My Jumuah at Masjid Hagia Sophia

The phrase ‘once in a lifetime’ is somewhat overused for events that fade into mediocrity. Yet standing at the gates of Hagia Sophia and waiting for the first prayer there in 85 years was truly an awe-inspiring event. The monument itself is a timeless wonder that has encapsulated the cultures of ancient Greece, medieval Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire, and modern Europe. Architects, mathematicians, geometers, engineers, and artists alike have all etched their influence into its splendid domes, mosaics, murals, and minarets. The result is a monument that has withstood 14 centuries of earthquakes, riots, invasions, and wars, standing gracefully on the horizon, evoking awe and wonder. Procopius, the principal Byzantine historian of the 6th century described Hagia Sophia as “a most glorious spectacle, extraordinary to those who behold it and altogether incredible to those who are told of it. In height it rises to the very heavens and overtops the neighbouring houses like a ship anchored among them, appearing above the city which it adorns.”[1]

The prayer itself was of course the Jumu’ah prayer – the best day of the week, nestled in the best days of the year. The chosen date of 24th July was hugely significant, as it was the 97th anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne, signed in 1923, that officially ended hostilities between the Allies and the Ottoman Empire. This prayer was not only a ritual act of worship but a bold statement to the world of the resurgence of Turkey’s Islamic heritage. The streets of Istanbul were flooded with a sea of worshippers patiently waiting for the prayer, with some having camped out since the night before. The roofs of coffee houses and shacks became makeshift prayer spaces where youngsters scrambled for a spot to pray. Wave upon wave of takbīr resounded across the old city, reaching a crescendo when President Erdoğan began his recitation of the Qur’ān. The Imam was Dr Ali Erbaş, the Head of Diyanet, the Directorate of Religious Affairs. He delivered the sermon resting on a ceremonial sword from the Ottoman era. The sermon was confident and victorious in nature, citing the great ahādīth of the conquest of Constantinople and unapologetic in raising the cause of Masjid Al-Aqsa. This was a day of celebration. This was a day of healing for the Ummah.

The protests from orthodox Christendom were to be expected, but what is clear is that the undertone of these criticisms reveal a virulent strain of anti-Turkish paranoia and racism. Ultimately, Hagia Sophia remains open to people of all faiths to visit in much the same way that the Sultanahmet Mosque across the road fulfils its dual purpose as a functioning mosque and a world heritage site. Indeed, the removal of the entry fee to Hagia Sophia should be an added incentive for tourists and worshippers alike to experience its splendour. Orthodox Christians may well ponder on the fact that it was marauding Catholic crusaders who laid the city of Istanbul to waste by plundering, murdering, and raping their Christian brethren in 1204, causing a rapid decline in the fortunes of the great city that strides two continents. They may well reflect on the words of Evliya Çelebi, the Ottoman chronicler of the 17th century who describes Hagia Sopia at the peak of its splendour and spiritual aura:

“Every night in the month of Ramazan, the two thousand lamps lighted there and the lanterns containing wax tapers perfumed with camphor pour forth streams of light upon light; and in the centre of the dome a circle of lamps represents in letters as finely formed as those of Yakut Musta’sime, that text of the Kuran: “God is the light of the heavens and of the earth.” [2]

Waiting for the prayer to start, I felt this was truly a ‘once in a lifetime’ event. An event where the savagery of 85 years of Turkish secularism finally received a blow that it is unlikely to recover from. The congregation of Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Malaysians, and Muslims from every other nation from this Ummah surrounding me was uplifting. Each person had their own story to tell of marginalisation, structural racism, and unfulfilled hopes and dreams. Each person took away their own inspiration from this day of healing. The call to prayer will no longer resound within the walls of Hagia Sophia alone. The call to prayer will resound in the hearts of every person who witnessed this great day.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] Sumner-Boyd, H. and Freely, J., 1985. Strolling Through Istanbul, A Brief Guide To The City. [Istanbul]: Redhouse Press, p.35.

[2] Sumner-Boyd, H. and Freely, J., 1985. Strolling Through Istanbul, A Brief Guide To The City. [Istanbul]: Redhouse Press, p.55.

JUMUAH MUBAARAK?

