It was with a heavy heart that I delivered my last khutbah today for the Drexel MSA in the capacity as chaplain. In truth, I have not been the chaplain at Drexel for over a year but I have, nonetheless, function as a de facto chaplain, or as the students affectionately call me, ustadh. The platform and environment that the Drexel MSA created provided me with an environment were I was able to grow and learn as a leader. For that I am eternally grateful and will miss all of the students in Drexel’s and Penn’s MSA’s.
So while some are sad, it also offers up new opportunities. I left these few words of advice:
وَأَنْفِقُوا مِنْ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ مِنْ قَبْلِ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ أَحَدَكُمُ الْمَوْتُ فَيَقُولَ رَبِّ لَوْلَا أَخَّرْتَنِي إِلَىٰ أَجَلٍ قَرِيبٍ فَأَصَّدَّقَ وَأَكُنْ مِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
وَلَنْ يُؤَخِّرَ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِذَا جَاءَ أَجَلُهَا ۚ وَاللَّهُ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ
“Give from what We have provided for you before death comes to one of you and he says, ‘My Lord, if only you would give me a little more time so that I can give sadaqa and be one of the righteous!’ Allah will not give anyone more time, once their time has come. Allah is aware of what you do.” (Qur’an, 63: 10-11)