A poignant message to the Muslim Ummah
Translation of The Khutbah of Shaykh Ali Abd-ur-Rahmaan al-Hudhaifee,

Imaam of Masjid Nabawi
Delivered in Masjid Nabawi, 15th Dhu-l-Qadah, 1418 Hijri/ 13th March 1998

All praise is for Allaah, the Sustainer of the entire universe, Lord of all worlds. He enlightened the hearts of His Aulia with divine guidance and strength of belief, and provided strength to their perception with the luminance of Wahi. Whomsoever He desired He guided to the right path, whoever He wanted, in His wisdom, He led astray. Thus did the hearts of the Kuffar and Munafiqeen become blind to accepting the light of Truth, and Allaah entire argument was established over all His creatures.

I offer praise to my Rabb, and such gratitude which is worthy of His Being and magnificent sovereignty. I bear witness that there is no god except Allaah, He is One and Only and has no partner; that He is Master of the Day of Qiyamah.

And I bear witness that our Prophet and leader Muhammad is His bondsman and Messenger, leader of all the ancients and the moderns. He was sent forth with the Holy Qur'aan as a blessing for the Muslim, a bearer of glad tidings to them.

O Allaah! Send Durood and Salaam, shower blessings upon your Bondsman and Messenger, Muhammad, upon his descendants, Ashaab and Tabi`een.

Amma-Ba`ad. O Muslims, fear Allaah. Fear Allaah as is His due. Hold fast to the strong bond of Islaam.

O people of Allaah! Without doubt Allaah greatest blessing upon man is his true faith. Through it Allaah brings to life the dead hearts of the Kuffar, bestows the light of Imaan to the blind led astray. Allaah says:

"Can he who was dead, to whom We gave life, and a Light whereby he can walk amongst men, be like him who is in the depths of darkness, from which he can never come out?" (6:122).

And He further says:

"Is then one who doth know that which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord is the Truth, like one who is blind? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition." (13:19)

Allaah Deen in the Heavens and the Earth, for the ancients and the moderns is only the Deen-e-Islaam. The orders of Sharee`ah were different for every prophet. Every prophet was given those orders which were appropriate for their particular Ummah. In His divine knowledge and wisdom, whichever order He thought proper, He cancelled, which ever one He wanted He retained. But when He sent down the Prince among men, He made null and void all previous Sharee`ahs, and bound all men and Jinn (spirits) to render obedience to him. Allaah says:

Say: "O men! I am sent unto you all, as the Messenger of Allaah, to Whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He that giveth both life and death. So believe in Allaah and His Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, who believeth in Allaah and His words: follow him that so ye may be guided." (7:158)

And it is a saying of the Holy Prophet:

"By Him in whose hands is the soul of Muhammad, every Jew or Christian of this age who hears my call and yet dies without believing me, shall be one of the people of Jahannam (hellfire)."

Thus anyone who does not believe in RasoolulLah, will burn in Jahannam forever. Allaah does not accept any other Deen than Islaam. In the Holy Qur'aan Allaah says: "And whoever desires a religion other than Islaam (submission to Allaah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost all spiritual good" (3:85). As Allaah sent His Prophet with such a Sharee`at which is the choicest, the most excellent, with a Deen which is complete in every respect, He has included in it all the basic principles which had been sent down upon all the earlier prophets. Thus He says:

"The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah-that which We have sent by inspiration to thee-and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus; namely that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein: To those who worship other things than Allaah, hard is the way to which thou callest them. Allaah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who return to Him." (42:13)

The followers of the Jews and the Christians know for sure that the Deen of Muhammad is the true Deen, but jealousy with the Muslims, arrogance, lone of wealth, selfish desires are a barrier between them and Islaam. Moreover even before the descent of Prophet, the Christians and Jews had altered their heavenly books, and completely changed their religion. Thus they remain, firm upon their Kufr, led astray from the right path.

After a brief introduction of Haq and Batil, for us Muslims, this movement which has been started to bring closer together different religious, is a very painful thing. It hurts us Muslims to hear the call being made of a reconciliation between these religions, and from another direction a call for reconciliation between the Ahlus-Sunnah and the shee'ah. It is not to our liking too the invitation being extended by those 'intellectuals' who are not even acquainted with the basic and essential doctrines of Islaam.

