All thanks and praises are due to Allah, Whom we thank, seek for help and invoke for forgiveness. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Mohamed is His slave and Messenger.
So this is part 3 of our sermons titled “Your Ultimate Goal”, where we answer the question: What’s your ultimate goal in life?
How could we not seek Allah’s Pleasure and aspire to be amongst His beloved friends whom he defends and assists? How could we not seek Allah’s pleasure when He said “Truly Allah defends those who believe” (22:38). Do you have a better protector?! How could we not seek Allah’s pleasure when He said: “Whoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him” [Muslim]? Do you have someone to be at war for your case other than Allah?! Could you possibly have another option other than pleasing Him?
Now listen to this beautiful Qudsi Hadith and tell me how pleasing Allah’s could not be our ultimate goal in this life:
“My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with optional works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his sense of hearing with which he hears, his sense of sight with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it” [Bukhari and Muslim].
Having said and quoted all this, let me ask, does this goal of pleasing Allah equal our other goals in life? A hesitant answer means trouble.
“Say: Is the blind one equal to the one who sees? Or darkness equal to Light?” (13:16).
Pleasing Allah just can’t be equal to other goals.
“Is he who walks on his face without seeing, more rightly guided, or he who [sees and] walks on a Straight Path [Islam]?” (67:22).
A Muslim’s objective illuminates his path,outlines his endeavors, regulates his footsteps, actions & positions. It’s pleasing none but Allah. A Muslim should be walking on the ground while his heart is set on the Heavens, proceeding confidently towards his ultimate goal. A Muslim goes forth one instance and holds back another; sometimes hastens and sometimes slows, proceeding confidently towards his ultimate goal. A Muslim speaks on one occasion and holds his tongue on another, proceeding confidently towards his ultimate goal, which is pleasing none but Allah.
This ultimate goal which makes the Muslim intolerant of neglecting the commands of his Lord or disobeying Him in any way. And this wouldn’t be attained by any words or actions unless done with sincerity towards Allah and in accordance with the Prophet’s teachings.
A predecessor once said “I will make all my worries, one,” that is, my only worry in this life is to please Allah SWT, the Almighty.
So once again let me repeat: You know what to do, so don’t delay!
May Allah bless u all for reading this Friday sermon, and may He forgive us all on this blessed day, Ameen. Jumaah Mubarak to all of you!