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 are approaching the days of the Hajj and before we concentrate on issues pertinent to the activities and the meanings of the Hajj, we shall seize this jum’ah to try to pursue the meanings of the previous jum’ahs in which the loud speakers and the loud mouths are trying to have us feel as well as have us think that something is wrong with us- i.e. we are imbalanced, we are easily provoked, we are irrational and blood-thirsty. This is in short the summary of what has been said and pronounced in public and in the media in these weeks, not to speak about these years. We tried in previous khutbahs to explain by facts and by events who is truly irrational, who is in fact imbalanced, who is in history blood thirsty and as a completion to that effort we shall present this khutbah and say the following…
Allah has spoken the truth about Ahl Al Kitab. Remember brothers and sisters, the words Ahl Al Kitab combines the words Al Yahud and An Nasara and in many instances in the ayaat in the Qur’an that speak to Ahl Al Kitab or about Ahl Al Kitab in many of these ayaat the difficulty that is in some Muslim’s minds should have been eliminated because some of us confuse them with each other. We can’t learn a simple lesson (that) when it comes to Islamic self-determination, they are exactly how Allah’s words describe them. As far as we are concerned, they are Ahl Al Kitab. They have their agreements and their dis-agreements; at times they work together and at times they work against each other. In this respect Allah tells us pertaining to these people in one ayah in a couple of words in Surah Aal Imran
They are not the same… (Surah Aal Imran verse 113)
If we could only listen closely to what Allah is saying.
They are not the same… (Surah Aal Imran verse 113)
You can’t lump them together. When we fail to think, (like many of us today fail to think), we think or have an impression that “oh- they are all the same.” They may be all the same when it comes to certain segments of history (or) when it comes to our self-determination but among themselves they are not the same. Where do we place this enlightening information in the context of history? An Nasraniyah, which roughly translates as Christianity, in a sense was a reaction to the heritage and the culture of Yahud. Remember, both of these- Yahudiyah and Nasraniyah- put together are Ahl Al Kitab. In this joint effort between them and among them Christianity was meant to be a redress to the excesses and to the extremism of Yahud. Thus this Nasraniyah had an obvious core of peaceful, friendly and a significant “sufi” content to it. It was other worldly. It was not concerned primarily and in substance with the day-to-day affairs of society, or organisation, with the necessity of law and these types of things. There can be no doubt that if an objective person was to approach the essence and the foundations of An Nasraniyah, he would find that there is no element of hostility or war in it. There isn’t! But that is one issue and that doesn’t mean that you can’t find an explanation or a rationalisation or a justification for war and warfare in Christianity and that means that you can’t find those who say “they are Christians” who are warriors, who shed blood, who justify antagonism and who explain themselves with aggression and impulse to kill with at least surface logic. This is a complex issue and what makes it more complicated is that Muslims are lazy minded. They care not to think through the meanings of the ayaat and the events of life and the true developments around us. We quote from, (what is considered to be scripture among current day Christians), the sermon of the mount, Mathew five, thirty-eight through to forty five. Listen to what Christians believe Jesus (alayhi as salaam) to have said to those who were listening. After you listen to this quote you will understand that Christianity was not meant as a war dogma, as a war strategy as current Evangelical, Zionist, neo-con and right-wing Christians present it to be. This is their translation. Obviously the original words of Isa are not present or are not available to us so we quote their own words. Isa is saying to those who were present there, you have learned that they, (meaning the Yahud of previous generations and of previous experience), were told an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth but what I tell you is this: do not set yourself against the man who wrongs you. If someone slaps you on the right cheek turn and offer him the left or your left. If a man wants to sue you for your shirt let him have your coat as well.” Now remember brothers and sisters- think of what Jesus is saying and think of what current day imagery Christians are doing. “If a man in authority wants to go one mile, go with him two miles. You have learnt that they were told, (they once again were these Yahud who took issue with him), love your neighbour hate your enemy but what I tell you is this: love your enemies and pray for your persecutors. Only so can you be children of your heavenly father.” This in a nutshell is the essence and the spirit of An Nasraniyah, of what they call Christianity; but then just like the history of Al Yahudiyah what developed was a Yahudi heritage and culture that had nothing to do with Musa (alayhi as salaam) and the Torah what happened with An Nasraniyah/Christianity is also a development of a heritage and a culture which has nothing to do with Jesus and has nothing to do with the Gospel- nothing! We want you to listen closely, please brothers and sisters- Christians who lived in the East did not socially behave like those Christians who lived in the West. To be a little more precise, Christians who lived in countries that became Muslim are not identical as Christians who lived in Europe. Christians who lived in Muslim countries never showed or expressed a war initiative against Muslims. The only probable exception to this geographical statement is the harshness that was expressed by Christians in Egypt prior to Egypt becoming Islamic towards those who were “pagans or idolaters” in Egypt but not towards Muslims. The type of atmosphere that comes out of occupied Masajid does not want to nurture a thinking mind for you and I to begin to evaluate this whole phenomenon called Judeo-Christianity. The Qur’an and Allah are helping us out.
