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

Servants of Allah! Tragically, today millions of children all over the globe have become orphaned for many reasons: war, terrorism, tyranny, injustice, accident, famine, displacement, ethnic and religious crisis, disease or poverty. To make sure that they are not forgotten, once a year there is a special day dedicated just to them: ‘World Orphans Day’, which falls on the second Monday of each November. This special day has been put in place in order to draw attention to the plight of the world’s orphans, and so on this day, people are encouraged to actively participate in helping raise awareness, support, and funding for motherless and fatherless children worldwide. A noble cause if there ever was one!

Brothers and sisters! Let us continue establishing the orphanage homes and encourage our self to visit and patronise them. Let’s help individual orphan, street children, underprivileged children and widows, and lets start some effective initiatives for orphans with some gifts like: delicious food, toys, clothes, educational materials, assurance of legal support, tips for life and health skills, inspiring speech, spending quality time with them, apprenticeship materials to make them skilled, coding for orphans, language development programmes, taking care of orphan centers/orphanages/shelter houses, encouraging sponsors to focus on underprivileged children.

Brothers and sisters! UNICEF and global partners define an orphan as a child under 18 years of age who has lost one or both parents to any cause of death. By this definition, there were nearly 140 million orphans globally in 2015, including 61 million in Asia, 52 million in Africa, 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 7.3 million in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This large figure represents not only children who have lost both parents, but also those who have lost a father but have a surviving mother or have lost their mother but have a surviving father.

Of the nearly 140 million children classified as orphans, 15.1 million have lost both parents. Evidence clearly shows that the vast majority of orphans are living with a surviving parent grandparent, or other family member. 95 percent of all orphans are over the age of five.

This definition contrasts with concepts of orphan in many industrialised countries, where a child must have lost both parents to qualify as an orphan. UNICEF and numerous international organisations adopted the broader definition of orphan in the mid-1990s as the AIDS pandemic began leading to the death of millions of parents worldwide, leaving an ever increasing number of children growing up without one or more parents. So the terminology of a ‘single orphan’ – the loss of one parent, and a ‘double orphan’ – the loss of both parents, was born to convey this growing crisis. However, this difference in terminology can have concrete implications for policies and programming for children. For example, UNICEF’s ‘orphan’ statistic might be interpreted to mean that globally there are 140 million children in need of a new family, shelter, or care. This misunderstanding may then lead to responses that focus on providing care for individual children rather than supporting the families and communities that care for orphans and are in need of support.

My respected people! Most people are shocked to discover there are 153 million orphans worldwide according to the another recent statistics. According to UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), if orphans were a country of their own, the population would rank 9th in the world—ahead of Russia. How can this be? And why is nobody is talking about it but few people? Part of the answer lies in the definition of the word: orphan. When most people hear the word, orphan, they think of children with no parents. This is certainly true. However, children with no parents comprise only 17 percent of the total number (26 million). More precisely, these children are referred to as “double orphans.” They have lost both parents to any number of possible reasons: war, disease, poverty, natural disasters, insurgency, abandonment, accidents etc, are among the leading causes. The vast majority of orphans (83 percent) are classified as “single orphans,” denoting children who have lost at least one parent. They generally live with a remaining parent or a member of the extended family (grandparent, aunt, etc).

But according to current and latest UNICEF statistics (2017), the estimated number of orphans worldwide is reported to include: 163 million children who have lost either one or both parents (referred to as “single orphans”). 18.5 million children who have lost both parents (referred to as, “double orphans”).

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Brothers and Sisters! Here in Nigeria, we have millions of orphans scattered across the states, but the latest statistics shows that only in Borno State there are 56,000 orphans and 200,000 widows registered so far by Borno State Government as a result of Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency.

