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,
The real world to which Allah and His Prophet addressed their meanings (is also) this real world of ours today. We happen to be at a conjecture of conjunction of time. There are upheavals, gunfire, explosions, attacks, aggression, and outbreaks of hostilities- this is the real world. We may be in a relatively secure geography or area but if we take a look at our numerical presence we find that it is located within a very volatile, shifting, explosive, unstable and threatening atmosphere. You can choose almost any territorial area in this geography- just as reference points, take Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq Syria Pakistan Al Bahrain Al Yemen, Somalia (and) parts of North Africa as some reference points to the ayaat and the ahadith that are to follow. In this conjunction of events in the time frame that we are in is also the approaching Hajj. In about or exactly in two weeks time the Muslims around the world are going to be celebrating Al Eid Al Adha, the Eid of sacrifice- just two weeks time. Now Muslims are beginning on their way from all directions of the world towards Makkah where they will probably spend their days and their devotion in the meaningless cyclical that we’ve been through in previous years and in previous generations where Al Hajj doesn’t energise the Muslims to do what has to be done. With these mental co-ordinates, (so to speak), we pick up the theme that we have been pursuing and i.e. that we, Muslims, are presented by Shayaateen Al Ins wa Al Jinn in the world to be the bad guys. They repeat this lie so much that shades of it (or) at least shrapnel of it have been launched into the minds and the brains of the public- that’s how they see Muslims. This lie has been systematically presented over and over and over until right now when someone says, in the public here just outside, the word terrorist, the first synonym that comes to mind is Muslim; likewise, they’ve done their job so well that you say the word Muslim and the first synonym that comes into mind is terrorist. We explained in previous khutbahs how they have turned the picture upside down. A Muslim who is by nature, by disposition, by his character and behaviour a peaceful person and on the other side these people, (whether they are in the form of officials or in the form of media individuals or whoever) who camouflage themselves with civility and modernity when in fact just like in today’s world when you say Muslim or terrorist (and) one word reminds you of the other when you say the word Christian or Jew in the public mind out there, that reminds you of civilisation and of technology and of progress and all of this positive imagery that they glue to themselves. All of this is nonsense! It is wrong, it is a lie! Let us explain something- this is something you will never hear from the loud mouths who are out there who don’t fear accusing the Muslims of criminal conduct. Let us say something that they will never say and something that, by the way, we ourselves have not developed a common mind therein- there are many ayaat in the Qur’an that set the record straight unlike their history and their current contemporary character. Unlike all of that, we don’t force people to become Muslims- far from it. You know the ayah- this is one of the ayaat they use to target (us). Of course, they take it out of context (and) they give it their own translation and because we are supposed to be domesticated by their Masaajid- these Masajid don’t even belong to us, so we are supposed to tow their mental line. They say “look at the Muslims. Read their Holy Book.” A partial ayah that says
وَاقْتُلُوهُمْ حَيْثُ ثَقِفْتُمُوهُمْ
… you kill them where you find them… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 191)
They say “look at this! This is what they believe.” (Take a) look at their book. These are their words.
Kill them… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 191)
Let’s explain what them is. The ayah here is in reference to Al Mushrikin and Al Kafireen who are at war against an Islamic society and an Islamic State. So the ayah says in case of or in the condition where there are two opposed armed or military forces. This is an ayah that pertains to active combat, it doesn’t pertain to you and me, the average Muslim, who is sitting in a society where there’s no clashes and conflicts. This is what they want you and the rest of the people to believe, “look at the Muslims. They are blood thirsty terrorists. They want to kill and their ayaat, their God and their Prophet tells them to do so.” This is the quote
وَاقْتُلُوهُمْ حَيْثُ ثَقِفْتُمُوهُمْ
You kill them where you find them… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 191)
And being that these Masajid are occupied territories- there’s a syndicate of Masajid in the world that don’t report to Allah, but they report to their Saudi god. So when there’s no Muslim to respond to this in an intelligent and a public way they get away with it and the impression lasts. It endures- Muslims are bloodthirsty and savages and criminals and terrorists. This is what happens when we can’t even speak for ourselves or, (before that), think for ourselves. Now let’s take a look at the sequences of ayaat. We don’t want to bore you because we know many of you can’t follow the original Arabic but we’ll quote the ayah and then we’ll distil its meaning in English with the translator’s license. For your reference information these are ayaat one-hundred-and-twenty-five to one-hundred-and-twenty-eight in Surah An Nahl, The Bee. What is this ayah saying? Is it saying go to war, kill, shed blood (and) all of these other nasty stuff that is out there pertaining to us the committed Muslims?! To the contrary, this ayah says when it comes to our behaviour, interaction and communication with the other- whether that other is a Jew, a Christian, a non- Muslim, whatever-
ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ
When we reach this subject of intercommunications with others in society we do so bi al hikma… (Surah Al Nahl verse 125)
Three channels describe the way we interact with others and these three channels debunk all the media propaganda that is out there trying to present us as some type of goof-balls or weirdoes or unbalanced individuals. When we encounter those who don’t have the Islam that we have,
ادْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِالْحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَادِلْهُم بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ َ
We communicate with them with wisdom and with sound counsel (or) sound advise and if we debate with them we do it in a courteous manner… (Surah Al Nahl verse 125)
How can this be that if these are our features and characteristics they come and say “we are terrorists and we want to use the sword to force people into Islam?!” Where did that come from? It came from evil minds, it came and it comes from people who are planning wars and who have hostilities in their bosom- that’s where it comes from. We know we can’t force anyone to become Muslim- that’s one of the ABC’s of our conviction and our commitment. There’s no compulsion, there’s no force. Can you or can anyone who falls into their line of thinking present us with just one example of where the Prophet of Allah forced anyone in Makkah or in Arabia or in anywhere else to become a Muslim? Does it exist? It doesn’t exist. Allah says about the Prophet (in) an ayah that is read every Eid in Surah Al Ghaashiyah,
Conscientise people or speak to their conscience… (Surah Al Ghaashiyah verse 21)
This is the type of person you are.
