Friday Khutbah (Sermons) : Al-Aqsa is Crying out for Help!

Friday Khutbah (Sermons) : Al-Aqsa is Crying out for Help!
– by Imam Al-Haramain, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz-as-Sudais
from the Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah, 6 Safar, 1423 (April 19, 2002)

The Transcript:

All praise is due to Allah. May peace and blessings be upon His Prophet, his companions and his household.

Fellow Muslims! In view of successive incidences that affect the Ummah these days with noticed world silence and international helplessness that stir up anger in the streets of the Muslim cities; we must take a time to read the history and ponder over Allah’s universal and legal decrees in order to know the right course, examine ourselves thoroughly and sincerely, hasten to work seriously for the interest of this Ummah and protect our values before they are swept away by the ever-changing trends.

Brethren in Faith! As a positive response to the current issues, I would like to take you on an emotional journey, from this Sacred Mosque in whose vicinity you live in peace and security to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in view of persecution and massacres it undergoes nowadays which no serious Muslim must keep silent about.

Brethren in Islam! History has not recorded any issue that shows our religious values, historical rights and glory of our civilization as well as international conspiracies and contradictions, war of terminologies, and playing with covenants and resolutions – as the issue of Muslim Palestine, the blessed Al-Quds and Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa where evil plans are being made with open enmity at the hands of world powers. One of the most prominent results of this evil machination is that some Muslims have been so carried away by the enemy’s plan that they seek to divorce the issue of Palestine and Al-Aqsa from its Islamic perspective and drag it into the abyss of blind nationalism and regionalism thereby depriving it of its real power and driving strength and wasting it through imaginary negotiations and bargainings under flawed criteria and partial regulations that make lawful owners equal to thieves and which makes some defeatists who have no sound Islamic faith feel that the issue is too complicated.

Are we not a Ummah that has its sources, values and historical rights? What do our Quran and Sunnah as well as our faith affirm? What does our history of the issue recorded which vividly confirmed that the war between us and the Jews is the war of faith, identity and existence? Are we not reading the word of Allah,

“Verily, you will find the strongest among men in enmity to the believers (Muslims) the Jews and the polytheists…” (Surah Al Ma’idah 5:82)

And His saying,

“Never will the Jews nor the Christians will be pleased with you till you follow their religion…” (Surah Al Baqarah 2:120)

Read the history to know that yesterday’s Jews are evil predecessors and today’s Jews are worse successors. They an ingrate people, they altered God’s words, worshipped calf, killed Messengers and denied their Messages. They are exiled people and the worst of mankind. Allah cursed them and cast His wrath upon them. He turned some of them to monkeys and pigs and worshippers of creatures. They are worst in position and are astray from the right path.

History of Jews is full of deception, trickery, rebellion, oppression, evil and corruption. They always seek to cause mischief on the earth and Allah loves not the mischief-makers. They even insulted Allah. The Quran says,

“The Jews say: ‘Allah’s Hand is tied up (i.e. He does not give and spend of His Bounty). Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for what they uttered.’…” (Surah Al Ma’idah 5:64)

High and Glorified is Allah above what they uttered.

They have accused Allah’s Messengers with great and heinous crimes. They harmed Prophet Musa, denied Isa, killed Yahya and Zakariya and attempted to kill Prophet Muhammad. They used magic spell on him and poisoned food for him. Allah addresses them,

“…Is it that whenever there came to you a Messenger with what you yourselves desired not, you grew arrogant? Some, you disbelieved and some you killed…” (Surah Al Baqarah 2:87)

Fellow Muslims! Today we are facing the most severe war against the enemies of yesterday, today and tomorrow; a war against the descendants of Banu Qurayzah, Banu Nadeer, Banu Qaynuqaa [The Jewish tribes who used to live in Al-Madinah with whom the Messenger of Allah made covenants. They violated the covenant and were as a result expelled from Al-Madinah]. May everlasting curse of Allah be upon them. Can our people now understand the true colour of these accursed and erroneous people after their evil have become widespread and their aggression has become well-known?

Their war against the Muslims has become more severe. They continue to ridicule the Arabs and Muslims and their holy places. They violate all agreements and accords. They always think of betrayal and trick; and injustice and aggression run in their veins. They want only corruption and harming others, hence they deserve the curse of Allah and that of His Angels and all mankind.

The Muslim Ummah inclined towards peace with them for greater benefit and to avoid greater harm but they disregard the peace offer. There is no wonder, for that is a peace with a group that wants nothing less than exterminating its opponents, usurping his land, expelling his children, destroying his economy, debasing his dignity and weakening him.

Let all Muslims know that these are a people whose history has been exposed and their record is full of evil deeds. They stop short of actualizing their devilish goal which is establishment of a greater Israeli state with Al-Quds as its capital as they aim at destroying the Al-Aqsa mosque and build their so-called temple on its ruin. They seek to establish the state of adulterated Torah and Talmud. May Allah not let them achieve their goal.

Of what use is then peace initiative with a people whose habit and history are these? What the Palestinian land is now witnessing of war crimes, homicide, massacres, shellings and rocketing, destruction of Mosques, houses and infrastructure and wanton violation of all human values will never be forgotten in history.

But for how long will this humiliation, weakness, defeat and surrender last? Is it not time to end all this? Is it not time for the Muslim leaders to save Palestine and Al-Aqsa before they become totally obliterated.

It is for sure that those who perpetrate this crime and those who collaborate with them will never escape the punishment of All-Powerful Lord. They will also not escape the wrath of nations and history, for the massacre is imaginable and words only are not enough to describe it and its consequences.

These crimes are some of the most obvious signs of Jewish habit and a sign of their strong deep-rooted enmity for us and our holy places. Eyes must shed tears of blood for innocent and armless people who were killed at the hands of Zionist murderers who are the inheritors of Nazis.

What right do the Jews have in Palestine, which is the historical land of Arabs and Muslims till the Last Day and which has become a part of Muslim values and a trust upon them? The Muslims shall never neglect a inch of that land as long as they live. The right the Jews are claiming to the land is based on mere superstitions which has no support or justification. Five decades have now passed over the issue of Palestine and its suffering but where are the Muslims?

What is it that has affected our Ummah? Can we live comfortably and with peace of mind while our holy places are moaning, while our Quds is calling for help and Al-Aqsa is lamenting, “All Mosques are purified, while I am being defiled?!”

All this happens in the full glares of the whole world as if Muslims have no sympathisers! Where is the international community with all its organizations? Where is the security council? Have not they heard cries of bereaved women, weeping orphans and groaning widows? Haven’t they heard that lands are being seized and occupied and honours being desecrated? Peace be on Janin for its bravery and peace be on Nablus for its firmness!

Where are the so-called human rights organizations? Where is the world conscience? Where are their economic and political sanctions against war criminals and violators of international norms and resolutions?

O you world leaders, who claim that you are fighting terrorism! What do you call what these criminals do against the Muslims in Palestine? You should certainly look at yourselves in humiliation when you accuse those who fight for their rights and resist oppression and occupation of terrorism. Is the wish of more than 1,000 million Muslims to protect their holy places regarded as barbarism and terrorism?

O you brethren who are fighting in Palestine! O you brethren in the blessed land! O you beloved ones in the land of Isra’ and Miraj! Kindly pardon your brethren’s relaxation and sluggishness. We are sleepless because the hands of oppressors keep us away from reaching you. Whenever Al-Aqsa is mentioned, our hearts are stricken with pain and sorrow. So be patient and have more perseverance.

Your Intifada has gloriously recorded one of the most wonderful examples of bravery in the contemporary history and you have restored our hope. So be sure of the help and victory of Allah when you help His religion. He says,

“O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you and make your foot firm.” (Surah Muhammad 47:7)

Our hearts are with you and may Allah help you. Continue on your course and revive your aims. Congratulations on the souls you have sacrificed in the way of Allah. We pray that Allah accept those of you who are killed as martyrs, give the sick and the injured quick recovery and bestow on us and you the happy life. Do not despair of the mercy of Allah, for victory is coming, Insha’Allah.

