Philosophy of sacrifice at Hajj & its implications with Jesus

G’d says in the Qur’an (37:103 – 107):

When both surrendered [to G’d] and [Abraham] flung down his son on his forehead.
We called out, Oh Abraham!
You have indeed fulfilled your dream. Thus do We reward the doers of good.
Surely this was an apparent trial.
And We ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.

Hajj or pilgrimage is a series of rituals that relives events within the lives of Abraham(AS), Hagar (AS) and Abraham’s first son, Ishmael (AS). One of these rituals that has many meanings or implications is the slaughtering of a sheep or goat on the 10 day of Dhul-Hijjah in commemoration of G’d pardoning Abraham from sacrificing his son Ishmael (AS), not Isaac (AS) according to Islam, and giving him a ram (scapegoat) in his place.

In times past, human sacrifice was a common practice. Civilizations would sacrifice people, virgins in many cases, to atone for perceived community sins after a natural disaster or calamity befell the society. Part of the wisdom of the story of Abraham (AS) and Ishmael (AS) is that G’d was conveying to human beings from that time on that He is in no need for the sacrificing of the innocent, children or virgins for man to prove his faith or to atone for sins. Abraham’s willingness to obey G’d was sufficient for him to be given grace.

وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَكِنْ شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِنْهُ مَا لَهُمْ بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلَّا اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا
G’d says in the Qur’an (4:157):

And they said, Surely we killed the Messiah Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of G’d whereas in fact they neither slain him nor crucified him but the matter was dubious to them and those who differed about it too were in a state of doubt. They have no definite knowledge about it, but merely follow conjecture, and they slew him not.

لَنْ يَنَالَ اللَّهَ لُحُومُهَا وَلَا دِمَاؤُهَا وَلَكِنْ يَنَالُهُ التَّقْوَى مِنْكُمْ
He also says in the chapter called The Hajj (22:37):

Neither their flesh nor their blood reaches G’d, but their piety reaches him from you…

In following the wisdom of the Qur’an and the logic of the Hajj, Islam not only textually but philosophically does not accept the idea that the Messiah Jesus (AS) was crucified. It would be outside of the justice of the Most Just G’d to sacrifice the innocent and shed his blood to atone for the crimes and sins of the criminal. That would be like an innocent person being sentenced to the death penalty for a mass murdering spree of a group of criminals even after the criminals confessed to committing the crimes. G’d is more just than we, and we would find the punishment of the innocent person to be completely repugnant in such a circumstance. The very nature of the human being, which G’d created rejects injustice.

Praise be to G’d, the Lord of the Worlds, who chose Abraham (AS) to be an example for mankind and made his religion to have clarity and logic.

And surely G’d knows best.


Walid speaks about the date palm tree & the believer

This morning’s khatirah discussed a “good word being like a good tree” and an “evil word being like a good tree.”  Explicitly, the hadeeth states that the good tree is the date palm tree, and the evil tree is hanthal.  The date palm tree in its growth, the environment that it can grow in, and what it produces is like a believer while hanthal (bitter apple vine) is like a disbeliever in its lack of resolution, non-beneficial qualities, and social toxicity.

Click here to listen.

Walid gives sermon about Ramadan, the month of mercy

Yesterday’s sermons focused on Ramadan being the month of mercy, the month in which the Qur’an was revealed, the month in which a Mercy to the Worlds Muhammad (SAAS) came into his prophetic office and the month of fasting which brings more mercy from G’d.

Click here to listen to sermon at the American Muslim Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

Click to hear second sermon (partial) at Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Walid gives sermons on outreach, civic engagment & austerity

Dawud Walid giving speech

Audio of latest sermons:

 “Wisdom of Ja’far (RA) in Christian Ethiopia” given at the Islamic Organization of North America. 5/8/09

“Being Like a Good Tree” given at the American Muslim Center in Dearborn. 5/15/09

 “Austerity (Zuhd) & Islamic Lifestyle” given University of Michigan – Dearborn. 2nd portion mentions the recent arrest of the “dimwits” of NY and the FBI agent provocateur Shahed Hussain and selling out one’s latter-life for the life of this world. 5/29/09

Conference on justice & peace in Islam this Saturday


The Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) this Saturday will hold its 5th annual conference on “Justice & Peace For All Mankind: From A Qur’anic Perspective.”

Speakers will include Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Dr. Ahmed Azfaal, Ameer Mustapha Elturk and CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

 Admission is FREE.

 WHAT: “Justice For All Mankind: From A Qur’anic Perspective” Conference

WHERE: IONA Masjid, 28630 Ryan Rd, Warren, MI 48092

WHEN: Saturday May 22 from 4 PM to 10:30 PM

 For more information, call 586-558-6900.