On acts of obedience to Allah the Almighty
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. He loves those who remember Him much amongst His servants. I bear witness that there is no deity save Allah, having no associates. He is an ally to the righteous. I also bear witness that our Master Muhammad is the Servant of Allah and His Messenger. He was the seal of Prophets and Messengers. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his pure blessed family and companions, and all those who follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgment.
As to what follows,
I urge you, O servants of Allah, and myself to be aware that you are asked to obey Him the Most Exalted, in line with His orders, "so fear Allah, O you of understanding who have believed. Allah has sent down to you the Quran." (At-Talaq: 10).
Amongst the lessons we can draw from the Messenger of Allah pbuh is that each new day is a blessing from Allah the Almighty and we should be grateful to Him to bestowing such a favour upon us. He pbuh said, "When one of you awakens, let him say: All praise is due to Allah, Who healed me in my body, returned to me my soul, and permitted me to remember Him'". Indeed, the best way one can occupy one's time during the day is by reciting the noble Dhikr and the supplications that the Prophet pbuh recited most.
In this sense, the Muslim is advised to wake up early in the morning and perform ablution as perfect as possible so as to attain Allah's forgiveness for their flaws. The Messenger of Allah pbuh said in this regard, "He who performs the ablution perfectly (i.e. according to Sunna), his sins will depart from his body, even from under his nails." Having perfected one's ablution, if the Muslim says, 'I bear witness that there is no deity save Allah, having no associates. I also bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant of Allah and His Messenger,' then eight gates of Paradise will be opened for him and he can enter from any one he likes."
Congratulations, therefore, for those who awake before dawn, for it is a good time for seeking forgiveness of Allah, the Most Forgiving, and humbly imploring to Him. At such a time, the Most Exalted would call upon His Servants saying, "Is there any one to supplicate to Me so that I give him what he asked for? Is there any seeker of forgiveness so that I forgive him? (and Allah continues saying so) until the emergence of dawn."
So, strive, O Servants of Allah, to be amongst those who seek Allah's forgiveness in the early hours of the day. Invoke Him for whatever you wish and for whomsoever you love, as your supplications will, by Allah's grace, be answered, your words shall be raised to Him and the steps you take to reach the mosque will raise your status in degrees and remove from your sins. The Prophet pbuh emphasised this as he said, "Whoever purifies himself in his house then walks to one of the houses of Allah in order to perform one of the duties enjoined by Allah, for every two steps he takes, one will erase a sin and the other will raise him one degree in status."
As the believer enters the house of His Lord, glorifying its sanctity and recognising its status, he should recite the supplication that the Prophet pbuh used to say upon entering the mosque: "O Allah! Open the gateways of Your mercy for me." Then the Muslim observes the Fajr Sunna prayer about which the Messenger of Allah pbuh said, "The two Rakaas before dawn are better than this world and whatever is there in it." If such are the virtues of the Fajr prayer although it is a Sunna practice and not an obligatory act of worship, then imagine the merits of observing the decreed prayer about which Allah the Almighty says, "and [also] the Quran of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of Quran at dawn is ever witnessed." (Al-Israa: 78). Our Master Muhammad has also praised it as he said, "The angels of the night and the angels of the day are assembled" at the time of the Fajr (Morning) prayer.
Thus, whoever establishes the Fajr prayer in congregation will, by Allah's favour, be under His guardianship. This was accentuated by the prophet pbuh as he said, "Whoever offers the Morning Prayer (in congregation) is under the protection of Allah." That is to say, he will be under Allah's trust, refuge and care.
Having completed the Fajr prayer, the Muslim is advised to remember Allah, praising, exalting and glorifying Him. The Messenger of Allah pbuh said, "Whoever glorifies Allah (says Subhan Allah) immediately after every prescribed prayer thirty three times, praise Allah thirty three times, and exalts Allah thirty three times this makes ninety-nine, then to complete one hundred say, 'There is no deity save Allah, having no associates. To Him belongs all the Dominion and all praise is due to Him. He is over all things competent,' he will be forgiven his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea."
