This post is to share with you an extract from a recent Friday sermon by veteran traditional scholar Muhammad Sa’eed Ramadhan Al Bouti at the historic Great Mosque of Damascus also known as the Umayyad Mosque. (جامع بنى امية الكبير )
Here is the video with English subtitles.
“I Remind you, O servants of Allah , The Constitution of Islam is the book of God Almighty which was revealed to the Final Messenger , and our model in the implementation of this Constitution, is the beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH) The practical application of the Constitution in the daily life is called Sharia. Consider these multiple sources.
The constitution of Islam, the Koran, which I never saw in it but warnings against fanaticism, extremism and criminal terrorism. It raised the prophet in the light of mercy and forgiveness. The Book of Allah Almighty told His Messenger: (It is by God’s grace that you were gentle with them — for if you had been harsh and hard-hearted, they would surely have deserted you – so bear with them, pray for forgiveness for them and take counsel with them in the conduct of affairs.[Al-Imran: 159].
This direction to His Messenger is not specific to Muslims, but to all he has been sent to. Is it not the Book of Allah Almighty that laid down the scales of justice free from racial, prejudicial, or religious partialities?(Let not the hatred of others turns you away from justice; Deal justly; that is closer to piety) [Maa-ida: 8]
The book of God Almighty did defend a Jewish person with ten verses when he was accused of a theft charge while he was innocent and the thief was a Muslim?! Those verses started with the following: [We have sent the Book down to you with the truth so that you may judge among mankind by means of what God has shown you. And do not be an advocate for the treacherous. Al Nisaa: 105].
This is the Constitution speaking. If anyone fights against extremism and terrorism, you cannot find in the whole world and in the history of all times, such as the Book of Allah Almighty fights against extremism and terrorism. And Muhammad the Lord raised him in the light of mercy and forgiveness. Examine his life career from beginning to end, You can find only just opposite to what the Book of Almighty is being accused. Didn’t that polytheist Bedouin challenged the Messenger seizing the opportunity in the valley of full of trees on returning from a battle. Kicking foot, he wakes him up and says: Who would save you from me, O Muhammad? The prophet Replied quietly: “Allah”. The sword fell from the hands of the Bedouin and he sat scared and shaken. What did the Messenger ? Pardoned and calmed him down, the Bedouin returned to his people and said: “I have come to you from the best of mankind.” Muhammad is the Messenger of God, who was brought up by the Almighty in the light of mercy, forgiveness, moderation.
He is the one who treated all people as they are shown in public. , He did not penetrate into their private affairs; He did not keep secret eye on any one to turn a blind eye to their outward appearances. There were many hypocrites in the city, how did the Messenger (PBUH) deal with them? How did he treat the man who said on an occasion which I do not want to talk about its details: “We and the robes of Quraish are like the saying: Make your dog fat, it will eat you” By God If we return to al-Madina, the noble will surely expel the humble.” His son, a true Muslim, Abdullah ibn Ubay Bin Salool said: O Messenger of Allah I have heard that you want to eliminate my father because of his statements, if so, command me please I will come to you with his head. Smiled the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) and said,
‘No, we deal with him friendly on what happened between us “ When he died, and his son Abdullah sent to the Messenger, begging for the shirt worn by the prophet (PBUH) to be shrouded by his father which he hoped It will make things easier for him in the hereafter. The Messenger of Allah did send it.
Moreover when he was brought for funeral prayer, the Prophet (PBUH) stood to pray while his companion Omar (R) whispered in his ear: ‘O Messenger of Allah do you pray for a person who said so and so and did so and so’. The Messenger did not pay any attention to it, when Omar (RA) continued the prophet (PBUH) turned to him and said: Leave me Umar, Allah gave me choices. And I chose this (to pray for him,) The Messenger (PBUH) prayed for bin Ubayy ibn Salool.
This is our example after the Constitution, which I told you about, do you see in his whole life a smell of extremism or of terrorism, O servants of Allah?!Next Come and look at the biographies of the companions who lived in the shade of Islamic law that stems from Quran and Sunnah, How did they live their life? After the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) many groups emerged straying away from the way of the book of Allah Almighty, Juhamiyya, Murjia, Muathazila and others, listen well, O slaves of Allah and contemplate. Do you find the companions call them unbelievers?! Do you find accusation of infidelity which blows these days here and there against those who went astray from Ahl Sunna Wal Jamaa?
We do not know – Even after a thorough study and analysis of the history – that the companions of the Messenger (PBUH) charged these groups with infidelity. No, But we find forgiveness and tolerance Do you smell extremism or terrorism in the lives of the companions? No. You cannot find it. Consider biographies of their followers, look and examine, their approach has been aligned with
The constitution of Islam, the Quran, and the life of the beloved Messenger (PBUH), Look at the position of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal – There are people who attribute the allegation to Imam Ahmad. You know the story of ordeal that took place on Imam Ahmad, when this ordeal took place in the age of Mutawakkil some of his disciples came and said to him: Sir, pray to God Against Ibn Abi Duat – one of the Mu’tazilah who inflated the fire against Imam Imam Ahmad replied: What benefit you have in punishing your brother on the Day of Resurrection because of you? He raised his hands and prayed in favour of for Ibn Abi Daat, and all those who caused the plight that took place on him.
Servants of Allah: This is our Islam represented by its constitution and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Do you find anything other than kindness, Just opposite to what Islam and Muslims are accused of?”