x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Friday sermon: the chaste will receive Allah’s help

When one observes chastity they will receive help from Allah in the most difficult situations, Muslims are reminded in this week's Friday sermon.

Those who are chaste will receive Allah’s help when it is most needed, today’s sermon reminds worshippers.

“Chastity is a moral characteristic that is in perfect harmony with common sense,” the sermon says. “In principle, it underlines every act for restraining the self – from unlawful desires that lead to sin to being involved in begging, for example.”

A hadith by the Prophet Mohammed says: “Whoever can guarantee [the chastity of] what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs, I guarantee Paradise for him.”

Chastity requires control of one’s senses, which must be used only for what Allah has made lawful and permissible.

“So if it happens that his self and faith have weakened, he should recall that the sweetness of faith lasts while the thrill of lust shall soon perish,” the sermon continues. “He should also be aware that Allah, the Almighty, stands by his servant if he turns away from sins and remains patient.”

The Prophet Mohammed once told a story of three men who were trapped in a cave by a rock. One began conversing with Allah saying: “O Allah! I had a she-cousin whom I loved as much as a passionate man loves a woman. I tried to seduce her but she refused till I paid her 100 dinars.

“So I worked hard till I collected 100 dinars and went to her with that. But when I sat in between her legs, she said, ‘O Allah’s slave! Be afraid of Allah! Do not deflower me except legally [by marriage]’.

“So I left her, O Allah! If you considered that I had done that only for seeking Your pleasure then please let the rock move a little to have a [wider] opening.”

Allah responded by shifting the rock.

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