In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the
are due to Allah; we praise Him, we seek His assistance and we seek His
forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and from our
evil deeds. Whomever Allah guides there is none who can misguide him, and
whomever Allah misguides there is none who can guide him. I testify that there
is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, alone without any partners, and I
testify that Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is Allah’s servant and
“O you who have believe! Fear Allah as He
should be feared and do not die except in a state of Islam (as Muslims), with
complete submission to Allah.” [Surah Ali Imran, 3:102]
“O Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, who
created you from a single person (Adam) and from him (Adam) He created his wife
(Hawwah/Eve) and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah
through whom you demand your mutual rights, and do not cut off the relations of
the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you.” [Surah
“O you who have believe! Keep your duty to
Allah and fear Him, and always speak the truth. He will direct you to do
righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah
and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement (saved from the
Hell fire and enter paradise).” [Surah Ahzab, 33:70-71]
best of speech is the Book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of
Muhammad (Peace be upon him). The worst of affairs are the newly-invented
affairs (in the religion) and every newly invented affair (in the religion) is
an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the
servants of Allah! In Shaa Allah, in the next two weeks, it is the new Islamic
Hijrah year; the 1441th anniversary of the Prophet’s immigration to Madinah, a
special moment that evokes a long journey of tireless work to deliver the
Message of Allah to humanity, the message of light, mercy, happiness,
compassion, solidarity, peace and justice; the universal messages of love,
human brotherhood, development, noble morals and well-being.
brothers and sisters! The emigration to Madinah (Hijrah) was a turning point in
Muslim history that has many inspiring lessons. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon
him) and his Companions set a wonderful example that Muslims and the entire
world should learn from, and translate into practice in all aspects of life, for
them to succeed.
Muslim community suffered a lot before they were ordered to leave Makkah and go
persecution exercised against Muslims increased, especially after the death of
Prophet Muhammad’s beloved wife, Khadijah and his uncle, Abu Talib. At a
certain point, it was necessary to look for a new soil to plant the seed of
Islam, to spread the word of Allah, and to practice Islam in a secure and
servants of Allah! As we entered this dear occasion, we remember the
incomparable dedication and sacrifice of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and
his Companions, the matchless sacrifice they offered, the pains and tears of
those devoted heroes who preferred to give up their homes, wealth, comfort,
families and everything but not the call and Message they were entrusted with.
their noble endeavour, over two billion humans are blessed with Islam
throughout the World; the call of prayer (Azan) is made 24 hours around the
globe; the light of faith continues to shine on hearts and souls. Alhamdulillah
servants of Allah! Almighty Allah sent His Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
and commanded him to call people to the worship of Allah alone. Some people
accepted his call, but the majority of them rejected it and started to harm the
Prophet and his Companions.
persecution against the Companions increased, some of them migrated to
Abyssinia, which was the first Hijrah (migration).
met some people from Yathrib (Madinah), who came to visit Makkah, and called
them to Islam and they accepted it. Then, the Prophet sent some Companions with
them to teach them and call others to Islam. When the Muslims in Yathrib became
of a big number, Almighty Allah ordered Muslims to migrate.
ordered his Messenger (Peace be upon him) to join them. So, the Prophet and his
friend Abu Bakr made a plan for the Hijrah to Madinah.
disbelievers gathered around the house of the Prophet to stop him from
migration. Allah ordered the Prophet to come out of the house, so he got out
from among them and they did not notice him. The Prophet went to Abu Bakr and
remained with him until night, and then they went out to the cave of Thawr.
Ali Ibn Abi
Talib slept in the bed of the Prophet to return the trusts that were kept with
the Prophet to their owners.
started searching for the Prophet. The trackers found out the road that the
Prophet and his companion took. They went to the cave but Allah safeguarded his
Prophet and they did not see him. The Prophet stayed in the cave for three
Prophet and Abu Bakr went out of the cave in the night and followed a rugged
road to Madinah other than the road that people usually tread to Madinah.
Prophet drew near Madinah, a man called Buraidah Ibn Al-Hasib, the leader of
Aslam tribe, came with seventy of his people, aiming at seizing the Prophet.
