Al Quds Day 2013

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Ramadan 24, 1434 2013-08-02

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

The words from Allah to us in Surah Al Isra’, the seventeenth surah of the Qur’an, which we visited on previous days like this, yawm Al Quds (or) the day of Al Quds are at the beginning of the surah. In the timeframe that we have for the khutbah and due to the nature of this day weather wise and organisation wise we will try to paddle softly through some of these meanings and we’ll try to look at them in a refreshing way. Many times we read this book obviously thinking about it’s meanings as its followers- as committed Muslims; we don’t give much thought to how others who may be reading this- and believe you me there are others we are reading the same ayaat who are not committed to Allah- so the ayah begins (and) one of the meanings that we may consider here is when Allah says

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا

Glory be to Allah (or) Exalted is Allah that He has taken His subject His abd on a night journey or on a masterful journey… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 1)

Because there are some other meanings to the same word

أَسْرَىٰ بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا

... on a senior journey… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 1)

Asra and senior are related. The observation here is if you’re reading this as a non Muslim you realise- even if you’re reading it as a Muslim and you think outside of your shell- that Allah chose the word abd. He didn’t choose the word Rasul, He didn’t choose the word Nabi, He didn’t choose the name of the Prophet, Ahmad or Muhammad. He chose the word abd, His subject, His junior, His inferior. He could have said Rasul (or) Nabi- No! Strictly from an Islamic point of view the usage of the word abd is an invitation to those who are not Muslims just to think about what happened without being confronted with an issue that they are opposed to. “We don’t believe he’s a Prophet, we don’t believe he’s a Messenger. We don’t believe in these other things you Muslims believe in.” OK- you don’t have to. Stay with the course. Isn’t this person, meaning the Prophet, an abd of Allah? This is a means of trying to open up minds to think what is being said here without placing mental obstacles here in the way. To take some internal Islamic psychology some people would want to say this is a concession. Allah could have said Rasul (or) Nabi. Why did He not say that? Well, stay with the ayaat and you will understand.

Then we go to the ayah, (as we said we are just paddling light through the meanings of these ayaat),

ذُرِّيَّةَ مَنْ حَمَلْنَا مَعَ نُوحٍ

This responsibility of scripture that was placed in the community of Bani Isra’eel was the legacy of Nuh… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 3)

We know the story of Nuh (alayhi as salaam), the long life and the extended patience that he had with his own people. In this ayah Allah describes Nuh

إِنَّهُ كَانَ عَبْدًا شَكُورًا

… for indeed he was a very thankful subject of Allah. (Surah Al Isra’ verse 3)

Once again we encounter the word abd. Nuh was a Prophet and he was one of the distinguished Prophets, if we can say that. We make no preferential status for one Prophet to the exclusion of the other but in a sense we have ulu al azm min ar Rusul so we can give them the distinction or we can give the definition of being distinctive Prophets but He didn’t say Nabi- No! Thus the relationship of abd that is mentioned with the final Prophet and the relationship of abd that was mentioned with, (in the count of some scholars), the first Prophet there’s a history here and Nuh was described as

إِنَّهُ كَانَ عَبْدًا شَكُورًا

… for indeed he was a very thankful subject of Allah. (Surah Al Isra’ verse 3)

One of the most harshest statements mentioned in the Qur’an was by Nuh when he got fed up with his own people he said

وَقَالَ نُوحٌ رَّبِّ لَا تَذَرْ عَلَى الْأَرْضِ مِنَ الْكَافِرِينَ دَيَّارًا

Oh my Sustainer- leave not one inhabiting Kafir on earth. (Surah Nuh verse 26)

This would seem to indicate that this Prophet had run out of patience but this Prophet said it because he was so thankful- not the average thankful person but the ever thankful person; which places us in a position- these are the introductory ayaat to the ayaat that become the plot of this discourse. So the following ayah says

وَقَضَيْنَا إِلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ فِي الْكِتَابِ لَتُفْسِدُنَّ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَرَّتَيْنِ

And We have decreed in the book (or) in the registrar upon Bani Isra’eel that you will cause commotion, corruption and chaos on earth twice… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 4)

