Friday Sermon 28 August 1998
Verily Allah commands you to deliver the trusts to those best fitted to discharge them, and that when you judge between people you judge with justice. And surely excellent is that with which Allah admonishes you! Allah is All-Hearing All-Seeing. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Nisa [The Women]: 59). This verse draws attention to giving over the trust to its rightful owners. This is a vast subject and [I] have shed light upon its various aspects in the past. A portion of it has been chosen for today. There is still need to explain a lot of things and to repeatedly remind the Jamat regarding the keeping of trusts. The Holy Prophet ﷺ has in simple words shed light in his various statements upon the finest aspects of the keeping of trusts the meanings and contexts of which can be exemplified. The Holy Prophet ﷺ states that the faith of one who breaches the trusts is rendered futile. Similarly one who does not keep their promise has no faith. If these 2 things that is giving due care to the keeping of trusts and the fulfilling of promises can be inculcated into the Jamat the purpose of life would be accomplished. Similarly the Holy Prophet ﷺ states that falsehood and truth cannot unite in a heart and one who keeps the trusts can never be an embezzler. This means that falsehood can never enter the heart of a true person and they are always bent upon the truth in every situation. One should constantly analyse oneself in this regard so the first counsel is to receive a prognosis of your self and this is a gradual process: Umm Salamah said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said 'The one whose council is sought is entrusted.' (Tirmidhi, Abu Isa Muhammad. 'Jami` at-Tirmidh: vi'. Tr. Abu Khayal. Darussalam, 2007. 176). This is a short little Hadith but takes up issues in great depth. One of its meanings is that a person who is entrusted with advising should always do so correctly. This is usually the reason for problems that arise in cases to do with marriage and relationships where correct advice is not given and straightforward speech is disregarded. If we give importance to the subject of keeping trusts as explained by the Holy Prophet ﷺ the society of the entire Jamat would be rectified and when the world is straightened then the afterworld is also straightened. Without the habit of advising correctly the concept of Democracy is like the Anqa. If we are set upon integrity then with the bounty of Allah it would be possible for us to enlighten the whole world on Democracy according to the statements of the Holy Prophet ﷺ and each how to build an association that can be reliable. In a narration of Trimidhi the Noble Prophet ﷺ states 'Return the trust to the one who gave it and never cheat the person who has cheated you'. Generally people think that if somebody has cheated us then we have a right to cheat them too. This is false. If someone cheats a person even then they cannot cheat. Another statement of the Holy Prophet ﷺ is that : When a man says something to someone and then turns to you, then it is a trust. The secrets of the gatherings are a trust, except 3 kinds of gatherings: one in which there is a conspiracy to murder illegally, one in which there is non-consensual sex, or in which property is being illegally usurped.' (Abu Daud, Sulayman ibn al-Ash‘ath. 'Sunan Abī Dāwūd). You become trustees of whatever is said in the gatherings in the final form. This means that you should only state as much as is said however certain gatherings bear vows of secrecy. In case of such a vow it is not permitted to convey its proceedings further. Except the 3 kinds of gatherings pointed out by the Noble Prophet ﷺ. One should not sit in such gatherings first of all but if you join in such a gathering and fail to inform the authorities about them then you are no longer loyal to your trust. These things are explained through various examples in the Prophetic Ahadith so I hope the Jamat will keep these things in mind.  Ibn Hanbal, Abu Abdullah Muhammad. 'Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal'.  Ibid.  A bird of Arabian legend, whose single defining trait is his not-there-ness. Whenever you try to catch him, it’s gone.  Tirmidhi, Abu Isa Muhammad. 'Jami' at-Tirmidhi'. Hamburg - Germany. © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2016.
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