Throughout the Damascus Sermon There is Mention of the Unity of Islam and the Reign of the Morality of Islam
The future shall be Islam’s alone
First Word: The first word is ‘hope;’ that is, to nurture a strong hope of Allah’s mercy. As a consequence of the lesson I have learnt on my own account, I say: O congregation of Muslims! I give you this good news: the first signs of the true dawn of Arab happiness are just appearing. This happiness will occur through the kindling of the worldly happiness of all Muslims, in particular that of the Ottomans, and especially through the progress of Islam. The emergence of the sun of happiness has drawn close. In order to rub despair’s nose in the dust, I say what is my firm conviction so that the world will hear:
THE FUTURE SHALL BE ISLAM’S AND ISLAM’S ALONE. AND ITS RULER SHALL BE THE TRUTHS OF THE QUR’AN AND BELIEF. (p. 20-21)
30-40 years after Hijri 1371 (Hijri 1401) the dawn will appear
Conclusion: We Muslims, who are students of the Qur’an, follow proof; we approach the truths of belief through reason, thought, and our hearts. We do not abandon proof in favor of imitation of the clergy, like some adherents of other religions. Therefore, in the future when reason, science and technology prevail, of a certainty that will be the time the Qur’an will gain ascendancy, which relies on rational proofs and invites the reason to confirm its pronouncements. Moreover, the veils that have eclipsed the sun of Islam, hindered its emergence and prevented it illuminating mankind have begun to disperse. Those things that were hindering it have begun to fall back. The signs of the dawn appeared forty-five years ago. THEN THE TRUE DAWN APPEARED FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO. THEN THE TRUE DAWN BROKE IN 1371/1951, OR IT WILL BREAK. EVEN IF IT IS A FALSE DAWN, IN THIRTY OR FORTY YEARS’ TIME H. 1401 /H.1411- 1981 AD/1991 AD) THE TRUE DAWN WILL BREAK. (pg. 27)
The False Dawn - the initial redness on horizon that appears towards the morning
The True Dawn- Second light that begins to spread after the False Dawn
1371 + 30 = 1401 = 1981
1371 + 40 = 1411 = 1991
For sure, maybe not now (AFTER H. 1371) but IN THIRTY TO FORTY YEARS’ TIME , in order to fully equip to perfection the three forces of science, true knowledge [acquired through arts, science and skills] and the virtues of civilization, and to overcome those nine obstacles, the desire to search for the truth, equity, and love of humanity will be dispatched to the fronts of those nine enemy squadrons. They have already started to drive them back. Allah willing, IN HALF A CENTURY they will scatter them completely. (The Damascus Sermon, p. 25)
1371 + 30 = 1401 = 1981
1371 + 40 = 1411 = 1991
IN HALF A CENTURY: 1371 + 50 = 1421 = 2001
The morality of Islam will absolutely triumph: True Christians will ally with Muslims and Christianity will unite with Islam
Europe and America are pregnant with Islam; one day they will give birth to an Islamic state. Just as the Ottomans were pregnant with Europe and gave birth to a European state. O my brothers who are here in the Umayyad Mosque and those who are in the mosque of the world of Islam half a century later!
Do the introductory remarks, that is, those made up to here, not point to the conclusion THAT IT IS ISLAM THAT WILL BE THE TRUE, AND SPIRITUAL, RULER OVER THE FUTURE, AND ONLY ISLAM THAT WILL LEAD MANKIND TO HAPPINESS IN THIS WORLD AND THE NEXT; AND THAT TRUE CHRISTIANITY, STRIPPING AWAY SUPERSTITION AND CORRUPTED BELIEF, WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO ISLAM, AND FOLLOWING THE QUR’AN, IT WILL UNITE WITH ISLAM? (p. 32)
Just as every winter is followed by spring, the Sun of Islam will absolutely rise
How is it that while there are such powerful and unshakable ways and means for the material and moral progress of the believers and people of Islam, and although the road to future happiness has been opened up like a railway, you despair and fall into hopelessness in the face of the future, and destroy the morale of the Islamic world? In despair and hopelessness you suppose that “the world is the world of progress for Europeans and everyone else,” but “it is the world of decline only for the unfortunate people of Islam!” By saying that you are making a grievous mistake.
