Today, I attended Jummah at the Central Illinois Mosque in Champaign, IL. This mosque essentially caters to the UIUC campus, UIC's big sister. They do, however, have a sizeable local community their outside of the student body, it's pretty big actually.
The khateeb today was Imam Mahdi (A). I mean... not (A), or is this legitimate? In case you are confused as to why I am confused. The khateeb was introduced as Imam Mahdi which is slightly humorous to those who can take a joke. The reason being simply because Imam Mahdi is the foretold figure who reveals himself at the end of
The khateeb, an older Arab man, began the khutbah by informing us that he changed the topic of his khutbah last minute due to some recent news he heard about a killing in France. The man who was charged with the murders was a Muslim named Mohamed.
It was a simple reminder that Islam and the Qur'an are universal, they are not limited in scope by either time or space. Nor are they only for specific ethnic groups, they are indeed for all of mankind.