Especially now when wars are being fought on the basis of religion and all advantages are connected with it, such movements and invitations are even more dangerous for Islaam and the Muslims.

Without doubt Islaam invites the Jews and Christians to save themselves from Jahannam (Hell) and enter Jannah (Paradise); renounce Batil (faslehood) and accept Islaam.

Allaah says:

'Say : O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allaah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than Allaah." If then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we at least are Muslims, bowing to Allaah's Will". (3:64).

Islaam gives permission to the Christians and Jews to continue upon their religion but only if they remain subordinated to Islaam; pay Jizyah to the Muslims and keep the peace. Islaam does not force the Christians and Jews to become Muslims, as in the Holy Qur'aan it is said:

"Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error." (2:256).

Islaam is pure toleration and a well-wisher of all humanity. It does state that the Deen of the Jews and Christians is Batil so that whoever wishes to embrace Islaam can do so, and whoever so desires can remain a Kafir. If the Jews, Christians and Mushrikeen are willing to accept Islaam, then it will embrace them.

They will then be as brothers to the Muslims, for Islaam does not admit of any prejudice on the basis of race or color. History itself is a witness to this fact and furthermore Allaah announces:

"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allaah is he who is the most righteous of you."

As to the question of a joining between Islaam, Christianity and Judaism that is simply impossible.

Allaah Himself says:

"The blind and the seeing are not like; nor are the depths of Darkness and the Light; nor are the chilly shade and the genial heat of the Sun: nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allaah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are buried in the graves." (35:19-22).

In the same way is this notion wrong that the Muslims should relinquish some of the Islaamic tenets, ignore or show apathy towards them, in order to incline the Jews and Christians towards them; or that the Muslims should befriend them in order to bring them closer to Islaam. A true Muslim can never do so.

Allaah says:

Thou will not find any people who believe in Allaah and the Day of Qiyamah, loving those who resist Allaah and His Apostle, even though they were their fathers or their sons, or their brothers, or their kindred. (58:22)

In short, there is no connection, no relationship between the Muslims and the Kuffar. In spite of this, Islaam does not allow any Muslim to be cruel to the Kuffar. Islaam has bound the Muslims to be just and fair to them too. On the other hand a Muslim has been ordered to defend his faith, to hear enmity towards Batil, and not only that, but make efforts the break its strength. This distinction between Islaam and Kufr can only be achieved by holding fast to the fundamentals and beliefs of Islaam. By persevering upon faith and strictly adhering to the orders of Islaam, can the Muslims prosper in the world and thereby by protect, safeguard their honour and their rights. Right or Haq can be established, Batil can be identified as Batil only through perseverance upon Deen. The campaign which has been started to unite different religious, is not only against the spirit of Islaam but will land the Muslims into terrible trouble and misfortune. The disastrous results of such a movement will be disastrous---weakening of Imaan, interpolation of beliefs, friendship with the enemies of Allaah. Allaah has ordered those of the Islaamic faith to be friends of one another only. He says,

"The Believers, men and women, are protectors, one of another (9:71).

While, the Kuffar, they may belong to any group have been designated as friends of each other by Him-----: "The unbelievers are protectors, one of another: unless ye do this, (protect each other), there would be tumult and oppression on earth, and great mischief." The famous Mufassir Imaam Ibne-Kathir RahimahulLahu Ta`ala has interpreted it in this way: If you do not adopt separation from the Kuffar, and befriend the Muslims a great mischief will be caused among the people. 'Mischief', here means the intermingling of the Muslims with the Kuffar, and of the truth becoming doubtful. Thus a mixing of the Muslims and Kuffar will lead to a mischief of great magnitude.

Allaah says:

O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors; they are but friends and protectors to each other. (6:54)

How can there be any similarity, any bond between Islaam and Yahudiyyat, (the Jewish faith) when Islaam is exceptional, with its purity, light, brilliance, nobility, justice, toleration, magnanimity, high morality, equally for man or Jinn, and Yahudiyyat is, a collection of materialism and narrow-mindedness, bears malice towards humanity, is steeped in moral degradation, greed and covetousness.

So how can there be any link between Islaam and Yahudiyyat?

Can any Muslim tolerate the aspersion cast upon the pious, pure character of Maryam `Alayhassalam by the Jews?

Can the Muslims bear the presence of the Jews who call Esa `Alayhissalam (Christ) the son of a whore?