Now, once again, step out of your habitual thinking and look at this as an outsider. The ayah is saying

وَقَضَيْنَا إِلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ فِي الْكِتَابِ لَتُفْسِدُنَّ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَرَّتَيْنِ

The Children of Isra’eel are going to cause a noticeable magnitude of corruption on earth twice in history… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 4)

Some people who are not very well informed will read this ayah and say “this sounds to be anti-Semitic. This Holy Book that the Muslims have is loaded with anti-Semitic phrases or sentences or verses.” Remember the introduction to this was not referring to Prophets, it was not referring to Apostles and Messengers, they were referring to the subjects and the servants of Allah to try and have these types of individuals surrender their stereotypes, their inadequacies (and) maybe their inferiority and to approach these meanings with an open mind and a clean heart. So what do you do? You or anyone is reading this Qur’an and you come across

وَقَضَيْنَا إِلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ فِي الْكِتَابِ لَتُفْسِدُنَّ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَرَّتَيْنِ وَلَتَعْلُنَّ عُلُوًّا كَبِيرًا

And We have decreed in the book (or) in the registrar upon Bani Isra’eel that you will cause commotion, corruption and chaos on earth twice… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 4)

Of course, first of all as committed Muslims we know that these words are from Allah. Allah’s not anti-Semitic, the Prophet is not anti-Semitic and Muslims are not anti-Semitic. How can we be when the Prophet himself is a Semite? When the first society of committed Muslims in the world was a semitic society? How can this be? But they have enough media propagandistic power that you are convinced. They will come from every angle (and) from every approach into the mind and say “look at the Muslims! The Muslims are anti-Semites.” We know that is nonsense. We are not anti-Semites. We are reading facts from Allah who says the truth. There’s no lies here. There’s no grudge. There’s no revenge from God against a certain community of people- just stating the facts. Then

وَلَتَعْلُنَّ عُلُوًّا كَبِيرًا

… and you are going to reach unprecedented heights (or) you are going to achieve higher status in the social world. (Surah Al Isra’ verse 4)

Now if we take these ayaat- everyone is invited. These are the ayaat from Allah, if you wish come to it with your thinking mind and take a look at the history of Bani Isra’eel. Can you identify two chapters in their history where they caused corruption on earth? There are more than two chapters that can be identified. Muslims who made an effort to understand what this means had disagreements among themselves as to which are the two that they were in this position of almost controlling the affairs of the earth in a manner to the detriment of humanity. Anyone who takes a look at today’s affairs- look at governments, look at establishments, look at hierarchies, look at systems- who do you find in the controlling positions of these structures? Think! Investigate! Ask and you shall know and when you do know revisit these ayaat and ask yourself is Allah saying the truth or not? Then the ayaat goes on

فَإِذَا جَاءَ وَعْدُ أُولَاهُمَا

When the first time comes to pass… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 5)

Remember there’s two times.

بَعَثْنَا عَلَيْكُمْ عِبَادًا لَّنَا

… Allah’s going to send subjects of His… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 5)

Notice here once again the word ibaad. In the previous ayaat abd in the singular and in this ayah Ibadan lana in the plural. Is there a very strong hint here that these subjects of Allah are in the image of Nuh and Musa and Muhammad (alayhim as salaam) because these are the three Prophets that are mentioned in the previous ayaat of the same surah before we get to ibaadan lana.

أُولِي بَأْسٍ شَدِيدٍ فَجَاسُوا خِلَالَ الدِّيَار

… who had, (in today’s wording), tremendous fire power; they rumbled through your domain… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 5)

Here your is in reference to Bani Isra’eel.

فَجَاسُوا خِلَالَ الدِّيَارِ ۚ وَكَانَ وَعْدًا مَّفْعُولًا

… they rumbled through it and it became a self fulfilling promise. (Surah Al Isra’ verse 5)

Here these ayaat are saying that

ثُمَّ رَدَدْنَا لَكُمُ الْكَرَّةَ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَمْدَدْنَاكُم بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ أَكْثَرَ نَفِيرًا

Once again, you- Bani Isra’eel- are going to be rebound into superior position; we’ve supplied you with resources and wealth, we’ve supplied you with numbers and manpower and we’ve rendered you more alert or more mobilised. (Surah Al Isra’ verse 6)

The word has this range of meaning.

