اتَّخَذُواْ أَحْبَارَهُمْ وَرُهْبَانَهُمْ أَرْبَابًا مِّن دُونِ اللّهِ وَالْمَسِيحَ ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَمَا أُمِرُواْ إِلاَّ لِيَعْبُدُواْ إِلَهًا وَاحِدًا لاَّ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ سُبْحَانَهُ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ﴿٣١﴾

Brothers and Sisters!

Our Prophet (s.a.w.) recited a verse from the Holy Quran when he was with some of his companions. The verse was about how members of the religion before Islam distorted Allah’s religion: “They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah, and also the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him.”[1]

Following the Prophet’s recitation of the verse, a companion who had converted to Islam from Christianity said, “O Messenger of Allah! We did not worship them!” Then the Prophet asked him, “They ruled whatever they wished lawful or unlawful. You did abide by them, did not you?” And when he said “Yes!” the Prophet said, “That is what the verse addresses.”[2]

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

The verse shows us that the humankind went through deviations and slips in their religious understanding and vision throughout history. To prevent those slips and deviations, the Almighty called humankind to belief in oneness through His blessed messengers from Adam (a.s.) to our Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (s.a.w.).

The belief in oneness (tawheed) is the straight path. On this path, there is obedience, there is submission, and there is servitude to the one and only Allah. On this path, there is straightforwardness, there is honesty, there is seeming as you are, and there is being as you seem instead of apostasy, blasphemy, discord, and hypocrisy. On this path, there is morality, there is virtue, and there is sincerity. On this path, there is right, not wrong, there is obedience, not betrayal. On this road, there is a destination, there is justice, and there is abiding by what is right; not deviance, rampage, presumption, and cruelty.

The last inviter to this sacred path was our Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (s.a.w.). Allah Almighty made the clear religion of Islam reach perfection with our Holy Book and our Beloved Prophet.[3] Since then, there have been many elated people of true knowledge and wisdom who called the humankind to this abundant path. However, there have also been many miserable beings who, under the guise of good faith, led people astray from the straight path.

Friday Prayer - Jumuah Khutba 「Those Who Forgot Allah Will Be Forgotten」
Friday Prayer – Jumuah Khutba 「The Straight Path」

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

On the straight path of the Almighty, there is no other “innocent and indisputable” person with a virtuous character other than Prophets. Nobody other than Prophets can be considered special, chosen or infallible on the straight path. Nobody’s words, works, and acts are attributed with holiness and sheer wisdom. No creature can be obeyed with regard to rebelling to Allah on the straight path. Shortly, absolute obedience and commitment are principles the framework which is defined by the Quran and Sunnah.

Brothers and Sisters!

Remember that everybody will define their own consequence in the afterlife with what they do in this world. Nobody will lay the burden of their own responsibility and account on others.[4] On that great day, our loyal faith, our sincere intent, our true knowledge, our good deeds, our sound heart will be our sole hope. The profound compassion of the Almighty will be our sole shelter.

May the Almighty grant us to be among His servants who always live in awareness of their responsibility, conscious of their accountability, and who are honored with His compassion. May the Almighty never let us go astray from the straight path or deprive us of it even for a moment. May the Almighty never allow those who want to destroy and abuse our religious values, our faith, and our Islam.

[1] At-Tawbah, 9/31.

[2] Tirmidhi, Tefsiru’l-Kur’ân, 9; Al-Bayhaqi, Sünenü’l Kübrâ, X,196.

[3] Al-Muwatta, Kader, 3.

[4] Al-Isra, 17/13-14.