Khutbah related to ‘Eid al-Adhaa: Imam al-Sa’di

Before his death in the middle of 1376AH (1956CE), sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di had already written drafts of the khutbahs he planned to deliver for each Friday for the remainder of the year. One of the final khutbahs included in these drafts was scheduled to be delivered on Friday the 15th of Dhu’l-Hijjah, the first Friday khutbah after the ‘Eid al-Adhaa. Sheikh al-Sa’di wrote:

خطبة ثالثة لذي الحجة
The Third Khutbah of the month of Dhu’l-Hijjah

الحمد لله الذي جعل مواسم الخيرات وأوقات النفل للأبرار نزلا ، ووفقهم للقيام بحقها واغتنام فرصها فلم يرتضى بسواها بدلا ، وجعل لهم حظا وافرا من الباقيات الصالحات التي هي خير ثوابا وخير أملا . ـ

All praise is due to Allah who made the seasons of goodness and times of striving a gift for the righteous ones, and who granted them the accord to give these seasons and times their due and to seize the opportunities they present for He would not be pleased with anything other than that, and who made an abundant bounty of the lasting good deeds – which hold the best of rewards and good hopes – for those righteous ones.

فسبحان من يختص بحكمته ورحمته ما شاء من أزمنة وأمكنة وأعمال ، وتبارك من له الأوصاف الكاملة وله الفضل على خلقه والأفضال . ـ

Exalted is He who – out of His wisdom and mercy – has singled out whatever times, places and actions He wished. Blessed is He who has the most perfect of attributes and grants the best of bounties to His creation.

ونشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له ولا ند ولا مثال . ونشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله أوفى العالمين كلهم في خصال الخير والكمال . اللهم صل على محمد وعلى آله وصحبه خير صحب وأشرف آل ، وسلم تسليما . ـ

We bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except for Allah alone, without any equal or peer. And we bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, the most complete of all creation in good and perfect qualities.

O Allah, bestow peace and blessings upon Muhammad, upon his family and upon his family – the best of companions and the most noble of families.

أما بعد : أيها الناس ؛ اتقوا ربكم واشكروه على ما خصكم به من الفضل والإنعام ، ويسّر لكم كل طريق وسبب يوصلكم دار السلام . ـ

To proceed: O people! Exercise taqwa of your Lord and be grateful to Him for the blessings and bounties which He has provided for you all to the exclusion of others, and for the fact that He has facilitated every path and means for you to make your way to the abode of peace [i.e. Paradise].

فهذا عيد النحر وأيام التشريق التي هي الأيام المعدودات ، هي أعياد للمسلمين إذ منحهم فيها التقرب إليه بأصناف التقربات ، من الصلاة والنسك والإكثار من الذكر والإستغفار والدعوات ، ليُنيلهم من فضله الخير الوافر والكرامات . ـ

So this ‘Eid of Sacrifice and these Days of al-Tashreeq – which are the “Numbered Days” – are days of celebration for the Muslims in which Allah has blessed them to draw closer to Him with all sorts of acts of devotion such as prayer, ritual acts, and increasing in remembrance and in seeking forgiveness and in supplications in order that they may be granted great amounts of good and generosity out of His bounties.

وهي أيام أكل وشرب وذكر الله ، واستعانة بنعمه على ما يحبه ويرضاه . ـ

These are days of eating, drinking, and remembering Allah, and of utilizing His blessings to aid in the performance of the things which He loves and is pleased with.

فيها تتضاعف الحسنات ، وتُغفر الزلات والسيئات ، ويُرفع فيها للطائعين في الجنة والدرجات . ـ

During these days the rewards of good deeds are multiplied, one’s faults and sins are forgiven, and the obedient ones find their ranks in Jannah being raised.

فطوبى لمن جدّد لذنوبه توبة واستغفارا ؛ ولنعم الله المتنوعة شكرا وحمدا وادّكارا ، فإن الشكر بقاء للنعم الموجودة ؛ وجلب للنعم المفقودة . ـ

So glad tidings to whoever renews his repentance and seeks forgiveness for his sins afresh, and renews his gratitude, praise and remembrance for the numerous blessings which Allah has granted him. For gratitude is a means for the continuation of existing blessings and for the acquisition of currently absent blessings.