Q. Over the last few years with the advancement of technology, sending messages and
remaining in contact with family and friends have become easy and convenient.
In recent years it has become the habit of family members to wish one another
“Jumuah Mubarak” or “May your Jumuah be blessed and your duas accepted” or “have
a blessed day filled with piety and ibadaat” etc., etc.
Everyone that I have asked know that this is not a sunnah act. So why do it?
They reply that it is a way of showing love and care for family and close friends. People that receive such whatsapp messages say that they appreciate that the sender is thinking of them. Is this wrong and should we desist from sending Jumuah messages?
The following was a message sent to me:
Mufti Taqi on sending Jumu’ah Mubarak: (I’ll paraphrase)
“Nowadays it has become very common that people spread messages of Jumu’ah
Mubarak especially on social media. 25yrs from now people will think it is compulsory
or some form of Sunnah and they will begin to belittle those who don’t say it or send
it. This is wrong. Allah’s Rasool never did this, nor did the Sahaabah.
This is becoming a new bid’ah of our time. We don’t need to say Jumu’ah Mubarak to anyone and if anyone sends us a message, we should clarify this to them. Every
bid’ah starts with very small things but later develops into a very big fitnah.”
Please comment. Is this practice valid in terms of the Shariah?

A. Mufti Taqi’s answer is adequate. It is not valid nor is it permissible to fabricate this or
any other similar practice into the Deen as if it is an act of ibaadat.

“MUSLIMS” ARE NO LONGER MUSLIMS

“MUSLIMS” ARE NO LONGER MUSLIMS – THE ATHAAB ON THE UMMAH IS NOT SURPRISING
Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Amr (Radhiyallahu anhu) said:“A time will dawn when the people will gather intheir Musaajid and perform Salaat while not asingle one of them will be a Mu’min.”
The Musaajid in Germany and in many other countries have opened, and people (perhaps most of them are not Muslims) are again visiting the Musjids where a host of haraam, humiliating conditions has to be observed.
On Friday 22 May, 2020, during Jumuah, the Musjid in Berlin could accommodate only 50 persons due to the satanic ‘social distancing’ regulation. A nearby church offered to accommodate the overflow. These ostensible ‘Muslims’ went to the church where their imaam led them in ‘jumuah salaat’. The imaam overjoyed with his performance in the church infront of the cross of shirk, commented: “That is an amazing sign of solidarity in these times” said Mohamed Taha Sabry. This pandemic has made us a community. Crises bring people together”, said the mosque’s imam, who led his congregation in prayer watched over by a stained-glass window depicting the Virgin mary.
Samer Hamdoun, one of the Muslim worshippers, said the church environment took some time to get used to. “It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures,” said Hamdoun.”(Reuters News Agency)The shirk, kufr and haraam environment did not bother the ‘imaani’ conscience of these worshippers because they were all bereft of Imaan – the Imaan which is so vigorously emphasized hundreds of times in the Qur’aan Majeed – the Imaan for which the Sahaabah and early Muslimeen conquered the world, smashing the Roman and Persian empires.
The hallucinated ‘solidarity’ overrides Imaan for these worshippers who derived pleasure in the environment of shirk, kufr and fisq. Their imaan, if ever they had Imaan, is dead. Their worship and pleasure in the church of shirk deracinated their imaan if ever they had imaan. How can such people still profess to me Muslims when they are in entirety ignorant or repellant of the very basic and fundamental belief of Tauhid?
There is nothing – absolutely nothing that is so repugnant and so abhorrent to Allah Azza Wa Jal as shirk. A church is the abode of shirk, and about shirk the Qur’aan Majeed says: “Verily, Allah does not forgive shirk being committed with Him, and He forgives besides shirk for whomever He wills.” “Verily, the mushrikoon are najas.” “It is not permissible for the Nabi and the Mu’mineen to seek forgiveness (from Allah) for the Mushrikeen even if they are close relatives.”
The Qur’aan Majeed is replete with hundreds of Aayaat in condemnation of shirk. The doctrine of trinity, the deification of Nabi Isaa (Alayhis salaam) and Maryam (Alayhas salaam) are among the vilest beliefs of shirk condemned by Allah Ta’ala. This cannot be hidden from any Muslim who is a true Muslim. Severely rebuking the Christians, the Qur’aan majeed says:
“Verily, those who said that Allah is Maseeh, the son of Maryam have committed kufr. Maseeh said: “O Bani Israaeel! Worship Allah, my Rabb and your Rabb. Verily, whoever commits shirk with Allah, (know that) verily, Allah has made haraam for him Jannat, and his abode is the Fire. And, for the oppressors (i.e. those who believe in trinity) there will be no helpers. Verily, those who said that Allah is trinity, they have committed kufr. There is no deity but Allah The One. Maseeh, the son of Maryam is only a Messenger. Messengers have gone before him. His mother was a Siddeeqah. Both of them used to eat food……..Those from Bani Israaeel who had committed kufr (with their belief of shirk) have been cursed by the tongues of Daawood and Isaa, the son of Maryam…”(Surah Al-Maaidah)
There are numerous Verses castigating the Mushrikeen and condemning the beliefs of the Christians, but today people who profess to be Muslims find ‘solace’ in the abodes of shirk. This deracination of Imaan is the consequence of socialization and fraternization in pursuit of the shaitaani concept of ‘solidarity’. What type of shaitaani ‘solidarity’ is it which deracinates Imaan?
This kind of solidarity was rejected by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) when the mushrikeen had endeavoured to negotiate ‘peace’ with our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The Qur’aan Majeed vigorously in hundreds of Aayaat denounces and debunks a ‘solidarity’ which compromises even one iota of Tauhid.
Insha-Allah a more fuller article elaborating on this La’nat shall be published.
30 Ramadhaan 1441 – 24 May 2020

