Monday, May 27, 2013

The month of Rajab and the great Ghazwah of Tabuk | Sheikh Issam Ameirah

The following is a translation from Arabic.

Jum'ah Khutbah: Rajab and the Ghazwah of Tabuk: A comparison between the Messenger (saw), the Khulafaa and the rulers of our day.

First part:

O people: We have now entered the month of Rajab and in this month in the 9th year of Hijrah the Messenger of Allah (saw) went out on the military expedition (Ghazwah) of Tabuk. It was last military expedition that he undertook and it was known as the Ghazwah of Al-'Usrah (Hardship).
The reason for the Ghazwah was that a number of traders who had come from Ash-Shaam began to spread that the Romans had gathered a host and wanted launch a major military expedition. Heraclius had joined his army and he called his main military leaders in the region against the Messenger of Allah (saw) and they gathered in Al-Balqaa' (which lies in South-east Jordan) whilst he (Heraclius) was waiting in Homs. Therefore the Messenger of Allah (saw) sent his companions to Tabuk which was in the lands of Al-Balqaa' and he sent word to the surrounding tribes, to Makkah and to those who had become Muslim from Khuzaa'ah, Muzainah and Juhainah and urged them to join the Jihaad and Ghazwah.

The Messenger (saw) explained to the people that the journey would be long, that the heat would be severe and that the enemy would be large in number, so that they could be prepared. He ordered the companions who were wealthy to aid those who had no material strength and so anybody who had any wealth presented it and the Sadaqaat were large despite it being a time of hardship and meagre means. Due to all of this the army was called: 'The army of hardship' (Jaish Al-'Usrah').

The Messenger of Allah (saw) organised his military above Thaniyat Al-Wadaa' from amongst those who joined him from the Muhaajireen, the Arab tribes, Banu Kinaanah, the people of Tihaamah, Muzainah, Juhainah, Tay and Tameem. He appointed Az-Zubair over the banner of the Muhaajireen, Talhah Ibn 'Ubaidillah was appointed over the right flank of the army whilst 'Abdur Rahmaan Bin 'Auf was placed in charge of the left. And he designated that 'Ali (ra) be left to take care of his family, his wives and his Muhaajirs. And when the Messenger (saw) prepared to march towards Tabuk he stood and addressed the people. He began with Al-Hamdu Lillah and praised Allah before stating: "The most truthful of speech is the Book of Allah Ta'Aalaa, and the most firm of holds is the word of Taqwaa, the best of religions is the religion (Millah) of Ibraaheem, the best of the Sunan is the Sunnah of Muhammad, the most honourable of speech is the remembrance of Allah, the best of narratives is this Qur'aan and the best of matters are those that are firmly resolved upon and the worst of matters are its innovations, the most perfect of guidance is the guidance of the Anbiyaa (prophets), the most noble of deaths is to be killed as a martyr, the most blind of all blindness's is misguidance after being guided, the best knowledge is that which is benefited from, the best guidance is that which is put into practice, the worst of blindness is the blindness of the heart, the upper hand is better than the lower hand and that which is little but sufficient is better than that which is a lot but frivolous... And insulting a believer is rebellious disobedience and killing a believer is disbelief, eating his flesh is an act of disobedience to Allah, and the sanctity of his property is like the sanctity of his blood, he who swears by Allah falsely has denied him, the one who forgives Allah forgives him, he who pardons Allah pardons him, the one who suppresses anger is rewarded by Allah, the one who perseveres in misfortunes is compensated by Allah, the one who acts for fame and reputation is disgraced by Allah, the one who is patient Allah multiplies his reward and the one who disobeys Allah, Allah will punish him. O Allah forgive me and my Ummah, IO Allah forgive me and my Ummah, O Allah forgive me and my Ummah. I seek forgiveness for myself and all of you". (recorded by As-Suyooti from 'Uqbah Bin 'Aamir and Abu Ad-Dardaa' and in Al-Jaami' As-Sagheer it was classified as a Hadeeth Hasan.

When the Messenger (saw) reached Tabuk Yuhannah Bin Ru'bah the leader of Aylah approached him and made a treaty with him and agreed to pay him the Jizyah. The people of Jurbaa and Adhraj also came and agreed to give the Jizyah. He (saw) stayed in Tabuk for a number of days and then returned to Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah without war or fighting.

O People: There were many great benefits attained from the Ghazwah of Tabuk, the most important of which was the demise of the stature, standing and fear of the Romans within the souls of all of the Arabs and the display of the power of the Islamic State as the single great power in the region, regionally and internationally. The unifying of the Arabian Peninsula was completed under the rule of the Messenger (saw) and after Tabuk many delegations from the Arab tribes came to Al-Madinah from all over the Arabian Peninsula to declare their entrance into Islaam and the entrance of those whom they had come from. For this reason the ninth year of Hijrah was known as the year of delegations and Tabuk was the starting point for the Islamic conquest of the lands of Ash-Shaam (greater Syria) in addition to the beginning of the continuous Islamic conquests of further lands which were continued by the noble Khulafaa and great military commanders and proof enough of this is the fact that Khalid Bin Waleed is buried in Homs which had been the military headquarters of the defeated Heraclius, and today his grave is shaken by the missiles and bombs of betrayal and treachery by the one afflicted by hatred and spite.

