Lectures on Activism

Khalid Latif – Not Just Why, But Why Not? Making Religion Relevant

If we were not here, would the community we were part of miss us? Would they say we need them because of our contributions? What have we done to help our communities and our societies grow and be better? Imam Khalid Latif delivers this inspiring lecture motivating us to give back for the sake of Allah.

Hamza Yusuf – Torchbearers: Creating Positive Changes

“And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practice regular charity;and they constantly served Us and Us only.” (21:73)

Muslims in the West are faced with the difficult task of integrating within larger society and being direct contributors to its growth and well-being. Recent issues such as the NYPD
spying scandal have challenged this integration for students. How we address these injustices and coordinate our response with the public and government at large will reflect on who we are as Muslims in America. This attitude must also translate into the influence we have on our local communities that include Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Our role must extend beyond the walls of our mosques and into the public domain where we may influence political, educational, and even social trends. Our presence will be felt if we only put forth the effort that is required. A fitting opportunity is in the upcoming election where the course of political events rests in the hands of us as voters. How we define our role in this referendum on where our country is heading will surely have an impact on people here and abroad. Join us for a discussion on the multiple roles we students play in American society.

Yasir Qadhi – Speaking Truth to Power and Standing Up Against Oppression

In this powerful and emotional talk, delivered in front of the largest annual gathering of Muslims in North America, Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi shares his thoughts on the current state of Islamophobia in America, and the dismal situation in Muslim lands and how we should work together to speak out against oppression and injustice.

Omar Suleiman – The Simple Math of Success: Self – Ego = Divine Change + Happiness

The Qur’an tells us that “God does not change the condition of a people until they change their own condition” (13:11). We also know that the Prophet (God’s peace and blessings be upon him) told us that our greatest enemy is the ego that resides between our two sides. What is the ego (nafs), and why is it such a formidable foe? The current Muslim crisis can be solved only by divine change. But first we must learn to change our own condition so that it may help bring about the change we want in the world. This talk will include a Qur’anic diagnosis and treatment plan for the current Muslim crisis.

Omar Suleiman – Youth: The Lifeline of a Community

The ADAMS Center Youth Group and Young Muslims co-hosted a program titled “Youth: The Lifeline of a Community” with visiting scholar Imam Omar Suleiman. Sheikh Omar gave some practical steps to those in attendance to get active, take action, and make a difference in their community.

Nouman Ali Khan – Future of Youth Activism

There are many youth who are active in Islamic work and concerned about their faith. There are also many youth who do not care about religion and are deterred from it by others What can we do about these youth who have been disconnected from Islam and the Muslim community? Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explains at the 2013 ADAMS Youth Conference in Virginia, USA.

Abdul Nasir Jangda – Make Yourself Beneficial to the Community

Khutbah by Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda on March 1, 2013 at IIOC titled: “Make Yourself Beneficial to the Community”.

Yasmin Mogahed – Burn Out Phenomenon

We sometimes an experience a “high” after short period of increased knowledge, but when it ends we are burnt out and lose focus. Why does this happen? What is this “Burn Out Phenomenon”?

Nouman Ali Khan – When Muslims Work Together

One-Day Seminar at IANT, Richardson TX on Nov 11, 2012. Ustadh Nouman highlighted various aspects of Quranic guidance on being a part of any Islamic organization – whether as a leader or a community member. This seminar is a great Quranic orientation for any person who becomes a shura member in any organization – a masjid board member, a volunteer at a school, a member in the college MSA.

Find the seminar webpage at http://goo.gl/zXkwG
Seminar workbook available at http://goo.gl/wg6C9

Nouman Ali Khan – Of Aliens and Priorities

Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan telling us we should focus on priorities that are important and do not concern with trivial aspects.

Waleed Basyouni – Towards a Better Society

Shaykh Waleed Basyouni discusses part of being a Muslim is by adding value to the society in a positive manner.

Nouman Ali Khan – Impact of Youth in Today’s Society

“Impact of Youth in Today’s Society”- Talk by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan (Apologies for poor sound quality) Speech at Chain of Hearts, the First annual Youth Conference in Southern California, March 17, 2012, Anaheim, California. Organized by the Southern California Chapters of YM and ICNA. Read more about this event: http://www.icna.org/sold-out-1st-youth-conf-by-ym-icna-in-s-california/

Altaf Husain – Life After MSA

Dr. Altaf Husain discusses the MSA (Muslim Students’ Association) experience and the life after it.

Hamza Yusuf – United We Stand: One Destiny

Where are we going? This is a question that is relevant for both Muslims and Americans. Beyond certain jingoistic slogans we may regurgitate during moments of contrived patriotism, do we really have a sense of destiny? What is our vision for the sort of world we would like to see coming into being and what actions can we realistically take to begin actualizing that vision? These are some of the questions Shaykh Hamza Yusuf will address during the concluding lecture of this conference.

Hamza Yusuf – Sharing Success: Fair Trade Commerce for a Better World

In the recent years, Fair Trade has emerged as one of the world’s most dynamic efforts to enhance global social justice and environmental sustainability through market based social change. Does Fair Trade necessarily mean ethical trade? What impact can the average consumer have on global economics? Grounded in the inspiring power of Fair Trade as a positive alternative to poverty, environmental destruction, and human exploitation, this enlightening session will explain how we can make a difference.

Tariq Ramadan – Speaking Truth and Building Power

One of the popular phrases found in activist circles is “speaking truth to power.” The importance of doing so is alluded to in the prophetic hadith, “The best Jihad is a word of truth in the face of a tyrannical ruler.” However, to really bring an Islamic voice to bear on the issues of the day we are going to have to build power. In this lecture, Tariq Ramadan, one of this generation’s towering intellectuals, addresses these twin issues. Why must we continue to speak truth to power, and what are the means by which we can build our own moral, spiritual and intellectual power? Finally, what are some of the avenues open to us to join our strength with other communities to help create a moral counterweight to an increasingly amoral politics?

Altaf Husain – Spirituality: The Catalyst of Mercy

Mercy does not emerge from a vacuum, for a believer it has a spiritual foundation. In this lecture, Dr. Altaf Husain will examine the relationship between mercy and spirituality and he will offer practical advice as to how a believer can cultivate a heightened level of spirituality and therefore manifest greater degrees of mercy and compassion in his/her everyday life

Zaid Shakir – Mercy: The Distinguishing Trait of Islam

Islam is often presented by its detractors as a religion that is void of mercy. In this lecture, Imam Zaid Shakir will examine how mercy is fundamental to Muslim theology, law and life. He will also present the outlines of a practical plan that allows a Muslim to manifest that mercy as he or she interacts with the wider society. This lecture will also demonstrate the fundamental relationship between mercy and unity.

Zaid Shakir – Thankfulness

In this video, Imam Zaid Shakir discusses the concept of thankfulness from an Islamic perspective. He also discusses the importance of speaking out against the abuses which are leading the United States into an era of unprecedented tyranny.

Hamza Yusuf – Planning for Tomorrow

Courtesy of United For Change.

Zaid Shakir – Enlisting for Action

Courtesy of United For Change.

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