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,
These ayaat should be the guiding light of Muslim affairs in our time/generation. The Most Knowledgeable/The Authority on how human nature behaves on the political level says to us
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ أَوْلِيَاءَ ۘ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ
O you who have pledged yourselves to Allah: don’t adopt Al Yahud and An Nasara as your superior/ equivalent/inferior allies or don’t position yourselves in regards to them in any position of alliance; proportions/segments of them (meaning Al Yahud/An Nasara) are allies/in alliance to other proportions/segments of them (meaning Al Yahud wa An Nasara)… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 51)
We don’t enter into this formula. If there was a place for us in this formula, Allah would have instructed us to that place.
وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ
… and whoever from among you enters into alliance with them (meaning Al Yahud and An Nasara) becomes one of them… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 51)
This alliance supersedes the rituals, meaning your rituals are not going to vouch for you- you can pray/ fast/pay your zakah/go for Hajj/repeat the Shahadah a million times, its not going to save you from the consequence of this alliance. Any Muhammad/Ali/Umar/Uthman/Abd Ar Rahman, etc. who enters into an alliance with them has become part of them. His name should no longer deflect from this fact. But even though Allah is telling us this the question is “how many of us think/behave/feel with Allah’s words?” This is what Allah says to guide/show us the way, but how does the average Muslim think/feel about this? They say “brother- but the person/brother prays/fasts.” Where does Allah or the Prophet say that if you pray/fast it is going to annul the meanings of an ayah in the Qur’an? These are Allah’s words. (Can’t) you see how segments/sections of them are in alliance with other sections of theirs? The present day demonstration of this ayah is the NATO alliance. (Can’t you) see how differing factions of them come into a common purpose? (Can’t you) see how Al Yahud and An Nasara are allies of each other? Who can separate Israel from the United States? There are some Muslims who actually think that they can work/ lobby on the political level and speak with this diplomat and the other and at the end they think that this type of contact is going to unglue a relationship that is reinforced by the facts of life/history and the contemporary shedding of Muslim blood. Then Allah says (irrespective of) whatever the overt justification is for any Muslim
وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ مِنْهُمْ
… who enters into a political arrangement of a strategic nature with them becomes part of them… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 51)
Should we elaborate a little more? We have Islamic Organizations and they are increasing; (we have) some Islamic/ Muslim Political Action Committee here and some Muslim Council there and they are intensifying their efforts because they say “these are Ahl Al Kitab/People of the Book.” If they were Ahl Al Kitab which book/scripture says that they have the right to kill us and at the same time Muslims are trying to co-opt them. (There was) a simple visa issue that has to do with the State Department. A representative of a Muslim country should have come here to Washington DC but was not given a visa to come from New York to Washington DC in-spite of almost twelve years of so called “lobbying efforts” by the Muslims in Washington DC. If after twelve years they can’t secure a simple visa/a stamp on a piece of paper- isn’t this enough for them to begin to understand what Allah is saying?
During the time of Allah’s Prophet the powers of Makkah came to him- he didn’t go to them- to enter into their decision making process. He wasn’t lobbying the Makkah establishment for Islamic clout/influence/ positions inside that hierarchy; much less he wasn’t thinking about placing Muslims in the Establishments/the major superpowers of those days- Persian/Roman Empire. You have read some of the Prophet’s history- could anyone (find) from anything in his history that indicates anything that it was within the range of intentions of the Prophet to have Muslims sitting in the Government in non-Islamic Establishments (in) Rome/Persia? No! We challenge anyone to present to us evidence from the Qur’an or Sunnah to justify this approach to these pronounced foes of Allah. There is no evidence! Muslims have put themselves into these position because they do not want to think independently- before you act independently you have to think independently. They want something to support themselves with so they find an easy way out of it by saying “these Yahud/Nasara are Ahl Al Kitab/People of the Scripture and there’s nothing wrong in having these types of relationships with People of Scripture.” Well- if these “People of Scripture” respect/honor their own scripture we may have had a range of discussion; but what People of Scripture? What do they honor of scripture? Does scripture tell them to go around the world and drop lethal weapons on innocent people around the world? This is what they’ve done. They go around the world with their trans-national Corporations… You see, people who have money are permitted to be trans-national and we’re supposed to stew in our nationalism and racism. They are trans-racial/trans-national/trans-ethnic/trans-historical/trans-geography but we no! We’re not permitted