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 1 14 / 1 / 1436 = 7 / 11 / 2014 - Maintaining Societys Security - al-Shuraim

Sheikh al-Shuraim - 14/01/1436

Maintaining Societys Security


Khutbah Topic

His Eminence Sheikh Abdurrahman al-Shuraim may Allah protect him delivered this Friday Khutbah entitled Maintaining Societys Security in which he dealt with the need to preserve security in society. He focused on the fact that maintaining security is at the root of all good benefiting. He made it clear that security is the responsibility of each member of the Ummah and highlighted the importance of intellectual security, moral security, etc. for social order.

Part One

Praise is due to Allah, the Supreme, the All-Sublime, the Glorious, the Almighty, the Owner of Absolute Dominion, and the Exalted! To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens, the earth, and all that is in-between. He is Mighty in strength and Severe in punishment. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah, alone with no associate. He revealed the Book (the Qurān) to us, clarified its content, and cited parables. I equally bear witness that Muhammad is the Servant and Messenger of Allah. He is truthful is speech and commendable in behaviour. He preached good deeds in all circumstances, and warned against evil, imprudence, and undesirable endings. May Allah send His profuse Salāt (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) and Peace upon him, his virtuous and immaculate family, his righteous Companions (serving as exemplary models for believers), the tabi'īn (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [May Allahs Salāt and Peace be upon him] after his death), and all their followers in righteousness as long as rain is heralded by massive clouds and as flora casts shade.

Now then,

O people! I exhort you and myself to observe taqwa (fear of disobeying divine commands) vis--vis Allah Almighty, hold fast to His firm bond, grab His indissoluble link, and commit yourself to the jamāah (the Sunni Muslim community), for Allah lends hand only to the jamāah. Beware fabricated inventions in religion, for every fabricated invention is a bidah (i.e. innovation, undesirable belief or ritual appended to religion) and every bidah is misguidance:
And whosoever obeys Allh and His Messenger (SAW), fears Allh, and keeps his duty (to Him), such are the successful ones. [Al-Noor: 52]

O people!

Devoid of security, human life, with all its modern conveniences and welfare facilities, is but utter deception ... deception ... deception. It still remains as vulnerable as a premature newborn baby. Likewise, sleep in insecure conditions is indeed anxiety and insomnia. Worship without security is also liable to distraction, as worshippers on their guard keep turning their faces in all directions. As a rule, mankind is in dire need of security, whose attainment is a direct reflection of the nature and degree of their own faith, for whoever embraces faith will enjoy security and whoever enjoys security will benefit from advancement. In fact, there will be no stability in life without this pyramidal view: faith, security, and advancement:

It is those who believe (in the Oneness of Allh and worship none but Him Alone) and confuse not their belief with Zulm (wrong i.e. by worshipping others besides Allh), for them (only) there is security and they are the guided. [Al-Anām: 82]

What is meant from the Qurānic verse above is that the believers will enjoy security in the herein and the hereafter.

O servants of Allah! Security is a universal claim, for all nations are in pursuit of security. Nobody can ignore it except those who abhor decent life and reject the idea of Allah as their Lord, Islam as their religion, and Muhammad (May Allahs Salāt and Peace be upon him) as their Prophet and Messenger.

This is not surprising, because security is the blessing whose endower must be shown profuse gratitude through worshipping Him in a way that ensures His satisfaction:

So let them worship (Allh) the Lord of this House (the Ka'bah in Makkah). He) Who has fed them against hunger, and has made them safe from fear. [Quraish: 3-4]

In reality, one can never enjoy even ones meal under constant threat and fear at point-blank range. Besides, any form of worship will never be perfect or stable when associated with trepidation imparted from all directions. An example at hand is the abridged form of the Fear (or Danger) Prayer , whose nature, number of rakahs , conditions, and ways of performance are reduced and simplified due to fear and insecurity. Thus, there can be no security without faith, and no progress without security and actual guarantees to eliminate whatever might disturb the smooth running of daily life.

Servants of Allah! Security is one of the inalienable necessities of life; it is not an object of blackmailing or arm-twisting, but rather a concept that does not tolerate sheer interpretation, misunderstanding, or negligence. Security, servants of Allah, is a prerequisite contingent upon the preservation of the five essentials of life on which all religions and denominations have consensus: namely, religion, life, property, honour, and reason.

Therefore, whoever breaches security is comparable to someone who makes a hole into the body of the sailing ship of society. Accordingly, the passengers onboard are simply supposed to throw the violator overboard lest the ship sinks and with it all the people aboard.

Blackmailing society into neglecting its security would never take place without the existence of a whole network of enemies lying in ambush who, for the sake of achieving destabilisation in that society, resort even to the recruitment of naive and ignorant people as well as the feeble-minded from among its fellow compatriots.

