Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem.
Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family.
Dear Committed Muslims …
Allah says in a manner consoling the Prophet (and) with a tone of advice
وَلَقَدْ نَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ يَضِيقُ صَدْرُكَ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ
We know that your chest feels constricted due to what they say (or) you feel tight in your chest because of what they are saying. (Surah Al Hijr verse 97)
We know these are Allah’s words and the reference is to Allah. Allah’s speaking to the Prophet. The antidote to this is the following completion of the ayah
When you feel like that, (Allah is saying), the consequence of that should be say subhanAllah… (Surah Al Hijr verse 98)
In the case of the Prophet it is more than just verbalizing a word, it is actualizing the meaning- something that is lost on many Muslims.
… praise Allah … (Surah Al Hijr verse 98)
And the way and the manner and the meaning in which Muslims praise Allah is that He, in His affairs- and we are part of Allah’s affairs- there can be no interference by what they say or by what they do. There’s no interference in Allah’s affairs.
بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَكُن مِّنَ
… praise in the bounty or blessings of Allah (or) your Sustainer with the bounty of Allah and be of those … (Surah Al Hijr verse 98)
Here the human mind finds an area to understand what being a sajid means. Allah’s telling His guided Prophet in conditions and circumstances like this to honor Allah. This is as if to say (that) when you emotionally give in to the harmful words that come from the opposite side (or) from those who are against you (or) from those who are against Allah you are taking away from Allah’s honor.
وَكُن مِّنَ السَّاجِدِينَ
… and be of those who honor Allah. (Surah Al Hijr verse 98)
So if you are honoring Allah, whether this honor is a type of general honor just like we understand the word honor and respect or whether it is the technical honor and respect of Allah when we go through the sajdah in our salah. The ayah is comprehensive of both the specific and the general.
وَاعْبُدْ رَبَّكَ حَتَّىٰ يَأْتِيَكَ الْيَقِينُ
And conform to your Sustainer (or) and comply with your Sustainer until certitude comes to you. (Surah Al Hijr verse 99)
Once again, if we connect the meanings of the ayah if we begin to emotionally slip (then) that is an indicator of the absence of thorough certitude in the way that Allah will take care of these issues.
Now why are we beginning this with these ayaat? Why are we saying this in the context that we are in? Obviously we are here (and) this is a no nonsense Friday khutbah. We’re not here to tap on people’s emotionalism, we are not here to present fancy statements or bide our time. We are here, as directed by Allah, to deal with the real issues. One of the real issues that we’ve been living with for the past, (we don’t know), 10 days or so is the issue that: “look at Muslims. They go around killing people.” Then these news items that become headlines- they could minimize these news items if they wanted to but here they deliberately, and as the larger plan dictates, work up and amplify these events. What happened in Paris and before that what happened in Sydney, Australia and what continues to be happening in Iraq and in Syria and in Nigeria and in Yemen and in other areas; there’s so many geographies- take your pick: Pakistan, Somalia, North Africa and from time to time in the Caucasus, etc. et. We are in the day, in the moment (and) in the circumstance (and) when we look at ourselves we find many of us want to listen to what these newsmakers and what these planners of these events are saying and how they are characterizing all of this. We actually have Muslims who listen to all of this and they fall for the information that is engineered by those who are not fair and who are not equitable. We, Muslims, have a weakness and Allah is helping us out with our own weakness. Our weakness is (that) we listen to two categories of people that some of us are impressed by and others feel inferior towards them. These two categories of people per the words of the Qur’an are the Mushriks and the Munafiqin. The ayah in Surah At Tawbah which is ayah 47 and this is in reference to these Munafiqin, (i.e.), the ones that pretend to be Muslims but in fact are not. Then here is the catch word that sheds the spotlight on our psychology
وَفِيكُمْ سَمَّاعُونَ لَهُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِالظَّالِمِينَ
… and among you there are those who are ever willing to listen to what they have to say and Allah is very well aware of adh dhalimin. (Surah At Tawbah verse 479)
Notice (that) in this ayah, (and this is just an attempt at stimulating the Muslim mind), there’s no mention of adh dhalimin. Listen- this is in Surah At Tawbah and it’s speaking about Muslim conditions at times of war
لَوْ خَرَجُوا فِيكُم مَّا زَادُوكُمْ إِلَّا خَبَالًا وَلَأَوْضَعُوا خِلَالَكُمْ يَبْغُونَكُمُ الْفِتْنَةَ
If they, (and they is in reference to the Munafiqin), were to exit with you (or) if they were to go on this military mission with you the only thing they would do is to increase your instability (and) they would go back and forth, to and fro for purposes of seduction (and) of confusing your determination… (Surah At Tawbah verse 47)
Remember this is in a military atmosphere. Then Allah says
… and in your midst… (Surah At Tawbah verse 47)
Allah is speaking to the committed Muslims, to you and to me. He is saying
وَفِيكُمْ سَمَّاعُونَ لَهُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِالظَّالِمِينَ
… and in you there are those who are ever willing to lend their ear to what these Munafiqin have to say and Allah is very well versed on adh dhalimin. (Surah At Tawbah verse 47)
The word adh dhalimin here is in reference to the acts that are generated by what the Munafiqin say and our going along and accepting what these Munafiqin say.
