Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
Is Islam responsible for the extremism committed in its name? Where do the roots of extremism lie? How can we stem the spread of violence and extreme ideology today? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in this khutbah insha-Allah.
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of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the worst of religious matters are those that are innovated, and every religious innovation is a bit on every bit as misguidance every misguidance will be in Hellfire
Unfortunately, every now and then,
an incident of violence rears its ugly head.
And we have to receive that and it's aftermath of accusing, slammed and accusing Muslims, etc, etc. And they have repeated themselves so often. That's actually sometimes exhausting to talk about this and to think about this.
But so panela every now and then, it may be useful and beneficial
to learn some of the lessons that are loss of Hannah what Allah wants us to learn, and to reaffirm some of the principles of Islam that a loss of Hannah what Miss Prophet sallallahu wasallam. One is to actually learn and apply and follow. And we will be dealing with this issue of violence or this issue of extremism, from that religious angle, admitting at the same time
that this phenomenon has many dimensions and aspects to it has a political dimension and an economic dimension and a social dimension. We're not going to be dealing
with these things.
Because a lot of these things are out of our hands.
And in a hope, but we really want to focus on what we can do, rather than complain about the things that we cannot change at least immediately. But we don't also while addressing that religious element and dimension we do not want to give credence to those who claim immediately after these incidents, that it's the fault
of Islam and Muslims, forgetting specially they are politicians, especially lazy politicians. I'm speaking here in a global sense,
lazy politicians who forget their own role in creating the circumstances that lead that foster these type of responses. So rather than look inwardly and say, What disasterous policies did we adopt and implement, that keep producing and reproducing
this type of violence, they laid the blame entirely at the feet of someone else. And they say it is their fault. And it's their religion, and it's their response. And they need to change, they need a scapegoat, and they find a scapegoat, and they escape blame themselves.
So while we are addressing that religious element, we also want to really focus on the fact that, to really find a treatment for this problem, you have to address it holistically, the religious element, but also the political and economic and social elements that make it possible. And politicians have to take responsibility for that, for what they're doing and for what they're not doing.
And in addressing their religious elements, one of the really main points of this whole issue of a vanilla is that it is not actually
too much religious commitment, too much Islamic observance, too much Islamic education that leads to extremism and violence. It's the lack of all of these things.
That it is actually superficial knowledge about Islam and learning, and the lack of practice of Islam, that leads to that type of response that leads to extremism, and not the other way. And that's what we want to really understand.
And we want to go to really the first time
that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam spoke about that category of behavior and thinking,
well, he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam once
received some wealth, some money. And as was this habit, he would distribute that immediately among Muslims. And in that particular incident, he commanded that that money would be distributed among four individuals that belong to the next area.
And then some of the Sahaba, or some of the duration of the answer replied and said, Well, we deserve this money more. Rather than these four individuals who are prominent in their tribes and communities in eastern Arabia, we deserve this money more.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, What?
I'm giving them this money to soften their hearts. There's a purpose behind why I'm doing all of this.
And that was enough for them. When they understood the wisdom of why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was acting in this particular way, that desire that all of us have,
that sometimes we were selfish, sometimes we were selfish. Sometimes we were rebellious. Sometimes we want to rebel against Allah subhana wa Tada. That's the desire that all humans have. But when they understood from the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, the wisdom and they were reminded that Allah subhanho wa Taala, had entrusted him to do what he does. They reverted back to their email, and that was the end of it.
That's what learning and that's what Islam does. There's no rebellion in it. There's no antagonism, there is no hatred in it. You go back to the straight back, as soon as you reminded of our last panel, Allah and His Prophet sallallahu sallam, but
one man comes even after that explanation, and he tells the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam it De La Jolla, Mohammed. It says after Allah Mohammed, meaning that you have not observed Allah and justice in distributing what you did, even after the prophets explanation. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam stopped
from advancing to kill him. He said, Stop, don't do this.
The Allahu usaully maybe he's praying. Maybe he's one of the people who pray and how to do that though the allow on who says welcome in Raji Luna, usaully, aku, rissani, Malika, Kobe
said, how many people pray and they say with their tongue outwardly, what is not in their hearts? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in Neelam Omar and owner Kiba fi Hulu banaswadi una home. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, I was not commanded
to slit open people's bodies.
and investigate what is in their hearts. Meaning that
I will observe I will accept what they say outwardly, as long as they have Islam, as long as they are praying, I will accept that from them, whatever is in their hearts, in their hearts, and it belongs to Allah subhana wa Tada. Even when he said something so insulting to the Prophet sallallahu usnm observed there that mercy of the Prophet
then when that man went away, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Yeah, what do you mean? He hadn't called Mahajan akuamma Coronavirus, foreign
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The Prophet sallallahu wasallam said out of the progeny out of the lineage of this man will come out of people who will read the Koran what it will be soft, meaning that they will read it all the time they would memorize it, it'd be easy for them to code it. They're very familiar with the Quran. But he said some of them they read it but it will not go past their throats.
