The Street Mimbar: Friday Khutbah On Corruption
Jul 01, 2005
Source: The Street Mimbar
Bismillah Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem
Alhumdulillah. Peace and blessings on Muhammad, his Noble Companions and Family.
Brothers and sisters whose Allegiance is to Allah, His Prophet and the Committed Muslims…
One often wonders, what it’s going to take to have Muslims wake up to Allah’s guidance. It almost seems as though the more Allah tries to teach us, the more averse we are to learning. This khutbah is presented in an effort to align our thoughts, expectations and desires to the Will of Allah. Recently, we’ve seen a few high profile legal wrangles involving Muslims. The reactions, commentaries, analysis etc. regarding these cases have varied widely; some have been completely off the mark and others slightly off the mark. The question a believer should ask is whether these reactions, analysis, etc. were based on Islamic principles. One of the most apparent features of virtually all of these commentaries, analysis and reactions was the impregnation of what supposed to be an “Islamic” approach to these issues with traces of Jahilliyah and Kufr. Almost all of these statements carried within them the stench of Nationalism.
One such statement anonymously distributed purporting to represent “CONCERNED” Muslims bore the following: “MUSLIMS, LET’S SUPPORT OUR LEADER! A thief in the name of ISMAIL AYOB, has deceived, swindled and betrayed our leader, the Honourable Nelson Mandela and disgraced the respected name of the Ummah. We call upon all Muslims and Muslim Organisations, The Muslim Youth Movement, Islamic Council of South Africa, the Ulema Council of South Africa, The Jamiatul Ulema of South Africa, The Memon Association, the World Memon Foundation to ostracise this arrogant larcenist. We the concerned Muslims of South Africa call upon: 1. All the Muslims, the Ulema to refrain from greeting or inviting the bandit Ismail Ayob the white collar fraud, double dealing charlatan. 2. We also call upon Abdul Sattar Dada, Dr Razaak Moti of the World Memon Foundation to expel this impostor. The Muslims must deal with these Iblisi forces amongst us. Excommunicate Ismail Ayob, his wife and family... CONCERNED MUSLIMS OF SOUTH AFRICA. There were also other such statements with a similar call and opinion, but the gist of the message was the same.
There’s no condoning this type of behaviour, viz. theft, fraud, corruption and other such crimes- make no mistake about that. Let it further be said, that we are not standing in a position to defend nor condone the acts of Ismail Ayob, Schabir Shaik etc. Rather, this is an attempt to broaden the horizons of our minds and relieve ourselves of some of the garbage we knowingly or un-knowingly carry within our psyche.
Does anyone bother anymore when it comes to Islamic priorities? Does anyone know which of these are the kabaa’ir ie. Which of these two is the major sin? Is the greater sin theft, fraud, corruption or is it to have ones allegiance to the kuffaar? Does anyone raise their thought to this level? It is because of this failure that gaps have opened up, resulting in the condition that we (Muslims) find ourselves in today. Remember, these nationalistic statements were being circulated from what is supposed to be “Islamic mouth-pieces” and from within Masaajid!
Allah, Exalted and Supreme says to us in numerous ayaat in the Qur’an to have Allah, His Prophet and the committed Muslims as our allies and our authority, to whom our allegiance is due. In one ayah Allah says:
And those who have as their authority or allies- Allah, His Messenger and those who are committed, then indeed, Allah’s Hizb(party) are triumphant (Surah Al-Maidah verse 56)
In another ayah, Allah speaks to you and to me saying:
Committed Muslims shall not have the kaafirs as their authority, allies and those they reciprocate allegiance with, to the exclusion of the other committed Muslims (Surah Ahl Imraan verse 28)
In another ayah, and these are only samples of the many ayaat that drive home this point.
Oh you who are divinely secure in your commitment to Allah, don’t take or designate My enemy, (Allah is speaking) and your enemy as authorities and allies and sources of allegiance. You present yourselves to them cheerfully, you greet them with cheers, while they are kaafirs in the Haqq that has been presented to you by Allah (Surah Mumtahanah verse 1).
Allah’s Prophet (sallahau alaihi wa sallam) says:
Whoever dies without an allegiance that he pays to Allah and His Prophet and the committed Muslims dies a death from the days of Jahiliyyah or on a branch of hypocrisy.
And, in another hadith, he says:
Whoever lives, fights and dies in the name of nationalism is not from amongst my Ummah!
Now, you take these ayaat and these hadiths from the Prophet and use them as a measuring stick for this incident. In this statement, a call is being made to Muslims- “MUSLIMS, LET’S SUPPORT OUR LEADER” and “our leader, the Honourable Nelson Mandela” This is kufr and rebellion against Allah from within the Masaajid itself! Does anyone care to take issue with this type of sin. And then these despicable nationalistic Muslims want to speak about those despicables who have “disgraced the respected name of the Ummah.”
