Message to Cambridge Muslims from the Imam of Al-Aqsa

From the IMAM of AL-AQSA

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم وبه نستعين

In the name of Allah, most Compassionate and Merciful.
From Him do we seek support!

الحمد لله الصلاة والسلام على رسول الله

All praise is for Allah, and may blessings and peace rest upon Allah’s Messenger.

Building a mosque is a great blessing for a believer. How could it be otherwise, when it is the house of Allah the Exalted. He has said: ‘The mosques belong to Allah; so call on none besides Him.’ And Allah has honoured and ennobled mosques by relating them to His own self, for it is narrated that the first to build a mosque was our forefather Adam, alayhi’s-salam, in the company of the noble angels. Ibrahim, alayhi’s-salam, ‘raised up the foundations’ of the Sacred Mosque (al-Masjid al-Haram) itself. Every Prophet built mosques. And our own prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, built mosque also, most especially the Noble Prophetic Mosque (al-Masjid al-Nabawi), in which he now sleeps in the company of his great Companions Abu Bakr and Umar. It has been narrated that Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, will be buried beside him in his mosque at the end of time.

Since a mosque is created only for worship, the Revealed Law urges us to build mosques. Allah’s Messenger, salla’Llahu alayhi wa-sallam, has said: ‘Whoever builds a mosque, though it be as small as a grouse’s nest, Allah shall build a house for him in the Garden.’ A mosque is built on taqwa and the approval of Allah; and those who attend it are people of tawba and purity. It has been narrated that ‘Whoever loves Allah, let him love me; whoever loves me, let him love my Companions; and whoever loves my Companions, let him love the Qur’an; and whoever loves the Qur’an, let him love the mosques.’

Mosques are Allah’s palaces and edifices which He has ordered to be raised up, and which he has blessed. Like the people who are responsible for them, they are full of good auspices. Those who uphold them are protected, like the mosques themselves. While they pray, Allah sees to their needs. While they are in their mosques, Allah protects them.

Today Muslims have a duty to build mosques, to keep them pure and clean, to populate them spiritually and physically, and to establish the Islamic rituals within them. In a hadith it is narrated that ‘Whoever goes by morning or evening to the mosque, each time, Allah shall grant him an abode in Paradise.’

May Allah be praised for His blessings. We thank Him for His gifts and generosity. Allah has granted a great favour to the sincere Muslims of Britain, and most especially the Muslims of the city of Cambridge, who are building a magnificent mosque which will be the pride of the servants of al-Rahman, a place for the recital of the Qur’an and the hearing of the Adhan. Allah has singled out for this wonderful task a group of believers in Allah the Exalted, including members of the Family of Allah’s Messenger, and scholars and believers and people of taqwa and ihsan. May Allah bless their zeal and their actions, and make them purely for His noble Face. Congratulations to them, as the people of the mosques will pass through the fears of the Day of Judgment as quickly as lightning, so that the others in that assembly will say: They are angels, brought near to Allah, or Prophets who have been sent! But a herald will cry out: They are not angels, or Prophets, but they are the People of the Mosques, and those who kept up the prayers, of the Umma of Muhammad, salla’Llahu ‘alayhi wa-sallam.

كتبه امام وخطيب المسجد الأقصى يوسف ابو سنينة غفر الله له ولوالديه آمين

(signed) Yusuf Abu Sneinah,
Imam and Khatib of al-Masjid al-Aqsa,
may Allah forgive him and his parents.

14 April 2016

(image credit: By Godot13 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

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