CORONA PLAGUE FATWA

THE CORONA PLAGUE

FATWA ISSUED BY SHEIKH AHMAD AL-KURI OF MAURITANIA

QUESTION

Is it permissible for healthy Muslims to abandon Jumuah and Jamaa’ah for the fear of the corona disease?

ANSWER

By the taufeeq of Allah!

Firstly: During real fear for the enemy in battle in the Path of Allah, Jamaa’ah (Jamaat Salaat) is not waived. How then can Jumuah and Jamaa’ah be abandoned on account of fear for a suspected disease?

Secondly: The cause for these epidemics and diseases is sin and transgression. Allah Ta’ala says (in the Qur’aan): “Whatever calamity befalls you, is the consequence of the perpetration of your hands.”
And Allah, The One Who is Mighty and Aware says: “Corruption has appeared on the land and the ocean on account of (the misdeeds) committed by the hands of people so that He gives them to taste something of what they perpetrated, for perhaps they will return (to the Path of Rectitude).”
Allah has explained that the remedy is to return to Allah with repentance and seeking forgiveness (Taubah and Istighfaar), Tilaawat and Dua. The remedy is not in the abandonment of some acts which Allah has made incumbent us, namely Jumuah and Jamaa’ah.

Thirdly: Allah Ta’ala says: “No calamity will befall on the earth nor upon you except that which (has been recorded) in the Book even before We create it.”
“Even if you were in your homes, those for whom death has been decreed would emerge and go to their places of his death.”

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Know that even if all mankind unites to benefit you, they will be able to do only that which Allah has ordained for you. And, if they unite to harm you, they will be able to do only Allah has decreed for you.” (Ahmad and Tirmizi)

Thus, our Imaan is on Qadha and Qadr (in whatever Allah has ordained for us). We repose Tawakkul (Trust) on Allah Jalla wa Alaa. Has He not prohibited us from abandoning whatever He has compulsorily imposed on us, namely Jumuah Salaat and Jamaa’ah, for the fear of disease, etc.?

Fourthly: Has Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) not informed of the measure to be adopted relevant to a plague, and that it is not permissible to enter a region where there is a plague, and not to flee from such a place? Did he mention abandonment of Jamaat Salaat in such a place?

Fifthly: A plague had erupted during the khilaafat of Umar Bin Khattaab (Radhiyallahu anhu). H consulted in this regard with the Muhaajireen, then with the Ansaar……Did they abandon Jumuah and Jamaa’ah because of it (the plague)?

