Friday, May 11, 2012

Ready! Set! Khotba!

Asalamu Alaykom,

It's Friday in Egypt.  Time for another khotba.

I should mention that no matter which sermon in English I link to, you will NOT be hearing English right away.  Don't get discouraged.  The beginning of every khotba is done with some Arabic because those words need to lay the foundation for the meeting.  Be patient and the English will soon come.

This Islamic sermon comes from The Muslim Student Association of Houston University, Texas.  It's simple to listen to and understand.  The topic is, "Actions Speak Louder than Words," and uses an incident in early Islam to illustrate the point.

There are 20 ayat (the plural of ayah which means both miracle and verse in the Quran) which are referred to in this sermon.  You can find verses 11-31 of Surah An-Nur "The Light," here.

Of course, if you're hearing a khotba you'll hear the name of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  After hearing his name, believers wish him peace.  I did it in English but within this video you'll hear it in Arabic, "Sallaluhu alaihi wassalam."

The man giving the sermon is an imam.  Any Muslim man can lead the prayer and give sermons on Fridays.  When he leads, he is the imam or preacher.  However, not everyone is a sheik.  A sheik is a trained scholar (or he's supposed to be).  So not every Muslim leader is a sheik, however, most sheiks are also imams (in that they lead prayers in addition to being religious consultants).

A woman is an imam every time she leads prayers for other women and children.  She can also be an imam if she is giving the khotba to them.  Women get called "Sheika" if they are learned.

I found this article, "Challenges of Women Space in Masjids," interesting.  Though women are not mandated to go to the khotbas they should not be prevented from attending.  The Prophet (pbuh) made a special point of this.  Yet, within the actual masjids, women don't always feel welcome. 

Khotbas have an systematic order and you can read here what to expect.  Within this video, you'll see the imam sit down around 21 minutes.  For me, as a new revert, that break was the moment I didn't really understand.  Why stop?  That moment for reflection is like taking a breath between thoughts.  It's actually helpful the way that taking a big breath after eating aids in digestion.

This particular khotba is about the hypocrits of Medina.  What a shock it must have been for the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to leave the dangers of Mecca only to find out that Medina had hidden dangers as well.  This morning, my Mohammad Asad tafsir introduced Surah 63 Al-Munifiqun,  "The Hypocrits," saying that it was delievered to the Prophet (pbuh) at either the end of his third year in Medina or the start of his fourth year.

That is where I am now in my hijrah and "yes" the bullies have come out to play.  The first year we are so eager to settle---both settle down and settle for what isn't quite right.  The second year, we start to see that changes might need to be made in order to live authentically as a Muslim.  The third year, we start implimenting those changes and


Faster than you can say, "jihad," you are in a kind of struggle and wondering where the peace went.  Alhumdulillah for breaks.  No war is ever constant.  "After hardship comes ease."  Right now, I'm taking two days off from a place which has given me so much but currently is giving me nothing but headaches--and heartaches.  I'm learning a lot, alhumdulillah and realizing truths which have had to hit me upside the head for me to admit.  More on that another time.

The great GREAT thing about our Prophet (peace be upon him) is that he is a wonderful example to us.  He had a chance to really harm the hypocrits in his life but he didn't.  Not even when the person was at their most vulnerable.  This is truly not a man who lived and died by the sword but a man who lived and died by his faith.

Subhanallah.  Listen to the khotba to hear this amazing example of our Prophet (pbuh) and his forgiving kindness and mercy.

May Allah reward those of us who strive for Islam and forgive those of us who try to bring it down.  Just as nothing is capable of harming Allah, nothing can actually hurt Islam.  Alhumdulillah.

La illaha il Allah wa Muhammadar Rasullulah.

There is no other God than Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger.

“The Prophet (Muhammad) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers.  Each one believes in God, His Angels, His Books, and His prophets.  (They say,) ‘We make no distinction between one another of His prophets...’”
The Holy Quran 2:285


Mariam Mababaya (Saudi/Philippines) said...

Masha-Allah, interesting blog,
I'm currently bookmarking your page, sister-in-Islam :)

salaam from the Philippines :)

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