Allahu Akbar (i.e. Allah is The Greatest) is our symbol in this ‘Eed … Allah is greater than all tyrants… Allahu Akbar … and all perfect praise is due to Allah Who enabled us to fast this month.
O Muslims! Allah Has written Mercy upon Himself. During these days, we Muslims celebrate the festival of ‘Eed Al-Fitr, and every nation has its own festivals.
This day is a great one indeed, as it comes after the Muslims have fulfilled their fast for the entire month alongside other great acts of worship.
This is a day of joy and happiness for each Muslim to rejoice and make his family, household and other Muslims feel happy, and therefore, Allah has legislated that the rich and capable spend and pay Zakatul-Fitr so that the poor will not be deprived from rejoicing and feeling happy as well.
O Muslims! The Khutbah of the ‘Eed is a time to remind the people with matters concerning their religion in order for them to benefit from this gathering. Today I will mention some prohibitions that some Muslims commit which Allah forbade.
Shirk (i.e. associating with Allah): Abu Hurayrah said that the Prophet said: “Keep away from the seven fatalities.”It was asked: “What are they, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied: “Associating anything with Allah in worship (i.e. committing an act of Shirk), sorcery, killing of one whom Allah has declared inviolable without a just cause, devouring the property of an orphan, the eating of Ribaa (i.e. usury or interest), fleeing from the battlefield and accusing chaste believing women, who never even think of immorality.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The Prophet said: “There are five things that can never be expiated for: Associating anything with Allah in worship (i.e., committing an act of Shirk), killing of oneself …” These matters can only be expiated for with a sincere repentance.
`Abdullaah Ibn `Amr Ibn Al-`Aas and his father, reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “It is one of the gravest sins to abuse one's parents.”It was asked (by the people): “O Messenger of Allah, can a man abuse his own parents?” The Messenger of Allah said: “He abuses the father of somebody who, in return, abuses the former's father; he then abuses the mother of somebody who, in return, abuses his mother”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Killing a soul without due right: This is another sin that is grave in the scale of Allah. Ibn `Abbaas reported: The Messenger of Allah said: “The three most hated people to Allah are: One causing disruption and corruption within the Sacred Boundaries (of Makkah), and one who wishes to introduce into Islam the ways of the times of ignorance, and one who seeks the blood of another without any reason except that he wishes to spill it.”[Al-Bukhari].
Abu Bakrah Ath-Thaqafi reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “When two Muslims are engaged in a combat against each other with their swords and one is killed, both are doomed to Hell”. I said: "O Messenger of Allah! As to the one who kills, it is understandable, but why the slain one?" He replied: “He was eager to kill his opponent”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The Prophet also said: “The most tormented people on the Day of Resurrection are; a man who killed a Prophet or was killed by a Prophet; a man who misguides people (due to ruling) without knowledge and a depicter (i.e. an image maker)”
Ibn Mas`ood, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet said: “The first matter concerning which people will be judged on the Day of Resurrection will be the matter of blood.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Prophet further said: “If the inhabitants of the Heavens and the earth were to join in spilling the blood of one believer, then Allah would throw them into Hellfire on their faces”
Committing suicide:The Messenger of Allah said: “He who kills himself with steal rod, will be tormented with it eternally on the Day of Resurrection. He who kills himself by consuming a poison, will consume it eternally in Hellfire.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. This applies to those who consume drugs and needles, some of whom are found dead in bathrooms.
Deeds that make a person deserving of the curse of Allah: The Messenger of Allah mentioned many deeds that make the one who commits them deserving of the curse of Allah, as when he said: “Cursed is the one who badmouths his father; Cursed is the one who badmouths his mother; Cursed is the one who slaughters for other than Allah; Cursed is the one who goes to fortunetellers and soothsayers; Cursed is the one who misleads a blind person from the correct way; Cursed is the one who commits the evil of the people of (prophet) Lout (i.e. sodomy)”.
Consuming Ribaa (interest or usury): The Messenger of Allah said: “When fornication, adultery and Ribaa appear in a town, then they make themselves deserving of the torment of Allah” The Messenger of Allah also said: “Ribaa is seventy two levels, the lowest of which is as evil as a person having an illicit sexual act with his mother” Let those who have their money in accounts that draw interest beware … this is your similitude. Jaabir narrated that: “The Messenger of Allah cursed the one who consumes Ribaa, the one who gives it to others, the one who writes it down and the one who witnesses its transaction.”He said: “They are all the same (in the sin).” [Muslim].
Three types of people to whom Allah will not speak (on the Day of Judgment):Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “There are three (types of) people to whom Allah will not speak on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them, nor look at them, and they will have a painful punishment. These are: An aged man who commits illicit sexual acts, a ruler who lies, and a proud poor person.” [Muslim].
Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said: “There are three (types of) people with whom Allah will neither speak on the Day of Resurrection nor purify them (from their sins) and there will be a painful chastisement for them: A person who has spare water in a desert and he refuses to give it to the traveler; a person who sells a commodity to another person after the afternoon prayer and swears by Allah that he has bought it at such and such price, and the buyer pays him accordingly though in reality it was not true; and a person who pledges allegiance to an Imaam (leader) just for some worldly benefit, and then if the Imaam bestows on him (something out of that) he fulfills his allegiance, and if he does not give him, he does not fulfill it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Abu Tharr reported: “I heard the Prophet saying: “There are three to whom Allah will neither speak on the Day of Resurrection nor will look at them nor purify them (i.e. of their sins), and they will be severely tormented.” When he repeated this (statement) thrice, I said: "They are doomed and destroyed! (But) who are they, O Messenger of Allah ?'' He said: “One whose lower garment trails, one who boasts of kindness shown to another; and one who promotes sale of his business by taking false oaths.” [Muslim].