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Al-Jummah, The Great Congregational Prayer

Monday, June 26, 2006Brother Mustafaa

Bro. Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad

Holy Qur'an 62:9 O you who believe when the call is sounded for prayer on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off traffic. That is better for you, if you know. 

Holy Qur'an 62:10 But when the prayer is ended, disperse abroad in the land and seek of Allah's grace, and remember Allah much, that you may be successful. 

Holy Qur'an 62:11 And when they see merchandise or sport, they break away to it, and leave thee standing. Say: What is with Allah is better than sport and merchandise. And Allah is the Best of Providers.

The above verses from the Holy Qur'an, The Muslim's scripture, gives a commandment from ALLAH, the Most High to the Muslim concerning congregation prayer. This meeting is called in Arabic Al-Jummah, which means a great gathering. During this meeting the Imam(Prayer leader) leads the believers in prayer and instructs them in Islamic teachings. This meeting also has other purposes mostly relating to improving social relations among Muslims. It has often been said the family that prays together stays together.

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad writes in Message to the Blackman concerning Jummah

"The prayer service is divided into two parts, one to be said in private and the other to be performed in congregation, preferably in a Mosque. While the private part is meant simply for the development of the inner self of man, the public part has other ends as well in view: ends, that, indeed, make the Islamic prayer a mighty force in the unification of the human race.

I the first place, this gathering of all people living in the same vicinity five times daily in the Mosque, is a help to the establishment of healthy social relations. In the daily service these relations are limited to a narrow circle, i.e., to members of the same neighborhood. But the circle becomes wider in the weekly Friday service which gathers together all Muslim members of a particular locality and becomes still wider, in the two great "Id" gatherings.

Thus, prayer promotes social relations between the different sections of the Muslim community. Far more important than this, however, is the leveling of social differences brought about by means of congregational prayer. Once within the doors of the Mosque, every Muslim feels himself in an atmosphere of equality and love. Before their Maker they all stand shoulder to shoulder, the king along with his poorest subject, the rich arrayed in gorgeous robes, the beggar clad in rags."

During this dark time when Muslims worldwide are being vilified as "Terrorist", "Evil" "Backwards", "Threats" and "Satanic" by the top people in the government, politicians, Christian preachers and the common man in the street, I think it is important that we as Muslims come together for our very survival. Is Jummah prayer a sign of a time when Muslims will be united under a righteous Imam? Some foolish ones may be afraid of the prospect of Muslims uniting. The image of a Muslims, subconsciously, is being placed in the peoples mind of violent fanatics. The Holy Qur'an teaches that the closet in faith to the believers in that time will be Christians. Again the Qur'an says those who believe whether they are Muslims, Christians or Jews will be rewarded for the best of what they did. This Jummah may very well include all of the true and righteous believers in Almighty God. When Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) sent his followers into Africa to seek safety under a Christian king there was peaceful co-existence among the believers in faith with their hosts.

To the Muslims: Unite! Unite for righteousness. For the the betterment of our world and the world. As Prophet Muhammad instructed the believers that we are all brothers and sisters in faith. To the followers of different sects in Islam: don't let your different understanding of Islam, The Qur'an, Prophet Muhammad and his Message divide you from another believer. To those of other faiths: seek to learn more about the Muslims instead of from the media. We are your neighbors, co-workers, relatives etc... Rise above your assumed religious superiority and recognize that there isn't a different God for each religion. God is one God it is we here on Earth that are all confused.

Thank you for reading these few words.

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  1. Anonymous7:46 PM

    Indeed Brother Mustafaa, without a doubt, Muslims need to come together as an united community ummah under one guided Muslim, instead of all these different sections, teachings, and leaders.

    But, Allah subhanu wa ta' ala talked about these sects, as well as Prophet Muhammad (Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). (see below)

    So, sadly, there are killings, debating, racist, sexist, clothes bias, and separatism amongst Muslims beause every group think they are correct in their Islamic understandings, or better because of their class, race,the way they dress, or pray.

    In addition, Muslims are blessed to have the Qur'an and authentic hadiths, which tell us step by step what will happen next, so as I see it, we are right on schedule, even to the point of seeing Muslims acting a fool lead by evil, or talking about simple things like you are Black, so why do you want to dress like an Arab! Come on, think, why! Not to be like an Arab, but to be known as a Muslim. Do American Muslims wear American suits so they could be like White Americans, no, because they want to be known as a business men. And, wise people understand these things. See, all these simple things are sport and play amongst Muslims, and we have to get forced on the signs of the time. So, again, yes, we need a leader!

