Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem.
Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family.
Dear Brothers, Assalaamu alaykkum.
I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to be here with you on this blessed day, the day of Friday, the day of congregation and the day of taqwa. I would also like to thank my brother for the brief introduction of yours truly here. Obviously, we have a time frame and I’m going to try to squeeze in a couple of ideas in this timeframe that we have.
We’d like to begin by quoting some ayaat from the blessed Book, the good Book, our Book of guidance and our Book of information and salvation.
لَقَدۡ جَآءَڪُمۡ رَسُولٌ۬ مِّنۡ أَنفُسِڪُمۡ عَزِيزٌ عَلَيۡهِ مَا عَنِتُّمۡ حَرِيصٌ عَلَيۡڪُم بِٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ رَءُوفٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬
Without doubt a Messenger has come to you from among yourselves; it weighs heavy upon him that you should be afflicted, he is anxious for your welfare and he is kind and merciful to those who are committed to Alla. (Surah At Tawbah verse 128)
This is the last ayah in Surah At Tawbah and in this ayah Allah mentions His beloved Prophet in a way that is compassionate and in a way that places total and utter confidence in Allah when people or individuals seem to be giving up or lax either in their commitment or in their guidance. Another ayah in the Qur’an says,
لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
Behold, you have in Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), a prototype, someone whom you can adopt as your role model- for those who are intent on wanting Allah and the final day, and in whose conscience Allah is embedded. (Surah Al Ahzaab verse 21)
This ayah is telling us that Allah’s Prophet is our model character. Then there is another ayah in the Qur’an that says
وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ
… and you are indeed of a most befitting and awesome moral character. (Surah Al Qalam verse 4)
This ayah is speaking about our Prophet’s highest order of morality. Then another ayah in the Qur’an says
قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ
Say: If Allah is dear to you then follow me (meaning the Prophet) and then Allah will be dear to you... (Surat Aal Imran verse 31)
So this fondness, this love (and) this affection for Allah is demonstrated through our attachment, through our identifying with and to assuming the character of our Prophet Therefore it is timely that we recapture this character that we struggle and we strive to emulate.
Our beloved Prophet did not live a comfortable life. Before he became the Prophet of Allah he was known among his people, his relatives, his neighbours (and) his society to be a very straight forward, a very honest, a very respectful (and) a very dignified person.
This was demonstrated when they were rebuilding the Ka’bah and they wanted to place Al Hajr Al Aswad, The Black Stone, in its allocated position and then rivalry appeared. There were some arguments and there were some disputes as to who is going to do this because this was an honour and every tribe (and) everyone every faction wanted to have that honour. Remember this is before the Prophet was assigned and commissioned to be Allah’s Messenger (and Apostle, he was just a young man. Then all of these people who knew him very well agreed that he shall be the person to place this Al Hajr Al Aswad, The Black Stone, in its appropriate position while they were rebuilding the structure. So they vouched for him before he became RasulAllah.
Then, when he became RasulAllah at the age of 40 and he began to advise them and he began to communicate to them Allah’s messages and the ayaat that had been revealed to him something curious happened. The very society that was around him and that vouched for his integrity and character because of Allah’s message turned against him. Not absolutely everyone- most of the opposition to Rasulillah came from the chieftains of that society, the leaders of that society, the decision makers of that society (and) the officials of that society- this is where most of the opposition came from.
We have ample ayaat that speak to us about the nature of these types of people. It began in Makkah and then to a certain extent we find it in Al Madinah concentrated in the community of Al Yahud. The Qur’an speaks about how they approached the Prophet after the Prophet received this message from Allah. Remember this is the person that was of the highest character, noble, respectful (and) very esteemed; now they began to say you’re are a person who is repeating some type of religious mumbo jumbo (or) some language because the linguistic quality of the Qur’an (and) the informational content of the Qur’an was so dazzling to their minds that they had to attribute this formation of this message to some kind of un-understandable religious jargon and liturgy.