Na`oozubilLah. Allaah forbid! And on this account how can there be any link between the Holy Qur'an and Talmud, the holy book of the Satanish Jews?

Similarly there is no similarity between Christianity and Islaam. Islaam is a pure and clean religion believing in the oveness of Allaah, in Tawheed. It is pure justice and a blessing. It is complete Sharee`ah, the revealed law. Whereas Christianity is a deviation from the right path. The misled Christians hold the belief of Trinity---Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Christianity claims that Christ is God and the son of God.

Can any sane and sensible person really believe that God could be nurtured in a mother's womb, can reason admit to a God who eats and drinks, rides upon a donkey, sleeps and defecates ? So how can there be any possible association or compromise between sucha ridiculous religion and Islaam ?

Moreover, Islaam acknowledges the greatness of 'Eesa 'alayhissalaam (Jesus Christ). It is a religious tenet of the Islaamic faith that 'Eesa alayhissalaam is a bondsman of Allaah ta'aalaa, a Holy Prophet of the Banee Israel (Children of Israel), and one of the foremost messengers of Allaah.

How can there be any compromise or link between the Ahl-us-Sunnah and the Shee'ah ? The Ahl-us-Sunnah are those who uphold the Qur'aan and the Hadeeth (Sunnah). It is through them that Allaah has protected the deen. They are those who engaged in Jihaad for the glory and dignity of Islaam and established the glorious history of Islaam.

On the other hand the state of the Rawaafidh (Shee'ah) is that they are those who curse and insult the Sahaabah (RadiaLllaahu anhum) Thay are those who are denigrating and demolishing Islaam. For, indeed, it is the Sahaabah (RadiaLllaahu anhum) who are the ones through whom the Deen has been passed down to us. So those people who curse and insult them, in reality, are destroying Islaam.

Therefore, how can there be any association or compromise between the Ahl-us-Sunnah and the Rawaafidh (Shee'ah) whilst they (Shee'ahs) curse and denigrate the three Khulafaa: Abu Bakr Siddeeq, Umar Faarooq and Uthman, Radiallaahu anhum ?

If they had any sense, they would know and appreciate that they are in reality cursing the Holy Prophet himself. Abu Bakr and Umar radiallaahu anhumaa were both fathers-in-law of the Prophet. Also, during the lifetime of the Prophet both were his right hand men; and after his demise, it is they who had great worry feeling for the welfare of the Deen. Who else has ever been honoured with such a position and honour as was granted to these two ? Again, it is these two who had always participated and had been with the Prophet during all the Ghazaawaat (battles). These facts are enough to refute the Shee'ah beliefs.

As for Uthmaan, he was the husband to two daughters of the Prophet. It is clear that Allaah does not choose for His Rasool a son-in-law and companions except those who are the best.

If the Rawaafidh (Shee'ah) are true to their claims, then could they explain why Rasoolullaah did not forewarn the Ummah and clarify the alleged enmity of the Khulafaa ath-Thalaatha (ie Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthmaan radiallaahu anhum) towards Islaam ?

Their insults and curses are not limited just to the Khulafaa ath-Thalaatha but are also directed towards Ali. Because Ali himself, in Masjid Rabia, gave the oath of allegiance (bai'ah) to Abu Bakr and also gave his daughter, Umm Kulthum, in marriage to Umar. He also willingly gave the oath of allegiance (bai'ah) to Uthmaan. Not only this, but he was actually the right hand man and a well-wisher of the Khulafaa ath-Thalaatha. So could Ali have chosen a kaafir as a son-in-law for himself ? And could Ali have given the oath of allegiance (bai'ah) ,as he did, to a kaafir ? Subhaan Allaah! This indeed is a great accusation!

Also, by cursing Mu'aawiya, these Rawaafidh (Shee'ah) are actually cursing Hasan. Because Hasan withdrew from, and gave up the Khilaafah to Mu'aawiya purely for the pleasure of Allaah. Rasoolullaah foretold of this in the hadeeth. So can the grandson of Rasoolullaah actually have withdrawn from and left the Khilaafah in the hands of a Kaafir for him to rule over the people ? Subhaan Allaah! This indeed is a great accusation and insult!

