Putting Allah Back At The Center Of Our Lives – A Khutbah By Imam Marc Manley

“Time is our most precious commodity.” No. our beliefs and principles are.

The dangers of liberalism and secularism is the ism: that which prioritizes the now over the later.

It’s the reverse of so many things:

  • This life is uncertain (but Allah says The Next Life is what is uncertain).

وَما أَدري ما يُفعَلُ بي وَلا بِكُم

  • Liberalism makes the individual the primary occupation of this life: one no longer has to struggle or improve oneself. It’s all about you and getting your slice of the pie. It’s as if the Here-After is guaranteed and it’s this life that we strive for.
  • The individual is no longer called upon to question itself, its validity, its contents and its character. Instead, the individual only seeks its rights from that which is more powerful than it: either the State, or others more powerful than it within the State.

Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change themselves.

لَهُ مُعَقِّباتٌ مِن بَينِ يَدَيهِ وَمِن خَلفِهِ يَحفَظونَهُ مِن أَمرِ اللَّهِ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُغَيِّرُ ما بِقَومٍ حَتّىٰ يُغَيِّروا ما بِأَنفُسِهِم ۗ

“Everyone has a succession of angels in front of him and behind him, guarding him by Allah’s command. Allah never changes a people’s state until they change what is in themselves. When Allah desires evil for a people, there is no averting it. They have no protector apart from Him.” Qur’an 13: 11

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