THE TRUE MEANINGS OF HAJJ
- THE STREET M IMB ARJUMAH KHUTBAH (21 December 2007)webpage: www.geocities.com/khutbahshttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/the_street_mimbar/Suggestions & Criticisms: PLEASE e-mail: khutbahs@...It is in such a manner that We make plain our signs so that the course of thecriminals may become clear.Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem.Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family.Maasharal Mumineen....audio on http://www.islamiccenterdc.com/khutbassermons.htm (15-12-2006)THE TRUE MEA NI NG OF HAJJDuring these days the attention of the hearts, the focus and the occupation of ourselves becomes the Hajj. We all know that Al Hajj is a mandatory responsibility.Incumbent among men by Allah is the pilgrimage to the House of Allah for those who are able to do so (Surah Ahl Imran verse 97)With reliance on Allah- what we want to move forward with is the essence of this Hajj because it has decayed into what it is today. The Hajj was not meant to be a perel of people every year meaninglessly going and coming back from this Hajj. Towards the end, Allah saysAllah has designated or rendered Al Ka'bah, Al Bayt Al Haram, the inviolable house qiyaaman lil naas (Surah Al-Maaidah verse 100)Allahs word Qiyaaman lil naas- here is where our human condition fails to capture this description of Allah as He defines this sanctuary in Makkah i.e. Qiyaaman lil naas. The stagnant mind or the static understanding today by the average or the officially guided Muslims is that Makkah is a place in which Muslims rise in fulfillment of their ritualistic duties in which people dont even think about what it means when it says people stand up in these five or seven or several stations or positions that they go to in an around Makkah. We in our humble and meek understanding of this ayah respond to this sinking traditional interpretation of the word Qiyaaman lil naas (and) say that the word Qiyaaman lil naas means a motivation for people. One of the meanings of Qiyaaman lil naas is thatAllah has rendered Makkah and the holy sanctuary to be motivation for people (Surah Al-Maaidah verse 100)When Allah says to His Prophet, in one of the 1st ayaat to be revealed- the word qum in the ayah is related to the word qiyaaman in this ayah that pertains to the Hajj; which meansOh you who are enwrapped or engulfed in your condition or your status quo (Surah Al-Mudathir verse 1)this is an address to Allahs Prophet from Allahbe motivated (Surah Al-Mudathir verse 2)andAllah has rendered Makkah and the holy sanctuary to be motivation for people (Surah Al-Maaidah verse 100)He didnt say Qiyaaman lil Mumineen; He didnt say Qiyaaman lil Aaqifeen; He didnt say qiyaaman lil Zaaireen; He didnt say qiyaaman lil hujaaj or lil hajeej which means that the aspects of Makkah and Al Bayt Al Haram should be a motivation for people- whoever these people are. The meanings of Makkah and Al Bayt Al Haram should have an impact on peoples of the world.Another meaning of Qiyaaman is an upliftment for people. The affects of going to Makkah and honoring the meanings of the Hajj should have the far reaching affects of uplifting the condition of people- whether these people are Muslims or non-Muslims. This is the designation of what it means to perform this yearly duty (and) to have the results of meeting in Makkah, a brotherhood and a common understanding in Makkah, bringing back the original contents of At-tawaf. What does it mean to go around the Kabah in the fashion that we do? What does it mean to jog between As-Safa and Al-Marwa? What does it mean to be at Arafat? What does it mean to sacrifice the animals that are sacrificed? What does it mean to drink from the water of Zam-Zam? All of these meanings- because of the official control and clamp down on these original meanings- have no effect. Forget about the rest of the world, they have no affect in Makkah on the people who are performing these actions and going through these motions- they have no meanings among them themselves.Let us re-place this ayah in the climate and environment of Allahs Prophet When Allahs Prophet performed the one or two pilgrimages that he performed, he did so while living a struggle. Because of that struggle, (a real struggle, were talking about life and death; people living and dying because of what it means to be a Muslim and a Mumin), Allahs Prophet was forced to sign what is called today political or military agreements with the Mushrikeen. These are the most hostile human elements against committed Muslims and Allahs Prophet had to reach an arrangement and an agreement with them. This arrangement and agreement carried on for months and years, but it wasnt an arrangement and an agreement