If the Rawaafidh say that Ali and Hasan radiallaahu anhumaa were forced into doing this, then this is proof enough that these Rawaafidh have no sense whatsoever. The accusations levelled against these two honoured companions of the Prophet are the worst insults ever imaginable and are beyond belief.

Furthermore, how do these Rawaafidh curse and insult Umm ul Mu'mineen (mother of the Believers) A'isha when Allaah tabarak wa ta'aalaa Himself has mentioned her in the Qur'aan as the mother of the believers ?

Allaah says:

"The Prophet () is closer to the Believers than their own selves, and his wives are their (believers) mothers (as regards respect and marriage)." (al-Ahzaab, verse 6)

There is no doubt whatsoever that only that person will curse and insult Umm al-Mu'mineen who does not consider her to be a mother. Because for one who does have a mother, does not curse and insult her, but loves her.

How then can there be any compromise between the Ahl-us-Sunnah and the Rawaafidh when the fact is that these Rawaafidh regard the leader of dalaalah (misguidance) Khomeini as sinless and one protected from committing sins ? They actually admit to this (that Khomeini is sinless and protected from sinning) because they consider him to be the deputy of their own Mahdi ("Muhammad son of al-Hasan al-Askari") - ( not the awaited Mahdi of Ahl-usSunnah wal Jamaa'ah). The Mahdi about whom they maintain the belief that he is presently concealed in the cave called 'Samurah'.

Now, because Khomeini is the deputy of their Mahdi and the order of the deputy is essentially the order of the deputor, the Mahdi, therefore, here, their inference is that, as the awaited Mahdi is Ma'soom (protected from sinning) then Khomeini is also Ma'soom, being the Mahdi's deputy. Also these Rawaafidh do not content themselves with just this but they continue and maintain that all their Faqihs (scholars) are also Ma'soom and all these Faqihs hold the status of being close to Allaah (walee)!

As can be seen this is an open contradiction of their own beliefs. In this way they have actually destroyed the basis of their own religion. This is not surprising, because facts based on falsehood and lies always do clash and contradict with each other, and thus, a religion based on lies brings about its own destruction.

None of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (the family of the Holy Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) subscribed to the false beliefs of these Rawaafidh (Shee'ah). There are numerous solid arguments based on logic and Shari'ah refuting their religion and false beliefs. These arguments are so many that it would be difficult to recount thema all. Therefore they should repent from their Baatil Aqeedah (false and unfounded beliefs) and enter into the fold of Islaam.

Therefore, we, Ahl-us-Sunnah, cannot be close to them even to the extent of a hair. As regards to Islaam, these people (the shee'ah) are actually more dangerous than the Jews and the Christians. They should never and can never be trusted in any way whatsoever. In fact, Muslims must always lie in wait and constantly be in a state of defence against their evil plots and deceptions.

Allaah says:

"They are the enemies, so beware of them. May Allaah curse them! How are they denying (or deviating from) the Right Path." (al-Munaafiqoon, verse 4)

These Rawaafidh (Shee'ah) actually descend from Abu Lu'luah Majoosi (a fire worshipper) and Abdullaah ibn Sabah Yahoodi (a Jew).

Therefore, O Muslims! There is no alternative for the Muslims but to differentiate between Haqq and Baatil in their beliefs and to consider good only what Allaah has declared as good, and to consider as condemned what Allaah has condemned and disapproved of.

All the Muslims should unite through mutual efforts and help because their enemies stand united against them in their Baatil religion and false beliefs. This is not new, they have always been unified against the Muslims throughout Islaamic History. There is no possibility whatsoever that these Kuffaar can be or will ever be pleased with the Muslims.

Allaah says:

"Never will the Jews and Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion."

And He says:

"And they will go on fighting you until they turn you away from your faith if they could."

Thus the only reason for the creation of a Jewish, Zionist state in Palestine was to start an armed conflict with the Muslims and thus create tension and terror in the region. After they had succeeded in creating Israel, the Jewish colonial powers then set in motion such basic and collective plans which are a cause of deep pain for the Muslims even till to-day. Among these the major plan was to bring abut a dissolution of all Shara`ee courts from the Islaamic countries and establish non-Islaamic, man-made laws in their place. To a large extent the Kuffar succeed in their aim. But praise be to Allaah, that the Saudi government did not fall a prey to this conspiracy and there still exist many Shara`ee courts in the country. Today, amongst all the Muslim governments of the world, the government of Saudi Arabia is the only representative, model Islaamic government which upholds Tawheed *

After succeeding in bringing about an end to all Islaamic, Shara`ee courts in most of the Muslim countries, the Jews and Christians launched a new plan in order to find an excuse for military intervention in the area.

