Touching Life With Labor

بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّح۪يمِ
كُنْتُمْ خَيْرَ اُمَّةٍ اُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ
 
...عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّٰهِۜ
 

Touching Life With Labor

A blessed Friday to you, Brothers and Sisters!

In today’s khutbah, I would like to talk to you about an important issue which concerns millions of brothers and sisters but which we neglect so many times: Treating with respect and kindness towards those who make our lives easier with their service and labor.

Brothers and Sisters!

There was a female sahabia in Medina by the name of Umm Mihjan who was sincerely devoted to Allah’s Messenger. Residing at the one of Medina’s slums, she would go every day for Allah’s sake and clean Al-Masjid an-Nabawi. Our Prophet (s.a.w.) would appreciate her sacrifice and had a deep fondness for her. Unable to hear from her for a while, the Prophet asked where she was. When he was told that this self-sacrificing woman had passed and been buried, he was deeply sorry. The Blessed Prophet expressed his grief by saying, “Why didn’t you tell me?” And he did something he had never done before. He went to Umm Mihjan’s grave, performed funeral prayer, and prayed for her.[1]

Brothers and Sisters!

Each one of us has a preoccupation in life. Some are supervisors, some are officers, some are workers, and some are employers. In essence, we touch others’ lives with labor, with sacrifice. Some are cleaning our streets, schools, and mosques. Some are making our bread, food, and clothing. Some are ensuring our safety and peace at the risk of their lives. But during the course of our daily life, we often forget, neglect and sometimes even do not see brothers and sisters who serve us with their labor. However, we should regard both the honor and labor of every brother and sister, who contribute to our lives and make it easier, as sacred and significant. We should appreciate it. We should never belittle or despise anyone for the sort of legitimate service they offer to society and humanity. Because every person has the same human dignity and honor regardless of our occupation or status in social life. And in the words of our Holy Book, every person is respectable and revered.[2] Besides, we have been created from the same earth. And we are brothers and sisters in faith.

As a matter of fact, our Prophet said:

“Those who serve are your brothers and sisters. Allah put them under your protection. Whoever has a brother or sister working for them, feed them what you eat and clothe them with what you wear. Do not burden them beyond their strength. If you burden them with heavy work, help them.”[3]

Brothers and Sisters!

Come! Let’s remember today, on this blessed our how Allah’s Messenger personally attended to his affairs. Let’s remember again that he repaired his shoes, sewed splits on his clothing, and milked. Come! Let’s hear about his kindness and grace toward those who served him from Anas who served him for ten years: “Allah’s Messenger never even once scolded or hurt my heart. He did not even tell me ‘Why didn’t you do it like that?’ or ‘Do it this way!’ He always addressed me with conciliatory, loving expressions such as ‘my son’, and ‘dear child’.”[4]

Brothers and Sisters!

Come! Let’s pay attention again to our Prophet’s words “Give the worker his wages before his sweat dries.” Come! Let’s respect brothers and sisters who make our lives easier and touch our lives with their labor. Come! Let’s avoid any behavior that may hurt them. And let’s be aware that our lives get better with their labor and service.  

Brothers and Sisters!

Come! Let’s finish the khutbah with the following prayer to which we will sincerely say “amin”: O Lord! Make us not devoid of respect and mercy to human beings whom You created with reverence! Prevent us from any behavior that may hurt their dignity and honor or lose their efforts! Grant the job of brothers and sisters who make our lives easier with their labor and service to have an easy job, o Allah!



[1] Bukhari, Salât, 72.

[2] Al-Isra, 17/70.

[3] Bukhari, İman, 22.

[4] Bukhari, Edeb, 39; Muslim, Âdâb, 31.

                               Written by: General Directorate of Religious Services