that was done while the Prophet was idol- sitting back and not doing anything. Why would there be any necessity or justification to have any relationships with Mushriks when youre not doing anything?! The Muslims of Al Medinah were threatened; at times, that they were living at a survival level; at times, they had to go on military forays- the consequences of which were unknown to them.They were shaken to their core, (meaning the committed Muslims), to an extent that the Prophet and those who are committed with him asked but when is Allahs triumph(Surah Al-Baqarah verse 214)They were living in a condition that they felt under siege. In these types of conditions the Prophet had to take on one enemy by neutralizing another enemy- this is a Sunnah that should come alive in the behavior and planning of those who are committed to Allah. If you cant think about encountering your enemy in a theoretical clean way- Allahs Prophet did it in the best possible way when he encountered his enemy knew how to classify those who were most hostile to him as opposed to those who were less hostile to him and therefore he had to enter into treaties or muaahadaat with these enemies of Allah. When the time came to abrogate these treaties, how did he do that? Did he say let us end these treaties bilaterally or was he instructed to do so on a certain occasion within a certain milieu? Allah instructs him to do so in the Hajj itself. Remember, in todays foggy mind, this is one of the most controversial issues to say the Muslims bring your political and multilateral arrangements to Makkah. They will come and say what are you doing? You are bringing matters of controversy to split and divide the Muslims! And they throw in our face words from the Quran words that are equally misinterpreted and misunderstood. Any Muslim who tries to take the relationships of the Muslims with the Mushriks and to decide or deliberate on it in the Hajj in Makkah and Al Bayt Al Haram, he is told automatically fa laa rafatha wa laa fusuqa wa laa jidaala fil hajj. OK- we tell them Yes, this is an ayah from the Quran and we agree to this ayah word-by-word and sentence-by-sentence, but what is rafath? The word rafath in the Quran refers to the intimate relationship between husband and wife- what does this have to do with it? No-one is bringing an intimate relationship (in other words, to break it down to the language of today), there shouldnt be any hanky-panky stuff going on in the Hajj; thats the meaning of rafath. Well- this is not hanky-panky stuff- thats number 1. OK- theres no fusuq in the Hajj. The fusuq in the Quran is fusuq an amrillah i.e. to disintegrate from Allahs order (i.e. if) you cant bind into it, you disintegrate from it. No one is bringing an issue of disintegrating from Allah into Makkah; they may be bringing issues of disintegrating from the Mushrikeen to Makkah but not from Allah. Now, we come to the most debatable word wa laa jidaala, and there shouldnt be any argumentation in Al Hajj. Well- whose arguing?! What would make an issue of Al Bara from Al Mushrikeen, the disavowal and breaking of power relationships with the Mushrikeen a matter of jidaal in the Hajj?Allah has rendered Makkah and the holy sanctuary to be motivation for people (Surah Al-Maaidah verse 100)This is how we should honor Al Kabah and Al Bayt Al Haram as a matter of motivation for people; meaning the committed Muslims start this motivation in Makkah and it is felt by other people around the world; the committed Muslims begin a movement of upliftment in Al Bayt Al Haram in Al Balad Al Ameen in Makkah and then it is felt by other peoples in the world.Allah describes and defines Makkah as a place of security and safety. He saysBy this city Indeed, We have created man in toil (Surah Al-Balad verse 1-4)In another ayah, in reference to this same geographical place in the worldMakkah as a place of security and safety (Surah At-Tin verse 3)Why has Al Balad Al Ameen in the context of We have created man in toil while referring to Makkah Al Bayt Al Haram, (and) Al Kabah if we place a parallel between what is said in the Holy Writ and what is done in the polluted world we find that if there is stability in the world its everywhere and anywhere except where Allah says there shall be stability, security and safety. Why? If Christians want to go to Rome, Canterbury or even to Istanbul- whether they are Catholics, Protestants or Orthodox Christians- no one tells them where are you going? Or theres a quota on your numbers! Or you have to meet certain types of conditions to go there! They go there freely. Has anybody ever heard of a person belonging to the jewish faith encountering any official problems in going to Jerusalem? Its not heard