An insidious movement was started and such anti-Islaamic, atheistic ideas and beliefs as those of insurrection, Communism, nationalism were instilled in the minds of the people. These consequently gave birth to such military tyrants as Saddam Husain.

An open armed conflict with holy Sharee`ah thus began. All the means at their disposal were brought upon to bear and the voices of Haq crushed mercilessly. The conspiracies of the Kuffar bore fruit and thousands of families migrated to the western countries.

The countries which had become victims of military rule, became weaker and weaker in faith, in Deen, due to Western influences. In these countries, every succeeding government blamed the previous government for the havoc and destruction in the country. (May Allaah protect us). And today conditions in some countries have declined to such an extent that offering Salat in Jama`at is now considered to be a crime there. Lahaula Wala Quwwata illaa biLlaah.

When such are the conditions how can one even think of Allaah divine assistance of religious honour and dignity?

With the establishment of a Jewish state, destruction of all Shara`ee courts in the Islaamic countries and their replacement by non-Islaamic, man-made system of law, circulation and formulation of groups and beliefs inimical and contrary to Islaam, and as a result the emergence of such people as Saddam, the stage was no set for the super powers to act upon their basic conspiracies. To pave the way for a military intervention they purposely created a fake crisis. They were already in control of the economies of the region.

It is now no longer a secret that the great powers are planning upon dividing the land of Arabia into smaller states constantly at war with each other. For this will consolidate the forces of Kufr, provide protection for their anti-Islaamic beliefs and deeds.

Remember, that the world powers are the sworn enemies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it is the greatest centre of Islaam, a fort of the Muslims. All the governments of the Kuffar are bent upon destroying it. In fact the forces of Kufr have now all united against Islaam and the Muslims. None of these countries can any longer be trusted. Specially so, as American and Britain are now openly threatening the kingdom's survival and safety. Thus their blatant enemity, evil intentions, destructive aims for Saudi Arabia have now become clear, are now common knowledge.

America! it would do well for you to remember that Saudi Arabia is not alone. All the Muslims of the world, form east to west, are united in the defence of the holy land, the last centre of the Muslims.

The evil intentions and aims of the world powers are:

* To strengthen and fortify the Zionist, Jewish state of Israel.

* To tear down Al-Aqsa Mosque and build a synagogue in its place, thus satisfying the ancient desire of the Jews.

* To maintain the military supremacy of the Jews over the Muslim Arab countries.

* To appropriate a major part of the oil-wealth of the Gulf States for themselves, leaving the Saudis with the residue only.

* To deal a death-blow to Islaam at the slightest provocation.

* To promote everything which is against Islaam, which destroys the least morals and virtues bestowed by Islaam, and which would cause the Islaamic states to be constantly at war with each other.

O Muslim! you should learn a lesson from Turkey where the accursed Kamal Ataturk established a secular form of government and forcefully subjected the Turks to an irreligious, heathenish system. Not only was the Islaamic system discarded but the Islaamic principles were fiercely opposed on every front. So much so that even to-day the government there is inimical to the Muslims. It has made military pacts with the Jews. In spite of all efforts by the Turkish government to curry their favor, the Kuffar are willing to tolerate the Turkish government only as long as it remains subservient and in service of the Jews. Turkey sacrificed everything-its religion, its principles for the Christian and Jews but none of the European countries are even now willing to let it join the European Union.

Why? What is Turkey's crime? Only that it once was an Islaamic centre.

O Muslims! Let Turkey be a lesson to you. Be sure that you may renounce as many Islaamic principles as you like but the Kuffar will never be pleased with you. So instead of trying to gain their favor you should ahere to your own religion. Remember, that this enemity of the Kuffar is based upon nothing else but Islaam. If this was not so, tell me why are the people of Iraq suffering under sanctions for the last six years?

What is the crime of the poor Iraqi people except that they are Muslims? As far as Saddam and the ruling party are concerned, the sanctions have not effected them the least bit. The world powers justify these cruel sanctions against Iraq by saying that it violated a UN resolution. Iraq violated only one, but the Jewish enemies have violated sixty UN resolutions. It has not even signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, although this area is a veritable volcano and cannot bear the accumulation of weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Husain cannot be absolved of all responsibility too. He is equally to blame for the atrocities committed against the people of Iraq, for he only complies with the wishes of the enemies of Islaam. He does whatever they wish him to.