وهذا اعتراف القلب بنعم الله الظاهرة والباطنة والتحدث بها ، والإخبار بما وصل إلينا منها . ـ

And gratitude is the heart’s recognition of Allah’s blessings – both the apparent and concealed blessings -, and speaking about them, and proclaiming the blessings which have alighted on us.

والإستعانة بها على طاعة المُنعم لأنه خلقنا لطاعته وعبادته ، وجعل لنا جميع الأشياء لنتقوى به على ذلك . ـ

Gratitude is utilizing those blessings in the obedience of the One who bestowed the blessings, for Allah created us to obey Him and to worship Him, and He made everything in existence for our service in order to enable us to carry out those tasks for which we were created.

وقد أمر المؤمنين بما أمر به المرسلين ، أن يأكلوا طيبا ويعملوا صالحا ، فكونوا بالنعم مجتمعين ، وللمُنعم شاكرين . ـ

Allah commanded the believers with the same things which which He commanded the messengers, which is to eat what is good and to perform righteous deeds, and be gatherers of the blessings, and be grateful to the Bestower of those blessings.

أما من كانت النعم لا تزيده إلا أشرا وبطرا وتماديا ، ولا تُحدث له خضوعا ولا يقبل ناصحا ولا مناديا ، قد أقبل على شهواته ولذاته الفانية ، وأعرض عما خُلق له فأصبحت نفسه عن الخير متنائية : فهذا لا بد أن يرد موردا يناقش على كل ما فعل وجنى ، ولا بد أن يتمنى الرجعة إلى الدنيا وقد فاتته الأماني والمنى . ـ

But as for those for whom the blessings only increase them in evil, arrogance, and overstepping the bounds, such that no humility is found within them and they do not accept the advise of well-wishers, then such people have given themselves over to their own base desires and passing cravings. Such people have turned away from what they were created for and their natures have rejected goodness. So this type of person will be put in a position where he will be asked about all of the actions and evil that he committed, and he will wish to be returned to this world. But the time for wishing and hoping will have already come to an end.

يقول : { يَا حَسْرَتَىٰ عَلَىٰ مَا فَرَّطتُ فِي جَنبِ اللَّـهِ وَإِن كُنتُ لَمِنَ السَّاخِرِينَ } [الزمر 56] ، ويا أسفا على زمان لم أكسب فيه خيرا وهيهات عود الفرص على المفرطين . ـ

He will say:

يَا حَسْرَتَىٰ عَلَىٰ مَا فَرَّطتُ فِي جَنبِ اللَّـهِ وَإِن كُنتُ لَمِنَ السَّاخِرِينَ

Oh how sorry I am that I neglected in regards to Allah and that I was one of the mockers! [39:56]

and Oh how much I regret the time that I did not spend doing good; if only the opportunity for the negligent one were to return!

اللهم وفقنا للإقبال عليك ، والرجوع في جميع الأمور إليك ، وجُد علينا بالتوبة النصوح والإنابة الصادقة ، والعزيمة الموافقة . ـ

O Allah! Grant us the accord to be dedicated to You, to return to You in all situations, to be earnest towards You in making sincere repentance and truthful reformation, and to be dedicated to what is right!

واغفر لنا ولوالدينا ولجميع المسلمين والمسلمات برحمتك يا أرحم الراحمين ، وصلى الله على محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين . ـ

Forgive us, forgive our parents, and forgive all of the Muslims – male and female alike – out of Your mercy, O You most merciful of those who show mercy! And bestow blessings upon Muhammad, upon his family, and upon all of his companions.

بارك الله لي ولكم في القرآن العظيم . ـ

May Allah bless me and all of you in regards to the glorious Qur’an.

[Majmoo’ Khutab al-Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di pg. 622-624]

See also: Khutbah regarding Hajj: Imam al-Sa’di

See also: The purpose of Allah’s creation: Imam al-Shinqitee

See also: The Three Legislated ‘Eids for the Believers: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

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For more Khutbahs from Imam al-Sa’di, click here.

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