Alhamdulillah that Islam does not recognize any race. And it does not recognize any differences between Muslims. Islam is for everyone. It is for the child, for the adult, for the elder person. And Allah said,
إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللّهِ الإِسْلاَمُ
Inna ’d-deen ‘inda-Allahi ’l-Islam. – “The Religion before Allah is Islam…” [3:19]
So don’t look somewhere else. Don’t say, “I want to read this book or that book.” Don’t say, “This one is healing those people or this one can do this or do that.”
One of the greatest Muslim scholars, a Sufi scholar, who is well-known – even Wahabis, even Ibn Taymiyya accept him – said, “If any person claims that he can fly in the air or he heal people and he does not follow theShari‘ah of Islam in his life, reject him. That one must be Shaytan in him trying to trick you.”
This means that Islam accepts awliya’ullah. But it does not accept those who claim to be awliya’ullah and are not following Shari‘ah It rejects them. They have no place with us. That is very important to understand. No one can – I can do this. It is not in his hand to say, “I can do.” It is in Allah’s hands.
Only one to say, “I can do this” is Sayyidina Muhammad (s). But some can move in any way they like but they don’t break the Shari‘ah. Don’t say “That person wrote a book or healed hundreds of people.” That is the naivete of those people, who say “this person did it for us.” No it is not true. Allah is doing it.
That is if that person is not praying and he is not fasting when in reality he must be doing more than other Muslims.
If someone tells you that person is doing miracles and he had no beard, or no Islamic clothes, or he is not imitating pious people – reject him. That is important.
The Prophet (s) said, “…Allah has zawa lee al-ard” – zawa means “to contract,”
“to bring something very large close,” “to roll it up.”
Look at the earth. How can you see the earth? From where we are standing we cannot see the earth, we only see the area we occupy, the mosque, or if no walls you see to the horizon. That is not the meaning of zawa. Zawameans as if looking at it in his hand. Not like a small sphere, but seeing every issue that is going to appear on earth from beginning to end. The unbelievers say, “How? He is claiming something impossible.” Now they accept it, based on science, but who told them to accept it on that basis, when they accepted it 1400 years ago?
This subject not mentioned by ‘Isa (as) or Musa (as). It was only mentioned by the Prophet (s). And now we are seeing it today. Those space satellites, have imaging and they can see everywhere in the earth and they can see even more, they use different wavelengths to see into the earth.
Who is better the Prophet (s) or satellites? He said, “I saw everything in front of me. And I saw where my Ummah is going to be. They are going to be everywhere. When I saw that I was worried for my Ummah. I asked Allah three things. I am asking and if You like you accept and if you don’t, you are the Creator.”
And there is another hadith in the same meaning which is shorter,
A companion relates “One day the Prophet (s) was coming and passing the masjid of Bani Mu’awiya. He went in and prayed two rak‘ats. We prayed with him and then he made du`a. He said, ‘I asked My Lord three and He gave me two and prohibited me the third. [that is My will]. I asked that Allah not with His Will destroy my Ummah as a whole, completely.’
[that means no one can destroy the Ummat an-Nabi (as) as a whole, completely. No one can destroy Islam from its roots. No on can as Allah said, “The Religion before Allah is Islam.” And “When you see victory of Allah, and you see the people entering Islam in troops.” [110:1-2]
When Sayyidina ‘Isa (as) comes then all will be changed into Islam – that is one of the signs of Last Days. But before that, people are coming into Islam in masses, in South Africa, in India, in Europe.]
The hadith continues: ‘Then I asked Allah not to let my Ummah be destroyed by flood. And Allah gave it to me.’
And I asked Allah to not let them be destroyed by fighting each other. He said, ‘No. they are going to fight each other.’
No one can stop that. Today we have one Ummah but 63 or more countries. How did the Prophet (s) know that? He saw everything – like a satellite.
In fact a satellite is something granted by Allah to give people an understanding of His Signs. You see that there will be no major earthquake to destroy the Muslim, no major flood to drown the Muslims and no major war to destroy the Muslims.
Yesterday we discussed, we are Muslim and still we are losing. We are fighting each other.
But Allah made us “the best of nations, calling to the good and forbidding the wrong, and believing in God…” [3:110]
كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللّهِ
khayra ummatin ukhrijat lin-naasi tamuroona bil-ma‘roofi wa tanhawna ‘ani al-munkari wa tuminoona billahi…
“The best of nations” is now all finished. There is a hadith of the Prophet (s): qabl as-sa ‘ati sinoona khada‘ta yukadhib feeha al-ameen wa yutamina feeha al-kha’in – before the Hour there will be years of deceit in which the trustworthy one will be said to be a traitor and the traitor will be trusted.” Today those who are trustworthy we are cursing them. They say, “We are showing you the way of Ahl as-Sunnah, the way of the Sahaba, the way of ‘ulama, showing you the way to go.”