Another ayah in Surah Al Imran, 186
لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِي أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ
Allah’s going to try you in reference to your wealth and your possessions and in reference to your own selves- whether it is your personal self or whether it is your family self or whatever self you have… (Surah Aal Imran verse 186)
Here, once again, Allah created us; He knows our tendencies, He knows our weaknesses (and) He knows our deficiencies. One of these deficiencies is that we listen to what they- and they here is everyone who disagrees with us in an aggressive manner.
وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا أَذًى كَثِيرًا
… we tend to listen to them… (Surah Aal Imran verse 186)
Now we have an accommodating approach to Ahl Al Kitab. We are not hostile to people of scripture, we are not aggressive towards people of scripture as long as they are people of scripture but notice here people of scripture are conjoined with Al Mushrikin. So when that is the case then this behavior of accommodation and coexistence and the rest goes on alert but many Muslims they don’t notice this.
مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا أَذًى كَثِيرًا
… those who have been given scripture aforetime (or) before your time and from the Mushriks a tremendous amount of harm… (Surah Aal Imran verse 186)
There’s another ayah, actually there’s a full surah, Surah Al Munafiqun but in particular ayah number 4 from that surah says
وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَهُمْ تُعْجِبُكَ أَجْسَامُهُمْ ۖ وَإِن يَقُولُوا تَسْمَعْ لِقَوْلِهِمْ
… if you see them, you’re impressed by their physique and if they speak (or) if they verbalize their thoughts you tend to listen to what they have to say… (Surah Al Munafiqun verse 4)
These ayaat we take notice of in the context that what we are in. You’ve listened; you’ve had a full week or ten days to listen to the descriptions, to the analysis (and) to the recall that comes to us not via our own selves. Ask yourself- when you listen to what happened in Paris or when you listen to what happened in Sydney before that or when you listen every day to what’s happening in Syria or Iraq or Pakistan or these other areas where there’s this terroristic kill the other Muslim or kill the other individuals or organizations where does this information come to you from? Have you ever asked yourself where am I getting this information from? This is a deliberate, well thought out plan to undermine our sense of balance and our direction of guidance. They want to throw us off balance by these crazies who go about. Now we know sometimes words seem or come across as being very sharp, (i.e.) a Muslim saying about another Muslim or other Muslims who do these types of things that they are crazy! The reason for that is… Inside of themselves they could be very moral persons as far as etiquette is concerned (and) as far as everyday mannerisms are concerned. These people can be very moral individuals. We don’t know. The enemy doesn’t care to tell us that part of who they are and we ourselves don’t have the resources to investigate who they are. So we are left with what is out there, (i.e.), “look, we have to tighten security measures, we have to take away some civil liberties, we meaning the establishments and the power centers have to begin to spy on these individuals or these types of people, we have to listen to their telephone calls, we have to watch their emails- we have to do all of this.” All of us know or at least we should know and be familiar with Islamic movements (and) the Islamic pulse for independence and self determination. These individuals don’t come from that background! What Islamic movement do they come from? You tell us (or) you ask yourself: where do they come from? The honest answer to that is that they are a product of a type of Islamic emotionalism that is presented to them on the internet and the internet can be anyone. How do you certify (or) how are you sure that the site you went to on the internet is put together by sincere, bona fide, Islamically committed individuals? How are you sure of that? How is anyone sure that that is the case? We are not. When this whole thing that began with Al Qa’idah and Taliban back then 14 years (or) 15 years ago, (whenever it was and it continues to now), ran out of gas now they come with a new instrument of theirs, calling it ISIS in Asia or Boko Haram in Africa and they breath new life into this utility that doesn’t serve the Muslims. It has no basis in the Qur’an. Where in the Qur’an or in the Prophet’s hadiths does it say these types of acts are sanctioned (and) this type of behavior is acceptable? Where does it say this? As we say this and express this it doesn’t mean we don’t have Muslims who are desperate. We do have Muslims who are desperate, Muslims who are poor (and) Muslims who are in need- look at the condition of Muslims in today’s world. The majority of the refugees of the world, (we can say this comfortably), are Muslims. A good amount of the poor people in this world are Muslims living under the poverty line (and) barely surviving. So there are harsh economic and social conditions that the Muslims are in (but) this does not justify murder and mayhem. It doesn’t explain doing these types of acts.
