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Good keeps people alive


Dear siblings!
Our Lord Allah says the following in the verse recited: “And help one another in goodness and the fear of God; but do not help one another to sin and hostility, and fear Allah. Because Allah is strict in punishing. "1

In the hadith our prophet says: "He who is pleased with his good deeds but upsets his bad deeds is a true believer."2

My dear brothers and sisters!
“Good” is the goal of existence in Islamic civilization. Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, therefore sent us to earth so that we could become good people and that we might help to rule the good.

In our everyday life, the “good” is referred to by the term “khayr”. When “khayr” is said, we understand from it any good, beautiful, useful and virtuous behavior. Doing “khayr” means doing good. We call voluntary organizations that aim to do good and help people as “khayr” organizations (welfare organizations). When we congratulate people, we wish them all in “khayr”. We say goodbye to those who are leaving with the words that they should meet “khayr”. We interpret dreams as “khayr”. We mention people from whom we have heard good things during their lifetime with “khayr” prayers, and remember them in “khayr” memory after their death. Knowing that everything is in the power of Allah, we ask for the “khayr of Allah”. For a righteous child who cares for family and spiritual values, we use the phrase "a descendant of khayr". A “khayr” -lover is someone who only wants what is good for people and who loves what is good. The Prophet Muhammad (sws) is "khayru'l-baschar", that is, the best among the people.

Dear siblings!
According to our exalted religion, it is not enough just to be good. It is not considered sufficient that we are only good to ourselves. Muslims are expected to produce good values ​​in terms of values, to take the pioneering role for good, to be guides to good; and to remove evil with good. Our lofty book, the Qur'an, informs us that by doing so, the most stubborn enmities can turn into close friendships. Our gracious Koran also notifies us that this beautiful behavior is a sign of good and mature people.3

When our Prophet said: "Every good thing is a Sadaqa"4 he pointed out the benefits a person deserves through the infinite kinds of good. In reality, the Prophet of Mercy wants us all to become advocates of the good with the following supplication: “Oh Allah! Let me be one of your servants who is happy when he has done something good and asks for forgiveness when he has done something bad. "5

My dear brothers and sisters!
We belong to a civilization that teaches good to the whole world and wins hearts through good deeds. This civilization built the world according to the view "let man live so that the state lives". This civilization adorned every place it reached with prayer rooms, mosques, foundations, hostels, hammams, poor kitchens, orphanages, hospitals, schools, colleges, running fountains and water fountains, bridges and caravan serails. The members of this civilization have always made it a principle of life to be pioneers for the good and companions of the good. Our civilization is so sensitive that it even erects “alms stones” for the needy so as not to harm the honor and dignity of people. Our civilization has made mercy so much its own that it builds houses for birds as refuge for the cold winter days.

How sad it is, however, that nowadays the earth, where the good once found its life, and some cities that were once built by good people, are now unfortunately smelling blood and gunpowder. Evil encircles the whole world from day to day. Contrary to this situation, the Islamic world is obliged to renew its "offer for the good" addressed to humanity again today. Everyone who witnesses the present and says he is a Muslim should mobilize to let the good rule all over the world once again. Every single Muslim should make it a principle to be a key to good and a padlock to evil in each of his affairs - starting in the closest environment.

My dear brothers and sisters!
Nowadays the concept of the good is at risk in two ways. The first of these dangers is the beginning to understand that the good is perceived as self-interest and as something for one's own interest.

The second danger is that from time to time, conscious or unconscious advertising or boasting will take the place of good ("khayr") or benevolence, which should be done solely for the sake of Allah.

Contrary to this negative starting position, one should increase the value and dignity of the human being again today by taking into account the cause of creation and the purpose of existence. We must not forget that as believers it is the responsibility of all of us to replant in people's hearts the understanding of the good in Islam and its messages filled with love, peace, mercy and justice.

I would like to end my sermon with a prayer from the Prophet in which he presents life for good as the cause of existence:

"Oh Allah! Let life be an occasion for me to increase the good. And let death be an opportunity for me to be liberated from all evil! "6

The Sermon Commission

1. Koran, al-Mâide, 5/2
2. Tirmidhi, Fitan, Jan.
3. Koran, al-Fussilet, 41 / 34-35
4. Muslim, Zekat, 52
5. Ibn Madsche, Adab, 57
6. Muslim, Zikir 75

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