It has been also reported that Borno State government is constructing boarding primary and secondary schools for over 56,000 orphans whose parents were killed by the Boko Haram insurgency. The state’s Commissioner for Education, Musa Kubo, who disclosed this at a briefing to mark the press week of Borno State Council of Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, recently in Maiduguri, he said the schools are located in Gomari area, Baga Road By-Pass and 303 Estate, in addition to some other ones to be established in liberated local governments.

In another report, Governor Kashim Shettima told NAN that the gesture was also aimed at providing access to education for over 56,000 children orphaned by the Boko Haram crisis in the state.

“We have an official number of over 56,000 orphans in Borno state,” Governor Kashim Shettima told NAN.

“Unofficially, the orphans may number over 100,000. Half of them may be in Maiduguri. Without educating these youth, they will be monsters that consume all of us. It’s a very huge challenge.” Also Governor Shettima told AFP.

Therefore, respected Brothers and Sisters! I call on all of us to fear Allah and mobilise resources and friends to sponsor education of at least ONE of those 56, 000 orphans within our community to secure his future, or any orphan from your area.

Brothers and sisters! Please ask yourself, who are these orphans by the way? Why is there a need to help them? More importantly, you could probably wonder why you? Well, here is the answer, why not you? Imagine those children who lost their parents in war, in tragedies, in calamities, in disasters, in sickness and the likes. Imagine those who were just left behind by their fathers. Imagine those who were born without even seeing a glimpse of their parents who might have died before they were born or might have simply just left them. Imagine them, the orphans. They could be probably someone you never knew, or perhaps someone you know.

Brothers and sisters! The definition of an orphan in Islam, as stated by the former Dean of Islamic Law, al-Imam Islamic University, Sheikh Sa’ud al-Funaisan in his article “The Orphan in Islamic Law”, “The Arabic word for orphan is Yatim. Its linguistic meaning is simply “something that is singular and alone.” When the word is used in the context of a human being, it means “a minor who has lost his or her father.””

Respected Brothers and sisters! In Islam, scholars unanimously agreed that an orphan is a child who lost his father before reaching puberty. However, they differed as to whether a child who lost his mother is considered an orphan or not. Some scholars stated that a child who lost his mother is considered an orphan also.

Imam Az-Zarkashi said:

“It is well known that an orphan is a little one who lost his father. In humans, an orphan is a child whose father is dead, while in animals, an orphan is a little one whose mother is dead.”

Imam Al-Mawardi said:

“This is because an animal is attributed to its mother, so it becomes an orphan when its mother dies. On the other hand, a human being is attributed to his father, so he becomes an orphan when his father dies.”

Imam Ibn Hajr, also said:

“An orphan is a child who lost both his father and mother as is unanimously agreed. Likewise, one who lost his father is called an orphan without any difference in opinion. However, there are two opinions regarding one who lost only his mother: the first is that he is considered an orphan, following the opinion that confirms the mother’s responsibility for her child.”

Ibn Hajar held that supporting an orphan is applicable in the case of a father who replaces the mother in raising a child who lost his mother.
This is stated within his explanation of the statement of the Prophet, that reads:

“One who looks after an orphan whether he is his relative or not…”, as he said:

“A relative means that one who takes care of an orphan is his grandfather, uncle, brother and so on or that the mother replaces the dead father in looking after the child or vice versa.”

Shaikh Muhammad bin Salih al-Uthaimin (rahimahullah) said:

“The limit at which one remains an orphan finished at adolescence (adulthood). So when a child reaches adulthood then he is no longer an orphan. And before the age of adolescence, he remains an orphan if his father has passed away. And if it is the case that his mother has passed away whilst his father is alive, then he is not an orphan.” [See the Explanation of Riyadus-Salihin, vol. 1 page 645]

Brothers and sisters! Know that, injustice and oppression to the orphans brings severe punishment and calamity in this world as well as Hereafter. In the same way kind and gentle behaviour towards them earns countless rewards in this world, as well as the Hereafter. Especially blessed by Allah (SWT) are those who protect the orphans and take the responsibility of being guardians to them. Numerous Hadiths have been recorded concerning this.

