(WASHINGTON, D.C, 11/10/16) – As-salaamu alaykum. Based on many requests from community leaders and parents for guidance on how to address post-election anxieties and concerns, CAIR is calling on khatibs (Islamic prayer leaders) and imams (Islamic religious leaders) to address those concerns during their Friday khutbas (sermons) for the normal congregational prayers (jummah).
To assist those preparing to offer sermons for the Friday prayers, CAIR is offering an initial outline prepared by Sh. Omar Suleiman, president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research in Texas. CAIR is also preparing a more comprehensive community toolkit to be released at a later date.
CAIR is urging the community to refocus and strengthen Muslim organizations that protect the rights and interests of American Muslims.
Yesterday, CAIR issued a statement calling on President-elect Donald Trump to respect the rights of all Americans and pledging to work with the new president to strengthen the nation.
Along with the points offered by Sh. Omar Suleiman, CAIR urges prayer leaders to stress the need for the American Muslim community to organize, to be engaged, to build coalitions with groups and individuals promoting social justice, and to get involved with community organizations.
Post-Election Khutbah Talking Points
Allah Is, and Always Was, In Control
The Prophet (peace be upon him) taught us to say “La howla wala Quwwata Ilaa BIllah” which means that all power and might belongs solely to Allah. This statement is one of the treasures of Paradise and brings paradise through the heart through certainty in Allah’s ultimate plan.
“Say: Nothing shall befall us except what Allah has willed for us. He alone is our Protector, so in Allah let the believers place their trust.” (Quran 9: 51)
Remembering that Allah is in control is the core of tawakkul (trust). Reliance upon Allah requires that you trust in His plan. Tawakkul is not to be used as an excuse to not do your part, but as comfort after you’ve done it. As the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to his young cousin Abdullah Ibn Abbas, “know that if all of the nations were to gather together to benefit you with a single thing, they would not be able to do so unless Allah has written it for you. And if all of them were to gather together to harm you with a single thing, they would not be able to do so unless Allah has written it upon you.” (Bukhari)
Stay Committed and Nothing Can Phase You
“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-SÃ¢birin (the patient ones.).” (Quran 2:155)
We have to come to terms with the idea that will be faced with some level of hardship with our faith regardless of the circumstances. Part of ending harm towards the community collectively is individually being ready to dispel stereotypes. In Makkah, the public display of the faith was the protest of the Companions. We must also continue to publicly be unapologetically Muslim.
Ease Often Breeds Complacency
Of the benefits of hardship is that it breeds a renewal of purpose. The best Muslims were the ones who suffered persecution in Makkah and sacrificed for their faith. In that hardship, Allah crafted a generation that would inspire us all for the better. On a community level, this forces us to organize and institutionalize in an unprecedented fashion. Sometimes, we need to feel the heat from the outside to get ourselves better equipped on the inside. On an individual level, difficult times bring precious rewards to those who bear them with patience. Allah says “Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.” (Quran 39:10)
Don’t Lose Hope in the People
It’s very easy for us to say that they all hate us, and there is no good left in the people. Instead let us remind ourselves that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed for the people most sincerely when their rejection for him was most severe. He prayed for them at Ta’if when they struck him in the face, and at Uhud when they almost killed him.
The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “When you hear a man say, ‘The people are ruined,’ he himself is the most ruined of them all.” (Muslim)
Have hope in the people, because Allah may turn their hearts toward you. Repel by that which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity as though he was a devoted friend. (Quran 41:34)
Time is On Our Side
The under 25 voters were almost unanimous in expressing what type of America they wanted to live in. And it is not one of bigotry or xenophobia. We have to make sure we continue to invest in the younger generation so that they don’t repeat the mistakes of the past (and in this case, the present). We must continue to build institutions that will stand for justice and peace for generations to come. The Day of Judgment has not come yet, and even if it had, we would still be required to finish planting what is in our hands.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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