الحمد لله، الحمد لله الذي جعل منفعة العلم في الأعمال، ونجاح العمل بالإخلاص فيه لله الواحد الفعال، نحمده تعالى ونستعينه، ونشكره تعالى ونستغفره ونستغيثه، نعوذ بالله من شرور أنفسنا ومن سيئات أعمالنا، من يهد الله فهو المهتد ومن يضلل فلن تجد له وليا مرشدا، ونشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك و له الحمد، يحيي ويميت، بيده الخير، وهو على كل شيء قدير،  ونشهد أن سيدنا و مولانا محمداً عبده ورسوله، وحبيبه وصفيه، بلغ الرسالة وأدى الأمانة ونصح الأمة، النبي الأمي الذي أرسله الله بالهدى والدين الحق، بشيرا ونذيرا بين يدي الساعة، صلى الله عليه وسلم وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن تبعهم بإحسان إلى يوم الدين.

أما بعد! فيا عباد الله اتقوا الله حق تقاته ولا تموتن إلا وأنتم مسلمون. يأيها الذين ءامنوا اتقوا الله وقولوا قولا سديدا يصلح لكم أعمالكم ويغفر لكم ذنوبكم. ومن يطع الله ورسوله فقد فاز فوزا عظيما. اتقوا الله فيما أمر وانتهوا عما نها عنه وزجر.

 

It may be ‘ilm that raises one human being over another, but ‘ilm is not what many people think. It is not book-learning, it is not how many hadith you have memorised, how much information you have absorbed, nor even how many people of knowledge you have sat with. Those may be methods by which it is acquired, but they are not ‘ilm itself, and a person who has done them has not necessarily become an ‘alim, even if he can give you an answer to every mas’ala you can think of. He may be an academic, he may be a man of letters, but he is not yet among the ranks of those about whom our Lord speaks when He says,

 

يَرْفَعُ اللهُ الذِينَ ءَامَنُوا والذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ

 

the translation of which is, “Allah will raise in rank those who believe and those who have knowledge.” What he has is raw information, bytes. But information alone is not enough. Ibrahim al-Khawwas said,

ليس العلم بكثرة الرواية

 

“Knowledge is not simply a matter of knowing a large number of narrations.” There are plenty of savants in this world, people who memorise something by reading it the once, there are plenty of non-Muslim orientalist scholars who seem to know more about the laws of Islam that many of the Muslims, but that scholarship does not make them ‘ulama. They are simply repositories of information. To become an ‘alim, another stage must be reached. So, how does information become knowledge? Ibrahim al-Khawwas continues,

 

إنما العالم من اتبع العلم واستعمله، واقتدى بالسنن، وإن كان قليل العلم

 

“The alim is the one who follows what he knows, puts it into practice and holds to the Sunna, even if what he knows in terms of quantity is but a little.” In other words, the one who knows but a single aya, a single fiqh ruling and puts that into practice is more an ‘alim than the one who knows a million buts no effort to implement them or take them from the zone of the theoretical to the practical. The true ’alim is the one teaches by his example as much as he teaches by his words. The true ‘alim is the one who seeks to apply what he knows in his own life before telling others what they must and must not do. Allah says,

 

أَتَامُرُونَ النَّاسَ بِالْبِرِّ وَتَنْسَوْنَ أَنْفُسَكُمْ وَأَنْتُمْ تَتْلُونَ الْكِتَابَ أَفَلَا تَعْقِلُونَ

 

the translation of which is, “Do you order people to devoutness and forget yourselves, when you recite the Book? Will you not use your intellect?” True knowledge finds its expression in a person’s actions, not just in his words. Words alone are not enough, and the more we speak of things without doing them, or taking the necessary steps to see that they are done, the more in danger we will be. Words dilute niyya and disperse himma when unaccompanied by action. There are few things worse than saying things but not doing them. It is hateful in the eyes of Allah and breeds hypocrisy. Allah says in surat as-Saff:

 

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لا تَفْعَلُونَ كَبُرَ مَقْتًا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ أَنْ تَقُولُوا مَا لا تَفْعَلُونَ

 

the translation of which is, “You who believe! why do you say what you do not do? It is deeply abhorrent to Allah that you should say what you do not do.” And Abdallah ibn al-Mu’tizz said,

علم المنافق في قوله وعلم المؤمن في عمله

 

“The knowledge of a hypocrite lies in his words while the knowledge of a believer lies in his actions.” It is what you do that will bring you success rather than what you know or say. Allah says,

ادْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ بِمَا كُنْتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

 

the translation of which is, “Enter the Garden because of what you did.”