The Prophet (Pbuh) said:

“You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, as resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness and fever with it.”

Servants of Allah! How full this life is of sadness and pains! There is no felicity to anyone. No one drinks its pure cup!

People in life are fluctuating between sorrow and joy, whether old or young!

Life’s grief and pleasures are of different degrees. Some are little and last only for a few hours. Others are grave and last for a long time!
Brothers and Sisters! These are some of the pains which are lived by some people who have been gulping their bitterness for a long time! It is the bitterness found by the deprived and the weak who have tasted the bitterness of life before tasting its sweetness!

Do you know who are those deprived? They are: the orphans; those young who have lost their breadwinners before knowing bread!

Those young who have lost their paterfamilias before knowing how to fly!

This is the orphan who is distressed by the death of his father before tasting the sweetness of fatherhood and before feeling the protection of this strong hand!

Brothers and sisters! Have you known now who the orphan is?! This is the orphan, O you with the kind heart. What is our duty, then, towards him?!
Charity to the orphan is a noble virtue.

My dear respected brothers and sisters! Wallahi Islam urges for the virtues and the nobilities of morality. One of the noble moralities is: the charity to orphans.

The orphan is the neediest to righteousness and charity. He has lost his father while he mostly needed him, so he needs righteousness and charity.

If you see a man who is merciful to orphans, you should know that he is of noble natures and good moralities.

As-Sa’ib Ibn Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, entered upon the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said to him:

“O Sa’ib! Look into your morals according to which you used to behave in the pre-Islamic period and establish them in Islam. Entertain your guests, be generous towards the orphans and be charitable to your neighbour.” [Reported by Ahmad and Al-Haithami said: its men are the men of the Sahih (authentic)]

In another Hadith: it was narrated about Prophet Dawud, peace be upon him, that he has said:

“Be to the orphan as a merciful father.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, its chain is authenticated by Al-Albani]

Brothers and sisters! Mercy and charity to the orphan, as mentioned, are the moral constitutions of the high-minded. They are adopted by only a noble, virtuous and benevolent man.

Abdullah Ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with them both, used not to eat food unless there was an orphan eating with him on the table!

O Servants of Allah! Let’s be that benevolent, the gentle who is seeking to be charitable to orphans, and wipe their tears by your hands and money, and bring joy into their hearts. Know that if you succeed in that, you are, then, lucky and deserve the title of (the man of the noble manner). To he who wants to accompany the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in Paradise. Wallahi, entering Paradise is the most valuable thing won by the believers; then how about accompanying the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in it? This is a degree that can be reached only by those who are charitable to orphans.

The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has said:

“I and the one who looks after an orphan and provides for him will be like this in Paradise,” showing his middle and index fingers and separating them a little.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

Imam Ibn Battal, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

“It is worthy of him who has heard this Hadith to act according to it in order to accompany the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in Paradise. And there is no rank better than this rank in the Hereafter.”

Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

“It is sufficient to confirm the closeness of the degree to the other degree is that there is no other finger between the middle and index fingers.”

Brothers and Sisters! Have you perceived the result of being charitable and merciful to an orphan? Where are you from such goodness?

If you are among the well-to-do, have you ever thought about providing for an orphan to accompany the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in Paradise?!

It is not a must for providing for an orphan to be wealthy. However, he who joins an orphan to him and let him eat and drink from his food and drinking achieves such degree.

The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has said:

“He who joins an orphan among Muslims in his food and drink until that he can provide for himself; verily he is assured to enter Paradise.” [Al-Albani said: authentic due to its multiplicity of ways]

O you who are keen on what will benefit him, if you have the opportunity to sponsor an orphan, do not waste it… even if your soul is unwilling or rejecting it. Consider the reward of he who sponsors an orphan… Do you not like to be a companion to the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in Paradise?

Be generous to the orphan so your heart will soften and you will achieve your needs!

