Praise be to Allah who
established Islam and made it easy for those who approach it and gave
strength to its columns against any one who tries to overpower it.
So Allah made it (a source
of) peace for him who clings to it, safety for him who enters it, argument
for him who speaks about it, witness for him who fights with its help,
light for him who seeks light from it, understanding for him who provides
it, sagacity for him who exerts, a sign (of guidance) for him who
perceives, sight for him who resolves, lesson for him who seeks advice,
salvation for him who testifies, confidence for him who trusts, pleasure
for him who entrusts, and shield for him who endures.
It is the most bright of all
paths, the clearest of all passages. It has dignified minarets, bright
highways, burning laps, prestigious field of activity, and high objective.
It has a collection of race horses. It is approached eagerly. Its riders
Testimony (of Allah, Prophet
etc.) is its way, good deeds are its minarets, death is its extremity,
this world is its race-course, the Day of Judgement is its horses and
Paradise is its point of approach.
A part of the same sermon about the Holy Prophet
The Prophet lighted flames
for the seeker and put bright signs for the impeded. So he is Thy
trustworthy trustee, Thy witness on the Day of Judgement, Thy deputy as a
blessing and Thy messenger of truth as mercy. My Allah distribute to him a
share from Thy Justice and award him multiples of good by Thy bounty.
My Allah heighten his
construction over the constructions of others, honour him when he comes to
Thee, dignify his position before Thee, give him honourable position, and
award him glory and distinction, and bring us out (on the Day of
Judgement) among his party, neither ashamed, nor repentant, nor deviators,
nor pledge-breakers, nor strayers, nor misleaders. nor seduced.
as-Sayyid ar-Radi says: This
sermon had already appeared earlier but we have repeated it here because
of the difference between the two versions.
A part of the same sermon addressed to his followers
By bounty of Allah over you,
you have acquired a position where even your slave maids are honoured,
your neighbours are treated well. Even he over whom you enjoy no
distinction or obligation honours you. Even those people fear you who had
no apprehension of attack from you or any authority over you. You now see
pledges to Allah being broken but do not feel enraged although you fret
and frown on the breaking of the traditions of your forefathers.
Allah's matters have been
coming to you, and going from and again coming back to you; but you have
made over your place to wrong-doers and thrown towards them your
responsibilities, and have placed Allah's affairs in their hands.
They act in doubts and tread
in (fulfilment of) desires. By Allah, even if they disperse you under
every star Allah would surely collect you on the day that would be worst