Al Quds Day 2011

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Ramadan 26, 1432 2011-08-26

Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem. Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa alihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family. Dear Committed brothers, dear committed sisters,

We, Muslims, carry a burden on our shoulders. We have been under its pressure and under its weights for generations and the epitome of it is the occupation, and before that, the theft and then the invasion and then the occupation of our first Qiblah and our third Haram. To have a healthier understanding of the magnitude of this problem we say, and our information is from Allah and His Prophet, that in addition to the Zionists and the Israelis militarily taking over the Holy Land and occupying it, they managed to take over and to occupy our history. Many Muslims think that the major problem is the occupation of our land, and indeed it is a big and a growing problem- no doubt; but before that and during that and after that we have a pre-existing problem and that is our own history has been occupied. What do we mean by this? We mean the following: Al Quds, Jerusalem is not a city that owes its past to the Yahudi version of history. When you listen, when you read (and) when you watch the events- past, present and potentially future- and when you tune in your senses to these events that speak about Jerusalem, Al Quds or that speak about Palestine or the Holy Land you are influenced significantly by the counter Islamic argument pertaining to this issue. The history of Musa (alayhi as salaam) and what is called the history of Biblical Prophets is our history. Now, tell us, who are the Muslims who carry within them the mind, the courage, the confidence (and) the conscience that claim this Islamic history? Where are they? Who are they? Show them to us. They’re not around even though this information is within our reach. The first ayah in Surah Al Isra’ or Surah Bani Isra’eel glorifies Allah.

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى

Glory be to Him who has taken His subject and His servant on a night journey from Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah to Al Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, Al Quds… (Surah Bani Isra’eel verse 1)

The history of Bani Isra’eel is a history of miracles. Their reading of that history concentrates on the miraculous in it and when Allah reveals this ayah, the meaning of this ayah is a miracle but He didn’t refer to it as a miracle. One of the meanings of ayah is miracle but Allah did not say or point out to us that this was a miraculous occurrence. When His subject, Muhammad, who was taken on a nocturnal journey from Arabia to the Levantine- the Holy Land of what is called today Palestine- He didn’t say this was a miracle. We know just from understanding what happened that it was so. Our response to those, meaning Al Yahud and An Nasara, who have made miracles the central component of their faith (and) of their history is (that) because this journey from Makkah to Al Quds took place about twelve to thirteen years after the wahi (and) during those twelve or thirteen years the Prophet was in a struggle (and) the Prophet was sweating (and) the Prophet’s soul (and) the Prophet’s spirit was being challenged, out of that Allah produced a supernatural act. So our response is not to counter a miracle with a miracle, our response is to address their miracle centred scripture around a struggle that will produce the equivalence of the Isra’ but we don’t understand that. That’s why, (and there are many more whys), our history is under occupation. We don’t even have the mind power to capture the meanings that are part of us.

Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah was build by Ibrahim (alayhi as salaam).

إِنَّ أَوَّلَ بَيْتٍ وُضِعَ لِلنَّاسِ لَلَّذِي بِبَكَّةَ مُبَارَكًا وَهُدًى لِّلْعَالَمِينَ

The first place (or) the first retreat designated for people was the one in Makkah as a blessing and guidance for the rest of the world (or) for the rest of the environment. (Surah Aal Imran verse 96)

Who built Al Masjid Al Aqsa? Ask yourself, in your mind do you have any clear recollection of who built Al Masjid Al Aqsa? If you don’t, then you are a victim of the counter information and the aggressive propaganda that comes our way and has taken from us our own history. The idea of the building of Al Masjid Al Aqsa was the idea of Prophet Dawud or David (alayhi as salaam). It was completed by his son, an Nabi Sulayman (alayhi as salaam). It is important to note here that there is a divergence of opinions between those who have a Jewish history and those who are supposed to have an Islamic history. Those who have the Yahudi version of history say “Dawud and Sulayman were kings; they were not prophets.” In our history we assert and we affirm that Dawud and Sulayman were Prophets from Allah but which information dwells in you? Before we speak about the military effort to take on the occupiers of the Holy Land, in yourselves, in your minds (and) in your knowledge of history are you aware that there is a contradiction of versions as to who built Al Masjid Al Aqsa which Allah has blessed- it and its environs.