Brothers and sisters! If you complain from heart hardness, charity to the orphan is a reason to soften the heart. This is a remedy recommended by he who has been sent with guidance and righteousness, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

Abu Ad-Darda, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

“A man who was complaining from heart hardness came to the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. He said: “Do you like your heart to be soft and you meet your needs? Be merciful to an orphan. Rub his head and feed him from your food, your heart will be soft and you will meet your needs.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]

My people! Verily, mercy to orphans is a reason to soften hearts and to meet needs!

The one who is merciful to an orphan has replaced his father. A father is naturally merciful and compassionate for his children. And he who is merciful to an orphan has acquired an additional character; which is: being merciful to someone who is not his offspring!

He who does that gathers in his heart the reasons of softening heart whatever hard his heart is! There is no doubt that this is a tested remedy. There is no one who treats an orphan nobly but that who has a soft heart.

On the contrary, no one is unmerciful to orphans but that he has a hardened heart, bad manner and bad temper!

Servants of Allah! There is another benefit from the charity to orphans told by the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, to the man who asked him, which is; charity to orphans is a reason for meeting needs and achieving the desired.

There is no doubt that Allah the Almighty will not waste him who is benevolent to the children of others and who brings joy to their hearts.
Allah Almighty is merciful and He loves everyone who is merciful.

The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, has said:

“The Compassionate One has mercy on those who are merciful. If you show mercy to those who are on the earth, He Who is in the heaven will show mercy to you.” [Reported by Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi, authenticated by Al-Albani]

Brothers and sisters! Be merciful to orphans so that Allah will make good your affairs in this worldly life and in the Hereafter.
Beware of the property of orphans.

Respected Servants of Allah! If the orphan has money, his custodian must fear Allah in it…

You, who Allah has made you a custodian to an orphan, beware of being unjust to his right! This is Hellfire!

Allah Almighty threatens those who unjustly usurp the property of orphans. Listen to this stern warning:

“Verily, those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, they eat up only fire into their bellies, and they will be burnt in the blazing Fire!” [Surah An-Nisa’, 4:10]

Imam As-Saddi, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

“If a man unjustly usurps the property of an orphan, he is to be resurrected in the Day of Resurrection with the flame of fire coming out from his mouth, ears, nose and eyes. He will be known by everyone who sees him by the usurper of the property of the orphan.”

Brothers and sisters! This verse is sufficient to deter every unjust aggressor of the money of orphans. And which disgrace is greater than entering Hellfire?!

Wallahi he who wants safety has to escape from approaching the property of the orphans. If he is tested by any, he has to fear Allah in it and not to be unjust to their owners; otherwise he is to be in a great danger!

Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

“When Allah Glorified and exalted revealed the verse: “And come not near to the orphan’s property except to improve it, until he attains the age of full strength. And fulfill (every) covenant. Verily, the covenant will be questioned about.” [Surah Al-Isra’, 17:34], And: “Verily, those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans”, [Surah An-Nisa’,4:10], He who had an orphan in his house hurried and separated their food from his and their drink from his. The food of the orphan was kept for him till he eats it or gets spoiled. This was severe for them. They mentioned that to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, so Allah Glorified and Exalted has revealed the verse: “And they ask you concerning orphans. Say: “The best thing is to work honestly in their property, and if you mix your affairs with theirs, then they are your brothers.” [Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:220]

The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, recommended Abu Dharr, may Allah be pleased with him, by saying:

“O Abu Dharr, I find that you are weak and I like for you what I like for myself. Do not rule over (even) two persons and do not manage the property of an orphan.” [Reported by Muslim]

When the orphan reaches the age of puberty; and sound judgment and righteousness are known from him, his property is to be given to him without being wronged about it a bit.

