta Wala Hamman Illa Farajta Wala Dainan Illa Qadaita Wala Maridan Illa Shafaita

    Allahumma Mustad ‘Afina Ikhwanina Kulli Makan Allahumansurhum Fi Shishaan Wa Fil Kashmir Wa fil Afghanistan Wa Fi Kulli Makan Allahummaghfirlan Ikhwanina Waladhina Sabaqunana Bil Iman Wala Taj’al FI Qulubina Ghilaliladhina Amanu Rabbana Innaka Ra’ufur Rahim

    ‘IbadaAllah InnaLlah Amarakum Bi Amarin Bad’uha Bihi Nafsi Wa Thanna Bad’uha Bi Qudsi Faqal ‘Izzamil Qaa’il InnaLlaha Wa Malaaikata Yusalluna ‘Alan Nabi Ya Ayuhaladhina Amanu Sallu’alaihi Wa Sallimu Taslima InnAllah Ya’amru Bi ‘Adli Wal Ihasni Wa Idhaitil Qurba Wa Yanha ‘Anil Fahshaa’I Wal Munakri Wal Baghii Ya’idhukum La’alakum Tadhakarun IdhkuruLlaha Adhim Yadhkrukum Washkuru Yazidlakum WalidhikruLlaha Akbar WaLlahu ‘Yalamu Ma Tasma’oun Wa Aqimisalah!

    Note: 1) Italic quotes are verses of the Qur’an and the ones in blue are the ahadith.
    2) The writing between the hadith is what the Sheikh said whilst interrupting the hadith.
    3) The Bold text in an ayah above (Shiny and Strong) is what the Sheikh sasy whilst interrupting the ayah.

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    Last edited by Sulaiman Harun; 17-08-07 at 07:27 AM.




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