إِنَّمَا أَنتَ مُذَكِّرٌ
… you’re a person who stimulates their conscience. (Surah Al Ghaashiyah verse 21)
For those of you who think a little more than others, pay close attention to Allah’s choice of words when He speaks about dhikr, He’s not speaking about fikr. The conscience is different from the cerebrum. These are two different areas in our intelligent existence.
لَّسْتَ عَلَيْهِم بِمُصَيْطِرٍ
You are not someone who overpowers them (or) you’re not someone who has a hegemonic character vis a vis the other. (Surah Al Ghaashiyah verse 22)
If this is the character and this is the definition of Allah’s Prophet, how can anyone displace that? How can any Muslim anywhere at any time displace that with a character that is going to enforce Islam on someone else? It can’t be!
In another ayah in Surah Aal An’am, ayah 66. We’re paraphrasing this
قُل لَّسْتُ عَلَيْكُم بِوَكِيلٍ
… the Prophet is saying to them, I don’t have as far as you or the other Muslims (or) the other people around (or) the non- Muslims are concerned I don’t have your power of attorney, you’re going to have to represent your own selves in front of Allah. (Surah Al An’am verse 66)
Do you understand that?! If you understand that, how do you permit the informational of pollution that is out there saying “look at the Muslims, they are terrorists! They want to convert people by using the sword, and the gun and ammunition and arms and militant activities” and all of the rest of this terrorist broken record that we are accustomed to
In Surah Al Qasas in ayah fifty-six Allah is saying to His beloved Prophet, the most beloved of the Ambiya’ Al Mursaleen
إِنَّكَ لَا تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ
You don’t guide a person whom you would love to be guided... (Surah Al Qasas verse 56)
This is Allah’s Prophet (and) if in his heart he wishes a certain person is guided, it’s not up to him whether that person is guided or not.
وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ
… it is Allah who guides those who are willing to be guided… (Surah Al Qasas verse 56)
That’s the chemistry there, the will of a person to be guided interacting with the will of Allah. The best part that we can play is to be a catalyst in that will but we can’t have it happen and then they say “look, Muslims they want to force through threats and through intimidation and fear others to be Muslims.” Brothers and sisters- are we reading our own book and understanding who we are? Allah in the famous ayah in Surah Al Baqarah says
لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ
There is no compulsion when it comes to an issue pertinent to the deen, in its conviction and in its faith formulation… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 256)
No one in the world is allowed by Allah’s word to force a person to change their conviction. Because what happens? Even if we went along and said “yeah, Muslims force others to become Muslims.” We know that that will create a hypocrite because the person deep down inside of him is not convinced with this Islam. There’s no yaqeen (or) there’s no certainty in his or her heart. So if you force that particular person to become a Muslim he can put on a show (that) he’s a Muslim or she’s a Muslim on the outside but internally they’re not. So force doesn’t work even for those who think wrongfully, obviously, that force is an element here when it comes to conviction then what they are doing is generating more hypocrites rather than breeding more Muslims. There’s something peculiar about hypocrisy, about Al Munafiqin. If you use force on people and have them Muslims by force they become Munafiqin and then those who see the threat of Islamic force to avoid that they conceal their true identity by becoming Munafiqin so even the projection of Islamic force is a threat in human nature to a bona fide Islamic commitment. These areas are obviously not areas where the Muslim mind exercises its God-given ability about.
