'alaikum wa rahmatul láhi wa barakátuh!”
” [Wait for adhán]
“A-úthu billáhi minash shaytánir rajeem. Bismilláhir rahmánir raheem.
Al hamdu lillahi nahmaduhu wanasta’eenahu, wanastagh-firuhu,
wanatoobu ilayhi, wana’oothu Billaahi min shuroori an-fusinaa, wamin sayyi
May- Yahdillahu fa huwal muhtad, wa may- yudlill falan tajidaa lahu
waliyan murshida. Wa ash-hadu an Laa ilaaha ill-Alláh, wahdahoo laa shareeka
lah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhoo warasooluh”
All Praise is due to Alláh, We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our own evils and our own bad deeds.
Anyone who is guided by Alláh, he is indeed guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him.
I bear witness that there is no god but Alláh, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad, sws, is His servant, and His messenger.
respected Brothers and Sisters
young British Muslims were arrested recently, on suspicion of planning acts of
terror. This, naturally, must be a matter of great concern to everyone. As yet,
no one can say whether they are guilty or innocent of any crime. We can only
hope and pray, that the due process of law will be observed impartially and that
the courts will decide the outcome fairly.
present crisis confronts Muslims in Britain, as well as in Europe, North
America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, indeed wherever Muslims are a minority.
This crisis has several dimensions, and some serious questions have to be
What would you do, if you found some Muslims in your neighbourhood, making a bomb or planning an act of terror? Will you quietly walk away, pretending you didn't notice anything wrong? If some terrible loss of life occurred, and you knew it was being planned, does not your silence make you a part of the crime?
Islam does not allow us to look the other way, when we know that actions forbidden by Allah, are being planned, and innocent lives are put at risk. Muslims are not allowed to use unjust means in order to establish justice.
me say from the outset, that if we find anyone planning acts of terror, we have
a duty to stop them, and report them to the police. We cannot allow criminal
actions to be planned and executed, in the name of Islam, without doing our Islámic duty, our
humanitarian duty to
prevent such atrocities. Alláh commands us to be just, even to those who think
we are enemies.. In Sura 4:135 Alláh
You who believe, stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to fair dealing,
even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your family, and whether it be
[against] rich or poor: for Alláh can best protect both. Follow not the lusts
of your hearts, lest you swerve, and if you distort [justice] or decline to do
justice, truly Alláh is well acquainted with all that you do.”
next Surah, we are ordered to be just, even to those who hate us. Allah says, in
Chapter 5:v138 “O You who believe! Stand out firmly for God, as
witnesses to fair dealing, and do not let the hatred of others towards you, make
you swerve to do wrong and to depart from justice. Be just: that is next to
piety[taqwa’ ] and fear God. For God is well acquainted with all that
verses are very clear and need no further explanation. Now, we need to go
further, and ask ourselves some very basic questions. The answers will have a
big impact on our future, and on the future of Islám in the West.
harmonious co-existence possible between Muslim minorities and their host
community? If the answer is No, then the future looks bleak for everyone. If the
answer is Yes, then what can we do to make our presence at least tolerable, if
not altogether welcome? And, while we constantly face historical prejudice
reinforced by a hostile mass media, what can we do to dispel negative
stereotypes and improve our host community’s perception of Islám and its
khutbah can only touch on some of the main issues we need to focus on. And the
best place to start is to seek guidance from The Holy Qur'án, and the prophetic
Sunnah. An authentic Hadith, narrated by Abu Dawood, states that the Prophet
Muhammad sws, said:
best Jihad is saying a word of truth in the court of an unjust ruler.”
The best Jihad, is saying a word of truth in the court of an unjust
ruler. What a beautiful Hadith! It is so beautiful in its profound simplicity.
in Sura Al Ahzaab 33:71 we read:
“Yaa ay-yuhal latheena aamanutaqul-laha wa quooloo qowlan sadeedaa.
Yus-lih-lakum a’maalakum wayagh-fir lakum thunoo-bakum, waman-yuti’illaaha
warasoolah faqad’ faaza fouzan atheemaa.”
