https://www.khutbah.info/the-most-hopeful-verse/ All praise is due to Allah the All-Knower, the All-Wise. He knows what is in the hearts and what is hidden in the chests. The Knower of all unseen. We praise Him for His mercy, graces and kindness to us. In this honorable month He has bestowals, conferrals and gifts that only the successful encounter and the disappointed turn away from. So Allah make use from the successful and spare us the way of the disappointed. The Almighty’s Messenger ﷺ was the most generous of people, and he was the most generous in Ramadan when Gabriel used to meet him. And Gabriel used to meet him ﷺ every night in Ramadan and study the Quran with him. When Gabriel met him, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was more generous in doing good than the blowing wind. Be conscious of Allah the Most High and obey Him. And fill the days and nights with obedience of Him. And occupy yourselves with remembering Him, expressing gratitude to Him and worshipping Him in the best manner. For you will receive the best of nights. The preferred night of Laylatul Qadr (night of decree) that is better than 1000 months. Do not get tired of supplicating. And do not get bored of the Quran. And do not slowdown in performing acts of worship. And do not despair of His mercy. For in only a few nights the accepted will attain a great reward and those granted mercy will be joyful of this great bestowal. So show Allah Almighty good from yourselves and you will receive good.
إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلَّهِ ,نَحْمَدُهُ ,وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ , وَنَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا ,مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللهُ فَلَا مُضِلَّ لَهُ , وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلَا هَادِيَ لَهُ , وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
Verily, all praise is for Allah. We praise Him, we seek His assistance and we ask for His forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Him from the evils of our selves. Whoever Allah guides, none can misguide. Whoever He misguides, none can guide. And I bear witness that there is no deity other than Allah and I bear witness that Mohammad is His slave and messenger.
يَا أَيُّهَا الّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ مُسْلِمُونَ – آل عمران:102
Al Imran 102 : O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.
All praise is due to Allah the All-Knower, the All-Wise. He knows what is in the hearts and what is hidden in the chests. The Knower of all unseen. We praise Him for His mercy, graces and kindness to us. In this honorable month He has bestowals, conferrals and gifts that only the successful encounter and the disappointed turn away from. So Allah make use from the successful and spare us the way of the disappointed. The Almighty’s Messenger ﷺ was the most generous of people, and he was the most generous in Ramadan when Gabriel used to meet him. And Gabriel used to meet him ﷺ every night in Ramadan and study the Quran with him. When Gabriel met him, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was more generous in doing good than the blowing wind.
Be conscious of Allah the Most High and obey Him. And fill the days and nights with obedience of Him. And occupy yourselves with remembering Him, expressing gratitude to Him and worshipping Him in the best manner. For you will receive the best of nights. The preferred night of Laylatul Qadr (night of decree) that is better than 1000 months. Do not get tired of supplicating. And do not get bored of the Quran. And do not slowdown in performing acts of worship. And do not despair of His mercy. For in only a few nights the accepted will attain a great reward and those granted mercy will be joyful of this great bestowal. So show Allah Almighty good from yourselves and you will receive good.
Allah the Exalted said:
أَمَّنْ هُوَ قَانِتٌ آنَاءَ اللَّيْلِ سَاجِدًا وَقَائِمًا يَحْذَرُ الْآخِرَةَ وَيَرْجُو رَحْمَةَ رَبِّهِ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ-الزمر: 9
Az Zumar (39) 9: Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]? Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.
These are nights of hoping and reciting the Quran. And it is a Book of hope & fear, encouragement & admonition and promising & warning. And in some of its verses there is hope that dispels fear, removes sadness, anchors the heart and sheds the tears. So that we know that Allah Almighty is Pardoning, Forgiving and Most Merciful.
And from among the verses that is said to be the most hopeful verse is:
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ-الزُّمَرِ:53
Az Zumar (39) 53: Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”
This noble verse is a call to all disobedient disbelievers and others to repent and return. And it informs that Allah Almighty forgives all the sins for whoever repents and desists from them. No matter what the sins are and even if the sins are plentiful and like the foam of the sea.
And it was related from some of the predecessors that this is the most hopeful verse in the Book of Allah Almighty. And that is because Allah Almighty mentioned the servants with Himself – by saying My Servants- for honoring them and giving them glad tidings. Then He described them as transgressing in sin and having much sins. Then he concluded with forbidding those with many sins from despairing from His Mercy. So the command not to despair for sinners who are not transgressors is even more. Next, came what left no place for doubt nor requires guessing upon hearing it. Allah Almighty said:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا
Indeed, Allah forgives all sins.
