Lectures on Terrorism

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).

Kamil Mufti – ISIS and Our Communities

Is ISIS an Islamic State? Who is ISIS and why we need to know about them. Are they extremist? What have they done in Mosul and what do muslim scholars across the world say about ISIS? Is it allowed to join, support them? Imam Mufti answers these questions.

Ismail ibn Musa Menk – Is ISIS Islamic?

Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk discusses why ISIS is not Islamic and not part of the mainstream Muslim community.

Yasir Qadhi – American Foreign Policy and the Rise of ISIS

The rise of ISIS took almost all political analysts by surprise. For many, it quite literally appeared as if this group came out of nowhere. While the vast majority of Muslims are appalled at the brutality and viciousness of some of their tactics, the question does arise as to how such a fringe group could draw together thousands of people to support them. In this bold and frank talk, which was addressed primarily to a non-Muslim audience, Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi mentions some of the root causes that explains why this group is popular in some Muslim circles. The complete break down of the Iraqi civil infrastructure and economic stability, after decades of American sanctions and two illegal invasions, cannot be ignored as we try to understand the appeal of such militant groups.

Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf – A Muslim’s Approach in Times of Fitna (ISIS)

Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf discusses the fitna of ISIS.

Faraz Rabbani – On War & Beheading: How ISIS Manipulates Hadiths

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani addresses a question asked at a session in SeekersHub Toronto, β€œIs ISIS justified in its ritual slaughter of its enemies and its burning of prisoners and others on the basis of prophetic teachings, specifically in regards to the hadith where the Prophet (saw) is reported to have said, O Quraysh, I have come to you with slaughter?”

Muhammad al-Yaqoubi – Tribute to Abdul Rahman (Peter) Kassig

Peter Kassig was an American from Indiana who was on vacation in Lebanon. He saw the suffering and death in Syria and felt compelled to help them. Instead of going back home, he went to Syria and with is medical knowledge he volunteered his aid. He converted to Islam and was captured by terrorists known as the self-named group “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh). He was murdered by them. Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi honors his actions in this khutbah.

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.

Abdal Hakim Jackson – My Body, This Paper, This Fire: The Future of Violence in Islam

Dr. Jackson discusses the direction jihad is taking in the world.

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 β€” through diverse informed and unique speakers β€” 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.

Nouman Ali Khan – Recent Tragedies in Boston and Abroad: A Quranic Perspective

Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan sheds light on the recent tragedies in Boston and others with a message from the Quran relating to these type of events.

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.

Zaid Shakir – Jihad: A Just Struggle or Unjust Violence?

A lecture for those seeking the correct understanding of the utterly misunderstood concept of jihad. Zaid Shakir, addressing an audience at Northwestern University in Chicago, takes a comprehensive look at this truly noble and important concept in Islam. He first analyzes the word itself: its linguistic meaning, its derivatives, and its meaning as described in the Holy Qur’an. He then looks at the practical and normative application of jihad (or struggle) in the everyday life of the Muslim: the struggle of purifying the soul, the struggle of physically fighting in the way of Islam, the struggle with non-antagonist non-Muslims, and the struggle with the devil. Along the way, he explores many related topics such as terrorism, situations that justify the use of violence, various tools one can utilize in struggling against the self, love and compassion with non-Muslims, and the struggles within the family. And he concludes with a commentary on the role of Muslims in non-Muslim lands. An ideal talk for schools, libraries and Muslim student organizations. Other topics discussed: the destruction of the Buddha statues in Afghanistan, the Muslim response to pacifism, jihad in defense of non-Muslims, and the need to establish institutions that can help eliminate root causes of violence. (Duration: 1 hour, 22 min)

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.

Tariq Ramadan – Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Sacred Law of Islam

Dr. Tariq Ramadan explains why terrorism has no place in Islam.

Hamza Yusuf – Does God Love War?

Hamza Yusuf Opening Remarks for Does God Love War? The Fine Line Between Faith and Fanaticism | Recorded in Berkeley, California, on March 12, 2006 Playlist contains 3 videos.

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.

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