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					  Islamic Religious Council of Singapore
           Eidul Adha Sermon
   27 November 2009 / 10 Zulhijjah 1430
Developing A Profound Spirituality In Islam




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Dear Blessed Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

Today, we gather to strengthen our taqwa to Allah s.w.t. We
gather to deepen our faith in Allah, Our Creator. This
morning, we glorify Allah with these praises:




Today, we gather to inculcate the value of sacrifice in the
pursuit of success and goodness. We are reminded that
Allah s.w.t. observes and notices our taqwa to Him. We are
also reminded that Allah s.w.t. does not look at our deeds
per se, but He assesses our sincerity and truthfulness in
every act of ours. He says in the Holy Quran in surah al-Hajj
verse 37:




Which means: It is not their meat nor their blood, that
reaches Allah: it is your piety (taqwa) that reaches Him: He
has thus made them subject to you, that you may glorify


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Allah for His Guidance to you and bring the good news to all
who do good.


Likewise, for the hajj rituals performed in these blessed
days, Allah s.w.t. looks at the taqwa in the hearts, and not at
the physical rituals per se. He says in surah Al-Hajj verse 32:




Which means: That, and whoever respects the signs of
Allah, this surely is (the outcome) of the piety of hearts.


Therefore, brothers and sisters, let us be resolute, on this
blessed morning, to increase the taqwa in our hearts. Let us
be truthful and sincere in our relationship with Allah s.w.t.,
that we always seek His pleasure and ridha in this life. Let us
be humble among ourselves, treating others with kindness
and compassion.




Muslimin muslimat rahimakumullah,


The guests of Allah s.w.t. in the Holy Land have just
completed the main pillar of hajj, the wuquf on the plains of

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Arafah. Clothed in the humble and modest all-white ihram,
the ritual solemnly reminds each believer of the day of
judgement at the Mahsyar in the hereafter. Allah s.w.t. says
in surah Ghafir verse 16:




Which means: The day when they come forth, nothing of
them being hidden from Allah. To whom belongs the
kingdom this day? It is to Allah, the One, the Almighty.


This reminds us all that our lives in this world do not last
forever. It will end at some point. This year’s slaughter rituals
(qurban) on the days of tasyriq in the month of Zulhijjah also
take place towards the end of this year. When we perform
these rituals, we are again reminded of the passing of
another year in our lives.


Everything that begins, whether sweet or bitter, happy or
sad, easy or difficult, will at one point end. Likewise is this
universe that Allah s.w.t. has created, as we are asked to

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contemplate about and ponder upon, as mentioned in surah
Yunus verse101:




Which means: Say: "Consider all that is in the heavens and
on earth"; but neither Signs nor Warners profit those who do
not believe.


We will find clear examples and evidence that all of Allah’s
creations do not last. Stars, with their powerful light and
vastness in size, also naturally die. The bones of the early
inhabitants of earth have also been uncovered, hundreds of
thousands of years after their death. It is indeed true what
Allah s.w.t. says in surah Ar-Rahman verses 26-27:




Which means: All that is on earth will perish. And there will
endure forever your Lord, the Lord of glory and honor.




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However, for human beings, the end marks a new beginning.
It marks the start of a new life, called life of judgement. Allah
s.w.t. says in surah Al-Kahfi verse 47:




Which means: And the day on which We will cause the
mountains to pass away and you will see the earth a levelled
plain and We will gather them and leave not any one of them
behind.


Muslimin Muslimat rahimakumullah,


The end, or what we call death, not a question of “if” but
“when”, does not make us live in anxiety and fear that leads
to our inability to deal with matters of this life on earth. The
existence of our life in the hereafter does not weaken nor
handicap us. Instead, this reality will only strengthen and
deepen our spirituality as Muslims. This reality will elevate us
to a higher level. This reality will propel us forward towards
success and excellence. How is that so, dear brothers and
sisters?

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First, it will be permanently engrained in our consciousness
that every word, every action and every movement of ours,
will have a consequence and implication. If it is good, it will
bring goodness, and on the contrary, if it is bad, it will bring
bad consequences. Thus, a believer with a firm belief in the
hereafter and an unwavering faith in the day of judgement,
will be the most responsible human being in life. He or she,
will never ever, not for a second, do anything that will cause
bad consequences, for himself or for others, in this world,
what more in the hereafter. This is the kind of spirituality that
Islam desires for Muslims. A spirituality that shapes us into
God-conscious and trustworthy individuals, truthful and
responsible, and one who is aware of the implications of
his/her acts. Allah s.w.t. says in surah Al-Isra' verse 36:




Which means: And follow not that of which you have not the
knowledge; surely the hearing and the sight and the heart,
all of these, shall be questioned about that.


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Second, with this reality, we are trained to always have a
long-term outlook and vision. We are trained to prepare
early. We are asked to use every opportunity we have to
prepare ourselves for the future. Isn’t this world a land for us
to harvest for the hereafter? Do we not do good deeds in the
hope to reap rewards in the hereafter? Are we not asked to
do as many good deeds as possible? Even so, dear brothers
and sisters, we still find many of us failing to plan for the long
term. On the contrary, we often find in our community those
who seek short-term gratification and satisfaction, at the
expense of long-term implications.


Third, this reality helps us focus on the pursuit of Allah’s
pleasure, by way of a good relationship with Allah s.w.t. and
a compassionate and kind relationship with fellow human
beings. This is as stated by Allah s.w.t. in surah Al-Baqarah
verses 3-5:




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Which means: Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in
prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them;
And who believe in that which is revealed unto you (Prophet
Muhammad) and that which was revealed before you, and
are certain of the Hereafter. These are on the right guidance
from their Lord. And these are the successful.


Thus, the life of believers who grasp this reality well, will be
very focussed on achieving the goal of striving and
contributing towards goodness. He or she will not be easily
distracted by matters of no concern nor relation to him or
her. As the Holy Prophet s.a.w. said in a hadith narrated by
Abu Hurairah r.a.



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Which means: Part of the beauty of one’s practice of Islam is
his non-dealings with things not related to him. (Hadith
narrated by Imam At-Tarmidzi)


Today, we find Muslims easily distracted and diverted by
small and petty issues, away from the primary and more
important ones. For example, differences of opinions,
already existent in Islamic history and tradition, still become
a subject of bitter disagreement that leads to the weakening
of relationship between us. We should instead come
together and unite our efforts to overcome key challenges
and achieve the fundamental objectives, such as working
together to find ways and solutions to help our young love
Allah s.w.t. and His Prophet s.a.w. Similarly, to liberate
Muslims from the bonds of poverty and illiteracy, and to uplift
the level of learning for Muslims. Let us think about this.


May this Eidul Adha strengthen and uplift our spirituality.
May we become more responsible, more visionary, and
more focused on the fundamental objectives of our religion.



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Let us continue to recite the takbir, tahmid and tasbih to
Allah s.w.t. on these blessed days. Let us continue to recite
the selawat upon the Holy Prophet s.a.w. Let us perform the
ritual slaughter with ihsan and kindness. May we, through all
these, manifest the true taqwa, that is accepted, and gains
the pleasure of Allah s.w.t. Amin.




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