Abandoning our parents

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 "Allahummah Bariek lana Fie Rajab Wa Sha'baan Wabaliegna Ramadan"

Wa Ba'd:

"And We have enjoined upon man kindness to his parents:

In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she

give birth to him."

[Surah Al Ahqaf Part of verse 15]


Ayyatuhal Muslimeen! The Most Holy and Noble Qur'an sums up the whole question in the master concept of Ihsan, which denotes what is right, good, upright, precious, benevolent, immaculate, and most beautiful. Accordingly, the Holy faith of Islam greatly encourages us to love, obey, and respect our parents, to the point that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala commands kindness to parents immediately after making reference to Tawhid. We are informed of this Divine Command in verse 23 of Surah Al Isra (or Surah Bani Isra'il):

"Thy Lord hath decreed that you worship none but Him,

and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of

them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of

contempt, nor repel them, but address them with honour."

And in verse 24 of Surah Al Isra, the Divine Command continues...........

"And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility,

and say: "My Lord! bestow on them Thy Mercy even as

they cherished me in Childhood."

Fa ya Ayyuhal Muslimoon! Our spiritual and moral obligations are brought into juxtaposition by Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala in verse 23. We are to worship none but Almighty Allah, because none but Allah is worthy of worship. "And out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility." The metaphor is that of a high-flying bird which lowers her wing out of tenderness to her offspring.


There is a double aptness. (1) When the parent was strong and the child was helpless, parental affection was showered on the child: when the child grows up and is strong, and the parent is old and helpless, can the child bestow similar tender care on the parents?  (2) But more: the child must approach the matter with gentle humility; for does not parental love remind him or her of the love with which Almighty Allah cherished His creatures?

Beloved People of Imaan! In the above two verses, there is something more than simple human gratitude: it goes up into the highest spiritual region. We are commanded to honour our mother and father, but upon much higher and more universal grounds, such as befit a perfect revelation. In the first place, not merely respect, but cherishing kindness, and humility to parents are commanded. In the second place this command is bracketed with the command to worship none but Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. Parental love should be to us a type of divine love: nothing that we can do can ever really compensate for that which we have received.

Ya Ibad Allah! Our spiritual advancement as true people of Imaan is tested by this: we can never ever expect Almighty Allah's forgiveness if we are rude or unkind to those who unselfishly brought us up. The last integral part of Ihsan is that children are responsible for the support and maintenance of parents. It is an absolute religious duty to provide for the parents in case of need and help them to make their lives as comfortable as possible. In Islam, the worship of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala is linked up with love and kindness to our parents.

The point that must be emphasized here is that while both parents are given importance, the mother ranks ahead of the father in Islam as far as their children are concerned. Our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam said: "Jannah lies under the feet of thy mother."However, father's are never ignored because "the contentment of the father is the door to Jannah." And in verse 32 of Surah Maryam we are reminded how Nabee Esa Alayhis Salaam honoured his mother when he said:

"And Allah hath made me kind and dutiful to my

mother, and not overbearing, wicked or miserable."

One of the Ten Commandments as we learn from Exodus 20:12 King James Version (KJV) is: "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." We are taught in Islam: within the family, the mother and father stand to the children in relation of a tree's roots to its branches: just as the propagation and life of the branches depend on the roots, so are the mother and father the foundation of a child's life. The human society is composed of two strata, the parents and the offspring, the mother and father are the taproot of society.


Beloved People of Imaan! We have all heard of child abuse and how children are damaged by this terrible behaviour and you only have to Google "Child Abuse" to find page after page of information, support groups and advice on this subject, but, how many people have heard of parent abuse? Especially at the hands of teenage children with serious social interaction, drug, abusive, and violence issues? Google it. You wont find much, except on a few support sites. Its a growing problem for parents who share their home with abusive young people and there is virtually no support. When I was growing up, it was an unspoken rule that you never talked back to your parents. My brothers and sisters knew this, and violated it at our peril.

We were taught to address every elder with love and respect. We were also used to seeing large families -- consisting of parents, children, grandparents and sometimes even uncles and aunts -- living together under one roof. These displays of filial piety -- heavily emphasized in Muslim society -- taught me some important lessons in life about benevolence and righteousness. Of late, however, I have begun to wonder whether our community has forgotten the values of respecting and revering their elders. These decreasing values are most glaringly obvious when you look at the number of elderly folk being abandoned in old-age or old folks homes.

These stories shock us. But in a way they also insulate us from the real problem which is far more ubiquitous. It has become a norm to brush older people aside in ways we don’t even realize. A survey from the Agewell Foundation found that 87 percent of elders in the 70-80 age group complain of isolation. And that happens even when they are living with family, at home. They just find themselves shunted off to the back bedroom. Where are their children? Is it not expected that the children should set aside some of their income to pay for their parents' healthcare or take these old folk into their homes?

To my dismay, this does not seem to be the case. There appears to have been a shift in the values and mindset of today, resulting in an emphasis on individualism and autonomy. Many young adults now are unwilling to sacrifice their personal desires (for example, career goals, financial gains and material luxuries) for the greater good of the family and community. Those with families of their own focus their energies and finances almost exclusively on the upbringing and education of their children, forgetting that they are neglecting the most crucial part of the children's education: teaching moral values by example.

Indeed, have our values changed so much that we need a law to compel us to take care of our own parents? It is clear that our Muslim society has reached a turning point where we need to reflect on which path we want to take. There is an unwritten code of humanity that says we should give our children better than we ourselves received. However, I was also brought up with the code that we should do everything within our power to give our parents better than we ourselves received. What does it say about us that we throw our parents away like a pair of old shoes?

Ask any 7, 8, 9, or 10 year-old who lost their parents at such young tender ages and who were raised without the love of a mother and father - ask them what they would have sacrificed in life to have experienced growing up surrounded by parental love. Love for our parents lights up the horizons of life. Parental love plays a deep and a vast role in our material and spiritual developments for it holds magnificent and astonishing power. If we extinguish the light of love for our parents from the horizon of life, the darkness of disappointment and the horror of unhappiness will overshadow our spirits.

I am addressing all those who are guilty of neglecting and abandoning their elderly parents. Doing so is heinous crime which will not be forgiven by Almighty Allah. Love for our mother and father is a true manifestation of human affections. Yes, love is transferable and applies to everyone. The method with which we are able to gain parental love is by being generous, and lovingly kind to them, and by realizing that our responsibility towards them is to grant them love and affection.

The structure of family life is very lofty, sound and comprehensive. Among the substantial elements of this structure are sincere love for one's fellow human beings, mercy for the young, respect for the elders, comfort and consolation for the distressed, visiting the sick, relieving the grieved, genuine feelings of brotherhood and social solidarity; respect for the rights of other people to life, property, and honour; mutual responsibility between the individual and society. It is a common thing to come across Prophetic statements like:

"Whoever relieves a human being from a grief of this world, Almighty Allah Most Merciful will relieve him from grief on the Day of Judgement."

And: "Anyone who has no mercy on the young and respect for the elderly is not one of us."