Now we come to the core of the issue. The core of the issue is that Muslims are upset that there is a publication in France that is abusive of concepts and figures that Muslims honor and respect- first and foremost among them is Allah’s last Prophet. OK- this has been going on ever since Allah’s Prophet came to the world. The Mushriks in Makkah made more fun of the Prophet than these people in Paris. The Mushriks in Arabia gave Allah’s Prophet wars and battles and confrontations. Can anyone bring one incident from the 23 years of the Prophet’s struggle in Makkah and in Al Madinah when an equivalent event happened that is reminiscent of what happened in Paris or in Sydney or what is happening on a daily basis in many areas in Syria and in Iraq? Can anyone bring us one incident equivalent to that? Absolutely not because there is no such thing! This is not Islamic, it is not Qur’anic. It is not Prophetic to go to a certain place and kill individuals as hateful and as bitter as they are against Islam and the Qur’an and the Prophet, etc. Nothing! Our approach is an approach of confidence. It’s only people who don’t have confidence of who they are who do these things. They are doing it with direct or indirect supervision from masters that they don’t see and they don’t hear; (they are), financed by them (and) supported by them with weapons, with logistics, with connections, with the ability to travel. (Do) you mean to tell us (that) these states with their security systems (and) with their intelligence organizations are unable to see to it that a Muslim doesn’t leave their lands with the destination being that ISIS area in Syria and Iraq? They failed to do that?! They can’t do that any longer? These are people who have satellites. They tell us they have satellites that can read the license plates of these vehicles and they are incapable of tracing and tracking wayward individuals who go to kill in another part of the world?! All of a sudden all of the technology and all of the organization that they had failed?! They want us to believe this?! They want world public opinion to believe that “Muslims are no good, Muslims are bloodthirsty, Muslims are killers”- that’s how they want the whole world to believe because they set up some patsy individuals to do these types of things. They have media. Remember they have correspondents, they have writers, they have investigators, they have researchers- they are not short of all of these; why don’t we know the Islamic background of these individuals? What is it? How much Qur’an do they know? To which Islamic teacher they belong to- whether it is a Shaykh, whether it is an Imam, whether it is a Mujtahid, whatever. Just off the street like that?! And we’re supposed to believe that these are some type of Muslims of the future?! They, meaning these people who have the master plans in their hands, take our ignorance for granted. Here we are. The Muslims of the world are the underclass of the world. The Muslims of the world are the bleeding class of the world. The Muslims of the world are the refugees of the world. This is who we are but they overlook us in the hundred and millions. We don’t count in the hundreds and millions! They pick on a few individuals that they themselves recruited (and) that they brainwashed and gave them what is necessary as far as freedom of movement is concerned as far as what it takes to eventually pull the trigger- they facilitate all of that and then they parade these individuals in front of world wide public opinion and they say “look this is what Islam is all about. These are the Muslims.” That is how they do it and we are supposed to believe all of this. Pity the Muslims who don’t realize what is happening to us. This is what happens when we ourselves are disconnected from Allah and His Prophet. No longer is the words (alive)- you see the ayah that was quoted earlier from Surah Aal Imran, the ayah from Surah At Tawbah, the ayah from Surah Al Munafiqun just sample ayaat
وَفِيكُمْ سَمَّاعُونَ لَهُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِالظَّالِمِينَ
… and in your midst there are people who will listen to what they, (i.e.), the Zionists and the Imperialists have to say… (Surah At Tawbah verse 47)
Now we wish listening to them would have been about other issues but in this case we listen to them about what they say concerning us and that hurts. Allah in His wisdom and in His foresight saw our condition. He knows who we are and this is our weakness- we listen to not only what they have to say about us but also to the wording that they use about us. We listen to that and we begin to use there own words and we fall victims of our distance from Allah and his Prophet. This need not be! They would not be able to ever get away with this if we were in tune with these insightful ayaat that shed light on the dark corners of their psychology and the dark corners of our internal ignorance but here we are… These are the facts of life. We are dealing with this type of crowd out there that continues to demonize Islam and to dehumanize Muslims. This is the crowd and they are not tired of it! You’d think after 10 or 20 years they’d get sick and tired of this and they’d recognize the Muslims for who they are. We have no qualities to us!? They say “we don’t speak out against this.” One of the issues that is brought up in this context is freedom of speech. Now listen to this- they say “they pride themselves on freedom of speech.” We don’t have the freedom of speech to express ourselves in the House of Allah here in Washington DC. There’s no freedom! Who are they talking to? Freedom of speech?! How many journalists have been killed just trying to relay a news item even though they are working within the nexus of their own news organizations? They send them out to Syria and Iraq and they’re killed every year in the hundreds! People collecting news are killed in the hundreds but that doesn’t make it to public attention, that’s not on the front page of a newspaper (and) that’s not a subject matter that becomes commentary over the airwaves but something that serves them very well are these acts which they, themselves, have financed and they, themselves, have sponsored.
لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِي أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا أَذًى كَثِيرًا
Allah’s going to try you in reference to your wealth and your possessions and in reference to your own selves- whether it is your personal self or whether it is your family self or whatever self you have and you tend to listen to those who have been given scripture aforetime (or) before your time and from the Mushriks (resulting in) a tremendous amount of harm… (Surah Aal Imran verse 186)
Dear committed Muslims…
Two issues here that we want to mention very briefly here. Issue number one- you know we have been praying out here in the street for almost 32 years now. (In) another month and a half or so it will be 32 years. During these 32 years- because of the forces that are behind all of these shenanigans worldwide- we are prohibited from entering this building, the Islamic Centre that you see right here in front of your eyes. Yours truly, (just as an individual- nothing more (and) nothing less than whom you are), is the elected Imam of that centre right there. It happens to be that some people, who should know better, have come up recently in the past several months, (and some of these people may have been here at one time with us in the street), with a cute word to describe the person who gives this khutbah here on the sidewalk every Friday. They say “this is the former Imam of the Islamic Centre.” Now if we were not here may be you could find some type of explanation to say “this person is the former Imam, he was there at one time now he is gone”; but we are not gone! We’ve been here for 32 years and right now you’re coming and saying “this is the former Imam of the Islamic Centre.” We wonder whether the type of negotiations that are going on are beginning to show in that “well let’s take this a step forward and let’s concede that this person is no longer an Imam of the Islamic Centre.” This is a shame! It is a concession and it doesn’t belong. How would these same people who right now are not only verbalising it (but) they are putting it in writing like someone to refer to Al Imam Al Hussein, (alayhi as salaam) as the former Imam of Karbala’? How would that go down with them? But once again, there’s a master plan here and we are cognisant of every comma and every full stop in that master plan, especially when it comes our way. So these people who are conceding- and they can concede whatever they have- or trying to concede the struggle of others better watch their language.
The other issue has to do with that kingdom in the Arabian Peninsula. That kingdom in the Arabian Peninsula has an ailing king who has been admitted to the hospital because his health is failing. Then some news papers write about, maybe, the eminent death of that monarch and they may use their own journalistic language in doing that. Why does anyone get upset? Why is anyone upset if journalistic language is used with the hope that this king passes on to His Maker? Why does anyone get upset with that? Is there also here the same thing going on behind the scenes? “Oh- we cant step up on the toes of the Saudis?” No. We can step on their toes, we can step on their robes and we can step on their nasty character! There’s nothing holy about them, there is nothing reverential about them! They are fools of the earth! Let this statement echo from one place to another- they are the fools of the earth! They bring down the price of petroleum. Their foreign minster meets with the foreign minister of Washington and then they decide (that) in order for these negotiations to go well in Europe, (i.e.), the P5+1 and that stuff “you have to put more squeeze on them so pump more oil and bring the prices down.” These same people in the Arabian Peninsula who are in control of this abnormal exporting of oil- a few weeks ago (over) just one weekend their economies took a hit of $49billion- they lost. The Saudis who are spearheading this effort are beginning to withdraw money from their reserves for the first time- that’s an act of war and it’s not disproportionate to say that we hope the head of that hierarchy goes to where he belongs in the life to come. That evil of nonsense!
Just last week one of their “scholars” one of their “Ulema’” gave an opinion which he thinks is binding that “it is haram for Muslims to build a snowman.” Look at this- where are we living?! Where is this person living?! Is that what occupies his mind? If the Muslims get some snow they’re going to make a snowman?! Can’t he see what is happening to the Muslims of the world and in close proximity to him? The Saudis are building a 600 kilometre long fence. The political cousins of the Zionists and Israelis who built that fence in the Holy land now are being copycatted by the Saudis who are building a fence between them and Iraq in the north of their kingdom. Speak about discrimination, speak about racism, speak about bigotry- there you have it. The events prove it to us who is who! The Saudis and the Israelis are cousins of interests.