It was a khutbah given by him on the 12th of Muharram 1411AH which was published in Arabic and translated to English.
Translated by – Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank
All praise is for Allaah, in whose Hand is the dominion of the heavens and the earth. Sovereignty is His, all praise is for Him, and He is a witness of everything. All His prescribed laws and what He has decreed are from His Wisdom. He does whatever He wills and commands whatever He wishes. I testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah alone, having no partner, the Guardian, the One Worthy of all Praise. I testify that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, the last of the prophets and their leader and the best of worshippers; may Allaah extol and send complete peace upon his family, his Companions and those who follow them in goodness till the Day of Judgement.
Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says, explaining His complete Power, and perfect Wisdom, that what He alone orders is what happens, and that He is the one governing and controlling His servants – granting security, fear, ease, hardship, facility, difficulty, straightened circumstances and prosperity… Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:
Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs of Him. Every day He has a matter to bring forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some etc)!”
(Soorah ar-Rahmaan (55): 29)
So Allaah, the Most High, controls the affairs of His creation enforcing His rulings sometimes according to His Wisdom and Beneficience, and sometimes according to His Wisdom and Justice, and your Lord never treats anyone unjustly:
Indeed we believe in Allaah and His predecree (Qadr), and belief in Allaah’s predecree is one of the pillars of eemaan.
(Eemaan is belief in the heart, saying of the tongue and action of the limbs.)
We believe that whatever good or state of ease and security comes upon us then it is from Allaah’s blessings upon us and it is an obligation upon us that we give praise and tahnks to the One who granted and provided that for us. This is done by returning to obedience to Him, avoiding whatever He forbade and doing whatever He ordered. If we carry out our duty of obedience to Allaah then we will be giving thanks for His blessings and would then deserve the increase in these blessings which Allaah has promised us from His bounty.
Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:
(Soorah an-Nahl (16):53)
and He, the Most High says:
Alhamdu’Lillaah (All Praise and thanks are for Allaah), we live in this land in a state of security and ease, but this state of security and ease cannot continue except through obedience to Allaah. As long as we order good and forbid evil, as long as we cooperate in ordering good and forbidding evil, since those who order good and forbid evil are at the forefront of the Ummah (Nation, the Muslims as a group), and they repel the causes of punishment and chastisement, so we should assist them and be with them. If they err we should inform them of their mistake and warn them about it and lead them to the guidance and not let their mistake become a reason to remove and distance them from this responsibility – that is not the correct way…
Whatever harm and hardship has befallen the people in their wealth or security, individuals or societies is due to their sins and their having neglected the commands of Allaah and his prescribed laws, and their seeking judgement amongst the people by other than the prescribed laws of Allaah – who created all of creation and was more merciful to them than their mothers and fathers, and He is the One who knows better than themselves what is most beneficial for them.
I say (meaning the Shaykh): whatever harm and hardship has befallen the people in their wealth or security, individuals or societies is due to their sins and their having neglected the commands of Allaah and his prescribed laws, and their seeking judgement amongst the people by other than the prescribed laws of Allaah – who created all of creation and was more merciful to them than their mothers and fathers, and He is the One who knows better than themselves what is most beneficial for them.
Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says, explaining that in His Book, so that we may realise and take warning.
He, the Majestic and Most High, says:
“And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.”
(Soorah ash-Shoora (42):30)
“Whatever of good reaches you, is from Allaah, but whatever of evil befalls you, is from yourself.”
(Soorah an-Nisaa’ (4):79)
Whatever good comes upon us – blessings or security – it is from Allaah, it is He who provided that, its beginning and end, from His beneficience. It is He who granted us from His bounty that we should carry out what which would lead to it, and it is He who granted us His blessings and completed that for us…
As for whatever evil has befallen us, whether famine or fear, or whatever else causes harm, then it is due to our ownselves, we are the ones who have wronged ourselves and led ourselves to destruction.
Many people today attribute the misfortunes which befall them, whether relating to wealth and economics, or security and political affairs to purely materialistic causes, to political causes, economic reasons, or problems due to borders. There is no doubt that this is due to their limited understanding and weakness of their eemaan and their failure to reflect upon the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger .
O Muslims, Believers in Allaah and His Messenger
Behind these reasons are causes prescribed as such by Allaah, reasons and causes for these misfortunes which are stronger, greater and produce a more severe effect than the material reasons. However the material reasons may be a means of bringing about what is due to the causes prescribed by Allaah which necessitates the misfortune and punishment.
Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic says:
“Evil (sins and disobedience of Allaah etc.) has appeared on the land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned (by oppression and evil deeds etc.), that Allaah may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (by repenting to Allaah).”