There are many days set aside in societies to honor and appreciate parents; Father's Day and Mother's Day to name just two. Such days appear to be more of an effort to make up for duties neglected. Those who can value their parents in the correct way and who regard them as a means for obtaining the mercy of Almighty Allah Tabaraqa Wata'ala are the most prosperous in both worlds. In contrast, those who regard their parents' existence as a burden on themselves are unfortunate people who will inevitably suffer the severest hardships in this life and in the Aghirah.

It is our foremost duty as Muslims to honour, love, obey, and respect our parents to the extend that we celebrate our mothers' and fathers' EVERYDAY of the year. Families form the foundation of a society. Where there is reciprocal respect of rights and obligations within a family, the society will be healthy and strong. It is vain to look for compassion and respect in society once these have been lost.

Dearest brothers and sisters in Islam! Please allow me to draw a realistic picture of the situation which is confronting the Muslim Ummah all over the world. It is to warn parents and children alike of the dangers that we are faced with today and of the losses that must be prevented. Moreover, it is to remind all those who are genuinely interested in the spiritual well-being of the Ummah that we must be alert and take a fresh attitude toward our love and obligations when it concerns our parents.  It is to warn children of the dangers that are approaching and of the great losses that must be prevented.


The Wisdom and Plan of Allah are beyond all Praise:

And Mercy and Truth proceed from Him, and there

is no other - none - besides Him. And Allah knows best.

by Imam Abdul Hamid


The Hijrah

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Al-Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen was Salaatu was Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil Anbiyaa'e wal Mursaleen.

Wa Ba'd:

Ma'a Sheral Muslimeen! Alhumdoelillah!  We will soon be entering the new Hijri year. As we all know, Muharram is the first month of the Muslim calendar. In fact, the Hijrah which is associated in our mind with the month of Muharram neither took place in Muharram nor did it take place at the beginning of Islam. It happened thirteen years after the beginning of Islam. This raises the question in our minds as to why the Muslims took the Hijrah  to be the starting point of dating the beginning of Islamic history. Why did we not do as others did, by taking the birthday of their prophet or founder as the beginning of their calendar?

Ummatal Islam! During the Khilafah of Sayyiddina Umar bin al-Khattab the Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een agreed to start the Islamic calendar from when the Nabee Sallalahoo Alayhi Wasallam made Hijrah to Madinah al-Munawwarra and established the first Islamic State. As we enter the blessed month of Muharram and the year 1432 we should remind ourselves of the Hijrah and dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding it. Very often when the Hijrah is discussed, we tend to limit ourselves to the details describing how the Nabee Sallalahoo Alayhi Wasallam hid in a cave or who slept in his bed. This process inevitably diverts us from discussing the true substance of the event.

An account of such events should serve only to remind us that the Nabee while relying on the revelation as the source of the Islamic Message, had to carry the Islamic Da'wah as a human being, and through the means accessible to a human being. Why did we not take the very first revelation received by our Beloved Nabee as the beginning of our calendar? We all know, that when the Muslims got together 15 or 17 years after the Hijrah  to decide on the starting point of our history, they were guided in their decision to mark the event of the emigration as the beginning of our history.

The Hijrah to Madinah did not take place because the Muslims in Makkah wanted to avoid the persecution there, or because they wanted to find a safe haven for themselves, or to run away from the hardships they faced in that city. Rather, it was an event that took history in a new direction, and this can only be seen if we look at the Seerah in the correct manner.

Ummatal Islam! The Seerah of the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم is an integral part of the Sunnah, and is just as much a part of the revelation as is the Holy Qur'an. After a careful study of it,

we can extract a very specific method for carrying out the Da'wah, and if our aim is to please Almighty Allah سبحانه وتعالى, then it is our obligation to adhere to this method step by step, through each and every phase. Not because it was a difficult trip between Makkah and Madinah - especially in those days it was an extremely difficult journey. Three hundred miles between Makkah and Madinah in the heat of Arabia, on the back of a camel and on foot, in

the month of June was very arduous indeed. It was not decided upon because it was a difficult journey.

Ih'watal Imaan! The Hijrah  was undertaken because it embodied many of the principles of Islam and of Muslim values. We know of the great suffering and persecution of the Muslims - and through the intense hatred of the Quraish towards them, the plot was hatched to murder our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. According to the Seerah, the Hijrah marks the transition from the phase in the Da'wah known as "Seeking the Nusrah" to the phase where Islam is implemented in the form of a state. The Nusrah is the transfer of authority to a person via the material support or allegiance from the powerful elements of a society.

The Hijrah is a direct result of seeking, and subsequently receiving, the Nusrah. When Mus'ab ibn Umair (R.A.) was sent to Madinah to spread the Message of Islam, it took him one year of tireless work in that city before its leaders journeyed to Makkah to transfer their authority to the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم by giving him the Ba'yah. This Ba'yah was called Bayat-ul Harb (Allegiance of War). Although there was no war, it was called Bayat-ul Harb because it indicated the willingness of the Muslims to fight, when necessary, to protect the Da'wah and the newly established Islamic State. The Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم had invested four years of Da'wah, towards most of the tribes in Najd (the large area between Makkah and Madinah) before he received the Nusrah.

Ya Ummatal Qur'an! It is important to note that until this time in the Seerah, even with all the pressure the Nabee  صلى الله عليه وسلم placed upon the Kufr society of Makkah, all the persecution that the Quraysh inflicted on the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Muslims was comparatively trivial to the persecution that came after the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم received the Nusrah from the leaders of Madinah. From this point onward it was the plot of the Kuffar to assassinate the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم. Indeed, it is true that Shaitan and his followers are most afraid of the implementation of Almighty Allah's rules Keeping these elements in mind, whenever we discuss the Hijrah, which many people will try to reduce to a spiritual journey the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم took over some terrain, we should discuss the overall ideological significance of this event in terms of Islam and the Da'wah mission.

It is critical for Muslims to realize that this event not only marks the beginning of our calendar, but more importantly it commemorates the establishment of the nucleus of the first Islamic state. For hundreds of years to come this nucleus would engulf neighboring lands, subsequently liberating one oppressed people after another and bringing them the Mercy from Almighty Allah سبحانه وتعالى called Islam. If we want to talk about the essential nature of the Hijrah, we have to realize that it marks the time when Islam as an Ideology was transformed from idea to practice.

Faya Ayyuhan Nas! Hitherto, the people of Madinah accepted the Nabee  صلى الله عليه وسلم only as a Prophet. However, after the transfer of power (Nusrah), when the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم arrived in Madinah, they received him  as a ruler and a Prophet. Before the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم made the Hijrah, he was a Prophet with the new laws revealed to him  by Allah سبحانه وتعالى. After the Hijrah, he was the one who implemented this law. Islam had gone from addressing and pointing out the problems and issues to tackling the problems and issues and providing solutions for them. It was at this point that the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم was able to apply the rules and systems of Islam into real life.


The Hijrah, a part of the Seerah, is something that must be studied in depth to gain a full understanding of its implications and meaning. It is not simply a series of bedtime stories to be told and remembered like fairy tales of how the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم took Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A.) with him and went on a journey, and at the end of it the people received them. According to the plan chalked out by the Quraish in a general meeting of their leaders in the “Dar-al-Nadwah”  (the Council Chamber), it was agreed upon that  the chiefs of all the prominent tribes had to participate jointly in the murder of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam so that the tribe of Banu Hashim  would not be able to oppose or confront  all of  them together.

