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Jummah

What are we celebrating today?

We are celebrating the Mubarak day of Jummah. Today we join with our brothers and sisters all over the world to celebrate our efforts in worshipping Almighty Allah Jallah Wa'ala. We are celebrating His Mercy, His Muhabbat and Forgiveness., Yes, indeed, we are celebrating all this today, but we are also celebrating something much more important.  Some of you might ask what can be more important than the glorious day of Jummah.  Yes, there is something far more important than all this - the fact that we are Muslims. Today, we are in fact celebrating our Islam. We are celebrating the greatest faith ever revealed to mankind and being believers in the most beautiful and the most comprehensive scripture that ever descended from the highest heaven to earth.

Alhumdulillah!

We are celebrating as the Ummah of the greatest man who ever walked upon the face of the earth - Nabee Muhammad Ibn Abdullah -  Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam and being believers in Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. Had we not been Muslims, we would not have been here today.  We would have not known about the great significance of Jummah, We would not have known about the months of Rajab, Sha'baan and Ramadan. We would not have experienced the sweetness of true brotherhood nor would we have tasted the beauty of praying shoulder to shoulder as a single Ummah united in the presence of our Most Exalted Creator and Sustainer.

Today we are  celebrating the greatest blessing of our lives: our Islam. Islam is the faith that defines us, Islam defines who we are, Islam defines our identity. Islam is the religion that Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala has chosen for us, has perfected for us, and has granted us, as the Most Holy Qur'an so eloquently expresses in part of verse 3 of Surah Al Maidah:

"This day have I perfected your religion for you, I have completed
My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as you religion."

Islam, the Din of Haqq is a great favour and blessing, Islam is a privilege, Islam is a bounty from Almighty Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala. All we have to do is to be grateful for such a great blessing and say as we are commanded in verse 43 of Surah Al-Araf: [7:43]

"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"

O People of Imaan!

During this most wonderful month of Sha'baan, let us not loose sight of the fact that the most holy and auspicious month of Ramadan, the month of the Most Holy Qur'an, the month of caring and sharing, the month of Tilawat and Ibadah; the month of Forgiveness and the month for the illumination of our hearts and the month for performing good deeds will soon be upon us. Having said so, are we prepared to take our guidance from the Divine Message of Islam, to build our character as true Muslims and to quicken our space of progress until we attain our rightful place as the true Vicegerents of Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen?

Are we prepared

on this most Mubarak Day of Jummah to raise our voices and our hearts and beg Almighty Allah for forgiveness for time lost without faith, for squandered lives and wasted wealth, for a long history of silence, for peace, courage, and justice. Let us all cry to the heavens and earth that we are rededicating our lives as true Muslims in faith and action. On this Day of Jummah, during this Mubarak month of Sha'baan we are reclaiming our faith, and our right to study our Din as revealed, to live in peace and justice in the world with honour, respect, and dignity.

No greater awakening shall this earth experience than the earthquake of a billion 250 million Muslim around the world proclaiming their servitude to Almighty Allah and to His Most Beloved Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam; proclaiming to the world their willingness to live in peace and respect with all of Almighty Allah's humanity and defend the rights of the oppressed and down trodden. Almighty Allah's promise to the Believers is clear and He never breaks His Word: He informs us with words of Wisdom in verse 7 of Surah Muhammad (47:7).

"O ye who believe! If ye will aid (the cause of)
 Allah He will aid you and plant your feet firmly."

O Ummatul Muslimeen!

In 610 A.D., One Man, One Blessed Man, One Chosen Man, chosen by Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen, was given the Final Message for humanity's salvation, the Most Holy Quran. This message was to return humankind from the darkness of ignorance, immorality, greed, and idolatry to the light and enlightenment of worshipping the ONE and only true Creator of the heavens and the earth. Almighty Allah has shown His repeated mercy through His many Revelations and His many blessed Prophets from Hazrat Nuh A.S., to Nabee Ebraham , Ishak, Ishma'il, Yacoob, Dawood, Sulaiman, Moosa and Esa, Alayhim Salaam and finally, the Seal of the Ambiya - Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Rahmatul Liel Ala'meen Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam.

Almighty Allah's merciful message to humanity throughout history has been the same fundamental truth: ISLAM: A message calling for mankind to submit, surrender, and worship only Him. From one man accompanied by the most pious, faithful, courageous, selfless, and learned men, the illustrious Sahaba Ridwanullahi Ta'ala Alayhim Ajma'een rose a faith guaranteeing mankind the ultimate victory over worldly passions, weakness, greed, envy, immorality, racism, and hate. This faith offered a future reward in Paradise in the company of Almighty Allah. From a small group of the faithful rose one faith, one Ummah, one nation under the banner of Islam, the banner of Taqwa and Tawhid the banner of....

"La Illaha Illalah oo Muhammadoor Rasoolullah".

