Dear brothers, Imaams,
Assalamu 'alaikum wa rahamtullaahi
Allaah has blessed me
to be fully involved in Da'wah in general and Jumu'ah khutbahs in
particular for the past seventeen years. I have come to realise
and appreciate the difficulties and hardships that all Imaams have
go through due to the dearth of knowledge resources and time for
research and preparation. The sad fact is that Imaams are spending
most of their valuable time in their communities, playing an indispensable
role. This has resulted, in some cases, with unqualified brothers
finding themselves to be the only ones in the community able to
give the khutbah.
These and other concerns
motivated me to think of establishing a council for Imaams that
would provide them with the educational support they need, similar
to the support other professionals have in their fields. While myself
and other concerned brothers were thinking of the logistics of implementing
this idea, the advent of the Internet forced us to stop dead in
our tracks. The thought of using the Internet for this very purpose
had occurred to me and I was bold enough to say this. To me it was
as if I was the person who had invented the Internet!
This technology reminded
me of the du'aa of the wind that the Prophet Sallallaahu 'alaihi
wa sallam taught us, "O Allaah I ask You from its good and
the good it was sent for, and seek refuge in You from its evil and
the evil it was sent for".
The marathon began three
years ago when I started visiting the most prominent Imaams worldwide.
The responses ranged from some of them being very excited to others
being very pessimistic. 'The Muslim Imaams do not even have computers
let alone internet access' the pessimists said.
I had to ignore them totally
and give my ears to those who were optimistic like myself. Our optimism
of the idea was not emotional, but rather realistic and visionary.
It was based on two simple
1- The great need and
demand of such a service.
2- The easiness of using the Internet.
After collecting thousands
of written and audio khutbas, I was unable to rejoice at this accomplishment
for a long time. I came to realise that a huge amount of further
work was required. In fact it dawned on me that the operation was
so huge that it required a whole team specially dedicated for this
The team started off as
small as containing three sincere brothers and by the grace of Allaah
has grown such that at this moment it contains fifteen professional
Also, I found myself coming
to terms with things that I had previously never even dreamt of,
such as hosting, networks, intranet, local servers and so many other
new technologies - all of which translates into extra financial
The most unforeseen and perhaps difficult problem I faced was the
mentality of many prosperous Muslims who where hitherto unaccustomed
to donating for such projects, rather they felt more inclined towards
the 'traditional' forms of charitable projects such as building
Masjids or schools.
It has been a wonderful
blessing from Allaah that the Arabic site has been launched. Even
I as the most optimistic member of the team never expected to reach
about three thousand Imaams on weekly basis. Our server counter
is informative and accurate, these Imaams represent sixty two countries
and territories. With the advent of the English site's launch, we
expect the number to increase greatly if not double.
I thank on all your behalves,
the brothers and sisters working in the English department for this
great effort and more importantly for their patience with our financial
difficulties, which resulted in late salaries. Despite this they
have had the spirit to continue working and bringing you more powerful
and moving khutbas.
We are not satisfied yet
with the technical side of this version of Alminbar. It is just
a matter of time and you will all enjoy a very sophisticated and
technically efficient web site, Allaah willing.
We apologise for being
unable to translate all the materials related to the fiqh of the
khateeb and the fiqh of the khutbah. These sections are very comprehensive
researches done originally in Arabic. The only obstacle in this
regard is of course the finance needed to hire more translators
Finally, we welcome you
all to your site; Alminbar is a site for every Muslim who wishes
to seek knowledge and more specifically for every Imaam looking
to improve his speech and enhance the knowledge level of his congregation.
We ask that you give us
feedback on the site, your valuable comments will be always appreciated
and dealt with seriously.
May Allah bless and preserve
Your brother in Islaam,
Wajdi Hamzah Al Ghazzawi