Look are they showing us the way, as the blind man who came to the Prophet (s) seeking to be able to see, and sought the intermediation of the Prophet (s)? The Prophet (s) taught him to say, “Ya Muhammad! Innee atawajjahu ila Rabbee fee hajaatee hadha” He called on the Prophet (s) in front of him. He did that and his sight was restored.
In the time after the Prophet (s), one companion was teaching that invocation du‘a, to other people and by using that their problems were solved. They were not in the time of the Prophet (s).
Now many people who are in the right direction, others come and tell them “No you are wrong.” And those who are wrong, they are making themselves right. How? Through money.
How much is your pride? I know someone, very close to me, my uncle, who was head of the ‘ulama of Lebanon. He wrote a book and exposed everything from the Shari‘ah point of view. They offered millions of dollars not too publish the book, but he refused. They called him to their country but he refused. This is the way to prepare to brainwash Muslims.
When they came to destroy the Ka‘ba, what did Abraha use as an instrument? They used a big elephant, from India. He did not bring it from India, but raised it in Yemen.
He said there is a house of Allah in Makkah and he wanted the people to come to the place of worship he had built in Yemen. He was originally from Habash, Abyssinia but was ruler of Yemen. So what happened? He came with that elephant.
What did the Grandfather of the Prophet (s) tell him? He said, “If you want to destroy the House of Allah that is your choice. But give me my camels. This is Allah’s House, He will defend it.”
He had correct belief. He had complete belief that Allah will defend his house and defend his religion. There was no Islam at that time, but we are going to show that.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَطِيعُواْ اللّهَ وَأَطِيعُواْ الرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ
Ya ayyuha alladheena aamanoo atee‘oo Allaha wa atee‘oo ’r-rasoola wa uli ’l-amri minkum – “Obey Allah, obey Prophet and obey those in authority.” [4:59]
Surrender. Say “You know better Ya Rabbi.” If Muslims surrender, really surrender to His Will, do you think Allah will leave them behind? We are on haqq. Why should we be left behind?
So what did Allah do? He destroyed Abraha and his giant instrument. How did He destroy them? By means of birds. What are these birds? Each was carrying three stones. One in its beak and two in its claws.
أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ فَعَلَ رَبُّكَ بِأَصْحَابِ الْفِيلِ أَلَمْ يَجْعَلْ كَيْدَهُمْ فِي تَضْلِيلٍ وَأَرْسَلَ عَلَيْهِمْ طَيْرًا أَبَابِيلَ تَرْمِيهِم بِحِجَارَةٍ مِّن سِجِّيلٍ فَجَعَلَهُمْ كَعَصْفٍ مَّأْكُولٍ
Alam tara kayfa fa‘ala rabbuka bi ashaabi ’l-feel? Alam yaj‘al kaydahum fee tadleel? Wa arsala ‘alayhim tayran ababeel. Tarmeehim bihijaratin min sijjeel Fa j‘alahum k‘asfin maa kool. [105:1]
Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the Companions of the Elephant? Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray? And He sent against them Flights of Birds Striking them with stones of baked clay. Then did He make them like an empty field of stalks and straw, (of which the corn) has been eaten up.
Look at the Qur’an, they are discovering these things. A smart guided bomb. On each stone was written the name of the person to be killed, his name and the name of his father and his mother. That rock will not hit anyone except whose name was written on it. Allah sent them from heaven. Because the birds don’t know which person is which. So He inspired them to know which person to hit. They are doing that today.
Why did Allah do that? Because the grandfather of the Prophet (s) surrendered. Muslims! Surrender to Allah swt and you will be successful.
When you are after a chair or fame or a position, and full of hate in your heart, and killing innocents… And Prophet (s) asked that his Ummah not to be killed by war or by flood. But Allah refused the last request not to fight amongst each other.
You are two Muslims, one from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh. You go to the border, they let one in and stop the other.
You want to go to Hajj, you have to get a visa. You are going to visit the House of Allah and worship and they want money.
You want to go anywhere; you are Muslim. They tell you, “It does not matter, do you have a piece of paper?” This is the hadith of the Prophet (s), “You are going to fight each other.”
May Allah forgive us and guide us to right way and not to be lost. May He make us to be happy in the country we are in, and to obey, not to disobey the laws. Keep with the law and you will be safe. Come against the law and you will be in problems.
Istaghfirullah….Masjid al-Iman, Oakland, California - January 17, 2003
 Musnad Ahmad, Ibn Majah.