Excerpts from the sermon:
"First I should say, it's really an honor to stand right here today, and I'm calling this ground right here hollow ground; it's kind of sacred ground right here. The things that have happened from here are registered with Allah Subhanna wa ta 'ala and the Baraka that only He provides is forthcoming. We believe that."
"Today, with a little short notice, we live in a very complex world, in a very complex time. As a human being, we haven't changed. We're still the same human being but the issues that we're facing are more complex and more deadly, for sure. And now that we're in the first month of the new year, Muharram 1441, a month that by meaning is sacred, because of that, it begs us to reflect and ponder - Why and what is its' sacred nature?"
"We, the Muslim world and all of our problems and all of what we're afflicted with, WE ARE EXPERTS IN DIAGNOSIS. We have identified what we're going through. For example, where are the tyrants? Just go to Nigeria. Where are the tyrants? Go to Saudi Arabia. Where are the tyrants and the dictators? Go to China and what they're doing to wayward Muslims. Where are the tyrants? Go to Kashmir and see what India is doing. Where are the tyrants? They're right, left, north, and south. Everywhere we turn, they are there. We know that. But the challenge going forth and the beauty of being in the New Year, if we can look at it that way; not like the non-Muslims look at New Year. When the New Year comes in for them, many of them, they go forward in the New Year intoxicated, so they're inebriated. They're trying to sort out whether to lose weight, change their diet, change their job, and they're going through all of these thoughts drunk. For us, we're sober. We're not drunk. And we're suppose to look at the landscape of life around us, near and far, sort through it, and find out what it is we need to do. WE, if we want to be responsible, after identifying all these crisis areas and all of the suffering, we need to take steps to undo the pain. For example in Palestine, who can speak for them? It's those of us who have a voice and relative freedom to speak for them. In Nigeria, with what has happened to Shaikh Zakzaky - Whose speaking for him? Who's pointing at the Nigerian regime. We should expose them and what they're doing? And even in Malaysia, just a few days ago when some Muslims are in a house, just remembering Prophet Muhammad (AS) as every Muslim is required to do, examine his life, sort through it, understand it, apply it, by extension his family, by extension the others who have followed in that Islamic path, what did Malaysian authorities do? They attacked the house. Thirty + soldiers attacked thirty something Muslims and arrested children, men, and women. And they mentioned something else in their arrest. Not only did they arrest the people, they said they arrested a prayer book. They put that in prison too. And that's an indication right there of how savage and how brutal the people are. And I was thinking since we had so many you know Majalis in the past few days, and we all know what happened on the 10th of Ashura, I was thinking after reading about what happened in Malaysia, I said to myself just for this area where, where you had 2,000 Muslim over here, another 2,000 over here, another 2,000 over here. Many were weeping. Many were hitting the chest. Flagellation. Ok, do that. But wouldn't it have been nice if somebody would have said, we need 2,000 of us to go right up there to the Malaysian Embassy, stand right up front and tell the Malaysian Ambassador, he's not welcome here. Just pack up and get outta here. Get out!! Call his masters in Malaysia. Because they have in their court system, if they catch you practicing a brand of Islam that they don't agree with, you're arrested. You go to court and if you're fortunate enough to find a friendly judge, he'll tell you, Are you Muslim? You'll say, Yes. He'll tell you, Ok, recite your Shahada. If he likes it, he'll say, Ok. If he doesn't like it, he'll tell you, you'll have to become Muslim all over again. This is the kind of SAVAGRY of and CRAZINESS that we're dealing with. And the only way, we're going to make a difference, a small difference...a difference that maybe we can see. Because difference making in a maximum way and even in a small way is not in our hands. Allah Subhanna wa ta 'ala is in control of the results of what we do. We just do our part, how big or how small; let's do our part and leave the rest to HIM and then we'll see the results of what we're doing. But for sure, nothing is going to happen if we do not come together and organize and have a mission and identify things that we can do. THIS IS VERY CRITICAL AND IMPORTANT FOR US AT THIS TIME."
