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    Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Living in the West, barely a day passes without a negative mention of Islaam or Muslims in the Media. Many Muslims will argue that if only Muslims controlled the Media, Islaam would get a positive portrayal. Although there is some truth in this sentiment, it is a fatalistic mentality. We Muslims fail to utilise the one weekly media slot that we do have a monopoly over. This slot is available once a week for approximately one hour. It has a global audience of several million. I’m referring of course to the Friday Khutbah (sermon), delivered weekly in Masjids across the world.

    Unfortunately, where many Imams have failed to comprehend that the Khutbah is an effective means of media in influencing the Muslim mindset, the British government seems to have grasped that concept rather well. Government guidelines (and cash incentives) for Imams often results in khutbahs that I call SAS: “Safe Apolitical Sermons”. These are on monotonous topics that are virtually impossible to be arrested for under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The favourite subject is wudu, the obligatory ablution made prior to performing salah (prayer). I have yet to hear an Imam deliver a riveting khutbah based on Wudu. Admittedly, it is not the most stimulating of topics. And let's face it: if you're attending Jumu'ah prayer, it's not likely that you need to be taught how to make wudu.

    Many years ago Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaqi remarked that during the time of the Spanish inquisition, whilst the streets of Andalusia ran with Muslim blood, the Jumu’ah khutbahs would focus on wudu, dhikr and other such innocuous topics. The political situation was completely avoided by Imams in the weekly sermon - due to fear of arrest. Evidently many Imams today are following this same craven path.

    Imams, while we’re on the subject, fall into two prevalent groups, with very few exceptions. The first type is the Imam who behaves as if he is attending his citizenship ceremony rather than delivering a khutbah. A strong South Asian accent will emphatically proclaim “This country is very good. Very nice. Good for Muslims.” The obligatory side-to-side head waggling punctuates such patriotic pronouncements. The vast majority of his congregation have, unlike him, been born in the UK. The Khutbah fails to address, inspire or keep the attention of the congregation. Some will draw their shemaghs over their faces and discreetly doze off. The Friday Khutbah is attended as a routine habit.

    The second type of Imam is the British-born, educated modernist. He too will extol the virtues of living in Britain, but is a far more engaging and dangerous speaker than the former. Quite often, prophetic traditions are distorted in order to give the false impression that there is nothing in Islaam that is incompatible with British culture and values. The listener often leaves the Masjid more confused about Islaam than when he entered.

    I once attended a khutbah delivered by such an Imam. He delivered the message of forgiveness and turning the other cheek. He urged Muslims not to retaliate even when faced with aggression. He cited the example of a family in the US whose daughter had been killed in an islamaphobic attack, yet they urged the Muslim community to show restraint. He drew an analogy between this family and the Conquest of Makkah. He explained that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), like this family, had forgiven the majority of his enemies, the very ones who had been killing the Muslims for a number of years.

    It disturbed me that the Imam (purposely) failed to mention that prior to the Conquest of Makkah, the Prophet (SAW) had fought numerous battles with this same enemy and slaughtered many of them. Only after having gained dominance over his enemies, did he (SAW) march into Makkah with ten thousand followers, to peacefully take over the city and forgive whilst being in a position of strength. This is far removed from the scenario of an understandably intimidated family begging the community not to exact revenge. I didn’t consider that mentioning the Conquest of Makkah in its true context would have had the Imam indefinitely locked up in HMP Belmarsh, but perhaps he differed with me on that estimation.

    Another time, I attended a masjid where the Imam was praising the British value of freedom of speech. He made the valid point that in the UK, one is free to stand at Speakers’ Corner and criticise the Government. He compared this to the oppressive regimes in Egypt, Saudi and Syria, where such proclamations would result in the disappearance of the one making them. Ironically, as the khutbah ended, a member of the congregation stood up and disputed with the Imam over a controversial point of fiqh. Instead of answering the young man’s questions, the committee panicked and immediately switched off the speakers. Needless to say, I was left with the cynical thought: what happened to freedom of speech?!

    Imams need to deliver khutbahs that are inspiring and relevant to their respective communities. It is imperative that they utilise the Friday Khutbah’s potential to counter the misinformation which media sources use against Muslims everywhere in the world. The agenda of our Imams should be to educate their congregation with the pure unadulterated form of Islaam, rather than introduce a politically correct or British variation. Our Imams must resist the temptation to prostitute our religious values for a few pieces of silver. Islaam entails submission to Allah. Whilst our religion has its roots in Makkah and Madinah, it is a universal message. You cannot re-label it to read “Made in England”.

    taken from www.al-istiqamah.com

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Isn't the Khutbah in Arabic ?

    A standard Khutbah, that's been used for centuries ?
    'Nor say of anything,"I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow" without adding, " if Allah (SWT) Wills" (18:23-24)

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    the english/urdu khutbas that's given before the Arabic one.
    Last edited by OBL; 15-12-08 at 06:08 PM.

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    politically correct khutbahs?

    Most khutbahs always avoid politics.
    Ive never been to a khutbah where the subject is political Islam, or Khilafah, or anything related to politics.
    The most they do is mention the names of muslim lands in the dua at the end of jummah

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    we had a shaykh in our community several yrs back that spoke alot about the situation of muslims around the world, about the importance of jihad, hijab, and alot of focus on raising children to be better stronger muslims. he spoke frequently about Allahs curse being on those who sold alcohol in their stores and the evils of interest/riba. he spoke loud and with passion

    muslims slowly stopped coming to the masjid and then there were those who did their best to get him kicked out. it was muslims against muslims, those against him and those who supported him and those who were against him actually started calling the muslims who supported him...

    extreme

    i never heard him say anything extreme, not even once

    muslims are their own worst enemies

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peacenik View Post
    Isn't the Khutbah in Arabic ?

