Lectures on Community

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.

Faraz Rabbani – Finding Allah with the Broken Hearted

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani explains the communal obligation to server those who are in need of help and distress.

Umar Faruq Abd-Allah – The Parameters of Respecting Differences of Opinion in Islam

Our ummah is large and Muslims vary in all different cultures, ethnicities, languages and opinions. How do we live, work and pray together in peace?

Abdul Nasir Jangda – The Legacy of Ibrahim

Through the Legacy of Ibrahim (a), personified as a flourishing tree (14: 24 – 25), we find that, to live a balanced life, one must have firm roots in faith, nurture familial values, and cultivate communal success. By Inculcating Abrahamic values: obedience to Allah (swt), love for family, and a dedication to people, we hope to improve both our lives in this world, as well as the hereafter.

Hussain Kamani – Balance Your Life

Mufti Hussain Kamani shares many examples from the life of the Prophet (s) and the sahaba on how they balanced their life from seeking knowledge, to their familial responsibility, working to provide for themselves and their families and the general community and society.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Solution To Our State Of Weakness

Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk gives a lecture on solutions to the weakness of the hearts of Muslims due to sins being committed in Nigera.

Hamza Yusuf – The Rain Prayer (Salatul Istisqa)

Shaykh Hamza gave a general talk on the changing world around us and the warnings Allah and the Prophet (s) gave us to deal with the sins around us. This was after a special prayer for rain in the San Francisco area which has experienced a serious drought over the several years.

Yasir Qadhi – Unity does not mean Uniformity & The Hadith of the 73 sects

“My Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects all of which except one will go to the Fire, and they (i.e. the Saved Sect) are those who are upon what I and My Companions are upon” ~ Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

One of the most oft-commented tradition of our Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that is echoed from the mimbars of every Masjid & the focus point of many conversations of our over-zealous youth. Yet many questions arise. Are the majority of the Ummah misguided?! And is every ‘deviation’ automatically bound to the Fire of Hell? And which group is the Saved Sect?

Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi answers these crucial questions, and more, in his latest lecture.

An unmissable lecture for EVERY Muslim.

Yasir Qadhi – Unity in the Muslim Ummah & The Islamic Brotherhood

The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Among Allah’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allah.”

They asked: “O Messenger of Allah inform us of who they are.”

He said: “They are people who loved each other for Allah’s sake, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by the exchange of wealth. By Allah, their faces will be luminous and they will be upon light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.” ~ (Sunan Abu Dawud)

Allah will ask on the Day of Judgement: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, (on a day when there is no shade but mine) I shall shade them with My shade.” ~ (Sahih Muslim)

The Islam brotherhood transcends cast, colour, race & nationality it is a permanent bond based on belief & acceptance of Allah as our deity & Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as His final Messenger.

Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi’s powerful talk from his trip to Trinidad on ‘Unity in the Muslim Ummah & the Islamic Brotherhood’

A talk for every Muslim, Recorded on 3rd January 2014

Suhaib Webb – Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.: Racism and Differences in the Ummah on the Mawlid

Imam Suhaib Webb discusses racism in the community while reflecting on the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. He also discusses differences among Muslims citing the example of the Mawlid.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – The Cry From the Masjid

How many of us prostrate 5 times a day in the masjid? What is the purpose of the masjid? How often do we visit the masjid? What is the importance of the masjid? Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk discusses the masjid and its role in our lives.

Omar Suleiman – A Roadmap for Achieving the Renaissance

To bring about success, all necessary elements should be covered. Maintaining the success is by no means less important than achieving it. Therefore the building process needs to be well controlled in order for the foundation to be robust and the end result will last long. This session presents the main features for the process of building the Renaissance, which includes comprehensiveness, balance, and relevance.

Nouman Ali Khan – Light-Skinned Muslimah Seeking Doctor: The Jahaliyyah of Matrimonials

Countless Muslims are using the search engines of the Internet to search for a spouse. However, a quick perusal of Muslim matrimonial websites reveals how basic Islamic principles are ignored. A person’s income, race, and color – or worse yet, skin tone – are often greater considerations than a person’s piety. The pictures that accompany many “profiles” are indecent. How safe are these sites, especially for women? Why are Muslims using “virtual meat markets” to find a potential spouse? How can our communities facilitate young people’s search for a spouse? What does our religion have to say about contacting perfect strangers of the opposite sex for “love and friendship”? How can we better address the real crisis that lies beneath “Light-skinned Muslimah seeking Muslim doctor to share life with”?