“…And (as for) the believers it was incumbent upon Us to help (them).” (Surah Al Rum 30:47)

Allahu Akbar! These are signs of victory: Jihaad has remained the only wining card and the light of hope in the hands of those sincere people among the Ummah, for playing politics and using all kinds of oppression have failed.

Even though emotions are high over the issue of Palestine, we should however not let that overpower our reason and wisdom and take the matter out of Islamic control and regulation.

We must put all efforts to reform ourselves, and awaken from forgetfulness and spread deep awareness. Also, we must take strong, studied and constructive steps in fighting the Jewish evil machinations with wisdom and resoluteness.

Brethren in Faith! It is an obligation of every Muslim to stand beside our Muslim brethren in Palestine, to assist them morally and financially and to fight along with them in the cause of Allah. In many verses of the Quran and the Sunnah fighting with one’s wealth is given preference over fighting with one’s soul. Allah says,

“O you who believe! Shall I guide you to a trade that will save you from a painful torment? That you believe in Allah and His Messenger and that you strive hard and fight in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives: that will be better for you, if you but know.” (Surah Al Saff 61:10-11)

The Messenger of Allah said, “Fight the polytheists with your tongues, wealth and lives.” (Muslim)

A true Muslim does not hesitate to spend and gives in the way of Jihaad and sacrifice. Allah says,

“Behold! You are those who are called to spend in the cause of Allah, yet among you are some who are niggardly. And whoever is niggardly, it is only at the expense of his own self. But Allah is rich and you (mankind) are poor. And if you turn away (from Islam and obedience to Allah), He will exchange you for some other people and they will not be like yourselves.” (Surah Muhammad 47:38)

Dear Brethren! Muslims’ brotherly reaction and sympathy for their brethren in Palestine make one optimistic that all hopes are not lost.

Those who love their religion have being keenly following the donation campaign organised for the support of Intifada. This encourages more support for the truth and fight against injustice. Congratulations to the people of this country for their positive and constructive initiative and this is a manifestation of their continuous support for the Muslims especially during times of calamity. This call for donation in support of Intifada is however extended to all Muslims so that we can all be united in our support for Islam and the Muslims and defend our holy places, without neglecting any of our religious values no matter what that costs. The glory and power belong to Allah, His Messenger and the Muslims, and the humiliation and disgrace belong to the enemies of Islam among the Jews, idol-worshippers and other corrupt people.

“…And Allah has full power and control over His affairs, but most of men know not.” (Surah Yusuf 12:21)

He also says,

“And make ready against them all you can of power including steeds of war to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides whom you may not know but whom Allah knows. And whatever you shall spend in the cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly.” (Surah Al Anfal 8:60)

Brethren in Islam! The first step in waging war against the heartless Zionist enemy is to reform ourselves from within, to hold fast to the Quran and Sunnah, to unite our ranks and to be able to differentiate between the enemy and the friend especially in this age that the Ummah is facing different challenges from Zionists and their followers in terms of open and secret attacks that have resulted into some Muslim countries rejecting the Shari’ah and attacking Islamic morals and values through the mass media. Inspite of all this, there are some Muslims who are still wallowing in their error and who have no respect for Muslim holy places and see the issue of Al-Aqsa from a secular perspective. There are also others who pre-occupy themselves with disagreements and many of them hold tenaciously to innovations and superstitions.

We are calling all to the fact that, victory and glory cannot come except by following the path of the righteous predecessors and that any act of neglect in Islamic values and condoning defects in matters of Islamic belief, manner and virtues cause only defeat. Al-Quds cannot be liberated as well as other holy places except through the correct Islamic belief of monotheism and following the Islamic injunctions. We should also abstain from evils and protect the Muslim youth against the plot of the Jews as well as from all kinds of moral corruption.

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