Lectures on America

Umar Faruq Abd-Allah – Muslims in our American past (1587 – 1965)

Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah speaks about Islam’s long history on the American continents.

Suhaib Webb – Real Islam: A Response to Bill Maher

Imam Suhaib Webb discusses why it is important to respond to those who attack Islam.

Abdal Hakim Jackson – The Mosques’ role in the 21st Century

In this lecture Dr. Sherman A. Jackson discusses the future of Muslims in America and the role of the mosque in 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.

Suhaib Webb – I Can’t Breathe

Imam Suhaib Webb discusses the recent events surrounding a man dying at the hands of an NYPD officer.

Usama Canon – The Future of Muslim Leadership

Who are the next generation of Muslim leaders? What are their backgrounds, what issues will the face, and what are their responsibilities to society? Ustadh Usama Canon discusses these and other questions relevant to today’s rising Muslim leaders.

Yasir Qadhi – Embracing Islamophobia

With the rise of “Islamophobia” in the past ten years, we have also seen a drastic rise in converts to Islam. Our distress has brought da‘wah to our doorsteps. In this lecture Shaykh Yasir Qadhi teaches us how to rise from the shadows and preserve our dignity through the truth of Islam.

Suhaib Webb – Rerouting To The Straight Path

Imam Suhaib Webb talks to the youth on how to stay on the straight path while living in America.

Khalid Latif – When I Found Out Marshmallows Weren’t Halal

Imam Khalid Latif tells the heartbreaking tale of his days as a chubby boy finding out one of his beloved snack foods weren’t permissible to eat because it contained gelatin with pork in it. Filmed at the Native Tongue story slam on May 21 in New York City.

Hamza Yusuf – Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines

Hamza Yusuf, President and Co-founder of Zaytuna College delivers in which he addresses four topics chosen by our online audience. From the Zaytuna conference, Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines held in Anaheim, California on May 25, 2013.

Jonathan Brown – Islamophobia in the Making

Dr. Jonathan Brown talks about Islamophobia at the IamY convention in 2012.

Tariq Ramadan – The Echoes of God’s Word

“Verily we have honoured the Children of Adam. We carry them on the land and the sea, and have made provision of good things for them, and have preferred them above many of those whom We created with a marked preferment.” Quran 17:70

Kamal el Mekki – Islam: Beyond Modern Myths (Transcending Modern Myths)

Looking into four misconceptions the West had with Islam when it first encountered with Islam. You can trace a lot of the “problems” today between “Islam and the West” to these four early misconceptions.

Hamza Yusuf – The Middle Path

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf reflects on the nature of Islam as a way of life that affirms the sanctity of private property and free enterprise while avoiding the excesses of capitalism, yet, demands social concern and responsibility while rejecting the extremes of communism. In this stimulating lecture, Shaykh Hamza looks at what an alert and serious Muslim community can offer to our country to help it escape the dangerous political and economic trends that threaten not only the stability of our society but, indeed, global peace, security and stability.

Zaid Shakir – The Foundations of an American Muslim Antipoverty Movement

In this lecture Imam Zaid presents the outlines of a spiritual, social and economic movement to addresses the issue of poverty in America.

Abdullah Hakim Quick – We are the 1%

One of the slogans of the Occupy Movement is, “We are the ninety-nine percent.” In this provocative lecture, Dr. Abdul Hakim Quick examine this slogan in light of global realities, with specific reference to his time in Africa, to show how North Americans, rich or poor, collectively are the global 1%. We are the beneficiaries of schemes of economic and political exploitation and oppression. What is our collective responsibility to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in humanity? This is just one of the many questions Dr. Quick will address in this presentation.

Hamza Yusuf – Limits of Allegiance

Limits of Allegiance – American Muslim: Oxymoron or Apple Pie? Featuring Michael Krasny, Zaid Shakir & Hamza Yusuf

Khalid Latif – Muslims, Rock The Vote

In this Khutbah, Imam Khalid Latif discusses the Treaty of Hudaybiyah and how it can offer important insight into the topics of civic engagement, coalition building, and strategy to help reach important societal goals and milestones and strengthen the community and bring benefit to society on a whole.

Hamza Yusuf – Start Practicing, or Stop Pretending

In this Friday sermon, Hamza Yusuf analyzes the release of a derogatory film about the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be God’s blessings and peace and how some Muslims responded to it.

Nouman Ali Khan – To My Angry Muslim Brother

In this Khutbah, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses the recent events in the Muslim world surrounding the protests of an anti-Islam video.