Hasan Ali – Salafi vs. Sufi & Bid’ah

Shaykh Hasan Ali discusses how we should be in the middle path and that we should work together for the common good instead of looking at our differences among Muslims from various different ideologies and backgrounds.

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.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Bonding The Hearts of the Ummah

Mufti Menk gives a khutbah on how we as Muslims should not cause disunited among the ummah. This was given in Trinidad in 2013.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – A Friend in Need Is A Friend Indeed

The lecture was a pre Jumuah at the Al-Falakh Mosque, USJ 9, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

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”.

Wisam Sharieff – The Journey Begins Today: You are the messenger

Ustadh Wisam Sharieff explains how we ourselves should be inviting people to do good deeds and to the correct path with the best of manners. This includes dawah to Muslims and non-Muslims.

Abdal Hakim Jackson – Whither the Modern Muslim: Negotiating Creed, Theology, & Spirituality

Sherman Jackson of the University of Southern California delivers a lecture entitled, “Whither the Modern Muslim: Negotiating Creed, Theology, & Spirituality”. From the Zaytuna conference, Reclaiming Our Faith: Negotiating Modern Theological Fault Lines held in Anaheim, California on May 25, 2013.

Tawfique Chowdhury – Islamic Brotherhood

Brotherhood in Islam is a revolutionary concept. The barriers of color, caste and appearances fade away and hearts are miraculously united in the worship of that One True God. What makes a man stay up at night and make dua’ for his brother? What can make a Muslim be ready to sacrifice his wealth, his life and his personal happiness for another Muslim, without any return? Indeed, the value of this brotherhood transcends all the valuable things of this earth!

Hamza Yusuf – Nurturing Compassionate Communities: Connecting Faith and Service

Our duty as Muslims is to represent the true meaning of Islam by reaching out to the broader community we serve, the underprivileged and underrepresented. As tensions continue to increase throughout the world, we as North American Muslims have a unique opportunity rarely found elsewhere to serve our community with assurances of security and freedom. Using the Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) as our shining example, this session aims — through diverse informed and unique speakers — to motivate inspire and move us beyond mere words and rhetoric, to truly living a way of life dedicated to serving God by serving humanity.

Omar Usman – Personal Finance for Muslims

Omar Usman speaks about the critical need to educate Muslims about personal finance. You can follow him on Twitter @ibnabeeomar

Tawfique Chowdhury – Wake Up! The Ummah Needs You

What is going on with our ummah? Thousands are dying. Thousands are leaving Islam. What are we doing? What are you doing? Shaykh Tawfique calls upon us to wake up and be serious about our deen.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – Mufti Ismail Menk
Lecture delivered in Johannesburg, South Africa

Usama Canon – Dar al-Arqam: How the Prophet Muhammad Cared for Converts

Ustadh Usama Canon discusses the first safe space created for Muslim converts in Mecca: Dar al-Arqam. In this story, we learn many lessons on how the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] cared for the needs of newly-converted Muslims.

Usama Canon – Creating Safe Spaces

Ustadh Usama Canon Ustadh Usama Canon talk’s about the importance of the idea of creating a safe, open space for new Muslims, people interested in Islam and spirituality and/or the often marginalized youth of our Muslim community. Also, discussing why and how an open space like this is crucial to sustain and encourage Muslim students and youth to inculcate and continue an open, non-judgmental approach to inviting others to Islam, which is imperative in a pluralistic community that is often found on college campuses.

Nouman Ali Khan – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

One of the greatest feats of the Last Prophet, peace upon him, was forging lasting bonds of brotherhood between the contentious and fractious tribes of Arabia. As a result of the unity established between them, they were able to take the Message of Islam to the far corners of the earth within a century. Our generation will not be able to engage in any meaningful social project unless we are united in the spirit of true brotherhood. This session examines aspects of the prophetic guidance that can foster this indispensable quality.

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

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.

Siraj Wahhaj – Men In The ‘Hood

In this lecture, Imam Siraj Wahhaj discusses what it means to be a Muslim man in an inner-city environment characterized by poverty, crime and the other well-known challenges existing in the typical American urban environment. He not only discusses what is needed from our brothers, but how he was able to lead an urban renewal scheme around Masjid al Taqwa and his vision for the future of the Masjid and the coming role of Muslims in our urban communities.

Abdul Nasir Jangda – Family Values

Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda speaking about Family Values.

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.

Tariq Ramadan – In The Footsteps of the Prophet: How Muslims should Contribute to the World

Prof. Dr. Tariq Ramadan discusses how we can put the life of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) into action in our communities to make this a better world for all of humanity.

Yasir Qadhi – Challenges of Modernity

Sh. Yasir Qadhi talks about the issues of Modernity and how we can embrace it without compromising our Deen and also the concept of Family Values changing from time to time.

Abdul Rahman Chao – Responsibilities of a Muslim

Sh. AbdulRahman Chao reminds Muslims what their responsibilities are to this ummah, to Islam, and to each other.

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.

Wisam Sharieff – Sustaining Our Community: A Quranic Remedy

Our success as a community depends on the love we have for each other, understanding the issues we face, and being able to address them.

Suhaib Webb – Trayvon Martin Solidarity Khutbah

Imam Suhaib Webb reflects on the death of Trayvon Martin. (ISBCC Khutba 3/23/2012)

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.

Abdul Nasir Jangda – Happiness in the Home

Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda discusses the problems within our families living in our current societies and provides solutions from the Islamic sources.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Diversity Through Unity

A small lesson given by Mufti Ismail Menk on how we can unite as one Ummah, despite our differences.

AbdelRahman Murphy – Sustaining Our Community: Building A New Tomorrow

Our success as a community depends on the love we have for each other, understanding the issues we face, and being able to address them. Br. AbdelRahman Murphy addresses the community in Teaneck, NJ on some of these issues.

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.

Nouman Ali Khan – Distinctions and Responsibilities of The Muslim Ummah

Are We doing justice to the message of Islam by our characters and Daily Life? or is The Message of Islam suffering because of Us?

Abdullah Hakim Quick – Islamic Revivalism

Although many Muslims throughout the world are in tribulation, there seems to be a simultaneous revival taking place within the ummah today. Abdullah Hakim Quick addresses this by first reviewing some of the great Islamic revival movements of the past. He then discusses ways in which today’s ummah can have similar success despite the calamities facing it. The key to this success, as the speaker asserts, is the protection of each individual heart. Shaitan takes certain steps to capitalize on the weakness of the Muslim by utilizing ten inroads to the heart such as envy, greed, anger and haste. If Shaitan is successful, the ummah will continue to be confused and divided and, in effect, the revival will never happen. This practical presentation raises awareness of these inroads so the believer can be on guard and have hope for winning the battle against Shaitan. An important talk about protecting the heart that can serve as a starting point for real unity and revival. Other topics discussed: excessive love of food and drink, fear of poverty, dislike for those who disagree with us, the mulazima system (studying under a sheikh), making pledges, why the ummah is in such tribulation today, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab and the four schools of thought, and making hijrah today. (Duration: 1 hour, 8 min)

Faraz Rabbani – Stand Steadfastly For Justice

Friday sermon at Occupy Toronto (28 Oct, 2011)

Abdal Hakim Murad – The Role of Faith in Times of Turmoil

In his address during the Imam’s Conference, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad makes a strong case of what the role of Imam’s is, following the difficult years that have followed 9/11. Here he talks about the need for scholars to be independent of external forces and to act in an impartial and sincere manner without marginalising the young and vulnerable. He also highlights the crises of legitimacy amongst the Ulema being the biggest challenge facing scholars. His address highlights the need for scholars to try and overcome the state of failure by doing more to build communities through the internal discourse of religion.

Abu Taubah – Inciting Muslims Against Each Other

Abu Taubah reminds us not to incite hatred and animosity towards each other.

Yasir Qadhi – Ummah vs. Community

From the Texas Dawah Convention (TDC) in 2008.

Hamza Yusuf – Rethinking Islamic Reform

Hamza Yusuf starts at around the 15 minute mark.

Tariq Ramadan – Rethinking Islamic Reform

Tariq Ramadan starts at the 1 hour mark.

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