Soorah ar-Room (30):41
Give thanks for the blessings of Allaah upon you which you are about to hear of. O nation of Muhammd you are the best and most noble of the nations of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic. Allaah does not punish this nation for its disobedience and sins in the way that He punished the previous nations. He will not cause its destruction with a single overwhelming punishment as happened to ‘Aad (See Soorah al-Haaqqah (69):6-7), when they were destroyed by the violent wind which He unleashed upon them for seven nights and eight days in succession so that they were left lying like the hollow trunks of palm trees – do you see any remnants of them? He will not destroy it with the like of the punishment of Thamood (See Soorah al-Haaqqah (69):5) who were seized by the terrible shout and the earthquake so that they lay prostrate corpses in their homes. And He will not destroy it with the like of the punishment of the people of Loot (See Soorah al-A’raaf (7):80-84), against whom Allaah sent a violent wind and stones from the sky and turned their homes upside down.
Allaah, from His Wisdom and His Mercy, punishes this nation for its sins and disobedience by setting some part of it upon the others so that they destroy one another and take each other prisoner. Allaah, the Might and Majestic, says:
“Say: ‘He was power to send torment on you from above you or from under your feet, or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.’ See how variously We explain the Ayaat, (Aayaat, sing. aayaah: proofs; signs; evidences; lessons; ‘verses’), so that they may understand.
Al-Haafidh Ibn Katheer quotes a number of ahaadeeth – (ahaadeeth, sing. hadeeth: Sayings narrated from the Prophet , regarding his words, actions or attributes – in his Tafseer of the first aayah. From these is that reported by al-Bukhaaree from Jaabir ibn ‘Adbullaah (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhumaa) who said:
“When the (following) aayah was revelaed:
The Prophet said:
“…or from under your feet…”
The Prophet said:
‘I seek refuge with Your Face.’
‘or to cover you with confusion in party strife, and make you to taste the violence of one another.”
The Prophet said:
‘This is lighter’ or ‘…easier.’”
It is reported by Muslim from Sa’d bin Abee Waqqaas (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu) who said:
“We went along with Allaah’s Messenger until we came to the mosque of Banoo Mu’aawiyah, so Allaah’s Messenger entered and prayed two rak’ahs so we prayed along with him. So he called upon his Lord for a long time, then he said:
From Khabbaab ibn al-Aratt, (radhiyAllaahu ‘anhu), who said:
Allaah’s Messenger said:
Reported by Imaam Ahmad, an-Nasaa’ee and at-Tirmidhee.
You believe in these Aayaat and you believe in the narrations which are authentic from Allaah’s Messenger so why will you not reflect upon them? Why will you not reflect upon them?
Why will you not attribute these misfortunes which occur to deficiency in your own practice of the Deen so that you turn back to your Lord and save yourselves from the causes of overwhelming destruction?
So fear Allaah O servant of Allaah and look to your affairs and repent before your Lord and correct your way towards Him. Know O nation that these punishments which have come upon you and these trials that have been inflicted upon you are your own doing and due to your sins. So for each chastisement repent and turn to Allaah and seek the refuge of Allaah, the Most High, from the trials; the material trials relating to the person: killing, injury and being forced from ones home; trails relating to wealth: decrease and loss: and trails relating to the Deen (the way of life prescribed by Allaah) – the doubts and desires which assail the hearts and keep the Ummah away from the Deen of Allaah, and keep it away from the way of our Pious Predecessors (Salaf) and which lead it to destruction. The trials of the heart are the worst and the most severe of all the trials in this world since worldly misfortunes when they occur can only cause loss in this world, which will pass away anyway, whether sooner or later but trials relating to the Deen cause loss of this world and the Hereafter:
(Soorah az-Zumar (39):15)
O Allaah, we ask you whilst awaiting fulfilment of one of the duties You have made obligatory upon us – that You make us of those who take heed of Your Signs and receive admonition when Your punishment descends.
O Allaah, grant that the Islamic Ummah and its leaders truly turn back to You in open and in secret, in their sayings and their actions so that the Ummah is rectified, since rectitude of the rulers is a cause of the rectitude of the Ummah.
O Allaah, we ask you that You rectify those in charge of the affairs of the Muslims and that You grant that they are able to take heed from events and that You direct them to that which You love and is pleasing to You – O Lord of the worlds.
O Allaah, we ask You that you keep away from them every evil adviser – indeed You have full power over everything.
O Allaah, guide them through good advisers to that which is good – those who will advise them and encourage them in good – O Lord of all the worlds.
O Allaah, whoever amongst the advisers of those in authority over the Muslims is not a sincere adviser to them, and is not sincere to the people them remove them and replace them with those who are better than them – O Lord of all the worlds. O Possessor of Majesty and Nobility.
All praise is for Allaah, Lord of all the worlds, and may He extol and send peace upon our Prophet Muhammad, upon his family, true followers and all his Companions.
The Second Khutbah
O servant of Allaah! Fear Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and beware of neglecting the prescribed laws of Allaah… beware of neglecting Allaah’s signs… beware of failing to reflect upon the Book of Allaah… beware of failing to know the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger – since in the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger lies your success (if you cling to them if you attest to the truth of what they inform of and followe their commands) in this world and the hereafter.