O You who remember Allah,
Please know that the remembrance of Allah brings us great blessings and benefits. There are certain Ayas in the holy Quran that were given a special status, and thus, we are urged to recite them more. One such Aya is Ayat Al-Kursi which is recommended to be recited after every prayer. On its own merits, Ayat al Kursi is a sufficient protection (from the Satan). So, those who read it in the morning will be protected till the evening, and those who read it in the evening will remain protected until the morning.
After reciting it, the Muslim is urged, if he had enough time, to sit in his prayer place and remember Allah the Almighty until the sunrise. On this account, the Messenger of Allah pbuh said, "Whoever prays Fajr (morning) in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until the sun has risen, then he prays two Rakaas, then for him is the reward like that of a Hajj and Umrah. Complete, complete, complete."
Indeed, celebrating the mention of Allah the Almighty is advised at all times and in all circumstances. So, when one leaves house early in the morning heading to work, one should seek Allah's blessings in the beginning of the day. The Prophet pbuh said, "O Allah, bless my Ummah in what they do early (in the day)." The recommended Dhikr to recite upon going out in the morning is: "In the Name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, there is no might or power except by Allah (Bismillah, tawakkaltu alallah, la ?awla wa la quwwata illa billah)." It will be said to him, "You have been sufficed and protected," and Satan will go far from him."
Furthermore, the best way for asking for forgiveness is to say, "O Allah! You are my Lord. None has the right to be worshipped except You. You created me and I am your servant and I abide by Your covenant and promise as best I can. I seek refuge in You from the evil, which I have committed. I acknowledge Your favour upon me and I knowledge my sins, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sins except You."
Thus, you are urged, O Servants of Allah, to strive to be under the care and protection of Allah so that He will engulf you with success and wellbeing. Moreover, part of Allah's remembrance is also to perfect one' work. As such, one should head to work with expanded breast and cheerful face, knowing that Allah, the Most Exalted, likes those who are diligent in assuming their work. So, you are urged to show commitment to your work and excellence in performing it.
An aspect of excellence is to also show persistence in offering the morning prayer, for Allah the Almighty has attributed special status to it. An illustration of this can be found in the following Hadith. It was narrated that the Prophet pbuh said that Allah says, "O son of Adam, do not be helpless in performing four rakaas for Me at the beginning of the day; (if you perform them) I will supply what you need till the end of it." In so doing, the Muslim renews his connection with his Lord, restores his vigour and be ready to start his work actively.
In fact, one should be steadfast on observing all the obligatory prayers at their prescribed times and in congregation. The Most Exalted says, "indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times." (An-Nisaa: 103).
O Servants of Allah,
A Muslim should remember Allah, the Most High, on all occasions and at all times. So when one returns home, one should mention Allah's name as well as when eating. This is because the remembrance of Allah is the best means to expel the devil. Upon Allah's mention, Satan says (addressing his followers), "you will find nowhere to spend the night and no dinner." Once at home, the Muslim is required to sit with his family members; listen and talk to them. And as one should start one's day with Allah's remembrance, he should, likewise, end it with celebrating the mention of Allah.
Furthermore, the best Dhikr when one goes to bed is: "In Your Name, my Lord, I lay my side down, and in Your Name I raise it. And if You take my soul, then have mercy upon it, and if You release it, then protect it with that which You protect Your righteous servants."
This way, one would spend his day as closer to his Lord as possible, remembering His name and appreciating His favours.
With this in mind, let us seek Allah's favour to help us remember His name, show gratitude for Him, praise Him and perform acts of worship perfectly.
May Allah guide us all to obey Him and obey His Messenger Muhammad pbuh and obey those He have commanded us to obey in line with His orders: "O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you." (An-Nisaa: 59).
May Allah direct us all to the blessings of the Glorious Quran and the Sunna of His Messenger pbuh.
I say this and ask Allah for forgiveness for me and you, so invoke Him for forgiveness, for He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I bear witness that there is no deity save Allah, having no associates. I also bear witness that our Master Muhammad is the servant of Allah and His Messenger. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Master Muhammad, his pure family, companions, and all those who follow them in righteousness till the Day of Judgment.
I urge you, O Servants of Allah, and myself to be aware that you are asked to obey Him, the Most Exalted and Sublime.
