Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh. May Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Almighty Allah be upon those of you who believe in Him, The Most Compassionate, Most Benevolent God of us all. Ameen. Today, marks the 1441th anniversary of the birth of Allah’s Greatest Messenger to the entire universes, the Blessed Prophet Muhammad ibni Abdullah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
His enduring Message of Peace and Salvation remains as a permanent guide and shining beacon to those whose hearts and minds are alighted with the burning desire to seek the Truth and claim their birthrights to be true worshipers of The Only Absolute Supreme Creator of us all.
Islam is the only God given faith that was taught to our Father, the blessed Prophet Adam Alaihis Salam and from him to our Mother Sayyidatuna Hawwa Radhiallahu Anha.
From the union of our blessed parents came forth the multitudes of tribes and people who through the passage of Time, spread throughout the world and established the nations and countries which are so diverse and evolved various cultures and civilizations that mark the Greatness of Ar Rahman Who allows us the freedom of choice yet never left us without a warner, a guide to lead us back to His Salvation.
Islam stands forth as a shining beacon to all who seek God’s Mercy through the ages and by all the signs and prophecies of Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, it is obvious that we are today living in the Last Ages.
The period of Time which has been promised to us where mankind will come to a stage where being religious will be considered strange and at times even offensive!
People nowadays would not bat an eye at those who adopt the most perverse traits of behavior and mannerisms which are void of all earlier norms and decencies and accept such uncouthness as part and parcel of so called modern ways of life but would frown and scowl at those who choose to be religious and return to the ways that are enjoined in all forms of faith and beliefs.
This is the sad reality of our present life.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam (peace be upon him) said: “Islam began as something strange and will return as something strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.”
This Hadith is Sahih and was reported from the Messenger of Allah Rahmatulil Alamin (Mercy to the Universes).
A group of Hadith scholars added in another narration: It was asked: O Messenger of Allah! Who are the strangers?
He replied: “Those who perform good deeds while others make mischief.” In another wording: “Those who correct what the people have corrupted of my Sunnah” (whatever is reported from the example of the Prophet).
And in another wording: “They are the strangers among their tribes.” In another wording: “They are the righteous few among the evil masses.”
What is meant here is that the “Ghuraba”(strangers)” are the people of integrity and that Jannah (Paradise) and happiness are for those strangers who will rectify what others have corrupted.
When the conditions change, matters become unclear, and the righteous people are few, they adhere steadfastly to the truth and to the religion of Allah.
They sincerely worship Allah Alone, perform Salah (prayer), pay Zakah (obligatory charity), observe Sawm (fast), perform Hajj (pilgrimage), and all other acts of worship.
Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised.
And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.”
Islam appeared as something strange in Makkah al Mukarramah where only a few of the pagan Arabs accepted the faith while most showed enmity towards it and rejected the Noble Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam (peace be upon him) whom they harmed along with his Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) who embraced Islam.
Then it reached Madinah al Munawwarah the city that those Companions who had the ability migrated to. It continued to be regarded as something strange until the number of Muslims increased in Madinah and other cities.
People then embraced Islam in crowds after Allah made it possible for His Prophet (peace be upon him) to conquer Makkah.
Islam was viewed as strange by people at a time when most were heathens associating others with Allah. They worshiped idols, prophets, saints, trees, stones, and the like. Allah Azza Wa Jalla guided whom He pleased through His Final Messenger Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam (peace be upon him) and through his Companions. Thus, they entered Islam, worshipped Allah sincerely abandoning their idols, prophets, and saints.
They did not offer prayer, prostrate, or call upon anyone except Allah. They only sought assistance or cure from Him (may He be Exalted and Glorified).
They did not supplicate or seek help from the dead, idols, trees, stones, planets, Jinn (creatures created from fire), or angels. Instead, they worshipped Allahu Rabbul Alamin (Lord of the Worlds) alone. Such are the Ghuraba (strangers).
When a vast number of people shed their inhibitions and adopt a lifestyle of lewdness and uncultured lifestyles, real Muslims remain modest and stay true to the dictates of Almighty Allah and the enjoinments of His Final Messenger.
Some Arab tourists coming to Malaysia forget that Allahu Rabbul Jalil is All Seeing and All Aware of what they do no matter that they have traveled away from the borders of the Lands of the Anbiya Iwal Mursalin.
They change into Western attire and shed their hijabs going about in KL’s shopping malls like the Kuffars. I have had many experiences of asking such folks as to why they do so and the usual run of the mill replies would be that ‘It’s okay in Malaysia!’
I would then ask,” You mean to tell me that Allah can’t see you here?”
and that would send them scurrying away from this troublesome fellow Muslim who only means well and just wishes to remind them that Ar Rahman is All Seeing, Al Aware no matter that one is in the most exclusive 5 or 6 star hotels or luxurious resorts anywhere in the world!!!