Since the desire to progress and be perfected has been included in the universe and in man’s essential nature, for sure, if the Judgment day does not soon engulf mankind as a result of its errors and wrongdoing, IN THE FUTURE TRUTH AND JUSTICE WILL SHOW THE WAY TO A WORLDLY HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD OF ISLAM, ALLAH WILLING, IN WHICH THERE WILL BE ATONEMENT FOR THE FORMER ERRORS OF MANKIND.
Consider this: time does not run in a straight line so that its beginning and end draw apart from one another; it moves in a circle, like the motion of the globe of the earth. Sometimes it displays the seasons of spring and summer as progress, and sometimes the seasons of storms and winter as decline.
JUST AS EVERY WINTER IS FOLLOWED BY SPRING AND EVERY NIGHT BY MORNING, MANKIND ALSO SHALL HAVE A MORNING AND A SPRING, ALLAH WILLING. YOU MAY EXPECT FROM DIVINE MERCY TO SEE TRUE CIVILIZATION WITHIN UNIVERSAL PEACE BROUGHT ABOUT THROUGH THE SUN OF THE TRUTH OF ISLAM. (pp. 37-38)
Despair is the most grievous sickness
If the Day of Judgment does not take place at the very beginning, we ask for from the mercy of the All-Merciful, hope and expect that the truth of Islam becomes instrumental in redeeming mankind from its silence in its lowest form, purifying the earth and in the establishment of the peace of the world.
DESPAIR IS A MOST GRIEVOUS SICKNESS AND IT HAS ENTERED THE HEART OF THE WORLD OF ISLAM. It is despair that has as though killed us, so that a small state of one or two million in the West has made twenty million Muslims in the East its servants and their country, its colony. And it is despair that has killed our high morals, causing us to abandon the public good, has restricted our sight to personal benefits. It is despair too that has destroyed our morale. Although with little power, we were victorious from east to west through the moral strength that arose from belief, but it was destroyed through despair; tyrannical foreigners have made three hundred million Muslims their captives for the last four hundred years.
And because of this despair, Muslims even suppose the indifference and despondency of others to be an excuse for their own laziness and say: “What is it to me?” Saying, “Everybody is contemptible, like me,” they abandon the courageousness of belief and fail to perform their Islamic duties.
Since the sickness of despair has inflicted so much tyranny on us and is killing us, we shall totally shatter it with the verse, “Do not despair of Allah’s mercy” (Surah Yusuf, 87) . Allah willing, we shall destroy it with the truth of the Hadith, “Even if a thing is not wholly obtained, it should not be wholly left.”
DESPAIR IS A MOST GRIEVOUS SICKNESS OF COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS, A CANCER. It is against goodness and, opposes the fact, “Do not despair of solace from Allah. No one despairs of solace from Allah except for people who are disbelievers.” (Surah Yusuf, 87) It is the quality and pretext of cowards, the base and the impotent. It does not speak of Islamic courage. It cannot be the quality of a people like the Arabs in particular, who among mankind have been privileged with a fine character that is the cause of pride. The nations of the Islamic world have taken lessons from the Arabs’ fortitude. Allah willing, once more the Arabs will give up despair and will stand together with the Turks, who are the heroic army of Islam, and will unfurl the banner of the Qur’an in every part of the world. (pp. 43-45)
All Muslims must avoid saying “What is it to me?” and make effort for the Unity of Islam and the domination of the morality of Islam
O brothers who are listening to these words of mine here in the Umayyad Mosque! And O Muslim brothers in the mosque of the world of Islam forty to fifty years’ later! Do not make apologies, saying: “We do no harm, but neither do we have the power to do anything beneficial; therefore we are excused.” Such an apology is not acceptable.
YOUR LAZINESS AND SAYING, “WHAT IS IT TO ME?”, AND YOUR DISPLAYING NO EFFORT AND NOT GETTING INTO THE WORKING SPIRIT THROUGH ISLAMIC UNITY AND TRUE ISLAMIC BROTHERHOOD, HAVE DONE MUCH DAMAGE AND ARE AN INJUSTICE TO YOU.