I am warning America to stop interfering in the affairs of our region. As far as the security of the religion is concerned it is the responsibility of the Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, itself and not of America. America, be not proud of your power. It is a Sunnah of Allaah that whenever the weak were oppressed, the powerful oppressors were destroyed. Allaah Himself causes their destruction. America must not therefore be deceived by the apparent helplessness of the Muslims.

The Americans should learn a lesson from the Muslims of Afghanistan who had started Jihaad against Russia armed with sticks only. They had thus brought about the total destruction of the super power of the day. Remember that technological superiority is not everything. The real power is that of faith, of Imaan.

The maintenance of peace and security in the Arabian peninsula lies with the governments of Arabia themselves. In fact it is a Fardh upon them to guard their borders. There is no need of foreign intervention.

In fact these foreign powers which stepped-in to save Gulf States are themselves the cause of the dangerous problems, terrible anxieties afflicting the people there. The modus operandi of these powers of Kufr is that wherever there is a crisis, even if it has been created by themselves, they jump in on the pretext of solving it. They propose to be helping the country out of its difficulties but in reality they become a grave danger to it. For, can a wolf ever guard a flock of sheep?

O people! there is religious enemity between the Muslims and the Kuffar. So how can they be the well-wishes of the Muslims?

Although America is Christian country yet its reins are in the hands of the Jews. America is powerless. The Jews manipulate it, exploit it for their own purposes. Still, the Muslims cannot tolerate the presence of the American military force in the holy land. They cannot, will not suffer the presence of any power of Kufr in the Arabian peninsula-RasoolulLah has said,

"No two religions can remain in Arabia."

The Holy Prophet's last advice was:

"Expel the Jews and Christians from the Arab lands."

Thus now when the Jews and Christians have set up military bases in and all around Arabia, it has become a Fardh upon the Muslims to act upon the last order of RasoolulLah and expel them from the Arab lands.

O Muslims! Impending doom is threatening you. Offer sincere repentance for your salvation. To save yourself from destruction and ruin repent, offer Taubah, to Allaah for all your sins. Because of the sins committed by the people, does ruin and destruction attend upon them. And in repentance lies their deliverance

O ye, who drank wine and thus disobeyed Allaah, repent for your sin, for thus you will, through this Taubah, assist in the reformation of the society.

O ye, who committed adultery or sodomy, turn to Allaah, offer sincere repentance for your disobedience.

O ye, who disobeyed Allaah by using drugs, offer Taubah before Allaah, for verily to Him will you return shortly.

O ye, who committed the disobedience of giving up offering Salat, repent before the Mighty Allaah.

O ye, who caused a loss to someone's honour or property, offer Taubah for having been cruel to a Muslim. Seek refuge with Allaah.

Purify your wealth from interest, for because of this evil destruction and wars descend upon a people. In matters of business, sale and purchase keep away from that which is contrary to the orders of the Holy Qur'aan, to Sharee`ah. For in this way will all the transactions of a bank correspond to the orders of Islaam.

Call the people towards Allaah. Establish firmly D`awah-IlalLaah, D`awah-Ilal Islaam. Teach Islaam to the people. Pay special attention to the Madaris-e-Islaamiyyah established in the Muslim countries to provide religious knowledge to the people.

It is a Fardh upon every Muslim to call others towards Allaah, specially so upon the Ulama whose beliefs, knowledge and perseverance can be relied upon; the Ulama who are well-versed in Islaamic jurisprudence, to whom people turn for solution of their religious problem.