That really there is no benefit. There is no understanding there is no really true application. And he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam they will be they will leave the non believers safe, and they will kill Islam, the Muslims.
If I were to actually reach them and witness them, I will kill them the killing of it.
And the owner said that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was not as firm, as he was describing any category of deviant people as he was with the house.
Because they said Pamela their harm is so great.
They're killing of Muslims is so great. The disasters they bring upon Muslims is so great that he sets a law he was firmly CL form he was with his Rama sallallahu alayhi wasallam. If I were to witness them, I will wipe them out.
But let's go back to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
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one of the features of those who commit these types of Acts is ignorance, even though they may appear very committed to Islam,
very pious, even though their rhetoric and their speech promises grand things a lot for right here, and Islamic State right here and implementation of this and that right there. The speech is very sweet. But then when you know the level of understanding and fifth, in their sayings, and in their doings, you will notice that it's very absent.
I want to move from that to another incident, very famous incident. This time at the time value of Nabil Tali broke the law and the debate that in our best had with some of the coverage, again to show us some of the features, some of the causes of the things that we are witnessing today and how to avoid it.
There were 6000s of them.
There have rebelled and left the camp of value not to be tolerated, who is the halifa At that moment, notice. He was halifa, the cousin of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, one of the people who have profited witness that he's beloved the people of Jenna
And yet 6000 of them went and camped in hora.
And it comes to an even more bizarre liberal de la one man, he says, Let me go and see them and visit them and talk and discuss and debate them. He says, I'm afraid that they will kill you. He says, Don't be afraid. Just let me go. And he went.
And when he went around the Allahu anhu, the first thing that he said,
I've seen people whose faces are yellow, tired, fatigued, because of lack of sleep, meaning that they praying at night.
And their hands and their needs have at least have developed calluses, of how frequently they pray.
So as far as piety is concerned,
outwardly, very pious, as far as a badger is concerned, there with the Quran all the time, they're praying all the time.
But then even your best role, the Allahu comes that he starts asking them, what are the things that you're angry about? And actually, he remarks and he says, I have come to you
from the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that I left behind. What is the revelation of the Quran? A witness to when and why
It was revealed and understand it better than anyone else. And I don't see among you any one of them.
None of the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is among you and in your camp?
And the second feature right that you see right there? Is the distance of this category of thinking and people from, from true knowledge from their own. From that time they distance themselves from the Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam? And how can you even imagine that you can understand the Quran Can you can add access to the sooner on your own independent habit.
And today, it happens and it repeats himself in the same the following the same footsteps. They don't have any roadmap with them, not physically in their meds, not anyone who's supporting them, and they ridiculed them and they put them down. And they classify them as the ultimate of this whole time, the amount of the authority, don't listen to them. And by that they created themselves as the first and ultimate authority, what Islam is and what else under Islam is not. And you witness their complete ignorance and understanding the Quran and the Sunnah. And it's an application
or the allow us to ask them three, he says, what are the three things that you're upset about? They said 123
and Coatesville verses of the Koran. And he reverses everything that they accused that evening, I'll be totally with everything he repeals it, and 2000 of them, they come back.
And that is the importance of having actually and true knowledge in Islam. Because when you have it, you're able to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. So when you look at both of these incidents,
is it actual commitment to commitment to Islam, through understanding of Islam, that actually produces this violence, this extremism? These are mature attempts? Or is it lack of knowledge?
Just look at these two incidents, did any of the companions of Muhammad Sallallahu, Alayhi, wasallam, advanced this type of thinking this type of behavior? Partially, never, because they knew what Islam was and what Islam was not. But what characterizes this category of thinking and people is enthusiasm, commitment, by ignorance,
ignorance because they themselves do not know ignorance because they are distant and disconnected from the scholars of Islam, and they don't come to consult in them. And there's also an extreme sense of arrogance. We know we do, we're the ones and no one else.
And that's the danger of all of that. When you start believing that, you know, no one else knows your name, and no one else is the island. You will never who can get better or so and so who's anonymous.
He has no testimony of any grand actual island that he is Island. He's the one who can give me fatwa. So your sources of authority are mixed up and confused. That's when you start actually following that type of thinking.
So the more that you know, the more that you learn about Islam, the less likely that you're to follow any of this, the more that you actually apply Islam, the less likely that you will follow any of this.
And what do we want to also say
is that some people think or believe
that living a religious anti life
being non religious, call that whatever you want to call it, secular worldly, whatever it is, but actually creating more distance between you and religion is a guarantee against extremism.
And inshallah I want to say and speak about that in the second.
