Norwich Jumu’ah Khutbah

6th August 2021 / 26th Dhul Hijjah 1442

Recently we mentioned a most important ayah from Surah adh-Dhariah in Allah’s book,        

بعد أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم  

56  I did not create jinn and man except to worship Me.

This reminds us, firstly, that we, that is, Jinn and Men, are Allah’s creation, with no say in our coming into existence or departure, leaving us without doubt about our origins, and clarifying that our parents are not the initiators of our arrival, and, secondly, why we are here.

The universe and our world, including the Jinn were already created by Allah before Adam’s mud was invested with spirit, and by this introduction Allah’s purpose was complete. He says,

بعد أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم  

44  The seven heavens and the earth and everyone in them glorify Him.

There is nothing which does not glorify His praise.

But you do not understand their glorification.

He is All-Forbearing, Ever-Forgiving. 17:44

Everything of its nature glorifies Allah, which is what it was created to do, but not until Abu al-Bashir was there a part of creation that could appreciate what the Creator had done because Allah taught him what even the angels did not know, and the Jinn did not understand. Knowing the names of things and this inherent ability to communicate with language makes man the crown of creation, its highest point and the locus of the fulfilling of Allah’s intention with creation.

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