إِنْ أَحْسَنتُمْ أَحْسَنتُمْ لِأَنفُسِكُمْ ۖ وَإِنْ أَسَأْتُمْ فَلَهَا

If you do what is better you do it for yourself if you do the worse it is against yourself… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 7)

This is the social law that not only governs Bani Isra’eel but it governs all other Banis, all other human beings (and) all other societies. Now

فَإِذَا جَاءَ وَعْدُ الْآخِرَةِ

… if the last promise is going to come to pass they, whoever they may be… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 7)

This is yet to happen even though some Ulema’ said it already happened but they haven’t lived this phase of history or this time period that we are living in where Banu Isra’eel are causing corruption on earth and are in positions unprecedented as far as status, as far as hierarchy (and) as far as officialdom is concerned.

لِيَسُوءُوا وُجُوهَكُمْ وَلِيَدْخُلُوا الْمَسْجِدَ

… Our subjects will deface you, they will embarrass you, they will disgrace you and they will enter Al Masjid… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 7)

This is in reference of Al Masjid Al Aqsa that is mentioned at the beginning of Surah Bani Isra’eel

وَلِيُتَبِّرُوا مَا عَلَوْا تَتْبِيرًا

… and they will put to utter ruin that status, that high position, that influence and control, that dominant position that Bani Isra’eel is in today. (Surah Al Isra’ verse 7)

Does anyone have any second thought about these clear meanings in these ayaat in the Qur’an? Can it be made more clearer than this? Now listen to the final ayah, well, one of the final words in this discourse. After all of this you see how open ended Allah’s mercy is.

عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَن يَرْحَمَكُمْ

It maybe that Allah will have mercy on you… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 8)

Meaning there’s hope here for those who appear to be hopeless. Banu Isra’eel in today’s world are nervous, tense, paranoid, hostile and war like- that’s who they are. We don’t care, from whichever perspective you’re coming at them from that’s the way they are and even though this is their social character- we’re not speaking about exceptions to the rule. There’s always exceptions to the rule. We’re speaking about this pathology called Zionism that has taken the lead in the Yahudi decision making process. With all of this Allah is saying

عَسَىٰ رَبُّكُمْ أَن يَرْحَمَكُمْ ۚ وَإِنْ عُدتُّمْ عُدْنَا ۘ وَجَعَلْنَا جَهَنَّمَ لِلْكَافِرِينَ حَصِيرًا

It may be (or) it is hoped that Allah will express His mercy to you but if you return to your prior positions We will return also to the penalties to the suffering and to the agony that you incur upon yourselves; We have prepared jahannam as a corral for those who are in denial of Allah’s ultimate authority and His potent power. (Surah Al Isra’ verse 8)

There is another ayah in Surah Al A’raf, that says

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكَ لَيَبْعَثَنَّ عَلَيْهِمْ

Allah has made it public (or) your Sustainer has made it public that He will send against them… (Surah Al A’raf verse 167)

Allah will send against these characters right now who are suffering under Zionism and causing a world wide state of suffering

إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ مَن يَسُومُهُمْ سُوءَ الْعَذَابِ رَّحِيمٌ

… until the day of resurrection those who will cause these Zionist types to suffer un-telling agony (or) the worst type of punishment…(Surah Al A’raf verse 167)

Then the ayah is finalised by saying

إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَسَرِيعُ الْعِقَابِ ۖ وَإِنَّهُ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

… indeed your Sustainer’s punishment is swift and He indeed is ever forgiving, ever merciful. (Surah Al A’raf verse 167)

You see the balance here and you see how your Sustainer’s punishment is swift came before He indeed is ever forgiving, ever merciful. Because it is due to the context in the nature of the people that we are speaking about. Once again the ayah.

