Indeed all praise is due to Allah, we praise Him, seek His help, and ask for His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and actions. Whoever Allah guides, none can mislead, but he whom He leads astray you will never find for him a protecting guide. I bear witness that none is worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger. May Allah’s peace and blessings be on Muhammad, his companions, and those who follow him in goodness until the Day of Judgment.
The most truthful words are in the book of Allah, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace be upon him). The most evil matters are the new events [in the religion], and every new event is an innovation [in the religion], and every innovation is a misguidance.
O Slaves of Allah! The blessings of Allah upon his slaves are many and countless. Allah says, “And if you should count the favors of Allah, you could not enumerate them.” [An-Naĥl 16:18]. His blessings come to us during the day and the night. Every breath, blinking of the eyes, and the throbbing of the veins, necessitates thanking Allah for His blessings. So all praise is due to Him, and we cannot enumerate His praises in the manner which He praised himself.
O believers! Servants of Allah, these blessings necessitate rights that we shall be questioned about before Allah the Exalted as he said, “Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delight (you indulged in, in this world)!.” [At-Takāthur 102:8]. Qatada said, "Allah shall question everyone about each blessing which he enjoyed”. So everyone who is granted a blessing shall be questioned about it, and this includes every blessing that Allah has granted to his servants.
O people! The greatest blessing from Allah is security. Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood interpreted the term “delight” in the verse, “Then, on that Day, you shall be asked about the delight (you indulged in, in this world)!.” [At-Takāthur 102:8] and he said, “security and health” and this is one form of interpreting the verse.
O people! All other blessings depend upon the blessing of security. If security vanishes, all other blessings will be ruined. The messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ""Whoever among you wakes up in the morning secured in his dwelling, healthy in his body, having his food for the day,then it is as if he has acquire the whole world.' [At- Tirmidhi (2346)].
O believers! If security ceases to exist, then life will be ruined and no one will be able to live a normal life. Security is the core for every good and is the most needed requirement for a stable life and practice of religion. Prophet Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) supplicated to Allah the Exalted and asked to be granted security when he left his family in a barren land. Allah the Exalted says, “And [mention] when Abraham said, "My Lord, make this a secure city and provide its people with fruits - whoever of them believes in Allah and the Last Day." [ Allah ] said. "And whoever disbelieves - I will grant him enjoyment for a little; then I will force him to the punishment of the Fire, and wretched is the destination."” [Al-Baqarah 2:126].
O people! One will not know the value of security except when they lose it, and Allah has given you clear proofs from the nations around you; therefore, the most fortunate one is he who learns the lesson from others.
O believers! The Imbalance in thought and misguided thinking are the two most dangerous things that can affect the blessing of security. They both are a shield that blinds the sight and leads it to destruction to the point that one will see the truth to be false and falsehood to be truth.
O believers! The worst forms of intellectual imbalance and deviation in belief is the extremism in branding others as unbelievers (takfeer). This leads to bloodshed, plunder of wealth, and destruction of lands. In explaining the dangers of branding others as disbelievers, Sheikh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “They consider others to be disbelievers because of their sins and bad deeds, this leads to the killing of Muslims and stealing of their wealth, and the land of Islam is considered to be a land of disbelief and their land is deemed to be the land of Islam.”
Throughout history, falsely accusing others of disbelief has been a door for every evil, corruption, strife, and affliction. Iyaadh (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “It is incumbent to be wary on the issue of considering the people who interpret religious texts wrongly to be disbelievers, because legalizing the killing of Muslims who perform prayer is wrong” and then he added “Making a mistake by not refuting a thousand disbelievers is better than the mistake of wrongly shedding the sacred blood of a Muslim.”
O believers! The Kharijites are best known for branding others as disbelievers. Prophet Mohamed (peace and blessings be upon him) censured their path and he explained, in a brief speech, the reason for their deviation from the straight path. “They recite the Quran but it doesn’t reach their throats, and they kill the people of Islam and they leave the idolaters.” [Muslim (1064)].
Yes, they read the Quran but they do not understand its meaning!
Yes, they misquote verses from the Quran to prove their misguidance, as Abdullah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "They aimed at certain verses [from the Quran] which were revealed for the infidels and they used them on the believers."
