Dear committed brothers and sisters and Muslims wherever you are…
This Jumu’ah falls at the time of a year in which those who say that they are Christians are celebrating Christmas and those who say that they are Jews are celebrating Hanukkah. This is the time period that we happen to be in and the type of society that we are located in. And I think it is refreshing to take a confident, independent and trustworthy look at where we stand concerning the many distortions and distractions that have accumulated throughout the centuries and the generations that have passed and therefore we see and we hear what we see and we hear today.
Let us begin by honoring Isa (as) in the Words of Allah (swt),
وَجِيهًا فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ وَمِنَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ
… a person of aura in this world and a person whose in close proximity (meaning to Allah [swt]). (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 45)
Who did he come to? The people who Allah (swt) assigned him to are Bani Isra’eel. Another ayah in the Qur’an.
وَرَسُولًا إِلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ
And an apostle to Bani Isra’eel... (Surah Aal Imran verse 49)
If you were to read the Qur’an closely (and) think of what you are reading and saying, you would realize that when the Prophets of Allah (may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon them all) were sent to their people they would say, “Ya Qawmi, my people.” Nuh said, “Ya Qawmi” Lut said, “Ya Qawmi.” Musa said, “Ya Qawmi.” Muhammad (may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, and the others previously mentioned said, “Ya Qawmi.” Would you know it that Isa (alayhi as salatu wa as salaam) never said to Bani Isra’eel, “Ya Qawmi.” He was sent to them just like all other prophets were sent to their people but he never said to them, “Ya Qawmi.” Read the Qur’an. Next time when you listen to Isa speaking and (you’ll) realize that there was not a relationship of a person belonging to a people who are supposed to be his own people. Now, who are these Bani Isra’eel of that time? Who are they? When we look at who they were, we find out that these were people who were materialistic people, (and I’m talking about the scholars, always we’re speaking here about the highest level of education among such people). The scholars who are supposed to be close to Allah were closer to this world, to the attractions and to the temptations of this world. They were the ones who said to Musa (as)
لَن نُّؤْمِنَ لَكَ حَتَّىٰ نَرَى اللَّهَ جَهْرَةً
… we will not commit for you until we see Allah with our own eyes… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 55)
And Allah’s Jalal, Allah’s Majesty, is in the fact that He is not sensed by us. So just by requesting or telling Musa that they (will not commit to him). Remember, these are the first samples of this materialist psychology.
لَن نُّؤْمِنَ لَكَ
… we will not commit for you … (Surah Al Baqarah verse 55)
You don’t commit for anyone else, you commit for yourself! But they said No!
لَن نُّؤْمِنَ لَكَ
… we will not commit for you … (Surah Al Baqarah verse 55)
This is the type of psychology (and) the type of people that we are speaking about! This is the social psychology that Isa (alayhi as salatu wa as salaam) came to confront! So when Isa (as) was born that mentality of materialism kicked in. It said how was this person born? Every human being is born from a mother and a father. In this case, Maryam (as) gave birth to a child she says, who has no father. And they ridiculed Maryam and Zakariyah. They said how could this be? And Allah in response to that psychology, says,
إِنَّ مَثَلَ عِيسَىٰ عِندَ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ آدَمَ ۖ خَلَقَهُ مِن تُرَابٍ ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُ كُن فَيَكُونُ
The equivalent of Isa pertaining to Allah is that of Adam- He created him out of dirt and He said, “Be and he was” (or) he became! (Surah Aal Imran verse 59)
So this materialistic mentality now had to deal with responding to its own self. If they are saying every human being is created from a mother and a father then (and) the same mentality is saying Jesus has a father) – ok; if that’s the way you think then explain to us how Adam was born? And once again you see they don’t want to. Pay attention to how these Isra’eeli types are absent from the discussion. When it comes to Muslims expressing the truth about this matter, there’s no interfaith conferences, there’s no programs in the media, there’s no encounter between an Islamic scholar and a Jewish scholar and a Christian scholar concerning this affair- the whole issue is absent from the public realm. Ask yourself why? Because Allah’s Word is Supreme. It stands on its own and it exposes these types. And to remind them of their own history. Ok- you’re speaking about something coming to life, a human being born from a mother and a father. In the narrative of Prophet Musa- who you attribute yourselves to; you are followers of Musa, right? Ok, fine- isn’t it in your history (and) in your religious texts that Musa threw down his staff and it became a living creature? Where was the father and mother here? What happened to the type of materialistic, physical, worldly mentality that you are in? And once again they don’t want to deal with this issue because they know the Muslims have superior information. We don’t have this information because we ourselves brought about this information; this information came to us from Allah (swt). But they don’t want to deal with us. They don’t want this issue to become an issue of friendly discussion. No!
