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Buhari’s 100 Days and the quest for safeguarding trust (Amanah)

First Sermon:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

All praise is for Allah (SWT) who put the Trust (Amanah) in the hearts of men after the heavens, earth and mountains had declined to bear it. He put the trust in the hearts of the children of Adam, males and females, because he had created within them intellect and reasoning, with which they understood, and hearts and souls, with which they were guided. For this they endured the trust with all the risks it entailed. They did so to attain the level of the righteous believers as they safeguard and convey this trust (Amanah). Yet, if they waste it and neglect it, they shall fall to the lowest of the low.

I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah Alone, having no partners. He is the God of the first of the people and the last of the people. He created and perfected His creation. Verily, He is the Judge and the All-Wise.

I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger who conveyed the message, fulfilled his trust in the most perfect manner, and worshipped his Lord until the time of his death. May the peace and blessings of Allah (SWT) be upon him, his family, his Companions and everyone who follows on their footsteps until the Day of Recompense.

My Respected people!

Today’s Khutbah (Sermon) is a tribute to our incorruptible, just, honest, brave, intelligent, reasonable, sensible, no-nonsense, globally revered and universally acknowledged leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as our state governors, as they have recently clocked 100 days in office. The main purpose of this Sermon is to remind them and fellow Nigerians that public office is a trust (Amanah), and they are all going to be held accountable for their offices, either here (by God, EFCC, ICPC or CCB) or hereafter (by God alone).

O servants of Allah!

Fear Allah, the Most High, and fulfill the trust you were entrusted with. Allah (SWT) has offered the Amanah (the trust) to the heavens, the earth and the mountains, but they declined to bear it and were afraid of it. Yet, man agreed to bear it; he was indeed unjust and ignorant.

O servants of Allah!

Fulfill the trust that you agreed to bear by doing what Allah (SWT) ordered you to do. Worship Him and fulfill His rights over you. Do not betray Allah (SWT) and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly the trusts that were entrusted to you. Exceeding the proper bounds of these trusts, as well as neglecting them, leads to betraying them. Betrayal of trust is a defect in the faith and a cause for loss and deprivation. The Prophet (SAW) said:

“He has no faith who cannot keep a trust (Amanah).”

He also said:

“The signs of a hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he tells lies; when he promises, he reneges; and when he is entrusted (with something), he betrays (it). Even if he prays, fasts and claims to be a Muslim (he still is a hypocrite).”

The Prophet (SAW) also said:

“When Allah gathers the first of the people and last of the people on the Day of Resurrections, he will raise a flag for every betrayer; then it will be said: this is the betrayal of such and such a person.”

To his regret and disgrace, this flag will be raised for the betrayer to expose him in front of all the people.

O Muslims! O Nigerians!

Trust is in worship, transactions and behaviour. Keeping the trust in worship is by obeying Allah (SWT) with pure intention, following His Messenger (SAW) abiding by His orders, avoiding His prohibitions, and fearing Him openly and secretly. You should fear Allah (SWT) regardless of whether people can see you or not. So do not be one of those who fear Him in the Open, but when you are alone you disobey Him. That is indeed Ar-Riyaa’ (being dishonest in your intention by showing off). Do you not know that Allah (SWT) knows the fraud of the eyes and all that the breasts conceal? Do you not know that Allah (SWT) disapproves of those who behave that way? He (SWT) says:

“Or do they think that We hear not their secrets and their private counsel? Yes, (we do) and Our Messengers are by them, to record.” (Az-Zukhruf, 43:80)

“Know they not that Allah know what they conceal and what they reveal?” (Al-Baqarah, 2: 77)

“They may hide (their crimes) from men, but they cannot hide (them) from Allah; for He is with them (by His Knowledge), when they plot by night in words that He does not approve. And Allah ever encompasses what they do.” (An-Nisaa’, 4:108)

In behaviour, to keep the trust is to treat people the way you like them to treat you, being sincere to you, as you would do. It is also to safeguard their rights, whether related to money or other things, which you are being entrusted with. Between a husband and a wife, keeping the trust is that each one of them should safeguard the other’s property and secrets. Every husband and every wife must keep what occurs between them in terms of the intimate relations secret. No one else should know about it. In an authentic Hadith, the Prophet (SAW) was reported saying:

“One of the worst people on the Day of Judgement is the man who would have intimate relations with his wife and she would have the same with him, then both of them or one of them would disclose the secrets of his partner. (Meaning: what had occurred between them).”

The husband and wife would trust one another not to disclose their private and intimate relationship between them, yet one of them would betray this trust. Or one of the two would confide something what he or she would not like anyone else to know, to the other, however the other spouse would disclose it to other people. This is not only applied to couples, it also applies to friends in terms of one confiding something to another. In this regard, a narration states that:

“If a man tells another something and turns his (face) around, then (this thing) is a trust (Amanah).”

As he would not turn his face around if this talk was not a secret that he wanted no one to hear.

Trust is also involved in transactions and commercial exchange, which include buying, selling and renting. The seller should not betray the buyer in terms of increasing the price, covering the defects of the commodity, cheating on describing the commodity or