O believers! Some of the youth have fallen into the mess of branding others to be disbelievers according to their desires and without guidance which led them to commit crimes against themselves, their families, and their country, and led them to cause corruption in the land and destroy crops and offspring. The proof for this is the great evil and massive corruption that we are seeing and hearing about today in the land of Islam and Muslims caused by these extremist groups in the east and west of the land under name of jihad.
Would that I knew what kind of truth they supported? What kind of good they spread? Which country did they free? Which oppressed people did they help? The Prophet (peace be upon him) described them precisely when he said, “These are men who have hearts of devils in the body of human beings.” [Muslim (1847)].
O believers! These groups, which Satan made their deeds attractive to them, call their evil deeds and corruption: Jihad, reformation, and upholding the word of Allah the Exalted. May they be doomed and lost.
Jihad is the peak of Islam and it is to uphold the word of Allah, and it has to be done according the light of Sharee’ah and the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) was asked about the verses of Quran “Say, [O Muhammad], Shall we [believers] inform you of the greatest losers as to [their] deeds? [They are] those whose effort is lost in worldly life, while they think that they are doing well in work.” [Al-Kahf 18:103-104] and he was truthful when he said that those are the people of Haroora (the Kharijites) who came out from this city and branded the Muslims as unbelievers and legalized killing them to the extent that one of their poets praised the assassin of Ali (the fourth Caliph, the messenger’s brother in law and his cousin) by saying:
A hit from a pious one who wanted *** to attain the pleasure from the one who is above His throne
I remember him sometimes and I think *** that he is the heaviest one on the scale of Allah
So he made Ali’s assassin the heaviest one on the scale of good deeds of Allah!
O believers! If extremism in branding others as disbelievers controls the brains, it will lead to the lack of awareness , recklessness, and absurdity which results in a bloody series of destruction, bombing, considering others to be unbelievers and the treacherous killing of innocent souls. This distorts Islam and helps the enemies of Islam. The people who do this do not observe toward the land of Islam any pact of kinship or covenant of protection. Whenever these people enter a land they make it worse, and when they are involved in an issue they disadvantage the ummah; hence, they did not give victory to Islam nor did they defeat disbelief, evil and corruption. They even went as far as using some of Muslims as pawns and redirect them to attack the land of Islam and Muslims. They chose the land of Islam to be attacked and amongst them is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They targeted the youth and they misguided them and mislead them under false banners and misleading calls. They used the youth to kill their own people and disturb the safety of others. May they be lost and destroyed. What kind of Jihad is this that left the entire world? [meaning: leaving the Jihad against the Infidels] and attacked the land of Muslims to kill them, slaughter them, harming them, corrupting and destroying [everything]? The [Kharijites]’s crimes are subsequently occurring, and the latest one is that which targeted an area called Arar which is at the northern border of Saudi Arabia, and they attacked the security men and then blew themselves.
O believers! These desperate and absurd operations expose the path of these extremists, show us the danger of their thoughts, and the need for us to protect ourselves and our children and our society from their misguidance and deviation.
I ask Allah the Exalted, the Lord of the great Throne to use their plots against them, protect our lands from their evil, unite our word upon guidance and truth, sustain our security, and to protect our lands from every evil. He [Allah the Exalted] is indeed capable of doing so. I say this and I seek Allah’s forgiveness for me and you, so seek his forgiveness. He is the most Forgiving and most Merciful.
The second Khutbah:
Many praises are due to Allah the Exalted. I praise him as he deserves, praises that are countless as he praised himself. I bear witness that none is worthy of worship Allah alone who has no partner and that Muhammad is his Servant and Messenger. May Allah’s blessings be upon Muhammad, his family, companions, and those who follow him in goodness.
Fear Allah O believers, and be assured that there’s no escape for the creation except by returning to the Book of Allah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger. So, the most truthful words are Allah’s, and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace be upon him). Indeed this Qur'an guides to that which is valuable. The one who is able to understand and reference back to Quran should do so, and those who are unable to do so should ask the people of knowledge if they know not. Allah the Exalted says “And when there comes to them information about [public] security or fear, they spread it around. But if they had referred it back to the Messenger or to those of authority among them, then the ones who [can] draw correct conclusions from it would have known about it.” [An-Nisā' 4:83] and they are the scholars who understand the words of Allah, and understand the purpose behind his words to show and guide the people to the right and straight path.
