How did Islam fail you

Friday sermon (PDF)

Caliph of Allah: Man
(21.12.2018)

 

My dear brothers and sisters!

In the noble verse recited, the creation story of man is described as follows: “And when your Lord said to the angels:“ I want to appoint a caliph on earth ”, they said:“ Will you appoint one on it who will destroy it incites and sheds blood? And we proclaim your praise and sanctify you. "He said," I know what you do not know. "1

As expressed in the noble verse, the angels worshiped the exalted Allah, praising and praising Him in the most beautiful way until Adam (sws) was created. But Allah, the Exalted, created man as a being with understanding who has the ability to know the truth, to praise Allah of his own free will. Allah rewarded man by making him stand out from other creatures, making him honorable and valuable.

Dear believers!

The human being who, due to the understanding and will granted to him, is not masterless in earthly life2 was left in the lurch and is therefore even respected by the angels, has been assigned the following task from the verses of the Koran: "And I created the jinn and the people only to serve Me."3 The earthly caliphate of man was made conditional on faith and righteous works. With the acceptance of this office as Caliph of Allah, man has assumed a heavy responsibility and duty both towards his Creator, Allah, and towards the whole universe.4 The human being is able to live up to these assigned responsibilities and able to carry out these tasks successfully as long as he remains loyal to his natural disposition (Fıtra). He is aware that these possibilities are gifts from Allah that have been given to people in a goal-oriented manner and linked to a task. Man also knows that he has to do this task in the spirit and for the goodwill of Allah and has to act accordingly.

My siblings!

Another being in the human adventure called life is the devil. Due to the command of the Great Allah: "I know what you do not know."5, the angels paid Adam (sws) the necessary respect and esteem. But the devil contradicted it by asserting his privilege over man. This objection of the devil had the consequence that he was banished from the presence of Allah and took man as an enemy. Thereupon he made it his goal to deprive man created in “the most beautiful form” of this quality and to bring him into the “lowest of the low” positions.6

Human traits such as ignorance, oppression, bloodshed, cross-driving, impatience, greed, avarice, succumbing to desires and ingratitude seem to be very charming for the devil. But man should be eager to stand against deceptive whispers and traps of the devil and not to forget his own purpose of creation. Eventually man becomes alienated and loses his virtue and his value as a compass of his creative purpose through the abuse of all possibilities that could make him the best of all creation. This can even go so far that the human being makes evil his own essential characteristic and thus degenerates into a lower being who no longer has any meaningful signs except to live.7

My honorable brothers and sisters!

The believer should endeavor at all times to keep his covenant with Allah and to perform his worship services properly. This goal gives the worldly existence of man a meaning and redeems him from emptiness, abandonment and loss of values. It gives a discipline to life. It teaches us to utilize every breath, every moment and every moment. It helps people to regulate their relationship with themselves, with their environment and with their Creator, Allah. The result of efforts - to zealously according to the benevolence and satisfaction of Allah, to be of benefit to people and all of creation - will be reflected in this end as a blessing to our lives and happiness to our families.

We should know that man cannot fulfill his responsibility towards Allah as he imagines it to be, but rather has to sincere subordinate to the benevolence of Allah in order to shape the world in a cultivated manner and to restore degenerate values.

 

The DITIB Sermon Commission

 

1 Koran, al-Bakara, 2/30
2 Koran, al-Qiyama, 75/36
3 Koran, ad-Dhariyat, 51/56
4 Koran, al-Ahzab, 33/72
5 Koran, al-Baqara, 2/30
6 Koran, at-Tin, 95 / 4-5
7 Kur’an Yolu Tefsiri 5/648

 



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