O Muslim! avoid those groups which cause division and dissension; avoid the desires and temptations which lead you astray and cause disunity among you. O Muslim! save yourself from the wrath and punishment of Allaah . Allaah says:

"O ye who believe! take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: they will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin; rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths; what their hearts conceal is for worse. We have made plain to you the signs, if ye have wisdom. Ah! ye are those who love them, but they love you not, though ye believe in the whole of the Book. When they meet you, they say, “We believe,” but when they are alone, they bite off the very tips of their fingers at you in their rage. Say: “Perish in your rage; Allaah knoweth well all the secrets of the heart.” If aught that is good befalls you, it grieves them; but if some misfortune overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if ye constant and do right, not the least harm will their cunning do to you: for Allaah compasseth round about all that they do. (3 : 118-120)

May Allaah grant abundance in the Holy Qur'aan for you and for me. May He make recitation of the Holy Qur'aan and Dhikr beneficial for you and for me. May He make following the instructions, copying the characteristics of Rasool-ulLah profitable for us. I invoke Allaah forgiveness for myself, for you, for all the Muslims, for all the sins committed by us.

2nd Khutbah

All praise is for Allaah who is friend to the virtuous. I bear witness that there is none other than Allaah worthy of being worshipped; that He is one and has no partner. It is He who gave honour to the Muslims and dishonoured the Kuffar. And I bear witness that our Prophet and leader Muhammad is His bondsman and Messenger; a keeper of promises and trusts. O Allaah; bestow upon your Prophet and bondsman, RasoolulLah upon his descendants, upon the Sahabah-e-Kiram, your choicest blessings and favors.

Amma B‘ad! O Muslims! fear Allaah. For, He says:

O ye who believe! give your response to Allaah and His Apostle, when He calleth you to that which will give you life; and know that Allaah cometh in between a man and his heart, and that it is He to whom ye shall all be gathered. And fear tumult or oppression, which affecteth not in particular only those of you who do wrong: and know that Allaah is strict in punishment. (8 : 24-25)

O Muslims! assemble together on the Book of Allaah and Sunnah of Rasool-ulLah. Act upon the orders of the Book of Allaah, upon the Sunnah of Rasool-ulLah. Every Muslim must turn to Allaah, the Most Glorious.

All Islaamic countries must have love for each other, must be each others helpers and supporters. Especially so in the face of the terrible danger which now confronts the Muslim counties. It is the Kuffar’s plan to interfere in the affairs of the Muslims in such a way so as to divide them, alienate them from each other and thus destroy them completely. It is therefore imperative for all the Islaamic countries, especially the Gulf States to adopt a policy of mutual support and co-operation. It is essential for the Gulf States not to accept any individual opinion or controversial decision in matters of collective interest. None of the Gulf States should pass any resolution without consulting the Saudi government first; because upon this kingdom depends the existence and continuation of these states. These Gulf countries, after deriving strength from Allaah, depend upon Saudi Arabia for their solidarity too.

The kingdom is a pillar of strength for these states. It is also incumbent upon all these countries not to provide any military bases to the enemies of Allaah for strikes upon Iraq. For Allaah has created all the Muslims as one single body, and providing bases to the anti-Islaamic forces will only cause sufferings to the Muslims of Iraq. Although a solution to the Iraqi problem seems to be imminent, yet the world powers cannot be depended upon not to create a new crisis for the achievement of their own selfish ends. So they must not be allowed to find an ally in the Arabian countries.

Furthermore the Arabian countries must not allow aircraft carriers of America or any other Kufriah country to use their harbours for launching attacks upon any Muslim country. Nor should they allow the establishment of military bases on their land.

O Muslim! fear Allaah only. It is necessary upon all Islaamic and Arab countries to fully co-operate with and assist Saudia Arabia in expelling the anchored war ships and the stationed Christian and Jewish troops from the Arab lands. For, Rasool-ulLah has said:

“Two religions cannot co-exist in Arabia.” The governments of this region are fully aware of their responsibility and of the necessity to maintain peace. If only it is rendered safe and secure from the interference of the big powers there would remain no danger to its existence.

O Muslim! Become each other’s helpers and supporters. Be well aware of the fact that these Kuffar are jealous of you. They envy yours your pleasant atmosphere even, for the skies of their cities are polluted with smoke from the factories etc., their places of worship redolent with the evil of their sins, with the depravity of the deeds disliked by Allaah. They this grudge you, your every possession. And the greatest thing they are jealous of is your faith, your morals. O people of Allaah, fear Him as is His due, and listen to the saying of Rasool-ulLah:

“Very soon, other nations will invite others and fall upon you to attack and destroy you just like people while inviting others, fall upon a disk of food.”

The Sahaba-e-Kiraam asked Rasool-ulLah “Ya RasoolulLah! will this happen because we will be lesser in number at that time?” “No.” RasoolulLah answered.