وَإِذْ تَأَذَّنَ رَبُّكَ لَيَبْعَثَنَّ عَلَيْهِمْ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ مَن يَسُومُهُمْ سُوءَ الْعَذَابِ ۗ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَسَرِيعُ الْعِقَابِ ۖ وَإِنَّهُ لَغَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Your Sustainer has made it public that He will send against them until the day of resurrection those who will cause these types to suffer un-telling agony (or) the worst type of punishment and indeed your Sustainer’s punishment is swift and He indeed is ever forgiving, ever merciful. (Surah Al A’raf verse 167)

Dear committed brothers and dear committed sisters…

The ayaat that were just explained serve as a framework (and) as a reference point for the social character that is peculiar to Bani Isra’eel. (Take a) look at what is happening in today’s world. We were speaking at the beginning of the first khutbah of the extended hand. The wording of these ayaat conceal an extended hand. The Muslims are extending their hand to Bani Isra’eel (and) Ahl Al Kitab and avoiding buzz words. There are certain words that turn certain people off. The wording of these ayaat was meant to turn off the sensitivities of those who go under the label of Jews and Christians to have them think of the meanings here. We don’t want some word to sabotage the whole meaning. One of these words is the description of the Masjid in Al Quds, Jerusalem. It was called Al Masjid Al Aqsa, the remote Masjid. It could have been called the first Masjid. If we know our own history (in a) part of our history when the Prophet went to Al Madinah and he built his first masjid in Al Madinah the qiblah in that first Masjid was towards Al Quds but we don’t want to get onto the sensitivities of other people who can see the light if we just change the wording. This is something we should learn from Allah’s book. At certain times they are called with their due description. If they are in a confrontational hostile mood and mode then they’re called Kafirs, they’re called Mushriks but when they’re in an attitude of approachability, they’re open enough to think, to interact, free of bias and prejudice then take advantage of that. So Allah didn’t say to the first Masjid. It could have been said it is our first qiblah, its one of our first Masajid built by Sulayman or Dawud (alayhima as salaam) and these are Prophets of Allah just like Musa and Isa and Muhammad (are) all Prophets of Allah even though in their history books, especially Yahudi history books, they consider Sulayman and Dawud to be kings and not Prophets. We don’t want to get into these historical arguments. This is not the time for it. Al Quds is Al Masjid Al Aqsa which was liberated five years after the Prophet passed away. The Muslims eventually liberated Al Quds and Al Quds became a city that was open to all- Muslims and Christians and Jews and whoever wanted to enter. There was nothing known that you can’t come and pray in a certain synagogue or you can’t come and pray in a certain church just like today they are telling us “we can’t come and pray in Al Masjid Al Aqsa.” How many times have you heard there are patrols all around Al Masjid Al Aqsa- military patrols, police patrols? They have what they call their security forces checking for IDs. If you’re under 45 years old you’re told “to return. You’re not permitted to go into Al Masjid Al Aqsa” and they try to do the same thing in other parts of the Holy land. Since the occupation in 1947 and 1948 they’ve turned certain Masajid into bars in some coastal cities in Palestine. That’s what happens. We’ve never! Can anyone, anyone as hostile (and) as hateful as they may be towards Islam, ever show us one incident in which any Muslim any where turned a synagogue or a church into a place of vice? Show us! Impossible! Why? Because we acknowledge and recognise their scripture and their Prophets unlike them. They don’t recognise our scripture and our Prophet. We have a problem here. So who should be in control? Who should manage (and) who should administer the city of Al Quds- those who are inclusive or those who are exclusive? Forget about our Islamic standards values and principles for a minute- just approach a person with common sense and ask him- “this city is a disputed city. The Jews want to control it, the Muslims want to control it and the Christians want to control it, (we’re saying this not only in our time frame today but in the historical time frame- each one wants to control it). Now does it make sense to have people who control this city who don’t recognise the legitimacy of other faiths and other religions? Does that make sense? Or does it make more sense to have those who run the city and govern the city who recognise the legitimacy of those other faiths and those other scriptures and those other Prophets- which makes sense?” They’re making an international legal issue out of a common sense, basic, logical question! We don’t say this as a matter of trying to show some ego here or present ourselves as some type of superior and supremacy religion and all of this- no, no. It’s just a matter of responsibility (and) clarifying the subject. The problem is many of us, the committed Muslims- knowing it or not knowing it, consciously or sub-consciously, have taken on the character and the vices of Bani Isra’eel- that’s what happened to us. Some of us are so scared just to think in a rational manner.