Now we come to the Christians who say that Isa’s (alayhi as salatu wa as salaam) father was god and his mother was a god and he himself is a god. Now I’m saying these words but they have different meanings, different interpretations and different definitions according to whatever Christian denomination you encounter. They don’t agree on this. (If you) speak to one Christian of one sect and then go to another Christian of another sect and ask them the same question; you’ll get a different answer. They’ve been in this circular definition since that time up until this day. What happened when in our first pages of history a Christian scholarly, theological selection of high-ranking priests came to the Prophet of Allah (alayhi as salatu wa as salaam)? The discussion was a friendly discussion. This is how we should be; friendly give and take. And look how Allah (swt) phrases our attitude when we encounter those who have a different opinion, even a different theological opinion.
وَإِنَّا أَوْ إِيَّاكُمْ لَعَلَىٰ هُدًى أَوْ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ
… it is truly either us or you who are on a course of guidance or in manifest deviation. (Surah Saba’ verse 24)
We’re not saying we are the ones who are in possession of the whole truth, the only truth and nothing but the truth. We don’t approach it like that. Allah doesn’t teach us to approach the matter like that. The ayah says
وَإِنَّا أَوْ إِيَّاكُمْ
… it is truly either us or you … (Surah Saba’ verse 24)
Whoever the you is, in this case it was the Christians…
لَعَلَىٰ هُدًى أَوْ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُّبِينٍ
… who are on a course of guidance or in manifest deviation. (Surah Saba’ verse 24)
How equal (and) how fair can you expect a person or a side to be? One of us is correct and one of us is wrong because we are looking at an issue (of) Jesus is either god or he’s not god. So if someone has to be correct and someone has to be wrong. This is the starting point in the discussion and the Christian delegation was received by the Prophet with hospitality, with warmth and with camaraderie. This is the Prophet of Allah (may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him and his). So finally when the discussion had, (what you may say), the potential to become contentious, (it did not turn contentious but there was the feeling that this could turn contentious), then the Prophet of Allah was directed by Allah (swt),
فَقُلْ تَعَالَوْا نَدْعُ أَبْنَاءَنَا وَأَبْنَاءَكُمْ وَنِسَاءَنَا وَنِسَاءَكُمْ وَأَنفُسَنَا وَأَنفُسَكُمْ ثُمَّ نَبْتَهِلْ فَنَجْعَل لَّعْنَتَ اللَّهِ عَلَى الْكَاذِبِينَ
And if anyone should argue with you about this [truth] after all the knowledge that has come to you, say, “Come! Let us summon our sons and your sons, and our women and your women, and ourselves and yourselves; and then let us pray [together] humbly and ardently, and let us invoke Allah’s condemnation and curse upon those [of us] who are telling a lie.” (Surah Aal Imran verse 61)
Ok- what this ayah is saying is saying is something like this- we know that we disagree on this matter. You say that Jesus is god’s son or is god himself or is part of a trinity and there’s some human nature in him or there is not any human nature in him, (depending on who you speaking to). Ok, that is your point of view. Fine, we know. If you stand by what you are saying the same way we, meaning the Muslims, stand by what we are saying (i.e.) that we acknowledge Jesus Prophethood,
أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡعَزۡمِ مِنَ ٱلرُّسُلِ
… one of the five most motivated and most dedicated of Allah’s Messengers in all of the history of Messengerhood… (Surah Al Ahqaf verse 35)
He was one of the five. He was the son of the Virgin Mary. This is our Islamic belief. As I said, and as Allah mentions in the ayah,
وَجِيهً۬ا فِى ٱلدُّنۡيَا وَٱلۡأَخِرَةِ وَمِنَ ٱلۡمُقَرَّبِينَ
… honoured in this world and the next and from amongst those close to Allah. (Surah Aal Imran verse 45)
But he wasn’t God. He wasn’t a deity. So if we are confident of what we are saying as Muslims and you are confident of what you are saying as Christians, (which is fine, this is the way that people should be), so let’s condemn, (this word nabtahil means, let’s condemn; it’s almost like the word, la’nah), but it has within its meaning, a du’a. It’s like a prayer of condemnation.
