Surat al-Kahf, the 18th surah in the noble Qur’an, has attracted unusual amount of commentary. Its three main narratives – concerning the People of the Cave, Moses and the mysterious servant of God, and the travels of Dhul-Qarnayn – are somewhat enigmatic and seem to demand interpretation.
Brute force is not the answer to every problem even if the temptation to use force has gained currency in Pakistan in the aftermath of the Peshawar school massacre. Lessons must be learned from the past in order not to repeat them.
First I would like to comment on the very refreshing and uplifting presentation that we just heard from Pastor Dankoff. I sort off, (it’s like a split personality), was sitting down (and) living with his words and the truth and validity there-in and on the other hand living with some of the listeners knowing the type of background. I can understand the type of, (sometimes people call it), conspiracy theory mentality that is out there but I want you to rest assured that none of that element existed in this podium here from the previous speaker- you can take my word for that.
When we go back to the ayah in Surah Al Kahf, follow me especially those of you who know a little bit of Arabic or much more of it. OK- let us just give you the meaning of that. … Al haqq is from your Sustainer; whoever chooses to commit to Allah may do so and whoever chooses to deny Allah may do so… (Surah Al Kahf verse 29) Then, what does the following sentence say? … We have prepared for Adh Dhaalimeen… (Surah Al Kahf verse 29) He didn’t say Inna a’tadna li Al Kafireen. Remember, this is in the same ayah. OK- we are talking about iman and kufr and then immediately, We have in store for Adh Dhaalimeen not Al Kafireen- why? Is there a disconnect here? No it’s not; because kufr, (as we said), has a life of its own. It has its dynamics, it begins as this conviction (or) this persuasion in a person- that’s fine.
We try, with Allah’s help, to approximate the vital and life giving meanings of Allah and His Prophet to you as should be the case and as should be the communication effort at a time like this on a day like this. We have been throughout the many many khutbahs in the past trying our best to concentrate on rehabilitating our thoughts about Allah, His Prophet, Islam Iman, Al Amal As Salih, jihad, leadership, etc. and in light of that we will, (as we did in the last khutbah), select some words from the Prophet’s farewell address and try to reconsider their meanings anew. The Prophet of Allah in khutbah al wada’ said oh people- verily Ash Shaytaan is in despair; he has given up that he should ever be the object of your ibadah in this land forever... Now what does these words mean?
We have been here, forced out of the Masjid, for twenty-nine years this week and it is not for any simple reason that this whole development occurred. There is a central theme in Islam, in the history of the Prophets and in the contents of scripture that has been lost. And as long as speakers and preachers, khuta’ba’ and wu’adh avoid that central theme they are free to go in and out of Masajid and any other Holy areas but once they begin to zero-in on that long lost central theme they become persons who are targeted, persons who are expelled from the Masajid and persons who are of interest and persons who are almost outlaws. You can see the mechanics of the system when it has been working when Muslims are beginning to discover their lost character and their lost responsibilities. We have been in an extended effort of trying to put together the details of this central but absent subject of Islam and we will continue that effort with Allah’s help and guidance.
There are very important movements of people that we watch everyday or whenever the opportunity comes to present itself. People in such countries as Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia just to name a few places that we- with our God-given minds are trying to think through- if we do that because there are many of us who don’t even do that! The problem is not a recent problem. The problem has its historical depth. With Allah’s help, to begin we want to draw your attention with the fact that when Allah revealed the information that we have to the Prophet who we have He did not refer to it only as al kitab. There are many ayaat in the Qur’an that refer to the Qur’an itself as al kitab or the divine writ but He also refers to it as al hikmah. In about twenty times in the Qur’an in Allah’s words, His revelation is described as hikmah.
These days are days of transformation with Allah’s help and guidance otherwise they are just euphoria and a chapter in history. Allah, (we hope and pray to think through the meanings that come to us from Him), in these ayaat at the beginning of Surah Al Qasas says and speaks to us about not only a historical event but a continuous fact that we observe throughout the course of history and indeed in our time. So what are these ayaat saying?
We are conscious of the fact that we are approaching the annual Hajj. We have between us and Yawm Al Arafat around three weeks and it is the custom of the khutaba’ on Fridays to cushion these approaching weeks with khutbahs and sermons pertaining to the Hajj. This tradition is an honourable one provided that the information that is presented is germane snd pertinent information of ayaat and ahadith concerning the Hajj. But what we have is a sequence of khutbahs that do not fill the mind/heart of the listening Muslims with the information that make them the Hujjaj/pilgrims that they are supposed to be- so we are left with the task of filling the void and dealing with the real issues so that when/if we go to the Hajj we go equipped with a thinking mind and a fervent heart.
