#StopTheBill Jumuah Khutbah Campaign

Jumuah Khutbah template related to the Counter Terrorism Bill

[Note; For more detailed information on #StoptheBill visit www.stopthebill.co.uk. You can also download the PDF version of this khutbah and print it for your Jummah Khutbah]

Almighty Allah mentions in the Holy Qur?an:

?Had Allah not been repelling some people by means of some others, the monasteries, the churches, the synagogues and the mosques where Allah?s name is abundantly recited would have been demolished. Allah will definitely help those who help Him (by defending the religion prescribed by Him.) Surely Allah is Powerful, Mighty.?[1]

Islam is a universal and complete way of life

All Praises be for Allah Who has given us a complete way of life based on a religion which is absolute and perfect. Islam teaches us how to live in any place, time and circumstance including a multicultural society, giving everyone their due rights, whilst not leaving the fundamentals and most basic beliefs that make us Muslims.

?This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.?[2]

Islam provides solution for problems in society

Due to its comprehensive and balanced way of life, Islam has allowed Muslims to integrate in European society and, in particular, Britain.

?Verily, this Qur?an guides to that which is most just and right and gives glad tidings to the believers (in the Oneness of Allah and His Messenger, Muhammad (sall allahu alayhi wa sallam) etc.) who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a great reward (Paradise).?[3]

Apart from its light and contentment, Islam also provides solutions for the different problems arising in society.

Muslims also contribute to society in every field; from the thousands of Muslim Doctors who work with patients in our hospitals, to social workers who assist families and help them work through their problems. After all, Islamic morality teaches us to assist and help all of humanity. Our beloved Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

?All of creation is the dependents of Allah, and the best of creation in the sight of Allah are those that are good towards His dependents.?[4]

This hadith makes it clear to us that the Messenger (sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam) commanded Muslims to work for the better of all humans, regardless of race, creed or religion.

Islamophobic people are not happy with the success of Isl?m

Unfortunately, some individuals amongst us are scared to see Muslims positively integrating into society, and passing on good character and morals taught by the Shar??ah. They do not want Isl?m to flourish in Western countries, and are trying to create friction amongst Muslims and non-Muslims. Aided by extensive media coverage, far right groups and extremist policy makers have begun a campaign of scaremongering. As is clear from other European countries, right wing fascist groups have held rallies against Isl?m in the name of democracy. These demonstrations are held under the banner of preventing the ?Islamisation of the West?. Western governments have come under pressure from these extreme views, and are beginning to take measures to ensure that Isl?m in its true form is no longer practiced. Laws such as the banning of the veil in public places have already been introduced in neighbouring European countries, and right wing think tanks are trying to bring these policies to Britain.

Islam commands Muslims to speak against injustice wherever it is

Being followers of a global religion, Muslims are commanded to help and support oppressed people wherever they may be. This obligation becomes more stressed when the oppressors themselves are Muslims.

?The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Islamic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.?[5]

 

?Verily! Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due; and that when you judge between men, you judge with justice. Verily, how excellent is the teaching which He (Allah) gives you! Truly, Allah is Ever All-Hearer, All-Seer.?[6]

Those that are prejudiced against Islam are not satisfied to see that Islam is flourishing in the West. They discourage Muslims from criticising foreign policy and refuse to consider a possible link between foreign policy and the suspicions that some Muslims have of Western countries. Those that question foreign policy and the role it has placed in the oppression of Muslims both in Muslim and non-Muslim countries are treated with suspicion and are marginalised.

Allah has placed our success in following the teachings and Sunnah of the Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam). By adopting the true character of the Prophet, we will never be disgraced and will in fact show the beautiful teachings of Islam to our neighbours and society as a whole. As the hadith of revelation makes clear, Khadijah (radiy Allahu anha) when comforting the Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam) after his first experience of revelation said:

?Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones.?[7]

The Islamophobic tactic to suppress Muslims

They are trying to introduce legislations and policies that may stop this success of Muslims. They have found that playing the terrorism card is the best tactic to achieve their goals. They claim that acting upon certain Islamic practices leads to extremism and eventually to radicalisation and terrorism.