They didn’t understand this stuff! It was way beyond their literature, their poetry, their prose. This was something else so they looked at him and said you must be a kahin. Then on the other side they said there must be more to this than that, so some of them said the words you are coming with (or) the ayaat that you are reciting (and) vocalizing and we are listening to has to be some type of magic- so you are some type of magician. You must be! This is not something that we are familiar with. Then others came and said you are a loony, a lunatic. You’re crazy! Nastaghfirullah.
The ayaat of the Qur’an speak to us about how people with a vested interest react to a message that is all advice and guidance and counsel to them. So this is a real world. Anyone, (you, me, the other- anyone), who wants to try our best, we never can become the full character of Muhammad was but however much we can acquire of his character we are going to have to expect these types of innuendo and accusations to come our way.
If we don’t have these types of innuendo and defamation coming our way we should suspect ourselves. Something’s wrong with us! Our beloved and dear Prophet received those types of negative accusations and I’m not receiving those types of negative accusations?! Something is wrong! There’s nothing wrong with my Prophet but something’s wrong with me! So that’s the first step in identifying who I am and where I am. This is the first yardstick of measurement that I should go by. Then if we, (you, me, whoever), begin to hear that there are some type of defamation words about what we are doing for Allah and for His Prophet in compliance with the ayah
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ
Oh you who are secure in your commitment to Allah: obey Allah and obey His Prophet and those from you who are in charge of your affairs… (Surah An Nisa’ verse 59)
The ayah doesn’t say wa ati’u ulil amr minkum; the ayah says the ta’a is due only to Allah and His Messenger. So if we are on this healthy path of obeying Allah and obeying the Messenger of Allah and we begin to hear some type of negative propaganda (and) some type of rumours and accusations coming our way then we should feel confident that we are on the right course. This confidence should never generate any type of a supremacy character or an arrogant conduct- none of that. We remain in the character and in the spirit of our beloved Prophet. He never exuded any scintilla of arrogance. He never expressed any character of supremacy, in other words making other people feel that they are inferior. Even in the darkness of their dhalalah all people around us are people of dignity. Allah says of humanity and mankind
وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِي آدَمَ
Indeed We have dignified the Descendants or the Children of Adam, (our common father)… (Surah Al Isra’ verse 70)
Whoever it is out here in this world around us even if they are using the strongest and the harshest and the most injurious language and words against us we maintain that they are dignified human beings but if they are misrepresenting the facts we don’t say they are right! Maintaining the dignity of the other human being doesn’t mean that the other human being is right or he or she is wrong. If they are wrong we are here to try to correct them in a manner that is amenable (and) that makes it possible for them to be corrected. We don’t want to help Ash Shaytaan against them. This is something that we should be careful with.
Allah has given us a message, Allah has given us direction- He has favoured us with this message with this light- a light in the heart (and) a light in the world and when you see other people go astray (and) when you see other people fall because of their human failures and because of their human weaknesses we are there to help them out and when you’re helping someone out you don’t do it and make them feel like he owes you something or he is inferior. Never has this appeared in the character of Allah’s Prophet. There is nothing in his history (and) in his glorious years of this sustained struggle for which today we owe him, at least, the appreciation and the gratitude that he made it possible for us to become who we are today.
This is a responsibility that was handed down from his generation to our generation and we hand it forward to the coming generations with the humility that belongs to those who are in the character of Allah’s Prophet. For those who don’t have the love of Allah’s Prophet in their hearts and in their lives we can only pity them. We feel sorry for them. They are cold, they are chilled and they are wrong. We hope that the day will come that they can express their love and affection to Allah’s Prophet and this is what we do when we evoke as salaatu wa salaam upon the Prophet.
Thank you very much. Wa Salaamualaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh.
This khutbah was presented by Imam Muhammad Asi on the occasion of Jum’ah on 15 May 2015 in South Africa. 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.