The Akh was more than happy to hear the following Jumma Khutba from Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi, On The Syrian Uprising, Murder and Oppression in Islam from his Friday Sermon of 4 Jumada al-Ula 1432AH/8th
April 2011 at the Jami’ Hasan Masajid, Damascus, Syria.
Regular readers will know that for the last few weeks I’ve begun to map out the power/leadership issue in Islam, and have questioned why the Ulema have been so silent in regards to Muslims rising up across the Middle East.
Insh’Allah you’ll be off to the Masajid in a few hours, if your Shaykh is not addressing these issues, like Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi is, then ask him politely why?
“Political authority and religion are kin brothers, neither would stand but by its companion; because religion is the foundation of political power and its pillar, and political power is the guardian of religion; political power is not established with a foundation, and religion cannot be implemented without authority.”
Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi
The following is from the MPACUK website:
It was Friday in Daraa and 27 lay martyred, the blood and broken bones were still to be washed from the streets of Syria, the bodies of the dead still to be buried and the ritual of wailing yet to commence, when a solitary voice could be heard, breaking the silence enforced by Bashar-al-Asseds thugs, the voice of Sh. Muhammad al-Yaqoubi daring to speak the truth, a revolutionary act that had left 27 dead that day, and hundreds more in the preceding months.
History has a curious way of repeating itself, as if almost asking, no, begging us to not make the same mistakes again. Once again, a son who inherited his kingdom from his father gave orders from Damasus for the blood of Muslims to be spilt and once again the direct descendent of the Prophet (pbuh) is almost alone in his courage and condemnation of tyranny and oppression from the pulpit.
For too long, the Ulema and Shayoukh have been silent in the face of tyranny and oppression by the rulers upon the ruled. Some say it is because they do not want to cause fitna which is worse than tyranny, some say it is because they are in fear of their lives, not surprising given the treatment of those before them such as Abu Hanifa R.A. and Ahmed Bin Hanbal R.A. and others say they are handpicked and chosen by the rulers to prop up via fatwas their often illegitimate and un-Islamic regimes.
Whatever the truth, the Ulema can no longer afford to be silent lest historical events unfolding in the Middle East leave them behind.
Sh. Muhammad al-Yaqoubi in his ground-breaking, breathtaking and courageous speech must be congratulated and applauded and other Ulema must take note.
They need to stand up and start emulating him.
Until the pulpits and mosques do not reverberate and the hearts of the believers do not resonate with the power of words like his, the Muslim Ummah will remain oppressed and the Muslim leaders will remain tyrannical.