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JUMAH KHUTBAH (4 January 2008)
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It is in such a manner that We make plain our signs so that the course of the
criminals may become clear.
Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem.
Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam), his Noble Companions and Family.
Brothers and Sisters on our way to Allah....
KHAYBAR- YESTERDAY AND TODAY
To begin- with our hearts and minds- we cannot express adequately our thanks to Allah, His Prophet and the committed Muslims for showing us the way. In the tradition of
making this khutbah relevant and pertinent to the live issues of our time, we will focus our attention on meanings from Allah and manners from His Prophet. An ayah in Surat Al Hashr in this guiding Quran says- this ayah (as is Surat Al Hashr generally) is the penetration of the psychology of yahud- a psychology that hasnt changed. Therefore, learning from a lesson that is 1,400 years old is learning a lesson that we face today. What does this ayah say?
They will not or they do not
.(Surah Al Hashr verse 14)
The ayah is as inclusive as to include these two meanings. Who is They? They is in reference to yahud- These zionists who are in uniform.
They do not wage war against you as a united front
(Surah Al Hashr verse 14)
meaning, when they are in war against us, inside of them they are divided.
This goes contrary to much of what current day Muslims think. They think (that) out there, there is this consolidated effort by yahud. There may be a consolidated psychology- maybe- but when it comes to the warfront, they are not so. We are not reaching this conclusion by studying any book in history; we dont say this because some smart
scholars said it; we say this because that is what Allah- Most Knowledgeable, Al Aleem, Al Hakeem, Al Khabeer says about these types of people.
but when they do come together to fight you, they do so from behind fortified establishments (Surah Al Hashr verse 14)
This is also what the ayah is saying.
or from behind barriers or walls (Surah Al Hashr verse 14)
(Take a) look at this ayah- before we come to the developing and moving picture of our time, let us look at how they behaved in the time of Allahs Prophet.
After the agreement of Al Hudaibiyah, the Prophet of Allah put together a military force (this was towards the end of the 6th hijri year or at the beginning of the 7th hijri year) and the objective of this military force was Khaybar- a place that is 100 or so miles North of Al Medinah. At that time, Khaybar was a regrouping area for the rest of yahud who were in the Arabian Peninsula, especially for those who were forced, because of what they did, to leave Al Medinah. These yahud were not operating in a vacuum. They knew that they were not able to withstand Muslim military forces, so what did they do? They tried to involve other Arabians with them- Mushriks,
Kaafirs- to fight against these Muslims. Prominent among these Arabians was a power called Ghatfan. When the Prophet left Al Medinah, knowing this- unlike todays characters who paint themselves with an Islamic color and give themselves an Islamic image but they dont know whats going on in this world as far as political factions, ideological polarizations and military blocks are concerned- theyre withdrawn from that; these have become the victims of secularism and a Godless mentality and mind, yet they know how to pray, fast (and) they do so religiously, but that wasnt the character of Allahs Prophet. In addition to his prayers and rituals, he was keen and aware of the
forces that were around. He knew that now there was a possibility of the Arabian powers in the North joining up with the yahudi or zionist power in Khaybar, Fadak, Wadi Al Qura and Tayma- these were all yahudi pockets in the Northern parts of Arabia. When he and this Islamic force left Al Medinah on to Khaybar- this is a time when people had informants, spies- intelligences operatives (in todays words) who were all around. So, where is this force going? When the Prophet left, he left at an angle giving the impression that he wasnt going to Khaybar, but he was going to this other Arabian power pocket in Arabia. So, Ghatfan- collecting this intelligence- realized: wait a minute, this maybe a trick. Word has it
that he is out to get yahud in Khaybar, but look- his military directions is towards us. We better protect ourselves. So they told yahud forget it- for now, were going to protect ourselves. So, this military divergent act split the Arabians from yahud. Each one was looking for its own self, interest and survival. This is what the Prophet of Allah did; in other words, this is his Sunnah and his Seerah- something that you will not find in the way the majority of those who represent todays Muslims thinking, behaving and
strategizing. When the Prophet of Allah finally arrived with this military force, (between 1,400 and 1,600 Muslims), in Khaybar he said these following words
We think that since people are in a climate similar to them, they should be on the minds of Muslims nowadays