of! Has anyone heard of a Christian who wants to go to Rome or Canterbury or Istanbul and have encountered problems from governments? Why is it that when we Muslims want to go to the Hajj or Umrah we begin to have all of these problems?! Problems of time limitations, immunizations, financial restrictions, age requirements and other problems that are piled on other problems that at the end discourage us from going to a place that is supposed to be safe, secure and stable for our presence there.Just like you have the United Nations and resolutions that are signed there and other people across the globe feel its affects, that has an echo in the world for bad, ill or for good; but you come to Makkah and Muslims go there, what type of impact or movement is generated from Makkah? Last year, some Muslim scholars went and set with each other- Sunnis and Shiis sat with each other to agree that it is haram for a Muslim to shed the blood of another Muslim, be he a Sunni or Shii- did anyone feel the effects of that? It was like it was done in a closed room with the high pitch of someone who is whispering in someone elses ear, (if that). Makkah, Al Kabah, Al Bayt Al Haram have been shattered, stifled, occupied and nationalized and we have some Muslims who feel that they have fulfilled their duty by going to Makkah and Al Medinah and coming back. Some of our poor simple Muslim brothers even feel that they are honored to gain the title of Haaj upon returning from Makkah to North America or some other places in the world far from it. Nothing has been done or been accomplished by the way this Hajj has been run, controlled and smothered- nothing!!! We dont live up to the meanings ofWhen Allahs Prophet wanted to annul his relationship with the Mushriks he was instructed by Allah to do so in Makkah- of all places; during the Hajj- of all times.We dis-avow- this disavowal comes from Allah and His Apostle to those youve signed a reliance agreement with. (Surah Taubah verse 1)There was no one there to say or try to stop the Prophet by quoting some ayaat from the Quran fa laa rafatha wa laa fusuqa wa laa jidaala fil hajj because they couldnt get away with it. Now- (this is how crucial it is for Muslims to have power; when we dont have power the meanings of the words of the Quran are no longer themselves. Qiyaman is no longer qiyama; it doesnt mean what it supposed to mean; rafath, fusuq and jidaal no longer have their meanings; they have been stolen by secular-Godless-hostile types and given their slant of the meaning; they fit their own meaning because they are in positions of power onto the words of the Quran and then market that meaning among you and me of all places through the Masaajid.)Brothers and sisters; committed MuslimsYou are either influenced and moved by Allah, His Prophet and what they say to you or you fall victim and prey to what Shayaateen Al Ins wa Al Jinn have to say to you. This Mimbar on Friday has to be a Mimbar of Muslim conscience that speaks the truth regardless of the consequences. In other areas and details of life, there may be matters of calculation), but from the Mimbar of Rasulillah, on this day and time, the Muslim conscience should speak itself and say the truth to power. In the recent past, 38 religious scholars in that nationalistically designated area called Saudi Arabia signed like something like a fatwa that calls upon Sunni Muslims to come to the aid of Sunni Muslims in Iraq to kill what they perceive to be their common enemy i.e. the Shii Muslims. The rationale in their internal thoughts is that the Shiis in Iraq are taking over and therefore this is a battle of destiny and the Muslims should be whipped up into a sectarian frenzy to kill themselves. Then, from the other side we have voices from the Shii Iraqi community that are responding by saying that instead of agreeing on this type of edict or fatwa there should be a pan-Islamic agreement on fighting the Zionist occupiers in Palestine. The Zionist occupiers are in Iraq and the Zionist occupiers are in Saudi Arabia. Do you listen to that- Muslims!!! When Allahs Prophet- if you honor Allahs Prophet- was dealing with those who harbor the most intense hostility towards committed Muslims, (in the words of Allah in His Holy Writ), we ask you to collect your geographical and historical information- when Allahs Prophet was setting this iman into motion 1,400 years ago, where were Al Yahud and Mushrikeen concentrated- in Makkah or Al Medinah? They were neither concentrated in Makkah nor Al Medinah. The Mushriks were, in their concentration, way outside of Arabia; Al Yahud, in their concentration, where they had significant members, influence, power and clout- where were they? Were they in Arabia? No. The