"A few years ago there was a conference right down here in Washington, D.C. in the Convention Center. I wasn't on the inside. I was on the outside and reportedly there were 50, 60, 70 as they call them Ulama...Shuyuk, scholars, and one of the last official ceremonies that they had, all of these quote Ulama stood together and said, We have each others back. We're one juyuush; one hand standing together; Suf Wahid! And we're going to plan, and we're going to go forward Masha Allah, and we will identify what we can do. I asked one of the attendees, one of the scholars who was there. I said, How many meetings have you had? This was 5 or 6 years ago. He said, Not one meeting. No sit down. No discussion. Nothing. How is it possible that Allah Subhanna wa ta ala has given us the definition of Khairul ummatin ukhrija linnas (from Surah Al-Imran: Verse 110). How can we wear that title, deserve it if we don't even come together? We don't plan. We don't work together. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE DYNAMIC OF THE THEME. THE DYNAMIC OF THE THEME SHOULD BE WHAT'S COMMON? WHO IS THE ENEMY? When the enemy of Allah Subhanna wa ta ala and Islam and the Muslims come after Muslims, for example, if they have a sword in their hand, when they hit the head, they don't say give me a black head! Give me a European head! Give me a Sunni head! Give me a Shia head! Give me a Sufi head! Give me a male head! They just hit the head! And they don't care. And then after they hit the head and destroy the body, then they go and take the resources. Because I looked this morning; I was wondering about where are the resources in the world, particularly in the Muslim countries. Why are we so poor? Why? Where are the resources? IRAQ - natural resources estimated in the TRILLIONS! Occupied, colonized Saudi Arabia with that crooked regime and that murderer over there...They're sitting on TRILLIONS!"
"And then you hear a brother in a Khutbah three weeks ago, he said a story that breaks your heart. He said, A Yemeni man went to a clinic with his baby...a Yemeni mother and this mother has three or four kids. When she goes to the clinic, she showed the doctor her child. And the doctor started unbuttoning the little girl's clothes. She saw the little girl's ribs sticking out, bruised, suffered. So the doctor told the mom, Why didn't you bring her here earlier. There's nothing we can do. We can't save her. And the mom said, I have two or three other kids and I have very little money. If I had brought the child here earlier and paid you at the clinic, I wouldn't have had the few little pennies I have to buy some food for my other children so I have to opt to feed them, and this one has to suffer. Basically this one has to die and then what happened? The other two kids dead. This is in YEMEN. Muslim Ummah...TRILLIONS! TRILLIONS of dollars. Everywhere you turn...All sorts of natural resources. We have to find a way to gain these resources back. And as one professor...I heard on the radio a few weeks ago; he teaches Sociology in some of these universities. They didn't identify which one. He said, I teach my students SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. I'm teaching them social movements; trace movements like the suffrage movement of women in this country. A hundred years or more before women got the right to vote in the United States in 1919, ratified in 1920...100 years! Civil rights movement...Black people, African people struggled to gain freedom and haven't gained it yet in 400 years! And he said this is what I teach my students: When you're involved in a struggle, you're going to loose. He said, I tell them that from the beginning. Ninety-nine percent of your struggle, you're going to loose. But he, he explained it this way. He said because what you're going up against, maybe is so massive, so powerful, you'll loose but you're the winner, if you can stick it out. That's the key! If you can stick it out. If you can sustain it because it's not going to happen over night. SO FOR US, WE NEED TO BE PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR CHANGE THAT'S COMING. And Allah Subhanna wa ta 'ala promised it when He says in Sura, I believe Al-Qasas, (Quran read in Arabic). Allah Subhanna wa ta 'ala promised that the oppressed, the oppressed class of people - they will gain their freedom and their dignity in this world but it takes struggle. That's the only way they'll get it. And they won't get it over night. But they will get it. And even those who struggled for it, even if they don't get to witness it, they get the baraka for everything they've done. Bismillah hir rahman raheemi (Sura Al-Asr from Al-Quran read in Arabic)."
"WE ARE IN A TIME AND IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THAT CASE, IT'S NOTHING NEW, IN A TIME OF ACTION AND RESISTANCE...RESISTING THOSE FORCES AROUND THAT ARE TRYING TO BRING MORE MISERY AND PAIN AND SUFFERING IN THE WORLD. That their agenda! Their agenda is called: MAKING LIFE MISERABLE FOR OTHERS..."