What is the government definition of extremism?

Under the pretext of extremism, a loosely coined term which includes anything that goes against British values (though there is no definition of what British values are), our government has introduced various policies to prevent Muslims from practicing many Islamic practices that are in accordance with the Qur?an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam).

Examples of normal Islamic practices that may be seen as extreme

The way a number of politicians, along with many media outlets, speak about Islamic extremism confirms the thought that many of the Islamic teachings that form part of mainstream Islam will be classified as extremism. Examples include: teaching children that they MUST pray; teaching Muslim girls that they MUST don the hijab; teaching children that homosexuality is a sin; believing Isl?m is the best religion; believing the Prophet Muhammad is the best of mankind and mocking him is an insult for Islam and Muslims.

Counter terrorism Bill

In order to aid them in this agenda, the government seek to bring the ?Counter Terrorism and Security Bill? into effect. The Bill represents the seventh piece of terrorism legislation since 2000. It is likely to have an impact on activists, campaigners, charity workers and some religious groups including Muslims. The Bill, if enacted, will also affect public servants such as local government officers, immigration officers, teachers, social workers, lecturers and other healthcare workers. The government?s stated purpose for provisions within the Bill are to respond to concerns about security in relation to the situation in Syria and groups like ISIS. Whilst the Government rightly seeks to protect its citizens from harm, there is a danger that further laws will affect the ability of particular groups to work for change abroad and/or practice their religious beliefs in the UK.

Muslims are concerned for the security of their country

British Muslims in general are keen to live peacefully with all other communities in Britain. It has been established that the vast majority of the terrorist attacks in the UK in the last few years have nothing to do with Islam. However, they refuse to attribute terrorism to Islam and they also refuse to link normal Islamic practices to terrorism.

What is the counter terrorism bill?

We urge all Muslims to visit www.stopthebill.co.uk for all the latest information regarding this bill and to join the #StoptheBill campaign. The bill has 5 main parts:

1) TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL

Powers to seize passports if the government suspect that a person is leaving the country in support of a ?terrorism related activity (TRA)?. This assumption will affect aid workers, in particular Muslim charities, who are trying to get aid into countries such as Syria. It also includes a temporary exclusion order. Any individual suspected of being involved in a terrorism related activity abroad can be prevented from entering the UK for up to 2 years, effectively leaving the individual stateless. This will likely have implications specifically on Muslims, as the government seems to turn a blind eye to other individuals who leave the UK to fight for the army of their country of birth, such as soldiers in the IDF.

2) TERRORISM PREVENTATIVE AND INVESTIGATION MEASURES -TPIMS

This section introduces a range of new measures including relocating people away from their homes and communities. Any individual suspected of extremism can be taken away from their family.

3) DATA RETENTION

The government is seeking power to intercept communications such as emails and messaging, raising grave concerns related to breach of privacy.

4) AVIATION, SHIPPING, AND RAIL SCHEMES.

Airlines and carriers are forced to adopt an ?authority to carry? scheme which can effectively enforce ?no fly? lists on entire nationalities.

5) RISK OF PEOPLE BEING DRAWN INTO TERRORISM

This is the part of the bill which is most concerning and possibly damaging to Muslims in the UK. This promotes the government?s much-criticised PREVENT scheme in becoming a statutory requirement for specified authorities including police, councils, health and social care. If authorities fail to follow orders, the government can enforce. For example, they can take a university to court for not banning a particular speaker. The statutory duty will have a particular impact on faith-based schools, especially those that are state aided. The broad term ?extremism? and ?British values? offers little in the way of practical guidance, and may conflict with the faith ethos.