Indeed one of the greatest ways that the people of takfeer achieve goals, promote their falsehood, and propagate their evil is to attack the people of knowledge by downgrading them and warning against them until it becomes easy for them [the people of takfeer] to be appointed by the people so they can misguide themselves and others.
O believers! Indeed the Kharijites’s path is clear and well-known. Ibn Abbas [may Allah be pleased with him] the interpreter of the Qur’an was sent on a mission by Ali bin Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) to negotiate with the Kharijites. [Ibn Abbas] then refuted their arguments which resulted in two thousands out of six thousands of the Kharijites returning back to the truth. After the truth was reveled, some of them said to each other “don’t argue with Quraish (they are referring to Ibn Abbas) because Allah the Exalted said “But, [in fact], they are a people prone to dispute.” [Az-Zukhruf 43:58]”. They wrongly interpreted the verse, which was talking about the leaders of the Quraysh such as Abi Jahl, Abi Lahab, and Ubai Ibn Khalaf, saying that it is talking about the interpreter of the Qur’an [Ibn Abbas].
Imam Muslim narrated in his Sahih from the hadith of Yazid Al-Fakeer that he said “I adored an opinion from the opinions of the Kharijites” meaning that I liked it. Then we passed by Madinah and we found Jabir Ibn Abdullah speaking to people, other than that which we knew, whilst sitting by one of the masts of the Prophet’s Mosque. The people asked him, “What is that which you are telling us about?” So, Jabir explained the truth to them from book of Allah [The Qur’an] and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Upon returning from Jabir’s gathering they said [to each other] “Woe to you, do you think that the Shaykh is lying about the Messenger of Allah? No, by Allah nobody went against him except one man only.” Allah has protected all of them with Jabir’s advise and statements except one man whose heart was blinded and he went down this dark path.
O believers! Consulting the people of knowledge is a beneficial. Let me narrate to you what happened in the trial of Ibn Alash’aath. It was a trial that occurred during Alhajaj’s era. Some of the scholars, with Ibn Alash’aath stood up to Alhajaj’s tyranny and oppression. Allah guided and protected Alhasan Albasry so he said the people, “Do not deflect Allah’s punishment with the sword, instead humble yourselves [to Allah] and be in a state of tranquility.” What happened next? The followers of Ibn Alash’aath followed him until the battle occurred between them and the people of Sham which resulted in many of them being killed and wounded. Later on, one of Ibn Alash’aath’s followers said, “I met with scholars and people, but I haven’t seen a person like Alhasan” then he added, “I wish we had obeyed him [by not going against the ruler], I wish we obeyed him in not raising the sword, I wish we had obeyed him in staying with the Muslims’ congregation” as if he was regretting going against Alhajaj to kill him.
O believers! Indeed security is everyone's responsibility. Allah the Exalted says, “Then you will surely be asked that Day about pleasure [Peace].” Therefore, all of us are responsible about the blessing of security. We are responsible for thanking Allah for it, preserving it, protecting it from anyone who seeks to spoil it. Indeed it is our responsibility and security men are the first ones to take on the responsibility because they have taken it as their duty to protect us. So we thank them and praise them and we supplicate Allah with good for them. Their duty is great and their right upon the ummah is that the ummah should help them and support them with whatever is possible such as sustenance and supplications, because we are all in one boat that if it sinks, no one will survive.
O Allah grant us safety and security in our homelands and grant our leaders and scholars success. Guide our leaders and rulers, and grant authority over us to those fear you, those who are pious and follow your commands. O Allah we ask you for guidance, chastity, piety, goodness, and wealth. O Allah grant us the ability of thanking you for your blessings and continue in giving us bounties and being good to us. O Allah do not hold us accountable for what the foolish ones amongst us did. O Allah unite our word upon the Guidance and the Truth. O the one who has the Glory and Honor. O Allah help our rulers to that which pleases you, unite their words upon guidance and truth. O Allah guide their speeches, opinions, and works O lord of the Worlds. O Allah grant King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz health. O Allah hasten his recovery and bless him and his brothers, and help them towards all goodness for the people and the country O lord of the Worlds. Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves and if you do not forgive us, we will surely be among the wrongdoers. Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in faith and put not in our hearts [any] resentment toward those who have believed. Our Lord, indeed You are Kind and Merciful. O Allah! Send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad as You sent blessings upon the family of Ibrahim among the nations. You are indeed Worthy of praise, full of glory.
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