I attended the Jumm’ah prayers at the Masjid Al-Taqwa in Altadena. Here is an abridged version of the sermon.
The Imam read out a message from a family in the neighborhood. They had left a card as well : “We stand with you on this sorrowful day, we hope you can find some peace.” – A Pasadena Jewish family.
“This is the
result of the tireless efforts of local mosque. May God bless our mosque and
may god bless our administrators, who connected with members of other faiths.
This is who we are, we are a peaceful people. I will remind us, that the
Prophet said that the parable of Muslims is to one another is that of a human
body: when a part is sick, the whole body will feel the pain.”
“The shooters in
Christ Church were not born to hate, they were taught to hate, just as all
terrorists. To hate everyone else, than their color or ethnicity.”
We pray that the
deceased are in the highest level of paradise. We ask God to bless those who
are left behind. The Muslim community is in grief and in pain, we feel this for
our brothers and sisters in that community. We must stand united, unshaken. We
will fill our mosques, we will fill our homes with happiness and religion. WE
will teach our youngesters what islam is
We teach Islam. We teach peace.
The hate of
Islam is 1400 years old and will never go away, till end of days. As long as
there is truth and falsehood, falsehood will try and cover the truth with
darkness. Eventually, truth will prevail, as Allah has promised.
victory is for righteousness, Insha Allah.
No place for
victimhood, we must act and not react. We must all manifest that in our
interaction with our co-workers, on a small scale and a bigger scale. On a
community level as well.
violence, ugliness oppression and racism have no place in our lives. They do
exist However. There is also beauty, belief, faith, generosity, courage, honor
and many other wonderful things.
We as Muslims
must embody them. Those characteristics that the Prophet taught us. Dear
brothers and sisters, Muslims of old were tortured, from the Seerah, we have a
lot of stories of Bilal, how he was tortured, in the middle of the desert –
heat of mid-day. Stones were put on his chest just to make him disbelieve.
fardan samad.” That’s what we have to endure, brothers and sisters.
These people who
love to hate, do not want to see the light. We have to rejoice that ‘Inna ma al
usri Yusra. “ With every calamity there is ease.”
In Surah Al
Baqarah Allah says, that have you do you think that you enter Jannah without
being tested? And without experiencing calamities before you? They were
suffering from adversity and hurt and they were shaken until the prophet said
“And those who believed him from out of frustration of human frustration. They
said, when is Allah granting us victory?” Allah reassured them that victory
Surah Azhab , #53, “They came onto you from
above and below you.”
and his companions were tested severely. Ibn Ummar was tortured and the Prophet
and his companions were weak. He had words telling them “Glad tidings to you,
Yasar, definitely your abode is in Jannah. We ask Allah to grant them Jannah.
Those who are in hospital, we ask Allah to grant them speedy recovery.”
God has his own way to
reveal things. I just wanted to mention to you, one story that a family, the
father was Abu Hamza, from Syria fled in 2013 and were in refugee camps in
Jordan; the Zaatari camp. They suffered a lot. Eight months ago, they were
granted a refugee camp and were in Christ Church. The father and his two kids
were in the mosque and they all died. Regardless of how we run away from our
destiny, Allah has his plan. The plan for these people is to be in Jannah. We
grant Allah to grant them peace and protection.