Allah Almighty has said:

“And try orphans (as regards their intelligence) until they reach the age of marriage; if then you find sound judgment in them, release their property to them, but consume it not wastefully and hastily fearing that they should grow up.” [Surah An-Nisa’, 4:6]

Allah Almighty has ordered us to release their money to them when they reach the age of puberty and sound judgment and righteousness are known from them. The custodian should not usurp the property of the orphan before attaining his puberty in order not to be asked for it.

Brothers and Sisters! You know that usurping orphans’ money is one of the greatest sins that throw one into Hellfire! Do not ever be one of the aggressors of orphan’s money if you are one of those who look after it.

Below is a wonderful example that reflects the condition of the pious in dealing with orphans’ money.

“Az-Zubair Ibn Al-Awwam, may Allah be pleased with him, was a custodian to seven of the offspring of the Companions including: Uthman, Ibn Mas’ud and Abdul-Rahman, may Allah be pleased with them. Az-Zubair, may Allah be pleased with him, used to spend on the inheritors from his own money while preserving theirs!”

Ponder, may Allah guide you and me, on the determination of such noble master. He is not satisfied for himself but with the highest of degrees. So, Allah has been pleased with him and with all the rest chaste Companions of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
How to be charitable to orphans?

My respected people! Charity to orphans may be in many ways, each of which can be identified as charity.

It includes: Feeding, dressing/clothing and providing for his necessary needs; the merit of it has been mentioned above.

It also includes: Rubbing his head and making him feel the mercy and compassion; this has great effect on the psychology of the orphan.
Ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, upon seeing an orphan, he used to rub his head and to give him any thing (that brings joy to his heart).

It includes: Spending money on his education and learning, as one is careful to teach their son.

It includes: Sincerity in upbringing him as one does their son.

It includes: Compassion in disciplining him, if he committed an act that requires discipline.

It includes: Fearing Allah in the orphan’s money, if he has any. He should not waste it in order not to be asked for it when the orphan becomes of age. He, otherwise, should preserve it so that he gives the orphan his money when he becomes of age. The stern warning against unjustly eating up the property of orphans has been mentioned above.

It includes: The sincere investment of his money in order that it will not all be spent in alms giving/Zakah.

Brothers and sisters! These are some of the forms of the charity to orphans. And this charity to orphans is not limited to specific people. Each Muslim is being addressed to do that, as he is being addressed for doing good actions and righteous deeds.

When Allah Almighty knows the sincere intent of a man, He helps him in performing every good deed. Therefore, my people, observe doing righteous deeds even by intending that in your heart, so when the opportunity comes, you perform good deeds.

There is no one more helpless than a man who cannot entertain the intention of performing righteous deeds!

To every Muslim:

Brothers and Sisters! Despite of being a noble manner and called for by Islam; charity to orphans is done only by those who have merciful hearts and noble selves.

The Muslim society is a society which is tied by the noble instructions called for by Islam.

It is the society which has been described by the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in such a marvelous description:

“You see the believers as regards their being merciful among themselves and showing love among themselves and being kind, as resembling one body, so that, if any part of the body is not well then the whole body shares the sleeplessness and fever with it.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

My beloved people! This is a description showing how the Muslim society should be like. The orphan is a part of this society; he has the same rights as others and has the same obligations. It is obligatory for all Muslims to be charitable and kind to him. They are to compensate him for the sympathy and compassion of parenthood. They are to exert for him the same they do for their children and family.

Servants of Allah! It is not difficult to join an orphan to your home, to feed him from what you eat, dress him from what you wear and to make him as one of your children.

Let this be for the sake of Allah Almighty so that you may be one of those who Allah has said about them:

“And they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskin (poor), the orphan, and the captive. (Saying): “We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you. “Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it).” So Allah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadratan (a light of beauty) and joy. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.” [Surah Al-Insan, 76:8-12]

Servants of Allah! The believers are protectors of one another. So when we find those in need, such as the orphans and the widows, we should strive to help them.

When a little girl cries halfway around the world, are her tears any less real? Would you like to be like a Mujahid or like those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying?

“One who cares for widows and the poor is like those who fight in the way of Allah or those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying.” [Agreed upon, also in Adab al-Mufrad of Imam Al-Bukhari in chapter “The Virtue of Those Who Care for Orphans”]

The excellence of someone who provides for an orphan.

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:

“The person who strives on behalf of the widows and poor is like those who strive in the way of Allah and like those who fast in the day and pray at night.”

The excellence of someone who provides for his orphan.

Aisha said:

“A woman came to me who had two of her daughters with her. She asked me for something, but I could not find anything except for a single date which I gave her. She divided it between her daughters and then got up and left. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came in and I told him what had happened. He said: ‘Whoever looks after these girls in any way and is good to them will have them as a veil from the Fire.'”

My friend, would you like Allah the most high to remove one of your griefs on the Day of Judgment?

“Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment.” [Sahih Muslim]

The best house is a house in which orphans are well-treated.

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:

“The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well-treated. The worst house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are ill-treated. I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that,” indicating his two fingers.”

Would you also like forgiveness and bounty from Allah (SWT)?

“Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [Surah al-Baqarah, 268]

Would you again like angels to make Du’a for you?

“No day dawns upon [Allah’s] servants without two angels descending [to Earth]. One of them says, ‘O Allah, give recompense (khalaf) to those who give [charity]!’; the other says, ‘O Allah give loss (talaf) to those who withhold [charity]!'” [Agreed upon]

Brothers and sisters! In Islam, re-marriage of widows has been greatly emphasized. At the same time, it has also been often stated that people, who bring up orphans, are very dear to Allah (SWT). This should give a very good idea, as to what is the reward for someone who gets married to a widow and supports her children from her deceased husband.

“A giver of maintenance to the widows and the poor is like a giver in the way of Allah (SWT), an utterer of prayers all night and fasting during the day.” (Bukhari)

Brothers and sisters! Islam ordered and commanded the Muslims to honour and love orphans and underprivileged children everyday and time. Islam encourages the Muslims to be providing foods, educational materials, medicare, entertainment, clothes as well as arranging seminars and speaking out for their rights.

Islam call on us to try as much as possible to address all the problems of orphans and underprivileged children all over the world, therefore lets work hard to solve the problems please!

We must all together raise our voice for the betterment of deprived, destitute, oppressed, shelter less, war victims and underprivileged orphans as well as street children who are not aware about their basic rights and even they are not given the opportunities to know about it. This can be a movement on behalf of orphans and street children for their basic rights that they can’t say.

Servants of Allah! People can be motivated highly to work for orphans and street children all the time. Through the voluntarism and mutual cooperation we can raise awareness to the people about their responsibilities to the underprivileged kids.

Brothers and sisters! Before concluding, I must thank Hajiya Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President Federal Republic of Nigeria, for given scholarship awards to 60 orphans in Daura on Monday, to promote education and increase access to the quest for education especially for the less privilege. I also thank her for the fantastic job she have been doing for distributing food items to women (windows) and less privileged people. Your hard work and dedication has really helped them out during a difficult time. I just wanted to make sure you know how much you are valued and appreciated.

I commended the wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari and I was extremely grateful to her, because the scholarship would provide succour to the beneficiaries and encourage them to acquire education.

We called on wealthy individuals, politicians and public spirited individuals to emulate the president’s wife.

The wife of the president provided six year scholarship to 60 orphans from primary one to six in Daura, to promote education and increase her access to the less privileged children in the society.

Also I must show my appreciation and commendation to the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, who has enrolled and sponsors 3,000 orphans and children of less privilege to school, to assist them get access to qualitative education through his foundation, the Shehu Usman Abubakar Foundation. Your Highness, I want you to know that we are very pleased with the quality of service you are providing to the orphans and less privilege. I sincerely appreciate your responsiveness and the way you are assisting.

May Allah reward you all for the job well done. And may Allah assist you and all those who are supporting and helping the orphans and less privilege anywhere they are, ameen.

And I also commended and thank the Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development under the able and distinguish leadership of His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, for their peace building, charity, developmental activities and sponsoring of the orphans and less privileged in the society. May Allah reward the Sultan with Jannatul Firdaws, ameen.

My prayers and appreciation also goes to the Jaiz Bank Charity and Development Foundation for their support and assistance to the orphans, widows and the less privileged in the society. May Allah reward their efforts, ameen.

Brothers and sisters! All of us know about the miserable condition of our Muslim Brothers and Sisters in Burma/Myanmar. Alhamdulillah, King Salman of Saudi Arabia has ordered to start giving Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar Iqamas/Citizenship without any fee under the sponsorship of government.

And also kudos to the great leader of Muslim Ummah His Excellency Recep Tayyib Erdogan, the President of Turkey, who promises to donate $ 1 million to help Rohingya Muslims.

He says it is Turkey’s moral responsibility to take a stand against the events in Myanmar and the issue would be discussed in detail when world leaders convene for the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) on September 12 in New York.

He says that the death of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar over the past week constituted a genocide aimed at Muslim Communities in the region.

“If United Nation will not take necessary action then our army is ready to enter Burma”, he said.

“Open your doors to Myanmar Muslim refugees, we will cover all expenses”, he said to the Bangladesh government.

He also states, “There is a genocide there. They remain silent towards this… All those looking away from this genocide carried out under the veil of democracy are also part of this massacre,” Erdogan said at his ruling AK Party’s Eid al-adha celebrations in Istanbul.

Our leaders of Muslim countries! His Excellency is role model for all of you. We ask you to please follow and imitate him.

May Allah Almighty bless His Excellency Erdogan and give him more taufiq and courage to serve Muslims and the Muslim Ummah.

May Allah also give taufiq and courage to all our Muslim leaders. Ameen.

May Allah reward Saudi Arabia and Turkey for their untiring support to the Rohingya Muslims, but more needs to be done please.

Servants of Allah! Before ending my today’s Sermon I must narrate to you in summary of what is going on in Burma/Myanmar.

Burma is a country located near China, Thailand, India and Bangladesh. There is a Muslim nation called Rohingya in Arakan region and now in
Burma. They have another name after Burma, the Myanmar. The country is ruled by a Buddhist army. Muslims there represent about 10 percent of the population. Muslims there are subject to extermination and displacement.

This story is not new. This crime began a long time ago.

In 1784, a Buddhist king called Bodawpaya feared the spread of Islam in the region. From then on he began to persecute the Muslims and the Islamic callers. Buddhists have committed the worst crimes against them, such as burning them alive, burning their children, killing, torture, raping and other forms of persecution because their only sin is that they are Muslim, nothing more. Wallahi world is a witness to that!!

When the Muslims of Burma tried to escape, no Muslim country was willing to accept them. The only option they had was to die at sea or from hunger, fear, and intimidation.

Why do I tell you this painful story? Wallahi it is because we will be held accountable and we will be asked about our Muslim Brothers and Sisters tortured in a land and we did not support them even with prayer or anything not beyond our power!!!

If someone asks me what can I do for them?! How can I help them?

I will say: It is very simple. These Brothers and Sisters in humanity and religion… no one knows anything about them. Most of the medias does not speak about them and their suffering.

The simplest thing you can offer them is to let others know their story and to feel their suffering. Know that all the problems you have in your life – I swear by Allah – are nothing compared to the calamity of the Muslims of Burma.

They have been abandoned by the majority of Islamic world and the human world. They resemble the people of Al-Ukhdud, As-habul Ukhdud in Surah Al-Buruj.