Just as bad deeds thus mount to thousands, so also at this time good deeds, that is, good deeds that affect the sacredness of Islam, do not remain restricted to the one who performs them. Indeed, such good deeds may in fact be beneficial to millions of believers; they may strengthen the bonds of moral, spiritual, and material life. Therefore, this is not the time to cast oneself on the bed of idleness, saying, “What is it to me?
We, the Muslim groups who are your unhappy small brothers suffer harm through your idleness and laxity. Especially the Arabs, who are esteemed, numerous, and either have been awakened or will be! First and foremost, I address you with these words. For you are our teachers and leaders, and the teachers and leaders of all the peoples of Islam, and you are the fighters of Islam. It was later that the mighty Turkish nation assisted you in that sacred duty.
With my faulty understanding, I imagine Islamic society at this time in the form of a factory containing many machines. Should any components of the machines fall behind or encroach on another, which is its fellow, the machines cease to function. THE EXACT TIME FOR ISLAMIC UNITY IS THEREFORE BEGINNING. IT NECESSITATES NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO ONE ANOTHER’S PERSONAL FAULTS. (pp. 56-58)
The Islamic Union is the greatest obligation of this age
I repeat: the means of unity of the Mohammaden Union, which in reality is Islamic Unity, is Divine Unity. Its oath and pledge is belief. Its membership consists of all believers. Its code of rules are the practices of the Prophet (saas). Its laws are the commands and prohibitions of the Shari‘a [the morality of the Qur’an]. THIS UNION IS NOT A TRADITION BUT A WORSHIP.
Hiding and fear are both hypocrisy, but there is no hypocrisy in performing the obligatory acts of religion. THE OBLIGATORY ACT OF GREATEST IMPORTANCE AT THE PRESENT TIME IS ISLAMIC UNITY. While the aim and goal of Unity is to stir into life the long, many- branched, far-reaching luminous chain which binds together the centers of Islam and their places of worship, to arouse those bound to it, and through the wishes and promptings of their consciences drive them to the way of progress. THE WAY OF THIS UNION IS LOVE; ITS ENMITY IS ONLY FOR IGNORANCE, POVERTY, AND STRIFE. NON-MUSLIMS SHOULD FEEL SURE THAT THIS UNION ATTACKS ONLY THOSE THREE ATTRIBUTES. OUR ACTIONS TOWARDS NON-MUSLIMS CONSIST ONLY OF PERSUASION, FOR WE KNOW THEM TO BE CIVILIZED. And we suppose them to be fair-minded, SO WE SHOULD DEMONSTRATE THAT ISLAM IS LOVABLE AND ELEVATED. The lax and negligent should know that they cannot ingratiate themselves with the non-Muslims by being irreligious, for they only show that they are unprincipled. And no one likes unprincipledness and anarchy. Those who join this Union after due investigation will not leave it by blindly imitating such people. We present to public opinion the ideas, way, and reality of the Mohammaden Union, which is Islamic Unity. If anyone has any objections, let him voice them; we are ready to answer them. (pp. 90-91)
The rationale “foreigners will not allow the Unity of Islam to happen” is not true. The real obstacle before the Unity of Islam is ignorance, severe poverty and hypocrisy
Fifth Groundless Fear: Is there not the possibility that the Europeans will be perturbed by it?
The Answer: Those who consider this to be a possibility are themselves perturbed. For it is refuted by the Europeans praising Islam in lectures and describing its elevated nature in the very centers of their dogmatism. Also, it is not they who are our enemies; what has in reality brought us this low is opposition to the Shari’a [the morality of the Qur’an and the sunnah of our Prophet (saas)], which is the result of ignorance, thus preventing us from upholding the Word of Allah; and poverty and its fruits of immorality and bad conduct; and conflict and its products of strife and hatred; the attacks of our Union are directed at these three ruthless enemies.
The sixth groundless Fear: Some people say that Islamic Unity, which aims to implement the practices of the Prophet (saas), “limits freedom and is opposed to the requirements of civilization.”
The Answer: The true believer is truly free. One who is the slave and servant of the Maker of the world will not condescend to lower himself before His creatures. That is to say, freedom is increased to the degree belief is strengthened. (pp. 96-97)