Lectures on Seeking Knowledge

Faraz Rabbani – Whom Should I Take My Islamic Knowledge From?

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani answers the question: who do we take knowledge from? He details the advice of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, from his work al-Faqih wa’l Mutafaqqih, which revolves around three main points: (1) consulting the scholars experts in the discipline, (2) following those who act on what Islam entails, and (3) following those who learned with scholars and not through only reading books.

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.

Faraz Rabbani – The Concern of Sincere Seekers of Knowledge : Examples from Living Islamic Scholars

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani discusses key lessons he observed and learned from his teachers and fellow seekers. He speaks about Shaykh Adib Kallas, Shaykh Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri, Shaykh Nuh Keller, Mufti Mahmoud Ashraf, Shaykh Muhammad Qaylish, Shaykh Jihad Brown. A question and answer session follows.

Yahya Ibrahim – Why Don’t You Ask Questions?

Shaykh Yahya Ibrahim explains the importance of being inquisitive and to question to increase our knowledge.

Nouman Ali Khan – Advice to Students of Qur’an and Arabic

Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan advises the graduating class of the 2013 Bayyinah Dream Program. May Allah(swt) grant them success in their future endeavors and use them to educate and motivate the people with Islam. Ameen.

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.

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”?

Tariq Ramadan – Zatuna College Conversation

Dr. Tariq Ramadan visits Zaytuna College, part of the visiting scholars lecture series, and discusses a wide variety of topics including Islam in academia, politics, philosophy, logic, rationality, the Muslim tradition and Islamic education.

Siraj Wahhaj – The Pursuit of Excellence

Do we really want to achieve excellence or are we merely satisfied with being ordinary? At a Texas summer youth retreat, Siraj Wahhaj shares his observations that can help the believer progress on the road to excellence by improving one’s overall understanding, appreciation and practice of Islam. In this talk, he makes a brief synopsis of the well-known hadith of Gabriel with an emphasis on the critical aspect of ihsan (striving for perfection). He also implores the audience to remember that the Islamic teachings are for one’s benefit and that we must strive to learn and practice the deen. But this striving comes at a price! What is that price and are we willing to pay it? A great lecture for any Muslim, especially teenagers, who want to move from one level of faith and practice to the next. Other topics discussed: good and bad leadership, seeking leadership, fear and humility before Allah, demonstrating gratitude, and praying correctly with calmness. (Duration: 56 min)

Khalid Latif – It’s Tough Being A Girl

Many of the discussions that exist around gender in the Muslim community, both in the United States and abroad, have not fruitful. In this khutbah, Imam Latif speaks about the need for Muslim women to empower themselves through knowledge and also discusses how Muslims on a whole have failed to treat their women with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

This Khutbah was delivered at the Islamic Center at NYU (www.icnyu.org) on Friday, March 4th, 2011 by Imam Khaild Latif.

Yahya Rhodus – Disciplining The Soul (Sessions 1-9)

Session 1: Session 2: Session 3: Session 4: Session 5: Session 6: Session 7: Session 8: Session 9: Audio Versions

Muhammad al-Yaqoubi – Advice to the Seekers

Note: This lecture also features Hamza Yusuf.

Hamza Yusuf – Advice to the Seekers

Note: This lecture also features Muhammad al-Yaqoubi.

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