“O you who believe! Be conscious of Allah, and speak a
straightforward word. He will repair your deeds, He will forgive your sins, and
whoever obeys Allah and His messenger, has surely gained the highest
conscious of Alláh, [have taqwa’], and speak a straightforward word….
Don’t hesitate and don’t be ambiguous. And, follow the Prophet’s example.
We should never fear the consequences of speaking truthfully. Sometimes, people
feel intimidated by others, so they say with their tongues what they do not feel
in their hearts. Of course, we Muslims should be grateful to our host community,
for allowing us to live peacefully in Britain. But we also have a duty as
Muslims, and as fellow-citizens of this great country, to be truthful. We should
never feel that we have to apologise for Islám. Nor should we be so grateful
for being here, that we avoid telling the truth about our concerns. Allah orders
us to be truthful, even if it puts us into some difficulty. But there is a way
to be truthful without being offensive. We must be calm, persuasive and
dignified at all times. We should never resort to abusive language, or violence,
to impose our views on others. The Holy Qur'an reminds us, in: [Sura
“Od’ ‘U ilaa sabeeli Rabbika bil hikmati, wal mow ‘idatil
“Invite to the Way of your Lord, with wisdom and beautiful preaching…”
our wisdom and beautiful preaching, we must convince our fellow-citizens in the
wider community, that our concerns are reasonable and just. We are deeply
concerned about the wisdom of our government’s foreign policy, which favours
the rich, the powerful against the poor, the victims of oppression. The decision to invade Iraq was a
monumental mistake. It has seriously damaged Britain's good name and long-term
interests in the Muslim world. Our government also needs to address its historic
responsibility in finding a just solution in Palestine. The Balfour Declaration
was made here, in our Houses of Parliament, and we have an inescapable moral
responsibility to resolve the disastrous consequences that followed it .
and sisters, we have a lot of work to do. The events of the last few weeks have
made it brutally clear, that we cannot be complacent about our condition.
Starting with ourselves, individually, we have to improve our knowledge, our
understanding and our behaviour, in short, our Islámic character. We must refine
and perfect our Adab. We must prioritise things. It’s no use having
completed a Ph.D dissertation on the minute legal differences of interpretation
between the math-habs, when we cannot even get along peacefully with
our neighbours. We are not going to win hearts and minds, if we are rude to our
host community, calling them kafirs, [unbelievers], while we enjoy their hospitality,
their charity, and some of us even still live off the dole.
Muslims have a whole raft of problems that are interconnected: There is
unemployment, low educational achievement. We are victims of Islamophobia which
leaves us marginalized, and
demonised. We are increasingly being seen as the ‘enemy within’ as acts of mindless
terror are being done in our name. We all know that Islám condemns terrorism.
We have to deal with a hostile media, and with an increasingly worried and
suspicious host community. No amount of writing wonderful articles and making
fiery speeches will put matters right, unless we also provide practical, living
proof that we deserve respect and that our presence here is a real asset to our
make one thing clear. If we Muslims are to have any future in the modern world,
for our children and grandchildren, then that future will not come from
alienating the very people Alláh wants us to invite to Islam. Our neighbours
deserve from us, nothing less than the utmost respect and courtesy. And if we
don’t know how to do it, we will have to learn, very quickly, how to express our
concerns using elegant words and equally gracious manners. Our future, and the
future of our children here in the West, will depend on it. Alláh warns us in
Sura 47.verse 38.
if you turn aside, if you disobey Allah, He will replace you with another people, and they will not be
“Alhamdu lillahi Rabbil ‘Aalameen. Was-salaatu was-salaamu alaa Khairil mursaleen. Muhammadin-nabeey-yil Ummiy-yee, wa-‘alaa aalihee, wasah-bihee, aj-ma’een.
All praise is due to Alláh, the Lord of all the Worlds; may the greetings and peace be upon the best messenger, Muhammad, the unlettered prophet; and upon his family and upon all of his companions.
Innalláha wa malaaikata yusallúna alan nabi. Yá ay yuhal latheena ámanu sallú alayhi wasalli mú tas leema.
Behold, Alláh and his angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O you who believe! Ask for blessings on him, and salute him with a worthy greeting.