Prophet of Allah didnt say lets go and take on Ashad An Naas liladheena Aamanu Al Yahud wa Alladheena Ashraku where they are concentrated. He was dealing with his own problem in his own vicinity, home and country. So you, (right now), who are singing this sectarian line- whether you are in Saudi Arabia or Iraq; whether you are Sunnis or Shiis, (it doesnt matter), you have lost sight of your Prophet- deal with your problem where you are. The American-Zionists occupation is equally present in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Al Medinah as it is in Baghdad, Al Basra, An Najaf and Karbala- thats where your immediate enemy is. Dont get side tracked into this scheme that wants to divide us and (more than that) wants to kill us. (We have to say this, once again, when we use the word Sunni and Shii we use it in its general par lands and not as it was originally meant to be defined)- when you- Shiis in Iraq- say you want the government of Saudi Arabia to come down on these Wahabi fanatics because they are stirring religious animosity amongst the Muslims, who are you asking? You are asking the puppet government that is instrumental in bringing about the occupation of your country and solidifying the occupation of the Zionists in Palestine.This Saudi government is beginning to show its internal unraveling so their ambassador here, in Washington, resigns- we are told. He leaves and doesnt want to be ambassador here anymore. His brother, the Saudi Foreign Minister, who is being treated for Parkinsons disease in California why? Whats wrong? With all the money you have, ($3 trillion by some counts in this country), we, Muslims, cant have our own cash, finances, treasury and budgets in Makkah and Al Medinah? What happened to you Muslims? Giving your wealth and endorsing the process through the Masajid and now theres an internal power struggle in a ruling family- a family that said it is haram for the Prophets family to rule, but it is halal for their own family to rule Makkah and Al Medinah!!! Haramun on the Prophet; halaalun ala annufisihim!!! The son of the king is vying for this position to become ambassador here and the half brother of the previous ambassador is competing for the same position. Makkah and Al Medinah remain outside of Islamic control- we have no access to Makkah and Al Medinah as is supposed to be and it seems like people are comfortable with that. They want to go to Hajj and come back. Why cant Muslims take their brotherhood to Makkah and Al Medinah? The Muslims from Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir and other parts cant come to Makkah and Al Medinah and join hands with each other and sayand this is your Ummah, being one Ummah (Surah Al-Anbiya verse 92)Thats not possible?! Why cant we do that? Who is standing in our way? These people who have all of these resources and money! An investigation in Britain has been going on for months and years concerning bribery and kick-backs in the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars that are taken by these princes who have occupied Makkah and Al Medinah and then the government in Riyadh and Jeddah says we are going to break relations with Britain if it continues to investigate this bribery and these kick-backs. They want to sell a fighter jet that sells for around $17million to the Saudis for around $20-30million and the difference in the price is to be gained by those who now are the administrators and hegemons in Makkah and Al Medinah. These are the people through whom we go when we want to go to Hajj. Who says we need the stamp of approval to go to the Prophet of Allah, the House of Allah, Qiblatul Muslimeen, Al Kabah Al Bayt Al Haraam and Al Maqaam Al Ibrahim?! We need the approval of these lackeys of Yahud and Al Mushrikeen?! Where did this come from? Isnt this a bidah? Why dont they speak about this bidah from their Mimbar? This is the biggest bidah in history and we should remain silent about it! The bidah that should bring us to kill ourselves is if a Muslim says after mentioning the Prophets name sallalahu alaihi wa sallam and another Muslim says sallalahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa sallam. These two statements are supposed to be incongruent with each other and we are supposed to kill ourselves because of that! A Muslim performs wudhu and washes his feet (while) another Muslim performs wudhu and wipes his feet- this is a matter of civil war among the Muslims, but they steal the Islamic wealth and resources and plunge the Ummah into poverty and nothing is wrong with that! No-one should even think about that! Let us go to Hajj and Umrah, if we can go there, to fulfill Allahs words
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