And what what I want to affirm is that, in fact, if you want the fastest path to extremism, go against a loss of power dial against his religion, and I will discuss that with ninja in the second book, but Apollo Kohli had our stuff. And he won a contest
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen
wa sallahu wa salim Ali Mohammed while he was sahbihi wa sallam.
When you live a religious, empty, religious free life, completely worldly life connected all
To your desires and what you want in this dunya, etc, etc. You think that that type of life is a protection from extremism and violence.
That type of life is the definition of extremism.
Because the only thing that can bring true balance to your life is to follow a loss of Hannah, who will
now live that type of life. And you will find that you will have internally no brakes against
repression, injustice, you will find that politically, economically on an individual level, on a soul on a communal level, on a societal on a global level, you'll start advancing injustice against other people advancing your own interests, and oppressing others. And that is the breeding ground for violence and extremism. Because you yourself have started advancing extremism. You look at the racial tensions between blacks and whites.
Is that caused by religion, or distance from religion?
And that's violence, there's violence there. And it's not for the mercy of Allah subhana wa Tada, and some measure of law and order, it will be outright war. Look at the rift between rich countries and poor countries between in the same country between rich and poor. Is that also not a form of extremism are not not a form of oppression or not? Because what is extremism? When Allah subhanho wa Taala uses that word, Hulu in the Koran. He uses it first primarily with beliefs. With the People of the Book Alia and Al Kitab, de la Louie de como se People of the Book, don't go to extremes in your beliefs.
So when you go to extreme and your belief means that you're not following the truth, whether you call someone the Son of God, whether you take multiple Gods whether you deny God, atheism, Subhanallah, you think about it, there is violence associated connected with Islam? They'll have conferences for it.
How can we find it, how it should be fought, it should be stopped and not saying not.
When, you know, the rise of atheism? Is there any conference in the world is being held to combat that phenomenon?
in the sight of a loss of kind of what?
Which is more serious.
What is the more serious one,
and the more serious one is rejecting Him. Killing humanity is a grave sin I don't want anybody to misunderstand is a grave sin. But what is greater than that is denying Allah subhanho wa Taala. That is a form of extremism.
We're not talking about forcing people to believe or disbelieve or this or that, we're talking about how imbalanced we are in our thinking. So when you deviate from a less path, you're living an extreme type of life, creating extreme type of conditions, violence will follow. Violence will follow. People will kill each other World War One World War Two were not religious.
did not happen because of Islam did not happen because of Christianity, or Judaism happened because of people were far from our last panel.
So you have this Muslim, and you thinking as long as he's far away from the masjid, as long as he doesn't pray, he doesn't read the Koran doesn't do this, and that he's not an extremist, never will be extremist. Don't teach him Islam combat the teaching of Islam. What happens with this individual is that after some time, some of them, they'll be fed up with that type of life, they'll be fed up.
And they want more, and they will look at our look around them, and they will find this satisfaction in the dunia. They will feel the oppression that is touching almost every Muslim and so many Muslim countries. And you will have this anger and frustration and a sense of not being important or effective in his life. Then he looks How can I change this. And the only rhetoric because he does not have a reservoir of knowledge does not have this knowledge that can protect him in Islam because we said don't learn Islam. So what can he do?
To address this frustration, he will hear people telling him become part of something great,
becomes something meaningful in your life, become part of something meaningful that is greater than you and us here is something that is ideal, and he looks at it, and he feels a sense of belonging. He doesn't have it around him. He feels the same sense of belonging, a group that values him that needs him and he says yes, now I can change my life. Now I can find meaning now. Whatever the
telling me to do I will do because he does not have knowledge of the Quran and knowledge of the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and you look at the profile of most of the people who commit these acts, and who are the
people who have just recently come into Islam, their past is a checkered past. Their problems with the law, they have problems with substances, they have problems with this. And that, and hamdulillah on one thought that they were fed up with all of this, but they did not find, could not find, or how they were brought to Islam were brought by people who did not really understand Islam, and they wanted to use them.
And that's how it happens. So you think that a distance from Islam is guarantee the distance from Islam as your best guarantee for oppression and extremism. And if you want to actually have an actual example. They say when they surveyed some Muslim countries,
who are the most people in those Muslim countries of all those Muslim countries that followed that Islamic so called Islamic State.
They said that Tunisia, Tunis
was the highest number, a country with the highest number of recruits who went to fight with the Islamic State.
Not only highest numbers, highest per capita, highest per population, even though it's a small country, but it's applied the most fighters in that unjust and misguided cause. And they say why is that the case?
They say because for decades, they lived under repressive regimes that thought Islam.
You couldn't wear hijab. If you went to the masjid, for Salah, you become a suspect. You did not have the chance to learn Islam in the masjid proper Islam. So you couple repression, religious repression, but also economic and political repression, and lack of religious knowledge, absolute lack of religious knowledge, then you add to that, to the all of this, the fire to the fuel, someone who comes in promises you that you can become something meaningful if you just follow them, and they become immediately a ripe ground for recruitment. The reason that they fled and they flew to that promise, false promise, is because they did not have the groundwork of Islamic knowledge available.