They are not the same… (Surah Aal Imran verse 113)
But we haven’t worked out the detail of who are they? Christians living in the East remained faithful to their belief “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” That wasn’t the case in European or Western or Occidental Christianity. When Christianity entered Europe it was Europeanised. Europe was not Christianised it was Christianity that was Europeanised! Can we understand this? Some of the Christians who lived among the Muslims especially in Egypt felt relieved when the Muslims came and were in-charge because these Christians were persecuted by European Christians. The European Christians did not want to conceive the one nature of Christ. The monotheist sects of Christianity that were thriving in Muslim lands and territories were persecuted and tormented by what is called European Christianity. If we cared to read and understand history, some of these Christian scholars, theologians, clergymen and writers complained very bitterly of how, (what they called), this evil empire and Emperors, in reference to Constantinople, were treating them. Then came that European attack against the Muslims beginning around the year one-thousand-and-ninety six. It is referred to in history as the Crusades. The Pope Urban the second mobilised all of Europe against the Muslims and the consequence of that was a war that continued for around two-hundred years. If we had a thinking public mind not subject to the terminology and vocabulary of the West, Europeans and Americans, we can call that the First World War. Remember our terminology is borrowed from them because we can’t think for ourselves?! When someone says the First World War your memory goes back to 1914 through 1918- that was the First World War. Who said that? Where did that come from? If we look at history objectively and faithfully we could say that this European war against the Muslims beginning in the eleventh century, (their century) was the First World War. We didn’t initiate a world war. Whichever definition you go by, they are guilty of world wars! It begins with them. We find that Europe, even dating back to the years of Alexandra The Great, (about three-hundred and some odd years before Isa all the way up until the liberation of Makkah), and the spread of that movement in surrounding countries and geographies that period about a thousand years pre-Christianity and post-Christianity was a history of wars and aggression and occupation. Christianity didn’t change much. It didn’t have an affect on what was happening. So here we had the highest religious figure in Europe telling people who were thieves and criminals in prisons and jails “get out. You’re free now to go and kill those barbarians.” These are his words. He used the word barbarians in reference to the Muslims. “Go and heaven becomes yours” and he gave the keys of paradise (or) of heaven to them. What did they do when they came to Palestine? They began to behave in genocidal terms. In this case who was killed by these who were coming with a religious argument from Europe? Who were they killing? They were killing Muslims, they were killing Jews and they were killing culturally Muslim Christians, meaning Christians who were by culture Muslims. Even Christianity was not a barrier for Christian killing Christian. They don’t understand this. You’re not going to understand this history and this effort if you go to these types of Masajid or Churches that are around or even Synagogues because you are programmed to serve the master and when the master manipulates your thinking process you’re like sheep entering a slaughter house. That’s what many populations of the world are today. The military commanders and decision makers in this first occupation of the Holy Land by a Europeanised or a racialised Christianity made the decision that “they shall kill every Muslim in Jerusalem.” They laid waste to the city of Jerusalem and the Muslims thought that if they go to a Masjid they are secure (and that) no one is going to touch them if they are in the Masjid. They ran to the Masjid of Umar ibn Al Khattab and these armed warriors from Europe pursued them into the Masjid and slaughtered the Muslims inside the Masjid to the effect that some historians- European, Western, non Muslim historians say “the blood was streaming at knee depth (or) up to the knees” and after this orgy of blood letting- remember, we are the terrorists?! These people today who are saying “ Muslims are the terrorists,” look at them. (Take a) look at their history. Blood is flowing in the Mosques of Jerusalem, Al Quds, in the alleys and the streets of Al Quds. They go