So what good tidings there are for comforting the hearts of the believers who think well of their Lord Most Glorified. Those genuinely hopeful in Him the Exalted. Those who shed the cloak of despair and reject thinking negatively of the One for Who no sin is too big to forgive-for He does not spare in forgiving and being merciful to His servants. Those turning to Him in requesting pardoning and seeking refuge in Him for forgiving their sins. And how best He the Exalted explained it saying:
إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.
Allah’s forgiveness and mercy is great, spanning and far reaching. And Allah’s great mercy is indicated in the story of the man who killed 100 souls and repented before death and was then forgiven by Allah Almighty.
Ali bin Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) said that there is no verse in the Quran more encompassing than the verse:
يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّه
O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah.
And reason for its revelation came in the Hadith related by Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them):
أَنَّ نَاسًا مِنْ أَهْلِ الشِّرْكِ كَانُوا قَدْ قَتَلُوا وَأَكْثَرُوا، وَزَنَوْا وَأَكْثَرُوا، فَأَتَوْا مُحَمَّدًا -صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ- فَقَالُوا: إِنَّ الَّذِي تَقُولُ وَتَدْعُو إِلَيْهِ لَحَسَنٌ، لَوْ تُخْبِرُنَا أَنَّ لِمَا عَمِلْنَا كَفَّارَةً فَنَزَلَ: (وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَدْعُونَ مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلَهًا آخَرَ وَلَا يَقْتُلُونَ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلَّا بِالْحَقِّ وَلَا يَزْنُونَ) ، وَنَزَلَتْ (قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ) البخاري:4810 –
Some polytheists who had excessively killed and fornicated came to Muhammad ﷺ and said, ” Whatever you say and invite people to is good, but if you could inform us if there is an expiation for our past (evil) deeds.” So it was revealed: ‘And those who do not invoke with Allah another deity or kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed], except by right, and do not commit unlawful sexual intercourse. And whoever should do that will meet a penalty.’ (25.68) And it was also revealed: Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah.’ (39.53) [al-Bukhari 4810]
Relying on this verse and other verses with similar meanings, the predecessors hated those who despaired people from repentance and the mercy of Allah Almighty. And because the Prophet ﷺ said:
أَنَّ رَجُلًا قَالَ: وَاللَّهِ لَا يَغْفِرُ اللَّهُ لِفُلَانٍ، وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ -تَعَالَى- قَالَ: مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَتَأَلَّى عَلَيَّ أَنْ لَا أَغْفِرَ لِفُلَانٍ، فَإِنِّي قَدْ غَفَرْتُ لِفُلَانٍ، وَأَحْبَطْتُ عَمَلَكَ” (مُسْلِمٌ:2621)
A man said: By Allah, Allah will not forgive so-and-so. And Allah Almighty said: Who is he who swears by Me that I will not forgive so-and-so? Verily I have forgiven so-and-so and have nullified your (good) deeds. [Muslim 2621]
And Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The one with true understanding of religion is the one who does not despair people from the mercy of Allah and does not provide them license to disobey Allah and does not make them feel secure from the punishment of Allah and does not leave the Quran desiring other than it.
So repentance is not closed from anyone regardless of the extent of their sins as long as the soul is in their body and it is not in the process of exiting. And mercy is not veiled from the repentant regardless of their crime. And our Lord Most Glorified grants mercy and pardons many of the disobedient who were otherwise obliged to be punished.
And the month of Ramadan is from the most hopeful of times for the acceptance of repentance and forgiveness. And the most hopeful part of Ramadan is the last ten nights which contain laylatul Qadr (night of Decree). And Ubay bin Ka3b (may Allah have mercy on him) swore that it was the 27th night. So let us strive in what remains of these great nights. And let the people of good increase in goodness. And let those with shortcomings repent for their shortcomings. And let the sinners regret for their sins, return to their senses and turn to their Lord Most Glorified. And let us hope for the pardoning and forgiveness of our Lord, think well of Him Most Glorified and not despair of His mercy. For no one gives up hope in Allah the Exalted except the perished.
وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ-النُّورِ: 31
An Noor 31: And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
أَقُولُ مَا تَسْمَعُونَ وَأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِي وَلَكُمْ مِنْ كُلِّ ذَنْبٍ فَاسْتَغْفِرُوهُ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
I say what you have heard and I seek forgiveness from Allah for me and you from every sin. So seek forgives from Him, Verily He is Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.
الحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ, وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ , وَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَاْ إِلَهَ إِلَّاْ اَللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَاْشَرِيْكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدَاً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُوْلُهُ
All praise is to Allah, and peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah, and I bear witness that there is no deity other than Allah and I bear witness that Mohammad is His slave and messenger.
