وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ ۖ وَاصْبِرُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ (46)
عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ( لا تحاسدوا ، ولا تناجشوا ، ولا تباغضوا ، ولا تدابروا ، ولا يبع بعضكم على بيع بعض ، وكونوا عباد الله إخوانا ، المسلم أخو المسلم ، لا يظلمه ولا يخذله ولا يحقره ، التقوى هاهنا – ويشير إلى صدره ثلاث مرات – بحسب امرئ من الشر أن يحقر أخاه المسلم ، كل المسلم على المسلم حرام : دمه وماله وعرضه ) رواه مسلم
Honorable Believers! Honorable Believers!
We are observing the month of Muharram in the Hijri year of 1439. Muharram, described as “a month of virtue” 1 by our Prophet (s.a.w.), is full of infinite blessings and wisdom. It is also the month that witnessed the painful Karbala incident that inflicted deep wounds in our hearts.
Brothers and Sisters! Karbala is the common, centuries-long pain and sorrow of Islam’s Ummah, all the believers. It is a common anguish for every believer who has faith in their heart and who love Allah’s Messenger, his companions, and his family no matter where they live or which denomination they belong to.
Dear Brothers and Sisters! Our responsibility today is to read and understand Karbala in the right way. It is to avoid turning it into a tale, an ordinary event in history. It is to take lessons from this sad incident.Understanding Karbala means, beyond anything, knowing that the path for which Husayn (ra) and his friends sacrificed their lives is the path of the Quran, the path of Muhammad Mustafa (s.a.w.). It means understanding and adopting the supreme values for which they sacrificed their lives. It means striving for truth, morals, virtue, dignity, and honor just like they did.
Brothers and Sisters! Today, Karbala should instill a new sense of awareness in all of us. It should be a means for unity and togetherness, not division and separation. Karbala should enable us to band together as the Almighty said, “Obey Allah and His Messenger. And do not quarrel; for if you were to lose courage, your strength and grandeur would vanish.”2
Today, our responsibility is to figure our direction by taking lessons from history, not losing our way in its pages. The task and responsibility that Karbala lays on us is to open the doors of our hearts wide open to one another. It is to avoid turning our hearts into the desert of Karbala. It is to dearly take heed of our Prophet’s (s.a.w.) call “O servants of Allah, be fellow brothers!”3 and renew the vow of fellowship between each other.
Brothers and Sisters!
We regretfully witness even today that there are still Karbalas going on in the regions of Islam. There are still cruel people who shed the blood of their brothers and sisters and make them suffer the atrocity of Karbala. Dozens of innocent people in many regions of Islam are brutally murdered every day just like in Karbala. The bodies of children, women, and innocent people taken out of rubble show us that it is in fact humanity that is buried under the rubble. Because the humankind continues to watch all the horror and atrocity quietly.
Brothers and Sisters!
We need more foresight and discernment in the face of these painful incidents. We need to elevate our shared values and once again declare that we are equal in creation, brothers and sisters in religion, and one in joy and in sorrow.
I would like to conclude my khutbah with the following prayer of Husayn (ra): O Allah! I present to You the best of gratitude. O Allah! I give thanks to You for making our forefather the prophet. O Allah1 I offer gratitude to You for sending us the Quran and teaching us its depth. O Allah! I am thankful to you for blessing us with eyes that see the truth, ears that hear the truth, and a heart that thinks of the truth. O Allah! Grant us to be among the grateful! Grant us to be away from the wrongdoers, to be guardian of the believers!