Whoever destabilises society's security is in fact destabilising his own security and that of his mother, father, brother, sister, partner, and children before destabilising the security of society at large. Such destabilisation can take the form of atheism which rocks religion, bloodshed which claims lives otherwise sanctified by religion, drug addiction, alcoholism which effaces the faculty of reason, stealing money, fraudulent use of funds leading to the violation of societys economic rights, disgracing others, or committing fornication which undermine personal honour and human integrity.

Anyone who perpetrates such deviant acts, which occasion both his own people and his society a similar damage, is in fact self-induced to be confronted with his fate, no matter how energetic, brave, cunning, and deceitful he might be, for Allah is the best of planners. For this very reason, killing just one criminal is seen as the generator of cheerful life for a whole community:

And there is (a saving of) life for you in Al-Qiss (the Law of Equality in punishment), O men of understanding, that you may become Al-Muttaqn (the pious - see V.2:2). [Al-Baqarah: 179]

Our venerated Sharῑah (religious code) includes severe penalties to guarantee the security of the whole society, security that concerns all citizens without distinctions. The Sharῑah has neutralised all tracks leading to negligence in the enforcement of such a penal code no matter what the nature of this negligence might be i.e. be it a vexing feeling of embarrassment triggered by the mockery of Westerners or the dynamic role of mediators who would seek to annul or marginalise the implementation of punitive measures. This is why the Prophet (May Allahs Salāt and Peace be upon him) has been categorical vis--vis such laxity whenever the necessity to reinforce security is at stake. He (May Allahs Salāt and Peace be upon him) said, I swear by Allah Almighty, even if Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad, committed theft, I would definitely amputate her hand.

Those who play with the security of the Muslim society are indeed burying their necessary inheritance (i.e. their security). They are also cutting the life source of the current generations. In so doing, they consciously or unconsciously serve as a springboard for their enemies lying in ambush for them. The outcome is that their conditions continue to deteriorate and their case gets further complicated (as if fuel were added to fire). Even worse, their presumed enemy may be inducing them to savour the illusory delight of their deadly sin; thus, they have the chimerical impression that it tastes sweet although it in fact bitter, that it seems to be easy although, in essence, it is difficult, and that it looks beautiful though, in reality, it is quite ugly. The only certainty about it is that it is erroneous on the whole and in detail:

 ...So after the truth, what else can there be, save error?... [Yūnus: 32]

O servants of Allah!

The evaluation of a phenomenon derives from its very conceptualisation. Thus, in order to reach a precise definition of security and its various aspects, we need to be equipped with a comprehensive understanding of its nature. We must not adopt a reductionist and naive definition of the term as being synonymous to the absence of criminal offences in society. The concept of security is much wider in scope than such a restrictive interpretation.

A security officer should not be the only one in charge of maintaining security. In fact, every member within the community carries the obligation to do so as the Prophet (May Allahs Salat and Peace be upon him) said: Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges: The Imam (ruler) is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects; a man is the guardian of his family (household) and is responsible for his subjects; a woman is the guardian of her husband's home and is responsible for it; and the slave is a guardian of his master's property and is responsible for it. Surely, everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges (See the rest of the Hadith)." [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]
Therefore, if we put it all in perspective O servants of Allah we will then be able to realise how so holistic the security concept (in Islam) is, as it encompasses the various areas of leverage within the single Muslim community, notably that of religious security, which is realised through submission to Almighty Allah, adhering to His religion, seeking His satisfaction by carrying out His orders and avoiding His proscriptions, and through worshipping Him in accordance with His command. In effect, Allah (Sublime be He) said:

And let those who oppose the Messenger's (Muhammad) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) (among the sects) beware, lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials, afflictions, earthquakes, killing, overpowered by a tyrant, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them. [Al-Noor: 63]

Whenever affliction befalls a Muslim community, the cause thereof has to be a defect in their rapport with their Lord for the sins they have committed or their dereliction of duty. This is to confirm that sinning breeds adversity and penitence is the only way out of it.

(In this context, the Sheikh quotes two lines of poetry thus):

When people are granted security
Then, they can enjoy life and prosperity
For a dreadful land may never be a place for felicity
As perversity is but an outcome of insecurity

May Almighty Allah spare all of us the evil of fitnahs (seditions), those of them which are apparent and those which are concealed! Indeed, there is no power or strength except with the help of Almighty Allah!

This is what I have said. If it is correct, it is so thanks to Allah, but if it is wrong, it is my own fault and Satans. I ask Allah to forgive my sins, yours, and those of all the Muslims, so ask Him for forgiveness, for He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful!