Allah the Almighty said:

“The people of the pit were destroyed. With fire abounding in fuel. While they sat around it (fire). And were witnessing what they did to the believers (i.e. burning them). Against these they had no grudge except that they believed in Allah, the Most Mighty, the Most Praiseworthy. To Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. And Allah witnesses everything. Surely those who tormented the believing men and the believing women and then did not repent, theirs shall be the chastisement of Hell, and theirs shall be the chastisement of burning.” [Surah Al-Buruj, 85: 4-10]

Narrated Ibn Abbas (RA) that:

“The Prophet (Pbuh) sent Mu’adh to Yemen and said: “Be afraid, from the curse of the oppressed as there is no screen between his invocation and Allah.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA) that:

“The Prophet (Pbuh) said: “Whoever has oppressed another person concerning his reputation or anything else, he should beg him to forgive him before the Day of Resurrection when there will be no money (to compensate for wrong deeds), but if he has good deeds, those good deeds will be taken from him according to his oppression which he has done, and if he has no good deeds, the sins of the oppressed person will be loaded on him.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Allah the Most High said:

“We will reserve the houses of the hereafter exclusively for those who do not seek self-glory in this life and do not cause oppression and corruption to spread. The final outcome belongs to those who fear (Allah).” [Al Quran]

And He the Most High said:

“And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one who will protect, and raise for us from You one who will help.” [Al Quran]

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar (RA) that:

The Prophet (Pbuh) said: “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor (or abandon him in the hand of an oppressor). Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Narrated Anas (RA) that:

The Prophet (Pbuh) said: “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, “O Allah’s Messenger! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet said: “By preventing him from oppressing others.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Brothers and sisters! Spread their (Rohingya Muslims) cause and make the world know it and know what is happening to them. This is a stain on the forehead of all of humanity and on the Islamic world in particular. Pray for them a lot in your prayers, in private, and at all times: that Allah removes this calamity from them and brings His anger upon the tyrant killers, and doing this is the weakest level of faith!

The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“The believers in their love, mercy and sympathy, towards one another are like one body, if one limb complains, the rest of the body joins it, staying up at night with a fever.”

Therefore, we vehemently condemn the pogrom going on in Burma!

O oppressed people of Burma, O oppressed Muslims around the world, Allah is sufficient for us and for you, and He is the best trustee!

Brothers and Sisters! Although the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria failed to organise one on Mambila genocide, I strongly suggest that the Muslim Ummah should organise a powerful lecture on the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma/Myanmar. This will send a strong message to the world that at least we are with them in their suffering.

Oh Allah, we entrust you with our Brothers everywhere. Ya Allah help the Muslims of Kashmir, Ya Allah help the Muslims of Palestine, Ya Allah help the Muslims of Burma, Ya Allah help the Muslims of Egypt, Ya Allah help the Muslims of Syria, Ya Allah help the Muslims of Yemen, Ya Allah help the Muslims of Afghanistan, Ya Allah help the Muslims of Pakistan. Ya Allah help the Muslims of Nigeria and the Muslims of everywhere, Ameen Ya Rabb!

I ask Allah to assist us in living by the Quran and Sunnah. I pray that He lets us recognise the truth for what it is and helps us to follow it, and that He lets us see falsehood for what it is and helps us to avoid it.

O Allah! Guide us and protect us from the causes of ignorance and destruction! Save us from the defects of ourselves! Cause the last of our deeds to be the best and most righteous! And forgive all of us. Ameen Yaa Rabb!

My respected people! Anything good I have said in my today’s Khutbah (Sermon) is from Allah the Almighty, and any mistakes are my own and we seek refuge in Allah from giving wrong advice and from all forms of calamities and fitnah. And I ask Allah’s forgiveness if I stepped beyond bounds in anything I said or I do.

May Allah be praised; and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.
With this I conclude my Khutbah (Sermon) and ask Allah, the Almighty and the sublime, to forgive all of our sins. So seek his forgiveness, He is all forgiving Most Merciful.

This Jumu’ah Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today, Friday, Zul Hijjah 17,1438 A.H. (September 8, 2017), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah and late Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosques, Okene Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: +2348038289761.