What did the Prophet say when he approached this fortification of Khaybar? Of course, because we have the mediocre speakers of today, who are not living for Allah, but living off Allah- in the conditions we find ourselves here-in, no one wants to tell you this is the way Allahs Prophet began the assault on Khaybar. Oh Allah- Sustainer of the heavens and what they overshadow; and the Sustainer of the earths and what they contain; and the Sustainer of the Satans or demons with their diabolic plans and schemes; and the Sustainer of the
winds and the directions in which they shift and blow- we ask you the prosperity of this social order along with its people and we seek Your refuge from the evil of this social order and its people. Go forward in the name of Allah the Exalted. Military words from a military commander but not in the immediate sense of we just have a small battle here. This is placed in a larger context- which these words express. Then, the military encounter goes on for over three weeks and finally yahud surrender. This brings us back to the meaning of the ayah
They do not wage war against you as a united front but when they
do come together to fight you, they do so from behind fortified establishments (Surah Al Hashr verse 14)
In that history, there are 23 years in which Allahs Prophet had a history of developing and expanding a real Islam. In these years- particularly in the last 10 years when there was close proximity between Allahs Prophet and the committed Muslims around him, the only time yahud took a military position against the Muslims was at Khaybar. Look how it turned out- Khaybar was a very fortified piece of land; it was known for its abundant agricultural output, but in addition to that there were tens of fortifications, (small fortresses), around
Khaybar and they fell one after the other. There were two of them- As Salaalam and Taleeh- (if we call their names correctly) that held out until the end, but it was a matter of just over three weeks and this yahudi power (were defeated). Remember what they told the Prophet when he was in Medinah when he scored victory military victory against the Mushrikeen in Badr?! Ah, you have not dealt with militarily experienced people. If you were to deal with us, then you would know who the military experienced people are. OK- here you are in Khaybar- show as your military prowess, expertise or superiority! They cant- its their nature. Allah tells us this
they will not fight you as one solid body; they will fight you behind or within fortified establishments (Surah Al Hashr verse 14)
only time that they feel they can fight is if they are in bunkers, have solid protection or if they have air cover (as they call it today)- at that time, they feel like they can fight, so they may involve themselves in a fight, but the seeds of their defeat is in their psychology- they cannot sustain a clean fight or if they do fight,
It will be from behind walls and barriers (Surah Al Hashr verse 14)
Its as if the meaning of this ayah is right there- 400 miles of it. Yahud built a wall and a barrier around themselves to offer
them the security after which they feel they can fight against their enemies- in this case, it happens to be us. Why the wall- with all the gadgets that come with it- electronics, engineering, ditches, lights, spot-lights, barbed wires, etc? What do we have? Whats this all about- and for a distance of about 400 miles?! When they have all of this- this is what they sense they have
they have air cover (F15s and F16s), tanks, armored personnel carriers, naval vessels, frigates and all of this- wheres all of this going? All of this only gives them the psychological incentive to engage us in a long awaited, long anticipated and a long over-due military encounter with them. We are just reading what Allah is telling us- thats all we are doing.
Then- this flies in the face of those
who think that these international thieves, war criminals are somehow together. When it comes to the military component of their activities, they are not together. We dont care what type of front they are putting out or what type of propaganda they are spewing, the fact of the matter is what Allah tells us about them.
This may be their serious disagreements, that may even take the form of bloodshed among themselves
(Surah Al- Hashr verse 14)
If we are looking at a zionist entity- and you are out of touch with reality if you think that a zionist entity works and operates independent of an imperialist sole-mate and soldier counterpart. Thats how they work.
Some of them are allies of each other (Surah Al Maaidah verse 51)
If some of us, Muslims, can understand where we are and what we have to do, they will come down crumbling in front of our eyes; but if were not going to do what
we are supposed to do and carry our responsibility, (even if that means blood and tears), then of course, theyre going to get away with it. Allah did not speak about these yahud in light of this ayah when the Muslims were in Medinah, not going to Khaybar, not carrying arms and not sacrificing their lives- these ayaat were not revealed for arm-chair Muslims who sit around pontificating and theorizing about abstracts and hypotheticals! This is not the way it works- these ayaat work when we carry our responsibility and make sense to us when we are involved, otherwise these are only ink on paper and words that are verbalized- thats all!