This last point has been aimed at ensuring that Muslim scholars do not preach true Muslim values. Informing the Muslim community of their duty to pray, the necessity of hijab, unlawful things in Isl?m such as homosexuality will be considered as extremism. Anyone who preaches such things will be stopped from speaking.

What must we do?

Muslims are obliged to take all means to protect their Deen.

On the authority of Abu Saaid al-Khudr (radiy Allahu anhu) who said,

?I heard the Messenger of Allah (sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam) say, ?Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart ? and that is the weakest of faith.?[8]

In light of this bill, which has been fast tracked through parliament in order for it to be approved as soon as possible, there are steps that each one of us must take. The bill is currently at its third reading. There is still an opportunity to stop it or at the very least amend it so that it does not impact our ability to follow and practice Isl?m freely.

? Rely on All?h to help us as is mentioned in the Qur?an.

?and put your trust in Allah if you are believers indeed.?[9]

 

?And there is no victory except from All?h. Verily, Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.?[10]

? We must be united amongst ourselves.

All?h states in the Qur?an:

?And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur?an), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah?s Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.?[11]

? Each one of us must understand the bill and the implications on Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Educate family members and colleagues. A dedicated website and campaign has been set up which all Muslims must visit at www.stopthebill.co.uk

? Any petitions related to preventing the bill from coming into effect should be signed. The more Muslims that voice their opposition to the bill the better chance we have to stop it.

? Send letters and emails to your local MP. It is the MP?s that will be voting on the bill. Therefore we must lobby our MP?s to ensure they vote against the bill.

? Participate and assist groups that are working to prevent this bill.

? And we must make dua and pray that Allah helps us to overcome this bill, and allows us to continue to practise our religion peacefully. As All?h mentions:

?..and your Lord said: ?Invoke Me, [i.e. believe in My Oneness (Islamic Monotheism)] (and ask Me for anything) I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness, (Islamic Monotheism)] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation.??[12]

Source: www.islam21c.com

[Note; For more detailed information on #StoptheBill visit www.stopthebill.co.uk]

[1] Al-Qur?an, 22:40

[2] Al-Qur?an, 5:3

[3] Al-Qur?an, 17:9

[4] Bayhaq

[5] Al-Qur?an, 49:10

[6] Al-Qur?an, 4:58

[7] Bukhari

[8] Muslim

[9] Al-Qur?an, 5:23

[10] Al-Qur?an, 8:10

[11] Al-Qur?an, 3:103

[12] Al-Qur?an, 40:60

Think Green Khutbah Campaign 2012: Friday, 20 April 2012

Think Green Khutbah Campaign
Think Green Khutbah Campaign

In commemoration of Earth Day, Khaleafa.com has launched the ?Think Green Khutbah Campaign? to take place on Friday, April 20, 2012. The goal of this campaign is to challenge Muslims to become stewards of the environment by making changes to their daily routines.

To mark this event, we are encouraging mosques, schools, universities and Islamic Institutions to devote their Friday Khutbah to celebrate the blessings, graces and beauty of all of Allah?s creation and to raise awareness on the environmental challenges facing humanity.

This year?s ?Think Green Khutbah Campaign? challenge is to request all Muslims to live according to the 3 S plan:

  • live a simple life
  • live a sustainable life
  • live as stewards of the environment

Please visit the website, http://khaleafa.com/greenkhutbah/, for more information and where you will find links to resources which can provide you with ideas and information to prepare the Khutbah or to engage your congregation.

Please sign up online if your organization will join the campaign and if you will be delivering a Khutbah on the environment on Friday, April 20th, 2012.

Action Alert: “reasonable accommodation” of religion and belief in the workplace

?ACTION ALERT?.ACTION ALERT?.ACTION ALERT?.ACTION ALERT?

