Friday 29 October 1999
Everyday, many times a day all Muslims turn to Allah and say, ba’d audhu billahi minash shaytanir rajim;
Ihdinas siratal mustaqim
Guide us on the Straight Path.
We are told by the Mufassireen, the recognised commentators on the Noble Qur’an, that the Surat al-Fatihah from which this blessed ayah comes contains all of the Qur’an. They say this means it contains all the various elements that are expanded upon throughout Allah’s Book, such as the Oneness of Allah, the Shari’ah, stories of the Prophets, the Next world and so on.
The Sirat al-Mustaqeem is considered as that part of our journey lived in this world according to what Allah and His Rasul, sallallahu alayhi wa sallim, laid down as correct and without fault, leading to the Garden in the Next World. Its being the path through this world is emphasised by our request of Allah that precedes it in this ayah, namely – ihdina – guide us. Continue reading “Knowledge and Governance”
Jubayr ibn Mut‘im‚ related that the prophet said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallim, “I have five names. I am Muhammad. I am Ahmad. I am al-Mahi‚ (the Obliterator, or Effacer), by whom Allah effaces kufr. I am al-Hashir (the Gatherer) before whom people are gathered. I am al-‘Aqib” (the Last).
He, sallallahu alayhi wa sallim, is called Muhammad, because he is endowed the most with those qualities that are praiseworthy among mankind. It is also a description of his station among men that more than any other he has been, is and will be, praised by others repeatedly, and along with love of him this is the most appropriate attitude towards him. Continue reading “Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallim”
FIRST KHUTBAH 1st December 2000
بَعْد أعوذ بالله من الشّيطان الرّجيم
وَرَحْمَتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ – فَسَأَكْتُبُهَا لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ وَيُوتُونَ الزَّكَواةَ وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ بِأَيَاتِنَا يُومِنُونَ
My mercy extends to all things
but I will prescribe it for those who have taqwa
and pay the Zakah,
and those who believe in Our Signs:
When Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, mentions that His mercy extends to everything, it indicates that nothing exists except by the Mercy of Allah. This is an undifferentiated mercy that is necessary for anything to exist and survive. Existence itself is a mercy.
If we remember that Allah told us that when He desired to create the universe He took a portion of His light and said to it, “Be Muhammad”, and also that He sent him, sallallahu alayhi wa sallim, only as a mercy to all the worlds, we can see that mercy is the very fabric of our existence and Allah’s will.
The first thing a child does as it emerges from the womb, before it cries is breathe. This first sustaining breath comes with the gift of life and is quickly followed by others until the last one heralds our entry into the next world. It is the gift which makes all else possible, and the one we can least do without while in this world. Continue reading “Khutbah – Ramadan Mercy”
If we look at the world we live in with the eyes of the dominant culture, which is hard not to, given the all-pervasive nature of information dissemination, we will see a society in rapid change, with ever-shifting values. This makes it difficult to know where, and who we are, where we are going and even where we have come from.While the whole world seems to be swept along on a hurricane of delusion and deceit, the Muslim who stands by what Allah has revealed to him through His beloved Rasul, sallallahu alayhi wa sallim, remains firm like a mountain. Whatever comes to him, he always washes and stands before his Lord five times a day. He does as commanded and avoids what is forbidden. The degree of his firmness is his holding to the Shari’ah following in the footsteps of the Prophet and his companions. Continue reading “KHUTBAH 12th November 1999 – Norwich, England”
Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, says in suratu’l-Hajj;
“I allowed time to the kafirun
but then I seized them.
How terrible was My denial!
How many wrongdoing cities We destroyed,
and now all their roofs and walls are fallen in;
How many abandoned wells and stuccoed palaces!
Have they not travelled about the earth
and do they not have hearts to understand with
or ears to hear with?
It is not their eyes which are blind
but the hearts in their breasts which are blind.”
In this era of disasters and cataclysm brought by Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, it is time for Muslims to wake up and take charge as much as we are able according to what Allah sent us and what His Rasulullah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallim, demonstrated of our Deen. While the Kuffar continue to deny Allah by attributing last year’s tsunami and the recent hurricane in the southern states of North America to the forces of nature, we have to understand that the world is in rapid change, not in the way the media and politicians like to present as technological and democratic, but in the way Allah mentions in the first of the ayaat that were recited. Continue reading “KHUTBAH 9th September 2005 – Rasesa, Botswana”
Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, tells us in suratul Al ‘Imran;
“Allah witnesses that there is no God but Him
As do the Angels and the people of knowledge,
There is no god but Him,
the Almighty, the All-Wise.
The Deen with Allah is Islam.
Those given the book only differed
After knowledge had come to them, envying one another.
As for those who reject Allah’s signs,
Allah is swift at reckoning.
If they argue with you, say,
I have submitted myself completely to Allah,
and so have all who follow me.”
Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, the Creator and Originator of everything from the beginning of time until its end tells us that He sent sayyidina Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallim, with Islam for man to live by. With Allah it is the only deen that is acceptable; that means it is the only road -Shari’ah- that leads to Him and the Garden in the Akhirah, the permanent destination. It is not a religion among religions; all religions are astray and do not lead to Allah or salvation. This includes ‘Islam’ if it turns into a religion as opposed to the way of Islam -submission- that all the prophets brought. Continue reading “KHUTBAH 11th June 2004 – Gaborone, Botswana”