Sheikh Dr. Maher Al Muaiqly
His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Maher Al Muaiqly began the first sermon after he praised Allah and sent Salutations upon the Prophet (PBUH).
Allah created his servants the Hunafas (“[Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah . That is the correct religion, but most people do not know.”) Shaitan tempted them, so Allah sent his messengers (May He be pleased with them), evangelizing and warning them, and remind them the message of Allah, His reign and His covenant, and the days of Allah Almighty, are the days in which He bestowed upon people and took revenge on others, to thank the servants of His blessings, and make them aware of His punishment, the Messenger of God said: (Moses had been delivering sermons to his people. And he made this remark: No person upon the earth has better knowledge than I or nothing better than mine. Thereupon Allah revealed to him: I know one who is better than you (in knowledge) or there is a person on the earth having more knowledge than you.), narrated by Muslim.
In the Holy Qur’an, Prophet Hud (May peace be upon him) said to his people of the days of Allah: “And remember when He made you successors after the people of Noah and increased you in stature extensively. So remember the favors of Allah that you might succeed.”
And the Prophet of Allah Saleh (May peace be upon him) said to his people, of the days Allah said:” And remember when He made you successors after the ‘Aad and settled you in the land, [and] you take for yourselves palaces from its plains and carve from the mountains, homes. Then remember the favors of Allah and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.”
He further said: One of the requirements of remembering the blessings of Allah is recognition of them, and attributing them to the one who is the Most Exalted, the Most Glorious and the Exalted, because one of the bad manners of the servant with the Lord is indulging in the blessings and forgetting what is blessed upon him. Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) said: “My Lord, for the favor You bestowed upon me, I will never be an assistant to the criminals.”
A servant is not grateful to Allah unless the effect of gratitude for grace appears on his heart, with love and witnesses, on his tongue is praise and confession, and on his body and pillars, obedience and adherence, so thanksgiving for grace is actions, tongue, and attitude.
His eminence said in the second sermon: One of the great days of Allah, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, God saved Musa – peace be upon him – and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his army, and God Almighty loves those of his servants, to Thank Allah for the blessing, Musa (A.S) fasted the day and when the Prophet – may God bless him and grant him peace – came to Madinah and saw the Jews fasting the day of Ashura, he said to them “What’s this day that you fast for?, They said: This is a great day, Allah saved Musa and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his people, and to commemorate the day of Musa’s victory we fast Then the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: “We are more righteous and first than you towards Musa.” So the Messenger of God, peace, and blessings of God be upon him, fasted the day of Ashura.
So it is desirable to fast on the day of Ashura, remembering and expecting the great reward of Allah, the Majestic, and the Exalted, which He has prepared for those who are fasting.
The day of Ashura is the day of the meeting of the word and the unification of the ranks, and the day of love and affection for the people of faith, even if their lineage and languages differ, and even if the times and places differ, then the fast of Ashura, the Muslim remembers the great historical event, the day Allah set the sea for Musa – peace be upon him – and his followers And some Prophets are above each other, their Lord is One, and the origin of their religion is One, and they call to worship one God. In Sahih al-Bukhari Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.