The companions of Rasulullah (saw), the Tabiin and the Tabi Tabiin. Those men and women who were around the Prophet, who surrounded, who supported, who followed, who listened, who obeyed, who loved, who sacrificed for the messenger of Allah saw. They were the strangers then.
Abu Hurairah RA, he said: Rasulullah SAW said: “Islam was strange when it began and will one day be strange again; Blessed are the ghuraba’ (those strange people)”. [H.R.Muslim]
Who are the strangers in our time? We are the strangers insyaAllah.
And when the prophet (saw) who was well known to his people. They knew he was Muhammad ibnu Abdullah, they knew he was Al Amin, the truthful. But when Allah sent him as a prophet and as a Messenger, and commissioned him of the Quran and ordered them to follow Him to listen to his words and to give up the idols and to obey and worship Allah alone, they thought he was saying something strange? And He said to them, by their names,
“ Oh Quraisy, you know me, If I told you there was an army behind this mountain coming here to destroy you, would you believe me? They said ”Yes, we would believe you”. Then I’m telling you I’m the messenger of Allah and you have the obligation to obey me.
Their response was that still he was saying something strange. Very strange indeed.
And so, the prophet (saw) who was respected, trusted and who was loved, who was known by his people, even to his uncle, that day he became a stranger. Umar Ibn Khattab, the patriot among the Arabs, among the Quraisy, the man who was willing to kill the prophet (saw) just because his feeling of Taumiyah, he was willing but on that day that he intended to kill the prophet, he too became a stranger. That very day.
We work Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, double shifts, we work anytime, but if its time for prayers, its Allah’s time. When we get a beard, when we practice Islam, when we pray in public, people start to ask, what happened to you? You’re starting to look like this terrorist guy, that Osama Bin Laden guy? Are you intending to go to war?Whats going on with you? You’ve become extremist? No, this is not extremist. This is the sunnah and the way Islam has taught us. And if you don’t like it I don’t care. We must be willing to become strangers, and when we become strangers, its going to effect our livelihood. It will cause people to misunderstand you, it will make you sometimes even doubt yourself. Why did I lose my friends? How come they treat me differently? They keep telling me, because I’m different from them.
Or in the case of the sisters, she doesn’t cover herself, shes wearing lipsticks in the streets, shes putting perfume on, shes working among the kuffar, and her husband is like her. And one day she wakes up. And she puts on hijab, and she puts her full clothes on. No more lipsticks, no more perfumes, she doesn’t talk with men just to be friends nor mix freely with them anymore, because she understands it is important to keep her Haya’ (modesty/shyness). She stays home to take care of her husband, her family where it really matters the most. Then people ask what happened to you? She says, I read an ayat in the Quran, and the hadith of the prophet (saw) and it made me cry to think about my religion. And I’m not doing it anymore. And they say, you have become extreme. She had now become a stranger. We ask Allah to bring strangers together. Because strangers belong with strangers.
Muslim brothers and sisters, we should want to be strangers. We should want to be a part of the return of the strangers. And we should realize no matter what the non-Muslims do, no matter what they try to do and extinguish the light of Allah by blowing with their mouths, their televisions, their cinemas, newspapers, books, radios whatever they do against Islam, the lies, the distortion the misconception, whatever they do to try to wipe out Islam, they will never wipe Islam out. Because Allah, “Yutimmu nurihi wa lau karihal kafirun.” Allah will perfect His light. And he will perfect it through the strangers.
We ask Allah that He make you and I among the strangers. We ask that he gives our son and daughters love for the strangers. We ask Allah that whoever that has gone astray will come back to become strangers. We ask Allah, whoever that comes to the Masjid will return again to the Masjid so that they can pray with the strangers. Because when the Muslims in Palestine, in Afghanistan, in Somalia, in Yemen, In Malaysia and when the Muslims wherever they are, they come out, began to pray in the Masjid as strangers, then Allah will give the earth back to them, their Quwwah, the strength back to them. Then Islam will be back.
But you should not ask for the rewards of the strangers if you’re not acting like the strangers.