The kettle calling the pot black! So what is all of this, if it is not disgraceful- Imagine, someone is saying to us with our eyes and ears open- “we are Muslims, but our leader is a kaafir. So let’s all support his Kufr.” All of this is happening because we are comfortable Muslims who go the Masjid to do some rituals, we go to the masjid to justify our conscience and then, it’s back to the dunya. Ugh-Who cares about Allegiance? What’s this Allegiance all about? Isn’t that the general trend amongst the Muslims?
And then, the saga doesn’t end there. These despicable nationalistic Muslims call on their guardians, their sponsors and members of their social clubs: “We call upon all Muslims and Muslim Organisations, The Muslim Youth Movement, Islamic Council of South Africa, the Ulema Council of South Africa, The Jamiatul Ulema of South Africa, The Memon Association, the World Memon Foundation to ostracise this arrogant larcenist. We the concerned Muslims of South Africa call upon:
1. All the Muslims, the Ulema to refrain from greeting or inviting the bandit Ismail Ayob the white collar fraud, double dealing charlatan.
2. We also call upon Abdul Sattar Dada, Dr Razaak Moti of the World Memon Foundation to expel this impostor. The Muslims must deal with these Iblisi forces amongst us. Excommunicate Ismail Ayob, his wife and family...”They call on those who perpetuate this jahili mindset to echo their sentiments, and some of these “Muslim Organisations and Ulema Councils” obey the call. Why? Can’t they see the element of Jahiliyah in it?! Oh No, they’ve been trained to tow the line, to ensure the status quo prevails. All these “Muslim Organisations and Ulema Councils” need the blessing of their masters- The kaafirs in the government- so they condition my mind and your mind to accept that the corruption, theft and fraud is more serious than the kufr perpetuated through their allegiance to the mushriks and the kaafirs!
Now, (away from the facts of these cases), when Abu Jahl wanted to perpetuate the status quo which Muhammed (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam) was challenging, Abu Jahl said to his sons, divorce the daughters of Muhammed. Have him and his family ostracised. Does this ring a bell? There’s no similarity between Muhammed (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam) and the types of criminals in question, but there certainly is a similarity in the attitude of those who want to perpetuate the status quo and those who want to follow Muhammed (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam) in order to change it. And then we can project this issue to a global level- don’t we have Muslim Organisations and governments and Kings and Princes etc. who ostracise and banish the followers of Muhammed (sallahu alaihi wa sallam) when these humble servants of Allah want to replace the Mushrik systems which are in their midst with an Islamic one?
If these “Muslim Organisations and Ulema Councils” were sincere in their approach and consistent in their behaviour, then they would extend their range of activity and take on the corrupt family of Ahl-Saud who rules in the Hejaz, in Makkah and Al-Medinah.
There’s really no difference between these petty thieves here and those Grand thieves in Makkah and Al-Medinah, who steal the resources of the ummah and siphon off huge benefits for themselves, whilst in the process they give financial and military power to the enemies of the committed Muslims ie. the Zionist Israeli Jews and the Imperialist Christians.
Imagine, the wealth of King Fahd is estimated at around $400 billion, the king’s nephew who happens to be the Ambassador to the US, his wealth is estimated at around $20billion. What are they doing with this vast accumulation of wealth?
And DARE any of these “Muslim Organisations and Ulema Councils” say a word. No- they’d prefer to remain in the good books of these rulers because they still need to beg for a visa to go to Hajj or Umrah or because they need some crumbs or worse still, they feel elated when they get invited as “Guests of the King.”
As an after thought, Allah’s Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa sallam) says:
A Committed Muslim is one who fore-sees events and is fine-tuned into them.
Let us not forget, that “our leader, the Honourable Nelson Mandela” revoked martyr Sheikh Ahmed Yassin’s visa at the eleventh hour, yet war criminals who are spilling Muslim blood were welcomed here with open arms and kisses on both cheeks. With this government resurrecting past military co-operation agreements with the Zionist Israeli Jews which will see more innocent Muslim blood being spilled, courtesy of the complicity of this government, it is long overdue that Muslims begin to take notice of these developments and pay serious attention there-to. With all this adverse media publicity focused on the Muslims, these trials have added to the negative image that Muslims are carrying.
Could these be the first steps towards defaming, degrading and vilifying Muslims here? First steps which will gradually lead to xenophobia, hate crimes and eventually ethnocide. With the South African government and the Zionist Israeli Jews, who are up to no good, standing shoulder to shoulder, don’t take your eye off the power pulse. This should not stretch anyone’s memory- the Muslims in Bosnia were totally integrated into the system, they were eating the filthy pig, drinking wine and doing all sorts of things not becoming of Muslims, and even with this level of tolerance and integration those Muslims had to be wiped out. It is time to wake up, before it is too late- these types of developments require counter-developments by the Muslims themselves.