Servants of Allaah…
There are some people who doubt and seek to cause doubts that sins are a cause of misfortunes, and that is because of the weakness of their eemaan and their negligence in reflecting upon the Book of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, and I will recite for the benefit of such people the saying of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic:
(Soorah al-A’raaf (7):96-99)
One of the Pious Predecessors (Salaf) said:
“If you see Allaah grant blessings to a certain person, and then you see that person continuing in disobedience to Him, then know that this is from Allaah’s plan against him and that he is referred to by Allaah, the most Highs, saying:
“We shall gradually seize them with punishment in ways they perceive not. And I respite them; certainly My plot is strong.”
(Soorah al-A’raaf (7):182-183)
O Muslims, O worshippers of Allaah:
By Allaah, sins affect the security of a land; they affect its ease; its prosperity; its economy; and they affect the hearts of its people. Sins cause alienation between the people. Sins cause one Muslim to regard his Muslim brother as if he were upon a separate religion other than Islaam.
But if we sought to rectify ourselves, our families, our neighbours and those in our areas, and everyone we are able to rectify, if we mutually encouraged good and forbade evil, if we assisted those who do this with wisdom and wise admonition – then it would produce unity and harmony. Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:
“Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting all that is good (Islaam), enjoining the ma’roof and forbiddin the munkar. And it is those who are successful. And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.”
(Soorah Aali-’Imraan (3):104-105)
I call myself and you, O my brothers, to come together upon the Deen of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic; support one another in establishing the Sharee’ah of Allaah; advise each other sincerely with wisdom and wise admonition; debate with those whom we have to debate with in the best way and by satisfying them with textual proofs and intellectual proofs and do not abandon the people of false beliefs upon their falsehood since they have a right upon us that we should explain the truth to them and encourage them to follow it and that we explain what is false to them and warn against it.
But as for remaining a disunited nation having no regard for one another and not caring about the affairs of each then whoever does not care about the Muslims is not from them.
O Muslims, I say and repeat that it is binding upon us, being Muslims and Believers that we see the occurences and misfortunes from the Islamic perspective as shown by the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger . Since if we look at them from a materialistic perspective then the unbelievers are stronger and greater than us in the materialistic sense and they hold sway over us and enslave us through that. However, if we look from an Islamic perspective by the way of the Book and the Sunnah then we will abandon all that is a cause of these misfortunes, and if we return to Allaah and aid the Deen of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, then Allaah says in His Book, and He is the most truthful in speech and most capable, He, the Mighty and Majestic saus:
“Verily, Allaah will help those who help His (cause). Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty. Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give htem power in the land, (they) order the establishment of prayer and the payment of Zakaat (the obligatory charity), and they enjoin the ma’roof and forbid the munkar. And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of the creatures).”
(Soorah al-Hajj (22):40-41)
He did not say “those whom if We give them power in the earth establish arenas of sin, idle, frivolity and shamelessness” rather he said:
“Those (Muslim rulers) who, if We give htem power in the land, (they) order the establishment of prayer and the payment of Zakaat (the obligatory charity), and they enjoin the ma’roof and forbid the munkar. And with Allaah rests the end of (all) matters (of the creatures).”"
Consider carefully, O Muslim brother, how Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, said:
He stressed this promise of help with terms of emphasis: an implicit oath, the letter laam of emphasis, and the noon of emphasis. He further emphasised it by His saying:
“Truly, Allaah is All-Strong, All-Mighty.”
Since by His Power and His Might He helps those whom He wills, and consider how He ended the two Aayahs with His saying:
So a person may say due to his faulty thinking: “how can we be aided and granted victory against the unbelieving nations which are stronger and more powerful than us.” So Allaah, the Most High, explains that the affairs are under His control only and that He has power over everything. We all know what affect earthquakes have – occurring when Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, has ordered:
“Be! and it is.”
- and such huge and embracing destruction occurs in a single second as cannot be produced by the strongest of these nations.
By Allaah, if we truly aided Allaah’s Deen as we aught to them we would be granted victory over every enemy upon the earth, but unfortunately many of us are appendages of the enemies of Allaah and the enemies of His Messenger – observing their actions against Allaah and His Messenger then following them in that. Perhaps even going to their lands and tossing our flesh and blood – sons and daughters – into those lands where nothing heard but church bells… where in no adhaan (call to prayer) is heard… no mention of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, is heard… and nothing is seen except sin and idle frivolity…
So we ask Allaah, the Most High, that He turns the misguided of this Ummah back to the guidance, and that He makes us all to support one another and aid one another in carrying out good and righteousness until we return to this Ummah its lost glory and honour. Indeed He is one fully able and having this power to do that.
O Allaah accept from us (our righteous deeds). Indeed You are the one who hears and knows everything.
O Allaah accept from us (our righteous deeds). Indeed You are the one who hears and knows everything.
O Allaah, extol Muhammad and his true followers and family as You extolled Ibraaheem and the family of Ibraaheem. Indeed You are worthy of all praise, the most noble.
O Allaah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon his true followers and family as You are Worthy of all Praise, the Most Noble.