Jumu’ah Khutbah – ‘Be Proud of Your Islam!’ by Shaykh Mustafa Abu RayyanAssima Alam
We thank Allah SWT for giving us the greatest blessings: the blessings of an Islam; being among the greatest of his nations; being the followers of his greatest prophet; being upon the deen of Allah SWT, the greatest way of life. This is a fact which is often overlooked, that there is no greater gift or blessing than to be Muslim. We should thank Allah SWT for this and above all it is important that you are content with this way of life that you have chosen because it is the greatest way of life!
Many of us live in countries where we may feel like we are the odd ones out or a minority, and we may even feel strange, however there is nothing wrong with that. The prophet Muhammad (SAW) prophesized this and told us that there will be a time where the believers will be among the strangers.
“Islam began as a something strange and it will return to being strange, so blessed are the strangers.” (Sahih Muslim 145)
Indeed, this religion started as something that was strange when the prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his Sahaba were the minority in comparison to the idol worshippers of that time. We are an Ummah of values and we carry these values wherever we are, which is why it is important to hold your head up high and be proud that you are a Muslim. Do not ever feel like you need to hide your faith because the fact that you worship Allah SWT is the greatest thing about you. Each one of us is an ambassador for Islam and carries this responsibility – because What dawah can you do if you are not proud of your faith? When you are not confident enough to live Islam how will you call others to Islam? Your dawah starts with yourself. If we show our non-Muslim neighbors and coworkers how serious we are about Islam and how we prioritise it over everything else, we will gain their respect and perhaps some of them would follow the deen.
When Allah SWT speaks about the Ummah of Muhammad (SAW), he says:
“You are the best of nations; you’ve been brought forward as an example to mankind. You call towards good and forbid evil, and you believe in Allah.” (Quran 3:110)
If we compare ourselves to the great companions, they were living a similar situation to the extent where even if you were caught praying you would be whipped and if you were found to be Muslim you might be killed- yet despite all this they were proud. It is such a paradox that the greatest Ummah have developed an inferiority complex and feel that they may have to shy away from this beautiful deen. The question is often posed to Muslims regarding what we have done for the world in comparison to the disbelievers, who have worked to make this worldly life more comfortable. If matters such as wealth, dominion, authority, and technology truly mattered above our values– then would the Pharoah not have been better than Musa (AS)? We know this to not be the case, these things do not matter. As Muslims, we know where we came from, and we know where we are going, we know our purpose in life and what is right and wrong. Ultimately, if we follow the book of Allah SWT that is what gives us value, and that is what gave our prophets value.
“Praise belongs to Allah who gave his servant the book.” (Quran 18:1)