Sermon The family 08.05.2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
In the verse I read Almighty Allah says: " And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought."
In the hadith I read, Prophet (PBUH) says:
"The best of you is he who is best to his family, and I am the best among you to my family.”
Humanity started the adventure of life with the family. The first family was set in paradise in all its beauty and homes built by this beautiful inspirations. These homes has allways been heaven for mothers, fathers, spouses and kids.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in the Farewell Sermon, reminded us that we belong to a long-established family, saying; "All of you are children of Adam." Yes, each of us is a circle of the human family. We have to spend effort to make new families. Because we found life in a family. And future generations will came into existence in new families. The owner of this unchangable system is the Lord of the worlds. He presented the best role model families for us in His Holy Book: like the adventure of Adam (pbuh) and Eve and what they suffered together, The exemplary loyalty and submission of family of our ancestor Prophet Abraham (pbuh), The purity of the family of Hâtemu'l-Anbiya Muhammad Mustafa (pbuh).
For believers and followers of the Holy Quran the family is extremely important. Family, the smallest but the most important unit of society; It is the platform of habituation, affection, respect, sharing and dedication. The family is a starting point, affecting all stages of life. That's why, we are stepping into marriage with dua’s and suplications, saying; "Oh Allah, make this wedlock blessed and fruitful, integrate this couple with intimacy, love and loyalty, and don’t let hate, mischief and disagreement spare them.” With such good wishes we ask God to build a firm family out of this togetherness.
In same time, this voyage is the occasion of a trial for each of us. Because our Lord has not left man unattended. He made him responsible of himself, his family, his circles, and first of all he is responsible in front of Almighty Creator. Thus, the rights and responsibilities must be regarded with respect in the family.
My Precious Brothers!
It is more important to be a family than building up a family. To be a family is not just to shelter under the same roof and sit at the same table. To be a family, is to be spouses connected in hearts first of all; to be the parts of a whole with love, affection and compassion, to remove the barriers between minds and hearts with affection, respect, love and devotion.
To be a family, is to be a shield against all adversities; to protect our happiness and serenity together, to be adorned with lofty values mentioned in the verse; " O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones.” To save our spouse and children from evil and lead them to goodness, morals, and to encourage them to be virtious people. To rate and to value; to be next to each other friendly in good day, bad day, in shortness and abundance. Like mother of believers Hadice, who supported her husband, the Prophet of mercy until her last breath. Like the exemplary spouse, symbol of loyalty, Messenger of Allah (PBUH), who remembered her allways with goodness after the death of this devoted wife.
Family, is the environment of serenity and happiness. The individuals overwhelmed in turmulent of life find peace and tranquility in family. It becames haven surrounded with understanding, loyalty and devotion, dominated with attention. A family deprived of these values consists a heavy burden for its members. Precisely at this point, it should be noted with regret that there is many families share same houses but not same feelings. Many families are being wasted irresponsibly for not understanding the importance and the value of the family. The families established with the promise of sharing and love, destroyed by disloyalty, heartlessness and due to the simple reasons. This, hurts each of us deeply. Our future, our children remain under these ruins, innocent hearts are scattered under heavy burden of life at the beginning of their life journey.
It should be noted that if we have respect to our family , our family will respect us. If we protect our family, our family also will protect us. Our family entrusted to us. And to save the trust is the attitude of believers. So, let’s never forget our responsibilities. Let’s keep on following suplication for our families.
"Our Lord, grant us from among our wives and offspring comfort to our eyes and make us an example for the righteous."
2İbnMâce, Nikah, 50.
3Tirmizî, Menâkıb, 74.
Prepared by the General Directorate of Religious Services
Translated by: Sıbğetullah Korhan
İmam & Guide Sultanahmet Mosque