Ma'a Sheral Muslimeen! The perpetrators of this evil plot included some of the arch- enemies

of Islam and they consisted of Zam’ah bin Awad bin Mutallib; Hakim bin Hizam; Abu Jahl; Nubaih; Munabbih; Umayya bin Khalaf; Utbah; and Abu-al-Bakhtari. The very thought that our Beloved Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم may migrate made them desperate and the time had now come for them to act on their henious intention with the sole purpose of eradicating the new religion of Islam and killing the Beloved Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم. They sat their plan in  motion but Allmighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata’ala is indeed the best of planners for it was  through Divine Providence that  our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam was

informed about the plot when verse 30 of Surah Al-Anfal   was revealed to him.

“And when those who disbelieve plot against thee (O Muhammad) to wound you fatally, or to kill you, or to drive thee forth; they plan but Allah (also) plans and Allah is the best of planners.”

Ih'watal Aqida! The plots against our Beloved Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم in Makkah aimed at three things. They were not only foiled, but Almighty Allah سبحانه وتعالى wonderful working turned the tables, and brought good out of evil in each case. These  enemies of Allah tried to hold our Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم in subjection in Makkah by putting pressure on his uncles,relatives and friends. But the more they persecuted, the more the little Muslim community grew in faith and numbers.

They plotted and planned to injure or kill our Beloved Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم  but the wonderful example of his kindness,  humility, perseverance, and fearlessness furthered the cause of Islam. They tried to get him and his small band of followers out of their homes but Alhumdoelillah,  they found a new home in Madinah from which they eventually reconquered not only Makkah but the whole of Arabia and the world. Since our Nabee   صلى الله عليه وسلم was now fully aware of the plot against his life, he was commanded to migrate as we learn from verse 41 of Surah An-Nahl:

“To those who leave their homes in the cause of Allah, after suffering oppression, - We will assuredly give a goodly home in this world; But truly the reward of the Hereafter will be greater. If they only realised (this).”

Ya Ayyuhal Gafieloon! We are all aware of the persecution that took place against the Muslims and that many of them left behind all their possessions and went secretly to Madinah. The time had now come for our Beloved Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم together with his closest companion Sayyidina Abubaker Radhiallaho Anho to embark on their Divinely ordained Hijrah. As  mentioned earlier, the Hijrah embodies the intrinsic principles of Islam. The principles which are essential for any nation to survive and for any message to flourish. By this I mean, the manifestation of complete commitment.

The manifestation of loyalty, a manifestation of Muhabbat a manifestation of truth and a preference for the public interest rather than self-interest. In actual fact all the Sahaba R.A. stand as shining examples for all these ideals for Allmighty Allah Subahanahoo Wata’ala speaks of them in verse 42 of Surah An-Nahl:

“(They are)  those who persevere in patience, and place their trust only  in Allah.”

Aina Izzatul Islam! They were motivated by the Pleasure of Almighty Allah    سبحانه وتعالى . They were zealous for the sake of Islam and for our Beloved Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم. Like I said, all of them stand out as shining examples, but I would like to highlight for our attention just two, Sayyidina Abubaker Radhiallahoo Anho and Sayyidina Ali Radhiallahoo Anho.There is a reason why I have chosen these two illustrious companions of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

It is a well known fact that some sections of our community profess an affinity with Sayyidina Ali R.A;  and the other sections profess affinity with Sayyidina Abubaker R.A. Unfortunately both sections forget or misconstrue what these two men stood for. Sayyidina Ali R.A. when he was quite young knew that the enemies of Islam were standing outside our Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم door ready to kill him. Yet he spent the night in the Nabee  bed, to give the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم a chance to leave undetected. He didn’t do this because he was his cousin, or  because he was the first young child to believe in the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم . It was not a matter of kinship.

O you who believe! After all the Abu Lahab was also a cousin of the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم and an avowed bitter enemy.It was not a question of family relationship, but one of conviction. Sayyidina Ali R.A. voluntarily agreed to subject his young life  to the great  danger which the ocassion demanded. As for Sayyidina Abubaker R.A; we know that the Holy Qura’n records the moment when he was with the Nabee صلى الله عليه وسلم in the cave of mount Thawr situated about three miles from Makkah. It is from this incident that he was also  known as the “Companion of the cave.” For three days and three nights they hid in the cave of mount Thawr while the Quraish combed every hill and valley in the area.

Ayyuhal Muslimoon! The frustrated and disappointed leaders of the Quraish proclaimed a reward of one hundred camels for their capture. It is said that no sooner had they entered the cave when once again through Divine Providence - a spider spinned a web at the mouth of the entrance and a turtle dove laid an egg in front of the cave where they were hiding. One of the search parties even reached the cave and on hearing their footsteps Sayyidina Abubaker R.A. was overwhelmed with anxiety because if the pursuers had but looked through the spiders web, at the entrance of the cave, they would have found them. Our Beloved Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم consoled him by reciting part of verse 40 of Surah At-Taubah:

“Have no fear for Allah is with us.”

Alhumdoelillah!  can any of us imagine the pride and the might of Makkah could be defeated by a web woven by a spider and an egg of a dove? It is Only Almighty Allah سبحانه وتعالى Who plans, Who gives victory, Who gives the aid, and  Who enlightens the people who place all their trust in Him and in Him Alone. My dear brothers and sisters, we must by now realise that the Hijrah was actually a concept before it was embarked upon. It was a manifestation of ideas and principles before it was a changing of the place of abode. In one of his statements the Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم advises all of us not to look superficially at the significant events of our history or of any action undertaken.

Alal Muslimeena Jami'a! We should not be content with the outward expression and forget about the substance and the spirit of what we do and why we do it. In one of the ahadith when he was asked to define who a Muslim is, it is reported that he said: “A Muslim is he who does not harm others, neither by his hand nor his tongue.” Unfortunately, with regard the Hijrah - we have forgotten even about the physical side of it. If we ask anybody what the Hijri date is today, very few of us will be able to give a correct answer. No Muslim country in the world pay their workers wages according to the Hijri year. No Muslim country in the world arrange their time-table of events or of anything else apart from the obvious religious festivals according to the Hijri year.

Faya Ayyuhan nas! Furthermore, every year - like clockwork, we have a quarrel about the beginning of Ramadhan, or the beginning of Hajj and so on and so forth. We live in a state of chaos. When will the Muslims of the world emerge from it. Only, and only, when we rise above those little things whether they are of national interest or factional or, should one say fictional understanding and interpretation, or personal promotion. May Almighty Allah    سبحانه وتعالى guide us all to the path trod by those who first paid allegiance to His Beloved Nabee    صلى الله عليه وسلم, and may He guide us to renew our allegiance to Islam.

And Almighty Allah knows best.


