Friday sermon: the importance of secure and safe nations

Stability of one’s country is a great objective that people, prophets and religion calls for.

The stability of one’s country is a great objective, one that people, prophets and religion call for.

Friday’s sermon provides examples of the importance of secure and safe nations.

“And when Abraham prayed: My Lord! Make this a region of security and bestow upon its people fruits,” says a verse from the Quran.

Another verse highlights the great blessing of defeating hunger and fear: “So let them worship the Lord of this House, Who hath fed them against hunger and hath made them safe from fear.”

Islam has ordered people to maintain security and prohibits attacking civilians, as the Quran says: “Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not aggressors.”

Moreover, Prophet Mohammed considered one who does injustice to another, or devalued him, or overburdened him or took something from him without his consent, as his enemy on judgment day.

“How will a Muslim meet his Lord if the Prophet is his enemy on judgment day?” the sermon says.

In order to preserve stability there are several methods such as: “Committing to beautiful ethics with Muslims and non-Muslims ... and part of that is being gentle and lenient.”

“So where are extremists from these great prophetic instructions, and where are they from Allah’s words to Moussa and Haroon,” the sermon continues, pointing to the Quranic verse that says: “Go, both of you, unto Pharaoh. Lo! He hath transgressed [the bounds]. And speak unto him a gentle word, that peradventure he may heed or fear.”

hdajani@thenational.ae

Published: December 11, 2014 04:00 AM

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