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Thursday, September 28, 2006

The story of Sarah and the Tyrant

Allah said in the Qur'an which means [No one is God except Allah, and on Him let the believers rely].

Relying on Allah is having the trust in your heart in Allah, for, no mobility or immobility occurs except by the will of Allah (nothing happens except by the will of Allah). Hence Prophet Ibrahim peace be upon him relied on Allah and adhered to the order of Allah. He laid his son, the fruit of his heart, on his side to slaughter him in obedience to Allah. He passed the knife on the throat of his son Ismail, however the knife would not cut at all, because Allah did not will for it to cut. Thus Allah protected Ismail and granted Ibrahim a ram, a sheep, from paradise to sacrifice instead, and from that it is Sunnah to sacrifice a goat on this day.

And today in this blessed morning, I shall tell the story of Sarah the wife of Prophet Ibrahim may peace be upon them with the tyrant king who wanted to dishonour her in adultery. That evil king used to take the good looking women that enter his land to commit adultery with them. When Prophet Ibrahim came with his wife to the land of that tyrant king, Sarah was one of the most beautiful women. The tyrant was told about her beauty, so he sent to Ibrahim and asked him: who is that women with you? So Ibrahim was aware of his evil intention and was concerned that if he told him about her he would make an evil trick and kill him and would than take Sarah after that, so Ibrahim told him she is my Sister which is true as he means my sister in Islam. So the king thought that she is not married, so he asked Ibrahim to bring her to his palace. Sarah then entered on that tyrant after she had made Wudu' and had asked Allah to save her from the evil of this king. So when he saw her, he was impressed by her and he extended his arm to grab her but it was immobilized. He asked her to make supplication to cure his arm and that he would not harm her, so she asked Allah for him, then his arm was cured and returned to its original form after it had became immobilized, however this evil tyrant followed his evil temptations and tried again then it got more paralyzed again, so he asked her to make supplication again and I would not harm you, so she asked Allah again for him, then again his arm was freed again. When this tyrant saw this, he returned Sarah to Ibrahim. Sarah then came to her husband Ibrahim and found him praying. He asked her about what happened with her, she told him "Allah stopped the evilness of the Blasphemers"..

Dear brothers in Islam, Allah said in the Qur'an which means [Worship Allah and do not associate partners to him, treat in good the parents, relatives orphans and the needy..] Dear brothers Allah also ordered us to [be Obedient to the parents and do the good deeds with the relatives]. Also visiting the kinship (relatives) is a great merit as Prophet Muhammad urged us to do so.

In this blessed morning and in these great days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah, let us not neglect the good deeds in it. The good doings of khayr has secrets, traces and blessings.

Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ^Alayhi wa sallam said that "whoever loves that Allah blesses his life, and expand the sustenance on him and to have a good ending let him fear Allah and obey Him and visit his kinship".

Also be cautious from falling into the traps of Satan who would mislead you by saying "So and so does not visit me, I will not visit them. I will treat them as they treat me". This is a reason for not doing this good deed. The beloved Prophet Sallallahu ^Alayhi Wa Sallam said "the one who visits his kinship is the one who visits his relatives when they stop visiting him". From this it's asserted that visiting the kinship that stopped visiting you is better than those who did not, because such is from the good manners.

Brothers in Islam, Imitate the manners of prophet Muhammad, and abide by the Qur'an. Push the anger away by patience, and ignorance by wisdom, and the bad treatments from others by forgiving, and visiting those who don’t' visit you. This brings the hearts to each other and puts them on self-betterment by the will of Allah. I ask Allah to accept your good deeds وكل عام وأنتم بخير وتقبل الله طاعاتكم .


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