Part Two

Praise be to Allah for His blessings, and thanks are due to Him for His guidance and bounty!

Now then,

Observe taqwa O servants of Allah and bear in mind that total security includes food security, and the so-called preventive health security, in addition to those security measures in the areas of social solidarity, voluntary work, offering job opportunities towards ensuring production, putting an end to chaos-causing unemployment, addressing family issues and the various flaws marring family raising. In fact, a peaceful and stable married life would only yield a similar outcome for the children, then for the extended family and ultimately for the entire ummah that comprises them all.

It is such a sense of security that would mould in the end the characterizing nature of the ummah provided that we dont fail to consider the one type of security that must take precedence over all of those mentioned earlier though they constitute a pressing issue across societies: It is intellectual security which is liable to protect peoples minds against slipping into ideological anarchy by giving in to the dictates of passion or indulging in extreme moral alienation that would tear apart the gown of natural grace. Likewise, intellectual security would seek to protect peoples minds across communities against sliding into excessiveness, intemperance, and delving into Allahs religion with no guidance from Him or His Messenger (May Allahs Salat and Peace be upon him).

Intellectual security may best be maintained through two elements that are of paramount importance: first, educational ideology and, second, media security.

Just like money, minds are prone to theft, except that mind thieves are even more lethal and harmful. Hence, there is no security without peace and no peace short of submission to the One and only One, Who has no associates. Almighty Allah says:

O you who believe! Enter perfectly in Islam (by obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islamic religion) and follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). Verily! He is to you a plain enemy. [Al-Baqarah: 208]

This is said, send, O you Muslims ‒may Allah have mercy on you‒ your salat (Graces, Honours and Mercy) upon Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (May Allahs Salat and Peace be upon him), the best of Allahs creatures, the most honest human being, and whose Lord promised him the Blessed Basin (of water) and the (Greatest) Intercession (on the Day of Resurrection on behalf of all mankind). For Allah ordered you ‒O believers‒ after having begun by Himself and then His angels, who are praising His sanctity, saying:

O you who believe! Send your Salt[1] on (ask Allh to bless) him (Muhammad ), and (you should) greet (salute) him with the Islmic way of greeting(salutation i.e. As-Salmu Alaikum. [Al-Aḥzāb : 56]

O Allah! Send Your Salat (Graces, Honours, and Mercy) and Peace upon Your Servant and Messenger, Muhammad, who has the brightest face and the most glorious forehead! O Allah! Be pleased with his four Caliphs: Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman and Ali, upon all the Companions of Your Prophet Muhammad (May Allahs Salat and Peace be upon him), and the tabiῑn (the contemporaries of the Companions of the Prophet [May Allahs Salat and Peace be upon him] after his death) and those who righteously followed them till the Day of Judgement! O Allah! Be also pleased with us all, along with them, by Your Pardon and Generosity, O You, the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate of all!

O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Grant glory to Islam and Muslims! O Allah! Fail polytheism and polytheists (who associate partners with You)! O Allah! Grant victory to Your Religion, Your Holy Book, Your Prophets Sunnah, and Your true servants!

O Allah! Bring an end to the suffering of Muslims! Rescue those in distress, and help those indebted pay back their debts! Cure those of us and those of the Muslims who are ill, O You, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate!

O Allah! Grant us security in our homelands! Make good our leaders and those responsible for our affairs, and make our leadership from among those who are fearful of You, who observe taqwa, and seek your satisfaction, O You, Lord of al-'ālamn (the worlds)!

O Allah! Guide our leader to do and say whatever you please and accept, O You, the Ever-Living, the Eternal Guardian! O Allah! Make his retinue righteous, O You, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

O Allah! Set right the conditions of Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Set right the conditions of Muslims everywhere! O Allah! Draw them closer at heart and unite their word! O Allah! Disperse the unity of their enemy, O You, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

O Allah! Have mercy on our Muslim brothers and sisters who are defenceless in their religion wherever they may be, O You, the Ever-living, the Ever-lasting, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

O Allah! You are Allah; there is no deity worthy of worship except You! You are the Self-Sufficient and we are the poor! Send down rain upon us and do not make us despondent! O Allah! Send down rain upon us and do not make us despondent! O Allah! Send down rain upon us, by Your Mercy, and do not make us despondent, O You, the Most Merciful of all!

O Allah! We implore You not to let our evil deeds be a cause of our deprivation from Your Bounty and Grace, O You, the Lord of Majesty and Bounty!

 Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire! [Al-Baqarah: 201]

Glorified be our Lord, the Lord of Honour and Power! You are free from what they attribute unto You! May peace be upon all the Messengers! And all praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds!
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