Another ayah also says
وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ قَوْلًا مِّمَّن دَعَا إِلَى اللَّهِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا
Who can be more worthy of a correct expression of himself or herself than he who calls towards Allah and does what is right? (Surah Al Fussilaat verse 33)
It’s important to understand that communicating with the other is not only verbal communication. Calling to Allah and doing what is right, both of these go together. If a Muslim is speaking to the other, the other will hear what is being said but that’s only one segment of communication; another segment of communication is the non-verbal communication that goes on and as far as the committed Muslim is concerned, the non-verbal communication is al amal as salih; something that these Masajid under occupation taken out of your definition of whom you are. Brothers and sisters- this is a very simple thing. When we render our salah we recite the Qur’an (and) we concentrate our minds on the meanings of what we are saying; we contemplate that, we say du’a in our salah, we praise and glorify Allah (and) we invoke His peace and blessing upon His Prophet and his. All of these combined are portions of our salah so why don’t you say that sitting down or why do you say that in the privacy of your own excluded section of your home? You could do that. These are meanings in as salah; but Allah and His Prophet taught us that as salah itself is something that you do. There is ruk’u and sujud, there is qiyaam and there is julus in your salah. As salah itself has become an amal. Come to the best of deeds as is recorded by some Fuqaha’ in the adhaan itself. So as salah is an amal. It’s taking it out of strictly academic or mental meanings and trying to project it as an act, non-verbal communication.
وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ۚ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ
If there’s an instance where someone harms or offends you, counter that with a better behaviour and then what will happen is the person who held hostility against you turns into a bosom friend. (Surah Al Fussilaat verse 34)
Extra meanings here for trying to abort aggression with kindness. (If) someone comes to you with fire in their belly (and) who want to fight and they want to kill- there’s animosity in their psychology; the first step is trying to diffuse that animosity in their psychology, but sometimes that doesn’t work but sometimes it works and we should be aware of both of these cases. You know, (let’s be honest and frank among ourselves and we’re sorry to say this, but this is more or less an honest attempt at characterising our own status quo), our enemies present us as terrorists- which we are not- and the Muslims among us who are reacting to our enemies want to present us as wimps- which we are not! We are not terrorists brothers and sisters and brothers and sisters equally speaking we are not wimps. Allah says when it comes if it comes to it… Look at today’s world. As we said at the beginning, these ayaat are to be understood in the context of today’s world- the civil wars, the occupations, drone warfare, assassinations, invasions. What do we do? The answer doesn’t come from me. It doesn’t come from a human being. The answer comes from Allah. What do you do if you are presented with a declaration of war? Sit back and say “come and kill me?” We haven’t been taught that. That’s not one of the teachings that come to us from Allah and His Prophet. If affairs reach that point then Allah says to us
كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْقِتَالُ
Fighting or combat duty has been assigned to you… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 216)
We know all and much more of the meanings that were just presented. We are predisposed to a friendly exchange of opinions. This is called in the Islamic Qur’anic terminology tadafu. At tadafu is simply the natural and peaceful ebb and flow of ideas and emotions in human societies- that is tadafu. It’s a social law from the beginning of history until the end of time. Tadafu is not qital. What if there is a society or a government or some superpower that says “we want to go to war with you, the committed Muslims.” We look to Allah for an answer, “what we do, oh Allah? There’s a certain power in this world who wants to go to war with us?” When it comes to that (and) the intentions of warfare are obvious (and) the language of warfare is predominant (and) the relocation of military forces is very apparent what do we in this case? Allah tells us what to do in this case. We don’t tell me what to do, we don’t tell you what to do. A human being doesn’t tell another human being what to do. Allah says in this case (and) with this scenario and this definition
كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْقِتَالُ
You have been assigned combat duty… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 216)
Look, it doesn’t stop here. There’s a following sentence that gives away our psychology (and) the true people that we are. He says,
وَهُوَ كُرْهٌ لَّكُمْ
… and you dislike it … (Surah Al Baqarah verse 216)
This is our psychology, this is our definition and this is who we are. When it comes to combat time (and) when we know we have to get involved in it we do it but it’s against our nature. It’s not something that we welcome with open arms as if we are sadistic and we love to do something like that. Then Allah teaches us
وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَن تُحِبُّوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ َ
… it may be that at times you feel you are pre-disposed to something that is bad (and) it turns out to be good for you and at times you are predisposed to something that appears to you to be good but it will turn out to be bad for you… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 216)
So who’s the referee here? Who knows it all? Who can tell us with authority what to do?
وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
… but Allah knows and you do not know. (Surah Al Baqarah verse 216)
We plead our ignorance when it comes to the final judgement in this affair. The Prophet of Allah says, (or gives) instructions from Allah’s Prophet at times like the times we just referred to. Don’t let the Mushrikin and the Kuffaar steal our terminology (and) our words and give these words and our Islamic Qur’anic vocabulary their explanations and their definitions. Don’t let that happen, it’s been happening for too long! Don’t wish for or don’t yearn for the face-to-face stand off with the enemy. Ask Allah for your well being but once you are in that position of a stand off and a military face-off with the enemy you stay in your positions and intensify your consciousness about Allah’s presence in that chemistry there. The enemy can have all the weapons in the world but what we have in our conscience, in our minds, in our psychology (and) in our souls is Allah. If we have Him, He has us and let the hostilities begin. We didn’t ask for it. We are not warmongers. We are not going around threatening people with annihilations (and) spreading military bases all around the world. Are we doing any of that? And at the end of the day they tell us “we are the terrorists.” They are the same people who are doing this (with) their military aggressive policies are the same people who are responsible for financing fanatics among Muslims via the Saudi Arabian connection and the petrodollars to prove that we are terrorists. This is how serious this war has become when they have their own agents in our Masajid and on our Manabirs who have become the so-called authorities of Islam in Makkah and in Al Madinah.
Dear brothers and sisters, committed Muslims…
Muslims from around the world are beginning to arrive in Makkah and in Al Madinah to try their best to live up to their obligation of the annual pilgrimage, Al Hajj. We say, as we’ve said before, that the whole performance of the Hajj- with all the good intentions of the many sincere Muslims who flock to Makkah and Al Madinah from far and near- even though there is a mass of sincerity and devotion in the hearts of the millions who track to Makkah and Al Madinah from the four corners of the earth the administration and the supervision of the Hajj is in criminal hands. We don’t say this with exaggeration and we don’t express this with a vengeance, we simply state the truth. The Saudi Arabian government has mobilised a defence force of twenty-five-thousand officers and individuals to see to it that there is no mental or no collective expression of the meanings of the Hajj. If you want to go to Mina’ or to Arafat or do your tawaf or rami al jamaraat or the jogging between As Safa and Al Marwa in the private and personal and individualistic sense of the word, that’s what the Saudi administration and the Saudi government wants you to do. It’s not what Allah wants you to do (and) it’s not what His Prophet want you to do. It’s what the Saudi rulers with instructions and policies from their masters in the United States and in Europe want to run the Hajj or else why is there twenty-five-thousand officers and individuals?! Why can’t we have twenty-five-thousand doctors (or) twenty-five-thousand Imams (or) twenty-five-thousand scholars and academics instead of officers and men under arms?! Why? There are six-thousand-and-nine-hundred mechanised vehicles that are patrolling the Hajj in Makkah and Al Madinah. You’d think this is a warfront?! Twenty-five-thousand officers and who knows how many else from other sections of their armed forces are on alert when it comes to Hajj. What is this? They consider Hajj an invasion or an occupation of Muslims?! Nineteen helicopters are put into service to fly over Makkah. This is beginning to look like a war zone, it’s not beginning to look like Al Hajj. In Surah Al Baqarah the ayah says
وَإِذْ جَعَلْنَا الْبَيْتَ مَثَابَةً لِّلنَّاسِ وَأَمْنًا وَاتَّخِذُوا مِن مَّقَامِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ مُصَلًّى ۖ وَعَهِدْنَا إِلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ أَن طَهِّرَا بَيْتِيَ لِلطَّائِفِينَ وَالْعَاكِفِينَ وَالرُّكَّعِ السُّجُودِ
Bear in mind that we have designated Al Bayt a retreat and a refuge for people… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 125)
The jahilli Arabs had more respect and more honour for Makkah and the Ka’bah and the Haram than we have today, especially the Arabic speakers. It was enough for Allah to say A Bayt and everyone knew that it was the Haram, it was the Ka’bah, it was Maqaam Al Ibrahim- that was Al Bayt. Today you say Al Bayt, what bayt? What are you talking about?
مَثَابَةً لِّلنَّاسِ وَأَمْنًا
… a place in which people recoup themselves from the affairs of the materialistic world and an area of safety and security, peace and tranquillity… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 125)
Does the Saudi regime meet the meanings of this ayah (when it is) putting all of these armed forces in Makkah and in Al Madinah? Is that a retreat and a refuge for people? They’ve added one-hundred-and-fifty cameras to the environs in which the Hujjaj perform their rituals. You think you live in a city of cameras (and) closed circuitry? In Makkah now, with the addition of one-hundred-and-fifty cameras there’s a total of two-thousand-nine-hundred-and-fifty-one cameras! (If) you speak about a police state, do we have a police state in Makkah and in Al Madinah? What are you doing about it oh Muslims? Can’t this information touch your hearts, your conscience and your souls?