You think that they are together but their hearts are dispersed, scattered and divided (Surah Ahl Imran verse 51)
This ayah is understood when we lead them all the way up to this military encounter. Today, some committed Muslims have moved the Islamic condition all the way up to a war-front. Now is the time to take a look at these zionist usurpers of Gods Holy land. What do you realize? How do we visualize them? Are they fighting a clean war? Far from it! With a psychology in which they think that they have the upper-hand, because of the military gadgets
that they have- theres no doubt that if we wanted to compare what committed Muslims have with what committed zionists have in the military hardware sense of the word, theres no comparison! The truth has to be said- what do committed Muslims have? They have no air force- at all! Committed Muslims dont have tanks- not even a fraction of what these zionists have! The ammunition, inventory and stock-pile of weapons that the yahudis have is by light years ahead of what the committed Muslims, (you and I), have- no doubt about that! But, if they have all of that, why are they attacking and killing innocent human beings who are not warriors, soldiers or combatants. If we were to interchange Khaybar and 1,400 years or so ago with today, and place the instruments of death and destruction that the zionists have in Khaybar, what would that mean? They would have used their air force and tanks to kill innocent Muslims in Medinah and in other areas if they could get away with it and do so. The fact of the matter is that at that time they didnt have what it takes to kill innocent people- now they have it. So, if yahud had access to the people who we revere and hold in high esteem i.e. the Prophet and those who were with him, their families, loved-ones, they would have killed them because an innocent person is an innocent person, (today or 1,400 years ago or 1,400 years from now), so if they are willing to kill them today, they were willing to kill them then! This is another take on the ayah
You will find those who express the most hostility to those who are committed to Allah- al yahud (Surah Al Maaidah verse 85)
(Who are) these zionists of today. (Take a( look at them- if you speak about ethnic cleansing, what are they doing? Thats exactly what they are doing? If you speak about massacres, you only have to open your eyes and see how their hands are dripping with innocent Muslims blood from the massacres that they are responsible for. (If you speak about) war crimes- (its) as if the world is on leave; theres no international law, no
international legality, no international forums to- what happened to the world and its legitimate judicial systems!?
Then, Allah tells us that
they are divided amongst themselves. (Surah Al Hashr verse 51)
One of them, a previous Prime Minister, who came to Washington and tried to reach an agreement at Camp David with the Palestinians, where is he? You dont see him around. Hes not speaking to the media! Whats he going to say? They want to hide their divisions because what he has to say is against his own leadership and state- of which he was a Prime Minister. Some of their writers are coming and saying this war (the 33 day beating they took from Hizbullah) is not prosecuted in the right way! The yahudi military should
have been given the massive order to move in massively into Lebanon and occupy as much territory as possible from the beginning! Some of these divisions are kept inside of them because they want to hide the fact that Allah is giving us and
they are a people who dont string reason together (Surah Al Hashr verse 51)
(Take a) look at these 57 or 58 past years- their policies have always been to respond to force by the aggrieved party i.e. if the Palestinians were going to use force, then these yahudi zionists would respond to it with disproportionate, vicious and a force of a genocidal nature. Is this problem decreasing, simmering down or fading away? NO! The string of 57 or 58 years of the false ideas and ideology that represents zionism is increasing the bloodshed and possibility of getting yet more people and populations involved in a war of racism and expansionism by these zionists who are the enemies of Allah, His Prophet, the Committed Muslims and all decent and honorable people in the world.
Some of the information that goes un-noticed or that people dont speak much about in the campaign of Khaybar- just to fill you in on some incidents- these yahudis had an African/black person who was a shepherd in Khaybar. When the Muslims were coming, this African shepherd heard his masters- the yahudi elite- saying we have to get ready- this is war. He came to them and in a very simple way asked whats all of
this? Whats going on here? They said to him that theres a person who claims that hes a Prophet whos coming to launch a war against us and we- right now- are taking our precautions. This person waited until the Muslims were in the vicinity. He went- he said If theres a person claiming to be a Prophet, lets see what all of this about? He went to the Prophet. Imagine a shepherd goes to the Prophet- in the racist make-up of the world and the zionist mentality- and the Prophet, being a person whos located among the mustadafeen and average people
He didnt need an appointment, he didnt need any bureaucracy or any of that- he went to the Prophet and said could you tell me what all of this is about? Why is this going on? He said yes and he explained to him in very clear and down-to-earth words, what all of this was about- Allah, the Prophet, the Quran and these yahud who have been conspiring in all of these years against Allah, the Prophet, the Quran. This person said, well I decide to be on your side- I want to be a Muslim- OK, youre very welcome- but I have me herd and sheep. It belongs to them. He says,
its not very difficult, you lead this herd to the gates of Khaybar- where you came from- just up to that area. You dont have to go in yourself and the herd will find its way back. He did exactly that and he came back. Remember- this is a person who has just become a Muslim and Muslims were now in a state of war. He carried arms and fought (along) with the Muslims and became a shaheed. How much spiritual drilling did this person go through? Imagine someone like that becoming a Muslim today? Theyd tell him OH NO! You have to be educated and spend so much time to qualify to carry arms- we ourselves are not carrying arms!