Yasir Qadhi – Winning the Battle against Islamophobia: Fighting Bigotry & Intolerance

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi shares stores from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in relation to the current state of Muslims in the West with Islamophobia.

Altaf Husain – Anti-Islamic Bigotry

Dr. Altaf Husain discusses the Rights and Freedoms of Muslims in America.

Tariq Ramadan – Sharia: Myths, Facts & the U.S. Constitution

Dr. Tariq Ramadan speaks at Shura Council event on April 17, 2012 on Religious Freedom and the US Constitution.

Suhaib Webb – An Intimate Conversation

In this Intimate Conversations video, Ta’leef founder Usama Canon and special guest Imam Suhaib Webb talk about CHANGE. In a heartfelt manner, Imam Suhaib discusses the importance of the work Ta’leef Collective is doing and how we should look at the concept of change in our community juxtaposed with the Shari’a and history of the early Muslim communities.

Zaid Shakir – The Irony of Democracy: Can it be resolved?

The Irony of Democracy, can it be resolved? A Zaytuna Faculty Lecture by Imam Zaid Shakir.
The Zaytuna Faculty Lecture Series presents lectures by Zaytuna College faculty members exploring a variety of contemporary topics. http://www.zaytunacollege.org/

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.

Abdal Hakim Jackson – United We Stand: One Nation

For Muslims to be united with others in this country we need to view ourselves as legitimate Americans. In this challenging lecture, Dr. Sherman Jackson examines the idea of Muslim membership in the American family and the rights and privileges accruing from that membership. Perhaps, more importantly, he examines the consequences of exclusion and marginalization for both ours and future generations of American Muslims.

Hamza Yusuf – New Beginnings: Mobilizing and Motivating a Generation

It was narrated that ‘Ai’ishah said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “O people, you should do whatever good deeds you can, for Allah does not get tired (of giving reward) until you get tired. And the most beloved of good deeds to Allah is that in which a persons persists, even if it is little. If the family of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) started to do something, they would persist in it.” (al-Bukhaari, 43; Muslim, 782) As Muslims in tumultuous age, we must develop the methods and tools necessary to improve our community’s condition. How can we utilize our various individual strengths and approaches to jointly propel our community into a brighter era? What can we do today to energize and mobilize ourselves? How do we get ourselves moving? What are ways that we can ensure the continuity of our actions?

Siraj Wahhaj – Things Ain’t Good in the ‘Hood

In his bestselling book, Ill Fares the Land, Tony Judt passionately argues that individualism, egoism, greed and the
politics they gave birth to are undermining the very basis
of community, equality and social justice. In the ensuing
social carnage no one suffers more than the poor and disenfranchised members of our society. What are the political foundations of community, equality and social justice?
Can America be a great nation if it tramples on its poor and downtrodden? How can more affluent Muslims display more compassion for the less fortunate members of our society–both Muslims and others? These are some of the questions Imam Siraj Wahhaj will answer in this lecture.

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.

Zaid Shakir – A Legacy of Pride

The history of enslaved Muslims in the West is well documented. What is less well know is the influence they had and the impact they left in the communities that they were enslaved in. In a captivating speech, Imam Zaid Shakir talks about the legacy that great individuals such as Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and Abdu-l-Rahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori played during the time of slavery in the United States. He outlines the importance of making connections with our Islamic history and why it is important to be aware of how their steadfast nature and upright character serve as examples to Muslims across the world today.

Siraj Wahhaj – The Life of Malcolm X

Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Part 4 – The Man: Part 5 – The Man: Part 6 – Nation Theology: Part 7 – Racism: Part 8 – Malcolm’s Transition: Part 9 – Institution: Part 10 – Leading Truth: Part 11 – Hope: Part 12 – End Race: Part 13 – Question and Answer:

Hamza Yusuf – Remembering the Days of Allah

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf discusses the many signs of the last days are already here and happening around the world today. He calls us to wake up and focus on our relationship with Allah.

Hamza Yusuf – The Educational System in America

Lecture starts around 2 minutes in.

Waleed Basyouni – Violence in the Name of God

Shaykh Waleed Basyouni explains that Muslims who engage in terrorism are in fact deviant innovators in the religion.

Abdal Hakim Jackson – Sharia Law: Theocracy or Democracy?

Question and Answer Session Part 1: Question and Answer Session Part 2:

Hamza Yusuf – Secularism: The Greatest Challenge Facing Islam

Note: Poor quality. The video seems to be from the VHS era.

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