The Muslim does not study to become a person of learning, to become a donkey carrying tomes and tomes on his back, he studies to know his place and the place of his people in the world, and to know the paths that he should take to please his Lord, and those he should keep away from to avoid displeasing Him. Knowledge is the shield by means of which man protects himself, but a shield is only useful when it is used. If it is left packed away when the arrows are raining down, you are just as likely to be struck done as the one who has no shield. Making use of that shield is called taqwa. Indeed, taqwa comes from the root wiqaya, protection. Allah says,

قُواْ أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَهْلِيكُمْ نَارا

 

the translation of which is, “Protect your selves and your families from the Fire.” And taqwa is defined in terms of action, obeying Allah in what He has commanded and avoiding what He has forbidden.

People of knowledge – and everyone here is a person of knowledge for you all know something of what our Lord has commanded – people of knowledge, put what you know into practice and do not view the rulings of the deen as matters of intellectual curiosity. Do not feel self-satisfied due to your superior capacity to debate the finer details of particular points of fiqh in the majalis al-ilm, do not let the reverence you see in people’s eyes when you give them an ingenious solution to a knotty problem go to your heads. Do not think that just by doing that, you have done justice to the knowledge Allah has placed within your breast. Rather, look to your own deeds and actions and lead by example. Apply those rulings to yourself before others, and look for practical solutions rather than academic ones.

Remember that there is a tremendous responsibility in knowing something, so do not take that knowledge lightly. So frightened was Sayyidina Umar of not acting on something that he knew that he took twelve years to memorise Surat al-Baqara, ensuring that ruling he came upon was implemented before moving on to the Next. Now, many students rattle off Surat al-Baqara in less than a month, oblivious to the majority of the Commands of Allah it contains. Wisdom lies in the path of Umar, not the other. Luqman said to his son,

 

يا بني لا تتعلم ما لم تعلم حتى تعمل بما تعلم

 

“My son, do not learn what you do not know until you have acted by what you know.” This is advice in this information age to which we would all do well to pay heed.

People of knowledge, you have the shields, so get into formation, hold them up and protect this umma. By doing that, what you know will be wings that lift you up to the highest levels of Jannaat al-Firdaws rather than heavy weights around your neck that drag you on your face into the Fire. Your knowledge will be the torch that illuminates not that which burns up all that it touches. The Prophet said,

 

إذا علم العالم فلم يعمل كان كالمصباح يضئ للناس ويحرق نفسه

 

“If an alim has knowledge but does not act by it, he is like the lamp that gives light to others but burns up itself.” We ask Allah to give us the strength to put into practice all the knowledge He has given us and protect us from knowledge that we do not act upon.

 

أقول قولي هذا وأستغفر الله لي ولكم و لسائر المسلمين من كل ذنب فاستغفروه إنه هو الغفور الرَّحيم.

 

الحمد لله الحمد لله رب العالمين، وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له وأشهد أن محمداً عبده ورسوله، صلى الله وسلم وبارك عليه وعلى آله وصحبه، والتابعين وتابعي التابعين ومن تبعهم بإحسان إلى يوم الدين.

أما بعد! فيأيها الذين ءامنوا اتقوا الله ما استطعتم واسمعوا وأطيعوا وأنفقوا خيرا لأنفسكم. يا عباد الله أوصيكم وإياي بتقوى الله وطاعته وأحذركم وإياي عن معصيته ومخالفته. قال الله عز وجل في كتابه الكريم: ‫وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَمَعَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

 

Allah says in His noble Book, the translation of which is, “As for those who do jihad in Our Way, We will guide them to Our Paths. Truly Allah is with the good-doers.” In his tafsir of this aya, al-Qurtubi mentions that Ibn Abbas said,

 

هي في الذين يعملون بما يعلمون. وقد قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: من عمِل بما علِم علّمه الله ما لم يعلم

 

“This aya is about those who act by what they know. The Prophet said, ‘If someone acts by what he knows, Allah will teach him what he does not know.’” Al-Qurtubi also mentions that Umar ibn Abdal-Aziz said,

 

إنما قصّر بنا عن علم ما جهلنا تقصيرنا في العمل بما علمنا، ولو عملنا ببعض ما علمنا لأورثنا علماً لا تقوم به أبداننا، قال الله تعالى: {وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ ٱللَّهُ}

 

“It is only because we fall short in acting by what we know that we fall short in obtaining knowledge of what we do not know. If we were to act by some of what we know, He would bequeath us such knowledge that our bodies could not bear its weight. Allah says, ‘Have taqwa of Allah and Allah will give you knowledge.’” Allah has made this affair very easy for us. At any given moment, He only requires us to take the next step – to do that of which we are easily capable. Allah says,

لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا

 

the translation of which is, “Allah does not impose on any self any more than it can stand.” When we look at the state of the world and look at the state we are in, and then look at how far we seem to be from a fully established deen, it is frightening and disheartening. When we talk about re-establishing true leadership of the entire umma and putting the deen in place in all its glory in one fell swoop, we become bewildered and do not know what to do and thus we end up spending our lives theorising and doing nothing. This is the problem with groups like the Hizb ut-Tahrir.

