Imagine spending years saving up for hajj. And then imagine, not being able to go because you gave all your money away, but Allah accepts your hajj anyway. This is the story of Ali, a humble cobbler from Damascus whose random act of sacrifice fulfilled the Muslim communal obligation – fard kifayah – of hundreds of thousands of others.
Imagine facing Allah on the Day of Judgement, while standing next to a man, woman or child from your community who suffered neglect, abuse, injustice hunger and deprivation. What will our excuse be? “I thought someone else would take care of it” might not cut it.
Every single Muslim needs to hear this khutbah by Imam Khalid Latif.
Imam Khalid Latif is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies. Sincere thanks to ICNYU for the recording of his Friday prayer sermon on Muslim communal obligation, or fard kifayah.
Resources on Muslim communal obligation:
- Supplications for the Oppressed and Distressed
- Is One Being Nosy by Commanding the Good and Forbidding Evil?
- Seven Counsels for Successful Service and Activism
- VIDEO: Activism & Social Change – Prophetic Principles for Social Change
- Service to Humanity in Islam
- Why Do We Serve? What is Prophetic Concern?
- Prophetic Principles for Serving With Excellence
- Dr Bano Murtuja on Muhammadan Activism
- Show The World What It Means To be Muslim
- Answering the Call: Carry the Future for Syrian Refugees
- “Allah forbade oppression amongst his creation”
- Collection of Duas for the Oppressed