The Prophet of Allah first had Makkah liberated, after the liberation of Makkah came the liberation of Al Quds. Today we have Muslims so psychologically inferior that they can’t think through the seerah of the Prophet. What did the Prophet do when he came to the world with this Qur’an, with this message from Allah? Makkah was under occupation and Al Quds was under occupation and Al Madinah, which was called Yathrib, was under occupation. How did he go about freeing these territories and these societies? How did he do that? Anyone asked themselves! Can we have even courage to ask ourselves what is the answer to this problem that we have? No one wants to go into the direction of the Prophet (and say) “well wait a minute. Let’s rethink this altogether. If we say that we are very serious about following the Prophet of Allah…” OK- follow! What did he do? If the Prophet of Allah said let’s leave Makkah under occupation because if we say altogether we will liberate Al Quds he could have brought about a unity within the Arabian Peninsula. There wouldn’t have been this internal struggle. Did he do that? Ask yourself- did he do that? If he did that that’s what we have to do! Then, we ask you, how come in today’s world Yahud, the Zionists, and the Imperialists get so upset when there are some Muslims who are speaking about liberating Makkah and Al Madinah? Why are they upset? They are upset because they thought about this more than we thought about it (and) they know once our own internal are straight (and) once we have cleaned our own house we can go on and clean the distant house. We don’t even have that much of internal Islamic thinking to begin this process as it should begin!

This is a day in which the Muslims around the world are required to concentrate their minds and their potentials on the liberation of Al Quds but that doesn’t mean that you can’t concentrate your minds and your potentials on the means of liberating Al Quds. how do we go about doing that? Is it left up to me and you to think out some program or some strategy or has this whole thing been done before? If it’s been done before and the Prophet did it before then let’s do it. Where’s the problem? Besides, these Mushriks today who are in control of Makkah and Al Madinah are showing a common purpose with Zionists and Imperialists just like they did in the time of Allah’s Prophet and Yahud are supportive of them.

أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا نَصِيبًا مِّنَ الْكِتَابِ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْجِبْتِ وَالطَّاغُوتِ وَيَقُولُونَ لِلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا هَٰؤُلَاءِ أَهْدَىٰ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا سَبِيلًا

أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ لَعَنَهُمُ اللَّهُ ۖ وَمَن يَلْعَنِ اللَّهُ فَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُ نَصِيرًا

Won’t you consider those who have received a fortune of scripture? They cling to the delusions of power as well as to the excesses of power and they say to those who deny Allah that you are more guided than those who affirm and commit to Allah. These are the ones who are doomed by Allah and anyone who is doomed by Allah you will not find for him a supporter or a helper. (Surah An Nisa’ verse 51-52)

You ask Yahud who is preferable to them they will tell you the Mushriks in Makkah are preferable to the committed Muslims whenever their commitment becomes a character in life. They’ve taken this approach and they’ve pursued this line so far that they make those who want to liberate Palestine- the Islamic resistance, Hizbullah, the Islamic state, every force that is serious about liberating Palestine- (and) they say “this is more dangerous to us than the occupiers of Palestine.” Isn’t this what you read in today’s media, in today’s analysis, the spokespeople and all over the place? What is this? This is nonsense! You begin to see who belongs to who and who is for what and who is against what clearly. If you can’t understand the Qur’an the least you can do is understand what is happening in the world today. You can’t do that either? Where’s your God-given mind, your God-give faculty of thinking, your endowment for reasoning?! Where’s all of that? Look around- see who is who in this world. They occupy Al Quds because they occupy the Masajid. Let us free these Masajid and Al Quds will be free.

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