نَدْعُ أَبْنَاءَنَا وَأَبْنَاءَكُمْ وَنِسَاءَنَا وَنِسَاءَكُمْ وَأَنفُسَنَا وَأَنفُسَكُمْ ثُمَّ نَبْتَهِلْ
… let’s call upon the very closest people to us and come together and participate in a common prayer… (Surah Aal Imran verse 61)
This is probably the first ever ecumenical statement that was made. This is the first ecumenical meeting that occurred. Before that, in Jewish-Christian-Islamic history there was no ecumenical get-together. This was the first one and with all the differences that were interplaying at the time, (i.e.) the Jews and the Christians had their arguments among themselves,
وَقَالَتِ ٱلۡيَهُودُ لَيۡسَتِ ٱلنَّصَـٰرَىٰ عَلَىٰ شَىۡءٍ۬ وَقَالَتِ ٱلنَّصَـٰرَىٰ لَيۡسَتِ ٱلۡيَهُودُ عَلَىٰ شَىۡءٍ۬
The Jews of that time said, the Christians, they have no ground for their belief and the Christians said, (the same thing), the Jews have no ground for their belief… (Surah Al Baqarah verse 113)
Each one of them claimed that Ibrahim belonged to them. The Jews said that Ibrahim was a Yahudi; the Christians said Ibrahim was a Nasrani and Allah’s Answer to that was,
مَا كَانَ إِبۡرَٲهِيمُ يَہُودِيًّ۬ا وَلَا نَصۡرَانِيًّ۬ا
Abraham was neither a “Jew” nor a “Christian,”… (Surah Aal Imran verse 67)
We know all of these facts. All of these facts are within our body of information and in our Islamic education. So let’s bring all the dear people to us, our sons and daughters, our wives, our womenfolk, our own selves, and pray together that Allah condemn those who are lying. Can you be more fair than that? Can anyone be more fair than that?! Someone is lying! We’re not saying we are lying; we’re not saying you are lying; we’re saying someone is lying! They said to the Prophet (may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him), give us a little time. We have to discuss this. This is a very serious matter. He said ok. Sure that’s fine. No problem. So they went (and) they had their little conclave (or) their little meeting there among themselves and the following day they came to Allah’s Prophet and said please excuse us from participating in this. We want to relieve ourselves of doing this. This is the height of, first of all - common understanding. Muslims are not close-minded. Muslims are not fanatics. Muslims are not reactionaries. Muslims are not ignoramus human beings. Muslims are Muslims. Not the types that, today are circulating with the Saudi forgery of “this is an authentic Muslim and that’s a fake Muslim”. This has nothing to do with the Islam, the iman, the Qur’an and the Prophet that we belong to and that belong to us.