Sixthly: Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala says: “Seek aid by means of Sabr and Salaat.” What, is this Istiaanah (seeking help) by means of establishing Salaat in the Musjid as was the practice of Nabi (Alahis salaam) or was it by abandoning Jumuah and Jama’aat?
Seventhly: Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever performs Subuh (Fajr) in Jamaa’ah, he is in the responsibility (and protection) of Allah.” Is it not sufficient for us to be in the responsibility of Allah? “Is Allah not sufficient for His servant?”
Eighthly: When Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had not granted permission to the blind man to be absent (from Jamaat Salaat) despite him not having someone to guide him, and despite the abundance of wild animals in Madinah, then how can a healthy person be permitted to abstain from Jamaat merely for the fear of the disease?

Ninthly: Whenever Rasulullah feared something, he would hasten to the Musjid. How then can we abandon Jumuah Salaat and Jamaa’ah for fear of corona?

Tenthly: There was in every Islamic city one Jaami’ Musjid where all the people gathered to perform Jumuah, and epidemics and plagues would befall Muslims. Did any of the Ulama of Islam ever issue the fatwa throughout the history (of Islam) to close and lock the Musaajid because of an epidemic or plague?

28 Rajab 1441 – 23 March 2020

WHEN JUMUAH IS INVALID, PERFORM ZUHR

WHEN JUMUAH IS INVALID, PERFORM ZUHR
QUESTION

Assalaamualaikum

In our Musjid in Robertsham, Johannesburg, the Imaam was happy, and in a jolly way was counting people, and the musjid jamaat ensured that once the 100th person came in the gates were locked. The Imaam rushed through the salaah very badly.

I am very disheartened and feel like I never want to read behind these insane imams ever again. Was the Jumuah Salaat valid?

The police did not count. The jamaat stopped the people once they reached 100 and made them wait for the 2nd jamaat. Should I read Zuhr?
ANSWER

Yes you should perform Zuhr. The Jumuah was not valid. All these molvis and imaams are displaying their nifaaq. In this way has Allah Ta’ala exposed them. Those munaafiqeen who have closed the Musaajid despite the government not having made this demand are the worst scoundrels and agents of Iblees. They will have to circumambulate (make tawaaf) of their intestines in Jahannam according to the Hadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Concerned Muslims should arrange their own Jumuah Salaat anywhere, whether in the open, a Jamaat Khaanah, a storeroom or in one’s home. The minimum number of musallis is four – the Imaam and 3 muqtadis. Do not participate in these mock ‘jumuahs’ if you are able to arrange for Jumuah elsewhere. However, if this is not possible in your context, then after having joined in the mock jumuah, perform four raka’ts Zuhr Fardh. The moron imaam should have left the counting and preventing to the police.

25 Rajab 1441 – 20 March 2020

JUMUAH SALAAT AND CORONA

THE CHINA PIG DISEASE

RE: JUMUAH SALAAT

In the event of the government callously and unjustly enforcing its 100 man limit at the Musaajid on the occasion of Jumuah, the following should be noted:

(1) It will not be permissible for the trustees and Imaams of the Musaajid to debar any Muslim from participating in the Jumuah Salaat and Khutbah. Preventing a Muslim from joining the Jumuah Salaat will INVALIDATE the Jumuah Salaat of the entire Jamaa’t (congregation).

The validity of Jumuah Salaat relies on the condition of Ithnul Aam, i.e. free and unfettered permission to the general Muslim public to attend. It is therefore of paramount importance that Muslims (the trustees and Imaams) should not attempt to enforce the government’s decree. If they do, the Salaat of the entire congregation will be invalid.

(2) Should zindeeq and spineless trustees and imaams prevent any Muslim from joining the Salaat, then those who had participated in the invalid Jumuah Salaat should individually perform the four raka’ts of Zuhr.

(3) If the government posts policemen or guards at the Musaajid to compel compliance with their oppression, thereby preventing Muslims from entering the Musjid, then the Jumuah Salaat will be valid since the wicked act is not committed by Muslims. In this case there will be no need to perform Zuhr after Jumuah.

(4) Supplicate to Allah Ta’ala to destroy the munaafiqeen in our midst.

22 Rajab 1441 – 17 March 2020