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Juma'a Khutba

Zionist Propaganda Blitzkrieg against Islam & Muslims Has Failed
America's People Do not Hate Muslims: Persecution is Coming from the Government
Change Will Come Through re-Assessment of Priorities

In July, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma' khutba in Laurel, Maryland. There was a little hitch in the decision making for the khutba when someone told the organizers of Juma' prayers that Br. Siddique was opposed to ICNA and had criticized Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan (10 years back). On the intervention of a respected brother, the khutba went through. There were also some concerns that the speaker may be too outspoken and there have been FBI raids in the area on Muslims. Here are the main points of the khutba:

TEXT: " No bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another." [The Qur'an.]

1. The Hereafter is more important than this world. Tawheed and Risalat must be strongly linked to the concept of Akhirat.
2. O Allah! Help the Muslims to get rid of fears and suspicions in their minds and fill our hearts with Your fear!
3. It is the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) to know the people among whom we live. We must study America and understand who are our potential friends and who are our enemies.
4. The ZIONIST PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN has been a TOTAL failure. Day and night the Zionists on TV, Radio and newspapers have labored to turn Americans against Islam and Muslims. They have used their best minds. What's the result? Half a dozen attacks on mosques by nuts and crazies over one year 10 months. No Muslim killed in any proven hate crime.
5. If the people of America were against us, we would not have been able to hold this Juma'a. So take the idea out of your minds that Americans hate us or that we are in danger.
6. By contrast, the persecution is coming from the U.S. government. The people could not be aroused, so the government had to do it itself. The FBI is busy hunting Muslims on the flimsiest pretexts.
7. Do not try to cringe in front of or beg the government. Zionist Jews are never impressed by people who say: We are miskeen (good guys), please forgive us. Stand for your rights and fight for your rights in an organized way.
8. Look at the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). He even knew which tribe's sheep had more hair. Read the Hadith. Here we have Muslims trying to please the people in the power structure while we ignore the millions who are our potential friends, like the African-Americans, the Hispanics, the Women, people of German origin, people of conscience in general, etc.
9. Do not break the law and do not use rhetoric which is just strong emotional words. Staying within the law does not mean that you join the Democratic Party or start bloc voting for the next man in the White House. Understand how the Prophet (pbuh) gave his message. You cannot improve a mess by becoming part of it (unless you are looking for morsels).
10. You have the RIGHT TO SPEAK, WRITE, ASSEMBLE and ORGANIZE. No one is stopping you from condemning the bombing of Iraq and Afghanistan or opposing Israel. Do it and do it in clear language. Don't be trying to shelter behind anti-war non-Muslims.
11. Under the law you have the right to support the children of Iraq. Just make sure that the organization you are donating to is legal and all it's papers have been properly processed.
12. Children have no politics. It is not right that the children of Palestine should die because their families oppose Israel, or the children of Iraq should die because their parents do not accept "liberation" by the U.S. We must help the children but find legal ways to do so. We are part of the worldwide family of Islam and cannot be just sitting here crying while there are legal ways to help the children.
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2003-08-02 Sat 15:32ct