Now, that being said, I want to come to our current time. (Alhamdulillah, oh Allah. Thank You so much for a wonderful day in winter. We don’t have harsh weather today). I want to quote two individuals. One of them is a Jewish rabbi and the other one is a high-ranking Christian clergyman. Remember all of what I said as an introduction to what I’m going to say now. This rabbi is in colonized Palestine and he’s speaking about the relationship between the Jews and the Gentiles, particularly the Palestinians. I’m quoting, word by word. “Come, be my slave.” This was said at a military academy and he’s speaking to the Palestinians. He’s saying they should be enslaved for their own good. “Yes. We are racists. Of course we are! When I see that I reach much more impressive heights than he, (meaning the Palestinian), does in the moral, intellectual, personal fields; when I reach much greater achievement then it is my duty to aid him; not leave him poor and helpless but to lend him a hand and say come, come be my slave, be a partner in my success.” Now, of course someone’s going to ask, who’s this rabbi? The rabbi’s name is Eliezer Kashtiel. Go Google it and see the other things. (See) how this racist, materialistic, God-denying and God-defying mentality and psychology express themselves. He goes on to say, “if occupation means to humiliate you, to deride you, to taunt you, to eliminate you, then it is bad; but if occupation means I am successful, come to me. I am calling you to join my partnership. Why are you alone? Why are you apart from me? I want to occupy you, to merge you. Then you’d be a part of a great success. You will benefit from being my slave.” This is contemporary language, brothers and sisters, and this is a quote. “You will benefit from being my slave. You live such a miserable life. Come, be my slave. See what life you’ll have- to what spiritual, ethical stage you will reach.” Does anyone need to comment on these words? Any human being? I don’t care what religion, what ideology, what background you may have. This type of statement says it all. We need no further comment.
Now we go to a Palestinian Christian theologian, who by the way this past week, there was an attempt to poison him. You didn’t hear about this? I was going to mention this. (Do) you think you’re going to read about it somewhere in the mainstream press during the time of Christmas? An attempt to poison probably the most notable Christian clergyman in Jerusalem and Palestine? His name is al-Mutran al-Talla al-Hanna. By the way, he traveled in the past several months, (I don’t know if he came to the United States), but I’m sure he was in Canada and he went to other countries and he spoke better than many Muslims could speak about the Palestinian issue. This is a summary of what he said (some months ago). He spoke about the “Deal of the Century.” Remember, Washington has a political program to basically do away with the Palestinian issue. (I’m translating, I have the Arabic words; I can’t read the Arabic because it’s going to take more time reading than translating, so I’ll translate it simultaneously) He said “this Deal of the Century that they, (he means the American-Israeli media empire), are talking about is a deal to extinguish Palestinian existence and the rights of the Palestinian people. There is no power in the world- neither Trump nor the allies of Trump are able to cancel out our Palestinian existence. We live on our land, and we will continue to live on our land. We are very serious about our rights. We are in defense of our established rights. We will never relinquish al-Quds, Jerusalem. We insist upon returning. There is no power in the world, however it may project its strength, that can cancel out Palestinian existence in Palestine and to do away with the rights of the Palestinian people, which we will never ever relinquish. Regrettably, there are some Arabian rulers who have gone from the stage of normalizing relationships (meaning, normalizing political and economic, etc. relationships with the Israeli colonizers), to the stage of joining the Israelis. All of these are meant to liquidate the Palestinian issue. These Arabian rulers are remotely controlled from the White House.” This is in honor of this man who’s probably still in the hospital now, being treated because of the poisoning attempt to kill him. This khutbah is in honor of these words of truth that are said by a Christian clergyman. “So these rulers in the area are receiving their orders from the White House, and it is that White House that is defending their thrones and stealing their money to nourish their colonialist projects in the Arabian geography. We have no hope in these types of sellouts and we also don’t attach any hope to those who are surrendering and all of those who are conspiring against the Palestinian issue, but we do have high expectations when it comes to those who are free and independent, who belong to the Arab people. The objective of the conspiracy that Syria has been subjected to is Palestine. They are destroying Syria. They are destroying al-Iraq. They aim to destroy Libya and al-Yemen and the Arab homeland and their eye is focused on Palestine. A year or so ago, Trump, from the White House, (he said here from the “Black House”), declared that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and nowadays he’s saying that the Golan Heights belong to Israel. It wasn’t possible for this so-called Trump to reach this level of ‘in-your-face’ confrontational words if it wasn’t for the tragic condition that the Arab countries have reached. The city of Jerusalem is an Arab city- a Palestinian city- before Trump’s statement and it will stay that way after his statement. The same can be said about the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights are Syrian- are Arab- before Trump’s declaration and after Trump’s declaration.” These words are quoted here and you can go with this wherever you want. A Jumu’ah khutbah within the timeframe of Christmas and Hanakah mentioned two religious figures- one of them a Zionist Israeli and his condescending, humiliating, disgraceful words concerning the Palestinians; and a Christian theologian and his Islamic words concerning the rights and the justice that is due to the Palestinians.