A nation and a civilization that straddled the world from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sea of China: one nation of brotherhood, sisterhood, classless and race less with no borders, no visas, but with a burning fire for faith, worship, unity, knowledge, curiosity, and peace and justice toward all. One Ummah of believers, One Ummah of Nations (the first United Nations) bonding with Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen and one another. All who believed in the One Creator were family of the Ummah. Almighty Allah declares in verse 90 of Surah Al-Nahl:

"Behold, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good, and generosity
towards one's fellow-men, and He forbids all that is shameful and all
that runs counter to reason, as well as envy; and He exhorts you repeatedly
so that you might bear all this in mind."

From the few rose the many of today, 1 Billion two hundred and fifty million Muslims found  on this planet. Islam has seen its peaks and its valleys. For the last 500 years Muslims have disproved the axiom that there is strength in numbers. If one is to understand why a faith or idea falters one must look back and analyze the reasons for the inexplicable, rapid and glorious rise of such a faith in the first place. Islam rose because of the strong belief of Muslims. Islam fell because of the fall of belief among Muslims.

O people of Imaan!

Muslims today need only search their hearts and souls, in truth and honesty, to discover their poverty of knowledge, of steadfast faith, worship, sacrifice, sanctity of life and brotherhood, hard work, patience, perseverance, and against worldly temptations. Many of us who carry the "Muslim Label" on the outside fall short in our faith on the inside. We can fool the world but Allah knows all that is within us. It is indeed very sad to admit that no one from the days of our Beloved Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam would recognize Islam in our time as practiced by the Muslims of today. Today, Allah's Message of Surrender, Mercy, and Light to all Mankind, is facing a threatening crusade. This may temporarily harm the faith but will never succeed in defeating or diminishing the light that is protected by the One and Only Creator of the Universe and given to us as a gift of Love to All His Creations.

The Crusade against Islam that I am talking about is more insidious, yet more ominous, like a silent cancer spreading through the body of the Ummah. It is an Internal Crusade by Muslims themselves against Islam through their ignorance of faith, its teachings and practices, widespread illiteracy, loss of self respect and dignity, a demoralized and defeatist existence, acceptance of corrupt rulers, and centuries of silence in the face of threats to their faith. This Muslim Crusade against Islam is a "Crusade of Omission", an omission of knowledge about Islam, an omission of a strong faith in Almighty Allah and His Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam; an omission of Trust and Respect amongst ourselves, an omission of hard work and dedication to Islam, an omission of sacrifice of life and wealth, an omission of acquiring knowledge, an omission of perpetual learning to advance the cause of Islam.

An omission of courage and strength in the face of adversity, an omission of patience and perseverance, an omission of the unity of the Ummah where the needs of "me" are subservient to the needs of "us". In short, Muslims have adopted the passions of the self and worldly gain. We have foregone the essence of Islam the Din of Haqq that emphasizes the beauty and goodness of the life to come over the game of life in this world. We possess a covenant and promise from Him that if we support Him, He will support us as He supported the small weak Muslims at the Battle of Badr. We have reached a Crossroad of Truth that will determine the future of our faith, our Ummah, and our children. We must not be the generation to lower the banner of Tawhid and Taqwa that gloriously spread the Truth of Islam throughout the world.

Ya Ayyuhal Muslimeen!

We cannot and must not submit to anyone in this world but to Almighty Allah Rabbul Ala'meen. Our hearts must beat with the rhythm of love for Jannah and to join with our Nabee Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam. Let us close our eyes and ears to this egotistical world of delirium and open our hearts and souls to Islam, to one another, to a life of faith, to a life of worship, to a life of joy, and to a life of peace, and charity.

We must not let violent misguided people commit crimes in the name of our faith. We must carry the banner of justice for all while defending our faith against all who aim to spread corruption, evil, and violence against humanity's innocent and faithful. In submitting our selves to the divine natural order, our way of life demands that we seek to bring peace, justice, and rationality to humanity as declared in verse 8 of Surah Al Ma'idah:

"O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair
dealing, and let not the hatred of others make you swerve to wrong and
depart from Justice. Be Just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah.  
For Allah is well aware of all that you do." (5:8)

O Almighty Allah! Keep the hearts of the entire Muslim Ummah ever lit with the light of Islam and the Most Glorious Qur'an. Shower Your Mercy, Your Muhabbat and Your favours upon us. Assist us and strengthen our hearts with hope and conviction. Accept our Duahs, our Ibadah, our supplications and our Taubah and all our good deeds every day of the year for the rest of our lives. O Almighty Allah! Keep us alive so that we may welcome the Glorious Month of Ramadan and the efforts of those who strive in Your Path with a goodly acceptance. Unite the hearts of all Muslims closer to one another every day and destroy the agents of disunity, Fithnah, and division. This then, my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, is the message of Sha'baan.  

And all Praise is Allah's at every beginning and end.
And the end of all goals is the Love of the Exalted Creator.

And Almighty Allah knows best.

Baarak Allaahu Feekum wa-sal Allahu wa-Sallam 'ala
Nabiyyinaa Muhammad Sallallahoo Alayhi Wasallam

Was Salamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

Abdul Hamid

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