Another one of these untold details in this campaign is that there was an enemy of Allah and His Prophet- his name was Sallaam ibn Mishkam. Probably in todays world- the equivalent of Sharon, Netanyahu and these others- he was killed in the Khaybar military encounter. His wife survived and after it was all over, his wife prepared some meat for the Prophet, she poisoned that meat and she asked which part of the lamb does the Prophet like the most. She was told its the front leg or shoulder area of this roast, so she increased the amount of poison in the particular areas that she was told the Prophet loved the most. She presented this roast, assumable, for the honor of the Prophet. The Prophet and some Muslims who were with him began eating. The Prophet said, after just chewing the 1st bite of meat, something to the effect that the bone tells me that this is poisoned and he spit that meat out. One of his companions ate from another part of this roast and he died in a short period of time. The Prophet did not die, but when all of this was made clear, the Prophet asked to see this lady. He asked her, why did you do this? She said well- I wanted to know whether you are a king, meaning, if what youre doing is just for power and (if) you are power hungry or a man of this world or whether you are truly a Prophet. Now, after seeing what I have seen and knowing what I know, I realize that you are a Prophet. Here, the books of history diverge on whether she became a Muslimah or whether she did not become a Muslimah. We dont want to go into those details, but what happens is- remember, this is the 1st month of the 7th year of the hijrah that Khaybar took place. Its probably the month
after (in the 1st part of the 7th year) and the Prophet dies about three years after that and it is said that in dying, the Prophet felt the toxic affect of that poison- imagine, just from one bite- that was still in his body when he passed away. You tell us if these types of people (have disappeared)? This is another area. Who are the people who are bringing up these types of issues with who some of them call our cousins!? If they are our cousins, then the Prophet is their cousin- ask our cousins why they want to do this to their cousin, or you dont want the facts to spoil their cozy relationship with these types of people?!
Brothers and sisters- committed Muslims
Today, if we honor our brotherhood and exercise our responsibilities, we realize that there is a war with all savagery, trauma and tragedy that come from warfare. Some of us may be consumed within the immediacy of the details of this war, but let us step out for a moment or a couple of minutes and look at it this way
It is true- and all thanks and complements are due to the source of these victories- those who are Hizbullah have shown a resolute, stiff and fortified position in this glorious confrontation with these ancient enemies of Allah and humanity, but the question beyond this is the following: the zionist yahudi occupiers of the Holy land should not get away with choking off the Islamic potential that is waiting to take them on. Brothers and sisters- we know, that anyone who is living their Islamic character, fulfilling their Islamic obligations and thinking with an Islamic mind that has its roots with Allah and His Prophet- we ask you, (when we know that there are tens of thousands of Muslims who cannot find a way to participate in this new chapter in history), is it acceptable that a quantified number of Muslims alone are fighting alone, not only against the zionists, but also the imperialists and also the Arabian official systems in all of that area? Who are we?
Where are we? Why cant Muslims in the tens of thousands go to that area and share in the rewards and responsibility that beckon all of us? We hope that this can continue in a more favorable direction and eventually we will, (sooner or later), be involved in this effort; but, we cannot emphasize enough and underscore adequately the role that is being played by the Arabian governments in the area. They come with their money and say Youve been damaged- here is a couple of billion dollars. We ask these same donors, philanthropists and governments, OK- (if) you feel so sorry for the people in Lebanon- you gave them $2,5 billion at least, so far, (we are told), how about the Palestinians? They deserve no assistance? (Is) nothing happening to them? They know- just a few months ago, they wanted to draw just a
few measly million dollars from their own accounts and you wouldnt let them do so! Now, you want to fool us ie. (that) youre giving the Lebanese government and Central Bank $2,5 billion?! We are not simpletons! You cant take us for granted any longer. Imagine if these people who are pumping out all of this petroleum just said we will give the zionists in Tel Aviv and their counterparts in Washington one week, and if this war goes on for more than one week, for every month thereafter, we will increase the price of petroleum by $1 per barrel and that revenue is going to be paid to the Islamic resistance. We get nothing of it; its
going to go to the Islamic resistance in Lebanon and Palestine! But- brothers and sisters- they are not on our side! They are not part of the solution. These Arabian governments are part of the problem! We have to see it as it is and not be smothered by the emotionalism of the immediate week or month. This is going to have to have a longer course. Besides, we are going to have to reflect and reconsider the decisions made by Allahs Prophet when he had the same type of enemies- i.e. Arabian powers around and a zionist foothold in Arabia- how did he go about in dealing with all of this. Then, we have to compare and contrast and make sense of it
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