Are the Masajid really MasajidAllah Part 3

Developing Just Leadership

Muhammad H. al-'Asi

Rabi' al-Awwal 29, 1432 2011-03-04

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,

Allah says

وَأَنَّ الْمَسَاجِدَ لِلَّهِ فَلَا تَدْعُوا مَعَ اللَّهِ أَحَدًا

And know that Masajid belong to Allah so do not invoke/plea with/solicit anyone besides Allah. (Surah Al Jinn verse 18)

This ayah, (which is a well known ayah but lacks our human thinking about it), tells us as far as worldly powers or people who have influence and control in whatever sphere of life are concerned Masajid are off limits to them; meaning they cannot control or possess these Masajid. This is one of the meanings of the ayah. As far as the regular Muslim is concerned, his mind and locus of emotions should be free from the impression and idea that Allah’s Masajid are run by a certain Government and interest group. This is what the ayah is telling you, me and every other Muslim.

وَأَنَّ الْمَسَاجِدَ لِلَّهِ

The Masajid are the possession of Allah… (Surah Al Jinn verse 18)

But when we look around at the real world do we see this ayah as a practical ayah- are the meanings of this ayah applicable to the Masajid that we have? You, I and every enlightened Muslim knows that these Masajid have become the personal property of those who have one of the combination of two things, i.e. simply wealth and power. What else is there that gives different individuals and administrations of these Masajid the position that they are in to say to certain people “you are welcome, not wanted or even you are barred from this Masjid” in contradiction of the meaning to this ayah?

In the history that we share we know that in the time of Allah’s Prophet there were those who said they were Muslims. And what did they want to do? They wanted to build a Masjid. Now in principle and at first glance there’s nothing wrong in building a Masjid but what if the intention of building a Masjid is to promote counter Islamic ideas, policies and strategies? This was not permitted in the time of Allah’s Prophet. The ayah says

وَالَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مَسْجِدًا ضِرَارًا وَكُفْرًا وَتَفْرِيقًا بَيْنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

And those who have designated a Masjid for the purposes of harm, kufr and separating or dividing committed Muslims from each other… (Surah At Tawbah verse 107)

If Masjids are in the wrong hands and don’t belong to Allah they can be used as instruments for these three objectives- damaging the Muslims, having the Muslims deny Allah and dividing the committed Muslims. When news of this arrived to Allah’s Prophet he said destroy that Masjid. Allah’s Prophet gives the order to destroy a Masjid! In our world today we don’t have individuals who have the stature of Allah’s Prophet to give orders to all of the Muslims everywhere to deconstruct and bring down all of these Masajid that are meant to harm and damage and divide the Muslim and then to deny Allah’s power and authoritative presence in our lives?! We simply don’t have that! But we know these types of Masajid should not exist- that is the least we should learn from what Allah is telling us.

Then Allah says in another ayah

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا نُودِيَ لِلصَّلَاةِ مِن يَوْمِ الْجُمُعَةِ فَاسْعَوْا إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ

Oh you who are firmly committed to Allah if the public announcement goes forth on Friday meaning for Jum’ah prayers then you make an effort to attend that Jum’ah prayer which in this instance is referred to dhikrillah… (Surah Al Jum’ah verse 9)

Who tells Muslims who want to come to Jum’ah prayers on Fridays “you cannot come into the Masjid?” (Something) which has been going on now twenty-eight years and tomorrow will be the first day of the twenty-ninth year of these people who have corrupted Allah’s book and the meaning of the ayaat in His book.

وَأَنَّ الْمَسَاجِدَ لِلَّهِ فَلَا تَدْعُوا مَعَ اللَّهِ أَحَدًا

And know that Masajid belong to Allah so do not invoke or plea with or solicit anyone besides Allah. (Surah Al Jinn verse 18)

These same people say the same ayaat you just listened to. This is an ayah that they read. It’s not an ayah that is absent. Or it’s not an ayah that is impossible to understand. It is clear or from the bayyinaat from the ayaat in Allah’s book.

وَالَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مَسْجِدًا ضِرَارًا وَكُفْرًا وَتَفْرِيقًا بَيْنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

And those who have designated a Masjid for the purposes of harm, kufr and separating or dividing committed Muslims from each other… (Surah At Tawbah verse 107)

This is another ayah that these Muslims read- whether it’s in this type of Masjid or in its counterparts all around. They know these ayaat quite well as far as reading them and having a beautiful voice in reciting them and memorising them and having their children memorise them; but that’s one thing. How do they act and conduct themselves when it comes to the real life issues that we have? They say “oh you Muslim- you cannot come into the Masjid!” Where do they get that from? This is not only confined to an issue of a Masjid and a person going into and coming out of a Masjid, it extends itself to what is supposed to be the solidarity and camaraderie of the Muslims. Don’t they read the ayaat that say

إِنَّمَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌ

But indeed committed Muslims are brethren of each other… (Surah Al Hujurat verse 10)

Where’s this brotherhood when they tell other Muslims “oh you cannot come into the Masjid?” They’ve been doing this for, (beginning tomorrow), twenty-nine years. What has been the reaction to this? Many Muslims have ran away from this scene. They can’t live with reality! This is reality brothers and sisters. This is no joke! There are real people inside there who tell other Muslims “you cannot come into the Masjid!” OK- how do our supposedly brothers who are inside this Masjid and Islamic Centre and those Muslims who are in this general area- the larger metropolitan Washington DC area- justify for yourself either your silence “oh they don’t want to speak about it” or your indifference “you hear about what is going on but you don’t want to get involved” or worst than all of that, the fewer or remaining ones who want this type of damage to the Muslims to continue?! In all of these years many Muslims have come and said “why are you praying in the street?” Don’t ask us- go ask these people inside this Masjid “why do they bar and ban Muslims from entering the Masjid? Why to they violate and butcher the brotherhood of Muslims?” Why do they do that? We’ve been living this crisis, (if we can call it that), for twenty-eight solid years. You may have noticed and realised, especially those of you who have been with us during this duration of time, that these types who run these types of Masjids, (remember we’re speaking about twenty eight full years), have never once taken a step in our direction here so that we can see them face-to-face and eye-to-eye! What is it? A Muslim is afraid to look at, see and meet his brother Muslim? Or do they have some type of idea in their head that says “we are not Muslims?” We don’t know because the issue of kufr and takfeer is rampant in the Kingdom that has possessed this Masjid and taken it away from Allah. We don’t know what’s in their minds and hearts. They could very easily dismiss us as kafirs and say “oh those people who are praying in the street are kafirs.” We never heard them say that, but could it be an answer to the attitude that they have and have sustained for all of these years? The Prophet of Allah says the Earth has been made for me a Masjid and a clean place to offer the salaah so any Muslim person from my Ummah who approaches the time of salaah can easily perform his salaah on the ground or surface of the Earth. It’s not that a salaah is only acceptable if it is performed in a place that has four walls and a ceiling. The issue is not the structure and architecture of a building; the issue is what dwells in the hearts of man and people. How have they lived with this for all of these years? We don’t know but we remain faithful and on principle. This is a Masjid and we are Muslims and what type of powers do we have here that have stone walled us from entering the Masjid? What is it? Is it the force of arms? Obviously we don’t see no tanks and no weapons around this place. Is it the passive attitude of the crowd of Muslims that we have? Brothers and sisters who are hearing us here and beyond here- we have now a movement of peoples. It wasn’t this way at the beginning- thirty years ago. People praying in the street?! But now it has become a common feature in many places. In Moscow, Cairo, New York and in many other places you have Muslims praying in the streets. These are images that were alien to humanity and strange to the eye just twenty-eight and twenty-nine years ago but now they’ve become a common observance here and there and in many other places. At a time like this, what do you say about the timid attitude of the Muslims who make believe none of this is happening? They are happy to be in a building somewhere going through their ruku’and sujud mindless that there are other Muslims in other places who cannot enter the Masjid. This barricading the Masjid from other Muslims has become policies in different other countries, especially in the Muslim world. We’ve made reference to this before. Tunisia which is in the process of ridding itself from the damage that has been done to the Masajid by giving people magnetic cards to be able to enter the Masjid. This was their policy a year or two ago. Where are the people who initiated that policy now? We ask where will the people who were running this Islamic Centre and their bosses and accomplices be in the near future? We refer this whole issue to Allah and we ask Allah to guide those who are sincere and want guidance and to deal with those who are defiant of Allah’s will and those who submit to His will.