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى ُ

Glory be to Him who has taken His subject and His servant on a night journey from Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah to Al Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, Al Quds… (Surah Bani Isra’eel verse 1)

Once again we run into an emptiness in ourselves in our thoughts. Concentrate, know (and) be assured that Al Quds belongs to the history of Prophets. It doesn’t belong to racism and nationalism that comes from the Yahudi version of the narrative of Bani Isra’eel. Another area in which we, the Muslim public, really don’t have a healthy understanding! We say this out of experience. We’re just like one of you- we speak to other Muslims, we listen to them, we try to understand what they are saying and where they are coming from but when you do that do they really have a healthy understanding of who is Bani Isra’eel as opposed to who Yahud is? Once again, you run into shallow areas among the Muslims. There’s really no substantiation of a difference between the two- another indicator that our history is occupied. Everyone knows that our land is occupied but not many people know that before (the occupation) and to make possible the occupation of our land, our minds and our recollection of ourselves has been occupied. There’s what is called Isra’eeliyaat. Isra’eeli information launched into the depths of our books of reference- whether it is hadith or whether it is even comment on the ayaat of the Qur’an. There is Isra’eeliyaat in tasfeer literature! Why can’t we liberate ourselves from that? Where have our minds gone? We’re not dumb people. Brothers and sisters- Muslims of confidence and commitment, we are not lacking up here, in our minds but why don’t we concentrate this thinking endowment of ours from Allah on understanding what He is telling us? They come along, and they have the CNN and the mainstream media and the establishmentarian propaganda- they have all of that- on their side and then they come and say “this is our land.” Isn’t this the bottom line justification for their taking by force Palestine? “This is our land!” Who are they? Where are the Muslims to tell them “who are you?” You live in this city here. This is the second capital of Israel. Washington DC is the second capital of Israel. Where are these Muslims who go to interfaith meetings (and) the Muslims who meet with the FBI (and) the Muslims who feel that they are so inferior that they need smiles from the Kafirs and the Mushriks? This is how inferior we are! This is what happens when you are empty of the vital information that belongs to you- you are vacuous; any propaganda can come in and settle in your mind and in your heart. This is what has happened to our crowd. So what do they do? They don’t even have the courage to bring this. There are plenty of Yahudis around here. OK- come on. What’s wrong with Muslims in an Islamic Centre, in a Masjid, in a University auditorium, in a public speaking area? Where are you? Wherever. OK, come on. If they say this is theirs let’s sit down and let’s open up this issue. “What do you mean by this is yours? Do you mean we don’t belong to Dawud (and) we don’t belong to Sulayman? We don’t believe in David? You mean to tell us we don’t belief in Solomon? We don’t belief in the Biblical Prophets? Is this your inference? Is this how you want to exclude us from what is ours? If you belong to the Biblical Prophets you honour Abraham and you honour Isaac and you speak about all of them, so do we. So how can you say “this is ours?” If “this is ours” is (for) the followers of these Prophets, we are the followers of these Prophets!” So what ours means is, (it appears), at least this is the least the Muslim spokespersons can say is “if it’s ours, then ours means you and we.” (Do) you have a problem with that? Because this is where we are going to bring out their racism. Zionism is a racist ideology; but we are not going to be able to expose it and shed light on it if don’t entangle them with our minds. Where are the Muslims who are doing that? Muslims are running. You’ve heard it in the news. Do we have to repeat it for you? Just in this past week news broke out, and this news does not stay in Muslim minds and Muslim congregations. They want to get rid of this news. Why? Because it will make them feel that they are guilty. Muslims don’t want to feel guilty. No human wants to feel guilty. Well, you tell them- what’s wrong? There are ten-thousand to fifteen-thousand or more Muslims who are acting as informers in Islamic Centres and Islamic Masajid around the country. Where does this come from? How did this happen? How is this rationalised? What justification do you have for this from the Book of Allah or from the Sunnah of His Prophet? Produce it for us. (This is) yet another occasion in which you and I, the Muslim public, are silent about. No one wants to bring this up. You know these are not phantom human beings. This is not a fairy-tale (i.e.) that there are fifteen-thousand informers in this country who are reporting to the FBI. Where did this come from? If there wasn’t an emptiness in our minds and in our hearts this wouldn’t have happened. But there’s a huge gap and they recruit. People who listen to these khutbahs on Fridays and have been listening to them for, (we don’t know how many years), become easy patsies for the Tawagheet- “yeah, we’ll work for you. How much are you going to pay us? $12,000 a month? $10,000? $8,000? We’ll set up traps for these Muslims.” You begin to think OK- who’s the informer in the Masjid in your neighbourhood or the Masjid (that) you go to? We don’t have any problems with them. Actually we’d like 15,000 of them to come and share the Jum’ah prayer with us here, in the street so that they can learn something; instead of going to these Masajid and not learning anything and perpetuating the mental and psychological occupation that we have been suffering from before the political and the ideological and the military occupation that stares us in the eye- all the way from the occupied territories to Washington DC. The Masjid is a place of sujud- that’s the simple meaning of it. It could be a structure with walls and a roof or it could just be a plain land with nothing at all. A place where you perform your sujud- that’s a Masjid.