O people: This therefore was the situation of the Muslims in the past in the month of Rajab from the past in the days of the Messenger of Allah (saw) and the Noble Khulafaa so how is the situation in the month of Rajab today in the days of the unjust Kings and force wielding villains? It is a question that causes the body to shudder when just thinking about its answer and the hearts jump out of terror associated to the gravity of their situation. What would we say the first people of Rajab when they went out against the Romans within the very heart of their homeland whilst today the Romans are waging war against us in the heart of our homeland? What would we say to the people of the first Rajab when they recaptured Bait Al-Maqdis from the first crusaders in Rajab whilst new crusaders have come in our day and occupied Bait Al-Maqdis and then handed it over to the Jews after the destruction of the Khilafah in the month of Rajab? What is our response to the French General Goruo who kicked the grave of Salaah ud-Deen and said: Indeed we have returned O Salaah ud-Deen!? And how do we reply to the British General Allenby who stood upon the Zaitoon Mountain and said: Now the crusader wars have ended? What would we say to the people of the first Rajab who gathered their armies in Tabuk in the Arabian Peninsula to open and conquer the lands of Ash-Shaam in spite of the severity and hardship of their undertaking? And because of their act Allah turned to all of them in forgiveness and He (swt) revealed the Quraan amongst them that will be recited until the day of Judgement. This is whilst we witness in our day the Muslim armies participating in joint military exercises,  which they have named ‘Tabuk’, to refine their military experiences and strengthen their military cooperation with Egypt Al-Kinaanah and the land that they have named Saudi. They have wealth that is so abundant that it has reached saturation point whilst the weak oppressed men, women and children in Ash-Shaam (Syria), Burma, Palestine and Kashmir amongst others in the Muslim lands are in pain and are suffering. They are crying out for help and support and they find that there is no one to help or come to their aid except for Allah (swt), and so Hasbunallah Wa Ni’mal Wakeel (Allah is sufficient for us and the best to be relied upon).

The Second part of the Khutbah:

O People: Our rulers have taken our armies away from their main role that emanates from their Aqueedah. This is because the Muslim army is the protector of Islaam, the carrier of its Da’wah and the one who brings victory to its people. They respond to the calls of help from the oppressed and they raise the banners in unison responding even if their means are meagre and their weapons are of a lesser level. So what are your thoughts today and huge budgets are in the hands of foolish rulers and they spend more than half of them on their armies! So where do they spend these huge sums of wealth and to whom? And for whose sake and support do they train these armies, ready and prepare them? And where do they stand in relation to the words of Lord of the worlds in His noble Book:

وَإِنِ اسْتَنْصَرُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ فَعَلَيْكُمُ النَّصْرُ
And if they seek your help in regards to the Deen then it is your duty to help them (Al-Anfaal 72).
And where do they stand in relation to the statement of the Messenger (saw): <> Abu Daawood.

So how are the people of Ash-Shaam supported when the Muslim armies will not move? However there is a Hikmah (wisdom) to Allah in this as the armies of the Khilafah in Ash-Shaam will soon be moving by the will of Allah to free the crippled armies of Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula amongst others from the scourge of the Ruwaibidaat (Rulers).

O People: The Messenger of Allah (saw) sat in a place in his place of prayer in Tabuk and he looked in the direction of the right and he raised his hands indicating towards the people of Yemen and then he said:  ‘Iman is over there’. And he looked to the east, pointed and said: ‘Verily harshness and hardheartedness is in al-Faddaadeen (Camel herders) from the people of Al-Wabr from the direction of the east where the horns of the Shaytaan rise’. And in another version: ‘Indeed the harshness and hardheartedness is in Al-Faddaadeen where the horns of the Shaytaan rise, Rabee’ah and Mudarr’. And in another relation that is classified as Saheeh upon the conditions of Muslim: ‘Imaan (belief) is in Yemen and Kufr (disbelief) is from the east where the horns of the Shaytaan rise, tranquillity is from the sheep herders and boastfulness and pride is from the Faddaadeen, the people of Al-Wabr and Al-Khail. And the Maseeh (Dajjaal) will come from the east and he will endeavour to attack Al-Madinah until he will get behind Uhud when the angels will force his face towards Syria (Ash-Shaam) and there he will perish, there he will perish’.  

And how truthful your word is O Messenger of Allah! Here are the rulers who have the hollow harsh hearts from amongst the Faddaadeen and they have brought together their militaries for training exercises which they have called ‘Tabuk’ and how great the distance is between this Tabuk and the Tabuk of the past! The Tabuk of the past was one of Jihaad, honour and might whilst the Tabuk of today means fleeing from the fight, disgrace, humiliation, defeat and betrayal. And the solution is none other than the establishment of the Khilafah that will restore the affairs to what they are meant to be. O Allah destroy the rulers of the Tabuk of our day and send us a ruler who will renew the Tabuk of our past and Toobaa (Glad tidings of Jannah) to the people of Ash-Shaam, the graveyard of the Shuhadaa and the place of destruction of Ad-Dajjaal.

Sheikh Issam Ameirah, 
Baitul Maqdis (Jerusalem)

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