Allahumma salli alá Muhammad, wa ala áli Muhammad, kama salayta ala Ibrahim, wa ala ali Ibrahim. Allahumma barik ala Muhammad, wa alaa áli Muhammad, kama barakta ala Ibrahim, wa ala ali ibrahim. Fil ála meen, innaka hameedun majeed.”
O Alláh! Send your greetings upon Muhammad and his family, just as you sent your greetings on Ibraheem, and his family. O Alláh, send you blessings on Muhammad and his family, just as you blessed Ibraheem and his family. In both worlds, you are praiseworthy and exalted."
hanallahi wal hamdu lillah, wala hawla wala quwwata illah billah yu althi yual
"All glory is for Allah, and all praise is for Allah; There is no power and no strength except with Allah."
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
of the great miracles of The Holy Qur'án is that its guidance is so relevant to
every time and every place. If you approach the Qur'án with the right
intention, to seek the guidance for some difficulty or to relieve some distress,
you will find exactly what you seek. Let us see what The Holy Qur'án says about
this dangerous and distressful situation that we find ourselves in today.
Sura Al-Baqara [2:v155] we read:
sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or
lives or the fruits of your toil; but give glad tidings to those who persevere,
who say, when afflicted with calamity: ‘From God do we come, and to Him is our
and Sisters, let us take this latest crisis as just another test from Alláh. He
wants to measure our Iman, our commitment to Him. And let us make sure that in
this test we will never be found wanting. Who else do we have to turn to, if not
to Alláh? Who else do we have complete faith and trust in, if not in Alláh?
Shouldn’t we depend on Him, serve him and look forward to our meeting with
Him? Indeed, this is the whole point of our existence. We have been created,
alongside the world of Jinn, to worship only Alláh. ~ [Arabic]
Sura Dhariyát, Allah says,
khalqtul jinna wal insa illá liya’ budoon."
have only created jinns and men, that they may serve Me"
Holy Qur'án tells us that we will face many hardships before we are ready to
meet our maker, but we should never despair of His help, because the help of Alláh
is always near:
in Sura Al-Baqara, [ch2:v214]
word of warning: we will not find ready-made solutions on the bookshelves of the
Islámic Movements of 50 years ago. Our solutions will have to grow out of our
special conditions of today, which are quite different from half a century ago.
In an excellent recent article, Shaikh Abdal Hakim Murad of Cambridge says, and
“… we need to acknowledge that confrontational readings of
Islam, imported by some leaders from countries where confrontation with local
tyrannies is often morally necessary, may not serve Muslims in the dangerous
context of the modern West. It is already clear to many that Mawlana Mawdudi and
Sayyid Qutb were not writing for 21st century Muslim minorities in America and
Britain, but for a mid-twentieth century struggle against secular repression and
corruption in majority Muslim lands. They themselves would, quite possibly, be
startled to learn that their books were being pressed on utterly different
communities, fifty years later.”
solutions, we will have to turn to wise scholars of today, who have a sound
knowledge of Islám and the history, culture and dynamics of life in the modern
world. Among these are great scholars like Shaikh Yusuf Qaradawi, as well as
Shaikh Hamza Yusuf and Shaikh Abdal Hakim Murad. …
summarise, we must do these things:
must ignore those who use the good name of Islám to preach hate and violence.
We must engage with our neighbours in the wider community, to share the many
aspects of British and Islámic life, that occupy the same space. Never forget
that we Muslims in the West enjoy many rights and freedoms that most Muslim countries do not
their own people. Tolerance, cleanliness, good manners, concern for the less
fortunate, and a love of justice and fairness, are just some of the common values we
share with our neighbours in the wider community. Brother Amjud said in one of
his excellent khutbahs, that many of our neighbours in this country are already
more than 50% Muslim. Many of them already have the honesty and integrity that a
true Muslim should have. Our good neighbours only need to acknowledge the kalima shahada,
that there is no god except One God, and that Muhammad sws is His messenger, to
complete their Faith. We have a big responsibility to help them.
us sincerely pray to Alláh, to help us through this most difficult of times. O
Alláh, help us to remain true to our faith, to be steadfast in the face of
provocation and danger. Let us live and die as Muslims, upholding the beauty and
honour of Islám, being kind to our neighbours, being truthful, and serving You
and seeking your Mercy and your Love.
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