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى

Glory be to Him who has taken His subject and His servant on a night journey from Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah to Al Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, Al Quds… (Surah Bani Isra’eel verse 1)

Allah has mentioned Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah and He mentioned Al Masjid Al Aqsa in Al Quds. These Zionists come around with their poisoned information and they tell you and me and everyone who has an idle mind “look in your Holy book, Jerusalem is not even mentioned once.” When we look in the Qur’an for Al Quds or the word Al Quds- sure enough there’s not one ayah in the Qur’an that mentions Al Quds. There is not one ayah in the Qur’an that mentions Palestine; but there are ayaat in the Qur’an that mention Al Masjid Al Aqsa and Al Ard Al Muqaddasah- that is because our relationship to Palestine is not a geographical, materialistic, market relationship. It is a relationship that is much deeper than that. It’s a relationship of conviction and commitment. Who are the Muslims who are going to, (first of all), invite these Yahudis and say “OK- come on; let’s speak this issue in public. Let’s talk about it and let everyone listen and may he who has the strongest argument win.” First of all we don’t find Yahud, the Zionists coming to Muslims and saying “hey, let’s speak about this issue. Let’s have programs about it on TV or other parts of the mainstream media.” OK- we can understand (that) because al haqq and al adl is not on their side; but how about us? We don’t have al haqq and al adl on our side?! If we do, why are we cowards? Why can’t we say this haqq? Why can’t we say “come- let us sit down in a forum in which millions of people will listen to both sides of this issue.” This issue has been going on for over sixty years and throughout these sixty years the public has not been privy to an honest-to-goodness exchange of opinions between those who represent Zionist racism and those who represent universalist Islam. It’s never happened up until now! You tell us why? All of this concentration (is) on buying weapons. OK- at a certain point we’re going to have to buy weapons because these people don’t understand the language of give-and-take; they understand the languages of explosions and bombs so we know we have to do that at one point but before that, why can’t we have the weapon of truth and confidence on our side? Why do we lack that? Give us one short answer to that. That is because internally we have been occupied. This reminds us, (we don’t want to go off course because this can take us into other areas), but this reminds us of the civil rights movement in the United States in the 50’s and 60’s. Remember, they used to refer to people who were not White, (this is part of the racisms that makes up this whole structure over the Atlantic- in the Middle East to the United States), and say “coloured people.” They had the media on their side and all of this and then the civil rights movement took place and then because the majority of those in this country who are not White, who are of African descent said “we don’t want this word. We don’t want the word nigger or negro or coloured. It’s more befitting to be called for what we are- we are African Americans.” We don’t have any problems with fighting back when they are fighting against us- there’s no problem with that; the problem is why can’t we use the same tool that they are using? OK- they refer to people who are not White as coloured. A thinking (mind) and a mind that is confident (would say) “OK- you’re colourless. If I’m coloured you are colourless.” And see where they’re going to go with that. They don’t have a colour and it’s almost true. You can argue this. They commit a crime in cold blood (and) they’re cold about it. They don’t change colours, so they’re colourless. However way you want to look at it, that’s who they are; but even with this available to us no one can use it- which goes to tell you that not only are the Muslims under occupation, (but) oppressed people are also under occupation. Their own history doesn’t belong to them and even the language that they use doesn’t belong to them.

