Khatba Eid Al- Al-Adh'ha AL-Mubarak
Tuesday, March 16, 2000; Thul Al AlHijjah 10,1420
Kufa Center of Islamic Knowledge (KCIK)

All Praise is for Allah  (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) Who has guided us to His Glory, leading us toward salvation and paradise and helping us reach the Truth. Blessings and Salutations be upon the best of creation, our Nabiy Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wasalam), the leader of Mercy and goodness and blessings upon his household and to all who do good with goodness.

On this happy day of Eid Al- Al-Adh'ha AL-Mubarak, we pray for Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) 's blessings upon you and your family, and we express felicities of this Eid to all believing men and women. O' Lord, grant the Pilgrims a safe and successful Hajj, grant us Your Forgiveness and Grace, protect us on the Day of Fear, and help us to perform our duties to do good with goodness as true believers, Ameen.

We ask Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) to make provision and seek refuge for the Day of Judgment. Be aware of the most valuable and cherished blessings, namely, that Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) has shown you the Right Path and illuminated the way of Islam. When we accept Islam by words and actions, we become the torchbearers of light and learning to the world.

Gather provisions in this temporary world for the everlasting abode. You have been shown the direction and guided toward the truth. He has you and shown you what you should do with life in this world and with the wealth you have, and that which you will soon leave behind while still carrying its responsibility on your shoulders.  Allah  (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) reminds us and warns us that if we turn back from our duties and responsibilities, if we do not fulfill our obligations, then He will replace us with another nation.

Your sons and daughters are a trust given to you. You must raise them with best training and manners for you will be asked to account for them on the Day of Judgment. You must fear Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) in matters affecting them,“O believers! Save yourselves and your families from the Fire whose fuel shall be human beings and stones.”

Today, dear brothers and sisters, we call upon you the servants of Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) to become united, stay together, close your ranks and reconcile your hearts for therein lies your strength and your honor. Do not quarrel and weaken yourselves. Rifts among you will never achieve victory for Muslims. We urge everyone to be calm and rational and hold fast to the strong rope of Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala): the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Nabiy Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wasalam). Remember your brethren in the East and the West. Remember them with prayers for their imminent deliverance as well as with moral and material support. They face severe distress and hardships, they are persecuted and deprived of their divine rights, they are killed, harassed, held captive and tortured, men, women and children. For the ignorant people who lose their humanity, there will be no progress or retrogressing. They have always been rejecting those who preach the messages of Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala), and the representatives of Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) have suffered relentless persecution and torturous deaths. But people never realize how many countless generations before them have been destroyed for rejecting the truth; and a painful punishment will encompass them in the hereafter. The best and the greatest example of voluntarily, willingly and readily sacrificing in the cause of Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) is to give one’s life in the cause of Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala). Martyrdom is the aspiration of living true Muslim. The removal of fear, establishment of authority for the overall good and welfare of the people, establishment of religion, and peace and security are all part of the administration of a human society in this world.

Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) is the only enduring power we can look to, supreme over all. He commands justice, and kindness. Only those who stand in the cause of Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) when the oppressors forced them to choose between Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) and worldly comforts are entitled to the highest honours for having made a great sacrifice in the cause of Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala). To help the Muslims and to remove hardships is the noblest of deeds. We pray that may Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) instilled terror into the hearts of the infidels in order to destroy their morale and sent angels to fight the foe along side the believers, so that the power base of the polytheism would be destroyed.

Portray the beauty of Islam through your good behavior and prepare yourselves for that Day by good deeds and righteous words. The best words to start with are that of the Glorious Qur'an (I plead myself to the Almighty Allah for refuge from the accused Satan). “ I begin In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful: Say: He, Allah, is One (alone). Allah, is the Needless, He begetteth not, nor is He begotten, and there is none like unto Him.”

Break (down and then up)

(I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah, and Muhammad is His servant and messenger)

O' Lord, Bless Nabiy Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Waalihi Wasalam), and his household, and all who do good with goodness and make for us this day of Eid the best we have passed, pardoning our sins. O' Lord, forgive our shortcomings and our sins and grant us the status of those upon whom You have granted Your Grace. May Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) forgive our parents and all our brethren everywhere.

Islam teaches man to do what is best to repel the evil. At all events, the power-base of evil must be destroyed. Worldly wealth, power and influence that the disbelievers are enjoying is a trial, not a source of salvation, as they will find out when the hour of reckoning comes if not before then. That Day will bring terrible consequences for those who have rebelled against the authority of the Almighty Lord and disobeyed His laws, but it will be a day wherefrom the believers shall begin an eternal life of bliss.

Islam condemns any harm to any human being by any means. It enjoins man to be fair, to be just, and to not look at our own selfish interests, but at the general welfare of human beings. This is central to Islam. Seeking the common good is very important. Under Islam, there is no threat in a society, and people feel that they can have an opinion and express this opinion in any decent way. Islam has given that freedom to every human being, especially the basic rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. May Allah  (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) reward you for calling people to the truth. As you well know, there are many misconceptions regarding Muslims and the constant victimizing and harassment of Muslims is prevalent everywhere.
The slogan "Allahu Akbar" reminds us of the one who was willing to give his life for Islam and today many do the same to spread Allah  (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) ’s Word. Call your Muslim and non-Muslim friends and relatives, males and females, to come and learn about Islam. May Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) reward you for your efforts.

There are many learned men and women but their minds are highly prejudiced. They just don’t search for the truth. But nobody seems to care about the directives that Allah  (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) gives. May Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) make them learn the truth about Islam.  Allah
 (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) says,“O ye who believe! If any from among you turn back from his Faith, soon will Allah produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him, lowly with the believers, mighty against the rejecters, fighting in the way of Allah, and never afraid of the reproaches of such as find fault. That is the grace of Allah, which He will bestow on whom He pleaseth. And Allah encompasseth all, and He knoweth all things.” The life in paradise will be a continuous conscious existence amid bliss and grace provided by the Lord of the worlds. Allah forgives the sinners if they repent, believe and make amends and do good deeds. In contrast to this condition of earning divine forgiveness which generates good, peace and harmony among the people, instead of putting an end to evil and sin, they spread corruption in the world as and when they deem necessary to fulfil their selfish desires against human beings. They will in vain desire cessation of consciousness to escape the unending and unbearable torment of hell, and be no escape.

Brothers and sisters, dress at this Eid in your finest clothes, adorn your homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family. A sense of generosity and gratitude colors the festivities of the Eid. Charity and good deeds are always important in Islam. Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to the Islamic missions and we ask Him to able us to spread His Word and to achieve the knowledge and wisdom of Islam, Ameen.

Dear brothers and sisters, raise your hands to the Almighty Lord to guide the believers toward what He loves and is pleased with. May Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) grant you what is best for you and watch over you and give you victory "For He is the Best Guardian and the Best Helper."
I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you a very happy Eid and pray that may Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) keep us happy, healthy and prosperous in this life and in the hereafter, Ameen. May the Almighty Lord embrace Muslims all around the world with His grace, mercy, forgiveness and pardon. O Lord! Safeguard us against evil. Fear the wrath of the Lord. O Lord! Be merciful, oft-forgiving to those of Thy sincere servants who are less careful in Thy obedience. O Lord of the worlds, we seek Thy help to keep us steadfast in this hour of service to Thee to the utmost degree which shall please Thee the most. May Allah (Subhanhu Wa Ta’Ala) repeat this Eid with health and happiness for everyone, Insha’Allah. Eid Mubarak and Wa Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.

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