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Eidul Fitr Sermon

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[And hasten towards forgiveness from your Lord, and a Paradise that stretches over the heavens and earth, prepared for those who are conscious of Allah.] - Holy Qur'aan, 3:133

Sayyiduna Anas Ibn Malik Radiyallahu Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam said: "When the night of power comes then Jibreel Alayhis Salaam descends with a large group of angels, sending salutations upon every one who is standing and sitting, remembering Allah. When the day of their Eid comes, Allah boasts to His angels, saying: "Oh My angels! What is the remuneration of the worker that has completed his work?" They reply: Oh our Lord! His reward is that his remuneration is complete." Allah replies: "Oh My angels! My servants have fulfilled My obligation upon them, and then they came out earnestly seeking Me in supplication. By My Might, My Honour, My Generosity, My Greatness and My Exaltation, I will surely respond to them." Then Allah says: "Return (on this day) for I have forgiven you, and I have replaced your misdeeds with your good deeds." They return with a clean slate, completely forgiven.

On this day, after the completion of the holy month of Ramadaan, we ask Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala to encompass us in His Mercy and Forgiveness, and to emancipate us from the fire of Jahannam; and to allow us to witness the holy month of Ramadaan for many more years. Ameen!

This day is a day for us to show gratitude to our Creator for His immense blessings, and to honour His commands and rights.

Sayyiduna Abul `Abbaas, `Abdullah Ibn Al-`Abbaas Radiyallahu Anhu reported: "I was (riding my camel) behind the Holy Prophet Sallalahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam one day and he said: "Oh young man! I am going to teach you some words. Protect the rights of Allah and Allah will protect you. Protect the rights of Allah and you will find Him with you." - Narrated by Imam At-Tirmithi Radiyallahu Anhu, and authentic (Saheeh)

Rasoolullah Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam here gives Sayyiduna `Abdullah Ibn `Abbaas Radiyallahu `Anhu, who was ten years of age at the time, the most profound advice. He Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam nurtures Sayyiduna Ibn `Abbaas Radiyallahu `Anhu and teaches him how to live a happy life; and this shows us the concern that he Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam had for the youth. My address today is directed to the youth in particular: You are the future of Islam, the supports upon whose foundation Islam will stand in the future. Protect the rights of Allah when you are young, and Allah will protect your youth for you.

"Protect the rights of Allah": Know and recognise His limitations and restrictions and stop there, do not go further than that. Cling onto His obligations, and perpetuate consciousness of Him by carrying out what He has commanded and abstaining from what He has prohibited.

- The Holy Prophet Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam was concerned to turn the focus of this Ummah in the correct direction, and to ensure that the young Ummah is nurtured accordingly. At that time, the Ummah was at a young age, in its youth, and the Holy Prophet Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam wanted it to progress with the correct morals and values. Therefore, he Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam is cultivating and planting the correct `Aqidah in the hearts of the Muslims, and especially the youth amongst them. He directs this remarkable advice to Sayyiduna Ibn `Abbaas Radiyallahu `Anhu, which instills in a Muslim the desire to hold onto to the commands of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala, and to seek help and assistance from Him Alone. He Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam encourages the Muslim to become brave, to become courageous, to always be in the forefront. The Sahabah Radiyallahu `Anhum were always in the forefront, even in the battles, not for the sake of leadership, but for Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala and His Beloved Messenger Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam. Sayyiduna `Abdullah Ibn `Abbaas, Sayyiduna Mus`ab Ibn `Umayr, Sayyiduna `Ammaar Ibn Yaasar Radiyallahu `Anhum, and many others were youth amongst the Sahabah Radiyallahu `Anhum; but they were always in the forefront in the battles. Hence, you are not afraid if you find yourself in any position, or if danger faces you; and you speak the truth for the Sake of Allah without fearing anyone, because you know that everything is in the hands of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala.

- These words of Rasoolullah Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam are everlasting and demonstrate a wise manner in which to conduct ourselves: Sayyiduna Ibn `Abbaas Radiyallahu `Anhu informs us of this remarkable advice that combines everything. It carries in its innermost cavities the greatest rules of our Islam, purifying our thoughts, cleansing our minds, illuminating our intellect, making firm our `Aqidah and strengthening our conviction.

- "Protect the rights of Allah and Allah will protect you": Cling onto the commands of Allah: "And hold onto the rope of Allah together and do not be divided..." -Surah Ali `Imraan. Stop at His limits and do not approach them. Beware! Beware of transgressing beyond the limitations that Allah has set. Carry out His obligations to the best of your ability and do not belittle them. Do not think nothing of the obligations of Allah! Abstain and stay far from what He has forbidden and place a barrier between yourselves and them. Then, look at how Allah will protect your faith for you, and preserve your Aqidah from any deviation. He will protect you from misguidance in any way; and protect you from the lower incitements of your own self and the impurities of going astray. He will protect you from the most evil of creation, and from the devils of Jinn and man. He will drive away from you all harm. This is not only for yourself, but also for those who tread on your path of your offspring, family and relatives. Allah SWT says: [For him are angels in front of him and behind that protect him by the leave of Allah.]

When Nabi Musa Alayhis Salaam accompanied Khidr Alayhis Salaam on the quest to acquire knowledge; as we know, they came across a town and requested food from the people. The people of the town refused to accommodate them, but Khidr Alayhis Salaam mended a wall there that was about to collapse. When Nabi Musa Alayhis Salaam enquired from him the reason for this, he replied, as mentioned in the Holy Qur'aan: [As for the wall, it belonged to 2 orphan boys in the city, and beneath it was a treasure of theirs and their father was a pious man.] - Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala protected the father's children by protecting their inheritance, because he was a pious man. Therefore, we learn that our good deeds not only benefit us, but those closest to us as well.
- If you protect the rights of Allah in your life of this world, He will protect you in the Hereafter, and emancipate you from the Fire: [And hasten towards forgiveness from your Lord, and a Paradise whose size stretches over the heavens and the earth. It has been prepared for those who are conscious of Allah.] - Surah Ali `Imraan [Oh you who have faith! Save yourselves and your families from the Fire...] - Surah At-Tahreem
On that day, the angels will call you in welcome and honour: [This is what you have been promised for every one who is righteous and protects the rights of Allah. Whosoever fears and submits to The Most Beneficent in the Unseen, and comes with a pure heart. Enter into it with peace; this is the Day of Eternal life.] - Surah Qaaf

- The help of Allah and His assistance and support: Whosoever protects the rights of Allah, he is with Allah. Allah's ma`iyyah; His help, His mercy, His love, His assistance, His support, His protection, are with such a person. He will help him and support him in everything, when he asks of Allah, then Allah will respond, when he makes Istikharah, he will find the answer of Allah. He will find Allah with him in everything he does, and His guidance will be in everything: in his thoughts, in his intentions, in his resolutions, in his actions, in his speech, and in his inner most being. Allah will protect him and strengthen him, Allah will grant him the best of good fortune and make him firm. Every time the darkness covers him or he finds hardship, "Protect the rights of Allah and you will find Him with you." [ Indeed, Allah is with those who are conscious of Him and those who are righteous in everything they do." - Surah An-Nahl

- The help of Allah and His support is connected and linked with our obedience towards His commands and abstinence from what He has forbidden: [Oh you who have faith! If you help Allah, Allah will help you and make your feet firm.] - Surah Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam

- We have to help the Deen of Allah! Support and protect this Deen of Islam by being righteous firstly as an individual, and then contributing to the community.
- [If Allah helps you, then nothing can overtake you. But if He humiliates you, then who will help you other than Him. And in Allah let the believers put their utmost trust.] - Surah Ali Imraan

- Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has said: "Seek the opportunity from 5 things before 5 things take place: "Your youth before your old age..." The first thing that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam mentioned is youth. Why did he do this? This is because in our youth, we are most vulnerable to Iblees, it is then that we have all the strength, we want to enjoy life. However, we must enjoy life within the limits that Allah has set. Whosoever protects the rights of Allah in his youth and when he has strength, ALlah will protect him when he is old and weak. Such a person will enjoy the power of Allah manifested in his hearing, his seeing and his intellect; and Allah will honour his position on the Day of Qiyaamah: "Seven categories of people to whom Allah will grant His Divine Shade on the day when there is no other shade: A leader that is just, and a young person that grows up serving Allah..." - If we given a position of authority and leadership amongst the community, if we are an Imam, then we should be just in everything. Do not do so for the leadership and authority, but do so only for the pleasure of Allah. The Sahaabah were always in the forefront, even the youth amongst them; not for any worldy or material gain, but they did everything solely for the love of Allah and His Beloved Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam. Seek hold of the opportunity to the best of your ability, especially because the youth are the hope of this Ummah, and on their supports the da`wah of truth and justice stands. For this reason the forces of falsehood and injustice want the youth to go astray.


We are calling out to the youth to put forward their support. This Masjid does not belong to anyone, it is Waqf, the property of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala only, and therefore, we are just the custodians of this Masjid. Therea are various projects that we want to undertake; the Mazaar is undergoing renovation, we want to open a library, the nursery school needs to be renovated; but we can only do this with the full support and assistance of the community. If we do not our work properly, then it is your right and responsibilty to take us out, and appoint those who will do it correctly. In particular, our appeal is to the youth: You are the future of Islam; the foundation of Islam will rest  your shoulders and you have to carry it through with your hands and your hearts. 
- Rasoolullah Sallallahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam then said to Sayyiduna `Abdullah Ibn `Abbaas RA: "If you ask for anything, then ask Allah. And if you seek help from anyone, then seek help from Allah." - A thankful servant is successful with the protection of Allah, and His help and care. Such a servant is the one that recognises, he acknowledges, he realises and he understands the bounty of Allah Azza Wa Jalla, and therefore, he recongnises Allah as he should, to the best of His ability. Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has said: "Ihsaan is for you to worship Allah as if you can see Him. If you do not exist, then you will see His power, for indeed He sees you." - Lose yourself in the love of Allah and you will see His power in everything, you will witness His miracles. Such a servant knows fully that good only comes from Allah, and that evil is only from his own self and from Shaitaan. He announces his dire need in front of Allah, we are poor in front of The One Who is free of all needs and Most Worthy of praise: [Oh mankind! You are poor in front of Allah, and Allah is The One Who is free of all needs and Most Worthy of praise.] -Surah Al-Faatir

- This is the type of Ma`rifah, this special understanding of Allah, that takes us close to our Creator, and earns the love of Allah for His servant that is running towards Him: "Recognise and know Allah when you are in prosperity; and He will know you when are faced with hardship." "Whosoever is pleased by Allah responding to him when he is faced with hardship, let him make abundant du`a when he is in prosperity."
- Our faith should be true Imaan, and we should not give up and be despondent.  We should put our trust completely in Allah, and not think that because everything is pre decreed, we do not have to do good. [And say: "Do righteous actions, and Allah will see your acts and His Messenger Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, and the believers.] -Surah At-Taubah

- A true servant of Allah works for his Hereafter in the life of this world. A servant of Allah owns things, but he is not owned by anything, this world does not own him. Run away from the life of this world and the world will run after you. A servant of Allah who lives a life of asceticism, flees from this world and runs towards Allah, and the world runs after him: [Run towards Allah!] - Surah Ath-Thariyaat
"Whosoever exists for Allah, Allah will be there for him." said the best of creation Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala grant us all the Towfeeq and Hidayah.
On behalf of Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid, Moulana Qutboodien, the committee and the musallees, we wish everyone a blessed Eidul Fitr. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala make this day, a day full of blessings and accept all our Ibadah and fasting.

[Wa Akhiru Da`wana Anil Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil `Alameen.]

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Eid Al-Adha Sermon

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[Hajj has been prescribed for months that are known. Whosoever takes Hajj as an obligation during these months, then he should not indulge in any obscene behaviour, nor commit any sin or vile another. And whatsoever you do of good, Allah has full knowledge of. And take your provisions, for indeed the best provision is piety. And be conscious of Me, oh those of understanding.

The meaning of the word "At-Taqwa" in the Arabic language is that firstly, it comes from the root verb, "Waqaa", which means "To save something and protect it from harm." The "Taqwa" of Allah SWT is that consciousness that a Muslim develops in his heart for his Creator, by doing good always and abstaining from evil. To protect and save ourselves from the punishment and earn and attain the love of Allah SWT and His Beloved Prophet SAW is "Taqwa".

The slogan of Islam is "Allahu Akbar"- Allah is The Greatest.

We Muslims: With our "Takbeer" (Glorification of Allah by reciting "Allahu Akbar"), we beautify our Eids, and we build on our glory. With it we begin our Salaah, we begin the call to prayer and the establishment of prayer, we begin our battles, and we begin life itself! In the ear of the new born, the call is given: "Allahu Akbar!" And when we stand up for Salaah, we say: "Allahu Akbar". And when we sacrifice and slaughter, we say: "Bismillahi Allahu Akbar". We have learnt to adopt "Allahu Akbar" as our slogan.

With this slogan we instil fear in the hearts of our enemies during battles: We were victorious on the day of Badr because our call was "Allahu Akbar", and like this in all the battles.

The meaning of "Allahu Akbar" is: That this entire world is small and insignificant in your eyes, in front of Allah SWT. If wealth is offered to you, or position, or authority, or even if the entire world combined is presented to you, in order for you to forsake your religion, then you hold on steadfast to your religion and say: "Allah is The Greatest!" Allah is Greater than wealth and desires, Allah is Greater than this entire world and what is in it.

In Islam, we have 2 Eids. "Rasoolullah SAW arrived in Al-Madinah, and he found that the people used to amuse themselves and play on 2 days during the year. He enquired: "What are these 2 days?" They replied: "We used to play on them during the period of Ignorance." Rasoolullah SAW replied: "Verily, Allah has replaced for you 2 days that are better than them: The Day of Al-Adha and the Day of Al-Fitr." - Narrated by Imams Abu Dawood, Ahmad and An-Nasa'i RA, and the chain follows the conditions of Imam Muslim RA.

These 2 Eids follow major forms of obligations and worship in Islam. After the holy month of Ramadaan, the Eid comes as a reward and treasure from Allah SWT; and Eid Al-Adha follows the Day of the Greatest Hajj, after the Day of Arafaat.

