A’udhu Billahi min ash-shaitan ir-rajeem
Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim
Ash-hadua la ilaha il allah, wah-dahu la Sharik allah; Wa Ash-shahadu anna Muhammadan ‘Abduhu wa Rasoollahu wa’al Mustafa
I seek refuge in Allah from Shaitan, the rejected
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful,the Most Compassionate.
I bear witness that there is nothing to be worshiped except Allah, One without any Partner or Associate. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger, Chosen by Allah.
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil ‘Alameen. Ahmaduhu Subhanahu wa T’ala wa Ash-kuruhu wa Huwa Ah-lulhamdi wa th-thana
Al hamdu Lillahil-Lathi Anzala ala ‘Abdihil-Kitaba wa lam ya jal-Lahu ‘Iwaja
All praise belongs to Allah, the Guardian, Protector, Sustainer of all the worlds. I Praise Him, the Exalted, the Most High, and thank Him; and it is He Who deserves all Praise and Thanks
Praise be to Allah who sent down the Revelation of the Book upon His Servant, and Who allowed no distortion or error to appear in it.
Allahumma Salli wa Sallim ala ‘Abdika wa Rasoolika Muhammadin wa ‘Ala Alihi wa Sahbih wa Sallim
Oh Allah, send Your Blessings and Greetings upon Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad and Send Your Peace to his family and to his Righteous Companions
Rabbi-’shrah li sadri wa yassir li amri wa-hlul’ uqdatan min lisani
yafqahu qawli Ammaa ba’da fayaa ‘ibaada-llahi uusiikum wa nafsee, awwala bi taqwaa Allahi ta’alla wa taa’atihi
My Lord! Expand my chest for me, and ease my task for me, and loosen any impediment from my speech for me, that I may be understood.
Oh servants of Allah, I advise you as well as I advise my self, to first have taqwa, regard for Allah, and obey Him.
We greet you with the greeting of Peace from the Holy Qur’an in the Arabic language: A Salaamo Alleikum! – and we add to that, wa Rahmatullahi wa barakata Hu! – And may the Mercy of Allah be with you, and His Blessing!
At this time in the Islamic calendar many rifts are made wider because of those who would exploit the distinctions and differences which divide our Ummah. Specifically I speak of those who violently protest the recognitions of Karbala. These acts are heinous and based more on agendas that have nothing to do with our Islamic heritage. They have much more to do with political and social power struggles that enslave us year after year. This enslavement to politics and power causes such wide rifts, suffering and murder in the name of false premises.
Today I am reminded of our Ummah. How precious this is. A family beyond our own family. Families have differences as we all know from our own personal experience. But the reality is that more often than not these differences can be overlooked when one realizes the overall goodness that comes from the unity of the family.
In recognizing and participating in the unity of our Ummah we show submission to Allah, and through that submission we actively seek the gateway to the afterlife.
Surely we are hard tested by this, but Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:
wa-ka- dhaalika ja’alnaa-kum ‘ummah wasat. li- takono shuhadaa’ ‘alaa an-naas wa-yakun ar-rasul ‘alay-kum shahed wa-maa ja’alnaa al-qiblah ‘allati kunta ‘alay-haa ‘illaa li-na’lam man yattabi’ ar-rasul min man yanqalib ‘alaa ‘aqibai -hi wa-‘in kaanat la- kaberah ‘illaa ‘alaa ‘alladhena hadaa ‘allaah wa-maa kaana ‘allaah li- yud.e’ ’emaan-kum ‘inna ‘allaah bi-an-naas la-raouf raheem
Thus have We made of you an Ummah justly balanced that ye might be witnesses over the nations and the Apostle a witness over yourselves; and We appointed the Qiblah to which thou wast used only to test those who followed the Apostle from those who would turn on their heels (from the faith). Indeed it was (a change) momentous except to those guided by Allah. And never would Allah make your faith of no effect. For Allah is to all people most surely full of kindness Most Merciful. (Sura 2:143)
And a further description of who is in the Ummah, how we recongnize it in:
‘alladhena ‘in makkannaa -hum fe al-‘ard. aqaamo as.- s.alaah wa- ‘aataw az- zakaah wa- ‘amaro bi- al- ma’ruf wa- nahaw ‘an al- munkar wa- li- ‘allaah ‘aaqibah al- ‘umur
(They are) those who if We establish them in the land establish regular prayer and give regular charity enjoin the right and forbid wrong: with Allah rests the end (and decision) of (all) affairs. (Sura 22:41 (Al-Hajj))
The importance is profound. If Allah (swt) is speaking directly to us in this situation. He describes our Ummah – does not say anything about political differences. And at the end it should be clear to us that Allah (swt) is aware of all we do. He alone makes these decisions and it is up to us to follow his requests of us. Nowhere are we given the authority to decide on our own.
