Importance of Community – Narrative & Experience – A Khutbah

The following khutbah was delivered Friday, February 5th, 2016, at Middle Ground Muslim Center.


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مَا مِنْ ثَلاَثَةٍ فِي قَرْيَةٍ وَلاَ بَدْوٍ لاَ تُقَامُ فِيهِمُ الصَّلاَةُ إِلاَّ قَدِ اسْتَحْوَذَ عَلَيْهِمُ الشَّيْطَانُ فَعَلَيْكَ بِالْجَمَاعَةِ فَإِنَّمَا يَأْكُلُ الذِّئْبُ الْقَاصِيَةَ

“I [Abu al-Darda’] heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say, ‘If there are three men in a village or in the desert among whom prayer is not offered in congregation, Shaytan [Satan] has mastery over them. So observe prayer in congregation, for the wolf eats only the straggling animal’.” Sunan Abu Dawud, 547.

Doing For Self, Day-To-Day

I came across the following quote that I felt gave good advice to those of us seeking God’s pleasure,

I read about an article in a science journal recently co-written by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. The scientists surveyed a bunch of women to look at how many of their daily activities brought them satisfaction. Oddly, the stuff they chose to do for hours at a time every, single day, as leisure – namely, watching TV – didn’t bring them satisfaction. Instead, connecting with the present did – via prayer and meditation.

It reminds me of the narration from Mu’awiyah bin Abu Sufyan,

الخيرُ عادةٌ والشَّرُ لَجَاجةٌ، مَن يُرِدِ اللهُ به خيرًا يُفقِّهْه في الدِّينِ

“Doing good is a habit just as doing evil is obstinacy. Whomever God intends good for, He grants that one understanding in Islam (al-Din).” Reported in Ibn Hibban’s Sahih as well as Ibn Majah’s Sahih.

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The Text In Context – Talking About Who We Are As A Community

The following is a five-part audio recording of our monthly talk, “The Text In Context” at Middle Ground Muslim Center.

Previous Friday’s khutbah: Seeking God’s Love.

“We trust our eyes in a way that we trust almost no other sense, even if we remain unaware of the reason for this. There is extensive research showing this, from studies that demonstrate that people make almost irreversible decisions on whether a potential sexual partner is attractive within one-fifth of a second, to how “visual learners” will even convert words into pictures in their minds in order to master a subject.” — Stephen Apkon.


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Seeking God’s Love – A Khutbah


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On dignity and religious freedom and the power of negative psychology:

The Power of Rejection & Religious Yearning

Instead of getting that religious freedom, we were fascinated so much, enchanted so much, enamored so much with the hope of being accepted by our rejectors.

Imam W. D. Muhammad once said,

“Pimps, playboys, and pretty boys — that make a business out of romancing women: they know the way to get a woman hooked is to reject her for no reason that she can find. And she will be tied up forever trying to find out, ‘how come I’m not wanted?!’. He’ll have her forever.”

Then the final step is the yearning to prove ourselves.

يا أَيُّهَا الَّذينَ آمَنوا لا تَتَّخِذُوا اليَهودَ وَالنَّصارىٰ أَولِياءَ ۘ بَعضُهُم أَولِياءُ بَعضٍ ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِنكُم فَإِنَّهُ مِنهُم ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يَهدِي القَومَ الظّالِمينَ

“O’ faithful!, do not take the Jews and Christians as your protectors; they are simply friends of one another. Any of you who becomes infatuated by them is one of them. God does not guide wrongdoing people.” Qur’an, 5: 51

Carrying your religious freedom, your freedom urge, the yearning in your soul to its proper conclusion.

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ :
“إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى يَقُولُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ: أَيْنَ الْمُتَحَابُّونَ بجَلَالِي؟ الْيَوْمَ أُظِلُّهُمْ فِي ظِلِّي يَوْمَ لَا ظِلَّ إِلَّا ظِلِّي”
رواه البخاري (وكذلك مالك)

Let us instead come together, with love for one another, for God’s sake:

“God will say on the Day of Resurrection, ‘Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I shall give them shade in My shade, it being a day when there is no shade but My shade’.” Holy Narration (Hadith Qudsi), related by Imam Malik and al-Bukhari.

What will a avail us in the depths? As Imam al-Ghazali relates: “only knowledge and works devoted to God can avail us”.

الآخرة مقبلة
الدنيا مدبرة
والأجل قريب
والسفر بعيد
والزاد طفيف
والخطر عظيم
والطريق سد

وما سوى الخالص لوجه الله من العلم والعمل عند الناقد البصير