"We have to take on the powers that be even if it's just with our voice, with our action, whatever we can do to expose them, and deal with them, and prepare the young people for a role that they're going to play. One of the scholars wrote a document and he gave EIGHT POINTERS to young people. EIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS! Three of them - I'll mention the first three. One of them is...He said to the youth in this world, Stay close to your Deen. Stay close to the Deen. Stay close to Allah. Stay close to Quran. Stay close to Islam. Stay with it. You know I'm, I'm really sad for the ah, the Muslim child that is in public school today particularly in high school. They're telling us 25% of the high school kids are smoking that thing that's KILLING them, whatever they call it. They're smoking that thing. And some of the Muslim kids are around it now and they're being...they're going to be dragged into that smoking orbit and all of that corruption and all of that vice and evil. THEY TOOK PRAYER OUT OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM decades ago. Why? Because they wanted to kill the spirit of the young people and make them a prisoner of what they call intellectualism and academics while killing their spirit, pumping them with information, training them how to be a good scientist and engineer, send them over to the Pentagon, put a weapon in their hand, and drop a bomb on somebody with the title in front of their name PhD. They are PhD in front of their name and MASS MURDERER, KILLER on the back of their name. So the first recommendation to the young people: STAY CLOSE TO THE DEEN. Second recommendation: STICK WITH YOUR AKHLAQ. Build your Akhlaq. Build your personality. Build your ethical fiber. Build it. Refine it. Stick with what the Hadith says, Nabi Muhammad (AS wa alli) Innama bu'ithtu. I've only been sent to you to perfect your Akhlaq. That's the only...Innama bu'ithtu. I've been sent to perfect your Akhlaq, your moral character. Work on that! And the third thing of the eight for time sake, he said to the young people, YOU NEED TO BECOME AN EXPERT IN SOME AREA. Expertise in a discipline is very, very important...whatever that is, and whatever registers with your liking because that's important but probably more important is surveying the reality that we're in and making a decision of what's more appropriate and what more necessary at that time as opposed to something else. And I have a little, kind of a schematic in my head, that's been there for a long time. It's like if people go to war and you need a soldier, and you need all the soldiers and somebody says, No, I want to be a baker. When you need all of the soldiers, you don't need a baker. Even though the baker can bake good and that might be to his liking, you don't, you don't need him right now. He can wait. He can do a little baking later. Which means what? There needs to be a surveying of the time that we're in. What's really needed right now even if we ask ourselves as a Muslim community near, far, wherever else. What's needed? What, what are the things that make a difference? Who are the people who can make a difference? Where are they positioned? This is called Islamic leadership. Positioning people for the right things to do, at the right time, in the most effective manner. We need this! We DESPERATELY need this at this time."
"Finally, I'll just say that since this is the beginning of the New Year as I mentioned before, let us all pick a project or projects that might make a difference so we can be in tune with the spirit, for example, of Hajj. One of the social realities of Hajj when you have 2, 3, 4 million Muslims making Hajj every year which is a small number. As Imam Asi would say here, that number should be maybe 10 million, 20 million, 40 million, who knows; if the ah corrupt Saudis get out of the way. Why are they going to make Hajj every year and then the next year when it's report card time, when you say, Ok social Muslims what happened? What improved? NOTHING. More refugees, more orphans, more immigrants, more homeless people, more wars! What happened? How can we go year after year after year after year and you don't see a difference? That means something's missing! Same case with us. We're in the beginning of the New Year. We should be able to come back to Muharram 1441 and look at our personal report card, our collective report card and see where there's a difference made. THERE ARE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE! AND WE CAN DO THEM HERE BUT WE CANNOT DO THEM INDIVIDUALLY. THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO COLLECTIVELY AND TRUST IN ONE ANOTHER! AND RELY ON EACH OTHER! AND TRY TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. With that said, (Sura Al-Kauthar in The Holy Quran recited)..."
Imam Salahuddeen Abdul-Kareem, IT'S TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A WORLD BEGGING FOR IT Friday prayer 9/13/2019