"Allah hu Akbar. Allah hu Akbar. Allah hu Akbar. Dear Brothers. Dear Sisters."
"The meaning of Al-Hajj, the meaning of Mecca - has to come back to life. The very short point that I want to make because of the constraints of the weather. The very short issue that I want to present to you - the lost meaning of the Hajj is that Ibrahim found a home and a homeland; He found a society and a state in that place called Mecca because he had no other society, no other State, no other home, and no other homeland. Mecca is the State of those who don't have a State!"
"When Ibrahim left his people, and left his culture, and left his folks he said, "......(Arabic)." "I am going to my Sustainer. He's going to guide me." And throughout that life that guidance culminated in Mecca becoming what it's meant to be. Unfortunately, Mecca has lost its meaning and therefore the Hajj has lost its meaning."
"We have become the Ibrahims of this world - but in a very fading manner! Ibrahim had a responsibility and he had an objective and Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala fulfilled that objective and that responsibility with Mecca, with Hajar, and with Ismael ('alayhumusalam)."
"Unfortunately today Mecca is not what it's supposed to be. And this meaning - Going to Mecca...It never occurs to a Hajj, it never occurs to him that he's going to a place that he belongs to and no one can interfere between him and that place. But what do we have interference from all over the place! We are displaced. We, the Muslims of the world. Two billion Muslims in the world are an Ummah. Ibrahim, one person was an Ummah! But Ibrahim knew what he meant to his family, to his community, to his society, and to humanity. Unfortunately, most of the 2 billion Muslims don't understand what he understood."
"We are displaced! We are refugees! We are expatriates! We are immigrants! We are foreigners! We are second class citizens - in our own countries! We are worse than that when we are under occupation and colonialization! And with all of this and after all that has been done to us, we still don't get the message of Ibrahim! and we go to a somewhat meaningless ritualistic Hajj and the true meanings of equality and justice are lost and forsaken in that Hajj. .....(Arabic) - That's suppose to be a town and a country of safety and security and it's turning into anything but that!!"
"Ibrahim (AS) was ordered to sacrifice his own son. Imagine after a lifetime of struggling to have a nucleus, he's told now you have to do away with that nucleus, as if Ismael has become who we are today. They are SLAUGHTERING us all over. Should we name the different geographical areas and countries where we are being literally SLAUGHTERED!!!? There's no Ibrahim and Ismael relationship between government and people. A father is a government in his family. And these governments are supposed to be the fathers of their society but what do we have. They slaughter without mercy. They even think that they are being rewarded for what they are doing because of this Takfir element that has taken it's toll on our societies and on our existence."
"Allah hu Akbar. Allah hu Akbar. Allah hu Akbar.
Allah is greater. Allah is more important. Allah is more significant. Allah is more substantial than all of this other interference that comes in and out of our lives! DON'T LET the nuances, the psychological nuances that are fostered by everyone and anyone in power and wealth. Don't let that get to you! If YOU know what you are saying when you say Allah hu Akbar, none of that can affect you. NONE OF IT! But unfortunately this also has been routinized - Allah hu Akbar...Just words and no relationship with reality and no depth in personality. NONE OF THAT!!"
"Going to Mecca now has become a cumbersome journey, because of the anti-Ibrahimic, counter-Ismaelic rulers in that land. In 1990, just to go briefly through the history of this, in 1990 when that monarchy had its differences with the government in Iraq, the Muslims in Iraq could not go to Hajj. In the past 7 years, 8 years, Muslims from Syria - It becomes next to impossible for them to come to Hajj. In the past 3 years plus, Muslims from Yemen - It is also an impossible task to reach Mecca and Al-Madina." Whenever that clanish, tribalistic, nationalistic, racist, sectarian MONARCHY - That's what it is Brothers and Sisters. Why, Why is anyone SILENT! about this? We can't call, we can't diagnose a DISEASE! in our body of 2 billion Muslims that is control, IRON CLAD CONTROL of Mecca and Al-Medina!! So now...Is it about time we open our eyes?
"When that clanish, tribalistic, nationalistic, racist, sectarian REGIME, when it has difficulties with the Palestinians, it also makes it extremely difficult for them to go to Mecca and Al-Madina whether it's during the time of the Hajj or other times of the year."
"Remember the incidents in the past years, in our life time! - We're not speaking history, when they use to SLAUGHTER Muslims who were Sufis or any Muslim that...who were not according to their definition of Islam meeting the criteria of performing the Hajj obligation...SLAUGHTER them!!!"
"In these past years in our life, how many times have we heard of fires in the tents that are placed there for the pilgrims? How many times have we heard of stampedes in the Hajj? How many times have we heard of clashes with the police and the security forces in the Hajj. This is a place for this type of encounter? We are all MUSLIMS!!"
"In 1987, there was a MASSACRE of Muslims from Iran in the Hajj. Around 400 or so of them were just killed!!! Remember...(Arabic). Allah guaranteed the security of Mecca and Al-Medina as a geographical zone area. He has in addition to that guaranteed its safety and security during 4 months of the year and one of the months is Dhul Hijah, the month that we are in. These clanish, tribalistic, nationalistic, racist, sectarians that rule over Mecca and Al-Madina - They violated Allah when we are watching and listening as if to say, What are you going to do? In 1990..."
Salatul Eid 8-21-2018, Imam Asi