But do not be disheartened. Do not despair of the mercy of our Lord. Allah does not require us to paint the full picture, build the complete house all in one go, or even to know how to do so. We are not expected to comprehensively map out how the deen is to be established in its entirety, all He wants from us is to lay the next brick. And if we do that, He will teach us what to do next and place the next brick into our hands. And the more of us who are laying those bricks, the faster the house will be made. That is what He promises us in the aya we quoted earlier. And each and every one of us is capable of laying down those bricks.

It was in this way that the deen was established in the first place. The Quran was not revealed all at once but rather gradually over the space of twenty two years, ruling by ruling, law by law, confirming and abrogating until the deen was complete and every aspect of it could be put into practice. We know enough to get started – we know about the prayer, we know about zakat. We know about the danger of riba and the importance of justice and equity in the transaction. We know the importance of amirate and leadership to the proper implementation of the deen. It is not difficult to take the first steps in any of these matters, so let us take those steps. Have proper leaders in our communities, and make sure we take our responsibility of following those leaders seriously, restore the taking of zakat, and so on. When we take these initial steps, Allah will ope things up for us and show us the next step and the next until this matter is restored. Instead of seeking to acquire more and more information, put all the things you already know into action. It is not your business what anyone else is doing, what they do is beyond your capacity, just do what you can do and do it fi sabil Allah.

The whole affair is down to you. Do not wait for others to act, or you will be waiting for ever. You do not need anyone else, you only need Allah. Allah is enough for you and He is the best of guardians.

 

إِنَّ اللهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ، يَا أَيُهَا الذِينَ آمَنُواْ صَلُّواْ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُواْ تَسْلِيماً.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ وَبَارِكْ عَلَيْهِ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ  أَجْمَعِينَ. وَارْضَ اللَّهُمَّ عَنِ الْخُلَفَاءِ الرَّاشِدِينَ أَبِي بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرَ وَعُثْمَانَ وَعَلِيٍّ، وعن أم المومنين عائشة التي أمرنا الله في سورة النور أن ندافع عنها، وَعَنْ سَائِرِ الصَّحَابَةِ أَجْمَعِينَ، خُصُوصاً اِلأَنْصَارَ مِنْهُمْ وَالمُهَاجِرِينَ، وَعَنِ التَّابِعِينَ وَتَابِعِي التَّابِعِينَ وَمَنْ تَبِعَهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّينِ.

اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِ وُلَاةَ أُمُورِ المُسْلِمِينَ لِمَا يُرْضِيكَ وَلِاتِّبَاعِ سُنَّةِ نَبِيِّكَ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَهُمْ عَلَى الصِّرَاطِ المُسْتَقِيمِ، وَأَصْلِحْهُمْ يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ.

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى شَيْخِنَا، وَعَلَى أَمِيرِنَا، وَعَلَى جَمِيعِ أُمَرَاءِ وَزُعَمَاءِ المُسْلِمِينَ.

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى المُسْلِمِينَ فِي هَذِهِ المَدِينَةِ، وَوَفِّقْهُمْ لِمَا تُحِبُّهُ وَتَرْضَاهُ يَا أَكْرَمَ الأَكْرَمِينَ.

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِزَّ الإِسْلَامَ وَالمُسِْلمِينَ، وَاخْذُلِ الْكُفْرَ وَالْكَافِرِينَ، وَانْصُرِ المُجَاهِدِينَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ. وَاجْعَلْ كَلِمََتَكَ هِيَ العُلْيَا وَكَلِمَةَ الْكُفْرِ هِيَ السُّفْلَى.

اللهم اسق عبادك وبهائمك، وانشر رحمتك وأحي بلدك الميت (3) اللهم اسقنا الغيث ولا تجعلنا من القانطين (3) اللهم اسقنا غيثاً مغيثاً مريئاً نافعاً غير ضار، عاجلاً غير آجل (1) اللهم أغثنا، اللهم أغثنا اللهم أغثنا

رَبَّنَا ءَاتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقَِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ.

إِنَّ اللهَ يَامُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى، وَيَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ، يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَّكَّرُونَ، وَلَذِكْرُ اللهِ أَكْبَرُ وَاللهُ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُونَ. وَقُومُواْ إِلَى صَلاتِكُمْ يَرْحَمُكُمُ اللهُ.