Brothers and sisters, committed Muslims…

In the past twenty-eight years, (and we say this as subjects of Allah not as human beings who harbour any ego), we have been here in the street not of our own choosing obviously. We didn’t choose to be here on Fridays expressing our consciousness of Allah physically and mentally. In the interim, during these years many things have happened. So many things have happened that we cannot condense them in a few minutes in a short khutbah. It bears of merit to remind of a few of these things. At the beginning of this Saudi sponsored violation of the Qur’an and the Sunnah there was a person who had us meet with these Saudi officials who were here at the Embassy here in Washington DC. We met with them right here in one of the suburbs in Washington DC, in Virginia. The Saudi Embassy at the time wanted to buy the person who is speaking to you but this issue is not an economic issue. It is not an issue of finances and materialism. This is an issue of principle. The response to these people was (that) there were fifty-one other Muslims who were taken to court. This was in the aftermath of the court process that went on for four months. These were bogus charges and fabricated trials against innocent Muslims who were in the Masjid saying the takbiraat on Eid day. OK - there were fifty-one other people besides this person who were harmed and who remain to be harmed by what the Saudi Government did through the channels of the American Government- both of them are in this together. We are not dumb and naïve. We can see what is being done to us. So if you want to offer your wealth to the Muslims there are fifty-one individuals that you offer it to, not one or two but fifty-one of them. Let’s see what you have to say. Of course they turned all that down- they’re not here to think about fifty-one individuals even though they thought about putting fifty-one individuals in jail on Eid Al Fitr but they don’t want to think about how to undo the crime that their own hands were soaked in. We said “farewell to you.” They went their way and we are still here. We don’t know where they are in this world today but we are still here on principle for Allah. That was Saudi Arabia.

We also had, in the aftermath of this Saudi control of the Masjid the Libyans, (meaning the Libyan Government not the people of course), come to town and they also wanted to make offers (i.e.) “Oh you people of course you don’t have the resources and the wherewithal to discharge your administrative responsibilities at this Islamic Centre and we are willing to help.” OK- you’re willing to help?! Why don’t you help?! Oh no! Their help comes with conditions and strings attached. We said “no. This is an issue that belongs to the Muslims. It belongs to you as much as it belongs to us and to every other Muslim but what? (Do) you want to recruit some agents for you here? To pay them for stepping outside the Qur’an and the Sunnah? What are you up to? Besides you yourselves have questions that you have to answer?!” They were also as flat headed as their Saudi counter parts. They didn’t want to answer any questions and they also went their own way. Now we see what is happening to these people who are rulers in Libya. What is happening in Libya is not far away from what is going to happen in Saudi Arabia. The time is coming. We don’t know when but the time is approaching when they will all face the justice that awaits them in this world and in the approaching world.

We had other developments. As we said we have no time here to go into the details of what had occurred here through all of these years. The bottom line is (that) some people are disturbed how come we have some Muslims who cannot only express Islam with their voices but can also demonstrate Islam with their character! This is what upsets them. (They say) “Go away- we don’t want to see you!” Are they annoyed?! We are here under the elements. We are here during the freezing temperatures of winter and the scalding temperatures of the summer and why are they so bothered by that if somehow there is not a crime that they sense in what they are doing- whether they have the Saudi or the Libyan version of things or anything in between?! We have no apologies for all of these years and we don’t feel that we have done anything wrong. We had mentioned to you just several months ago (that) the Saudis in their satellite TV speak about “an elected Imam of the Islamic Centre who is out here in the streets.” What’s this contradiction in their mind? What type of game are they playing?

During these years, (something that may not have been mentioned before), at least one Rabbi from this Washington DC area used to come and listen to these khutbahs. This was in those years after the Islamic Centre was taken over. In a disguised way he used to come. Just like you are listening to these khutbahs he was listening to these khutbahs and he goes and tells his congregation “this is a position that he admires.” A Rabbi expresses to members and individuals who are related to his congregation about what is happening here in Massachusetts Avenue in what is supposed to be an Islamic religious sermon and activity. There are many other instances that have developed throughout all of these years. What do you do brothers and sisters? As we said before “you have a choice. Just go. Don’t come here on Fridays and there will be no Jum’ah here on the street.” An Imam or person cannot conduct a Friday salaah religious service by himself. If you all go away there’s no longer a Jum’ah prayer out here in the streets. It is your presence throughout all of these years and circumstances when it was very difficult to be here that this effort continues and don’t underestimate what you are doing. Don’t belittle yourself because in the eye of these tawagheet we may seem like trouble makers or we may appear like we are noise at a distance but in the Eyes of Allah this is a significant feat and an admirable accomplishment that you should consider and continue to consider as a token of effort for which you will be rewarded handsomely on the Day in which nothing will be of any benefit to anyone accept he who approaches Allah with a sound heart with a clean conscience with an open mind.

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