Dear committed Muslims…
Let us now come down to the real world. What has happened in the past week or so? What’s going on with al-Ma’ruf and al-Munkar? There are many munkaraat that are all around the place and what are we Muslims supposed to be? Ostriches burying our heads in the sands and not being aware of these munkaraat that are costing us our lives and our futures? Some people live in a fairyland somewhere! This Jumu’ah is supposed to be a vital time of taqwa. Ittaqullah! Guard yourselves against Allah’s Punishment. In the Qur’an, Allah says,
... protect yourself against Allah... (Surah Al Hashr verse 18)
and Allah says,
... protect yourself against the Fire (or) guard yourself (or) have a shield between you and Allah’s justice. (Surah Al Baqarah verse 24)
Some undeveloped minds may say, how is this? It’s contradictory! I guard myself from Allah and I guard myself from the Fire?! Yeah, it’s true! You guard yourselves from the justice of Allah and if the justice of Allah means you’re going to be punished by the Fire (then) you’re going to have to guard yourself from Allah’s justice that brings about the punishment of the Fire. This is the day that we are supposed to be living in. So what’s happening in these past seven or ten days? What’s going on in the real world? You should have seen this. This was a clip. It was on social media and it is the war criminal, Netanyahu, speaking to a Saudi blogger. If you may recall, in the course of the past year, some individuals in social media went to colonized Palestine, (I don’t know if you’ve seen it, I’m sure you can go to Google and Google it), but one of these Saudi bloggers went to al-Masjid al-Aqsa and he was taunted by the Palestinians. Some of them spat on him, some of them threw a chair on him. This same guy reappears in the course of this past week, (a few days ago, it was the day before yesterday, if not yesterday), and he is in a telephone conversation with Netanyahu (yesterday!) and because the Israeli political establishment is gearing up for elections and they were trying to, in their own electioneering, decide who’s going to lead the Likud into those elections he’s congratulating Netanyahu that he has won. So the news report says that Netanyahu garnered 70 percent of the vote, so this Saudi blogger is calling Netanyahu. They show themselves. It’s a conference call- a type of FaceTime call on cell phone- and this Saudi blogger is congratulating Netanyahu and Netanyahu said, “I wish you were here to vote for the Likud bloc.” Brothers and sisters, we are not here peddling a warm relationship between war criminals and victims of war. But this is the type of information that they are trying to sneak into our minds so that when the time comes they will finally sign on the dotted line that we are all brothers and sisters and the criminal, and the criminalized are equal and we will live happily ever after.