from one massacre to the other. They go to the Church of Holy Sepulca or the Basilica of the Holy Sepulca or the Church of resurrection. It has different names and they are high on killing Muslims. Some of them are laughing and they place their blood stained hands on the walls of the Church. We want you to understand these details and compare them to what Jesus said to them. He said “but what I tell you is this: do not set yourself against the man who wrongs you. If someone slaps you on the right cheek turn and offer him your left.” Are these Christians? We here are judging them or evaluating them or seeing them through their own Holy text. Are they Christians? Then they write back to the Pope and they say to him “we wish you were with us to see what we have don’t to the havens”, that’s in reference to the Muslims. You’ve been through elementary school, you’ve been through high school and some of you’ve been through college- where are these history lessons that you’ve read about? If you haven’t read about them, then something is wrong with these educational systems that were not put together by Islamic minds and Islamic hearts. If we don’t have Islamic minds and Islamic hearts to put together Islamic systems that will give us this necessary information it is because the Saudi run Masajid and institutions and schools and colleges around the world are meant to do that!
Because this information is not easy to come by, we shall repeat what we said previously i.e. just small pointers in this European history. Sharleman by force imposed Christianity on the Saxons. King Knut in Denmark eradicated by force all non-Christian religions. When Vladimir, the ruler of Russia, back in the tenth and eleventh century himself embraced Christianity in the year nine-eighty-eight in their calendar, he forced everyone else who is Russian to become a Christian. Daniel Patrovich in Macedonia slaughtered the non-Christians on Christmas eve. The ruler of Hungary in the year 1360-1378 said to his countrymen “you either become Christians or you leave the country.” In Spain, before the Islamic presence in Spain, it was made official in Toledo in Spain that “whoever doesn’t belong to Catholicism doesn’t belong to this country. There’s only one sect or division or denomination that is acceptable otherwise leave, go.” This is their history. The same people today that want you and me to believe that we are terrorists (and) that we force people to do things are placing their own ugly character on us.
Then we had during the sixteen century as well as the early seventeenth century eleven wars in Europe. We can give you the dates and the years of these wars but we will skip that for benefit of time. These wars were between Protestants and Catholics (and) the result of these wars was that forty per cent of the population of Central Europe was eradicated. They died. Eleven wars and forty per cent of the population which according to some historians amounted to ten million Christians who were killed by Christians. You ask yourselves- if they do this to themselves what are they going to do to others? If they have a history like this among themselves they can easily look at Muslims and say “oh- these are dispensable just like fleas or like flies. Kill them off.” This is not to speak about the wars between Western Christianity and Eastern Christianity or the Western Church and the Eastern Church. A war erupted between the Western Church and the Eastern Church in the beginning of their thirteenth century and continued for two bloody and gory years among them and at the end of the day they want to tell us “we are the terrorists.” The reason that these khutbahs, with Allah’s help, are presented is because Allah tells us
They are not the same… (Surah Aal Imran verse 113)
Can we learn? If we can’t learn from Allah’s words can we learn from history please? There are another couple of ayaat in Surah Al Maa’idah in which Allah says
(In) another ayah (its words are) the same (as the previous) ayah except the change of one word. He says in the first ayah
فَأَغْرَيْنَا بَيْنَهُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاءَ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ
We have stirred among them hatred and hostilities until the Day of Resurrection… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 14)
(In) the second ayah
وَأَلْقَيْنَا بَيْنَهُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاءَ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ
… and We have placed and burdened within them hatred and hostilities until the Day of Resurrection… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 64)
