Holiday and its lessons
All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the noble Prophet, his household and companions.
Brothers in Islaam! Fear Allaah as He should be feared for it is through piety that ranks are raised and the stumbling reduced.
Fellow Muslims! Allaah created the creatures, ordained for them their fates and decreed for them their appointed time. As the day and night pass, He brings new creatures to life and causes others to die. Life continues with its natures and lessons and among people are obedient and believing ones and the disobedient and disbelieving ones.
Now the holiday has come to an end giving a lot of lessons, admonitions and events of which some people prosper and the lot of some is misery. Some wished that its days may come to an end so that their sorrow and distress may come to an end with it, while others wished that those days might remain forever so that their happiness may be everlasting. The days of holiday are full of different lessons that increase the wise in admonition and awaken the ignorant even from his slumber.Ar-Rabee’ Ibn Khaytham was asked,
Brothers in faith! The vicissitudes of time should be a stance of lesson and self-examination for man. Let man take a sincere stance on his person and his life. All people will stand before their Lord and account for what they did in this life. Allaah says,
The truthful people will be questioned, ‘that He may ask the truthful about their truth.’ Those who lived favourable lives will be held responsible.
Fellow Muslims! Pages of the events of the vacation are now closed by the fate. The Prophet said,
Some people spent their vacation in search of various kinds of knowledge because of their awareness that knowledge leads to happiness. They therefore exerted their efforts in search of it and endure all difficulties in its cause and earn as a result increased excellent virtues. They are overshadowed by the light of obedience and worship and prefer the everlasting over the mortal. These are the pious, leaders of people on the Last Day.
Those who seek for the good and Paradise are the ones who call to the Way of Allaah with sure knowledge, wisdom and good admonitions, those who adhere to the Book of Allaah and the sunnah of His Messenger, enjoin all that is good, forbid all that is evil, exhorting their children, preserving Allaah’s trust on them and endeavour to reform them, in order that they may be of good help to them in this life and treasure for them after their death. Those who do these have taken to the path of glory and actually wish themselves good and safety in matters of their religion.
There are others who engaged their eyes – during their holidays – in forbidden things, they wasted their lives in what will only bring them regret and sorrow. This set of people only earn absolute loss, for they gained nothing of this world and increased not in the reward of the hereafter.
Brothers in faith! It is unwise to treat the blessing of money, health and children that Allaah endowed us with by being ungrateful to Him and denying these blessings. It is therefore requested of fathers to reform their children and families for ambiguities and fanciful desires are the basis of man’s corruption in this life and the life to come.
Fellow Muslims! There is no sin ever committed in a blessing except that it removed it and never has sin been allowed to overpower a heart except that it destroyed it. Sin destroys the present bliss and prevents the coming one. Endeavour then to examine yourself and beware of fanciful desires, satanic insinuations, and evil ending for every word and glance of yours is being recorded. Reprove yourself on your negligence and thank that He prolongs your life. Hasten to sincere repentance for Allaah is happy when His slave repents. Do not postpone your repentance for whoever does that will not do any good deed. Among Luqmaan’s admonitions to his son is:
Wahb bin Muabbih said,
Therefore make good use of your time, conquer your whims, call yourself to account, abhor the evil, get prepared for the misfortunes of death and mend your ways for your departure from this world is near. Whoever reforms the remaining part of his life will have his past misdeeds forgiven but whoever continues to sin in what is left of his life will be held responsible for his former and later sins. Remember
Brothers in Islaam: We have now entered a new academic year. Knowledge as a matter of fact is of different aspects and types; and the best of all areas of knowledge is the one through which one can have peace of mind and that is the knowledge derived from the Book of Allaah and the sunnah of His Prophet. No knowledge is better than the one that leads to guidance and protects from error and destruction. When the minds and conducts are protected and covered with religion and the belief is firmly rooted, deeds will become reformed.
The teacher should also be trustworthy and just in while evaluating his students. Parents should follow up their wards’ educational progress and ensure that they keep good company. It is also incumbent upon them to observe the congregational prayer with Muslims.
Children’s upbringing on eemaan, piety and good deeds is a great trust on parents which they will be held responsible for. Therefore, carry out this obligation as due and beware of negligence for you shall be asked to account for all your deeds and rewarded accordingly.