End Times Muslims practicing Al Islam are referred to as the Ghuraba. Strangers adopting a Way of Life that sets us apart from the crazy, hedonistic masses embroiled in a destructive lifestyle that leaves many devastated and destroyed both physically and spiritually in the true sense of the word!
Let’s listen to Sheikh Khalid Yasin talk about this subject of being ‘Ghuraba~ Strangers’: Towards the End of Time there will be those who hold fast to the religion of Allah while others fall by the wayside. No matter what comes their way!
I recall a nasyeed by Nagore Al Haj EM Haniffa, the famous Indian Muslim singer where among the meanings of the lyrics of one of his songs~’Iraivan Mel Annai’ (Verily before God) were: “Itiyyin munayyil nirittiyye pothum, Iman ilekke maatom!” @ Even if we are pressed by the tips of the (kuffars) spears, we will not shed our faith!”
Everytime I listen to this song, my eyes well up with my tears and the hairs on my hands stand up, conjuring up that image of devout Muslims who remain steadfast holding on to their Iman no matter that the Kaffirs held them captive, with deadly sharpened steel piercing their chests in order for them to abandon their faith in Allah!
I have read of such instances taking place in Gujerat, India when the Hindus ran riot and massacred the Indian Muslims there. Also in Bosnia Herzegovina, Chechnya, Kashmir, etc.
Such are the true believers of Allah the Almighty God of the entire worlds.
When disbelief, disobedience, and evil increase, these devout strangers will remain obedient to Allah and His religion. They will be granted Paradise and Happiness with a goodly reward in this life and the Hereafter.
Its not something that most humans nowadays would be inclined to do. To remain conservative and hold firm to the tenets of the Islamic principles whilst the majority of the human society is steeped in all kinds of hedonistic pursuits.
The Muslims of Malaysia are today besieged by all kinds of challenges both to their faith and their ancestral heritage or customs. Many go about oblivious of what the true Islamic teachings are?
If we are to go check as to the knowledge of Islam that most of today’s so called Muslims here possess, we will be dismayed to see the shallow grasp of the fundamentals of Islamic theology that most of the wayward ones know of or put to practice in their daily lives?
There are also a growing number of pseudo intellectuals amongst the Malaysian Muslims who preach pluralistic views of the man-made faiths and false beliefs putting Islam on par with the kuffars misguidance.
These are the viruses amongst us who ought to be eliminated before they corrupt and ruin the misguided masses. It doesn’t help in having cowardly ministers who would rather go with the hedonistic flow instead of standing firm when it comes to the matter of upholding the true principles of Islamic Syaria and help educate the nation.
How can they do so when at home their own wife and kids do not adhere to the basic rules and regulations of Al Islam? The condescending ones often preach what they themselves do not put to practice! All they can do is fall back onto the time tested excuse that this here is a plural society.
A true Muslim leader will lead all others to acknowledging Allahu Rabbul Alamin and guide all mankind to the Truth of Islam. Not let the kuffars remain in their ignorance and damn themselves to an eternal suffering in the Hellfires.
Dakwah al Islamiyyah is only given lip service. I often witness the spectacle of these insincere heads of departments and ministries put up a show of religiousness when in actuality they dare not go against the superiors who remain steeped in all kinds of vices and corruption.
To expect the alternative lineup of Islam labelled group of wannabe rulers to walk their talk is just another series of heart wrenching frustration waiting to happen for they too lack the tenacity to go the Way of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.
At times, one shudders watching the ferocity of their verbal venom spew forth castigating every other person but themselves and we wonder as to the state of their mental health and anxiously await their coming to their senses? Even then if they will be man or woman enough to do just that at all?
To those of us who are Muslims and want to be better Believers in Allah and His Messenger, please get ourselves affirmed in our Iman and upgrade our Amals.
Let’s study our Faith and help spread the Message of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam with a renewed vigor and strength of purpose.
Rectify our erroneous ways and return to our Fitrah being proper servants of Almighty Allah.
We live a temporal life here on Earth. Let’s not be caught unawares in the paths leading to Jahannam but rather let’s work towards seeking Allah’s Mercy and His Forgiveness.
Do you remember ‘The Final Khutba of The Last Prophet’?
Well, just to refresh your memory, here is a reading by Sheikh Yusuf Islam, the former popstar Cat Stevens, who is so articulate in his speech and such an illustrious Caller to Islam:
In the spirit of celebrating the Maulid of Rasulullah Khataman Nabiyyi, Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, let’s offer our Salawats upon the Blessed Messenger of Allah and praise him with our hearts and minds as best as we possibly can!
Sallallahu Ala Muhammad! Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam! Sallallahu Ala Muhammad! Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam!