Transcript of Shaykh Hamdi’s Khuṭbah on ‘Ashura 2014
It is remarkable how our predecessors made sacrifices for our sake. They were not selfish. Every generation stands upon the shoulders of those generations that came before it, who made these sacrifices. We owe it to them to be grateful for what they did, to reflect upon it, and to thank God for them.
Our Master Husayn showed us what it means to gain victory when it looks to your enemy as if he has overcome you. To gain victory without the material appearance of victory. He allowed the Ummah, the world, to understand what it means to lead from behind, to lead without being the “official leader,” and to lead without holding worldly posts and positions that have titles.
He showed that victory is in having integrity with God, being true to one’s values and remaining the more honourable one, even when being wronged and oppressed. He showed us that one does not struggle for temporary achievement of rights or respect from one’s oppressor, but rather, one struggles in order that there be a model to all the world of what sincerity looks like.
Assalam alaykum dearest Beloved
I write this letter to you, because it breaks my heart that anyone would feel deprived or punished by the loving action of God in their life. It breaks my heart that we could think in such a destructive way of our Lord, laboring under the harmful belief that He would exclude us from good, or strike us with a state that has no spiritual meaning, or decree upon us with a disconnection from Him – and once a month at that! What kind of a view do we have of God if that is the kind of action we ascribe to Him? What kind of a God are we turning Him, Most High, into?
Our Teachers in Tarim sing, on the first night of Ramadan: “Welcome, O Month of Ramadan! Welcome, O Month of seeking God! Welcome, O Month of happiness.” Wait, happiness? really? in a religious rite?
Yes! happiness. Happiness is an act of worship – it shows appreciation for God’s Blessings, and it spreads happiness and joy to others. Show happiness this month: smile, because you are standing under a shower of blessings, God’s Grace, His Unconditional Love, and His Forgiveness. You don’t even have to work hard for these blessings: He’s giving them out for free.