There has been something like a broken record/expressions that have been circulating in the public, (of course, in a vast array/network of information that’s around), that is meant to scare/cut the Muslims away from Allah and His Prophet. You can recall the cartoon issue, the burning of the Qur’an issue, the flushing of the copies of the Qur’an in the toilets. All of this imagery accompanies/comes with a presentation that Muslims want to, (and this is what you will/have been hearing, these are their words) impose Shari’ah law. For the past several years this expression has come into vogue. It’s an oft repeated expression that you hear when you’re listening to the radio/turn on your TV/read the newspaper. They don’t tire of saying “ Muslims want to impose Shari’ah law.”
The condition that we, the Muslims, are in require our attention- obviously. The circumstances that we are struggling through demand solutions that we in the absence of Allah do not have. You and I- brothers and sisters- have been living these years and we have throughout these years been put in a position today to feel, (think about the majority of us of course), either inferior/apologetic/passive/indifferent, (as it were). If we were to summarise what we have done to ourselves and what others have done to us and look at ourselves frankly/objectively/with open eyes/minds we would discover that we are meant not to respond to what is being done to us. That’s what everyone who has power wants us to be. At the core of all of this issue is our immunity/strength. If we no longer have an immune/muscular system to our bodies we become the play things or anyone/everyone.
I would like to thank the moderator for his kind words in the introduction. What was said about your simple brother here is, I think, a tad bit more than what a humble brother is. We, (meaning myself, Brother Afeef and our families and also there were other members of the ICIT who were here; we think most of them have returned now but they were here in the country for a good ten-or-twelve days), come to you this evening with a further publication of this tafsir that some of you may be familiar with right now because the last volume was printed and distributed here in South Africa so those of you who obtained it have a feeling for what the rest of the tafsir will develop into. Some of you may have also familiarised yourself with this tafsir by reading the Crescent International - this is a monthly magazine of the Global Islamic Movement;
On September 19, the opening day of the UN General Assembly session in New York, Iranian president MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD gave a speech that was applauded around the world. Here we reprint the full text of that speech.
From that day when Muhammad (PBUH) left Mecca after thirteen years of anguish and continuous struggle and went to Medina, he knew that the period of weakness and concealment of Islam had ended and that he must, with the help of his loyal and valiant followers, lay the foundation of a civilisation with the glory of an Islamic organization, and construct the basis of his political regime in the way which God desired.
My presentation to you this evening concerns an area and a subject that has become a worldwide topic. The media has been playing football with the word jihad. They toss it around from one corner of the Earth to the other; they bounce it around from one Muslim community to the next and they try to make for it an explanation for their aggressive and war-like policies. The problem that we encounter as Muslims, (I don’t mean probably you and I, but in the larger context of Muslims is that many of us at times turn apologetic when it comes to the word jihad, either because we don’t understand what the word means in the Qur’an or we don’t understand what the enemies of Islam mean to us or we don’t understand both these issues; we don’t understand jihad as it was meant in the context of this world and we don’t understand what the Mushriks and the Kafirs are about in the context of this world.
As the days and years go by, our certainty and assurance of Allah’s promise and His words increase. In the varying ayaat of the Qur’an reference is made to those who are opposed to the presence of Allah in reality- these types are to be found almost everywhere. In the verses of the Qur’an, Allah (Whose wisdom is overwhelming and Whose Will is overpowering), on several occasions highlights the confusion of those who have made their lives an arena of activity opposed to Gods presence. We were standing here 13 years ago- in those circumstances, the world was another place; there has been many changes that have occurred since that time. In that world of 13 years ago there was a superpower in what they conveniently described as a superpower world; there was a Soviet Union and a United States. In the climate of that world there were tendencies to believe that there was some type of genuine clash of ideologies and policies between one or the other.
(Imam Muhammad Al Asi): In order for a revolution to become an exercisable act in a Muslim society first of all there has to be the element of injustice and oppression in the world around it. That is something that anyone can detect in the present day world that we are living in. The second part of this process is that the Muslim who is the recruit of an Islamic Revolution has to identify that injustice. Obviously a revolution may not become possible if a Muslim cannot identify what he is revolting for (or) what he is establishing his jihad for. The third part of this revolution is a program. You have to have a program for an Islamic Revolution. The outlines in general are set but the details in that outline depends on the area and particularities and the conditions. Then the forth stage of it all is the most important one (i.e.) the will of a Muslim to act in a revolutionary sense.
O you who have pledged yourselves to Allah: don’t adopt Al Yahud and An Nasara as your superior/ equivalent/inferior allies or don’t position yourselves in regards to them in any position of alliance; proportions/segments of them (meaning Al Yahud/An Nasara) are allies/in alliance to other proportions/segments of them (meaning Al Yahud wa An Nasara)… (Surah Al Maa’idah verse 51)