Bismillah wa-salaatu wa-salaamu 'ala Rasulullah
As-salaamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullah, dear brothers and sisters in iman. Indeed Allah is praised with or without our praising Him. Still humbly, but never to the extent at which He alone is worthy, we praise Him. Seeking His help and forgiveness and seeking refuge with Allah from the evil within ourselves and the consequences of our deeds. Whomever Allah guides none can misguide and whomever Allah misguides none can guide. I bare witness and testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala and I bare witness and testify that Muhammad ibn Abdullah salallahu 'alayhi wa salaam is the Messenger of Allah. Amma b'ad.
The future, as it is well known to this Ummah, belongs to Islam. Islam, by the Might and Grace of Allah, will be given victory over its opposition and ultimately over the Earth entirely. This is a promise from Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, and just as His promise of Rome's defeat of the Persian Empire came to pass; and just as He promised their rule would persist nine years in following the event came to pass*; His promise of Islam's victory will also undoubtedly be fulfilled. But we will not gain such an honor by reclining, doing nothing for the cause of this deen, expecting it to happen just like that. Such an honor will not be gained by reinterpreting or redefining this perfect and truly divine Deen. Na'udu billah. Such an honor will not be experienced by simply waiting for al-Mahdi to lead us there or awaiting the Messiah Issa bin Maryam alayhi salaam to return and establish it. To truly take part and entitle ourselves a share in the ajr of this honor and promise of Allah, the qualities and conditions that Allah ta'ala Himself has explained in the Qur'an must be met. The intentions and efforts are ours to make, and the status of the goal is only for Allah to determine and permit based upon them.
Allah azza wa jall promises that victory for this Deen and this Ummah will be an honor bestowed only upon those who keep to His commands, follow what He has prescribed, avoid His prohibitions, protect the honor of His Messengers and their followers, uphold His Deen and fight against His enemies. And by this, Allah makes His word uppermost and the word of His objectors debased. Allah, Glorified and Exalted is He, above having a son or gender, free of defects and deficiencies, says what means:
"Indeed, Allah will help those who help His Cause. Indeed, Allah is all Powerful, Exalted in Might." -Surah al-Hajj ayah 40
Allah, Possessor of all Might and Majesty, says what means:
"Those who, if We establish them on earth, they establish the Salah, give zakaah, enjoin the good and forbid the evil; and with Allah rest the end of affairs." -Surah al-Hajj ayah 41
Allah azza wa jall, says that which means:
"O you who believe. If you help the Cause of Allah, Allah will Help you and establish your feet firmly. But those who disbelieve, for them is destruction and Allah will make vain their deeds." -Surah Muhammad ayat 7-8
"Allah has Promised those amongst you who have iman (certainty of belief) and do righteous deeds, that He will grant you the khilafah (succession, rulership, etc.) over the land." -Surah an-Nur ayah 55
"Allah has Decreed: It is I and My Messenger who will prevail." -Surah al-Mujaadalah ayah 21
"It is He who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the deen of Truth, to cause to it supersede over all other deens (i.e. legislation, rule, religions, systems of life, etc.), though the mushrikeen may detest it." -Surah at-Tawba ayah 33
In this lecture, Sheikh Kamal el-Mekki, explains the role of this Ummah, as individuals, in order that we mold ourselves deserving of this prevailing 'izzah. Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I tell you, the wrong path is always the path of least resistance. May Allah make us firm and steadfast. May He, azza wa jall, unite us upon tawheed, upon the Sunnah of Sayyidina Muhammad salallahu 'alayhi wa alihi wa salaam and upon His Deen and obedience. Allahumma ameen! Enjoy and benefit, in'sha'Allah:
*events foretold in Surah ar-Rum ayat 2-4