You know these MBS policies are opening up Saudi Arabia for tourism, entertainment, singers, performers, actors, flowing in. It’s easier for some entertainment figure to get a visa to go to Saudi Arabia than it is for a Muslim to get a visa to go to Hajj?! So with this opening up attitude/policies, someone has opened up a massage parlor in al-Ta’if. You know al-Ta’if in our Islamic history. So a man opens up a massage parlor there and he’s offering massage for ladies and the Saudi authorities get a whiff of this and they go and arrest the person. The poor person was ahead of his time?! The Saudi authorities, (even though they didn’t say it), (meant) it’s premature for you to do this. You should have waited another three or four years. This is coming but because you did it before the appropriate time we’re throwing you in jail. These are munkaraat however way you describe al-munkar and the Prophet of Allah (may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him) says,
لَتَأْمُرُنَّ بالْمَعْرُوفِ، ولَتَنْهَوُنَّ عَنِ المُنْكَرِ
رواه أَبُو داود والترمذي
You shall indeed authorize or command from a power position Al Ma’ruf i.e. what is self-evidently right; and you shall de-legitimize, disestablish and criminalize Al Munkar i.e. what is in and of itself by the standards of human nature repugnant and offensive. We have to take issue with this munkar. What do you want? For us to be silent about it, and thus accomplices to it?
There were clashes, there was an exchange of fire in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia yesterday in which two individuals were killed and still the explanation for this exchange of fire has not surfaced.
The brother of one of the Saudi women who has been behind bars for, (I don’t know), maybe a couple of years now is trying to take her case to international forums to plead her innocence. This is what happens. There’s no Islamic way to go so they look for somewhere else in the world to bring justice to a person who is behind bars for no good reason.
Twitter has cancelled 6,000 accounts that are related to the Saudi Arabian government.
There are prisoners of conscience. We have our freedom. We can walk, we can talk, we can express our mind and our heart and conscience on certain issues. You can’t do that over there. So people who express themselves now are rotting in jail, in prisons. So some of them have gone on a hunger strike. What are you going to do? Out of desperation. No one expressing their plight (and) the tragic conditions that they are in.
You heard of the Kuala Lumpur summit, about a week or so ago. One of the policies that was used by MBS and his functionaries was to threaten Pakistan (by saying) “if you attend that conference, there are four-million Pakistanis who are working in Saudi Arabia we will tell them “goodbye” and they can go back home. Here is where the value and the mettle of leaders is tested. This person could have said who are you first of all to give visas to anyone to go to Makkah and Al Madinah, and the land of Allah’s Prophet? No one takes issue. Not even leaders! Not even from the Islamic Republic have we heard contention of the Saudi policy of permitting Muslims to go to Makkah and Al Madinah or telling them you cannot come to Makkah and Al Madinah. No rulers have expressed themselves in such a way yet. We hope (and) we pray that this will change tomorrow or next week or next month. Allahu alam. What next- are you going to give us permission to go to pray? (Or) give us permission to fast Ramadan? Al-Hajj is like those!
بني الإسلام على خمس : شهادة أن لا إله إلا الله ، وأن محمدا رسول الله ، وإقام الصلاة ، وإيتاء الزكاة ، وحج البيت ، وصوم رمضان
رواه البخاري ومسلم
Islam is founded on five foundations- testimony, making salah palpable, institutionalizing zakah, abstinence during Ramadhan and Hajj. We need permission for this?! This is the real world we’re living in.
Officially the United Arab Emirates, UAE, even though there’s no official diplomatic ties between the UAE and Israel, but the UAE congratulated Israel on the occasion of Hanakah.
In the past week, an Israeli Minister of Transportation said that every day a Palestinian village has to be destroyed. These statements should go directly to our spokespersons, especially to those who give khutbahs on Fridays. What is this? Criminal statements! They want to get away with it and say “you Muslims should look the other way.” No! We’re not going to look the other way.
There is a central council of Christian Orthodox theologians in al-Quds and there is a youth center for Christian Orthodox Palestinians. They called for boycotting their highest religious official by the name of Theophilus because he sold Christian property to Israelis. How much more dignity and principle Christians have compared to the sellout that we have among those who are Muslims, (at least by name)?
