Monday, March 14, 2011

The Value of man

Haroon Mosque Khutbah

Friday February 4th. 2011
Brothers and Sisters, 

Ever since man existed on this earth, he has been trying to know himself.  For those who are not guided by Allah (Sub), he gets misguided and confused between two extremes; sometimes he thinks that he is the greatest so he is filled with selfishness, oppressiveness and arrogance that would drive him to disbelieve in Allah.

A model of such people is the people of "Ad”, “Thamud”, or leader like Pharaoh.  In the other extreme, man thought that he was the most belittled, the weakest, and worthless being so he bows down with submission before a tree, a stone, or before the sun, the moon, the stars or a fire and other things. 

Because of these confusions that man has about himself, Islam clarified to man his reality, his origin and the different stages of creation that he goes through. Also, Islam clarified to man his purpose in this life and the relationships between him and the rest of creatures around him.

      The reality of man emanates from two origins:  his first creation is from mud and in the womb of his mother and the second creation is when Allah (Sub) breathed into him life, and made him hear, see, and think.

Surah As-Sajdah 32:7-9 

الَّذِي أَحْسَنَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقَهُ ۖ وَبَدَأَ خَلْقَ الْإِنسَانِ مِن طِينٍ

32:7 Who made everything He has created good, and He began the creation of man from clay.

 ثُمَّ جَعَلَ نَسْلَهُ مِن سُلَالَةٍ مِّن مَّاءٍ مَّهِينٍ

32:8 Then He made his offspring from semen of worthless water (male and female sexual discharge).

 ثُمَّ سَوَّاهُ وَنَفَخَ فِيهِ مِن رُّوحِهِ ۖ وَجَعَلَ لَكُمُ السَّمْعَ وَالْأَبْصَارَ وَالْأَفْئِدَةَ ۚ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَشْكُرُونَ

32 : 9 Then He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him the soul (created by Allah for that person), and He gave you hearing (ears), sight (eyes) and hearts. Little is the thanks you give!
"From worthless fluid," it paints this picture to man to eradicate his oppressive and arrogance potential and makes him humble in his life.
From the privileges that Allah (Sub) gifted man with, is the ability of man to learn and acquire knowledge, and providing him with the tools of knowledge.  Therefore, man is created to be humble and knowledgeable. 

وَاللَّهُ أَخْرَجَكُم مِّن بُطُونِ أُمَّهَاتِكُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ شَيْئًا وَجَعَلَ لَكُمُ السَّمْعَ وَالْأَبْصَارَ وَالْأَفْئِدَةَ ۙ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

Surah An-Nahl 16 :78 And Allah has brought you out from the wombs of your mothers while you know nothing. And He gave you hearing, sight, and hearts that you might give thanks (to Allah).

وَلَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًا مِّنَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنسِ ۖ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ لَّا يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَّا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ آذَانٌ لَّا يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْغَافِلُونَ

Surah Al-Araf 7 :179 And surely, We have created many of the jinns and mankind for Hell. They have hearts wherewith they understand not, they have eyes wherewith they see not, and they have ears wherewith they hear not (the truth). They are like cattle, nay even more astray; those! They are the heedless ones.
As a result of what Allah (Sub.) blessed man with and distinguished him from the rest of His creation. He entrusted man with the establishment of His deen on earth that is done by implementing His divine laws and purifying submission to Him alone.

وَلَا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ ۚ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُولَٰئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولًا

Surah Al-Isra 17:36 And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not, etc.) that of which you have no knowledge (e.g. one's saying: "I have seen," while in fact he has not seen, or "I have heard," while he has not heard). Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those you will be questioned (by Allah).
The prophet Muhammad (Sal) said in an authentic hadith reported by Imam At-Tirmithi, "The servant of Allah will be asked about four things on the Day of Judgment: about his life and what he did with it? And about his knowledge and what he did with it? And about his money where he got it from and where he spent it? And about his body how he used it."

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