It is during these moments that Allah SWT manifests Himself to His servants, boasting to the inhabitants of the heavens about the inhabitants of the earth, and saying: "Look at My servants! They have come to Me covered in dust and dishevelled - from every deep corner of the earth - I make you bear witness that I have forgiven them." - Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan and Sunan Al-Bayhaqi RA.

The poet says beautifully in Arabic, inspiring us:

"Fear Allah and hope for His Countenance for every great task, and do not obey your ego that is insisting otherwise you will regret. And exist between the 2 states of fear and hope, and bear glad tidings of the pardon of Allah if you are a Muslim."

Our Eids have special qualities: They are based on the worship of Allah SWT alone, and not just for us to satisfy our carnal desires and enjoy. They begin with the Glorification of Allah and Salaah - thereby having a rope that is connected with Allah SWT.

Just like this, our Eids are for humanity, and Muslims do not rejoice on their own. We do not eat on our own nor do we live selfishly only for ourselves. For Eid Al-Fitr, Islam has obligated Zakaat Al-Fitr to be given to the poor: "Rasoolullah SAW made obligatory, Zakaat Al-Fitr, as a means of purification for the one fasting from all vain talk and actions; and the food that it provides is for the poor." - Narrated by Imam Abu Dawood RA.

Furthermore, on Eid Al-Adha sacrifice has been prescribed, in order for a person to spend on his family, his loved ones, his neighbours and the poor Muslims, as well as non-Muslims. [And they prefer others over themselves, even if they are in need. And whosoever becomes the embodiment of benevolence and sacrifice, they are ones who will surely be successful."

Islam is the Deen of strength, and Islam is the source of honour and authority, and the source of moving this Ummah. Sayyiduna Umar RA is reported to have said when he entered Jerusalem: "Verily Allah has given us honour through Islam, and if we seek honour in other than it, Allah will disgrace us."

Surely, what moves this Ummah is: "Allahu Akbar!" What moves this Ummah is: "There is none worthy of worship but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah!"

Islam is a system of life that accompanies each individual from the time he is born until he dies, and even before he is born and after he dies, Insha Allah.

Surely, Islam is a great religion: [On this day, have I perfected for you your religion, completed My favour upon you, and chosen for you Islam as your religion.]

Islam needs men of stature who will help it and honour it! They will spread Islam and be examples for it on earth; a practical example that people see and they witness in them Islam! Islam that is personified! The Qur'aan on 2 feet! Just as the Holy Prophet SAW and his Companions RA were! [He is The One Who assisted you with His victory and with the believers.] - Therefore, there has to be believers!

What has happened to the Muslims today, who have surpassed one billion in number?! Indeed, the Holy Prophet SAW foretold: "The time will come when all the nations of the world will descend upon you like a vulture descends upon its prey! The Companions RA enquired: Will we be few on that day? The Holy Prophet SAW replied: Rather, you will be large in number. However, you will be like the foam of the ocean. Allah will surely remove from the hearts of your enemies any awe for you, and Allah will instil 'Wahn' into your hearts! The Companions RA enquired: What is 'Wahn' O Rasoolullah SAW? He replied: The love of this world and hating death."

The Arab poet says:

"How strange it is to me how Allah is disobeyed, or how He is denied by the one who disbelieves. And in every movement and breath there is proof. And in every thing there is a sign, proving that He is One."

Victory and help does not rely on numbers! [How much of a small group has overcome a large group by the permission of Allah. And Allah is with those who are patient.] - Holy Qur'aan, 2:249

Islam is the religion of the Ummah! It brings everyone together in unity, it unifies there direction of prayer, their feelings, their goals and their path. [And verily, ths is My path, straight, so follow it. And do not follow the other paths otherwise it will mislead you from Allah's path.] - Holy Qur'aan, 6:153

Sayyiduna Ibn Mas`ood RA reports: "Rasoolullah SAW drew a line for us on the sand, and then he said: This is the path of Allah. Then he drew lines on its right and left and said: These are other paths, and on every path is a Shaitaan that is inviting to it. Then he recited the above verse." - Narrated by Imam Ahmad RA

In conclusion, we end off with the verse of the Qur'aan: [Oh you who have faith! Become the helpers of Allah!] - Surah As-Saff:14

[Say: Verily, my Salaah, my sacrifice, my life and my death is for Allah, the Lord of the worlds.] - Holy Qur'aan, 6:162-163

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Urs Sharief of Khwaja Gharib Nawaaz RA

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The Urs Sharief of Hazrath Khwaja Gharib Nawaaz and Hazrath Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi Siddiqi RA will be commemorated at Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid from Thursday 16th Rajab 1433 / 07th June to Sunday 19th Rajab 1433 / 10th June 2012.

The Programme is as follows:

Thursday 07 June-

Immediately after Maghrib Salaah: Thikr by Naqshabandi Jamaat, led by Sheikh Yusuf Da Costa.

After Esha: Khatam on all Marhooms inside Masjid. Refreshments will be served thereafter.

Friday 08 June- Gyarwee Sharief after Esha in the Masjid. Refreshments will be served thereafter.

Saturday 09June-

After `Asr- Thikr by Ibaadur Rahmaan Jamaat until Maghrib.

Sandal procession from the residence of Moulana Abdul Latief Qadi Siddiqi RA to the Mazaar from 4:45 pm.

Supper after Maghrib Salaah.

Sunday 19 June- 09:30am Khatam on all Marhooms inside Masjid.

Breakfast will be served at 10:00am

Moulood Sharief at 11:00am, followed by Naat Sharief and lecture until Thuhr Salaah

Lunch after Thuhr Salaah


For more information and to donate, please contact Imam Goolam Hoosain Parker.

Tafseer classes

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Lessons on Tafseer (explanation) of the Holy Qur'aan in the Masjid by Moulana Luqmaan Kagee.

From Feb 2013, once a week.

Spirituality of Hajj

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The forum will focus on issues affecting Muslims and current affairs in the Muslim world, and especially issues that the Muslim youth are faced with.

The first forum will be held on Monday 22nd October after Maghrib Salaah. It will focus on the practicalities and the experience of Hajj. On Tuesday 23rd October a prominent local Alim will explain the ‘Spiritual essence of Haj ‘with a specific focus on the day of Wuqoof on Arafat.

We invite you all to join us and engage with our speakers as the forum will become a regular event, Insha Allah. More detail will be available on the noticeboards, website and on the facebook group.


This Ramadaan 1432

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This year's Ramadaan programme Insha Allah:

Taraweeh Salaah will be lead by the following:

- Hafith Mas`ood Kagee, Sheikh Sulayman Benjamin, Hafith Ebrahim Bagus, Hafith Tahir Ebrahim, Moulana Luqmaan Kagee, Hafith Rafieq Afzal, Hafith Abdul Kareem Parker, Hafith Habeeb Parker and Hafith Siddeeq Parker.

The daily 5-minute talks will be delivered after Esha Salaah and before the commencement of the Taraweeh. This will be given by Sheikh Goolam Hafiz Rooknodien and Moulana Luqmaan Kagee.