 Please urge your MP to sign the Early Day Motion supporting the ?reasonable accommodation? of religion and belief in the workplace

Dear Members,

Selam aleykum,

We have been recently covering stories in the news about religion and the display of religious symbols in the public square, as well as the level of religious discrimination faced by British Muslims as recorded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

You can read about these on these links from the ENGAGE website.

http://www.iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1406-ehrc-report-on-religious-discrimination-in-britain

http://www.iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1434-ehrc-proposes-reasonable-accommodation-for-religion-or-belief

Following cases brought to the European Court of Human Rights by Christian employees on the display of religious symbols in the workplace, the EHRC has intervened to argue in support of a ?reasonable accommodation of religion or belief? in the workplace and in public life.

This intervention has gained the support of MPs who have signed an early day motion sponsored by Gary Streeter MP. The motion states:

?That this House welcomes the decision of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to intervene in support of four cases involving discrimination against Christians that are presently with the European Court of Human Rights; notes that this is a long overdue recognition of the need to defend religious liberty and marks an important development in relation to a better understanding of the role of faith in public life; and further welcomes the Commission’s advocacy for reasonable accommodation in the workplace as an acknowledgement of the place of conscientious objection for those with religious belief.?

In light of many cases of Muslims facing discrimination on grounds of religion in the workplace, and in consideration of the growing number of attacks on Muslims persons and property, we are writing to urge you to contact your local MP and encourage them to sign this early day motion.

Numerous studies, whether the Citizenship Survey done by the Department Communities and Local Government to the Gallup polls on European Muslims, show that Muslims place a great emphasis on their religion and take religion to be an important aspect of their identity.

It is important to respond to the growing levels of anti-Muslim prejudice and the hostility towards expressions of religion in the public sphere by encouraging greater respect for and accommodation of religious belief in our society.

Parliamentarians are now on summer recess and return to Parliament on Monday 5th September.

We would encourage you to contact your local MP during this time and urge to sign the early day motion upon their return from the summer break. Do keep us informed of your progress!

Action Alert: Protect Hijab, Marwa Shirbini

Marwa Shirbini murdered in German courtroom

Protect-Hijab urges the public to respond to the killing of  Marwa Shirbini (32 years old) who was stabbed 18 times and killed. The 3 month pregnant mother of one, Egyptian born Marwa was a pharmacist in the German town of Dresden. She was continuosly harassed by her assailant (identified as Alex W.), and at least once physically attacked by him when he forcefully removed her Hijab in a school playground.

Marwa appeared in a court hearing to testify against him on July 1st. During the hearing, he produced a knife and viciously attacked Marwa, stabbing her 18 times in front of her 3 years old son before anyone successfully intervened. Her husband attempted to shield her, and was also stabbed and then mistakenly shot by an armed guard who thought he was the attacker. Alex W. is now being held on suspicion of murder. Her Funeral gathered thousands of her supporters and friends in Egypt last Monday.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. Attend the Picket
Saturday 11 July 12pm

In front of German Embassy, London
( 23 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PZ )
Nearest Tube station: Hyde park and Sloane Square

2. Watch the youtube video below and related videos.
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3. Send a letter to the German Embassy in the UK
The Ambassador
German Embassy
23 Belgrave Square,
London
SW1X 8PZ

4. Jumaah Khutba
Dedicate next Jumaa Khutba (Friday) to speak about the incident.  More details about the incident.

5. Write to your MEPs (Find who your MEPs)

6. Write to Human Rights Organisations

7. Write an article to the newspapers
Write to the main stream media in Germany and the UK requesting them to focus on the crime and what it means to you.

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9. Dedicate a minute of silence in any of your forthcoming gatherings. Focus people?s attention on the atrocity.

10. Write comments in chat rooms. Help people to understand how vicious this crime was and why it must not be forgotten.

11. Facebook
Visit the facebook page dedicated to Marwa and add your opinion

12. Contact the family to express your condolences
Send Telegram to AlShirbini Family, 18 Ahmad Fathy Street, Glim

This will help them through their grief.

ENDS

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