The khutba today was reflection on Surah Ibrahim 24-27:
In Surah Ibrahim Allah gives us the similitude of this religion.
Example of Islam is of a beautiful, fruit bearing tree pleasant to the eyes.
Islam is a source of nourishment for us and the entire human race.
“From among the trees, a tree resembles the Muslim, that is the date palm tree.” (Bukhari)
Each part of a tree is similar to different aspects of Islam:
- Just like seed need soil to mature into a tree, the seed of kalima tayyiba needs to first enter our hearts
- Commands and prohibitions of Islam are like the ‘stem’ of ‘Tree’
- Dealings/transactions (mu’amalat) and etiquettes of social life (mu’asharat) are the ‘branches’ of the ‘Tree’ of Islam
- Akhlaq (good conduct) is ‘fruit’ of the ‘Tree’ of Islam
- Ikhlas (sincerity) is juice or nectar of that fruit
- Sacrifice of our wealth is food for ‘Tree’ of Islam
- Oxygen of ‘Tree’ of Islam is the tilawa of the Quran, Dikr and Dua
- Ilm of deen taught is ‘water’ for ‘Tree’ of Islam
A Muslim’s quality of Islam is recognized by akhlaq, mu’asharat, mu’amalat, and lifestyle, that’s why it is compared to a fruit-bearing tree, not a thorn-bearing tree.
Four qualities of a fruit-bearing tree:
- A tree will keep all the fruit, the unripe, sour, and bitter fruit together, in the beginning. Similarly, when the ‘Tree’ of Islam keeps Muslims together when they have disagreements.
- The branches begin to bend when the fruit ripens. Similarly, the more ‘ilm (knowledge), ibada, taqwa, dhikr a Muslim has, the more humble he is.
- A fruit-bearing tree offers shade to everyone, it does not discriminate. Similarly, a Muslim offers help to everyone.
- A tree offers fruit when hit with a stick. This is the example of a Muslim. If someone says a bad word, we offer them good.
- A relatively small part of our religion is between us and Allah. A much larger portion is between us and His creation: parents, spouses, children, neighbors, friends and relatives.
- It is easy to pray nafl prayer, but it is difficult to observe beautiful akhlaq with those we deal with, especially on a daily basis.
- The tilawa of Quran is a big ‘amal, but having an environment of love at home is also important and difficult.
- Likewise, dhikr and tasbih are important, but so is good behavior of husband and wife towards each other.
- Ponder on another matter: dhikr and tasbih are the ‘aamaal of angels. Angels don’t have relationships.
- Man’s status is higher with Allah not only because of the ‘amal of angels that we also do, but because of our relations with each other.
Everyone has 3 entries into their book of deeds:
- Category of Shirk: If there is even a small percent of shirk in it, then Allah will not forgive it and not accept any good deeds.
- Rights of Allah: In this the rights of Allah will be written down, between us and Allah like salah and ibada: how much are we praying and the quality of it. Allah is forgiving for many shortcomings in this category.
- Rights of fellow human beings: the rights between us and His servants will be written down, e.g. parents, wife and husband, our relationship with relatives, the poor, etc. For this book, there is no forgiveness from Allah until we get forgiveness from the person whose rights we failed to fulfill.
Conclusion: Our ibada does not invite people to Islam. Our ibada is like the food that sustains a tree, but ikhlaas in actions is nectar of the fruit that comes from our beautiful conduct with each other.
May Allah make us all living examples of the beautiful ‘tree’ of Islam.
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