The Jumu'ah lectures will be as follows:

05 Ramadaan 1432/05 August 2011: Sheikh Fakhruddin Owaisi

12 Ramadaan 1432/12 August 2011: Dr Imtiaz Sooliman

19 Ramadaan 1432/19 August 2011: Sheikh Abdur Rahmaan Alexander

26 Ramadaan 1432/26 August 2011: Sheikh Ihsaan Taliep


On Laylatul Qadr, the Holy Qur'aan will be completed and a special du`a will be made.

The Qur'aan read pen will be on sale and various other items. Part of the proceeds will go towards Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid, and we urge one and all to please support us.

Please donate generously this Ramadaan to the Masjid, and to the poor and destitute.

Voices behind the veil: a tribute to the women of Habibia

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Amidst the aromatic fragrances tantalizing the olfactory senses, the eyes tearing from the stinging vapors emanating from the onions, we hear the chatter and excitement brewing in the kitchen. MMMM... all in preparation for the hundred years celebration of an institution that has served the needs of a community in more ways than one. A service that has excellently been maintained by every sector of the Muslim community, especially the WOMEN of Habibia.

This is a special tribute, recognizing and acknowledging the unselfish sacrifice of time and physical effort and the dedication and perserverance of many women who sincerely and lovingly serve humanity.

A plethora of events map out the Habibia Soofie Centre's yearly calendar, clearly demonstrating a full schedule. At least ten months of the lslamic year are marked with an array of special occasions e.g. ten days of Muharram, Moulood celebrations, Giyarawee and Khatam Shareefs, 'Urs programs, Ramadaan Iftari and Eid, qurbaani and so forth. On a daily bases the needs of the poor and destitute are catered for and special dhikr programs are conducted on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. It is customary at such events for niyaaz (specially prepared food and delicacies) to be served. Much of the credit should go to the women at the Habibia darbaar who painstakingly, without hesitation and without complaint prepare and serve delicious foods for the benefit of all who step foot on to the premises, irrespective of age, color, creed or religion. These women together with family and friends engage enthusiasticly in preparing for any activity taking place at the centre. Despite the fact that many of the women-folk have their own families to provide and care for, they have, for many years, been serving the community. A helping hand is always invited by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, filled with loving tenderness and kindness, gentle smiles and laughing eyes. Everyone is always made to feel "part of the family". Every task, from cleaning the meat to setting the tables, is done with fervor and passion.

Day to day activities also include the distribution of bread to the poor. Travellers who require over-night accomodation are also provided with meals. No individual, in need of asisstance, is turned away from the door, day or night. In celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's (SAW) birth, the Habibia ladies jamaat, engage in duas and dhikrs and "rampies sny". In the true spirit of Islam, during the blessed month of Ramadaan, the fasting person is also provided with food to break his fast. Women of the community send an abundance of sweets and savories for the fasting persons. The women also participate in making hamper parcels for distribution to the poor. The profound love that these women have for humanity is heart-warmingly demonstrated in their readiness to care for the orphans and homeless. Never is a harsh word uttered to them and utmost care is taken in ensuring that the orphans are clothed and basic necessities are provided.

The Habibia Soofie Darbar is a centre that serves the community in the true sense. The women have, undoubtedly, contributed significantly in upholding this vision.

Ramadaan 1434 Weekly Programmes

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Fri 03 Ramadaan (12 July): Lecture by Sheikh Zaheer Adams.

Fri 10 (19 July): Qiraah by Qari Zubayr Adams. Lecture by Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels.

Fri 17 (26 July): Lecture by Sheikh Abdur Rahmaan Alexander.

Fri 24 (02 Aug): Lecture by Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks.

Sundays: Khatme Khwajegaan after Asr in the Mazaar.

Dehumanising Allah's Beloved Nabi SAW

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"And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: "O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming The Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad (Muhammad The Praised One). But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said: "This is evident sorcery!" [Surah Al Saff verse 6]

Wa Ba'd:

Alal Muslimeena Jami'ah! Today Alhumdoelillah, we are celebrating the auspicious and Mubarak day of Jummah, we are celebrating our efforts in worshipping Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala. We are celebrating His Infinite Mercy, His Bounty, His Protection and his Forgiveness from the agony of Jahannum and from the ongoing hatred and Fithnah of the vowed enemies of Islam towards Islam, towards our Beloved Nabee - Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and towards the Muslim Ummah. Today, we are celebrating our Islam; our being the family of the greatest faith ever revealed to mankind; our being believers in the most beautiful and comprehensive scripture that ever descended from the highest heaven to earth, and being the Ummah of the greatest man who walked upon the face of this Dunya.

Alhumdoelillah! We believe in the Oneness of Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala; we bow and bend only to Him and to Him Alone. Today, we are celebrating the greatest blessing of our lives: our Islam – the Din of Truth. Islam is the faith that defines us. Islam defines who we are. Islam defines our identity. Islam is the religion that Almighty Allah Most Merciful has chosen for us, has perfected for us, and has blessed us with, as the Most Noble and Holy Qur’an so eloquently expresses in part of verse 3 of Surah Al Ma’idah:

“This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My

Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.”

Islam is a favour and a great Bounty from Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen. All we have to do is to show our gratitude for this great blessing and say as we are commanded in verse 43 of Surah Al Ahraf: “Praise be to Allah Who has guided us to this felicity: Never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of Allah.”

Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala informs us with words of Truth and the expression of fact. He informs us very clearly in verse 50 of Surah Al-Qasas:

"Allah does not guide people to (Dhulm) wrong-dong".

And He tells us in verse 40 of Surah Ash Shura:

"Allah does not love those who do wrong (Dhulm)".

And His Beloved Nabee Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam said:  "Rabbul Dhulumatoon Youmal Qiyama'h". Dhulm, injustice, tyranny, oppression and maltreatment become darkness on the day of Resurrection.  And in a Hadith Qudsi Almighty Allah Most Exalted and His prophet Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam say: "Ya Ibadi Inni gharramtu Dhulma ala nafsi wa'ja'al  tuhu baynakum ma gharrama fala tha'da lamoo." My subjects, my servants! I have rendered injustice by Myself as being prohibited. I have rendered the performance of injustice personally. No injustice will be done by Me. I have made Dhulm (wrong-doing) Haraam as concerns Me says Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala meaning that He will never be involved in any acts of Dhulm, injustice or oppression.

And I have rendered Dhulm as a matter of illegality, illegitimacy and prohibition among you. "Fala tha'da lamoe" Hence do not be party to the acts of Dhulm and do not partake in the system of Dhulm (wrongdoing). These Aya'ts, Hadith and Hadith Qudsi are a direct address to the established Dhulm in the world today. But, there are opinion makers, there are publicists and there is a media within a strategy that don't permit Muslims to identify that Dhulm prevalent throughout the world.  It is forbidden for you and for me to begin to identify the establishment of Dhulm on a global scale but we are all welcomed to try to focus on Dhulm on a local scale. Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala wants us to open our eyes and see this Dhulm in full scope and with all the colours of the spectrum.