It is good to know that the remembrance of Allah is amongst the easiest acts of obedience with which the Muslim can occupy himself during the day. It is also the best means for assuring the heart and the best of all that one may perform throughout his day. One of the most important types of Dhikr is seeking Allah's forgiveness, for it increases one's good deeds and eradicates one's misdeeds. Thus, one would meet his Lord on the Day of Judgment with a pure record full of invocations for forgiveness. On this account, the Prophet pbuh said, "Glad tidings to those who find a lot of seeking forgiveness in the record of their deeds."
The Messenger of Allah pbuh supplicated for Allah plentifully seeking for His forgiveness. On this, he pbuh said, "By Allah! I ask for forgiveness from Allah and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day."
What is more, one should seek to attain strength and help from Allah the Almighty in facilitating his daily matters, by saying, "There is neither might nor power but with Allah." Indeed, this statement is one of the treasures of Paradise, and whoever says it, Allah, with His grace, will facilitate his affairs and alleviate his sorrows.
Amongst the other great Dhikr is to say, "Allah is Sufficient for us and He is the Best Disposer (of affairs for us)." Whoever says this Dhikr, will attain Allah's help. Another gracious act of worship that brings about benefits and blessings is prayer. It is greatly rewarded and is conducive to helping in facilitating one's affairs and increasing their provision. On this matter, it was narrated that the noble companion, Ubai Ibn Kaab, may Allah be pleased with him, once said to the Prophet pbuh, "O Messenger of Allah! Should I make all of my Salat for you? (i.e. should I make all my supplications for you)." He pbuh said, "Then your problems would be solved and your sins would be forgiven."
That is said, please bear in mind that you are instructed to invoke peace and blessings on the Prophet pbuh. Allah, the Most Sublime, says, "indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace." (Al-Ahzab: 56).
On the same matter, the Prophet pbuh said, "For everyone who invokes a blessing on me will receive ten blessings from Allah."
O Allah, please confer Your blessings and grant peace upon our Prophet Muhammad pbuh, his family and all of the companions.
May Allah be pleased with the Rightly Guided Caliphs: Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, and all of the noble Companions.
O Allah, we implore to You to make us amongst those who remember You in the day and night, and those who seek Your forgiveness before dawn.
O Allah, please grant for our tongues to be wet with You remembrance, celebrating Your praise.
May Allah have mercy on the honourable martyrs of our country and those of the coalition and gather them with the righteous. May Allah make the dwelling of the martyrs, their families, parents and relatives with the ones upon whom Allah has bestowed favour of the prophets and the steadfast affirmers of truth. Indeed, You answer to the supplications.
O Allah, please grant the best reward for the families of the martyrs and offer them patience and solace. May Allah grant victory to the soldiers of the Arab Coalition who gathered to restore the rights to their owners. O Lord, please be by their side and guide the Yemeni people to everything that is good. O Allah, make them rally for the word of truth and legitimacy, and bless them with welfare and stability, O the Most Generous.
O Lord, we beseech You to bless all of the Muslim countries and the whole world with stability and peace.
O Allah, we seek Your grace to increase the UAE in delight and beauty and give the best of rewards and recompense to whoever sowed the seeds of goodness and welfare in it. Indeed, You are the Most Merciful of the merciful.
May Allah grant success and continued health and care to the UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. May Allah also ensure success to his Vice-President, trustworthy Crown Prince and his brothers, Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates.
O Allah, please forgive all of the Muslims, men and women, living and dead. May Allah have mercy on Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Maktoum and the Late UAE Sheikhs. O Lord, forgive and show mercy on them and bless them with Your kindness and satisfaction. O Lord, forgive and show mercy on our parents, relatives and whoever has done a favour to us.
We pray to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, to continue blessing the UAE with stability and welfare and bless its provisions. O Allah, please continue blessing the UAE with safety and security.
O Allah, we seek Your favour to send us wealthy rain and make us not amongst those who are despondent. O Allah, relieve us! O Allah, relieve us! O Allah, relieve us! O Allah, give us from the blessings of the sky and grow for us from the blessings of the earth.
Remember Allah and He will remember you. Be grateful of His benevolence and He will increase His blessings to you.