There’s some access in the WhatsApp application in which the Israelis have been spying on scores of security and intelligence officials in Pakistan. This goes to tell you the Israelis are working hand in hand with the Indian government. How long are we going to continue to be divided and not close our ranks?
The Christian communities in Syria have been subjected to violence and destruction since the eruption of this civil war almost nine years ago that caused the displacement (and) the immigration of 700,000 Syrian Christians. This has nothing to do with Islam. It has nothing to do with the Prophet. It has nothing to do with Allah or the Qur’an. It all has to do with Saudi (and) United Arab Emirates who are sponsored by the US and Israel to bring these types of catastrophes upon populations.
Another news item that you (or) the general public probably is not aware of- at the peak of celebrating Christmas, there was a Yahudi person (and) there was a knife in his hand, who broke into a church, Kaneesat al-Qiyama, in al-Quds. Luckily he was apprehended before he could inflict serious harm on the attendees there.
The drums of war are sounding out between India and Pakistan. With the type of khutbahs and the type of Jumu’ahs and the type of Islamic public presentations that we have, this war could break out any minute, any day, and there’s no organized, sustained Islamic response to it. Nothing! (It’ll) all be reaction all over the place. Why? Because the Masjids are empty- there’s a lot of bodies in the Masjid but there are no brains in these Masajid!
Today, Friday, there were demonstrations in a few places around the world against the Chinese policies concerning the Muslims in what is called Xinjiang in the Chinese geography of things, (or) Turkmenistan in the Islamic geography of things. In front of the Chinese embassy in Jakarta, in Malaysia, even in Palestine, where the Palestinians are so limited they went public in protesting the policies of the Chinese have inflicted on the Muslim community. The policies are unbelievable sometimes. They tell you Muslim men are taken out of their families and put in prisons and then they bring Chinese men and put them in the Muslim family to live in a Muslim family as if he is the husband and the father of the children?! Not isolated cases- plenty of these things are happening. And you think about it just for a moment- 1/3 of Malaysia’s population is Chinese and the Muslims in Malaysia had the courage to say we are going to say no to these types of Chinese policies towards Muslims in that country. They actually ran the risk, and are running the risk, of serious friction with China. Where are the other Muslims? Where are you living?
An Egyptian, a few weeks ago at one of these soccer matches in public carried the Palestinian flag. Immediately the police came to him and took him to prison. He remains in prison and the court decided that they’re going to extend for another couple of weeks his detention in prison. What did he do? He just raised a Palestinian flag. That’s all he did. That’s become a crime in a Muslim country?! (And) not any Muslim country (but) a Muslim country that’s a neighbor of Palestine! (That’s) the real world we are in.
The head of the Mossad this past week said “Iran is our number one priority”. That speaks volumes. You don’t have to say anything else. That speaks volumes.
And finally, these munkaraat will continue. I don’t think there’s an end to this. It’s going to go on, because we are silent! No one says anything! It’s like they’re sleepwalking us into the slaughterhouse. We are sleepwalked to our death! Finally, the uncle of the Syrian president who lives in Paris has been admitted in intensive care to the hospital at a time when he was supposed to be in court, responding to the embezzlement and the theft that he took out in the hundreds of millions of dollars from Syria. This is the real world we are in. Where are the real Muslims to speak truth to power?
This khutbah was presented by Imam Muhammad Asi on the occasion of Jum’ah on 28 December 2019 on the sidewalk of Embassy Row in Washington D.C. The Imam previously led the daily and Jum’ah prayers inside the Masjid. His speeches were revolutionary and thought provoking, and eventually irritated and threatened the Middle-East Ambassadors who control the Masjid. Finally, the Imam, his family, and other Muslims faithful to the course of Islam were forced out, into the streets. This khutbah originates from the sidewalk across the street from the Islamic Center, currently under seige.