One of the lost chapters of history on us is what was Al Masjid Al Aqsa before the Isra’ of the Prophet from Al Masjid Al Haram to Al Masjid Al Aqsa? By the way, Al Masjid Al Haram, (for your information), was called originally Masjid. At the time of Ibrahim and Isma’eel (alayhima as salaam) it was a Masjid and its description and definition was accurate; but after the effects of Ibrahim and Isma'eel wore out, the Arabians who lived around Al Masjid Al Haram no longer called it Masjid- they called it “Al Bayt Al Haram.” So when the Prophet came that wasn’t referred to as Al Masjid Al Haram. It was the Prophet who re-energised its meanings. It was the Qur’an who gave it its original description (i.e.) Al Masjid Al Haram- no longer Al Bayt Al Haram (only).

مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى

… from Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah to Al Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, Al Quds… (Surah Bani Isra’eel verse 1)

These are two Masjids. Do we belong to a Masjid or don’t we? The place of sujud- isn’t this a place that describes the aromatic character of a committed Muslim? But what was Al Masjid Al Aqsa before the night of the Isra’ and Mi’raj? We said Sulayman and Dawud launched and they finished the building of that Masjid. It wasn’t a temple. In the counter literature they call it “Solomon’s temple.” (If) you can hear any Muslim repeating this, immediately know that he is under the trance of Yahudi propaganda and Yahudi public relation schemes. So what was it? After it was built, because of the hard-headed history of Bani Isra’eel, it went into disuse. They were exiled and they were expelled by the Babylonians and by the Byzantines or the Romans from Al Quds. So no one was there to honour this place. Al Yahud with their tortured history kept the place that belongs to people of scripture, (in their own way), but when they disobeyed Allah to the extent that they did, they were no longer in control of that what they call “the Temple Mount.” They call it that, we still call it Al Masjid Al Aqsa. It so happened that in the few hundred years before the Isra’ and the Mi’raj that area was turned into an area in which- the mother of the Roman emperor, Constantine, who made the official religion of the Byzantines Christianity- because of the animosity and hatred to Yahud, Helena, (if we recall her name correctly), turned that area into a garbage area. They used to throw the garbage of Al Quds on that area which is called Al Masjid Al Aqsa. A filthy area- trash, refuse, garbage was thrown there. When the Prophet of Allah was taken on that night journey, where did he go? He went to Al Masjid Al Aqsa- in today’s meaning of the word, (take a) look at the elaborate structures that we have, it wasn’t like that. It was a place that no one would want to go to. It smelled, it stunk because of the history- because of those who have stolen its history and those who reacted against that in that internal, (what is called), Judeo-Christian history. So what’s Al Masjid Al Aqsa if we’re talking about a large heap of trash and garbage on what is called “the Temple Mount” area? So when was Al Masjid Al Aqsa built? Again, as we say, our history suffers from occupation because you ask yourself before listening to the coming words of information “what do I know? How don’t I really know what was there? What happened to that area? Who was in charge? How they thought about it?” Nothing! Blank! And this gap is what invites the trouble that becomes military occupation. The first Muslims, after the Prophet in his night journey, to arrive in Al Quds was that military force that was headed by the second successor to Allah’s Prophet Umar (radi Allahu anhu). When he arrived in Al Quds he asked immediately, (these are his words), show me where is the Masjid of Dawud and Sulayman? He was speaking with the Christian clergy; he wasn’t speaking to tyrants and despots and they took him there, to the area called “the Temple Mount” area. Even though that place was not, in any sense, where any Muslim would pray because of the filth and the pollution that was there but after the Prophet prayed there on his night journey of the Isra’ and the Mi’raj it was him and the Muslims who were with him who prayed there. This physical structure that we call the Masjid- nothing was there. This was a place for sujud, a land where he performed his sajdah- and he prayed. He performed his sajdah there. So when did we have Al Masjid Al Aqsa as we have it today as a Masjid? It has walls, it has a ceiling, it has carpets, it has everything. Many Muslims confuse Al Masjid Al Aqsa with Qubbah As Sahra’. This is another misleading piece of the disinformation propaganda that is out there. (they talk about) Al Masjid Al Aqsa and Al Quds and then they show you the picture of Qubbah As Sahra’ the Golden Dome. Many Muslims confuse this. It is there in, (what is called), the general area of Al Masjid Al Aqsa but its not Al Masjid Al Aqsa and that didn’t exist. So when were these walls built? When did this come into existence? It came into existence about sixty to seventy years of the hijra- that’s when the Muslims decided we are going to built these Masajid into the wall structure (and) the typical Masjid that we have in our mind today. They built Qubbah As Sahra’ and they built Al Masjid Al Aqsa in this general area. Once again, what do we do when our general information is lacking? No one wants to take on the Yahudi propaganda in all of this area here. Now you have Jewish Zionists and you have Christian Zionists and all of them are loaded with a mis-reading of history and we are loaded with an ignorance of history and this is where we are today- incapable of living up to our responsibilities. This day of Al Quds, the last Friday in the month of Ramadhan, is a day to mobilise the Muslims from the depths of their minds and their hearts so that they will be able to sacrifice the ultimate sacrifice that is required for the liberation of the Holy Land from the Zionists and the Imperialists, from racists and capitalists, from all the greedy and all the self-centred classes of the world.