No, in realty we are given instructions so as not to break the strength of this Ummah such as in:
wa- laa takunu ka-allati naqadat ghazl -haa min ba’di quwah ankaath tattakhidhun aymaan -kum dakhal(an) bayn -kum ‘an takun ‘ummah hiya arbaa min ‘ummah ‘inna-maa yablo -kum ‘allaah bi- -hi wa- la- yubayyin-anna la- -kum yawm al- qiyaamah maa kuntum fe -hi takhtalifun
Hence be not like she who breaks and completely untwists the yarn which she herself has spun and made strong. Be not like this by using your oaths as a means of deceiving one another, simply because some of you may be more powerful than others. By all this God but puts you to a test, and he does it so that on resurrection day He might make clear unto you all that on which you were wont to differ. Sura 16:92 (An-Nahl)
Is that not clear enough? When we break our bonds of kinship we untwist the yarn which Allah (swt) speaks of. So the test is for us to remain united and strong together despite our ideas of who is right and who is more powerful. Allah (swt) is not interested in that, but rather in how we react to it. And it is also clear that we will be answerable to him (swt) on the day of our return to him.
A great, noble and powerful thing it is to overlook our differences for the greater good. The world watches us much more closely now. This is due to the heinous acts of some and also because in our electronic world it is very easy to communicate and see what is happening in other parts of the world. When we are seen as fighting amongst ourselves it is seen as weakness, as unraveling the strong cord of the Ummah. It is strength that we should be showing.
It is not weakness to overlook differences. In fact it shows even more clearly the strength of one’s own convictions in that one is not threatened by the other. All we show by the divisions that plague us is our weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
But even more importantly, Allah (swt) has asked us many times to be a compassionate people, to love each other, to love Allah (swt) and to be ever respectful of others even when we are not shown that respect. Our hearts are the dwelling place of the beloved. When we purify ourselves of this animosity and other diseases of the heart we can enter into relationship with Allah (swt) and with other human beings and creation. It is this relationship, this love between us, that fosters the peace, prosperity and health of our Ummah and of the world.
Let us pledge ourselves to overcome these differences. To be better servants of Allah (swt) to increase our knowledge so we know what is the true path of Islam. To want for our neighbors what we want for ourselves – to live in peace and harmony with each other and to reject those that wish to divide us for their own purposes.
And Allah knows best.
Allahhuma ma inni as’aluka min khairi ma sa’laka min-hu nabiyuka Muhamadun (saw)
wa a’uudhu bika min shar-ri mast’aza min-hu nabiyuka Muhammadun (saw)
wa antal musta’an, wa ‘alaikal balagho, wa la haula wala quwwata illa billah.
Rabbana la tuziqh qulubana ba’da idh hadaitana wa hab lana min ladun-ka rahmah, innaka antal Wahhab.
Oh Allah, I beg of Thee all the good things that Thy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) sought from Thee and seek Thy protection against all the evils from which Thy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) sought Thy protection. Thou are the only Helper who we ask for help, and it is only Thee who answers our prayers, and there is no strength or power except with Allah.
Our Lord! Do not make our hearts deviate after You have guided us, and grant us from Thy Mercy, Surely, You are the most Generous of those who Give.
Allahuma’ Eghfir Lil’ Mus-limeena wal Muslimat….
Wal Moumineena wal Mouminaat…
Al-Ahya’ee minhum wal amwat…
Innaka samee’un mujibul dawat…
Almighty God, forgive the Muslim men and women,
Forgive the believing men and women,
Those who are alive and those who died,
You are indeed the One who listens and accepts all supplications
Inna Allah Ya’a muru Bil Aadli wal Ihsan, wa Ita’ee Zil Qurbaa
Wa Yanhaa Anil Fahshaa’ee wal munkaree wal bagh’yi
Ya’I zukum La’allaykum tazakkaroon
Servants of Allah:
Indeed Allah orders us to be just and to excel in what we do,
Be generous and to take care of our kin and relatives,
Never do what is forbidden of all sins and
Not to transgress,
He almighty advises you so you can remember