World attention has been fixated these past two days with the release of the crude anti-Islam movie that has caused chaos throughout the Muslim world. This low budget movie titled "Innocence of Muslims" insults Islam and the Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Rest assured that this blasphemous piece of garbage will once again have the media mouthpieces, gurus and moguls pointing accusations, that Muslims are intolerant and do not respect freedom of speech. We say to these hateful blasphemers with a full measure of our minds and our hearts that we will not tolerate any insults against our religion and against our  Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

Beloved people of Imaan! Indeed, we live in a strange world today. When you attack members of any visible minority you are labeled a racist. When you attack the Jews you are guilty of anti-Semitism. When you speak out against gays and lesbians you are guilty of homophobia. When you attack a religious sect you will be guilty of hate speech. When you speak out against women’s groups you will be guilty of sexism. When you express your hatred for Islam and Muslims you are indulging in Islamophobia. Yes, but when you attack the Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam they call it ‘freedom of speech”.

These blasphemers are carelessly defending their hypocrisy and reinforcing the double standard that alienates Muslims and desecrates Islam under the guise of free speech. This is a Dhulm of expression that hides the larger Dhulm of policies that have been victimizing one billion, eight hundred million Muslims throughout the world. Today it has become common practice to target the Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and the Muslim way of life without anyone winking and eyelid to bring all this hatred to an end. Why can't Muslims and non-Muslims alike who still have a modicum of normal thought and undisturbed thinking -  why can't we come out and say it as we see it; that the Doonya is today under the control of the agents of Dajjal.  We are Muslims and we know that it is our Divine duty to protect our Din and our way of life.

If, therefore we tolerate the wrong, or encourage wrong by allowing the Fithnah against us to run rampant we fail in our duty to Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala and His Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. The world today suffers from an illusion of democracy, freedom, human rights, human dignity, and progress. In reality, the Dhulm towards man by his fellow men has never been more blatant and bestial than it is now. The existence of these ruthless blasphemers who vilify and ridicule Islam and the Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam is dangerous only when we, who are the defenders of Allah's Din remain lifeless when we remain silent to the enemy’s venom and Fithnah.

The global Dhulm is far greater today than ever before and it is the foremost Islamic duty of the Muslim Ummah to halt the onward march of this demon as the supreme arrogant determinant of history. Amid the fervor of America’s open-ended "war on terror," Western media and governments are advancing a heightened level of Islamophobia in the interests of a shared neo-imperialist agenda to dominate, exploit, torture and kill Muslims. It’s the same Islamophobic cycle returning once again, worse than ever. Islamophobia, or fear of Islam, is defined as the unrealistic and disproportionate fear of Islam and Muslims - a fear which cannot be reasoned away. Islamophobia is a serious form of discrimination, intolerance, and a clear violation of basic human rights; the right to live without fear of attack from those who see Muslims as "not like us." Islamophobia not only reinforces centuries-old negative stereotypical representations of Islam and Muslims, it also creates new ones.

Among all major religions in the world today Islam is the only religion that the Western world has the gravest difficulty to comprehend and appreciate objectively. Western intellectual circles are now trying to block the process of Islamic revivalism and the fear of Muslim unity by condemning it as something obnoxious and undesirable and depicting it as a “Clash of Civilizations.” These feeble voices continue to caution the world against the call of Islam. These are vain justifications that serve only the nations of Dajjal who are terrified of the idea of the Muslim Ummah uniting under the banner of Islam.

They fear the dawning of that day for they are well aware of the massive force it will face on the political and economic fronts if the Muslims of the world unite. They are well aware of the day when one billion, eight hundred Muslims gather under one banner, with one faith, with one voice and with one social system. That is what the imperialist and blasphemers fear from Muslim Unity. Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen makes things crystal clear to us in verse 118 of Surah Al-Imran:

"Vehement hatred has already appeared from their mouths:

What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made the Signs plain to you if ye have wisdom".

Indeed, today we live in a foolish bubble where we think we are free to say or do anything without any consequences. We are facing an incredible simplification, a gross polarization: apparently a clash of civilizations, a confrontation between principles, with defenders in one corner, of inalienable freedom of speech and, in the other, of the inviolable sacred sphere. Why should we Muslims not continue to strive with all our resources to suffer the great trials and tribulations before us for honour, for glory and for social justice when sacrifices and suffering experienced by us in this world of delirium are no less greater than the sacrifices called for by Islam? The Muslim Ummah today stands exactly where the early Muslims stood when they were hemmed in from all sides by the most powerful countries at the time.

The producers and perpetrators of the latest piece of filth and their cohorts imagine that by insulting the Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam, they will bring down Muslim morale and weaken their spirits. Little do these deranged specimens of humanity know that a Muslim is one for whom it is a great honour to defend the character and person of the greatest man who walked upon the face of this earth. All Glory belongs to Almighty Allah Most Exalted! It is really heartening to note that despite all the hatred, the insults, the Fithnah, the venom and the ruthless opposition to the Religion of Truth, the Muslim Ummah is gathering strength day by day. The great awakening of the Muslim nation is unfolding and Western attitudes characterized by a sense of arrogant superiority towards those living beyond its frontiers continues. How sad that the avowed enemies of Islam neither perceive the great blessings of Islam nor receive them.

It is unfortunate that the West has been unable to drink from the fountains of life that springs from the Divine religion of Truth. They continue to block the Divine Light of Islam and the rejection of Divine guidance is not allowed to penetrate the hatred that they have in their hearts for Islam, for the Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and the for the Muslim Ummah. With the ongoing volcanic eruption of Muslim anger raging throughout the world in the midst of what the movie perpetrators considered their paradise, and their impregnable fortress of power under the guise of freedom of expression the truth of the matter is that the world is now bound to realize the great importance of Islam and to adopt its principles even if it does not formally embrace it as a religion or way of life.

As for the servants of Islam we admit that we are fully alive to the fact that the road ahead is no bed of roses. We must march on with heads held high and must make whatever sacrifices are called for - great and many sacrifices, in order to convince a hateful world of the intrinsic goodness and Truth of Islam. But let us bear in mind that the only way towards that end is through self-sacrifice and self-immolation for this has been made very clear to us in the Most Glorious Qur'an a Heavenly revealed Book which comprehends all realities: [verse 30 of Surah Al-Ahqaf]

"It guides mankind to the Truth and to the Straight Way."

And Almighty Allah knows best.

Imam Abdul Hameed

Muharram 1434

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Wed 01st night of Muharram 1434: Khatmul Qur'aan Shareef will be recited for the first ten nights.

Jumuah 02 Muharram 1434 / 16 Nov 2012: Lecture by Sheikh Goolam Hafiz Rooknodien.

Dua-Qunoot for all those who are suffering throughout the world of the Muslim Ummah.

Thu 09th night of Muharram: Lecture by Moulana Muhammad Salih Joosub of Durban after Durban.

Jumuah 09 Muharram / 23 Nov: Lecture by Muhammad Salih Joosub.

Fri 10th night of Muharram / 23 Nov: Lecture by Moulana Muhammad Salih Joosub after Maghrib.

Wed 15th night of Muharram (28 Nov): Why visit Al-Madinah Al-Munowwarah? An interactive discussion with Sheikh Fakhruddeen Owaisi. Make comments and ask questions. All welcome!

Fri 17 Muharram (30 Nov): Lecture by Moulana Luqmaan Kagee.

Fri 23 Muharram (07 Dec): Lecture by Imam Ridwaan Galant on environmental awareness.