    Allah said, 30:22
    And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colors: verily in that are Signs for those who know.

    And, 49:13
    O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).

    Prophet Muhammah (Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) taught:
    The individual who is (higher in Taqwa), more conscious of his Creator and is staying away from the bad and doing the good is better, no matter what nation, country or caste he is part of. Individual piety is the only thing that makes a person better and greater than the other one.

    Prophet's response to racist comments:

    A man once visited the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah. There he saw a group of people sitting and discussing their faith together. Among them were Salman (who came from Persia), Suhayb who grew up in the Eastern Roman empire and was regarded as a Greek, and Bilal who was an African. The man then said:

    "If the (Madinan) tribes of Aws and Khazraj support Muhammad, they are his people (that is, Arabs like him). But what are these people doing here?"

    The Prophet became very angry when this was reported to him. Straightaway, he went to the mosque and summoned people to a Salat. He then addressed them saying:

    "O people, know that the Lord and Sustainer is One. Your ancestor is one, your faith is one. The Arabism of anyone of you is not from your mother or father. It is no more than a tongue (language). Whoever speaks Arabic is an Arab." (As quoted in Islam The Natural Way by Abdul Wahid Hamid p. 125)

    O people, Remember that your Lord is One. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a black has no superiority over white, nor a white has any superiority over black, except by piety and good action (Taqwa).

    Indeed the best among you is the one with the best character (Taqwa). Listen to me. Did I convey this to you properly? People responded, Yes. O messenger of Allah, The Prophet then said, then each one of you who is there must convey this to everyone not present. (Excerpt from the Prophet’s Last Sermon as in Baihiqi)

    Some Islamic Prophecies




    Different Section of Islam

    Qur'an Al-Imran 3:103
    And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur'an), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah's Favour on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.

    The holy Prophet(Sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said "The devil continually pursues humans as a wolf pursues sheep. The wolf only dares to attack those sheep which have separated from the rest of the flock and are standing alone. And so, my followers and my devotees! Save yourselves from being caught in the traps of misguidance and firmly remain with the largest and most well known group of Muslims!" [ Imam Ahmed]

    Imam Abu Dawood (Rahimahullah) concerning the division of the Muslim Ummah into seventy- three sects in his Sunan (3/4580, English edn) said:
    Abu Amir al- Hawdhani said, "Mu'awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan (may Allah be pleased with him) stood among us and said, 'Beware! The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) stood among us and said': 'Beware! The People of the Book before (you) were split up into 72 sects, and this community will be split up into 73, seventy-two of them will go to Hell and one of them will go to Paradise, and it is the majority group (Jama'ah).'

    Qur'an Al-An'am159
    Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects) , you (O Muhammad (pbuh) have no concern in them in the least. Their affair is only with Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do.

    Ibn Mas’ûd - radiallâhu ’anhu - said:
    The Prophet sallallâhu ’alayhi wa sallam drew a line for us and said: “This is Allâh’s Straight Path.” Then he drew lines to its right and its left and said: “These are other paths. Upon everyone of them there is a devil calling towards it.” Then he recited: “Indeed this is My Straight Path, so follow it and do not follow other paths, they will separate you from His Path.”
    Ahmad (1/435) and an-Nasaa’ee (7/49)

    (Tirmidhi 171)
    Abdullah Bin Amr (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated that Allâh's Messenger (sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam) said, "There will befall my Ummah exactly (all those) evils which befell the people of Isra'il, so much so that if there was one amongst them who openly committed fornication with his mother, there will be among my Ummah one who will do that; and if the people of Isra'il were fragmented into seventy-two sects my Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects. All of them will be in Hell Fire except one sect." They (the Companions) said: "Allâh's Messenger (sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam), which is that?" Whereupon he said: "It is one to which I and my companions belong."

    Surah Al-Ahzab 33:36 It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error.
    Allah! La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists.
    Qur'ah Sur'ah 3:2

    Volume 8, Book 73, Number 120:
    Narrated Tariq:
    'Abdullah said, "The best talk is Allah's Book (Qur'an), and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad."

    "Verily, you have in the Prophet of Allah an excellent model for him who hopes to meet Allah and the Last Day and who remembers Allah Much."-Holy Qur'an 33:21.


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