Yet, the Prophet called him to Islam, then Buraidah and his tribe entered
the Prophet reached Madinah on 12 Rabi’ul Awwal in the first year of Hijrah. A
new serious stage of the Islamic Message had thus started in Madinah.
brothers and sisters! No doubt that the lessons to be learnt from Hijrah are
countless. So, I will refer to some of them, hoping that Allah benefit us all
Considering the Means
(Peace be upon him) and his friend Abu Bakr exerted all their efforts to win
the day and make the journey to Madinah successful. This is what is needed from
a believer. He has to be prepared well and ask Allah for support. Almighty
prepares against them whatever you are able of power…” [Surah Al-Anfal, 8:60]
Putting Trust In Allah
(Peace be upon him) did not depend upon the means and neglect Allah, since the
means are not fruitful unless Allah wants so. Yet, the Prophet made every
effort and had strong certainty that whatever Allah wants will happen. This is
shown in his beautiful statement to Abu Bakr:
you think of the two that Allah is their third!”
Having Hope of and Confidence In Victory
(Peace be upon him) did not lose hope at any time, even in this dangerous
journey. He gave Suraqah Ibn Malik glad tiding of the spread of Islam in
Quraish and the whole world. He told him that the throne of Kisrah will be
seized by Muslims who will take his treasures as spoils saying:
you O Suraqah as if you wearing the bracelets of Kisrah.”
Keenness of the Prophet on Companionship
his life, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) was keen on having good companions.
This is clear from his life in Makkah, journey to At-Ta’if, receiving
delegations, concluding the pledges of allegiance, and other things. He teaches
us to always search for good companionship.
Prophet as A Leader
from this journey the fact that the leader should share his people’s
sufferance, as the Prophet did. He shared their migration, chase, weariness,
sorrow and all their pains and sacrifices.
Da’awah at Every Place and Time
(Peace be upon him) did not miss any opportunity or surrender to anything
preventing him from Da’awah. He called everyone. He called Buraidah and his
tribe. He did not think about how to escape them but he considered it an
opportunity to call them to Islam.
journey, we saw how Abu Bakr (RA) was ready to work for Allah anytime and
anywhere. The superior thing for him was to please Allah the Almighty and His
Prophet (Peace be upon him). He knew no excuses. He devoted himself to work and
providing for the cause of Allah.
Bakr’s Love For the Prophet
loved the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) most; more than anyone else. He
exerted every effort to please the Prophet. He prepared the ridding camel,
cleaned the cave for the Prophet, walked behind and in front of the Prophet to
protect him. There are many situations that prove his love for the Prophet
Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
Open-handedness and Giving For Da’awah
of Hijrah shows Abu Bakr’s generosity and open-handedness. He paid out five
thousand Dirhams, all that he had, for the call to Allah and he spent
thirty-five dirhams before in the cause of Allah. He earnestly deserved the
reward from Allah mentioned in the Qur’an:
“But the righteous one will avoid it” [He] who
gives [from] his wealth to purify himself. “But only seeking the countenance of
his Lord, Most High. And he is going to be satisfied.” [Surah Al-Lail,
Da’awah Effort with Family
story of Hijrah, Abu Bakr engaged his whole family in the work for the cause of
Allah. He has transformed his love for the Islamic Message to his family. But
unfortunately, some callers and Islamic scholars nowadays isolate their
families from Da’awah work. They have big activities outside their homes while
they do not let their close members of the family take part in this blessed
Enter it (the new Islamic year) upon us with safety, Iman, peace and Islam;
with your pleasure, the Most Compassionate and protect us against the Shaitaan.
O Allah, we
beseech you by your power of “BE” and it is…! (Qur’an, 16:40), ease our affairs
for us. Our confidence is in you and only you can provide for the privileged
and the less privilege. Ya Rabb, change our situation for the better in
accept our Ibadah (worship) and supplications guide our leaders and provide us
with a lasting peace in our beloved country Nigeria, Ameen Ya Mujeeb!
peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved Prophet and Master, Muhammad
peace and blessings be upon him, his family and all his Companions.
Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and the late Alhaji
Abdur-Rahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria.
Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday,
Dhul-Hijjah 15, 1440 AH (August 16, 2019).
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