    A standard Khutbah, that's been used for centuries ?
    Quote Originally Posted by OBL View Post
    the english/urdu khutbas that's given before the Arabic one.
    This is quite confusing.

    So what's the difference between the Khutbah spoken in Arabic (and one that's in (one's) language) ?
    'Nor say of anything,"I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow" without adding, " if Allah (SWT) Wills" (18:23-24)

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peacenik View Post
    This is quite confusing.

    So what's the difference between the Khutbah spoken in Arabic (and one that's in (one's) language) ?
    No difference except for the language.
    Some Imams say that there has to be an Arabic khutbah. So they do a speech first in local language, then the Arabic khutbah.
    Other Imams just do the Khutbah in the local language and they dont do an Arabic one.
    Last edited by Uthman Ibn Afan; 15-12-08 at 06:58 PM.

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uthman Ibn Afan View Post
    No difference except for the language.
    Some Imams say that there has to be an Arabic khutbah. So they do a speech first in local language, then the Arabic khutbah.
    Other Imams just do the Khutbah in the local language and they dont do an Arabic one.
    That can't be right.

    If the Khutbah that's spoken in Urdu (as an example), changes every week, and the one that's done in Arabic, stays the same, how can they be identical ?
    'Nor say of anything,"I shall be sure to do so and so tomorrow" without adding, " if Allah (SWT) Wills" (18:23-24)

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    just the specific things that u say like the start of the khutbah is the same...
    but the actual topic they do the same in english and arabic, just translated in both the languages, well thats how it is with our mosques here :s
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    ŃĎ : Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    excellent post

    i am sure the more "knowledgeable" will say that pacifist khutbahs are showing wisdom

    we should all wait on our hands until the mahdi comes
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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    there is a khutbah

    and there is bayaan.

    some people do Bayan first and then khutbah.
    "The objective behind Shari'ah is to liberate individuals from his desires in order to be a true Abd (slave) of Allah and that is the legitimate Maslaha... Violating the Shari'ah under the pretext of following Maqasid al-Shari'ah is like the one who cares about the spirit without the body and since the body without the spirit is useless therefore the spirit without the body is useless too." ~ Imam Shatibi - The greatest intellectual founder of Maqasid al-Shari'ah

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Uthman Ibn Afan View Post
    No difference except for the language.
    Some Imams say that there has to be an Arabic khutbah. So they do a speech first in local language, then the Arabic khutbah.
    Other Imams just do the Khutbah in the local language and they dont do an Arabic one.
    according to all 4 schools of thought; according to most scholars of the 4 madhabs i.e Al-Dasuql, Al-Ramli and Al-Buhooti, etc, the Jummah Khutbah has to be in Arabic.

    the talk done before the Khutbah in local/common community language is simply a short talk before the khutbah so that the non-arabic speaking/understanding maj'ma'ah can benefit too.
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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peacenik View Post
    Isn't the Khutbah in Arabic ?

    A standard Khutbah, that's been used for centuries ?
    our 2 "imams" dont even know arabic, not even a basic few lines,and what would be the point of giving khutbah in arabic when no one there speaks or understands it. depending on who is playing at being the imam that friday the khutbah is either read in bengali by the "imam" from a "book of khutbahs" with an english translation read out by a lawyer (whoose accent is so thick u cant understand what hes saying anyway) or english only.

    we even have politically correct iftar and eid here too, only "professionals" are invited or allowed to come or are told where the salat will be held so just doctors, lawyers, surgeons,or people who work for the government, oh and they cant be arabs, no arabs are invited or welcome at all. its asians only, a few nigerians,a couple of turks and the kuffar police force and chief of police local politicians are of course sent their own special invites oh and no women either
    Last edited by *asiya*; 15-12-08 at 09:54 PM.
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    By the One in whose Hand is my soul, you will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Certainly, let me inform you of that which may establish such things: spread the greetings and peace among yourselves."

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Quote Originally Posted by KeeKee View Post
    according to all 4 schools of thought; according to most scholars of the 4 madhabs i.e Al-Dasuql, Al-Ramli and Al-Buhooti, etc, the Jummah Khutbah has to be in Arabic.

    the talk done before the Khutbah in local/common community language is simply a short talk before the khutbah so that the non-arabic speaking/understanding maj'ma'ah can benefit too.
    Thats what I had thought but at my uni they do it in English, and someone told me thats right as well.
    At my masjid they do it in Arabic though.
    Last edited by Uthman Ibn Afan; 15-12-08 at 10:19 PM.

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Salman Al-Farsi View Post
    there is a khutbah

    and there is bayaan.

    some people do Bayan first and then khutbah.
    what is bayan?

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    Re: Politically Correct Khutbahs?

    Theres a situation like that here in DC at the Islamic Center. Rival jumaas. One brother does one outside while the other takes place in the masjid itself. I have heard rumors about the brother outside but I don't know if they are true. All I do know is last friday the khutba inside (the english portion) dealt generally with tazkiyyah while the khutba outside (from what I heard when I was leaving) dealt with the situation of muslims when they sell-out their deen.
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