So it's not distanced from Islam. That's why when some politicians or some people say, Oh, it's Islam's fault, but we expect that from them, but that's just really portrays. They're either deep ignorance of religion in general and Islam in particular, or the de pious, because if you were actually to understand how Islam works, you would know that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam never acted this way.
in Mecca, and no one should say Mecca is irrelevant. in Mecca the Prophet sallallahu Sallam before his Islam what was he known as? Ameen the trustworthy.
If that was the case, before Islam, what was the case after Islam, it continued, it was augmented, everyone could trust him. No one could feel unsafe next to him. So the law he was in love, they know that he will never lie, never betray, never cheat. And what greater betrayal is for you than your neighbor trusting you to be safe next to you. And you betray him. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says well law he does not believe the one whose neighbor does not feel safe next to him. He did not specify second line. He did not specify whether this NATO was Muslim or not Muslim. If he does not feel secure next to you with small and big things. You do not have email. Your Eman is
messed up your Eman is missing something fundamental and basic in it. The prophets Allah Allah, Allah you will send them before the migration to Medina during the time of their legions and the oath of Alaska, where some of them were coming during time of persecution. Some would they were targeting the prophets of the Lord he was in them personally to kill him. They said prophet of Allah let us raise our arms and fight Meccans
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said I was not commanded to do this, on my behalf,
not a betrayal.
So the prophets allow you to send them in all of his reservoirs. All of his battles was very clear. When he had an actual state, not a made up state, an actual state. He made it clear to these people if you find us We will fight you, then there will be war between us on you, but I'll never betray you.
if you're afraid that they will betray you, there is a treaty between you and the non Muslims and you're afraid that they will betray you. You tell them there is no more treaty between you and to us and you are not going to betray you. So
I'm gonna revoke this treaty publicly so that they know
that you are now you're they're your enemy and that you are their enemy.
Islam Subhana. Allah is very clear, very transparent. And this is the son of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The Prophet said, that we are the heirs of the Prophet, what are the two ambia as the Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
were around the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, after him. Our job is to be around the Mohammed, we have to be next to them, we have to listen to them. They are in reality all along the leaders of this Omar. So if there's something that is confusing, we don't understand. We go back to them and say, Where do they stand? Where is the most of the majority, and in this case, there is a consensus, none of them is there. And that's enough should be enough for every single Muslim. Even if you're confused about something for every single Muslim when you find that all of the automobile owner in one side and ignorant anonymous people on the other side to know that will you should
stand. So let us hear shala try to take some practical advice from this or practical steps. The first is you want to stop all of this and it's fine to like cannot stop until you address it holistically. As we said, you can just address the religious side and leave the political and economic side that's not gonna work. But at least the thing that we can do, first of all, do you want to stop it? Teach Yourself Islam, teach your children, Islam, teach the children in your community Islam, not on a superficial level, on a deep and penetrating level so that you understand more and more of it. And you're not swayed by these types of arguments by one out end or on by one
sooner by one misquote from this item or that island. So understand all of this. The other thing, practice Islam, you need to practice Islam, because if people see that you're not practicing it, and you're talking to someone, oh, this is Islam, and this is what isn't what is not Islam, but he sees that your example betrays your speech, he's not going to listen to you.
And you say those other people are please start doing something What are you doing, so your action has to match your speech. If Islam is this, then also follow it and the last third thing inshallah that we can take from this. If there is social emptiness, social vacuum, you have to fill that, fill it in the family fill it within the community, you need social space and social programs, where people especially young men and women feel that they have a meaning and a purpose in their life. Feel that people around them care about them, and that they can do something useful and appreciated.
So teach them Islam, but at the same time give them meaning in their life. One of the major recruitment tools is to give meaning to those who don't have meaning in their lives. So we have that meaning in our life. So let's also transfer that
to the younger generation. And we ask Allah subhana wa Taala to protect us from this evil and to help us get a lot to stop immediately or as soon as it can stop you Allah help us to stop it. And you Allah, we ask you that you teach us the true religion of Islam, the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and not to misguide us after You have guided us, and to show us the truth as the truth and to help us to follow it and to show us misguidance as misguidance and to help us to avoid it. And Allah help us to be of those who spread this law on this earth. He Allah help us of those who spread Islam on this earth. He Allah help us to be of those who spread Islam on
this earth and protect themselves and their families and their communities and all the Muslims from all evil, while we ask you for all the good in this life and in the Hereafter, and we asked you to protect us from all evil in this life and in the Hereafter. He Allah forgive us all of our sins, He Allah forgive us all of our sins are blind I mean forgive us all of our sins.
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