(Take a) look at this history. Isn’t the meanings of these ayaat presented to us in the history that we have? Does anyone out there read history and understand what’s happening, especially in the history that we have when we have the Almighty, the Haqq helping you out in reading these events. If you can’t read history where do you live today? You can’t see (that) just eleven years ago, 11 September and its affects, Bush the boy (or) Bush the son (or) Bush Junior, (call him whatever you want), said “this is a Crusade.” Then the media wanted to cover that up and say “that was a slip of the tongue” and all of that stuff. The Vatican, the same Church that we were speaking about almost a thousand years ago, came out- at least some one is learning from history- and they took issue with the hostile intentions and the warmongering of the government in Washington DC at that time in preparation for a war in Iraq. Jimmy Carter, (all of these belong to the same context), said “he has done some reading and some studying of world history, religions and world events and he knows a just war.” There’s something in the Church that is called a just war but he said “the war that is intended in Iraq does not meet the criteria of a just war. It is not a just war.” The Vatican that broadcasts in thirty-nine languages took issue with American foreign policy and the warmongering in the Muslim part of the world. Its manager came on the air and another bishop and others said “this is going to undermine the dialogue between Christianity and Islam.” This is happening in our watch. This is not history. You’re alive, you are here, you are thinking- you should know this. John Ashcroft who used to be the Head of the justice department here during that first term of Bush said, (we’re paraphrasing this obviously), “look at the difference between Christianity and Islam. In Christianity God gives His son to redeem humanity, in Islam it is required of Muslims to give their sons for the sake of God.” Where are we? What world are we living in? Why are we where we are now and here? It is because these types of Masajid don’t want you to open your mind and understand what Allah is telling you. If you can’t remember anything else just remember Allah’s words in Surah Aal Imran
They are not the same… (Surah Aal Imran verse 113)
Allah is talking about Ahl Al Kitab, people who belong to scripture or claim they belong to scripture or think that they belong to scripture- that’s one sentence in an ayah in Surah Aal Imran. The other two ayaat are in Surah Al Maa’idah.
Dear committed Muslims- brothers and sisters…
It is not coincidental that in today’s world there is a thought out scheme to stir the pot of animosity and bad feelings among the Muslims themselves- that’s at one level. They want Sunnis and Shi’is to hate each other. Try and use your God-given mind to detect where this is coming from. Then on another level there is a plan and a strategy to stir animosity and enmity between Muslims on one side and Christians on the other side. The concentration of Christians in the critical geographical area of Muslims is in Egypt and the concentration of intra-Islamics, (let’s call it that), i.e. Muslims who have different denominations is in Syria. If you are reading the events with the guide of Allah and with the precedent of His Prophet and if you are looking at these events you can easily pin-point where the problem is coming from. There’s a convergence of Zionist Christians, Evangelicals, Right wing types, fundamentalists, (they have many names), and what they have in common is that they want to put an end to our Islamic self determination and self governance. One of the major areas in which this is concentrated, (and you’ll hear more about them in the coming months and years) are called Salafis. (We didn’t give them that name, they use it for their own selves). There are Salafis who concentrate on Da’wah (and) there are Salafis who concentrate on Jihad and now we have new crop of Salafis who are trying to concentrate on politics- something that was alien to them before. Within this amalgamation of tendencies and trends there are sincere Muslims. They don’t know better but there are decision makers and there are leaders and there are connections and in this context they want to raise the level of friction within the Islamic context and between Muslims and others. We should have enough guidance, enlightenment and information from Allah and His Prophet to spare us the pit-falls ahead in the coming months and years.
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا
And hold firm to the rope of Allah, all of you and do not be divided… (Surah Aal Imran verse 103)