to think outside our neighborhood neither are we permitted to think inside of our Masjids. Here they are going around the world as if it was three blocks. The whole globe to them has shrunk into a few blocks and our whole world has become just the neighborhood that we are living in; we can’t think beyond that. When you come to these Muslims who “peddle good intentions” and ask them “but why are you doing this? Why are you busy building bridges with those who have Muslim blood on their hands?” This is not a figurative form of speech, (it’s) literally so. They tell you “well/you see- we have to be practical. We have to acknowledge the fact that we are not a superpower and there’s a superpower in this world that we have to interact with in a civilized manner.” This is the civilized manner in which they are interacting with superpowers. (If) you look behind their statement the Saudi Arabian Government had $450 billion invested just a few years ago. It went down to $420 billion. They lost $30 billion of their investments in kafir banks/financial institutions. No one felt it. When you go to the Masjid do you feel what is happening in the Muslim world? You don’t feel it! Even when we bring it to your attention from Jum’ah to Jum’ah you barely feel it because the influence/propaganda/brain washing/ selection of information that is presented to the public will have you think the way they want you to think. So we have no recourse except to what Allah is telling us. Then we have statements coming from those who are supposed to be enlightened Muslims praising the butcher of Muslims for rescuing refugees in Kosova. Are we supposed to be blind to everything that the United States Government is doing to the Muslims and the oppressed peoples in the world and look at one instance/development?! When a Government (that) is dropping bombs on Iraq/placing sanctions on several other areas in the Muslim world and robbing the rest of the Muslim world of its resources does something that appears to be humanitarian, it should be suspect. You shouldn’t be free with words of praise on this one occasion and make belief that nothing else exists/is going on. Why do these lobbyists do such things? Even if there is a humanitarian effort- which is very questionable- by the United States in the Balkans what’s wrong with us? Do we need some other power to come to defend us? What are these Governments in Muslim countries doing outside of the war zone on the borders of Kosova? They are setting up soup kitchens to feed the hungry. This is a humiliation. We should defend our own. We should be the ones who are trying to think of an Islamic solution to this problem. Are we doing that? Where are the Muslim leaders/decision makers who are thinking about a final solution to this alliance of aggression against us? Yesterday it was and Bosnia, today it is Kosova and tomorrow it will be another area and the year after it will be in another area and then we go limping from one catastrophe/tragedy to the next. So you ask them- whether it’s a diplomat/politician/one of these sincere Muslims that have placed themselves in a position to lobby the Kuffaar/Mushrikin/Munafiqin: “why?” They say to you what the Qur’an says to you. If you’re listening to Allah you need not ask them
يَقُولُونَ نَخْشَىٰ أَن تُصِيبَنَا دَائِرَةٌ
… they say: but we are afraid that the circumstances may turn against us… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 52)
As if Allah doesn’t exist. Who’s the Sovereign/the Sustainer of life/existence and the circumstances and conditions within that life and existence?
فَعَسَى اللَّهُ أَن يَأْتِيَ بِالْفَتْحِ أَوْ أَمْرٍ مِّنْ عِندِهِ
… it is only hope in such circumstances that victory or a breakthrough in these circumstances will come from Allah… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 52)
Not from Washington/United States/Europe. They have their own interests. They have abandoned God many, many years/generations ago. We haven’t. We’re the only link and hope that is left and we shouldn’t demean our selves as these spokespersons are by giving any type of creditability to those who have proven their satanic pulses. This is why much hope for Islam here in the United States is concentrated on those who understand the United States and what it stands for.
There are African Americans/minority Americans (as they are called) who understand the United States more than those Muslims who read the Qur’an and are supposed to know better. Non- Muslims here understand the ways/methods/means/manners of Ash Shaytaan better than the Muslims who were given information about this Shaytaan in their Holy Book. This is what we see/have. Then these people who come from across the ocean- because they know the language of the Qur’an- try to present themselves to Muslims and potential Muslims here in the United States as if they know the Qur’an because they know the language of the Qur’an. If you know the language of the Qur’an it doesn’t mean that you know the Qur’an. If you know the language of Shakespeare that doesn’t mean that you know who Shakespeare was! If you know the English language it doesn’t mean that you know who Milton was? Or that you automatically understand the Bible if you know the language of the Bible. So if anyone who knows the language of the Qur’an that doesn’t mean that he automatically understands the message of the Qur’an. These people who know that language have a lot to learn from the Qur’an itself and from the expressions/facts/descriptions of the Qur’an in the real world around.
Then, what happens after that?
فَيُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا أَسَرُّوا فِي أَنفُسِهِمْ نَادِمِينَ
… they regret what they have done… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 52)
In the five/ten/fifteen years to come down the road these people today who are lobbying/having discussions with this Shaytaan are going to regret it. We can’t wait for them to see their mistake and regret it. There’s no room for that. We have to go on/proceed/work Allah’s will. Had the Prophet given us the rational to do what these types are doing we would surrender to that fact but that rational is not there. The Prophet did not choose this course. Now, there is a clash of ideas and the Prophet endured that clash of ideas for thirteen years in Makkah until they came to him and said why don’t you join us for a year and then we will join you for a year? Imagine if the higher officials of the United States Government were to come to the self-styled representatives of Islam in the United States and tell them “look, you join us/do what we do/accept who we are for a year and we’ll adopt your Islam for a year.” These will not believe their ears! They couldn’t imagine the highest officers in the land coming to them and saying “we will share the management of this society/country one year according to our laws and regulations and another year according to Islamic laws and regulations.” The Prophet did not say let’s discuss/think more about it/see if we can work this out. He was instructed by Allah to say to them
لَكُمْ دِينُكُمْ وَلِيَ دِينِ
You have your Deen and I have my Deen. (Surah Al Kafirun verse 6)
It’s impossible to infuse Al Haqq with Al Baatil. There’s no knit/coexistence/working relationship between the two. Now we’ve been enduring for the past,(at least), fifteen years this effort of trying to go to the United States and talk some sense into them. (It’s become) full time jobs of Muslims to go to the State Department today. They’re telling us “the National Security Council, State Department, and Administration were telling them that “they are thinking of employing more Arabs and Muslims.” Imagine if we have a handful of Muslims in the State Department/National Security and other places and the Government still continues to do what it is doing to the Muslims around the world?! That’s going to be complicating the problem for some of our brothers and sisters who have missed the message of Allah and the Prophet altogether. “Oh we have Muslims there!” It’s better for us not to have these complications but they know it will serve their purpose that’s why they are sincerely/seriously thinking about it. Some Muslims- unfortunately- are eager to see a few Muslims on Capitol Hill/Pennsylvania area or Foggy Bottom. When/if it happens they’ll think that Islam has made a breakthrough over here. No! Islam hasn’t made any breakthrough. That’s not where Islam and Muslims belong. There are people who are calling out for Islam and they are certainly not in these positions. They are in places where many Muslims don’t even want to go to. That’s where they need/ want Islam and that’s where Islam will work. The question is “who’s willing to communicate this Islam to those who are in need of it?” Granted- there maybe some desperate souls on these other levels but all our concentration/thoughts are placed on having Muslims at that level?! What’s wrong with us? Why can’t we think out our own Islamic program? Next year there’s going to be elections in this country and people- not Muslims just the average American citizen- is fed up with Democrats/Republican because they know now it’s the same. Whether it’s a Democrat/Republican in the White House running the affairs of this Government there’s no difference. Why can’t Muslims develop their own Islamic political program and have it compete on par with these other programs that have been robbing the people dry. The issue of racism is a real issue here. How do the Democrats/Republicans solve the issue of racism? They’ve been exchanging/playing musical chairs in the White House for hundreds of years and still the issue of racism hasn’t gone away. Now they have other complicating issues- drug addition/crime/pornography/sex/ homosexuality/HIV and a host of other issues- what types of solutions do they have? Then, when next year comes around and everyone is exposed to some “theatrics or serious arguments on the surface” between the Republican/Democratic candidate, in the heat of the moment you would think that there is some type of competition in the race for the White House; (but) when the dust settles everyone realizes they’re back to square one. They proceed with their killer policies overseas they retrench their polarizing and exclusivist policies at home. Nothing is being done, (and) where are the Muslims in all of this?! Lobbying! Telling us “become a Democratic/Republican Muslim.” Has anyone ever heard of a Mushrik/Kafir Muslim? Is anybody listening to what Allah is saying? Allah says
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا عَدُوِّي وَعَدُوَّكُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ تُلْقُونَ إِلَيْهِم بِالْمَوَدَّةِ وَقَدْ كَفَرُوا بِمَا جَاءَكُم مِّنَ الْحَقِّ
Oh you who are committed to Allah: don’t adopt My enemy and your enemy as an ally when they are opposed to what Allah has given you of the truth and the fact… (Surah Al Mumtahanah verse 1)
They are opposed to it not very much by what they say. They are clever not to take on the issue of Islam verbally and publicly. They take on the issue of Islam behind the scenes and far away. They’ve gained enough experience with that to have fooled many Muslims but they can’t fool those who stay the course and understand Allah and His Prophet.
Brothers and sisters, committed Muslims…
As we have stated from this position in previous Jum’ahs concerning the Islamic Center that they have barred/banned us from entering- they said, (during the course of the intermediary discussions with them), “they are willing to find a place besides this Center for us to pray in or have our Islamic activities in.” Then upon pursuing their offer they tell us “no! But we are only willing to rent for a few hours a week for you on Fridays to conduct your Friday prayers and services acts.” These are the types of people who don’t speak from heart-to-heart. They speak because of their interests. We don’t know- Allah knows better- the type of conditions and factors that are at work that led them to make an offer of that nature but it is becoming clear that somehow time has become an issue to them. This is one thing a committed Muslim doesn’t feel that he is running out of - that’s time. If you are committed to Allah every day that passes you are approaching your destiny/goal not getting further away from it; you are approaching and becoming closer to it. This is how we see where we are but that’s not how they see where they are. The more time we invest the more satisfied we are. The more time that lapses the more dissatisfied they are. We repeat: if Allah means for us to spend the rest of our vital/healthy life, as long as we have the energy the physical/mental/spiritual determination and power to express ourselves at this time on Fridays- whatever the circumstances, we have committed to Allah and we don’t take this commitment lightly.
لَا تَخُونُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ وَتَخُونُوا أَمَانَاتِكُمْ
… don’t betray your trusts… (Surah Al Anfal verse 27)
Our trust with Allah will not be betrayed. This is not a market/bazaar. We are not here to negotiate away principles. Wherever we are, we are not there at the expense of our principles. We know that and whether they know it or not is irrelevant as long as we are sincere to Allah in this regard.