My dear brothers and sisters who share the responsibilities, the duties, the struggle and the sacrifices of obedient Muslims…

It’s true that it is going to take a conclusive military effort to rid us of the Zionist and the US supported and financed and militarized occupation of the Holy Land- that is true; but what is required of us is to liberate our selves first. We want to make at least two points here. The first one is the parallel Zionists in Makkah and Al Madinah. These are agents of the occupiers of Palestine- we have to get this straight. We have to tell you that the Muslims of the past thirty-one years plus who have been in a struggle of self determination understand this very well but it seems like they are not willing to open up an internal sapping of the Muslim potential. What do we mean by this? Let us be more clear with you. Muslims of today of our times and generation are born traditional Muslims. If you’re born into a Sunni family, you’re a Sunni just because you’re born in that family; if you’re born into a Shi’i family, you’re a Shi’i because you were born in that family. Sunnis and Shi’is are cultural Muslims more than they are ideological Muslims and the risk is if Muslims who belong to a particular cultural background pick a fight with other Muslims who belong to another or an opposite cultural background this will drain the energies and the potentials that the Muslims have. So they take extreme caution that this does not happen; but the words here are directed to those who don’t fall into this dichotomy (i.e.) the ideological Muslims who are Muslims first and Sunni second (or) Muslims first and Shi’is second- what’s wrong with you not identifying the occupiers of Makkah and Al Madinah? What’s wrong? You have all the information to do so in the Qur’an and in the Sunnah. If you Muslims who consider yourselves Sunnis begin to speak out and expose and take issue with the Saudi occupiers you don’t make room for internal in-fighting because no one is going to say “you are a Sufi or you are a Shi’i or you are a minority or something else.” You are supposedly a Sunni Muslim just like the ones who are occupying Arabia, Al Hijaz, Al Masjid Al Haram, Al Masjid An Nabawi- (they are) supposedly Sunni Muslims. Isn’t it about time that you who can save the internal Muslims civil strife take issue with that occupying regime in Arabia? That’s number one. Number two- there are some people who because of their hyphenated definition of Islam say “the Islamic governance in Iran is a Shi’i one” and they try to gain political and propaganda mileage out of this. We say to them: if that was the case, then instead of Yawm Al Quds this Friday in Ramadhan that government- if it was Shi’i first and Islam second- would have this day or another day designated for the liberation of Karbala’’. No such thing exists. All of their energies (and) all of their potentials is concentrated on the liberation of Al Quds- an area in which there are no “Shi’is” to speak about. Has anyone heard of a Palestinian Shi’i?! Has anyone heard of a Shi’i from Al Quds, Jerusalem?! This is enough if we just think. Our problem is that we are conditioned by the occupiers of Arabia not to think about the liberation of Al Ard Al Muqaddasah, of Al Quds! Brothers and sisters- all that is required from you is to think, something that people who have money and people who have power don’t want you to do!

We desire to expand and build on the designation of the day of Al Quds (designated by the late Imam Al Khomeini to be commemorated on the last Friday of Ramadhan in recognition of the suffering meted out to the Palestinians and the oppressed peoples of the world), and will be insha'Allah be running a weekly additional Khutbah on Al Quds. We pray that Allah raises the awareness of people regarding the suffering of the people of Quds and the other oppressed peoples so that the designation of the last Friday to ensconce the realities in the lives of oppressed people in our minds will culminate into a daily occurrence.

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