Lectures on Politics

Jonathan Brown – The Religious Dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Religious Politics in the Middle East: The Religious Dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A discussion with honored guests Led by: Alon Ben-Meir, New York University

Warren Clark, Executive Director, Churches for Middle East Peace

Patrick Theros, US Ambassador to Qatar (1995-1998)

Rabbi Charles Feinberg, Adas Israel

Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University

Yasir Qadhi – Paris Bombings and the Rise of Islamophobia

In this Khutbah (sermon), Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi discusses the recent trials facing the Muslims at the eve of Anti-Muslim rhetoric in the American Election run-up and the backlash after the recent Paris bombings. Dr. Qadhi provides two practical ways Muslims can face and overcome such trials and challenges in America (and globally).

Yasir Qadhi – Doubts about Islam: Guidance for Challenging Times

Why are Muslims backwards? Why is the Muslim world rife with war, poverty and corruption? Shaykh Yasir Qadhi gives several reasons for this to ponder on and consider when asking these questions.

Suhaib Webb – Reflections on Bill Maher Debate

In this halaqah, Imam Suhaib Webb reflects on the current political and social environment Islam and Muslims currently face in America and the West in general regarding Islamophobia and violent extremism.

Suhaib Webb – Real Islam: A Response to Bill Maher

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

Hamza Yusuf – The Crisis of ISIS: A Prophetic Prediction

Shaykh Hamza gives a khutbah citing the Prophetic tradition in relations to the current events of today regarding groups like “ISIS”.

Zaid Shakir – Islam in Search of Muslims: What Can We Learn from the Life of Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Mandela was arguably the most beloved statesman and leader of our generation. Why do so many people praise him irrespective of their political leanings? What was it about Mandela that transcended politics? This session will examine the life, times, and struggles of this South African leader that reveal, in the light of Islamic teachings, why our Prophet’s Sunnah, when practiced even by those outside of our faith, engenders love and respect in others. Mandela, for example, resorted to violent resistance only after he exhausted all non-violent means to end the oppression of his people. Even those on the far right of the political spectrum have defended his advocacy of violence. Newt Gingrich, for instance, recently wrote that Mandela was “deeply committed to a non-violent approach, until you had a South African dictatorship … which made it impossible to have anything that was purely non-violent.” Gingrich went as far as to compare Mandela to the Founding Fathers of America. What were the qualities and characteristics that made Mandela so unique and drew such approbation? More importantly, what is the role of patience, principle, purpose, forgiveness, and magnanimity in effecting change in human hearts and society?

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis – Current State of Affairs (Status Quo)

Hamza Tzortzis presents the role of Islam in society from a number of different perspectives during Day 1 of his powerful lecture series “Classified” held at Fanar – Qatar Islamic Cultural Center on 7th – 10th of December 2012.

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.

Yasir Qadhi – Sanctity & Value of Life: Egypt, Syria, Burma

What we have witnessed in the past few weeks is the most traumatic series of events that the Ummah has witnessed since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

The Ummah is bleeding with multiple wounds, the Ummah is being attacked by many different areas, one tragedy after another!

What should be our response to the current international crisis of the suffering of the Ummah.

​Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi dedicates his latest Khutbah to the people of Egypt, Syria, Burma and all those suffering around the globe.

Yusuf Estes – Why Are Muslims Undermined?

Is it the fault of Muslims or the non-Muslims for the public image of Islam? Are Muslims treated differently?

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis – Islamic Law: Barbaric or Misundestood?

Hamza Andreas Tzortzis discusses Sharia in our modern world and the opinions from society. Is it barbaric? Is it misunderstood? He discusses these issues.

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.

Zaid Shakir – Islam, Secularism, and Modernity

Imam Zaid Shakir discusses secularism in light of Islam.

Haroon Moghul – What the Western World Can Learn from the Prophet Muhammad

Haroon Moghul discusses the history of political Islam in a TedX talk.

Jonathan Brown – Islamophobia in the Making

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

Yasir Qadhi – Salafi Muslims: Following the Ancestors of Islam

Shaykh Yasir Qadhi interview on Salafis and the history of the Salafi movement.

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

Tariq Ramadan – In the Absence of the Caliph: Muslims in Pluralistic Societies

Muslims have always lived as minorities in predominantly non-Muslim lands. And, in the best of times, they have lived well and peacefully with peoples of other faiths. This lecture will examine the European experience of Muslims after the collapse of the Ottoman sovereignty, how they fared, why they failed when they did, and the lessons they can teach us in our current situation.

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.

Zaid Shakir – Tinkering with Religion in the Garage

Modern societies have become fundamentalist in their secularism and have effectively banned religion from the public square. Religion has been relegated to the status of a personal hobby, to be practiced behind closed doors. Does public morality suffer as a result? Is religious morality inherently divisive and disruptive as many believe?

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.

Muhammad ibn Adam al Kawthari – Response to the Media about Islam

Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Al-Kawthari delivers a lecture at the University of York on the allegations against Islam.

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.

Haroon Moghul – If Society Fails

This Khutbah was delivered by Haroon Moghul at the Islamic Center at New York University on September 24th, 2010.

Yasir Qadhi – Islamic Movements: Help or Hindrance

This is a panel discussion featuring many speakers.  One of the speakers is Yasir Qadhi.

Haroon Moghul – Islamic Movements: Help or Hindrance

This is a panel discussion featuring many speakers.  One of the speakers is Haroon Moghul.

Yasir Qadhi – Syria Crisis: O Bilaad al-Shaam! You are in our hearts!

In this khutbah, delivered February 10, 2012, Sh. Yasir Qadhi discusses the status of the land of Syria and our duty towards the current massacre taking place there.

Abdul Rahman Chao – The Treaty of Hudaibiyah

Shaykh AbdulRahman Chao expounds in detail on the historical event of the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. He also explores the most important lessons and morals from the treaty of Hudaybiyyah.

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/

Khaled Abou El Fadl – Islam and Terrorism

Insightful lecture and Q&A on the dual complexities of Islam and terrorism and how to understand their relationship in light of the tragedies of September 11.

Hamza Yusuf – The Critical Importance of Al-Ghazali in Our Times

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Hamza Yusuf Hanson on “The Critical Importance of Al-Ghazali in Our Times” incl. an introduction to the Fons Vitae Al-Ghazali Ihya Ulum Al-Din Series [Galt House, Louisville, Kentucky, November 3rd, 2011] facebook.com/fons.vitae

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 – 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?

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?

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.

Faraz Rabbani – Stand Steadfastly For Justice

Friday sermon at Occupy Toronto (28 Oct, 2011)

Hamza Yusuf – Secularism: The Greatest Challenge Facing Islam

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

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