The Muslim Ummah is faced with many problems but often Muslims themselves are to blame. Consider the latest phenomenon of the thug al-Baghdadi and his declaration of the Khilafah. The noble concept of the Khialfah is being ridiculed by mass murderers and rapists using Islamic terms. The ill-conceived project is bound to collapse soon and with it will die the misplaced hopes of thousands of Muslim youth.
Muslims opposed to the extremist ideology espoused and practiced by the likes of al-Qaeda, have to be careful not to become unwitting tools of imperialism.
The cliques that run mosques in North America pursue their own narrow agendas without addressing the burning issues or paying attention to the needs of the people. This has resulted in alienating most Muslims.
Sister Salina Khan challenges the conventional, ritualistic approach to performing Hajj and explains her experiences during the last Hajj.
Muslims have become fond of building cathedral style masajid where all kinds of restrictions are imposed. Sister Salina Khan argues that masajid should become centers of activism for social, political and economic justice.
We are living in a world that bends the facts and twists the truths to suit their interests and basically their profits and moneymaking strategies. We are first of all thankful to Allah that we don’t belong to that crowd of people. Secondly, we thank Allah generously for providing us with the information that is necessary for us to continue to stand up for the truth and for justice regardless of how the winds blow. So in this particular timeframe that we are in there’s a lot of talk about what they call “the application of Shari’ah.” It has taken on a momentum of its own here. The media, the pundits, the propagandists, the public relations persons are all in a type of assault mode concerning what they call “Shari’ah law.” Brothers and sisters- before we get drawn into their direction of things, let us take a brief moment of rebooting our minds or of recalculating this plethora of information out there.
As you may have realised throughout all of these years, we have endeavoured our human best to clarify issues that have been buried under centuries of ignorance and generations that have abdicated their responsibilities. It wasn’t an easy effort and it still remains to be a challenging one. Obviously with all that is said and all that is expressed we, (meaning the Muslims), still have a condition in the world that needs necessary improvements. Our concentration is on our own internal thoughts because that’s the dynamo (and) that’s the dynamic of how we proceed in life and because we all refer to Allah’s Prophet let us revisit some of his character and interaction with the people around him- provided we are thinking. This is another obstacle that we encounter.
Today, we are highly conscious of Allah’s power and authority therefore we behave with that consciousness, saying the truth whatever the results may be. The final results are with Allah and not here; our presence here is only transitory. Brothers and sisters, committed Muslims- be advised that we are not individuals only. We are a larger body of committed Muslims. If we read the Qur’an with a consciousness and a thinking mind, we notice that Allah speaks to our plural character more than He speaks to our singular character. This would mean that when we read the ayaat of the Qur’an and we come across such words as Muslim and Mu’min and whatever extractions we have from these two words we realize that in the overwhelming majority of ayaat the collective body of Muslims and Mu’mins is mentioned much more than the singular Muslim or Mu’min. Muslims are expected to have a jama’ah.
One of the problems, (if not one of the major problems), we have is the misunderstanding that has settled in and that has been taken for granted; this misunderstanding has to do with the confusion or the separation of two terms (or) two words or two ideas. We are supposed to understand better but to say the truth at this time we don’t. There has been a separation of authority from divinity. This suits the secular world very well but it does not belong in our mind and in our life. When we say ilah we mean a divinity and an authority together- they are inseparable; that is why our definition is expressed by ash shahadah. I bear witness that there is no Ilah except Allah. The word ilah here does not mean a heavenly deity or a cosmic divinity that has no effect or has no influence in our lives. Alas- the Muslims have been assaulted throughout the centuries in a way that has excluded authority from its divine definition; so when someone says “oh there’s one God” that means that...
The consciousness and the attention that is required of you as it is part of the meaning of taqwa on this day; I beg you to pay attention to an abbreviated khutbah because of the time factor and because of the weather factor. We, Muslims, have been living and practice an individuals and sometimes selfish practice of Islam. There’s not much meaning that accompanies our Islamic practices. What is required of us is to, as much as possible, bring the Prophet’s behavior and interaction in his times and society into our lives and at the same time transfer our lives into his social and his personal life. This is something we have not done and all attempts at doing it have been short of a full success. Let us bring to your attention what we mean by this and we’re going to be guided by an ayah in the Qur’an in doing and expressing what we’re going to be expressing to you.
We are guided by Allah and the meanings that have been expressed to us by him. Certainly Masajid are Allah’s therefore you, (the committed Muslims), do not evoke anyone besides Him. (Surah Al Jinn verse 18) This point we tried to clarify in the past. There’s another ayah in Surah Al Anfal- the ayah thirty-four- in which Allah describes those who are in control of Al Masjid Al Haram at that time and if the conditions repeat themselves, at this time.
Allah says, and we want you to pay close attention to these ayaat- and the ayaat proceed until the end of the surah- Surah Al Fajr. We have visited these ayaat before and as is the feature of Allah’s words and phrases and meanings, they keep on giving extra meaning for those who keep on giving Allah extra efforts. This is the interaction or the interplay between Allah and we who within a certain range of dedication or commitment respond to Him- some of us more than others (and) others of us less than others. If you can- with all the experience and with all the explanations that you have in your mind and in your life- come now to try to grasp another level of meanings of these ayaat. The first set of ayaat have to do with physical laws.
This writer has never had the privilege of performing Hajj. It may be many years before I am able to do so, although I hope and pray to have the opportunity before the end of my time on this earth, insha’allah.
The Fiqh Council of North America, which is linked to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), has issued an astonishing statement regarding the date of Eid al-Adha, which amounts to a recommendation that Muslims ignore the commandments of Allah.
Any Muslim considers Hajj to be a journey in repentance and submission, and hopes to return home cleansed of all sins, like a new-born baby. Hajj is an arduous undertaking beginning with the hijra (migration) of the Muslim from his or her place of abode to Makkah in preparation for the performance of various rites.
Zamfara, an overwhelmingly Muslim state in northern Nigeria, adopted Shari’ah law on October 27, amidst celebrations by the area’s Muslim population and widespread support among other Muslims in the country.
The topic of women in Islam has long been a favourite with modern writers, many of whom have advanced their careers on the backs of the ‘oppressed’ Muslim women whose cause they claim to champion.
What kind of people would open fire with automatic weapons on a group of worshippers in a mosque who had just completed Fajr prayers and were sitting to recite the Qur’an? The only answer is: coldblooded murderers and professional killers. To call them anything else would be outrageous.
The assumption that western culture is inherently superior to all other cultures is the vantage point from which all social and religious philosophies are judged by the west. Muslim societies are, thus, regarded with special interest, fear and ignorance.