Be as was your Prophet Mohammad ﷺ in expressing gratitude to Allah Almighty for his bounties and magnifying Him and knocking on His door. And humbling yourselves between His hands. And calling and supplicating to Him with humility. For indeed your Lord the Exalted and Possessor of Majesty is close and generous:
وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ-البقرة:186
Al Baqarah (2) 186: And when My servants ask you, [O Muḥammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.
Magnify Allah your Lord and be persistent in your supplications to Him. And soften your hearts from humility and direct your tears to Him for He the Exalted is the Most Merciful. It was narrated by Rabi3ah bin A3amer (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say:
أَلِظُّوا بيا ذا الْجَلاَلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ- صححه الألباني
Recite frequently: “O Possessor of Majesty and Honor. [Jami at-Tirmidhi 3524]
And the meaning is to adhere to it and hold on to it in your supplications. For Majesty and Honor are praising and glorification, respectively. And Allah’s graces on us are plentiful. And His rights upon us are great. And it is obligatory for us to magnify him.
So let us be guarded in performing voluntary prayers in these blessed nights for within them is laylatul qadr (night of decree). If people revived the whole year to ensure realizing it, that would not have been too much. And know that if we perform plenty of worship, Allah will give even more reward. And He is more generous than us. The Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) said:
“إذن نكثر” فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: “الله أكثر”
“Then we will make much supplications”, then the Prophet ﷺ said: “Allah is more (in answering and giving without limits)” [Ahmad 11133]
Oh Allah make us from among the winners. And do not make us among the denied. Oh Allah help us against our inner selves and grant us sincerity in our deeds. Oh Allah help us to remember You, to express gratitude to You and to worship You in the best manner. And accept from us and all of the Muslims.
هَذَا وَصَلُّوا وَسَلِّمُوا عَلَى نَبِيِّكُم كَمَا أَمَرَكُمْ بِذلِكَ رَبُّكُمْ , فَقَالَ
I conclude with this and send prayers of blessings and peace upon your Prophet as your Lord commanded:
إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ۚ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا
Al Ahzaab (33) 56: 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.
اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنا فِيمَنْ هَدَيْتَ وَعَافِنا فِيمَنْ عَافَيْتَ وَتَوَلَّنا فِيمَنْ تَوَلَّيْتَ وَبَارِكْ لنا فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَ وَقِنا شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتَ إِنَّكَ تَقْضِي وَلاَ يُقْضَى عَلَيْكَ وَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَذِلُّ مَنْ وَالَيْتَ تَبَارَكْتَ رَبَّنَا وَتَعَالَيْتَ
O Allah, guide us with those whom You have guided, grant us well-being among those You have granted well-being, be an ally to us along with those whom You are an ally to, and bless what You have bestowed upon us, and save us from the evil of what You have decreed. For verily You decree and none can decree over You. He whom You support can never be humiliated. Glory is to You, our Lord, You are Blessed and Exalted.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ مِنَ الْخَيْرِ كُلِّهِ عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْنا مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ نَعْلَمْ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الشَّرِّ كُلِّهِ عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْنا مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ نَعْلَمْ اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ مَا سَأَلَكَ عَبْدُكَ وَنَبِيُّكَ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا عَاذَ بِهِ عَبْدُكَ وَنَبِيُّكَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ وَنَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ وَنَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ كُلَّ قَضَاءٍ قَضَيْتَهُ لَنا خَيْرًا
O Allah, We ask You for all that is good, in this world and in the Hereafter, what we know and what we do not know. O Allah, we seek refuge with You from all evil, in this world and in the Hereafter, what we know and what we do not know. O Allah, we ask You for the good that Your servant and Prophet has asked You for, and we seek refuge with You from the evil from which Your servant and Prophet sought refuge. O Allah, we ask You for Paradise and for that which brings one closer to it, in word and deed, and we seek refuge in You from Hell and from that which brings one closer to it, in word and deed. And we ask You to make every decree that You decree concerning us good
عِبَادَ اللّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ
Servants of Allah. Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.
اُذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ الْعَظِيمَ يَذْكُرْكُمْ واشْكُرُوهُ يَزِدْكُمْ واسْتَغْفِرُوهُ يَغْفِرْ لكُمْ واتّقُوهُ يَجْعَلْ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَمْرِكُمْ مَخْرَجًا وَأَقِمِ الصّلَاة
Remember Allah, the Great – He will remember you. Thank Him for His favors – He will increase you therein. And seek forgiveness from Him – He will forgive you. And be conscious of Him – He will provide you a way out of difficult matters. And, establish the prayer.
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