“You will be great in number, but you will be like froth upon the main, and weak as sticks and straws. Allaah will remove, from the hearts of your enemies, your awe and terror, and He shall fill your hearts with cowardice.”

Sahaba-e-Kiraam RadhialLaahu Ta`ala `Anhum asked "What is cowardice?"

“Love of the world, hatred for death,”

RasoolulLah answered.

O people of Allaah! Verily Allaah and His angels send down blessings upon Prophet Rasool-UlLah . O people of Faith, you too send Durood and Salaam upon the Holy Prophet. Rasool-UlLah has said, "The person who sends Durood upon me once is blessed by Allaah ten times. So send Durood upon the first and last Prophet. Allaahumma-Sallay `ala Muhammad.

Ya Allaah, bestow your choicest blessings (Rahmah) upon RasoolulLah as you bestowed blessings (Rahmah) upon Ibraheem `Alayhissalam Verily, you are worthy of all praise, most eminent and exalted. And bestow 'barakah' upon Rasool-UlLah as you did upon Rasool-UlLah as you did upon Ibraheem `Alayhissalam.

Verily are ye worthy of all praise, most glorious and eminent.

Ya Allaah bestow your approval upon the Khulafa-e-Rashideen-Abu Bakar, `Umar, `Usman and Ali and all the Sahaba-e-Kiraam RadhialLaahu `Anhum.

O Lord of the universe, be pleased with those who follow all of them in the best possible way. Ya Allaah! O Most Merciful of the merciful, grant us you divine approval too.

Ya Allaah! confer upon the Muslims and Islaam, honour and victory, upon Kufr and the Kuffar dishonour and defeat.

Ya Allaah! consign the leaders of the Kuffar to the most grievous penalty. Impress upon their faces, in their conversation conflict and dissension. Ya Allaah! whoever bears enemity towards Islaam and the Muslims, destroy him completely.

Ya Allaah! Lord of the universe, cause the powers of Kufr to go war with each other. Turn them away form the Muslims, and engage them in fighting each other.

Ya Allaah! Make the conspiracies and stratagems of the enemies of Islaam, ineffectual and useless.

Ya Allaah! whoever bears malice and ill-will towards us and our cities, make their maliciousness rebound upon themselves. Intervene between us and the evil he intends.

Ya Allaah, Lord of the universe verily you have power over everything. We present you before every Kafir and his opposition. We seek your help against them. We defend ourselves against the Mushrikeen through you.

Ya Allaah! seize the Jews and Christians in the grip of your punishment. Seize the Hindus and the Mushrikeen too.

Ya Allaah! send down upon them a torment most grievous which is not turned away from a guilty nation. Ya Allaah! they have filled the entire world with tyranny, oppression and sins. Ya Allaah, we seek thy help against them. We seek thy protection against their evil.

Ya Allaah, we seek only they shelter against the mischief of the Rawafiz, the heretics. You are omnipotent indeed.

Ya Allaah! Create affection in the hearts of the Muslims for each other. Reform them, guide them to the paths of safety and peace. Draw them out from the Darkness into the Light, Assist them against your own and their enemies.

Our Lord, grant us beneficence in this world and in the Aakhirah too. Save us from the torment of Jahannam.

Ya Allaah! Provide safety to our Imaam and grant him the opportunity to perform those deeds which are to your linking, which are acceptable to you. Ya Allaah! include him among those who guide others to the right path, who are the guided ones themselves. Ya Allaah, assist him in religious and worldly matters. Ya Allaah, when matters are of a delicious nature, when it is difficult to recognize Haq (Right), to act upon it, guide them towards what is Haq. Ya Allaah, set straight their 'batin'.

Ya Allaah! Lord of the universe, grant the Muslims the ability to perform deeds which are worthy of your approval, which can gain your divine favour.

O people of Allaah! Allaah commands you to do justice. He commands you the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that you may receive admonition.

"Fulfil the Covenant of Allaah when you have entered into it, and break not your oaths after you have confirmed them; indeed you have made Allaah you surety; for Allaah knows all that you do." (16:91-9).

Remember Allaah, who is Great and Glorious one He will remember you. And give thanks unto Him for the many favours He has bestowed upon you, Allaah will grant you more. Remembrance (dhikr) of Allaah is a great thing indeed. And Allaah knows well whatever it is that you do.

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